2013-2014 BHS Parent & Student Handbook

Dear Student,

Welcome to Bangor High School. You attend a school that expects and believes that you willachieve at very high levels. You will find this handbook helpful in selecting courses and activities as well as understanding the rules and expectations at Bangor High School. Questions will arise as you make your way toward graduation, many of which will be answered through this handbook. Other questions may be better answered through interactions with teachers, counselors, principals, staff members and your fellow students. Reach out for help and guidance during your time here.

Above all, Bangor High School wants you to challenge yourself in all ways, both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe our programs, detailed here, give you that opportunity.

Have an excellent school year, and Go Rams!

Paul S. Butler, BHS ’89

Abridged Online Version:

DAILY SCHEDULE

The high school day begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM.  Students are expected to be in their first period class by 8:00 AM.  Students in good standing (without detention or make-up) are dismissed at 2:00 PM.  Students with make-up and/or detention are expected to be in school until 3:00 PM.  A student should not plan on working outside of school (personal employment) until after 3:00 PM. Late buses depart from Bangor High School on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at approximately 3:40 PM

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

The building will officially be open upon arrival of student buses.  Students must directly enter the building upon arriving on school grounds. Students are considered under Bangor High School supervision upon arrival on school grounds. Students are asked to enter the building through the upper Peakes Auditorium doors and should use the Administration entrance only when tardy. Students will be admitted to their locker areas at 7:45 AM.  Students must be headed toward their first period class at the 7:55 bell. Bangor High School students are expected to be in class during instructional time.

 ATTENDANCE & RELATED INFORMATION

Bangor High School strongly encourages parents to emphasize daily attendance and timely arrival at school. A parent or legal guardian should contact the school by telephone (992-5581) to report an absence before 10:00 AM each day the student is absent.  Attendance office phone coverage begins at 7:00 AM. If the school is not notified of an absence and the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the absence will be considered unexcused and the student will receive a consequence.

EXCUSED ABSENCE

State of Maine law establishes five reasons for excused absence from school:

a.  Personal illness.

b. Appointments with health professionals that cannot be made outside of regular school day.

c.  Observance of recognized religious holidays when the observance is required during a regular school day.

d.  Emergency family situations.

e.  Planned absences for personal or educational purposes that have been approved in advance.

By Maine law, school administration makes the determination of whether or not an absence is excused.

PREARRANGED ABSENCE PROCEDURES
Parents and students are urged to schedule medical and dental appointments, recreation, family vacations, college visits and other optional absences for times when school is not in session.  However, on occasion, it may become a necessity for a student to miss school.  Please arrange for this absence with the school as follows:

1.   Provide the Assistant Principal with a letter explaining the reason(s) and dates of the proposed absence(s).

2.   The student then signs a pre-arranged absence form that explains student responsibilities for missed work.

3.   The Assistant Principal signs the completed form and copies are then forwarded to teachers.

Except in an emergency family situation, the pre-arranged absence procedure should be completed at least three days prior to the planned absence.

A student who is planning an absence for personal or educational purposes must submit a written request to administration (assistant principals) for approval.  If approved, the student will be responsible for homework and exams.  It is highly recommended the student attempt to complete assignments as much ahead of time as possible before his/her departure and to set up times upon return to make up exams.

DISMISSALS
No student may leave the building unless he/she has signed out in the attendance office with prior parent/guardian permission.

Parents or guardians may call in dismissal requests, preferably between 7:00-10:30 AM (992-5581).  In times of student illness, dismissals may be initiated through the school nurse’s office.  These dismissals will require telephone contact with parents or guardians.

MAKE-UP DUE TO ILLNESS
Generally, students who are absent 3 or more days due to illness or other emergencies may request make-up assignments from the Guidance Office. Once the request is distributed to teachers, twenty-four hours’ notice is necessary to allow teachers to respond to the request. Absences of 1 or 2 days typically do not require a request for make-up work as students will have returned to class by the time assignments have been received. It is advised that students call a classmate to obtain assignments for absences of less than 3 days.

TARDY TO SCHOOL
If a student is tardy to school, he/she is to report directly to the attendance office.  The student must sign in, obtain a late slip, and go to his/her locker then directly to class. Students not in class when the 8:00 AM bell rings will be considered tardy to school, unless excused under the attendance guidelines.  Detention will be assigned to any student accumulating more than 3 unexcused tardies per semester. Any student entering after 8:45 AM without acceptable excuse will be assigned an hour of central detention for every class missed. Students who are involved in an extra-curricular activity and arrive to school after 11:00 will not be allowed to participate in the activity that day.  Exceptions to this rule will require administrative approval.

TARDY TO CLASS
Students are to be in their classrooms before the bell rings so that instruction is not interrupted.  Ample time is allocated for students to go from one class to another; however, it is realized there may be extenuating circumstances that may cause students to be late.  Therefore, teachers may allow up to three (3) tardies to class per semester.  Administrative detention will be assigned to students who are late to any class more than three times per semester.

Consequences for excessive unexcused tardiness:
0-3:  No consequence
4-9:  Detention for each tardy
10:    In-School Suspension (ISS)
11-14: Detention for each tardy
15: Two (2) days In-School Suspension
16-19: Detention for each tardy
20: 1 day out-of-school suspension (and parent / guardian meeting)

TEACHER SUPERVISED MAKE-UP

Teachers are available for make-up and/or individual help on most afternoons, and each teacher’s “office hours” are printed on course descriptions.  Students may be required to attend supervised make-up periods.  Teachers may permit students a 24-hour grace period if such time is needed to make transportation arrangements.  A late bus departs from Bangor High School Monday through Thursday at approximately 3:40 PM.

ACADEMIC AWARDS / RECOGNITION

Bangor High School Academic Recognition is held one evening in the spring. Hundreds of students are recognized for their scholastic and leadership achievements, including the awarding of several scholarships. The following awards highlight Academic Recognition:

Department Awards of Excellence (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
Awarded to two students at each grade level who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in each discipline.

The Sophomore Award of Academic Excellence
The purpose of this award is to give special recognition to sophomores who are beginning a rigorous high school program with academic excellence.  Students need to have completed the first three semesters of high school study with a 3.5 grade point average and must have taken at least three Honors or AP Courses.

The Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award (Seniors only)
The purpose of this award is to give special recognition to those graduating seniors who have taken a rigorous academic high school program and demonstrated exemplary school citizenship.  A cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better is the standard, along with the requirement of taking eight or more Honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Charles E. French Medalists
The four graduating seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages earn the Charles E. French Medal and are recognized at the Graduation Ceremony. Students must have attended Bangor High School for four semesters or more.

ACCIDENTS

All accidents must be reported to the office as soon as possible.  These include any accidents occurring on school property or during school-sponsored events. A school nurse is assigned to Bangor High School to address accidents that require physical evaluation.

 

ACTIVITIES AT BANGOR HIGH SCHOOL

Every Bangor High School student is encouraged to be involved with a co-curricular or extra-curricular activity. Education research and the experience of Bangor High School students clearly show that students involved in one or more school activities feel a stronger connection to school and perform better academically.  The following is a partial list of activities available at BHS and the current adviser:

ACTIVITIES FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT

BAND (1 credit) Mr. Burditt
Band is a very active full year activity and can earn one full credit.  Band participates in many varied activities, including concerts, football and basketball games, rallies, parades, and, potentially, trips within and outside the State.

ORCHESTRA (1 credit) Mr. Bell
Participation in orchestra includes sight reading and study of the literature from both the traditional and modern repertories. Members rehearse and prepare for public performance throughout the school year.

CHORUS (1 credit) Mr. Redman
A course for singing various types of music, both solo and ensemble work for those qualifying.  A consistent interest in singing is necessary with the requirement of regular attendance to both classes and performances.  All-State eligibility is with permission of instructor.

NON-CREDIT ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY                                         ADVISER

Academic Decathlon                           TBA

American Field Service                        Mr. McHenry

Art Club                                              Ms. Elmore

Band                                                    Mr. Burditt

Chess Team                                          Mr. Dearing

Chorus                                                 Mr. Redman

Civil Rights Team                                 Mrs. Hendrix

Speech & Debate Team                        Dr.  Page and Mr. Pelletier

Dramatics                                             Mrs. Elz Hammond

Envirothon Teams                                Mrs. Smith

Senior Class                                          Mrs. Hooke / Mrs. McGarry

Sophomore Class                                  Ms. Fotter and Mr. Clement

JROTC                                                LTC Harris

Key Club                                             Mr. Ames

Latin Club                                            Mrs. Anderson

Mosaic Literary Magazine                    Mrs. Manhart

Math Team                                          Mr. Godsoe/Mr. Robbins

National Honor Society                        Mr. Ames

Orchestra                                             Mr. Bell

Ram-Page BHS Newspaper                Mr. Hutchins

S.E.E.D.                                               Mrs. Benoit

Junior Class                                 Mr. Corneil/Mr. Erb

Student Council                                 Mr. Hutchins

Student AIDS Committee                   Mrs. Elmore

Key Club: jointly sponsored by B.H.S. and the Kiwanis Club.  Open to all students who wish to devote time and energies to school and community projects. 9th grade students STRONGLY encouraged to participate.

National Honor Society: create an enthusiasm for scholarship, render service, promote leadership, and encourage development of character.  Meetings whenever President calls them.  Officers elected   last meeting of the school year.

Debate/Speech Team: develop speaking and argumentation skills through instruction, practice and competitive statewide tournaments.  Captains appointed for Debate, Student Congress and Speech.

B.H.S. Color Guard: ROTC – provide colors for athletic events, parades and civic functions.

B.H.S. Honor Guard: participate in ceremonies for honoring deceased veterans.  Membership:  18.

Latin Club: help students understand and appraise this world of today which is indebted to ancient civilization for its government, laws, literature, language and arts.  Meetings when necessary.

Class Councils: Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman.  Each  council is made up of ten students and four officers.  Members and officers are elected in the fall.  There are two faculty advisors for each class council.

Student Council: provide service to Bangor High School, promote leadership, coordinate school activities and act as a means of communication between student and faculty.  The Council is comprised of five members from each class, class council presidents and four Student Council officers elected in the spring.  Student Council members are elected in the fall.  Meetings are held in the evening during the school year.

Math League: provide opportunities for students to engage in interscholastic mathematics competition.  Competition includes regional, state and New England contests.  Interested students should contact members of the mathematics department.

Newspaper (RAM PAGE): develop an interest in the production of a school newspaper through the experiences of journalistic research, writing and the decisions and responsibilities necessary to successful  publication and to foster student interest in journalism.

S.E.E.D.: formed in 1990 by students concerned about the various environmental crises facing our planet as we approach the 21st century.  Committees are set up to work on both educational and action-oriented projects, such as recycling, energy use, and Earth Day programs.  S.E.E.D. offers many opportunities to address the concerns of our planet’s plight.

Envirothon: Two teams of 6 members that compete in the subjects of forestry, soils, wildlife, aquatics and current environmental problem.  Competition is an outdoors, hands on, event that is held at regional, state and national level.

ATHLETICS:

SPORT HEAD COACH CUT POLICY
Baseball Mr. Fahey CUT
Basketball (Boys) Mr. Kohtala CUT
Basketball (Girls) Mrs. Herbine CUT
Cheering (Fall) Miss Crane CUT
Cheering (Winter) Mrs. Robichaud CUT
Cross Country (Coed) Mr. Goode NON-CUT
Diving (Coed) Mr. Lizotte NON-CUT
Field Hockey Mrs. Danforth CUT
Football Mr. Hackett NON-CUT
Golf (Coed) Mr. Jarvis CUT
Ice Hockey Mr. Collins CUT
Rifle Team Sgt. Dill NON-CUT
Soccer (Boys) Mr. Patterson CUT
Soccer (Girls) Mr. Johnson CUT
Softball Mr. Stanhope CUT
Swim (Boys) Mr. Emery NON-CUT
Swim(Girls) Mrs. Howard NON-CUT
Tennis (Boys) Mrs. Howard CUT
Tennis (Girls) Mr. Pangburn CUT
Track Winter (Coed) Ms. Cooke NON-CUT
Track Spring (Coed) Mr. Quinn NON-CUT

INTRAMURAL SPORTS
The Bangor High School Intramural Program is available to all students who are interested in participating in various after-school sporting activities.  The activities selected for the Intramural Program are primarily based on student interest.  Past offerings have included: Mountain Biking, Archery, Volleyball, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Weight-training, CPR training and Pickleball.  All activities are open to all students and run from 2:10-3:00 PM two or three times a week for several weeks.

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
Student fan conduct reflects directly on the school.  Bangor High School students are expected to show good sportsmanship towards officials, fans, opposing players and coaches while attending athletic contests.  Fans are not permitted to be on the playing surface at anytime.  Any student who demonstrates a lack of self-control while attending an athletic event may be asked to leave and disciplined by the school administrator.

FREQUENTLY REQUESTED INFORMATION (ALPHABETICAL):

ADDRESS CHANGES
Changes in home address, telephone number and other pertinent information must be reported to the front office as soon as possible.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Important announcements will be made between 10:10 – 10:15 AM and at the end of school.  Daily announcements of guidance and extra curricular activities are posted on the cafeteria window and on the main office window. Families are encouraged to monitor the Bangor High School page on www.bangorschools.net for news and information about school events.

BULLYING POLICY

It is the intent of the Bangor School Committee to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn.  To that end, the Bangor School Committee has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly, and respectful school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Bullying is detrimental to student learning and achievement.  It interferes with the mission of the schools to educate their students and disrupts the operations of the schools.  Bullying affects not only students who are targets but also those who participate and witness such behavior.

The Bangor School Committee also believes that promoting ethical and responsible behavior is an essential part of the school unit’s educational purpose.  Bullying interferes with the accomplishment of this goal.

It is not the Bangor School Committee’s intent to prohibit students from expressing their ideas, including ideas that may offend the sensibilities of others, or from engaging in civil debate.  However, the Bangor School Committee does not condone and will take action in response to conduct that interferes with students’ opportunity to learn, the educational mission of the Bangor schools, and the operation of its schools.

Bullying is not acceptable conduct in schools and is prohibited.  Any student who engages in conduct that constitutes bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension and expulsion.  A student’s bullying behavior may also be addressed through other behavioral interventions.

For the purpose of this policy, “bullying” means any physical act or gesture, or any verbal, written, or electronically communicated expression that:

1.   Causes physical harm to a student or damages a student’s property;

2.   Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property;

3.   Substantially disrupts the instructional program or the orderly operations of the school; or

4.   Creates an intimidating, hostile educational environment for the student who is bullied.

This policy applies to bullying that takes place at school or on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity or event, or while students are being transported to or from school or school-sponsored activities or events.

The determination whether particular conduct constitutes bullying requires reasonable consideration of the circumstances, which include the frequency of the behavior at issue, the location in which the behavior occurs, the ages and maturity of the students involved, the activity or context in which the conduct occurs, and the nature and severity of the conduct.

The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for developing and implementing procedures for:

1.   Student and parent reporting of bullying to staff and school administrators;

2.   Staff reporting of bullying to school administrators;

3.   Review of reports and investigation of bullying incidents;

4.   Intervention with and/or discipline of students who engage in bullying;

5.   Support for students who are victims of bullying;

6.   Training staff and students in bullying prevention; and

7. Periodic evaluation of bullying prevention, intervention, and training efforts in Bangor schools and reporting to the Bangor School Committee upon request.

Students who have been bullied or who observe incidents of bullying are encouraged to report this behavior to a staff member or school administrator.  Staff should report bullying to the building principal.

Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an incident of bullying are prohibited.  Any student who is determined to have falsely accused another of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences.  Consequences may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or reports to law enforcement officials.

Notice of what constitutes bullying, the Bangor School Committee’s prohibition against bullying, and consequences for students who bully shall be communicated to students and parents through the Code of Conduct stated in the Student Handbooks as well as other school publications.

BUS RULES – (JOHN T. CYR & SONS SAFETY RULES)

1.    The school bus driver is in complete charge of the bus and the driver’s instructions will be obeyed promptly.

2. Students must be on time at their bus stops.  Buses are on a tight schedule and WILL NOT wait for students who are late.

3. When waiting for a school bus students must stay off the road.  All students who cross the road must do so in front of the bus (10 feet).

4. School buses will be loaded in an orderly manner and unloaded the same way.

5. Students will remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. The school bus should not move until all passengers are seated.

6. Students will keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times, noise will be kept at a minimum, there will be no swearing, shouting, or fighting on any school bus.

7. Passengers will use the emergency exits only when instructed to do so or in cases of a real emergency.

8. Any student or group of students vandalizing a school bus will lose their riding privilege for no less than one week.           They will also be held liable for all costs to repair the damage and WILL NOT ride the school bus until that bill has been paid in full.

9. All trash will be put in the containers provided on each bus.

10.  There will be absolutely no tobacco on any school bus.

All students transported by Cyr Bus Line are subject to these rules and all drivers are responsible for the implementation of them.  Students will lose their riding privilege for no less than one week for smoking, vandalism, using foul or abusive language to the driver, fighting, unauthorized use of the emergency doors, or constant disregard for the bus safety rules.  For less serious offenses, one written warning will be sent home to parents.  A second occurrence will result in loss of riding privilege for one week.  Cyr Bus Co. telephone number:  942-3354.

CAFETERIA / FOOD SERVICE

Students are allowed to use the cafeteria only during their assigned lunch mod and may not leave the school during lunch.  Students may purchase the regular lunch, choose from the a la carte or salad bar, or bring cold lunch. Milk is available for purchase. The Nutrikids system allows families to load money into a student account for electronic purchases at during lunch (www.nutrikids.com).

Students are expected to behave in the cafeteria and to clean up all litter from their table and floor in the area before leaving.  Students are to remain in the cafeteria during the lunch mod until the bell rings.  Food and drinks may not be taken from the cafeteria to any other room.  Students without a scheduled lunch should see their Assistant Principal to make other arrangements.

Applications for free / reduced lunch will be distributed the first week of school.  Parents are asked to return completed application forms as soon as possible to the front office for review of eligibility.

CELL PHONES / SMARTPHONES / ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell phones, smartphones, iPods / mp3 players, headphones, and any other electronic device not approved by the school are not to be seen or used during the school hours of 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Exceptions to this rule require administrative approval.

Disciplinary Actions:

Step 1:   Electronic device is taken away until the end of the school day.

Step 2:   Electronic device is taken away and will be returned to a parent.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Bangor School Department believes that personal and collective achievement across the learning community is enhanced by observing and working toward five core elements of the Code of Conduct: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion and Ambition. These expectations apply to all members of the greater Bangor School Department community and extend to all school activities.

Honesty – Be a trustworthy student, citizen, and friend.
Tell the truth.
Do your own work on assignments and tests
Request and receive permission before using or borrowing others’ things.

Respect – Recognize the rights of others and practice appropriate ethical and civil behavior at all times.
Use kind, considerate, polite and safe language and gestures.
Honor others’ physical space. Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
Take care of and show appreciation for the property of the school and others.
Be a courteous, supportive citizen.
Contribute to an environment where all individuals feel safe and valued. 
Know what is expected, do what is right, and be accountable for your actions.

Responsibility- Know what is expected, do what is right, and be accountable for your actions.
Inform an adult right away about possible damage to property or harm to others
Obey school department rules
Dress for success and follow the Bangor School Department dress guidelines.
Be a law-abiding citizen
Be a positive role model for others. 
Be thoughtful, kind, and considerate.

Compassion- Be thoughtful, kind, and considerate.
Be mindful of others’ feelings.
Support others by demonstrating tolerance of differences in beliefs, opinions, appearance, and skill levels.
Seek and offer assistance when needed.
Manage conflicts or disagreements respectfully.

Ambition- Be diligent in meeting your personal and academic goals.
Complete assigned tasks to the best of your ability.
Attend school regularly and arrive on time.
Give your best effort to reach your highest potential.
Challenge yourself.
Be a difference maker in the greater school community.

CONSEQUENCES

Adherence to the Bangor School Department Code of Conduct is expected. Failure by students to behave as required will result in specific consequences for unacceptable action(s).

Level I Consequence: Disciplinary action administered by the classroom teacher including warning, apology, timeout, loss of school privileges, detention, notification of parent, parent meeting, principal meeting, fail class, complete makeup work, grade reduction, and other remedies deemed suitable.

Level II Consequence: Disciplinary action administered by the Principal (or designee) including warning, apology, timeout, loss of school privileges, detention, notification of parent, parent meeting, principal meeting, fail class, suspension, criminal charges filed and psychological evaluation required, and other remedies deemed suitable.

Level III Consequence: Disciplinary action administered by the Superintendent or School Committee including loss of school privileges, notification of parent, parent meeting, restitution, criminal charges filed, suspension and psychological evaluation required, expulsion and psychological evaluation required, makeup work required, and other remedies deemed suitable.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE

The Bangor School Department provides computers, networks and Internet access to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff.  The School Committee believes that the resources available through the Internet are of significant value in the learning process and preparing students for future success.  At the same time, the unregulated availability of information and communication on the Internet requires that schools establish reasonable controls for lawful, efficient and appropriate use of this technology.

Student use of school computers, networks and Internet services is a privilege, not a right.  Students are required to comply with this policy and the accompanying rules (IJNDB-R).  Students who violate the policy and/or rules may have their computer privileges revoked and may also be subject to further disciplinary and/or legal action.

All Bangor School Department computers remain under the control, custody and supervision of the School Department.  The School Department reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activities by students.  Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, networks and Internet services.

As a result of the requirements mandated by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Bangor School Department will use the centralized content filtering program provided by the Maine School and Library Network to filter Internet access to all computers in the school system by July 1, 2002.  This filter complies with the CIPA.  It is designed to prevent access to materials that are obscene, contain pornography or are otherwise harmful to minors.

While reasonable precautions will be taken to supervise student use of the Internet, the Bangor School Department cannot reasonably prevent all inappropriate uses, including access to objectionable materials and communications with persons outside of the school, in violation of the School Committee policies/procedures and school rules.  The School Department is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information that students obtain through the Internet.

Students and parents shall be informed of these policies and procedures on an annual basis through handbooks and/or other means selected by the Superintendent. Parents may request alternative activities for their children that do not require Internet access through the established opt-out procedures.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for overseeing the implementation of this policy and the accompanying rules and for advising the School Committee of the need for any future amendments or revisions to the policy or rules.  The Superintendent may develop additional administrative procedures or rules governing the day-to-day management and operation of the School Department’s computer systems as long as they are consistent with the School Committee’s policies and rules.  The Superintendent may delegate specific responsibilities to building principals and others as he/she deems appropriate.

COMPUTER RULES AND INTERNET USE RULES

These rules implement School Department Policy IJNDB – Student Computer and Internet Use.  The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited use but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users.  Failure to comply with School Committee Policy IJNDB and these rules may result in a loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.

A.  Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right

Student use of School Department computers, networks and Internet services is a privilege, not a right.  Unacceptable use or activities may result in suspension or cancellation of privileges as well as additional disciplinary and/or legal action. The building principal shall have final authority to decide whether privileges will be denied or revoked.

B.   Acceptable Use

Student access to School Department computers, networks and Internet services is provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the School Department’s educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals. The same rules and expectations govern student use of computers as apply to other student conduct and communications. Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff members or volunteers when accessing the School Department computers, networks and Internet services.

C.  Prohibited Use

The user is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving the school computers, networks and Internet services and for his/her computer files, passwords and accounts.  Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Accessing Inappropriate Materials – Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal;
  2. Illegal Activities – Using School Department computers, networks and Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that violates other School Department policies, procedures and/or school rules;
  3. Violating Copyrights – Copying or downloading  copyrighted materials without the owner’s permission.
  4. Plagiarism – Representing as one’s own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.).  When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and web site must be identified.
  5. Copying or Installing Software – Copying, downloading or installing software on School Department computers without the expressed authorization of the computer system administrator;
  6. Non-School Related Uses – Using School Department computers, networks and Internet services for non-school related purposes such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes, or for any other personal use;
  7. Misuse of Passwords and Unauthorized Access – Sharing passwords, using other users’ passwords and/or accessing other users’ accounts.
  8. Malicious Use or Vandalism – Any malicious use, disruption or harm to School Department computers, networks and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities, breaching of security features, and creating, uploading or spreading computer viruses;
  9. Unauthorized Access to Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging or Newsgroups – Accessing chat rooms, instant messaging or newsgroups without specific authorization from the supervising teacher; and
  10. Negatively Impacting Network Capacity – Engaging in activities that cause unreasonable demand on network capacity or disruption of system operation, including but not limited to downloading large files without permission from the computer system administrator.

D.  No Expectation of Privacy

The School Department retains control, custody and supervision of all computers, networks and Internet services owned or leased by the School Department.  The School Department reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activities by students.  Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, networks and Internet services, including e-mail and stored files.

E.  Compensation for Losses, Costs and/or Damages

The student and/or the student’s parent/guardian shall be responsible for compensating the School Department for any losses, costs or damages incurred by the School Department related to violations of policy IJNDB and/or these rules, including investigation of violations.

F.   The School Department Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs or Illegal Use

The School Department assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges made by students, including but not limited to credit card charges, long distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal use of its computers such as copyright violations.

G.  Student Security

A student shall not reveal his/her full name, address or telephone number on the Internet without prior permission from the supervising teacher.  Students should never meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental permission.  Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them feel uncomfortable in any way.

H.  System Security and Operation

The security of School Department computers, networks and Internet services is a high priority.  Any user who identifies a security problem must notify the computer system administrator or a building principal.  The user shall not demonstrate the problem to others.  Any user who attempts to cause a breach of system security shall have his/her privileges revoked and may be subject to additional disciplinary and/or legal action.

I.    Student Laptop Computers

Student laptop computers are generally intended for in-school use.  District and building level procedures will be adopted and followed in the event that the computer laptop programs evolve to the point where home use becomes an option.  In the absence of these rules and procedures, students will not take laptops home.  Computer laptop procedures for home use will include clearly defined provisions for insuring the equipment, expectations for appropriate use, and orientation sessions for parents and students.

DANCES

Admission is open to all Bangor High School students.  Students may bring a guest to a dance as long as the guest has received prior permission from the administration (Assistant Principal) and is of high school age (15-20 years old).  No student over the school age of 20 may attend any school dances, including the prom.

Doors are closed 1 1/2 hours after the dance begins. No admittance is permitted after that time. Any student(s) who leave prior to the scheduled end of the dance are not allowed to return. The indoor lobby is to be used only by individuals who have paid admission. Behavior must be in accordance with school guidelines and expectations, and individuals may be removed from dances for behavior that is not appropriate or not in line with these established rules.

CONFERENCES

All parents will have an opportunity to confer with their child’s teacher(s) on November 25-26 (1:00-8:00 p.m. both duys) during Parent Teacher Conferences. A system for scheduling conferences will be communicated to parents and students in the fall. The purpose of conferences is for students, parents and teachers to discuss progress and achievement. Students and parents may request a conference with your teacher(s) during the school year. Teachers are available and willing to discuss a student’s achievement and development.

DETENTION

A.  ADMINISTRATIVE
Bangor High School operates an administrative detention hall after school from 2:10-3:00 PM on Monday through Wednesday.  The detention hall will be used to make up class cuts, unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, and discipline problems. Each discipline referral will be kept on record. Continuous discipline referrals may result in a suspension. Detention will be run as a quiet study hall.  Each student must study or sit quietly. A student who fails to show for an assigned detention may receive a suspension unless the student was excused beforehand by the administration. Work/employment and after school activities are not legitimate reasons for missing detention.

B. TEACHER ISSUED DETENTION
Individual teachers may assign student detentions Monday through Friday. Students who do not attend a teacher assigned detention may be referred to their assistant principal.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Students of the Bangor School Department (BSD) should dress for success every day of the school year.  Dressing for success in the school routine reinforces for the students the importance of dressing appropriately for the world of work and their future professional endeavors.

Dressing for success has multiple effects for students:  maintaining respect, establishing credibility, ensuring safety, promoting a positive learning environment, and limiting distractions.  Dress must reflect neatness, cleanliness, modesty, good taste and must not be suggestive, threatening, or intimidating.  Additionally, dress must reflect the standards of both individual and schoolhouse safety.  All dress must contribute to an environment consistent with a positive and healthy school climate.

As a guide, the BSD, for example, considers tank/halter tops, pajamas, 100 percent spandex attire, bare feet, chains, hats, head gear, and clothing promoting alcohol, drugs, obscene or suggestive acts to be in conflict with the BSD’s expectations of a healthy and positive learning environment and therefore, are not allowed to be worn in school.  Clothing should not be too short, too long, too low, or worn too tightly.  (Skirts and shorts must extend to fingertips).

Clothing that exposes cleavage, the midriff, undergarments or that is otherwise immodest or provocative is prohibited. All dress must be weather appropriate.  For example, wearing shorts during the winter months is not appropriate.

Footwear must be appropriate for school.  Flip flops, and flip flop type sandals are strongly discouraged as they may be a safety concern.  All footwear must be tied and/or laced, if designed to be tied and/or laced.

“Dress for success” is a phrase that captures the intent of these guidelines.  For all students associated with the BSD, the expectation is that responsibilities are approached purposefully each day.  “Dress for success” supports this approach and promotes our individual responsibility to contribute to the common good of our school community.

Building administrators and/or their designees are authorized to determine appropriateness of student attire.  Students dressed inappropriately will be expected to change their attire before continuing in their studies for the day.

Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or medical purposes should contact the building principal.

Any individual violating the dress and behavior guidelines will be referred to an assistant principal for review and possible consequences.

BE ATTRACTIVE, NOT DISTRACTIVE!

DRUG USE / CHEMICAL HEALTH

The Bangor School Department recognizes chemical dependency as a disease and the use of mood-altering and other chemicals (marijuana, alcohol, other drugs) as a significant health problem that results in negative effects on behavior, learning, and the total development of each individual.

To this end, the following policy and procedures will:

  1.             a.      reflect a position of zero tolerance of substance abuse

b.      emphasize the Department’s concern for the health and safety of its students

  1.             c.      address physical and emotional effects of chemical use
    1. support existing laws regarding chemical use and abuse
    2. assist students to resist pressure which directs them towards the use of mood-altering and other chemicals
    3. refer students for assistance and evaluation regarding their use of mood-altering chemicals

g.      establish disciplinary procedures regarding use, possession, and distribution of mood-altering chemicals

h.      insure that the student’s right to confidentiality is protected at all times

i.       create Student Support Teams (SST) in each school

The SST will meet on a case referral basis and will be used to provide assistance to students who are having difficulties with chemical use.  The SST will not be used for disciplinary purposes.  No formal records will be maintained in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Student Support Team (SST) shall consist of the following members:

Chemical Health Support Person (where applicable)

Principal or Assistant Principal

School Social Worker

School Psychological Service Provider

Student’s Guidance Counselor

School Nurse

Faculty representative(s) designated by the principal.

The functions of SST shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  1. review assessments made by the chemical health support person or other service provider
  2. develop plans for students referred to the team
  3. recommend participation in chemical health education programs
  4. recommend participation in school-based support groups
  5. recommend non-clinical assessments
  6. recommend and facilitate referrals for clinical/medical assessments
  7. act as a liaison among treatment facilities, parents, and the school
  8. provide information to school staff and parents when appropriate
  9. insure the student’s right to privacy and confidentiality

When an SST is convened, the student and his/her parent(s) will be invited.  Parents and students will be encouraged to participate in the SST process.  All recommendations of the SST will be referred to the administration, who will monitor their implementation.

Rules

  1. During the school year, a student shall not use a beverage containing alcohol; or use, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away alcohol or any substance defined by law as a scheduled drug, a counterfeit drug, or an imitation scheduled drug.  This rule will also apply to drug paraphernalia and look-alike drugs, and will be in effect on school property and at school-sponsored functions (including transportation provided by the Bangor School Department to and from facilities).
  2. During the season of practice, play, rehearsal, or duration of any extra- or co-curricular activity (including athletics), a student shall at no time use a beverage containing alcohol; or use, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away alcohol or any substance defined by law as a scheduled drug, a counterfeit drug, or an imitation drug.  This rule will also apply to drug paraphernalia and look-alike drugs.
  3.   Students in grades 6-12 who are involved in interscholastic activities and/or other extra- or co-curricular activities will sign a contract, the terms of which will be consistent with this policy.
  4.   It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor.

Procedures for Intervention in Chemical Dependency Cases

Type I  All Disciplinary Referrals

1.    Document the incident.

2.    Notify the administration of the incident.

3.    Administrator meets with student and discusses concerns.

4.    Administrator notifies parent(s).

5.    Administrator notifies Superintendent and follows appropriate legal                                avenues pertaining to possession of illegal substances by a minor.

First Offense:  Possession or Use

1.The student will be suspended from the regular school program  for up to 3 days.  (Athletes and other students involved in extra- or co-curricular activities will also be suspended from those activities for 2 calendar weeks.)

2. The student will be given a non-clinical assessment by a member of the Student Support Team.

3. The chemical health support person will make a report to the SST.

4. The SST will make recommendations to the administrator regarding appropriate action which is then communicated to the student and parent(s) by the administrator.

5. The student will be encouraged to follow all recommendations during the process.  Students involved in athletics or other  extra- or co-curricular activities who do not comply with the recommendations of the SST will be suspended from the team or activity for the remainder of the season or duration of the activity.

Second Offense:  Possession or Use

1. The student will be suspended from the regular school program for up to 5 days.  (Athletes and other students involved in extra- or co-curricular activities will also be suspended for the remainder of the season or the duration of the activity.)

2. Parents will meet with the administrator and the SST.

3. A clinical/medical assessment will be recommended (for those in extra- or co-curricular activities, this must take place before participation in another activity; failure to comply will lead to suspension from all activities for the remainder of the year).

4. The student will be encouraged to follow all recommendations made during the process.  Failure to comply may result in a recommendation for expulsion.

Third Offense:  Possession or Use

1. Administrator recommends expulsion.

2. SST recommends a clinical/medical assessment.

NOTE: If parent(s) do not follow all recommendations during the process, a referral may be made to the Department of Human Services.

Type II  Concerned Person Referral

  1. The concerned person shares his/her concern with a member of the SST who directs the referral to the chemical health support person.
  2. The chemical health support person consults with others who know the student to assess behavior if applicable (student’s right to confidentiality is protected).
  3. Chemical health support person meets with student, if appropriate, to share concerns and review information and policies.  (If student acknowledges problem, follow Type III, Self Referral, First Report, and omit steps 4-6 below; if not proceed to step 4.)
  4. Chemical health support person begins non-clinical assessment if appropriate.
  5. Chemical health support person notifies parent(s) if appropriate.
  6. If appropriate, and with student’s consent, chemical health support person meets with SST to develop plan with student.

Type III  Self Referral

First Report

1.   The teacher/staff person talks with the student about the student’s                                  concern.

2.   The teacher/staff person recommends a self-referral to the chemical                               health support person or makes a concerned person referral. (For                                          concerned person referral, follow Type II steps 2-5.)

3.   The chemical health support person evaluates the student and reports to the SST if appropriate (if not appropriate, omits steps 4 and 5 below).

4.   The SST develops a plan with the student based on the report of the                               chemical health support person.

5.   The SST follows up to determine if the student is utilizing the resources effectively, and, if not, meets with the student to review the plan.

Second Report

1.   Same as First Report, steps 1-2.

2.   Chemical health support person refers student to the SST.

3.   The SST will make recommendations based on the report of the chemical health support person.  The SST will recommend a clinical/medical assessment.

4.   The student will be encouraged to follow all recommendations during the process.  Students involved in athletics or other extra- or co-curricular activities who do not comply with the recommendations of the SST will be suspended from the team or activity for the remainder of the season or the duration of the activity.

Third and Subsequent Reports:

  1. Same as Second Report, steps 1-3.
  2. Athletes and other students involved in extra- or co-curricular activities will be suspended for the remainder of the season or the duration of the activity.
  3. For any reports beyond the third, the student will be suspended from all extra- and co-curricular activities for the remainder of the year.

Type IV  Selling or Furnishing

First Offense (During The Same School Year)

1.   Confiscate substance.

2.   Document the incident and notify an administrator.

3.   Administrator notifies parent(s), superintendent and police.

4.   The student will be suspended from the regular school program for up to 10 days.  (Athletes and other students involved in extra- or co-curricular activities will be suspended from all activities for the remainder of the year.)

5.  A recommendation will be made for expulsion for the remainder of the school year.

Second Offense (During The Same School Year)

1.   Same as First Offense, steps 1-3.

2.   Refer to Bangor School Department Policies JFCI and JGE and Regulation JGE on expulsion.  A recommendation will be made for permanent expulsion.

NOTE: If parent(s) do not follow the recommendations during the process, a referral may be made to the Department of Human Services.

Search and Seizure:

A search and seizure may be made based on reasonable suspicion and consistent with Federal law and the laws of the State of Maine.

Medical Emergency:

  1. In the case of a medical emergency, the normal administrative procedures for medical emergencies will follow.
  2. Once the medical emergency has been dealt with, the appropriate policy provision will be implemented.

Administrative Discretion:

The administration shall have final discretion in the implementation of these rules and procedures.

CHEMICAL HEALTH PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS (ON OR OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS)

Use or Possession:

First Offense:

1.   Remove the student from the school function and return the student to school grounds when appropriate.

2.   Call parent(s) or guardian to assume responsibility.

3.   Call police or sheriff’s department to transport the student home if parent or guardian is not available.

4.   Refer to Type I (Disciplinary Referral, First Offense, (steps 1-5).

Second Offense:

1.   Same as First Offense, steps 1-3.

2.   Same as Type I (Disciplinary Referral, Second Offense, steps 1-4).

Third Offense:

1.   Same as First Offense, steps 1-3.

2.   Same as Type I (Disciplinary Referral, Third Offense).

Selling or Furnishing

First Offense:

1.   Notify police.

2.   Remove student from the school function and return the student to                                 school grounds when appropriate.

3.   Refer to Type IV, Selling or Furnishing, First Offense, steps 1-5.

Second Offense:

Same as Type IV, Selling or Furnishing, Second Offense, step 2.

ALCOHOL ANALYZER PROTOCOL

When using the School’s alcohol analyzer, administrators comply with the following procedures in order to ensure compliance with the reasonable suspicion standard (see Chemical Health Policy) for conducting student searches.

Individual Sensor Positive Result

Attempt to use the analyzer in a location where it will identify individual students, not groups of students.

1.   If the analyzer’s sensor is triggered by an individual student, ask the student if he/she has consumed alcohol.

2.   If necessary, ask the student to take a breath test.

3.   Document the sensor result, analyzer test, and any other observations of the tested student.

Group Sensor Positive Result

If the analyzer is used in a location where it identifies more than one student, then you do the following:

  1. Question each student in the group whether he/she has consumed alcohol.
  2. Test any student who admits to consuming alcohol by that student.
  3. Test any student who denies consuming alcohol, but other observations raise a reasonable suspicion of alcohol consumption.  Examples:  slurred speech, unsteady gait, smell of alcohol, glazed eyes.
  4. Document the sensor result, analyzer test and any other observation of the tested student.

EXAMS: MID-YEARS AND FINALS

Summative exams are important assessments of student learning that take place after the first semester (mid-year exams) and the second semester (final exams). All Bangor High School classes include a mid-term and a final exam that may count for up to 20% of the grade. Students must take the summative exams in order to earn course credit. In addition to the role of summative exams to document learning, the practice of administering mid-years and finals mirrors assessment practices at the college level and are therefore important experiences for students. Specific class procedures (weighting of exams, etc.) are provided to students on each teacher’s printed course description.

Mid year exam dates: TBA

Senior final exam dates: TBA

Final exams dates for grades 9-11: TBA

Mid-year and final exams dates are ½ days with the normal bus routes and times for morning pick-up, and buses depart Bangor High School at approximately 11:15 AM. Students must take mid-year exams in order to earn academic credit for the course. Specific class procedures (studying, weighting of exams, etc.) are printed on each teacher’s course description.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY

All students planning to participate in any extra-curricular activity must pass four (4) major subjects the previous quarter in order to be eligible for extra-curricular participation.  Summer school grades may impact eligibility. Students who are involved in an extra-curricular activity and arrive to school after 11:00 will not be allowed to participate in the extra-curricular activity that day.  Exceptions to this rule will require administrative approval.

FIGHTING

Any Bangor High School employee is a resource to assist students in de-escalating a conflict and avoiding a physical confrontation with another student. Any student physically involved in a fight will be suspended for a period of up to ten (10) days.  Parents will be notified, and if necessary, a conference will be held to determine further actions.

FIRE DRILLS

Directions for leaving the building during a fire drill are posted in each room.  At the sound of the fire alarm, ALL students are to evacuate the building in an orderly manner via the designated exit without stopping at lockers.  Handicapped students should be assisted out the easiest exit.  Students have to be far enough from the building (200 ft.) to allow for fire trucks to maneuver.  No one may re-enter the building until notified to do so by proper authorities.  Ringing a false alarm is a criminal offense and anyone doing so will be prosecuted.

GRADING CODE

A: 93-100

B: 85-92

C: 77-84

D: 70-74

F: Below 70

GRADE POINTS / GRADE WEIGHTING

Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) Courses are weighted on a 5 point scale for grades of “B” or better: (A=5, B=4, C=2, D=1, F=0) with no distinction made between +/- following the assigned letter grade. Courses without the Honors or AP designation are graded on a 4-point scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) with no distinction made between +/- following the assigned letter grade.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

GPA is determined on the semester level and is an average of the grade points earned (See “Grade Points” above) over entirety of semesters that appear on a student’s transcript.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

ENGLISH (4 Credits)
Each of four years of English must be completed with a passing grade.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH (1.5 Credits)
Three semesters of physical education plus one semester of health must be completed with a passing grade.

HISTORY (2 Credits)
GeoCivics and United States History must be completed with passing grades.

SCIENCE (3 Credits)
Three courses in science must be completed with a passing grade.

MATHEMATICS (3.5 Credits beginning with Class of 2016)
Three yearlong courses and one semester in math must be completed with a passing grade.
Class of 2016: Students must enroll in a mathematics course in each of the four years. Three full courses and one single semester course must be completed with a passing grade.

FINE ARTS (1 Credit)
One coursein fine arts (art, music, drama, photography must be completed with a passing grade.

ELECTIVES (7 Credits)
Additional courses in various subjects must be completed successfully in order to meet the total academic credits required for graduation.

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)  & ONTRACK ASSESSMENTS
Bangor High School has developed a system that monitors and certifies each student’s progress toward proficiency in State of Maine established learning standards. Common assessments across the content areas measure the core knowledge and competencies that all students are expected to demonstrate in each subject outlined in state standards.  Once additional instruction has been provided, replacement opportunities will be offered for students who fail to meet the expectations during each initial assessment. While every reasonable effort will be made to offer transfer students the chance to fulfill OnTrack requirements, demonstrating proficiency in state standards may not be achievable by every student transferring into Bangor High School.