RMHS MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Rancho Mirage High School is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive, and meaningful education for all students. Each student will be expected to succeed within the bounds of their abilities and chosen educational and career goals. Each student will be treated as an individual, given the tools to be a lifelong learner, and taught to function as a member of a group and as a productive and meaningful member of society.
A partnership involving the school, home and community will provide an environment that is conducive to intellectual, academic, personal and social growth.
RMHS VISION All students will meet or exceed grade level standards.
All students will have the essential skills to effectively function in a post-secondary educational setting or the world of work.
All students will become positive, caring, and contributing members of society.
EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS - To Be Determined…
SCHOOL COLORS Maroon, Gray, and Columbia Blue
PSUSD Board of Education
SECTION I: GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION ACADEMIC HONESTY
The Board of Education believes that academic honesty and personal integrity are fundamental components of a student's education and character development. The Board expects that students will not cheat, lie, plagiarize or commit other acts of academic dishonesty. (BP 5131.9)
Students are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity while in attendance at Rancho Mirage High School. All students are expected to do their own work. This includes but is not limited to test-taking, class assignments, homework, essays, compositions, term papers, and research. All work submitted by students is to be a true reflection of their own effort and ability. If submitted work is found to be otherwise, the student has shown unacceptable academic behavior warranting consequences. Engagement in any of the following is considered cheating:
Claiming credit for work not the product of one’s own honest effort
Providing access to materials or information so that credit may be dishonestly claimed by others
Knowing and/or tolerating either or both of the above
Any of these identified behaviors represents a violation of mutual trust and respect essential to the education at Rancho Mirage High School. Students who demonstrate these behaviors should expect the following consequences:
School related accidents or injuries must be reported immediately to the Health Office and an accident report must be completed. A Licensed Vocational Nurse is available in the Health Office area of the Administration Building. A school/district nurse is on site one day per week. If the situation warrants, paramedic services will be called. In all cases, an attempt will be made to notify a parent or guardian as soon as possible.
It is essential to have a properly completed Emergency Card on file at the school to ensure the prompt notification of a parent or emergency contact. For questions or if you have changes in phone numbers or address, please call the Attendance Office at (760) 202-6455. ADDRESS / INFORMATION CHANGE
When address or telephone number changes occur, at any time during the school year, the parent or guardian must notify the Registrar’s Office at (760) 202-6455. If you move, please notify the registrar’s office immediately and complete a new emergency card and change of address form along with a verification of your new address (utility bill, rental receipt or mortgage paperwork).
Keeping our records up to date allows school personnel to contact a parent or guardian in case of an emergency. ASSEMBLIES
Assemblies are part of our “Rattler Spirit” which promotes student pride, school spirit, and a sense of ownership, belonging and achievement at Rancho Mirage High School. Attendance at the assemblies is optional; those who attend will be expected to exhibit appropriate behavior. Students who do not wish to participate must be checked out of school.
ATHLETICS / SPORTS
RMHS offers a full schedule of sports activities. Sport teams will compete in the De Anza League, as well as against other schools in Southern California. To participate, students are required to meet the guidelines as identified in the EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES section.
Cross Country Football
Track & Field
Track & Field
Palm Springs Unified School District Board policy requires that all high school students participating in extracurricular athletics must maintain a 2.0 grade point average, with no more than two “F’s” for each grading period. If the student is at risk academically, they will be required to have a weekly progress report until they have stabilized their grades. Athletic eligibility also includes completion of the athletic packet, proof of insurance, and a yearly physical.
We encourage all students to tryout regardless of their ability or talent. Students are encouraged to talk to the coaches of the sport, PE teachers, or the Athletic Director at any time during the year, if interested in participating in athletics. Students participating in the sports programs must ride the bus to and from all athletic activities. A student must be present on the day of an event if they wish to participate. If you are planning on playing sports at the college level, your counselor and the Career Guidance Specialist will help you complete information on the National College Athletic Association’s requirements for athletic scholarships. For further information, see the NCAA Website (http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/N CAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp).
ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURE
The staff at Rancho Mirage High School believes that punctual, regular attendance directly impacts school pride, improves academic progress, and develops responsibility in students. RMHS staff is committed to working with students and parents/guardians to improve attendance. Because poor attendance negatively affects academic achievement, parents are encouraged to monitor their students’ attendance through our online system (access is available in the Media Center).
Student attendance is mandated by the State of California. Parents are responsible for their student’s punctual, regular attendance. State law requires that:
Students aged 6-15 must attend school full time.
Students aged 16-17 must attend a comprehensive school, continuation school, or another district alternative program.
Students aged 18+ with unsatisfactory academic progress, citizenship, and/or attendance will be counseled about their options.
RMHS is required to verify all student absences. Please follow these steps:
Parents should call the Attendance Office (760) 202-6455 between 7-10 AM on each day of the absence.
If absence is not called in, students are requested to bring written verification of absence, signed by a parent, stating days and reason for absence. Students are allowed 3 days to change unexcused absences to excused.
To have an absence, CLEARED, notice from a parent or guardian must be received. Parents/guardians may either call the Attendance Office or send a note identifying the name of their child, the reason for the absence, the date(s) of absence and parent signature.
For a student who is ill more than five (5) consecutive days or “in excess” during the school year, a doctor’s verification will be required to clear the absence and may be required for subsequent absences.
Parents may request homework from the Attendance Office for extended absences (three or more days). Please allow 72 HOURS to prepare the homework for pick-up.
Absence - Excused
Absences may be excused for the following: illness, court, doctor or dentist visits, religious holiday, family bereavement, vacation with prior approval, or other emergencies. All pre-arranged absences of more than five days must be cleared through the Attendance Office. For a list of excuse absences and penalties for nonattendance see the PSUSD Parent/Student Information handbook.
Absence – School-related Business
Student attendance at extra-curricular and school-related activities are subject to specifications stipulated by PSUSD Board Policy. (BP 6145)
Participation in games, activities or events requires the student to be present in classes on the day of the event.
*A student who is 18 years old or older may sign themselves out or excuse their absences with parent authorization on file.
Students who miss any class 10 or more times will be advised that chronic absence deprives them of opportunities to succeed in the class. Although there are legitimate reasons students may miss class, students must be aware that they miss instruction and discussion; they are unable to contribute as individuals to the work of the class or to the work they may be sharing with a group. These are situations that are impacted as absences accumulate. While students may make-up a test or assignment if they have an excused absence, the learning experience that was missed cannot be duplicated.
Student Sign-Out Procedure
A parent/guardian must sign students out in the Attendance Office if a student is leaving campus during regular school hours. Emergency contacts are for use when parents cannot be reached in an emergency. Students CANNOT be released to emergency contacts WITHOUT parent/guardian’s authorization. Any student leaving without the required permission cannot clear their attendance and the absence will be noted as truant, with the student being subject to a legal action.