Rancho Mirage High School 31001 Rattler Road Rancho Mirage, ca 92270



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Rancho Mirage High School

Student / Parent Handbook 2013 - 2014




Rancho Mirage High School

31001 Rattler Road

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

(760) 202-6455

Fax:



Palm Springs Unified School District

980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92270

(760) 416-6000


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…

MASCOT
Rattlers
SCHOOL COLORS
Maroon, Gray, and Columbia Blue
PSUSD Board of Education

Shari Stewart

Board President

Gary Jeandron

Board Clerk

Justin Blake

Board Member

Richard Clapp

Board Member

Karen Cornett

Board Member


PSUSD Cabinet

Christine Anderson, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools

Mike Swize, Ed.D

Asst. Supt., Educational Services

Mauricio Arellano

Asst. Supt., Human Resources

Lisa Howell

Asst. Supt., Business Services

Table of Contents

TOPIC PAGE

RMHS Faculty

4


SECTION I: GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

Academic Honesty

5

Accidents and Injuries

6

Address / Information Change

6

Assemblies

6

Athletics / Sports

6

Attendance Policy and Procedures

7

Absence, Sign-out, Tardiness, Truancy

7

Bike / Skateboard / Scooter Policy

9

Booster Clubs and Foundations

9

Campus Security

9

Civility Policy

9

Class Schedules

9

Closed Campus

9

Complaint Procedures

10

Community Assistance Agencies

10

Dance Policy

10

Delivery of Gifts or Personal Messages

10

E-Mail

10

Exclusion List

10

Extracurricular Activities – Clubs, Organizations, and Student Activities

10

Extracurricular Eligibility

11

Extracurricular Permission

12

Fines

12

Hall Passes

12

Health Office / Medications

12

ID Cards

12

Lost and Found

13

Metal Detectors

13

Motor Vehicle Policies

13

Non Discrimination Policy

13

Off Campus Lunch Privilege

13

Parent Connect / Vue

14

Payments or Purchases

14

Physical Education Uniform Policy

14

Plagiarism

14

Police Contact

14

School Calendar

14

Search and Seizure

14

Sexual Harassment Policy

14

Transcripts

15

Visitors

15

Withdrawing From School

15

Work Permits

15


SECTION II: INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

Academic Achievement

17

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

17

A-G Requirements

17

CAHSEE

18

Class Changes

18

Grade Report Schedule

18

Grading Scale

19

Graduation Requirements

19

Grade Point Average

19

Grade Corrections

20

Guidance Information

20

Homework Policy

20

Incomplete Grades

20

Make-up Work Policy

21

Media Center / Library

21

Parent Center

21

Prerequisites

22

Scholarships

22

Short Term Independent Study

22

Sports PE Credit

22

Teacher’s Assistants

23

Testing Information

23

Tutoring

23


SECTION III: SCHOOL CONDUCT

Behavior Plan

24

Classroom Policies, Procedures, and Discipline

24

Code of Conduct

24

Consequences

25

Consequence Matrix

25

Detention

26

Dress Code

27

Electronic Devices

28

Gum Policy

29

In-School Supervised Study (ISSS)

29

Severity Clause

29

Suspension / Expulsion

29



RMHS Faculty
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF


Ken Wagner, Ed. D

Principal

Chris Calderwood

Vice Principal / Athletic Director




Vice Principal


CERTIFICATED STAFF


Allen, Heather

Media Coordinator / Librarian




Technical Theatre Teacher

Alvarado, Walter

World Language Teacher

Aparicio, Abraham

Social Studies Teacher

Ballard, Kim

Math Teacher

Belliveau, Brian

Social Studies Teacher

Borden, Mark

Science Teacher

Burgett, Natascha

English Teacher

Bystrzycki, Wendy

World Language Teacher

Carson, Lacy

Counselor

Doran, Emily

Science Teacher

Downer, Aimee

English Teacher

Eisenmann, Andrew

Performing Arts Teacher

Gastelum, Ana

World Language Teacher

Gaylord, Michael

Performing Arts Teacher

Grafe, Lesley

Math Teacher

Grandmain, Danyel

English Teacher

Grey, Amy

English Teacher

Hanmer, Rob

Physical Education Teacher

Hernandez, Vivian

Math / Special Education Teacher

Jimenez, Jorge

Science Teacher

Martinez, Eduardo

English / Special Education Teacher

Mathis, Pamela

Counselor

Matthews, Larry

Physical Education Teacher

Merrick, Howard

Culinary Arts Teacher

Mocete, Yvette

Science Teacher

Myers, Megan

Physical Education Teacher

Newhouse, Kelly

Performing Arts Teacher

Rhodewalt, Bruce

Math Teacher

Rivera, Ruby

English / Social Studies Teacher

Robinson, Kimberly

Social Studies Teacher

Robles, Sarah

Science Teacher

Sanchez, Sara

English Teacher

Stevenson, Marie

Math Teacher

Trejo Quintanilla, Lizbeth

World Language Teacher

Zeihen, Andrew

Math Teacher


CLASSIFIED STAFF


Valdez, Cecilia

Administrative Secretary HS

Newhouse, Ron

Auditorium Stadium Technician




Athletic Equipment Custodian

Serafin, Aurelio

Campus Security Officer

Welch, Sidney

Campus Security Officer

Vasquez, Donna

Custodian – Day

Alvarado, Yanet

Custodian – Night

Ponce, Rosa

Custodian – Night




Custodian – Night

Franco, Victor

Groundskeeper I

Ochoa, Larry

Groundskeeper II




Head Custodian II – Night

Lopez, Jose Israel

Head Custodian III – Day

Thomas, Lisa

High School Financial Clerk

Enriquez, Yazmin

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Lugo, Claudia

Office Specialist School – Bilingual

Iparraguirre, Patricia

Office Specialist School – Bilingual

Camarena, Sonia

Office Specialist School

Vargas, Sumatiben

Paraprofessional ISSS

Coats, Deborah

Paraprofessional Senior

Martinez, Rita

Paraprofessional Senior

Hernandez, Kelley

Registrar

Marino, Tom

Skilled Maintenance Worker



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:

  1. Claiming credit for work not the product of one’s own honest effort

  2. Providing access to materials or information so that credit may be dishonestly claimed by others

  3. 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:



  1. ‘Zero’ on the assignment

  2. Parent/Guardian Notification

  3. Disciplinary Action


ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES

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.






Fall

Winter

Spring

Boys

Cross Country Football

Water Polo




Basketball

Soccer


Wrestling

Baseball

Golf


Swimming

Tennis


Track & Field

Girls

Cross Country

Golf


Tennis

Volleyball



Basketball

Soccer


Water Polo

Wrestling



Softball

Swimming

Track & Field



Athletic Eligibility

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:

  1. Students aged 6-15 must attend school full time.

  2. Students aged 16-17 must attend a comprehensive school, continuation school, or another district alternative program.

  3. 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.




Chronic Absence

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.




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