|Triton Central High School
4774 West 600 North
Fairland, IN 46126-9713
(317) 835-3000 Fax (317) 835-3012
Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County
Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
We are Totally Committed to Helping Students Succeed
Northwestern Consolidated School Corporation
NWCS Mission Statement
Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County, in cooperation with the home and community, is committed to fostering a culture of excellence where all students are provided opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge, skills and values to succeed and become responsible contributors to society.
Continuous Improvement towards “Excellence”
TCHS daily creates a culture of continuous improvement of 21st Century Skills within a collaborative climate where every student has the opportunity for success.
TCHS will be a premier Indiana school by implementing researched-driven best practices in a collaborative, technology-focused culture to cause student learning and promote success.
We’ll sing the Triton War Song,
We’ll give a fighting cry,
We’ll fight a Tiger’s battle,
Tigers ever do or die,
And in the glow of the victory firelight,
History cannot deny,
To write a page or two for the Tiger fighting crew,
Beneath the Hoosier Sky!
This Student Handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly asked questions that you and your parents may have during the school year and to provide specific information about certain Board policies and guidelines. Please take time to become familiar with the following important information contained in this Handbook and keep the Handbook available for frequent reference by you and your parents. If you have any questions that are not addressed in this Handbook, you are encouraged to talk to Mr. Thompson. This Handbook replaces all prior handbooks and other written material on the same subjects. This Handbook does not equate to an irrevocable contractual commitment to the student, but only reflects the current status of the Board’s policies and the School’s rules as of May 31, 2012. If any of the policies or administrative guidelines referenced herein is revised after May 31, 2012, the language in the most current policy or administrative guideline prevails. Copies of current Board policies and administrative guidelines are available from the building principal and on the Corporation’s web site.
1. The Administration and Board shall have the sole right and discretion to make a final interpretation of any and all provisions of the handbook and to resolve any questions pertaining thereto.
2. If a parent/guardian needs to speak to the principal, vice principal, athletic director, counselor, a teacher, etc., please call the school prior to coming in and schedule an appointment mutually acceptable to all parties involved. The secretaries in the office will be glad to help schedule an appointment for the principal, vice-principal, athletic director, and director of guidance and relay a message to a teacher to call and set an appointment. This will provide a more efficient use of time for parent/guardian, student, as well as school personnel.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
All visitors must report to the office when they arrive at school.
All visitors are given and required to wear a building pass while they are in the building.
Staff members are expected to question people in the building whom they do not recognize and who are not wearing a building pass, and to question people who are “hanging around” the building after hours.
Students and staff are expected to immediately report to a teacher or administrator any suspicious behavior or situation that makes them uncomfortable.
As many unneeded outside doors as possible are locked during the school day.
Portions of the building that will not be needed after the regular school days are closed off.
Students may not bring visitors to school without first obtaining written permission from the Principal or designee.
For safety purposes, TCHS is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to receive visits, phone calls, or messages from anyone during school hours except their parents/guardians. Only a parent/guardian is allowed to come to the school and have lunch with their student during lunch time.
The School District may utilize video surveillance and electronic monitoring in order to protect Districtproperty, promote security, and protect the health, welfare, and safety of students, staff, and visitors.
5. Curriculum/Program Choices - Students are required to follow one of several curriculum tracks at TCHS:
Academic Core 40
Core 40 with Academic Honors
Core 40 with Technical Honors
Please refer to the TCHS Course Description Guide for detailed course descriptions, courses of study and curriculum tracks.
6. Class load - All students are expected to take a full class load all four years of high school
7. Requirements for graduation - General Diploma
English 8 credits
Social Studies 4 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
Science 4 credits
Health 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credit
Electives 17 credits
TOTAL 40 credits
8. Mid-term Graduation - TCHS has a program for mid-term graduation. In order to be eligible to graduate at mid-term, all credit requirements must be completed during the student’s final semester at TCHS. Students must request mid-term graduation prior to the eighth (8th) day of the fall semester in which they plan to graduate. Mid-term graduates may attend graduation activities. Students are expected to attend high school for eight semesters. A student who has met all requirements may petition the Principal for early graduation after six semesters pending school board approval. Approval of these petitions will be determined on an individual basis and consideration will be made based in part on issues of attendance, disciplinary records, and academic record.
Six Semester Waiver
The Indiana Code provides for a waiver to allow graduation after the sixth semester of attendance. 511 IAC 6-7-4 specifies:
Sec. 4 (a) To be graduated from a high school, a pupil shall attend at least seven (7) semesters in Grades 9-12.
Sec. 4 (b) The state board shall waive the seven (7) semester requirement if:
1. Failure to waive the requirement would effectively prevent the student from graduating from high school; or
2. The student’s school supports the waiver, the student likely would have qualified for a gifted and talented education program waiver had it been available; and
3. The waiver is for the purpose of enrolling in an accredited post-secondary educational institution, and the student has been accepted for enrollment; or
4. The waiver is for the purpose of furthering the student’s education through military enlistment and that the student has an enlistment contract that contains the educational component.
Students requesting a waiver of the 7 semester requirement described above must: (1) submit a written request for approval by May 1 of their Sophomore year; (2) demonstrate need based on the criteria listed above; (3) demonstrate that they can meet all graduation requirements for their current designated class [Sophomore] by the end of summer school the following academic year.
9. High Ability - Students have the opportunity to choose from advanced placement courses and dual credit courses. Activities are both curricular and extracurricular in nature. Please refer to the TCHS course description guide for program goals and a detailed explanation of the program or contact the guidance department.
10. Vocational School - TCHS vocational openings are allotted for the morning and afternoon at Blue River Career Center , Central 9 Career Center, and Walker Career Center. For each student attending Blue River Vocational Career Center , Central 9 Career Center or Walker Career Center, Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County is obligated to pay certain fees.
The fee is charged to our school districtwhen a student agrees to attend one of these vocational schools. This fee is nonrefundable. If a student later chooses not to attend, after he/she initially agreed to attend, the student and his/her parent/guardian can legally be held responsible for paying the amount back to Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County.
• A student attending Blue River Career Center or Walker Career Center is required to provide his/her own means of transportation to and from these schools and to Triton Central High School. Students must submit a transportation waiver with guardian signature to the Guidance office before first day of school.
• Students who are suspended or expelled from the vocational school are also considered suspended or expelled from TCHS.
11. Teacher Assistant Policy:
1. No more than one teacher assistant period.
2. No more than two teacher assistant’s per day.
3. Teacher Assistants will be scheduled on teacher’s prep as available
4. There are some exceptions that must be approved by the administration.
Diploma Description Guide
• Students must earn a minimum of 40 credits for high school graduation. Requirements are on page 11.
Courses that may be counted toward the required credits prescribed are subject to the following provisions:
• A minimum of 7 credits of language arts requirement shall be from the English language arts area of study and 1 credit may be Speech I.
• The social studies requirement shall include 2 credits in United States History, 1 credit in United States Government, and 1 credit in Economics or Consumer Economics
• A minimum of 4 credits of the mathematics requirement shall be from the mathematics area of study. Two credits have to be Algebra I. Two credits may be from Business Math (business department).
• One credit substitution of either a science or health and physical education credit may be used to fulfill the health education requirement for students qualifying under the religious objection provision of IC 20-10.1-4-7 (hygiene instruction).
• The 4 credits of science shall include 2 credits in Biology and 2 from physical science.
To earn 6 College and Career Pathway Credits a student must complete one of the following:
• Additional courses to the career academic sequence
• Co-op classes offered to seniors through Blue River Vocational School
• High school/college dual credit courses
• Additional Courses in:
• Students must earn a minimum of 42 credits for high school graduation. Requirements are on page 11.
• Language Arts - 8 credits in literature, college-bound composition, and speech
• Mathematics - 6 credits from this list must include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.
• Science - 6 credits in laboratory science, including 2 in Biology, 2 in Chemistry or Integrated Chemistry/Physics or Physics, 2 additional credits from Biology AP/ACP, Chemistry AP/ACP, AP Environmental Science, , ALS Animal, ALS Foods, or ALS Plant & Soil.
• Social Studies - 6 credits distributed as follows: 2 in U.S. History, U.S. History AP/ACP, 1 in U.S. Government, 1 in Economics, 2 in World History and Civilization or Geography and History of the World.
8 credits from the preceding or following subject areas:
• World Language Lab - Rosetta Stone accompanied by Project Based Learning
• Fine Arts - Art and Music
• College and Career Pathways - 6 credits in logical sequence from a technical career cluster
Health, Physical Education, Safety
• Physical Education I - 2 credit (2 semesters)
• Health Education - 1 credit (1 semester)
To obtain a state recognized Core 40 Diploma, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of “C” (2.000) or above
12. Guidance Department - The counselor at TCHS tries to promote the physical, social, emotional, and academic growth of our students. The guidance department’s goal is to help facilitate a student’s high school experience and to help him/her prepare to be a well-adjusted adult in his/her future life endeavors.
13. Representatives from colleges, vocational schools, and industries regularly visit the guidance office during the school day to talk with students. Parents are welcome to meet with them and may call for information regarding the times of these visits.
14. Scholarships - The guidance department works with students to inform them about scholarship opportunities that are available to TCHS students. Scholarships are available on the High School Moodle page for all students. Seniors should check regularly with the guidance department and daily announcements in order to stay informed concerning up-coming and new scholarship opportunities.
15. Graduation Requirements - It shall be the policy of the School Board to acknowledge each student’s successful completion of the instructional program appropriate to the achievement of District goals and objectives as well as personal proficiency by the awarding of a diploma at fitting graduation ceremonies.
• The Board shall award high school diplomas to every student enrolled in this District who meets the requirements of graduation established by this Board as provided by the State.
• Special education students who have completed and are ready to exit their programs may participate in graduation activities and shall be awarded, as appropriate,
A. a diploma.
B. a certificate of achievement.
C. a certificate of course completion.
• The Board shall award a certificate of achievement to a student who is on a non-diploma track as determined by that student’s Individualized Education Program.
• The Board shall award a certificate of course completion to a student who completes the minimum courses required for high school graduation but does not meet the Graduation Qualifying Examination requirement.
• The Board shall award a high school equivalency certificate to any individual who meets the criteria established by State law.
Each student is required to meet:
A. the academic standards tested in the graduation examination;
B. the Core 40 course and credit requirements adopted by the State Department of Education;
C. additional graduation requirements established by the Board of School Trustees.
Upon the request of the student’s parents, the student may be exempted from the Core 40 curriculum requirements and be required to complete the general curriculum to graduate as required by State law.
16. Commencement exercises - will include those students who are eligible for a diploma, certificate of achievement, or certificate of course completion as certified by the high school principal. No student who has completed the requirements for graduation shall be denied a diploma as a disciplinary measure. A student may be denied participation in the ceremony of graduation when personal conduct so warrants.
I.C. 20-32-4-1 to 5, 20-20-6, 20-35-4-11
511 IAC 5-3-1 to 2, 6-7-1 to 15
17. Schedule Changes - All scheduling and class changes must be arranged and approved by the Guidance Office. Changes will be made only in cases where good cause is demonstrated. The last time for changes for the fall semester is the 2 weeks before the fall semester begins. Schedules will automatically be corrected for missed prerequisites. Changes for the spring semester are permitted in December when you receive your second semester course selections. This is the last time for changes for second semester. Any withdrawal after the 5th day of each semester will result in a grade penalty, W/F. Exceptions to the scheduling time line are as follows:
Students adding a class because they failed a course, students missing a class on their schedule due to a scheduling conflict, students recommended for a class change by a teacher, students adding a class because they are trying to upgrade their schedule. These exceptions are only permitted if requested classes are not closed. The guidance department strongly recommends careful planning before a semester begins.
18. Post - Secondary Credit - TCHS is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for students to meet their educational needs, including the opportunity to participate in a post-secondary education program. Students may enroll in post-secondary credit classes if certain criteria are met. Please refer to the TCHS course description guide for an explanation of criteria or make an appointment to meet with the director of guidance to discuss the program.
1. Student grades are available on PowerSchool throughout the grading period. Teachers enter grades on PowerSchool and it is updated in real time. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to obtain a PowerSchool account from the TCHS technology department to monitor student progress on a regular basis.
2. TCHS evaluates students on a nine (9) weeks grading system. There are two nine-week grading periods per semester. A non-returnable report card is sent with the students to the parents at the end of each grading period. Parents/guardians are invited to the school for parent/teacher conferences at the end of the first grading period. Please call the teacher at school or contact him/her via email to set up an appointment to discuss student achievement throughout the year.
3. Mid-term grades are issued at the middle of each grading period and are posted on PowerSchool/Grade Portal. Parents are encouraged to contact the school and arrange appointments for student grades with teachers as needed.
Teachers will send a grade check home with students who have a D or F in a class and will also show all students their grades on PowerSchool). The school will communicate with parents so that they can check PowerSchool to see student grades.
4. Credit is earned by the satisfactory completion of a semester’s work (two nine (9) week grading periods, final exam). Usually one credit is given for each class per semester.
5. Semester - The TCHS school year is divided into two 18-week semesters.
6. At the beginning of each course, teachers are expected to communicate their personal grading procedures and related policies to students. The graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 will fall under the New Tech grading procedures which are based on Indiana Standards and 21st Century Skills.
7. Report cards are issued to the student the week following the end of the grading period. The report is to be taken home at the end of the day. The letters A, B, C, D, and F will be used to evaluate the student’s work for the class rank. The grading scale is on a 4-point system. (See Grade Point Scale)
8. An “Incomplete” grade can be given in special circumstances to indicate work not done or turned in prior to the end of the grading period. All incomplete grades must be converted within two weeks after the end of the grading period. The following is an explanation of comparative achievement symbols:
“WP” Withdrawn/Passing-Printed on the permanent record label and not used in GPA computation.
“WF” Withdrawn/Failing-Printed on the permanent record label and used in GPA computation.
9. Advanced Placement and Advanced College Project Courses will be graded on a weighted grade scale because of the extraordinary rigor of AP courses. AP courses will be graded on the following scale:
A = 5.000 B- = 3.667 D+ = 2.333
A- = 4.667 C+ = 3.333 D = 2.000
B+ = 4.333 C = 3.000 D- = 1.667
B = 4.000 C- = 2.667 F = .000
Students taking AP classes must take a final exam.
10. Grade Point Scale (All other classes)
A = 4.000
A- = 3.667
B+ = 3.333
B = 3.000
B- = 2.667
C+ = 2.333
C = 2.000
C- = 1.667
D+ = 1.333
D = 1.000
D- = 0.667
F = 0.000
11. Final Examinations:
- all students take final exams - no “A” exemption
- the final can be a traditional test or project
- there will not be an adjusted schedule for finals
- finals can be given earlier in week with office approval.
The final exam may be a comprehensive test or culminating project covering the semester’s classroom work.
The teacher has autonomy to create the type of final exam appropriate for his or her class (including no final exam)
The final exam is a separate grade worth up to 20% of the total semester grade.
Students caught cheating will receive a zero for their performance test.
Attendance is required for all scheduled exams.
Students will be required to turn in all Media Center materials before taking finals. Students needing special extended loans must have a Media Center Clearance Slip before taking finals.
Students must not visit other schools on campus during Final Exams.
Retaking a Course: Students may retake a course. The student shall receive the higher percentage grade on their transcript for graduation requirements.
Reporting Absence: (IMPORTANT - Please follow this procedure)
An absence is excused if the student is ill or if there is a death in the family. A parent must call the office prior to 9:30 a.m. on the morning of each exam to report an absence if it is to be considered an EXCUSED absence. If no call is received prior to 9:30 a.m., the student’s name will be placed on the unexcused absence list and he/she will not be permitted to take the make-up exam. A change in status from unexcused to an excused may be made by the principal or designee. A student with an excused absence must make up the exam at the first possible scheduled make-up time as arranged by his/her counselor. Please arrange medical or dental appointments and family vacations for some other time than during final exams.
Bus transportation will not be provided for make-up testing.
No exemptions or waivers for final exams are permitted.
Final exams will follow the regular school schedule of 55 minutes. Additional days may be added for projects or extended tests.
Any exceptions to the above statements must be approved by the principal.