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CHS Administrators, Faculty, and Staff ………………………………………………… 3

Mission Statement ………………………………………………………………………… 4

Graduation Requirements ………………………………………………………………… 5

General Information ……………………………………………………………………….. 5

Calendar of Events ………………………………………………………………………… 6

Daily Time Schedule ………………………………………………………………………. 7

School Calendar …………………………………………………………………………… 7

Alternative Schedules (Delay, Early Release, Advisory, etc.) …………………………. 7

Athletic Experiences ………………………………………………………………………. 8

Extracurricular Opportunities …………………………………………………………….. 8

Special Events ……………………………………………………………………………… 9

Conflict Resolution Procedure ……………………………………………………………. 9

Responsible Internet Use …………………………………………………………………. 9

Attendance Policy ………………………………………………………………………….. 10

Homework Guidelines ……………………………………………………………………… 12

Student Privilege System (Senior Privileges) ……………………………………………. 12

General School Policies ……………………………………………………………………. 13

Other School Policies ………………………………………………………………………. 30

Prohibited Conduct …………………………………………………………………………. 30

Revised Academic Eligibility Requirements Summary ………………………………….. 31

Athletic/Extra-Curricular Academic Checkpoint Schedule 31

Student Behavior Code 32

Progression for Discipline 32

Appendix 34

Harassment and Violence Policy (ACH) ……………………………………………..…… 35

Reporting Procedures (ACH-R) ………………………………………………………..….. 37

Student to Student Harassment Policy (JICK) ………………………………………..…. 39

Hazing (ACAD) …………………………………………………………………………..…… 40

Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students Policy (ACAA) …………………..…. 41

Non-Sexist Language Policy 42

Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure Policy (ACAA-R) .…… 43 Bomb Threats (EBCC) 45

Bullying (JICK) 48

Bullying Forms 51

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 58

Student Computer and Internet Use and “Cyber Safety” (IJNDB) 59

Pesticide Use 60

Index 62

Accreditation

Calais High School is fully accredited by the

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Reservation Clause


Calais High School/Middle School reserves the unlimited right to change the terms of the handbook at any time, without notice. Should there be a

discrepancy between the handbook and School Committee policy, the policy will govern.


Calais School Committee

First Reading: January 7, 2014

Second Reading: January 21, 2014

Adoption: January 21, 2014 Code: NEPN/NSBA Code: AC
NONDISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The Calais School Committee is committed to maintaining a workplace and learning environment that is free from illegal discrimination and

harassment.

In accordance with applicable Federal and/or State laws and regulations, the Calais School Committee prohibits discrimination against and

harassment of employees, candidates for employment, students and others with rights to admission or access to school programs, activities or

premises on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. For the purpose of this policy, “sexual

orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression.

Further, in compliance with Federal law, the Calais School Committee prohibits discrimination against school unit employees and candidates for

employment on the basis of age or genetic information.

The School Committee delegates to the Superintendent/designee/designee the responsibility for implementing this policy. The Calais School

Department’s Affirmative Action Plan will include designation of an Affirmative Action Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance

with all Federal and State requirements related to nondiscrimination. The Affirmative Action Officer will be appointed by the

Superintendent/designee and will be a person with direct access to the Superintendent/ designee.

The Superintendent/designee/Affirmative Action Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that notice of compliance with Federal and State civil

rights laws is provided to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents and others, as appropriate.

Legal Reference: Equal Employment Opportunities Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261) amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.

subsection 2000(e) et seq.)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. subsection 1681 et seq.) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. subsection 621 et seq.) Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. subsection 206)

Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. subsection 794 et seq.) Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. subsection 12101 et seq.)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) (42 U.S.C. subsection 2000ff et seq.)

5 MRSA subsection 4551, et seq. (Maine Human Rights Act); 19301-19302

Cross Reference: Calais School Committee Affirmative Action Plan ACAA—Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students ACAB—Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees
Handbook Terms Parent—also means guardian

Principal—include his/her designee

School Facilities—includes buildings, grounds, buses, and other school property
School-sponsored Activity—includes all school-sponsored or approved activities whether they are held on or off school

grounds

Calais High School/St. Croix Regional Technical Center Faculty, Administration, and Staff Members

2017-2018

ADMINISTRATION

Ronald Jenkins, Superintendent Mary Anne Spearin, Principal


GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Ms. Lord

MEDIA CENTER

Ryan Furtek

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Mrs. Ellis Mr. Morgan
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

Mrs. Mitchell

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Mrs. McGaw

MATH DEPARTMENT

Mrs. Scott Mr. Smith


PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

Mrs. Proulx

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Mrs. Cline Mrs. Pratt


SOCIAL STUDIES

Ms. Griffin Mr. Johnson

FINE ARTS

Ms. Loper, Art

Ms. Proefrock, Music

JOBS FOR MAINE’S GRADUATES

Mr. Cole

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Mr. Duffy

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Ms. Allen

SPECIAL SERVICES

Mrs. Greene, Director Mrs. Campbell

Mrs. Cox


Mrs. O’Rourke Mrs. Hood Mrs. Haley Mrs. Sammer Mrs. Smith

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Mr. Francis

HEALTH CENTER

Mrs. Skriletz, School Nurse Mrs. Fitch

ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR

Mr. Morrison

SECRETARIAL SERVICES

Mrs. Thigpen Ms. Wong
FOOD SERVICE

Mrs. Roehrich, Lead Mrs. Niles

Ms. Demmons Mr. Johnson
CUSTODIAL SERVICES

Mr. Townsend Mr. Marshall Mr. Morrison Mr. Wartman



ST. CROIX REGIONAL TECHNICAL CENTER

Mr. Sluzenski, Director Mrs. Morrell, Secretary Mr. Ginn, Automotive Mr. Bragdon, Computer

Mrs. Eagan, Culinary Arts Mr. McPhee, Welding Ms. Remington, ECE Mrs. Grass, Business Mrs. Skriletz, CNA

Mr. James, Bldg. Trades

CALAIS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mr. Bohanon Mr. Moholland Mr. Moody Mr. Randall

Mission Statement & Expectations for Student Learning

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Calais High School is to provide a positive learning environment where a student develops the skills, knowledge, and

attitudes necessary to become a responsible and productive citizen.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

The Calais High School student will:



  • Read, write, speak, and think critically

  • Accurately define problems, frame questions, collect data, use technology and analyze problems objectively

  • Assess individual interests, aptitudes, skills, and values in relationship to career plans

  • Create a career/educational plan that reflects personal goals, interests and skills, and available resources

CIVIC EXPECTATIONS

The Calais High School student will:



  • Recognize the power of personal participation to affect the community and demonstrate participation skills

  • Understand and respect the diverse nature of society

SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS

The Calais High School student will:



  • Accept responsibility for personal decisions and actions

  • Achieve personal and community health and well-being

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Calais High School students will:

. Respect and be considerate of the rights and responsibilities of others and ourselves.

. Respect and be considerate of our property and that of others.

. Follow our class schedule and be on time.

. Follow rules of specific areas.

. Carry a pass to be in the hall.


These rules and policies apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place

directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.

Graduation Requirements

Every student must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits to be eligible for graduation. Minimum requirements must include:

English — 4 credits, to include: Computer Literacy — 1 credit English 1 — grade 9 Computer Literacy

English 2 — grade 10 Word Processing

English 3 — grade 11 Technical Drawing & Design English 4 — grade 12 Desktop Publishing Telecommunications

Social Studies — 3 credits, to include: Computer Electronics History of Civilization — grade 9 Computer Programming

U. S. History — grade 11 Computer Graphics Government — grade 12

Science — 2 credits, to include:

Mathematics — 3 credits Honors Physical Science or

Math credits will also be given for Science & Technology — grade 9 Accounting as well as the courses Biology — grade 10

listed under the Math Department Fine Arts — 1 credit

Physical Education — 1 credit The minimum of 1 credit must be earned Physical Education — grade 9 in one of the following areas: Art, Music,
Health — 1 credit, grades 10 or 11 Career Preparation — 1 credit Capstone -- 1 credit

(Starting with Graduation year 2019)

Students are required to take a math class their freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Horatio Alger School Award

Calais High School is the only school in Washington County to have ever won this prestigious award.
CHS won it in 1990 and again in 2000. Every year, one school per State is named a Horatio Alger School.

School Colors, Flag, Mat, Mascot, and History

School Colors

The colors of Calais High School are Blue and White.

School Flag
The school flag, highlighting the symbolic Devil’s trident on display in the gymnasium, was designed by Andy Johnson, class of 1992.

School Mat

The school mat, gracing the main entrance, was designed by Nathan O’Neill, class of 2008.

School Mascot


The school mascot is the Blue Devil. Visible throughout the school, the Blue Devil is most prominently displayed in the center of the gymnasium floor.

School History


Students create the history of the school. The current history is reflected in the Calais High School Hall of Fame, located in the Library Media Center

corridor. The past history is recorded in the Time Line comprised of plaques and trophies located in the main hallway. Highlighted historical moments

include the framed retired jerseys located in the business hallway.

School Song

Calais High School Alma Mater

Far above the St. Croix Valley, Where the tide makes in,

Stands our dear old Calais High School, Honor bound to win.

Field or platform, Court or diamond, We will do our best.

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, Hail to CHS!!!

Calais High School Calendar of Events 2016-2017


Please see www.calaisschools.org

for dates and times of school events as well as any schedule changes.


Daily Schedule

Blue Day (Blocks 1-4) White Day (Blocks 5-8)

7:30 Bell Go to Homeroom 7:30 Bell Go to Homeroom 7:35–7:42 Homeroom 7:35–7:42 Homeroom

7:45–9:05 Block 1 7:45–9:05 Block 5

9:05–9:15 Break 9:05–9:15 Break

*Warning Bell at 9:12 *Warning Bell at 9:12 9:15–10:35 Block 2 9:15–10:35 Block 6

10:40–12:25 Block 3 10:40–12:25 Block 7

10:35–11:00 Lunch A 10:35–11:00 Lunch A

11:20–11:45 Lunch B 11:20–11:45 Lunch B

12:00–12:25 Lunch C 12:00–12:25 Lunch C

12:30–1:50 Block 4 12:30–1:50 Block 8

Alternative Schedules (Delay, Early Release, Advisory, etc.)

1 HOUR DELAY 2 HOUR DELAY

8:40-9:35 Block 1 Go directly to Block 2

9:40-10:30 Block 2

10:35—Back on Regular Schedule

REGULAR EARLY RELEASE EARLY RELEASE

(Inclement Weather)

7:35–7:45 Homeroom 10:30-10:50 Lunch A

7:45–9:05 Block 1

9:05–9:15 Break 10:55-11:15 Lunch B

*Warning Bell at 9:12

9:15-10:30 Block 2 11:20-11:40 Lunch C

MORNING ADVISORY AFTERNOON ADVISORY

7:35-7:42 Homeroom Regular Schedule until 10:35 a.m. 7:45-8:45 Block 1 10:35-11:45 Block 3 (Lunch C)

8:45-8:55 Break 10:35-11:00 Lunch A

*Warning Bell at 8:52 11:10-11:35 Lunch B 8:55-10:00 Block 2 11:45-12:10 Lunch C

10:05-10:35 Advisory 12:15-1:15 Block 4

Lunch/Blocks 3 & 4—Back on Regular Schedule 1:20-1:50 Advisory

Athletic Experiences

Athletics is a viable component of the educational experience of Calais High School students.

Athletic activities provide students with

invaluable opportunities to develop sportsmanship, build character, perfect teamwork, and win or lose graciously. Students may elect

to try out for any or all teams; to be a team manager; or to be an avid fan. Students with three failing grades are not eligible to try out

for sports.

Fall Sports

Cross Country Boys & Girls Golf Boys & Girls

Soccer Boys & Girls Volleyball Girls Winter Sports

Basketball Boys & Girls Cheerleading Boys & Girls Wrestling Boys & Girls Spring Sports

Baseball Boys

Outdoor Track Boys & Girls Softball Girls

Tennis Boys & Girls

For additional information regarding awards and championships of Calais Blue Devil Sports Teams, please refer to the Calais High School Athletic

Experiences Brochure.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Calais High School students are encouraged to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities provided through the extra curricular

program comprised of academic, social, and sport-related activities. Concerted effort on the part of advisors, coaches, and

administration fosters student participation in multiple activities. Students are urged to explore a variety of activities during their

tenure at Calais High School.

For additional information regarding the activities listed below, as well as other special events and a list of colleges and universities to

which CHS students have been accepted, please see the Calais High School Extra Curricular Opportunities Brochure.

Activities

Band Envirothon Team Book Club** Film Club** Jazz Combo Math Team

Chorus National Honor Society*

Career Association (JMG) Rock ‘n Roll Band** Civil Rights Team Student Council

Domino Club** United States Academic Decathlon Team Drama Club — Blue Devil Players** Yearbook Staff
*Eligibility based on weighted average grade

**As needed

Special Events

Fall Open House Freshmen Orientation Welcome Freshmen Dance Junior/Senior Prom Special Theme Dances Technology Competitions Blue & White Review

Mr. CHS Talent Contest Coffee House

County & District Honors Music Festivals District & State Jazz Competitions District & State Drama Festivals

Winter Carnival Week Hunger Games Records Day

Math Meets Sports Events

USAD Competitions

Conflict Resolution Procedure

If a parent or student wishes to discuss a concern, the following procedure should be followed. First, contact the person with whom

you have a concern. If a resolution cannot be found, we encourage you to contact the building principal and finally the Superintendent

of Schools. Questions related to disciplinary issues can be addressed with the assistant principal, principal, and the Superintendent of

Schools in order of priority. If in doubt about the proper cause of action to take, please contact the building principal.

Responsible Internet Use

The use of the Internet and telecommunications is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those

privileges. Be polite and use appropriate language. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and the pursuit of appropriate

disciplinary or legal action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any

other telecommunications systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

Due to harassment and supervision issues, during instructional times students may not access social networks and videos over the

Internet without written approval from either their teacher or administration. This includes but is not limited to IMs, myspace,

facebook, youtube and any noneducational games from the Internet. Email will be permitted as a communication tool as long as it is

for an academic purpose. The school librarian and classroom teachers will use their best judgment in this regard. All disputes beyond

that will need to be reported in writing to the assistant principal. Students that demonstrate an inability to follow the rules will not be

allowed to use the Internet for five (5) school days and become subject to the school’s progressive discipline policy.

Attendance Policy

Calais High School maintains a closed campus, which means students are to remain on school premises during the school day. The

only exception is prior authorization, such as senior privileges.

Absence — Learning that is lost due to absences or tardiness can never be adequately replaced; therefore, students’ presence in and

promptness to classes and other school activities are expected on a daily basis.

Under Maine Law, the following absences/tardies may be excused:


  1. Personal illness

  2. An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day.




  1. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day.

  2. A family emergency.

  3. A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose that has been approved.

Absences for the following reasons, among others, cannot be excused: missed bus, trips not approved in advance,

shopping, hunting/fishing, birthday, senior portraits, driver education, and gainful employment.

Parents (guardians) are asked to notify the school when their child is absent. A phone call to the office on the day of the

absence is the preferred method. Parents may call the Office directly at 454-2591. Parents or guardians must give their

child a note on the day he/she returns to school as required by Maine Law. It is the responsibility of the student to show the

note at the Office. A student has 48 hours from the time he/she returns to present parent documentation of absence. An

excused absence slip will be issued by the Office Secretary and must be shown to each assigned teacher during the day.

Students will be required to make up all work and tests missed. Students are allowed two (2) calendar days for each day of

excused absence. However, all makeup work shall be completed within one (1) week after a student returns to school

unless a specific alternate plan is developed due to extenuating circumstances if multiple days absent.

Denial of Credit — Students have a right to an appeal before the attendance committee of a denial of credit due to absences. The

attendance committee includes the principal or assistant principal, guidance counselor, school nurse, and a teacher. See the

principal for procedure details.

Dismissals — All dismissals require a parent/guardian note. Students who have medical appointments during the school day will be

dismissed by the School Office. All requests for dismissal may be verified with a phone call to the appropriate party.

Dismissal by phone is not recommended and will be accepted on a case by case basis by administration.

Planned Absences — Students must pick up a Planned Absence Authorization Form from the attendance office. The parent/guardian

must fill out and sign the form; the student then submits the form to each subject teacher for signature and advance class

work. The completed form must be returned to the principal or assistant principal for his/her approval and signature prior to

the absence. It is not the responsibility of the classroom teacher to re-teach the material covered during the students’ absence.

All classroom work missed during a planned absence can be fully made up.

Tardiness — A tardy is late arrival to class by 10 minutes or less. Arrival to class after 10 minutes will be recorded as an absence

and the student must report directly to the Main Office. Any student unexcused tardy to class will be given a teacher

detention. After five (5) unexcused tardies in a semester, student will be assigned extended detention; after tardies 6 and 7



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