Family Educational Rights and PrivacyAct(FERPA) 58
Student Computer and Internet Use and “CyberSafety”(IJNDB) 59
Calais High School is fully accredited by the
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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
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
Calais High School/St. Croix Regional Technical Center Faculty, Administration, and Staff Members
Ronald Jenkins, Superintendent Mary Anne Spearin, Principal
Mrs. Ellis Mr. Morgan
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
Mrs. Scott Mr. Smith
Mrs. Cline Mrs. Pratt
Ms. Griffin Mr. Johnson
Ms. Loper, Art
Ms. Proefrock, Music
JOBS FOR MAINE’S GRADUATES
Mrs. Greene, Director Mrs. Campbell
Mrs. O’Rourke Mrs. Hood Mrs. Haley Mrs. Sammer Mrs. Smith
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, CulinaryArts 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
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.
The Calais High School student will:
Read, write, speak, and thinkcritically
Accurately define problems, frame questions, collect data, use technology and analyze problems objectively
Assess individual interests, aptitudes, skills, and values in relationship to careerplans
Create a career/educational plan that reflects personal goals, interests and skills, and availableresources
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 ofsociety
The Calais High School student will:
Accept responsibility for personal decisions andactions
Achieve personal and community health andwell-being
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 specificareas.
. Carry a pass to be in thehall.
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.
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 ComputerLiteracy
English 2 — grade 10 WordProcessing
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.
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
The colors of Calais High School are Blue and White.
The school flag, highlighting the symbolic Devil’s trident on display in the gymnasium, was designed by Andy Johnson, class of 1992.
The school mat, gracing the main entrance, was designed by Nathan O’Neill, class of 2008.
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.
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.
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 ofEvents 2016-2017
Please see www.calaisschools.org
for dates and times of school events as well as any schedule changes.
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
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 LunchC
10:05-10:35 Advisory 12:15-1:15 Block4
Lunch/Blocks 3 & 4—Back on Regular Schedule 1:20-1:50 Advisory
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 mayelect
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 tryout
Cross Country Boys & Girls Golf Boys & Girls
Soccer Boys & Girls Volleyball Girls WinterSports
Basketball Boys & Girls Cheerleading Boys &Girls Wrestling Boys & Girls SpringSports
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
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 duringtheir
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.
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
Fall Open House Freshmen Orientation Welcome FreshmenDance Junior/Senior Prom Special Theme Dances Technology Competitions Blue & WhiteReview
Mr. CHS Talent Contest Coffee House
County & District Honors Music Festivals District & State Jazz Competitions District & State DramaFestivals
Winter Carnival Week Hunger Games Records Day
Math Meets Sports Events
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 ofappropriate
disciplinary or legal action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, orany
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.
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: