Horace Mann High School
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays!
If you have any specific students in your class you would like to make sure they are back in intervention please let me know.
The senior plc team will host a guest financial speaker to assist seniors in their future financial decisions. I shared with them if they would like to use Oriole time one day for this it's a great use of time.
If you have needs or thoughts to share for Oriole time 2nd semester please let me know. I am very open to if there is a need to meet with all juniors or seniors, etc to share with us.
We will have final exams on Wednesday, Thursday, January 21-22nd(block days) and Friday will be a make-up day if needed.
Our January inservice day is morning work time and then pm a mental health presentation from Sarah Arnold. She will begin at 12:30 p.m. so lunch will be before then.
Just a reminder to also think about your mid year SLO (it is on the second SLO form on your Oasys).
If you need anything or have questions about your SLO, self assessment piece, documentation log or communication log please do not hesitate to let me know. I'd be glad to help!
Thank you for completing major forms when a student is removed or a major incident happens(definitions of major/minor were sent out earlier).
Things to remember:
We all need to trust one another. We need to trust that all follow the tardy policy.
1. First hour if a student is tardy they are sent to the office to call home so parents can help and are aware.
2. A student receives two freebies per semester for tardies(less than 5 minutes). After two they must serve a detention with that teacher.
We also trust one another attendance is taken and grades are completed. We also need to trust that when a situation is major and a student is sent to the office-they are now in the office's hands.
1. If you remove a student please make sure you call(not email) home.
2. If you have any suggestions or would like to talk with Samantha about any disciplinary issues please feel free.
I. If a student swears at someone or in class what happens?
The practice followed is if a student swears at a teacher and I"m aware of it the student is referred to Shawn for a citation or juvenile referral.
If the student swears in class it is typically handled by the teacher(unless it is a reoccurence and you need help).
2. How is truancy handled?
It's not perfect but parents are notified and if a student walks out of our building they will be referred to Shawn. I've had cases where a student is absent and a parent excuses them or others where the student is past their ten days. I try to use all avenues-Bridgett for an attendance plan, Shawn for help, juvenile intake, parents, etc.
Typically if it's a first offense the judge often holds the ticket open for the remainder of the year.
18 year old students who turn 18 before the semester are not allowed to be cited for truancy.
3. Is discipline consistent?
That is a good question and tough to answer as every situation is different and every student is different. I look at information from the teacher, counselors, parents, special ed, past situations, etc to try to make the right call. We purposely have options and use the word "may result in" in the handbook for that reason.
Please email me any concerns or questions about attendance and discipline and I'd be glad to answer.
Course Description booklet
At the latest please get them to me by January 5th. thank you!