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Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year

Dear Elkhart High School Parents/Guardians:


The Elkhart High School staff looks forward to the quickly approaching 2022-2023 school year. This platform will be sent to staff and parents weekly updating you about academics, activities, athletics, and community events at EHS.


Please follow our social media platforms for updates about activities and athletics and immediate changes to schedules through the week.

- Facebook: Elkhart High School, Elkhart, KS

- Twitter: Mr. Wilson - @PrincipalEHS218 - Elkhart High School - @ehscats

- Instagram: ehscats


I would like to take this time to introduce a few new faces that you will see walking the halls, as well as some of our faculty members who will be transitioning into new roles at EHS. We are extremely excited about adding these faculty members to the Wildcat Family!


Mrs. Perry - Student Support Services/Math Teacher

Ms. Watson - Family and Consumer Science

Ms. Daves - ESL/ElevateK12

Ms. Sabata - Gifted Education


What does the 2022-2023 school year look like? Let me share our new Superintendent, Mrs. Nicholson's vision.


"USD 218 schools will take part in a shared vision in becoming a State Recognized and Nationally Recognized School." She has given the administrative team the directive to begin the process and we will work towards that vision TOGETHER! School, Families, and Community will work together to achieve these goals.


It is a privilege and honor to serve the EHS community. On behalf of all the staff at EHS, we look forward to a great school year. Please contact the EHS office at 620-697-2193 if you have any questions.


Go Wildcats!




Jason Wilson, Principal

Changes to the Handbook for 2022-2023

TARDY POLICY (HIGH SCHOOL)

Elkhart High School utilizes a standardized tardy policy. Consequences:

1st Hour (Office Tardy) (Beginning of school day)

1st offense: Warning and explanation of expectations.

2 or more: 30-minute detention assigned for each tardy.


Class Tardies:

First Unexcused: Teacher assigns. discipline

Second Unexcused: Teacher assigns discipline

Third Unexcused: Teacher assigns discipline

Fourth or more Unexcused: Office is notified and standard school discipline is administered.

*Any student who has an unexcused tardy to first hour…...up to 15 minutes will serve 30 minutes of detention time after school that same day. Any student who misses 15 minutes or more…...up to the full class period, for an unexcused reason, must make up 60 minutes of detention after school that same day. If a student is involved in an extra-curricular activity and they miss the entire class period…they must serve their 60-minute detention…PLUS they are also ineligible for any activities that afternoon and evening, including practice.


ATTENDANCE POLICY HIGH SCHOOL-FOR FINALS *Doctor’s notes do not count toward Finals Policy* Students who qualify according to the policy below will be exempt from high school finals; which are given at the end of the semester.

· 90% or above in class with 3 or less absences

· 80-89% with 2 or less absences


Elkhart High School

Final Exam Policy

Exemption Policy

A student may choose not to take a final in a particular class under two circumstances.

1. He or She earned an “A” and has three or fewer non-school related absences and no unexcused absences.

2. He or She has earned a “B” and has two or fewer non-school related absences and no unexcused absences.

*Any unexcused absence is an automatic, you have to take the final exam.

(As stated in the USD 218 Student Handbook – Three tardies are equal to one absence.)

**If a student decides to go ahead and take the final, he or she will not be allowed to change their mind after they have entered the exam.

**If a student does opt not to take the final, they must leave the school premises during that particular testing period. Exceptions will be made for students who ride the bus.

**Days that students receive in school or out of school suspension will be counted toward taking finals but not against their total number of days in order to receive credit.

Semester Grades

Semester grades are determined by a combination of three things:

Third Quarter Grade – 40%

Fourth Quarter Grade – 40%

Semester Final – 20%

The Semester Final Exam grade stands alone and is not included as part of the fourth quarter grade.


Cell Phone/Electronics Policy: Cell phones, Air Pods, Earbuds, Headphones, Apple Watches


Students must keep their cell phones concealed and turned off during school hours and during before/after school tutoring.

8:00 AM-3:30 PM Cell phones must be kept turned off and in lockers during this time. Failure to comply will result in the following consequences:

First Offense: Parents will be notified and student may pick up cell phone after school

Second Offense: Parents will be notified and they must pick up the cell phone after school with a parent meeting.

Additional Offenses: Parents will be notified and cell phone will be kept for 3-days by the administrator. Students and/or parents who refuse to abide by district cell phone policy will be subject to a 1-day suspension for each offense in which the phone is confiscated. Students after their third offense will turn in their electronic devices to the office upon arrival and will receive their electronic device at the end of the school day.


TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND E-CIGARETTES POLICY

The use of tobacco products in any form and/or electronic cigarettes is prohibited in any school building owned or operated by the district and in school vehicles. Any instance that involves a student using a tobacco product or E-cigarette (vape) will be turned over to the School Resource Officer to be dealt with possibility of criminal charges.


Eligibility Policy

Tutoring will be available to all students from 7:40 to 8:00 AM, Homeroom, and 3:30 to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Athletic practices will begin at 4:00 PM each day with the exception of Track in order for students to attend tutoring. Track practice may begin at 3:45 PM, but athletes must still fulfill their tutoring requirements. A student must attend 4 tutoring sessions a week to stay eligible for one failing class. The parent-signed pink sheet must be turned into the office by Friday at 4:00 PM to confirm tutoring sessions. The tutoring sessions must be done with the teacher or subject that the student is down in. If that teacher is unavailable, please make other arrangements with the office. Tutoring after 3:50 can be done in the library if available.


ELKHART HIGH SCHOOL has a closed lunch period. To leave school to eat lunch, a parent or guardian must come to school and personally sign his child out of school on a daily basis (7:30 AM – 9:30 AM). Breakfast and lunch are times to relax and enjoy your meal. Your respect and proper treatment of the people and property involved will make these times more pleasant. Students will be allowed to sit where they wish, but may not save seats for others.

*Students must return before lunch hour is over, if they are tardy 3 or more times, they will lose their privilege for the rest of the semester.

*No calling parents to request food or snacks throughout the day. If food is delivered before lunch (12:11) the student will receive it at lunch time.

BEVERAGES – Any beverage brought in from the outside must be un-opened and signed by office staff or a teacher before opening. All open containers will be confiscated at the door and dumped out. Water bottles or glasses must come in empty. The beverage container cannot be bigger than 32 ounces and must have a lid to avoid spills. The containers will be signed by the staff member at USD 218 and the student may fill them up with water. This must be done each day the student wishes to use their own water bottle.

NO CANS even if signed by the teacher.


WEAPONS - A student shall not knowingly possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon on the school grounds or off the school ground at a school activity, function, or event. This policy shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon. Possession of a firearm shall result in expulsion from school for a period not to extend beyond 180 days, except that the superintendent may recommend that this expulsion requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis under the provisions of JDC (Probation). As used in this policy, the term “firearm” means any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designated to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, or any firearm muffler or silencer; or any destructive device. As used in this policy, the term “destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas; bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellent charge or more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine or other device similar to any of those devices.


PARKING PRIVILEGES – Students who are in good standing and a licensed driver will be allowed the opportunity to park in the USD 218 Parking Lots. Those privileges can be revoked if they fall out of good standing, can’t follow entrance and exit rules of the parking lot, or fail a drug screening test.