Oak Ridge High School's Weekly Update
From the Principal
I hope this email finds you well. As you know Friday is the end of the six weeks and teachers are working with students to make up grades and get things entered.
Eligibility will change next Friday. If a student is failing a course at the six weeks they lose eligibility for UIL activities. The next time to regain eligibility is October 7, 2021, which is the end of the nine weeks. If a student is passing all classes at the end of the nine weeks, they retain their eligibility on the 14th of October, and would remain eligible throughout the first semester.
For students who are in advanced academic classes, a waiver to the no-pass, no-play rule may be an option. Certain advanced courses allow a student to have a 60 in the course and remain eligible with a waiver. A list of waivable courses and the waiver form will be available in the Principal's office on the Senior and 9th Grade Campuses.
Have a great weekend!
Go War Eagles!
Vapes, Dab Pens, and Consequnces
Most vape pens use a nicotine based juice in sweet flavors. The vape pens can often look like normal pens or pencils, USB drives, and other common devices as to not draw attention.
THC is usually used in a "dab" pen which is slightly wider and the liquid inside is more syrupy in nature.
When we find a student in possession of a vape or dab pen, we typically will test the liquid in the device for THC. If the liquid tests positive for THC, the student can be arrested, and will be sent to the alternative school for up to 15 days. Students can also have an expulsion hearing if they are found to be in possession of THC.
When a test does not come back positive for THC, we confiscate the device, and notify parents of the student's possession of the vape. A student would typically serve an in-school suspension for a non-THC vape liquid and there would not be a criminal charge.
Please talk with your child about using vapes and also let them know about our anonymous alert app that lets them report concerns in a private way from their own smart phone.
Example of a Dab Pen
Example of a Vape
Saturday, Oct. 16th, 8-11pm
27330 Oak Ridge School Road
New Tik-Tok Trend Problematic for Schools
The new trend, that again is nationwide, is where students record themselves damaging school property, namely bathrooms, and uploading it to Tik-Tok with the hashtag, #deviouslicks.
Here is an article that explains the phenomenon in more detail: https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/15/tiktok-devious-licks/
Please talk to your students about the danger this poses to our school and potentially to their criminal record. Damage to public property and theft are potential criminal acts that could not only include school consequences but fines and potential other issues with the legal system.
P.S. - sometimes I am really glad I went to HS without social media.