Orrick High School Bearcat Update

December 2015

Semester Finals

Monday December 14th - 3rd and 7th hour finals.

Tuesday December 15th - 2nd, 5th and 8th hour finals.

Wednesday December 16th - 1st and 6th hour

Thursday December 17th - Makeup finals

Wednesday December 16th - Trip for students who make the Care-Card Incentive.

Josten's Ring Orders

Josten's will be here December 15th @ 8:00 am to deliver class rings. Balance must be paid in full to receive ring.

Attendance Policy

All secondary students are expected to attend school regularly in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.

Students are expected to keep at least a minimum of 90% attendance.

Absences will not be classified as excused or unexcused but simply accumulate. If a student is absent more than eight days in a semester, he/she will not be allowed to make up any work beyond the eighth day. The purpose of these eight days is for illness, doctor or orthodontist appointments, and other emergencies. In the event of extended illness or injury, a parent may request an extension through the high school principal. The principal may grant an extension if the reason for the absence is unavoidable (example: In the hospital, serious accident, etc.). The parent and the student, if necessary, may be asked to meet with a committee made up of the principal, counselor, and the student’s teachers to determine if an extension is to be granted and with what stipulations (example: Doctors’ verification, make up time, etc.).

An absence is defined as missing a whole class period, or missing ten minutes of class at the beginning or end of class. Leaving during lunch will still count as time missed during that class period.

Parents need to notify the school if their child is going to be absent. If this is not done, the school will make every effort to contact parents. If this is not accomplished, the absence will be considered truancy and disciplinary action will be followed.

Grades/Homework Blitz


Reminder: Every Monday grades will be submitted to the office for every student from every teacher. From these grade checks, an F List will be compiled. Students may not participate in extracurricular activities while on the F List. The results of the weekly grade checks will only be mailed home at the request of the parent/guardian. Teachers will not be allowed to sign a student off of the F list. They will be ineligible for the whole week if on the F list.


Homework Blitz days will be offered prior to scheduled grade checks. Students are invited to attend a scheduled Homework Blitz in order to make up missing work. The teacher who assigned it will grade work completed at a Homework Blitz and 30% will be deducted.

Homework Blitz will be offered every Thursday. If a student does not take advantage of that Homework Blitz to complete the missing assignments, he/she will receive a zero and have no other opportunities to turn in those assignments even though another Homework Blitz is offered the following week. Work due prior to a Homework Blitz will no longer be accepted after the Homework Blitz.


December 7th - 12th - I 70 Conference Basketball Tournament @ Santa Fe

December 14th-16th - Semester Finals

December 15th - Jostens Ring Delivery 8:00 am

December 15th - Winter Concert 6:30

December 16th - Lathrop JV Tournament

December 18th - Dismiss @ 11:30 for Christmas Break.

December 19th - Lathrop JV Tournament

January 5th - Classes resume