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    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2017-18

     

     

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2017-2018

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Civility Code    BK 4/11

     

    PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

    It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district

    facility.

    It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

    1. Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.
    2. Take responsibility for one’s actions.
    3. Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.
    4. Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations;

    physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

     

    RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

    The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

    1. A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.
    2. A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.
    3. An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.
    4. Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

     

    2017-2018 Knox County Schools Calendar

    (Board approved revisions, 4/5/2017)

     

    July 31 (Monday) First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

     

    August 1 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 2 (Wednesday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 3 (Thursday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 4 (Friday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);

         Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day)

    August 7 (Monday) First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    August 21 (Monday) Solar Eclipse (Inclement Weather Day)

     

    September 4 (Monday) LABOR DAY – Holiday

     

    October 6 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

    October 9-13 (Monday-Friday) FALL BREAK

     

    November 7 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

    November 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday) Thanksgiving Holidays

     

    December 20 (Wednesday) End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

             End First Semester (88 days)

             1/2 day for students

    December 21 – January 5 (12 days) WINTER HOLIDAYS

     

    January 8 (Monday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based); Administrative Day

              (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)

    January 9 (Tuesday) First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 15 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday

     

    February 19 (Monday) In-service (Building) (Student Holiday)

     

    March 9 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    March 12-16 (Monday-Friday) SPRING BREAK

    March 30 (Friday) Holiday

     

    April 2 (Monday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

     

    May 24 (Thursday) Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 25 (Friday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers

     

    Under this calendar, the Knox County Schools may cancel up to ten (10) instructional days due to inclement weather before any makeup days will be required.

     

     

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    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Halls High Counseling Staff

     

    Katy McLemore                                                Jodie Overton                                   Brad Byrd

    School Counselor                             School Counselor                             School Counselor

    Last names A-G                                                Last names H-N                                                Last names O-Z

     

    JD Overton                         Graduation Coach                                           

    Kristie Dunlap                    Registrar                                                                                              Laura Kindle                       Database Management

     

     

    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700

    www.guidance.hallshs.knoxschools.org

     

    Office Hours: 8:00 – 3:45

     

    Services Provided by HHS Counselors:

    • Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
    • Continually review students’ progress towards graduation and advise students and parents/guardians accordingly
    • Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
    • Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
    • Provide resources that aid students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians and students that walk them through the Financial Aid process
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians of rising freshman regarding high school curriculum
    • Act as a liaison between students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
    • Make referrals to the school support team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities, emotional issues, or other educational concerns
    • Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems

    Counseling Appointments

    Counselors meet with students individually and collectively throughout the year. If you have a need to meet with your counselor, please come by the guidance office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 450:1. Your counselor will see you as soon as possible.

    Parents may schedule an appointment with their students’ counselor by phone or e-mail. Parents may also call or e-mail the counselor at any time to address a specific concern. Many issues can be resolved quickly through a phone conversation or through e-mail. Parents/guardians may request parent/teacher conferences with multiple teachers through the Guidance Office. These meetings are held in the Guidance Office at 8:00 a.m.

     

    STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will be meeting with all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—either in classrooms or in small groups—to distribute and explain scheduling materials for the following year.  Due dates are given at this time. Students should have conversations with their current teachers and their parents/guardians regarding appropriate course selections. Some courses will require students to get a teacher recommendation signature. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Guidance Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Guidance Office counselors will review these course selections, teacher recommendations, current transcripts, and graduation requirements individually with students. Once this process is completed, the master schedule for the next year will be developed based on the course selections that students have made. Once tentative schedules have been run, students will be contacted by their counselors if there are any conflicts in their schedules. Students will receive a copy of their schedule at Red Devil Day and on the first day of classes during the fall term.

    Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes

    Students may request schedule changes at the beginning of each semester.  All requests must be submitted in writing.  Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on the Guidance website.  Counselors will review these requests and make changes based on space availability.

    Schedule changes that will be addressed first are for the following reasons:

    • Computer error/incomplete schedules
    • Course in current schedule was completed in summer school or credit recovery
    • Not completing prerequisites for currently scheduled classes

    Other requests will be addressed once the above issues have been resolved.

    All students are encouraged to complete all classes in which they are enrolled. If it becomes absolutely necessary for a student to drop a class, the following will apply:

    • Parent/Guardian approval is required.
    • Simple changes from one class to another (e.g., drop Art and add PE 1) must be completed by August 7, 2015.
    • A change in level of a class (e.g., from Algebra 1A to Algebra 1) must have a teacher recommendation.
    • Classes dropped according to the above policy will not appear on a student’s permanent record. 

    Any changes in schedules will be at the counselor/administrator’s discretion and will depend on class availability.  ANY REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER WILL REQUIRE ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL.

    Summer School

    A limited number of high school classes are available in Knox County summer school.  Summer school course offerings will be available towards the end of the spring semester (Usually the last week in April). 

    Student Grades

    Grade Point Average

    Each semester course is awarded one credit. The grade point average is determined by calculating each semester grade for each class according to the following guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.   Multiply each credit by the letter grade received and divide by the total number of credits.  GPAs do not round. Please see your counselor if you are confused about calculating your GPA. Remember most colleges calculate your GPA based solely on academic courses so this may differ from your Knox County GPA.

    Repeated classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. Students may only repeat courses in which they have received a D or F letter grade. The original grade remains on the transcript, although the credit may be removed.

     

    Weighted Grades 

    Honors courses, core dual enrollment courses, and AP courses are weighted.  Students who take an honors course will receive .5 added to their course grade: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, F=0. Honors courses will also have 3 points added to their final average.  Students who receive a grade in advanced placement courses (AP courses) or core dual enrollment courses will have a full point added to their grade: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0. AP courses will also have 5 points added to their final average.

     

    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Odyssey. Students who have failed a core class may be eligible for credit recovery. Not all courses are available in credit recovery. Forms are available in the Guidance Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor. Students may also discuss E-learning options with their counselor. E-learning is available for a select few elective courses.

    Driver’s Permit

    The State of Tennessee rules for obtaining a Driver’s Permit are as follows: 1) Must pass 3 out of 4 full unit classes, 2) have less than 10 consecutive unexcused absences, 3) have 14 or fewer unexcused absences. Out of school suspensions count as unexcused absences. Students should fill out Driver’s Permit forms Monday-Thursday in the Guidance Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits

    English

    4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

    4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one higher level math)

    Science

    3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, one add’l lab science)

    World History or Geography

    1

    US History

    1

    US Government

    1/2 credit

    Economics

    ½ credit

    Physical Education and Health

    1.5  (Lifetime Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

    ½ credit

     

     

    Elective Focus

    3 credits**

     

     

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts in order to meet college/university admission requirements.***

    Total

    28****

     

    *The additional ½ credit in Physical Education may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Lifetime Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum of 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the local board of education. .5 credit in Activity PE with a grade of “Pass” will be recorded on the student transcript and is not calculated in the GPA.

     

    **The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Courses taken as part of the core subject requirement may not be used to fulfill the elective focus requirement.

     

    ***Waivers were not created as an approach to exempt students from the foreign language and fine art requirement; waivers are for exceptional circumstances to serve the needs of CTE students. The purpose of the waiver of the foreign language and fine art requirement was intended primarily for CTE students to expand and enhance their elective focus beyond what would otherwise be possible.

     

    ****Total credits required for graduation is 4 credits less than the potential number available in the master schedule of the student’s school (or schools) during the four school years following the student’s entry into 9th grade.

     

    Regular Diploma- Awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

     

    Special Education Diploma – Awarded to students with disabilities who have 1) satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, 2) successfully completed a portfolio, and 3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

     

    Regular Diploma with Honors- Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The ACT benchmarks are: ACT English- 18, ACT Math- 22, ACT Reading- 21, ACT Science Reasoning- 23

    Regular Diploma with Distinction- Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B (3.0) average and completing at least one of the following:

    • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn 12 or more semester hours or transcripted postsecondary credit

     

    TESTING

    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology I, and Chemistry I. Further, the results of these exams will be factored in to the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final grade.

    National Tests

    Fall of 10th grade - PLAN, a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas of English, math, science reasoning and social studies and also includes an interest inventory. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by Knox County Schools. This test is required for all sophomores.

    Fall of 11th grade - PSAT, a practice SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for juniors to predict ability to do college work. Honors level sophomores may take the PSAT.  Tests areas are English and math. High scorers compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by PSAT.  Students register and pay in advance. This test is optional.

    Spring of 10/11/12 grade -Advanced Placement Tests (provided by the College Board) provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their test scores. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores.

    Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – This test is offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There has never been a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the military, and the test may simply determine personal aptitude at a particular career. The ASVAB is usually offered at HHS in November.

    College Entrance Exams

    Both the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are given at local sites in the Knoxville area.  The ACT is given school-wide to all interested 11th graders in March or April for no charge at HHS.  Students may also register to take the ACT during one of their national dates at www.actstudent.org. Students who are on free/reduced lunch may also receive two additional ACT or SAT vouchers.

    Students can have test scores sent directly to the colleges considering their application by completing the appropriate section of the ACT/SAT registration form. If a student signs the Transcript Request Form and submits it to Ms. Dunlap, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.

     COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID 

    College Admissions

    College admission is usually based upon the following factors: academic grade point average (G.P.A.), including English, math, foreign language, science, and social studies; the difficulty of classes taken in high school; class standing; ACT/SAT test scores, and sometimes a personal interview and essay.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a College

    The following guidelines might help in the college decision-making process: location, type of school (2 or 4 year, technical), size, academic calendar, campus environment, majors offered, on-campus housing, special academic programs, cost, financial aid, student activities, athletics, academic caliber of students, and social life. Make sure to look at colleges that are less well known. Often these schools will give you a more personal college experience than large well known schools. A book that lists a number of these schools is Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (www.ctcl.com).

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and build your future on your strengths. Familiarize yourself with career information in your area of interest. Study the college catalogs. Visit the campus.

    Winter, spring, and summer vacations as well as weekends are ideal times to schedule visitations to college campuses. Colleges are geared for tours and answering specific questions about their programs, curriculum, and admissions procedures.

    Valuable information can be acquired by attending College Fairs that are hosted by various schools throughout the year. Halls High School participates in the Knox County College Fair. This fair hosts universities, community colleges, businesses, and technical colleges in the southeast region. Colleges will also visit Halls High throughout the school year. Make sure and let schools know you are interested in them. Colleges are more likely to visit Halls if they know they have a number of students interested in attending.

    Listen for announcements and visit the website for information about college representative visitation dates and times. This is especially valuable for juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two excused absences each year to make college visits. Turn in a copy of your itinerary and a note on the college’s letterhead to Ms. Woodall in attendance to have your absence excused.

    All college acceptances are considered provisional and are based upon continued senior year performance at the same quality level. All colleges review senior grades in July after graduation and can cancel admission in the event of a significant decline in performance.

    Student Athletes

    The HHS student athlete policy requires students to pass all classes in order to play in games/matches. If a student is failing one class, then he/she is required to attend tutoring, help sessions, etc. until the teacher states the grade is passing. If a student is failing more than one class, then he/she is unable to play in games until one or both of the grades are passing.

     

    Student athletes need to consider the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements - especially Division I and Division II college sports. There are certain core courses and minimum ACT / SAT test scores to consider. A Clearinghouse Form must be completed online after the completion of the junior year to determine eligibility. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. Student athletes interested in playing NAIA sports should register at www.playnaia.org. Students may print a request for transcript form from the NCAA or NAIA and bring it to the Counseling Office.

    College Application Process

    Each college and university has its own unique way of computing grade point average (GPA). Many only consider the academic grade point resulting from the grades in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The student's HHS grade point average should be used only as a guide in considering acceptance for a particular school since it includes all classes. Colleges seriously look at the strength of a student’s curriculum as it relates to their GPA.

    Students may access applications by contacting the university directly or may apply online through the college’s web site. Most schools prefer online applications.

    Before submitting any college applications, check them over carefully for completion, accuracy, and neatness. You must request your transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Transcript request forms are available in the Guidance Office. Ms. Dunlap will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Dunlap keeps a log indicating the date the transcript was mailed.

    If a student’s application requires a counselor’s letter of recommendation, there is a special information form that must be filled out by the student for his or her counselor. Please allow at least two weeks for processing transcript requests and recommendation forms.

    Getting Organized

    We suggest that you use a folder or notebook to create a personal college application file. Your files may include:

    • Notes on colleges
    • Application Deadlines
    • Test Records
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Copies of completed applications
    • Email confirmations
    • Copies of email correspondences
    • Login information for website/applications

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Aid

    All seniors and their parents/guardians should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most colleges will not disburse scholarship money until this form is on record. The FAFSA form cannot be mailed or filed online until January 1st. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before January of the senior year to get a personal identification number. Every student and their parent/guardian must get a P.I.N. number in order to complete the FAFSA in January.   

    Halls High School offers a financial aid workshop in November of each year to assist parents/guardians and students in the financial aid process.

    Scholarships

    The college/university you are applying to is the best source for scholarships. Many schools offer scholarship packages based on academics, community service, or athletics that may cover a large portion of tuition. Local and national scholarship information is available through the Guidance Office.  Each scholarship has a separate application which is available online or from Ms. Overton in Guidance. See the Senior Memo to get up-to-date information on scholarships. Students are responsible for reviewing the Senior Memo which holds all scholarship information sent to Halls High. The Senior Memo is published at the beginning of every month. It is available online at the counseling website and is placed in Senior English and Economics classes. The Guidance website also has a link to multiple scholarship websites.

    College Planning Guides

    Freshman College Planning Calendar

     

    • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses. The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you have set for yourself.
    • Keep in mind the courses that colleges expect you to have completed for admissions including:
    1. 4 years of English
    2. 4 years of Math (including Algebra II and one higher math)
    3. 2-4 years of World Language
    4. 3-4 years of Lab Science
    5. 2-4 years of History/Social Studies
    6. 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Focus on your grades! This is the starting point of your cumulative grade point average (the grade point average reported to colleges). This is the best thing you can do to help position yourself to earn academic scholarships.
    • If you hope to play a sport in college, meet with your counselor to review the NCAA requirements and to check if you are enrolled in the correct courses.
    • Get involved! Join one or more extracurricular activities and take on a leadership role.
    • Meet with your school counselor at least once to talk about your plans for the next four years. You are welcome to come by at your convenience!
    • Read, read, and read some more to build your vocabulary and strengthen the skills needed for standardized testing.
    • Know what courses are required for graduation and entrance into most four-year colleges and universities.
    • Keep track of your extracurricular activities and any honors/awards you receive.
    • Research career possibilities.

    Sophomore College Planning Calendar

     

    • Continue solid academic progress in challenging courses.
    • Review the NCAA academic requirements if you anticipate playing a sport in college (www.eligibilitycenter.org).
    • Take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission but will provide helpful practice for the PSAT you take in your junior year. This test can qualify you scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • Take the PLAN in October; this will prepare you for the ACT you will take in your junior year.
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities. Keep an update record.
    • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run!
    • Begin your high school resume. You will update this each year and use it when you apply to colleges and for scholarship competitions. See your counselor for a sample resume.
    • Meet with your counselor at least once or twice this year. It may be helpful for you to discuss your PSAT result with them after you receive your scores. PSAT scores usually come to the school in mid-December.
    • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the Guidance website, or surf the Web for college home pages.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Use your summer wisely: take time to volunteer, gain work experience, and tour college campuses with your family as you travel.

     

    Junior College Planning Calendar

    September-December

    • Be sure your schedule includes courses that strengthen your academic record and help complete graduation requirements.
    • Focus on academics being mindful that junior grades are very important to college admission committees.
    • Attend the Knox County College Fair in October
    • Sign up for the PSAT given in October and begin reviewing the sample test questions in the PSAT Student Bulletin.
    • Meet with college representatives as they visit your high school throughout the school year. Listen for announcements and check the Counseling website
    • Speak to recent graduates who are home from college for the holidays. They are a great resource!
    • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor and begin sharing your thoughts about college.
    • If you anticipate playing Division I or II athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

    January-March

    • Concentrate on doing well in your spring semester classes.
    • Update your resume with additional extracurricular activities, community service, honors and awards.
    • Begin preparing for the ACT/SAT by checking out a book from the library, purchasing your own test prep book from a local bookstore, or taking a test prep course.
    • Take advantage of breaks by scheduling a visit to several schools. Also make plans to tour college campuses during your spring break.
    • Continue developing a list of schools you are interested in researching. There are several good online college search engines such as:

    www.collegeboard.org, www.act.org, www.princetonreview.com and

    www.petersons.com

    • Meet with your counselor to plan your senior schedule and discuss your college/career plans.
    • Take the State ACT at your school in March but consider taking another ACT or the SAT in April, May or June.
    • Register to take two or three SAT Subject Tests during the first week of May. If you are enrolled in AP courses, consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
    • Create an account on a free scholarship search engine such as www.fastweb.com

    April-May

    • If you are interested in a service academy you should begin the process now.
    • Plan summer visits to colleges in which you are very interested. Make a file and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life.
    • Continue to research colleges so that you are able to narrow your list down to a manageable number (3-6 schools).
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
    • Make a list of teachers, counselors, and other adults who you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
    • Begin thinking about topics for college essays, Look at some sample applications for potential topics. One good resource is the Common Application at www.commonapp.org

     

    Senior College Planning Calendar

     

    August

    • Meet with your counselor if you need to discuss your final college list and application deadlines. Make sure you have included “safe”, “reach”, and “realistic” schools.
    • Provide your counselor with a list of all schools to which you will apply, what forms they must complete, and the application deadline.
    • Submit your most current resume to your counselor or teacher. He/She cannot write your letter of recommendation without it!
    • If you are considering playing sports in college, make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org) or the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org)

    September

    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in Senior English & Economics classes or viewed online at Halls’ website.
    • Create a file for each college to which you will apply. Include a list of what is necessary for a complete application, cost of application, deadlines and any other important information.
    • Inform you counselor, at least one month in advance, about any Secondary School Reports (a part of many applications which counselors must complete) and Mid-Year Reports; let them know if they can complete this online or whether a printed hard copy is necessary. If forms are required, print them and submit them to your counselor.
    •  Don’t forget to fill out a transcript request for each school to which you are applying and submit them to the registrar in the Counseling Office.
    • Ask teachers who know you well and with whom you have a good relationship to write a letter of recommendation.  (if required by the college). Again, let them know if they may complete this online or provide them with the proper request form, your resume, an envelope addressed to the college with postage included.
    • Find out from the colleges to which you are applying whether a separate application is required for Financial Aid/Scholarships. Some schools automatically consider you when you apply, however, some schools require a separate application.
    • If required by the colleges, file the CSS Financial Aid Profile online at www.collegeboard.com

    October

    • Attend the Knox County College Fair
    • Finalize your college essays.
    • Continue to check the Scholarship list published online at your school’s website.

     

    November

    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, or counselor review the application before it is submitted. Always keep a hard copy of any application submitted electronically or through the mail.
    • Every college will require a copy of your high school transcript. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to colleges directly from the testing company.
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop held at Halls. Request a pin number for you and one parent (www.fafsa.ed.gov); this will become your electronic signature on your FAFSA.

    December

    • Your goal should be to have all applications complete by the end of the first semester.

    January

    • Seniors and families can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete it as soon as possible!
    • Complete the CSS Profile (if required) at www.collegeboard.com
    • In order to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA.
    • Remind your counselor if colleges to which you have applied require a mid-year report.

    April

    • April 15- many of you may have received notification of acceptance prior to this date, however, this is the common final notification date for colleges.
    • Make your final college choice after you receive your acceptances. Decline any offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
    • If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, and write the admissions office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

     

    May

    • May 1- this is the deadline for you to notify colleges of your final decision. Place only one deposit at a college. To submit more than one deposit at a college/university is considered unethical.
    • Remember to accept financial aid offers and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure you have submitted the senior survey including the final transcript request. The senior survey gives us information regarding scholarships you have received and which college you will be attending. We cannot announce your name at Award’s Day as one who has received scholarships if you have not submitted the survey telling us what you have received…there is no other way for us to find out this info! We must send a final transcript to the school you are attending so it is critical that you complete the final transcript request at graduation practice.
    • HAPPY GRADUATION!

                                                                                                                                                                         

                      

     

    Requirements for membership consideration in the Halls High School National Honor Society

     

     

     

    1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must have completed five semesters of course work.

     

    1. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Halls High School.

     

    1. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA cannot be rounded up for a candidate to be qualified. The 3.5 GPA has to be earned by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

     

    1. Students must have earned all of their credits at CP level and above. Course work must include at least one Advanced Placement or an academic Dual Enrollment course.

     

    1. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, course work, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

     

    1. Applications will be given to candidates during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Committee.Induction of new members occurs during April of their junior year.

     

    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to:

     

     

    Name                                                                                      

     

    Address                                                                                  

     

    City                                                         Zip Code                 

     

    Phone                                                                                     

     

    Student Number                                                                   

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2016-2017

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Civility Code    BK 4/11

     

    PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

    It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district

    facility.

    It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

    1. Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.
    2. Take responsibility for one’s actions.
    3. Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.
    4. Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations;

    physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

     

    RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

    The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

    1. A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.
    2. A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.
    3. An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.
    4. Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

     

    2017-2018 Knox County Schools Calendar

    (Board approved revisions, 4/5/2017)

     

    July 31 (Monday) First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

     

    August 1 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 2 (Wednesday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 3 (Thursday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 4 (Friday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);

         Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day)

    August 7 (Monday) First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    August 21 (Monday) Solar Eclipse (Inclement Weather Day)

     

    September 4 (Monday) LABOR DAY – Holiday

     

    October 6 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

    October 9-13 (Monday-Friday) FALL BREAK

     

    November 7 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

    November 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday) Thanksgiving Holidays

     

    December 20 (Wednesday) End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

             End First Semester (88 days)

             1/2 day for students

    December 21 – January 5 (12 days) WINTER HOLIDAYS

     

    January 8 (Monday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based); Administrative Day

              (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)

    January 9 (Tuesday) First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 15 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday

     

    February 19 (Monday) In-service (Building) (Student Holiday)

     

    March 9 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    March 12-16 (Monday-Friday) SPRING BREAK

    March 30 (Friday) Holiday

     

    April 2 (Monday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

     

    May 24 (Thursday) Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 25 (Friday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers

     

    Under this calendar, the Knox County Schools may cancel up to ten (10) instructional days due to inclement weather before any makeup days will be required.

     

     

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    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Halls High Counseling Staff

     

    Katy McLemore                                                Jodie Overton                                   Brad Byrd

    School Counselor                             School Counselor                             School Counselor

    Last names A-G                                                Last names H-N                                                Last names O-Z

     

    JD Overton                         Graduation Coach                                           

    Kristie Dunlap                    Registrar                                                                                              Laura Kindle                       Database Management

     

     

    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700

    www.guidance.hallshs.knoxschools.org

     

    Office Hours: 8:00 – 3:45

     

    Services Provided by HHS Counselors:

    • Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
    • Continually review students’ progress towards graduation and advise students and parents/guardians accordingly
    • Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
    • Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
    • Provide resources that aid students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians and students that walk them through the Financial Aid process
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians of rising freshman regarding high school curriculum
    • Act as a liaison between students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
    • Make referrals to the school support team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities, emotional issues, or other educational concerns
    • Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems

    Counseling Appointments

    Counselors meet with students individually and collectively throughout the year. If you have a need to meet with your counselor, please come by the guidance office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 450:1. Your counselor will see you as soon as possible.

    Parents may schedule an appointment with their students’ counselor by phone or e-mail. Parents may also call or e-mail the counselor at any time to address a specific concern. Many issues can be resolved quickly through a phone conversation or through e-mail. Parents/guardians may request parent/teacher conferences with multiple teachers through the Guidance Office. These meetings are held in the Guidance Office at 8:00 a.m.

     

    STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will be meeting with all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—either in classrooms or in small groups—to distribute and explain scheduling materials for the following year.  Due dates are given at this time. Students should have conversations with their current teachers and their parents/guardians regarding appropriate course selections. Some courses will require students to get a teacher recommendation signature. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Guidance Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Guidance Office counselors will review these course selections, teacher recommendations, current transcripts, and graduation requirements individually with students. Once this process is completed, the master schedule for the next year will be developed based on the course selections that students have made. Once tentative schedules have been run, students will be contacted by their counselors if there are any conflicts in their schedules. Students will receive a copy of their schedule at Red Devil Day and on the first day of classes during the fall term.

    Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes

    Students may request schedule changes at the beginning of each semester.  All requests must be submitted in writing.  Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on the Guidance website.  Counselors will review these requests and make changes based on space availability.

    Schedule changes that will be addressed first are for the following reasons:

    • Computer error/incomplete schedules
    • Course in current schedule was completed in summer school or credit recovery
    • Not completing prerequisites for currently scheduled classes

    Other requests will be addressed once the above issues have been resolved.

    All students are encouraged to complete all classes in which they are enrolled. If it becomes absolutely necessary for a student to drop a class, the following will apply:

    • Parent/Guardian approval is required.
    • Simple changes from one class to another (e.g., drop Art and add PE 1) must be completed by August 7, 2015.
    • A change in level of a class (e.g., from Algebra 1A to Algebra 1) must have a teacher recommendation.
    • Classes dropped according to the above policy will not appear on a student’s permanent record. 

    Any changes in schedules will be at the counselor/administrator’s discretion and will depend on class availability.  ANY REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER WILL REQUIRE ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL.

    Summer School

    A limited number of high school classes are available in Knox County summer school.  Summer school course offerings will be available towards the end of the spring semester (Usually the last week in April). 

    Student Grades

    Grade Point Average

    Each semester course is awarded one credit. The grade point average is determined by calculating each semester grade for each class according to the following guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.   Multiply each credit by the letter grade received and divide by the total number of credits.  GPAs do not round. Please see your counselor if you are confused about calculating your GPA. Remember most colleges calculate your GPA based solely on academic courses so this may differ from your Knox County GPA.

    Repeated classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. Students may only repeat courses in which they have received a D or F letter grade. The original grade remains on the transcript, although the credit may be removed.

     

    Weighted Grades 

    Honors courses, core dual enrollment courses, and AP courses are weighted.  Students who take an honors course will receive .5 added to their course grade: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, F=0. Honors courses will also have 3 points added to their final average.  Students who receive a grade in advanced placement courses (AP courses) or core dual enrollment courses will have a full point added to their grade: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0. AP courses will also have 5 points added to their final average.

     

    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Odyssey. Students who have failed a core class may be eligible for credit recovery. Not all courses are available in credit recovery. Forms are available in the Guidance Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor. Students may also discuss E-learning options with their counselor. E-learning is available for a select few elective courses.

    Driver’s Permit

    The State of Tennessee rules for obtaining a Driver’s Permit are as follows: 1) Must pass 3 out of 4 full unit classes, 2) have less than 10 consecutive unexcused absences, 3) have 14 or fewer unexcused absences. Out of school suspensions count as unexcused absences. Students should fill out Driver’s Permit forms Monday-Thursday in the Guidance Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits

    English

    4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

    4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one higher level math)

    Science

    3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, one add’l lab science)

    World History or Geography

    1

    US History

    1

    US Government

    1/2 credit

    Economics

    ½ credit

    Physical Education and Health

    1.5  (Lifetime Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

    ½ credit

     

     

    Elective Focus

    3 credits**

     

     

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts in order to meet college/university admission requirements.***

    Total

    28****

     

    *The additional ½ credit in Physical Education may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Lifetime Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum of 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the local board of education. .5 credit in Activity PE with a grade of “Pass” will be recorded on the student transcript and is not calculated in the GPA.

     

    **The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Courses taken as part of the core subject requirement may not be used to fulfill the elective focus requirement.

     

    ***Waivers were not created as an approach to exempt students from the foreign language and fine art requirement; waivers are for exceptional circumstances to serve the needs of CTE students. The purpose of the waiver of the foreign language and fine art requirement was intended primarily for CTE students to expand and enhance their elective focus beyond what would otherwise be possible.

     

    ****Total credits required for graduation is 4 credits less than the potential number available in the master schedule of the student’s school (or schools) during the four school years following the student’s entry into 9th grade.

     

    Regular Diploma- Awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

     

    Special Education Diploma – Awarded to students with disabilities who have 1) satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, 2) successfully completed a portfolio, and 3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

     

    Regular Diploma with Honors- Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The ACT benchmarks are: ACT English- 18, ACT Math- 22, ACT Reading- 21, ACT Science Reasoning- 23

    Regular Diploma with Distinction- Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B (3.0) average and completing at least one of the following:

    • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn 12 or more semester hours or transcripted postsecondary credit

     

    TESTING

    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology I, and Chemistry I. Further, the results of these exams will be factored in to the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final grade.

    National Tests

    Fall of 10th grade - PLAN, a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas of English, math, science reasoning and social studies and also includes an interest inventory. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by Knox County Schools. This test is required for all sophomores.

    Fall of 11th grade - PSAT, a practice SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for juniors to predict ability to do college work. Honors level sophomores may take the PSAT.  Tests areas are English and math. High scorers compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by PSAT.  Students register and pay in advance. This test is optional.

    Spring of 10/11/12 grade -Advanced Placement Tests (provided by the College Board) provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their test scores. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores.

    Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – This test is offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There has never been a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the military, and the test may simply determine personal aptitude at a particular career. The ASVAB is usually offered at HHS in November.

    College Entrance Exams

    Both the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are given at local sites in the Knoxville area.  The ACT is given school-wide to all interested 11th graders in March or April for no charge at HHS.  Students may also register to take the ACT during one of their national dates at www.actstudent.org. Students who are on free/reduced lunch may also receive two additional ACT or SAT vouchers.

    Students can have test scores sent directly to the colleges considering their application by completing the appropriate section of the ACT/SAT registration form. If a student signs the Transcript Request Form and submits it to Ms. Dunlap, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.

     COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID 

    College Admissions

    College admission is usually based upon the following factors: academic grade point average (G.P.A.), including English, math, foreign language, science, and social studies; the difficulty of classes taken in high school; class standing; ACT/SAT test scores, and sometimes a personal interview and essay.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a College

    The following guidelines might help in the college decision-making process: location, type of school (2 or 4 year, technical), size, academic calendar, campus environment, majors offered, on-campus housing, special academic programs, cost, financial aid, student activities, athletics, academic caliber of students, and social life. Make sure to look at colleges that are less well known. Often these schools will give you a more personal college experience than large well known schools. A book that lists a number of these schools is Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (www.ctcl.com).

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and build your future on your strengths. Familiarize yourself with career information in your area of interest. Study the college catalogs. Visit the campus.

    Winter, spring, and summer vacations as well as weekends are ideal times to schedule visitations to college campuses. Colleges are geared for tours and answering specific questions about their programs, curriculum, and admissions procedures.

    Valuable information can be acquired by attending College Fairs that are hosted by various schools throughout the year. Halls High School participates in the Knox County College Fair. This fair hosts universities, community colleges, businesses, and technical colleges in the southeast region. Colleges will also visit Halls High throughout the school year. Make sure and let schools know you are interested in them. Colleges are more likely to visit Halls if they know they have a number of students interested in attending.

    Listen for announcements and visit the website for information about college representative visitation dates and times. This is especially valuable for juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two excused absences each year to make college visits. Turn in a copy of your itinerary and a note on the college’s letterhead to Ms. Woodall in attendance to have your absence excused.

    All college acceptances are considered provisional and are based upon continued senior year performance at the same quality level. All colleges review senior grades in July after graduation and can cancel admission in the event of a significant decline in performance.

    Student Athletes

    The HHS student athlete policy requires students to pass all classes in order to play in games/matches. If a student is failing one class, then he/she is required to attend tutoring, help sessions, etc. until the teacher states the grade is passing. If a student is failing more than one class, then he/she is unable to play in games until one or both of the grades are passing.

     

    Student athletes need to consider the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements - especially Division I and Division II college sports. There are certain core courses and minimum ACT / SAT test scores to consider. A Clearinghouse Form must be completed online after the completion of the junior year to determine eligibility. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. Student athletes interested in playing NAIA sports should register at www.playnaia.org. Students may print a request for transcript form from the NCAA or NAIA and bring it to the Counseling Office.

    College Application Process

    Each college and university has its own unique way of computing grade point average (GPA). Many only consider the academic grade point resulting from the grades in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The student's HHS grade point average should be used only as a guide in considering acceptance for a particular school since it includes all classes. Colleges seriously look at the strength of a student’s curriculum as it relates to their GPA.

    Students may access applications by contacting the university directly or may apply online through the college’s web site. Most schools prefer online applications.

    Before submitting any college applications, check them over carefully for completion, accuracy, and neatness. You must request your transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Transcript request forms are available in the Guidance Office. Ms. Dunlap will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Dunlap keeps a log indicating the date the transcript was mailed.

    If a student’s application requires a counselor’s letter of recommendation, there is a special information form that must be filled out by the student for his or her counselor. Please allow at least two weeks for processing transcript requests and recommendation forms.

    Getting Organized

    We suggest that you use a folder or notebook to create a personal college application file. Your files may include:

    • Notes on colleges
    • Application Deadlines
    • Test Records
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Copies of completed applications
    • Email confirmations
    • Copies of email correspondences
    • Login information for website/applications

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Aid

    All seniors and their parents/guardians should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most colleges will not disburse scholarship money until this form is on record. The FAFSA form cannot be mailed or filed online until January 1st. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before January of the senior year to get a personal identification number. Every student and their parent/guardian must get a P.I.N. number in order to complete the FAFSA in January.   

    Halls High School offers a financial aid workshop in November of each year to assist parents/guardians and students in the financial aid process.

    Scholarships

    The college/university you are applying to is the best source for scholarships. Many schools offer scholarship packages based on academics, community service, or athletics that may cover a large portion of tuition. Local and national scholarship information is available through the Guidance Office.  Each scholarship has a separate application which is available online or from Ms. Overton in Guidance. See the Senior Memo to get up-to-date information on scholarships. Students are responsible for reviewing the Senior Memo which holds all scholarship information sent to Halls High. The Senior Memo is published at the beginning of every month. It is available online at the counseling website and is placed in Senior English and Economics classes. The Guidance website also has a link to multiple scholarship websites.

    College Planning Guides

    Freshman College Planning Calendar

     

    • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses. The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you have set for yourself.
    • Keep in mind the courses that colleges expect you to have completed for admissions including:
    1. 4 years of English
    2. 4 years of Math (including Algebra II and one higher math)
    3. 2-4 years of World Language
    4. 3-4 years of Lab Science
    5. 2-4 years of History/Social Studies
    6. 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Focus on your grades! This is the starting point of your cumulative grade point average (the grade point average reported to colleges). This is the best thing you can do to help position yourself to earn academic scholarships.
    • If you hope to play a sport in college, meet with your counselor to review the NCAA requirements and to check if you are enrolled in the correct courses.
    • Get involved! Join one or more extracurricular activities and take on a leadership role.
    • Meet with your school counselor at least once to talk about your plans for the next four years. You are welcome to come by at your convenience!
    • Read, read, and read some more to build your vocabulary and strengthen the skills needed for standardized testing.
    • Know what courses are required for graduation and entrance into most four-year colleges and universities.
    • Keep track of your extracurricular activities and any honors/awards you receive.
    • Research career possibilities.

    Sophomore College Planning Calendar

     

    • Continue solid academic progress in challenging courses.
    • Review the NCAA academic requirements if you anticipate playing a sport in college (www.eligibilitycenter.org).
    • Take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission but will provide helpful practice for the PSAT you take in your junior year. This test can qualify you scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • Take the PLAN in October; this will prepare you for the ACT you will take in your junior year.
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities. Keep an update record.
    • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run!
    • Begin your high school resume. You will update this each year and use it when you apply to colleges and for scholarship competitions. See your counselor for a sample resume.
    • Meet with your counselor at least once or twice this year. It may be helpful for you to discuss your PSAT result with them after you receive your scores. PSAT scores usually come to the school in mid-December.
    • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the Guidance website, or surf the Web for college home pages.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Use your summer wisely: take time to volunteer, gain work experience, and tour college campuses with your family as you travel.

     

    Junior College Planning Calendar

    September-December

    • Be sure your schedule includes courses that strengthen your academic record and help complete graduation requirements.
    • Focus on academics being mindful that junior grades are very important to college admission committees.
    • Attend the Knox County College Fair in October
    • Sign up for the PSAT given in October and begin reviewing the sample test questions in the PSAT Student Bulletin.
    • Meet with college representatives as they visit your high school throughout the school year. Listen for announcements and check the Counseling website
    • Speak to recent graduates who are home from college for the holidays. They are a great resource!
    • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor and begin sharing your thoughts about college.
    • If you anticipate playing Division I or II athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

    January-March

    • Concentrate on doing well in your spring semester classes.
    • Update your resume with additional extracurricular activities, community service, honors and awards.
    • Begin preparing for the ACT/SAT by checking out a book from the library, purchasing your own test prep book from a local bookstore, or taking a test prep course.
    • Take advantage of breaks by scheduling a visit to several schools. Also make plans to tour college campuses during your spring break.
    • Continue developing a list of schools you are interested in researching. There are several good online college search engines such as:

    www.collegeboard.org, www.act.org, www.princetonreview.com and

    www.petersons.com

    • Meet with your counselor to plan your senior schedule and discuss your college/career plans.
    • Take the State ACT at your school in March but consider taking another ACT or the SAT in April, May or June.
    • Register to take two or three SAT Subject Tests during the first week of May. If you are enrolled in AP courses, consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
    • Create an account on a free scholarship search engine such as www.fastweb.com

    April-May

    • If you are interested in a service academy you should begin the process now.
    • Plan summer visits to colleges in which you are very interested. Make a file and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life.
    • Continue to research colleges so that you are able to narrow your list down to a manageable number (3-6 schools).
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
    • Make a list of teachers, counselors, and other adults who you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
    • Begin thinking about topics for college essays, Look at some sample applications for potential topics. One good resource is the Common Application at www.commonapp.org

     

    Senior College Planning Calendar

     

    August

    • Meet with your counselor if you need to discuss your final college list and application deadlines. Make sure you have included “safe”, “reach”, and “realistic” schools.
    • Provide your counselor with a list of all schools to which you will apply, what forms they must complete, and the application deadline.
    • Submit your most current resume to your counselor or teacher. He/She cannot write your letter of recommendation without it!
    • If you are considering playing sports in college, make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org) or the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org)

    September

    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in Senior English & Economics classes or viewed online at Halls’ website.
    • Create a file for each college to which you will apply. Include a list of what is necessary for a complete application, cost of application, deadlines and any other important information.
    • Inform you counselor, at least one month in advance, about any Secondary School Reports (a part of many applications which counselors must complete) and Mid-Year Reports; let them know if they can complete this online or whether a printed hard copy is necessary. If forms are required, print them and submit them to your counselor.
    •  Don’t forget to fill out a transcript request for each school to which you are applying and submit them to the registrar in the Counseling Office.
    • Ask teachers who know you well and with whom you have a good relationship to write a letter of recommendation.  (if required by the college). Again, let them know if they may complete this online or provide them with the proper request form, your resume, an envelope addressed to the college with postage included.
    • Find out from the colleges to which you are applying whether a separate application is required for Financial Aid/Scholarships. Some schools automatically consider you when you apply, however, some schools require a separate application.
    • If required by the colleges, file the CSS Financial Aid Profile online at www.collegeboard.com

    October

    • Attend the Knox County College Fair
    • Finalize your college essays.
    • Continue to check the Scholarship list published online at your school’s website.

     

    November

    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, or counselor review the application before it is submitted. Always keep a hard copy of any application submitted electronically or through the mail.
    • Every college will require a copy of your high school transcript. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to colleges directly from the testing company.
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop held at Halls. Request a pin number for you and one parent (www.fafsa.ed.gov); this will become your electronic signature on your FAFSA.

    December

    • Your goal should be to have all applications complete by the end of the first semester.

    January

    • Seniors and families can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete it as soon as possible!
    • Complete the CSS Profile (if required) at www.collegeboard.com
    • In order to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA.
    • Remind your counselor if colleges to which you have applied require a mid-year report.

    April

    • April 15- many of you may have received notification of acceptance prior to this date, however, this is the common final notification date for colleges.
    • Make your final college choice after you receive your acceptances. Decline any offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
    • If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, and write the admissions office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

     

    May

    • May 1- this is the deadline for you to notify colleges of your final decision. Place only one deposit at a college. To submit more than one deposit at a college/university is considered unethical.
    • Remember to accept financial aid offers and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure you have submitted the senior survey including the final transcript request. The senior survey gives us information regarding scholarships you have received and which college you will be attending. We cannot announce your name at Award’s Day as one who has received scholarships if you have not submitted the survey telling us what you have received…there is no other way for us to find out this info! We must send a final transcript to the school you are attending so it is critical that you complete the final transcript request at graduation practice.
    • HAPPY GRADUATION!

                                                                                                                                                                         

                      

     

    Requirements for membership consideration in the Halls High School National Honor Society

     

     

     

    1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must have completed five semesters of course work.

     

    1. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Halls High School.

     

    1. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA cannot be rounded up for a candidate to be qualified. The 3.5 GPA has to be earned by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

     

    1. Students must have earned all of their credits at CP level and above. Course work must include at least one Advanced Placement or an academic Dual Enrollment course.

     

    1. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, course work, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

     

    1. Applications will be given to candidates during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Committee.Induction of new members occurs during April of their junior year.

     

    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to:

     

     

    Name                                                                                      

     

    Address                                                                                  

     

    City                                                         Zip Code                 

     

    Phone                                                                                     

     

    Student Number                                                                   

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2016-2017

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Civility Code    BK 4/11

     

    PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

    It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district

    facility.

    It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

    1. Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.
    2. Take responsibility for one’s actions.
    3. Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.
    4. Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations;

    physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

     

    RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

    The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

    1. A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.
    2. A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.
    3. An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.
    4. Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

     

    2017-2018 Knox County Schools Calendar

    (Board approved revisions, 4/5/2017)

     

    July 31 (Monday) First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

     

    August 1 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 2 (Wednesday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 3 (Thursday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 4 (Friday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);

         Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day)

    August 7 (Monday) First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    August 21 (Monday) Solar Eclipse (Inclement Weather Day)

     

    September 4 (Monday) LABOR DAY – Holiday

     

    October 6 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

    October 9-13 (Monday-Friday) FALL BREAK

     

    November 7 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

    November 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday) Thanksgiving Holidays

     

    December 20 (Wednesday) End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

             End First Semester (88 days)

             1/2 day for students

    December 21 – January 5 (12 days) WINTER HOLIDAYS

     

    January 8 (Monday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based); Administrative Day

              (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)

    January 9 (Tuesday) First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 15 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday

     

    February 19 (Monday) In-service (Building) (Student Holiday)

     

    March 9 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    March 12-16 (Monday-Friday) SPRING BREAK

    March 30 (Friday) Holiday

     

    April 2 (Monday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

     

    May 24 (Thursday) Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 25 (Friday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers

     

    Under this calendar, the Knox County Schools may cancel up to ten (10) instructional days due to inclement weather before any makeup days will be required.

     

     

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    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Halls High Counseling Staff

     

    Katy McLemore                                                Jodie Overton                                   Brad Byrd

    School Counselor                             School Counselor                             School Counselor

    Last names A-G                                                Last names H-N                                                Last names O-Z

     

    JD Overton                         Graduation Coach                                           

    Kristie Dunlap                    Registrar                                                                                              Laura Kindle                       Database Management

     

     

    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700

    www.guidance.hallshs.knoxschools.org

     

    Office Hours: 8:00 – 3:45

     

    Services Provided by HHS Counselors:

    • Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
    • Continually review students’ progress towards graduation and advise students and parents/guardians accordingly
    • Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
    • Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
    • Provide resources that aid students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians and students that walk them through the Financial Aid process
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians of rising freshman regarding high school curriculum
    • Act as a liaison between students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
    • Make referrals to the school support team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities, emotional issues, or other educational concerns
    • Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems

    Counseling Appointments

    Counselors meet with students individually and collectively throughout the year. If you have a need to meet with your counselor, please come by the guidance office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 450:1. Your counselor will see you as soon as possible.

    Parents may schedule an appointment with their students’ counselor by phone or e-mail. Parents may also call or e-mail the counselor at any time to address a specific concern. Many issues can be resolved quickly through a phone conversation or through e-mail. Parents/guardians may request parent/teacher conferences with multiple teachers through the Guidance Office. These meetings are held in the Guidance Office at 8:00 a.m.

     

    STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will be meeting with all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—either in classrooms or in small groups—to distribute and explain scheduling materials for the following year.  Due dates are given at this time. Students should have conversations with their current teachers and their parents/guardians regarding appropriate course selections. Some courses will require students to get a teacher recommendation signature. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Guidance Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Guidance Office counselors will review these course selections, teacher recommendations, current transcripts, and graduation requirements individually with students. Once this process is completed, the master schedule for the next year will be developed based on the course selections that students have made. Once tentative schedules have been run, students will be contacted by their counselors if there are any conflicts in their schedules. Students will receive a copy of their schedule at Red Devil Day and on the first day of classes during the fall term.

    Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes

    Students may request schedule changes at the beginning of each semester.  All requests must be submitted in writing.  Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on the Guidance website.  Counselors will review these requests and make changes based on space availability.

    Schedule changes that will be addressed first are for the following reasons:

    • Computer error/incomplete schedules
    • Course in current schedule was completed in summer school or credit recovery
    • Not completing prerequisites for currently scheduled classes

    Other requests will be addressed once the above issues have been resolved.

    All students are encouraged to complete all classes in which they are enrolled. If it becomes absolutely necessary for a student to drop a class, the following will apply:

    • Parent/Guardian approval is required.
    • Simple changes from one class to another (e.g., drop Art and add PE 1) must be completed by August 7, 2015.
    • A change in level of a class (e.g., from Algebra 1A to Algebra 1) must have a teacher recommendation.
    • Classes dropped according to the above policy will not appear on a student’s permanent record. 

    Any changes in schedules will be at the counselor/administrator’s discretion and will depend on class availability.  ANY REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER WILL REQUIRE ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL.

    Summer School

    A limited number of high school classes are available in Knox County summer school.  Summer school course offerings will be available towards the end of the spring semester (Usually the last week in April). 

    Student Grades

    Grade Point Average

    Each semester course is awarded one credit. The grade point average is determined by calculating each semester grade for each class according to the following guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.   Multiply each credit by the letter grade received and divide by the total number of credits.  GPAs do not round. Please see your counselor if you are confused about calculating your GPA. Remember most colleges calculate your GPA based solely on academic courses so this may differ from your Knox County GPA.

    Repeated classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. Students may only repeat courses in which they have received a D or F letter grade. The original grade remains on the transcript, although the credit may be removed.

     

    Weighted Grades 

    Honors courses, core dual enrollment courses, and AP courses are weighted.  Students who take an honors course will receive .5 added to their course grade: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, F=0. Honors courses will also have 3 points added to their final average.  Students who receive a grade in advanced placement courses (AP courses) or core dual enrollment courses will have a full point added to their grade: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0. AP courses will also have 5 points added to their final average.

     

    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Odyssey. Students who have failed a core class may be eligible for credit recovery. Not all courses are available in credit recovery. Forms are available in the Guidance Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor. Students may also discuss E-learning options with their counselor. E-learning is available for a select few elective courses.

    Driver’s Permit

    The State of Tennessee rules for obtaining a Driver’s Permit are as follows: 1) Must pass 3 out of 4 full unit classes, 2) have less than 10 consecutive unexcused absences, 3) have 14 or fewer unexcused absences. Out of school suspensions count as unexcused absences. Students should fill out Driver’s Permit forms Monday-Thursday in the Guidance Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits

    English

    4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

    4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one higher level math)

    Science

    3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, one add’l lab science)

    World History or Geography

    1

    US History

    1

    US Government

    1/2 credit

    Economics

    ½ credit

    Physical Education and Health

    1.5  (Lifetime Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

    ½ credit

     

     

    Elective Focus

    3 credits**

     

     

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts in order to meet college/university admission requirements.***

    Total

    28****

     

    *The additional ½ credit in Physical Education may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Lifetime Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum of 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the local board of education. .5 credit in Activity PE with a grade of “Pass” will be recorded on the student transcript and is not calculated in the GPA.

     

    **The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Courses taken as part of the core subject requirement may not be used to fulfill the elective focus requirement.

     

    ***Waivers were not created as an approach to exempt students from the foreign language and fine art requirement; waivers are for exceptional circumstances to serve the needs of CTE students. The purpose of the waiver of the foreign language and fine art requirement was intended primarily for CTE students to expand and enhance their elective focus beyond what would otherwise be possible.

     

    ****Total credits required for graduation is 4 credits less than the potential number available in the master schedule of the student’s school (or schools) during the four school years following the student’s entry into 9th grade.

     

    Regular Diploma- Awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

     

    Special Education Diploma – Awarded to students with disabilities who have 1) satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, 2) successfully completed a portfolio, and 3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

     

    Regular Diploma with Honors- Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The ACT benchmarks are: ACT English- 18, ACT Math- 22, ACT Reading- 21, ACT Science Reasoning- 23

    Regular Diploma with Distinction- Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B (3.0) average and completing at least one of the following:

    • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn 12 or more semester hours or transcripted postsecondary credit

     

    TESTING

    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology I, and Chemistry I. Further, the results of these exams will be factored in to the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final grade.

    National Tests

    Fall of 10th grade - PLAN, a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas of English, math, science reasoning and social studies and also includes an interest inventory. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by Knox County Schools. This test is required for all sophomores.

    Fall of 11th grade - PSAT, a practice SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for juniors to predict ability to do college work. Honors level sophomores may take the PSAT.  Tests areas are English and math. High scorers compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by PSAT.  Students register and pay in advance. This test is optional.

    Spring of 10/11/12 grade -Advanced Placement Tests (provided by the College Board) provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their test scores. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores.

    Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – This test is offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There has never been a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the military, and the test may simply determine personal aptitude at a particular career. The ASVAB is usually offered at HHS in November.

    College Entrance Exams

    Both the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are given at local sites in the Knoxville area.  The ACT is given school-wide to all interested 11th graders in March or April for no charge at HHS.  Students may also register to take the ACT during one of their national dates at www.actstudent.org. Students who are on free/reduced lunch may also receive two additional ACT or SAT vouchers.

    Students can have test scores sent directly to the colleges considering their application by completing the appropriate section of the ACT/SAT registration form. If a student signs the Transcript Request Form and submits it to Ms. Dunlap, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.

     COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID 

    College Admissions

    College admission is usually based upon the following factors: academic grade point average (G.P.A.), including English, math, foreign language, science, and social studies; the difficulty of classes taken in high school; class standing; ACT/SAT test scores, and sometimes a personal interview and essay.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a College

    The following guidelines might help in the college decision-making process: location, type of school (2 or 4 year, technical), size, academic calendar, campus environment, majors offered, on-campus housing, special academic programs, cost, financial aid, student activities, athletics, academic caliber of students, and social life. Make sure to look at colleges that are less well known. Often these schools will give you a more personal college experience than large well known schools. A book that lists a number of these schools is Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (www.ctcl.com).

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and build your future on your strengths. Familiarize yourself with career information in your area of interest. Study the college catalogs. Visit the campus.

    Winter, spring, and summer vacations as well as weekends are ideal times to schedule visitations to college campuses. Colleges are geared for tours and answering specific questions about their programs, curriculum, and admissions procedures.

    Valuable information can be acquired by attending College Fairs that are hosted by various schools throughout the year. Halls High School participates in the Knox County College Fair. This fair hosts universities, community colleges, businesses, and technical colleges in the southeast region. Colleges will also visit Halls High throughout the school year. Make sure and let schools know you are interested in them. Colleges are more likely to visit Halls if they know they have a number of students interested in attending.

    Listen for announcements and visit the website for information about college representative visitation dates and times. This is especially valuable for juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two excused absences each year to make college visits. Turn in a copy of your itinerary and a note on the college’s letterhead to Ms. Woodall in attendance to have your absence excused.

    All college acceptances are considered provisional and are based upon continued senior year performance at the same quality level. All colleges review senior grades in July after graduation and can cancel admission in the event of a significant decline in performance.

    Student Athletes

    The HHS student athlete policy requires students to pass all classes in order to play in games/matches. If a student is failing one class, then he/she is required to attend tutoring, help sessions, etc. until the teacher states the grade is passing. If a student is failing more than one class, then he/she is unable to play in games until one or both of the grades are passing.

     

    Student athletes need to consider the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements - especially Division I and Division II college sports. There are certain core courses and minimum ACT / SAT test scores to consider. A Clearinghouse Form must be completed online after the completion of the junior year to determine eligibility. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. Student athletes interested in playing NAIA sports should register at www.playnaia.org. Students may print a request for transcript form from the NCAA or NAIA and bring it to the Counseling Office.

    College Application Process

    Each college and university has its own unique way of computing grade point average (GPA). Many only consider the academic grade point resulting from the grades in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The student's HHS grade point average should be used only as a guide in considering acceptance for a particular school since it includes all classes. Colleges seriously look at the strength of a student’s curriculum as it relates to their GPA.

    Students may access applications by contacting the university directly or may apply online through the college’s web site. Most schools prefer online applications.

    Before submitting any college applications, check them over carefully for completion, accuracy, and neatness. You must request your transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Transcript request forms are available in the Guidance Office. Ms. Dunlap will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Dunlap keeps a log indicating the date the transcript was mailed.

    If a student’s application requires a counselor’s letter of recommendation, there is a special information form that must be filled out by the student for his or her counselor. Please allow at least two weeks for processing transcript requests and recommendation forms.

    Getting Organized

    We suggest that you use a folder or notebook to create a personal college application file. Your files may include:

    • Notes on colleges
    • Application Deadlines
    • Test Records
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Copies of completed applications
    • Email confirmations
    • Copies of email correspondences
    • Login information for website/applications

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Aid

    All seniors and their parents/guardians should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most colleges will not disburse scholarship money until this form is on record. The FAFSA form cannot be mailed or filed online until January 1st. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before January of the senior year to get a personal identification number. Every student and their parent/guardian must get a P.I.N. number in order to complete the FAFSA in January.   

    Halls High School offers a financial aid workshop in November of each year to assist parents/guardians and students in the financial aid process.

    Scholarships

    The college/university you are applying to is the best source for scholarships. Many schools offer scholarship packages based on academics, community service, or athletics that may cover a large portion of tuition. Local and national scholarship information is available through the Guidance Office.  Each scholarship has a separate application which is available online or from Ms. Overton in Guidance. See the Senior Memo to get up-to-date information on scholarships. Students are responsible for reviewing the Senior Memo which holds all scholarship information sent to Halls High. The Senior Memo is published at the beginning of every month. It is available online at the counseling website and is placed in Senior English and Economics classes. The Guidance website also has a link to multiple scholarship websites.

    College Planning Guides

    Freshman College Planning Calendar

     

    • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses. The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you have set for yourself.
    • Keep in mind the courses that colleges expect you to have completed for admissions including:
    1. 4 years of English
    2. 4 years of Math (including Algebra II and one higher math)
    3. 2-4 years of World Language
    4. 3-4 years of Lab Science
    5. 2-4 years of History/Social Studies
    6. 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Focus on your grades! This is the starting point of your cumulative grade point average (the grade point average reported to colleges). This is the best thing you can do to help position yourself to earn academic scholarships.
    • If you hope to play a sport in college, meet with your counselor to review the NCAA requirements and to check if you are enrolled in the correct courses.
    • Get involved! Join one or more extracurricular activities and take on a leadership role.
    • Meet with your school counselor at least once to talk about your plans for the next four years. You are welcome to come by at your convenience!
    • Read, read, and read some more to build your vocabulary and strengthen the skills needed for standardized testing.
    • Know what courses are required for graduation and entrance into most four-year colleges and universities.
    • Keep track of your extracurricular activities and any honors/awards you receive.
    • Research career possibilities.

    Sophomore College Planning Calendar

     

    • Continue solid academic progress in challenging courses.
    • Review the NCAA academic requirements if you anticipate playing a sport in college (www.eligibilitycenter.org).
    • Take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission but will provide helpful practice for the PSAT you take in your junior year. This test can qualify you scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • Take the PLAN in October; this will prepare you for the ACT you will take in your junior year.
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities. Keep an update record.
    • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run!
    • Begin your high school resume. You will update this each year and use it when you apply to colleges and for scholarship competitions. See your counselor for a sample resume.
    • Meet with your counselor at least once or twice this year. It may be helpful for you to discuss your PSAT result with them after you receive your scores. PSAT scores usually come to the school in mid-December.
    • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the Guidance website, or surf the Web for college home pages.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Use your summer wisely: take time to volunteer, gain work experience, and tour college campuses with your family as you travel.

     

    Junior College Planning Calendar

    September-December

    • Be sure your schedule includes courses that strengthen your academic record and help complete graduation requirements.
    • Focus on academics being mindful that junior grades are very important to college admission committees.
    • Attend the Knox County College Fair in October
    • Sign up for the PSAT given in October and begin reviewing the sample test questions in the PSAT Student Bulletin.
    • Meet with college representatives as they visit your high school throughout the school year. Listen for announcements and check the Counseling website
    • Speak to recent graduates who are home from college for the holidays. They are a great resource!
    • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor and begin sharing your thoughts about college.
    • If you anticipate playing Division I or II athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

    January-March

    • Concentrate on doing well in your spring semester classes.
    • Update your resume with additional extracurricular activities, community service, honors and awards.
    • Begin preparing for the ACT/SAT by checking out a book from the library, purchasing your own test prep book from a local bookstore, or taking a test prep course.
    • Take advantage of breaks by scheduling a visit to several schools. Also make plans to tour college campuses during your spring break.
    • Continue developing a list of schools you are interested in researching. There are several good online college search engines such as:

    www.collegeboard.org, www.act.org, www.princetonreview.com and

    www.petersons.com

    • Meet with your counselor to plan your senior schedule and discuss your college/career plans.
    • Take the State ACT at your school in March but consider taking another ACT or the SAT in April, May or June.
    • Register to take two or three SAT Subject Tests during the first week of May. If you are enrolled in AP courses, consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
    • Create an account on a free scholarship search engine such as www.fastweb.com

    April-May

    • If you are interested in a service academy you should begin the process now.
    • Plan summer visits to colleges in which you are very interested. Make a file and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life.
    • Continue to research colleges so that you are able to narrow your list down to a manageable number (3-6 schools).
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
    • Make a list of teachers, counselors, and other adults who you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
    • Begin thinking about topics for college essays, Look at some sample applications for potential topics. One good resource is the Common Application at www.commonapp.org

     

    Senior College Planning Calendar

     

    August

    • Meet with your counselor if you need to discuss your final college list and application deadlines. Make sure you have included “safe”, “reach”, and “realistic” schools.
    • Provide your counselor with a list of all schools to which you will apply, what forms they must complete, and the application deadline.
    • Submit your most current resume to your counselor or teacher. He/She cannot write your letter of recommendation without it!
    • If you are considering playing sports in college, make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org) or the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org)

    September

    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in Senior English & Economics classes or viewed online at Halls’ website.
    • Create a file for each college to which you will apply. Include a list of what is necessary for a complete application, cost of application, deadlines and any other important information.
    • Inform you counselor, at least one month in advance, about any Secondary School Reports (a part of many applications which counselors must complete) and Mid-Year Reports; let them know if they can complete this online or whether a printed hard copy is necessary. If forms are required, print them and submit them to your counselor.
    •  Don’t forget to fill out a transcript request for each school to which you are applying and submit them to the registrar in the Counseling Office.
    • Ask teachers who know you well and with whom you have a good relationship to write a letter of recommendation.  (if required by the college). Again, let them know if they may complete this online or provide them with the proper request form, your resume, an envelope addressed to the college with postage included.
    • Find out from the colleges to which you are applying whether a separate application is required for Financial Aid/Scholarships. Some schools automatically consider you when you apply, however, some schools require a separate application.
    • If required by the colleges, file the CSS Financial Aid Profile online at www.collegeboard.com

    October

    • Attend the Knox County College Fair
    • Finalize your college essays.
    • Continue to check the Scholarship list published online at your school’s website.

     

    November

    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, or counselor review the application before it is submitted. Always keep a hard copy of any application submitted electronically or through the mail.
    • Every college will require a copy of your high school transcript. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to colleges directly from the testing company.
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop held at Halls. Request a pin number for you and one parent (www.fafsa.ed.gov); this will become your electronic signature on your FAFSA.

    December

    • Your goal should be to have all applications complete by the end of the first semester.

    January

    • Seniors and families can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete it as soon as possible!
    • Complete the CSS Profile (if required) at www.collegeboard.com
    • In order to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA.
    • Remind your counselor if colleges to which you have applied require a mid-year report.

    April

    • April 15- many of you may have received notification of acceptance prior to this date, however, this is the common final notification date for colleges.
    • Make your final college choice after you receive your acceptances. Decline any offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
    • If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, and write the admissions office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

     

    May

    • May 1- this is the deadline for you to notify colleges of your final decision. Place only one deposit at a college. To submit more than one deposit at a college/university is considered unethical.
    • Remember to accept financial aid offers and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure you have submitted the senior survey including the final transcript request. The senior survey gives us information regarding scholarships you have received and which college you will be attending. We cannot announce your name at Award’s Day as one who has received scholarships if you have not submitted the survey telling us what you have received…there is no other way for us to find out this info! We must send a final transcript to the school you are attending so it is critical that you complete the final transcript request at graduation practice.
    • HAPPY GRADUATION!

                                                                                                                                                                         

                      

     

    Requirements for membership consideration in the Halls High School National Honor Society

     

     

     

    1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must have completed five semesters of course work.

     

    1. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Halls High School.

     

    1. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA cannot be rounded up for a candidate to be qualified. The 3.5 GPA has to be earned by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

     

    1. Students must have earned all of their credits at CP level and above. Course work must include at least one Advanced Placement or an academic Dual Enrollment course.

     

    1. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, course work, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

     

    1. Applications will be given to candidates during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Committee.Induction of new members occurs during April of their junior year.

     

    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to:

     

     

    Name                                                                                      

     

    Address                                                                                  

     

    City                                                         Zip Code                 

     

    Phone                                                                                     

     

    Student Number                                                                   

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2016-2017

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Civility Code    BK 4/11

     

    PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

    It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district

    facility.

    It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

    1. Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.
    2. Take responsibility for one’s actions.
    3. Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.
    4. Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations;

    physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

     

    RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

    The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

    1. A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.
    2. A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.
    3. An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.
    4. Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

     

    2017-2018 Knox County Schools Calendar

    (Board approved revisions, 4/5/2017)

     

    July 31 (Monday) First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

     

    August 1 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 2 (Wednesday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 3 (Thursday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 4 (Friday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);

         Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day)

    August 7 (Monday) First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    August 21 (Monday) Solar Eclipse (Inclement Weather Day)

     

    September 4 (Monday) LABOR DAY – Holiday

     

    October 6 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

    October 9-13 (Monday-Friday) FALL BREAK

     

    November 7 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

    November 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday) Thanksgiving Holidays

     

    December 20 (Wednesday) End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

             End First Semester (88 days)

             1/2 day for students

    December 21 – January 5 (12 days) WINTER HOLIDAYS

     

    January 8 (Monday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based); Administrative Day

              (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)

    January 9 (Tuesday) First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 15 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday

     

    February 19 (Monday) In-service (Building) (Student Holiday)

     

    March 9 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    March 12-16 (Monday-Friday) SPRING BREAK

    March 30 (Friday) Holiday

     

    April 2 (Monday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

     

    May 24 (Thursday) Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 25 (Friday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers

     

    Under this calendar, the Knox County Schools may cancel up to ten (10) instructional days due to inclement weather before any makeup days will be required.

     

     

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    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Halls High Counseling Staff

     

    Katy McLemore                                                Jodie Overton                                   Brad Byrd

    School Counselor                             School Counselor                             School Counselor

    Last names A-G                                                Last names H-N                                                Last names O-Z

     

    JD Overton                         Graduation Coach                                           

    Kristie Dunlap                    Registrar                                                                                              Laura Kindle                       Database Management

     

     

    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700

    www.guidance.hallshs.knoxschools.org

     

    Office Hours: 8:00 – 3:45

     

    Services Provided by HHS Counselors:

    • Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
    • Continually review students’ progress towards graduation and advise students and parents/guardians accordingly
    • Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
    • Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
    • Provide resources that aid students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians and students that walk them through the Financial Aid process
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians of rising freshman regarding high school curriculum
    • Act as a liaison between students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
    • Make referrals to the school support team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities, emotional issues, or other educational concerns
    • Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems

    Counseling Appointments

    Counselors meet with students individually and collectively throughout the year. If you have a need to meet with your counselor, please come by the guidance office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 450:1. Your counselor will see you as soon as possible.

    Parents may schedule an appointment with their students’ counselor by phone or e-mail. Parents may also call or e-mail the counselor at any time to address a specific concern. Many issues can be resolved quickly through a phone conversation or through e-mail. Parents/guardians may request parent/teacher conferences with multiple teachers through the Guidance Office. These meetings are held in the Guidance Office at 8:00 a.m.

     

    STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will be meeting with all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—either in classrooms or in small groups—to distribute and explain scheduling materials for the following year.  Due dates are given at this time. Students should have conversations with their current teachers and their parents/guardians regarding appropriate course selections. Some courses will require students to get a teacher recommendation signature. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Guidance Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Guidance Office counselors will review these course selections, teacher recommendations, current transcripts, and graduation requirements individually with students. Once this process is completed, the master schedule for the next year will be developed based on the course selections that students have made. Once tentative schedules have been run, students will be contacted by their counselors if there are any conflicts in their schedules. Students will receive a copy of their schedule at Red Devil Day and on the first day of classes during the fall term.

    Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes

    Students may request schedule changes at the beginning of each semester.  All requests must be submitted in writing.  Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on the Guidance website.  Counselors will review these requests and make changes based on space availability.

    Schedule changes that will be addressed first are for the following reasons:

    • Computer error/incomplete schedules
    • Course in current schedule was completed in summer school or credit recovery
    • Not completing prerequisites for currently scheduled classes

    Other requests will be addressed once the above issues have been resolved.

    All students are encouraged to complete all classes in which they are enrolled. If it becomes absolutely necessary for a student to drop a class, the following will apply:

    • Parent/Guardian approval is required.
    • Simple changes from one class to another (e.g., drop Art and add PE 1) must be completed by August 7, 2015.
    • A change in level of a class (e.g., from Algebra 1A to Algebra 1) must have a teacher recommendation.
    • Classes dropped according to the above policy will not appear on a student’s permanent record. 

    Any changes in schedules will be at the counselor/administrator’s discretion and will depend on class availability.  ANY REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER WILL REQUIRE ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL.

    Summer School

    A limited number of high school classes are available in Knox County summer school.  Summer school course offerings will be available towards the end of the spring semester (Usually the last week in April). 

    Student Grades

    Grade Point Average

    Each semester course is awarded one credit. The grade point average is determined by calculating each semester grade for each class according to the following guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.   Multiply each credit by the letter grade received and divide by the total number of credits.  GPAs do not round. Please see your counselor if you are confused about calculating your GPA. Remember most colleges calculate your GPA based solely on academic courses so this may differ from your Knox County GPA.

    Repeated classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. Students may only repeat courses in which they have received a D or F letter grade. The original grade remains on the transcript, although the credit may be removed.

     

    Weighted Grades 

    Honors courses, core dual enrollment courses, and AP courses are weighted.  Students who take an honors course will receive .5 added to their course grade: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, F=0. Honors courses will also have 3 points added to their final average.  Students who receive a grade in advanced placement courses (AP courses) or core dual enrollment courses will have a full point added to their grade: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0. AP courses will also have 5 points added to their final average.

     

    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Odyssey. Students who have failed a core class may be eligible for credit recovery. Not all courses are available in credit recovery. Forms are available in the Guidance Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor. Students may also discuss E-learning options with their counselor. E-learning is available for a select few elective courses.

    Driver’s Permit

    The State of Tennessee rules for obtaining a Driver’s Permit are as follows: 1) Must pass 3 out of 4 full unit classes, 2) have less than 10 consecutive unexcused absences, 3) have 14 or fewer unexcused absences. Out of school suspensions count as unexcused absences. Students should fill out Driver’s Permit forms Monday-Thursday in the Guidance Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits

    English

    4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

    4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one higher level math)

    Science

    3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, one add’l lab science)

    World History or Geography

    1

    US History

    1

    US Government

    1/2 credit

    Economics

    ½ credit

    Physical Education and Health

    1.5  (Lifetime Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

    ½ credit

     

     

    Elective Focus

    3 credits**

     

     

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts in order to meet college/university admission requirements.***

    Total

    28****

     

    *The additional ½ credit in Physical Education may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Lifetime Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum of 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the local board of education. .5 credit in Activity PE with a grade of “Pass” will be recorded on the student transcript and is not calculated in the GPA.

     

    **The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Courses taken as part of the core subject requirement may not be used to fulfill the elective focus requirement.

     

    ***Waivers were not created as an approach to exempt students from the foreign language and fine art requirement; waivers are for exceptional circumstances to serve the needs of CTE students. The purpose of the waiver of the foreign language and fine art requirement was intended primarily for CTE students to expand and enhance their elective focus beyond what would otherwise be possible.

     

    ****Total credits required for graduation is 4 credits less than the potential number available in the master schedule of the student’s school (or schools) during the four school years following the student’s entry into 9th grade.

     

    Regular Diploma- Awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

     

    Special Education Diploma – Awarded to students with disabilities who have 1) satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, 2) successfully completed a portfolio, and 3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

     

    Regular Diploma with Honors- Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The ACT benchmarks are: ACT English- 18, ACT Math- 22, ACT Reading- 21, ACT Science Reasoning- 23

    Regular Diploma with Distinction- Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B (3.0) average and completing at least one of the following:

    • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn 12 or more semester hours or transcripted postsecondary credit

     

    TESTING

    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology I, and Chemistry I. Further, the results of these exams will be factored in to the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final grade.

    National Tests

    Fall of 10th grade - PLAN, a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas of English, math, science reasoning and social studies and also includes an interest inventory. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by Knox County Schools. This test is required for all sophomores.

    Fall of 11th grade - PSAT, a practice SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for juniors to predict ability to do college work. Honors level sophomores may take the PSAT.  Tests areas are English and math. High scorers compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by PSAT.  Students register and pay in advance. This test is optional.

    Spring of 10/11/12 grade -Advanced Placement Tests (provided by the College Board) provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their test scores. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores.

    Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – This test is offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There has never been a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the military, and the test may simply determine personal aptitude at a particular career. The ASVAB is usually offered at HHS in November.

    College Entrance Exams

    Both the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are given at local sites in the Knoxville area.  The ACT is given school-wide to all interested 11th graders in March or April for no charge at HHS.  Students may also register to take the ACT during one of their national dates at www.actstudent.org. Students who are on free/reduced lunch may also receive two additional ACT or SAT vouchers.

    Students can have test scores sent directly to the colleges considering their application by completing the appropriate section of the ACT/SAT registration form. If a student signs the Transcript Request Form and submits it to Ms. Dunlap, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.

     COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID 

    College Admissions

    College admission is usually based upon the following factors: academic grade point average (G.P.A.), including English, math, foreign language, science, and social studies; the difficulty of classes taken in high school; class standing; ACT/SAT test scores, and sometimes a personal interview and essay.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a College

    The following guidelines might help in the college decision-making process: location, type of school (2 or 4 year, technical), size, academic calendar, campus environment, majors offered, on-campus housing, special academic programs, cost, financial aid, student activities, athletics, academic caliber of students, and social life. Make sure to look at colleges that are less well known. Often these schools will give you a more personal college experience than large well known schools. A book that lists a number of these schools is Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (www.ctcl.com).

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and build your future on your strengths. Familiarize yourself with career information in your area of interest. Study the college catalogs. Visit the campus.

    Winter, spring, and summer vacations as well as weekends are ideal times to schedule visitations to college campuses. Colleges are geared for tours and answering specific questions about their programs, curriculum, and admissions procedures.

    Valuable information can be acquired by attending College Fairs that are hosted by various schools throughout the year. Halls High School participates in the Knox County College Fair. This fair hosts universities, community colleges, businesses, and technical colleges in the southeast region. Colleges will also visit Halls High throughout the school year. Make sure and let schools know you are interested in them. Colleges are more likely to visit Halls if they know they have a number of students interested in attending.

    Listen for announcements and visit the website for information about college representative visitation dates and times. This is especially valuable for juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two excused absences each year to make college visits. Turn in a copy of your itinerary and a note on the college’s letterhead to Ms. Woodall in attendance to have your absence excused.

    All college acceptances are considered provisional and are based upon continued senior year performance at the same quality level. All colleges review senior grades in July after graduation and can cancel admission in the event of a significant decline in performance.

    Student Athletes

    The HHS student athlete policy requires students to pass all classes in order to play in games/matches. If a student is failing one class, then he/she is required to attend tutoring, help sessions, etc. until the teacher states the grade is passing. If a student is failing more than one class, then he/she is unable to play in games until one or both of the grades are passing.

     

    Student athletes need to consider the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements - especially Division I and Division II college sports. There are certain core courses and minimum ACT / SAT test scores to consider. A Clearinghouse Form must be completed online after the completion of the junior year to determine eligibility. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. Student athletes interested in playing NAIA sports should register at www.playnaia.org. Students may print a request for transcript form from the NCAA or NAIA and bring it to the Counseling Office.

    College Application Process

    Each college and university has its own unique way of computing grade point average (GPA). Many only consider the academic grade point resulting from the grades in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The student's HHS grade point average should be used only as a guide in considering acceptance for a particular school since it includes all classes. Colleges seriously look at the strength of a student’s curriculum as it relates to their GPA.

    Students may access applications by contacting the university directly or may apply online through the college’s web site. Most schools prefer online applications.

    Before submitting any college applications, check them over carefully for completion, accuracy, and neatness. You must request your transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Transcript request forms are available in the Guidance Office. Ms. Dunlap will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Dunlap keeps a log indicating the date the transcript was mailed.

    If a student’s application requires a counselor’s letter of recommendation, there is a special information form that must be filled out by the student for his or her counselor. Please allow at least two weeks for processing transcript requests and recommendation forms.

    Getting Organized

    We suggest that you use a folder or notebook to create a personal college application file. Your files may include:

    • Notes on colleges
    • Application Deadlines
    • Test Records
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Copies of completed applications
    • Email confirmations
    • Copies of email correspondences
    • Login information for website/applications

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Aid

    All seniors and their parents/guardians should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most colleges will not disburse scholarship money until this form is on record. The FAFSA form cannot be mailed or filed online until January 1st. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before January of the senior year to get a personal identification number. Every student and their parent/guardian must get a P.I.N. number in order to complete the FAFSA in January.   

    Halls High School offers a financial aid workshop in November of each year to assist parents/guardians and students in the financial aid process.

    Scholarships

    The college/university you are applying to is the best source for scholarships. Many schools offer scholarship packages based on academics, community service, or athletics that may cover a large portion of tuition. Local and national scholarship information is available through the Guidance Office.  Each scholarship has a separate application which is available online or from Ms. Overton in Guidance. See the Senior Memo to get up-to-date information on scholarships. Students are responsible for reviewing the Senior Memo which holds all scholarship information sent to Halls High. The Senior Memo is published at the beginning of every month. It is available online at the counseling website and is placed in Senior English and Economics classes. The Guidance website also has a link to multiple scholarship websites.

    College Planning Guides

    Freshman College Planning Calendar

     

    • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses. The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you have set for yourself.
    • Keep in mind the courses that colleges expect you to have completed for admissions including:
    1. 4 years of English
    2. 4 years of Math (including Algebra II and one higher math)
    3. 2-4 years of World Language
    4. 3-4 years of Lab Science
    5. 2-4 years of History/Social Studies
    6. 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Focus on your grades! This is the starting point of your cumulative grade point average (the grade point average reported to colleges). This is the best thing you can do to help position yourself to earn academic scholarships.
    • If you hope to play a sport in college, meet with your counselor to review the NCAA requirements and to check if you are enrolled in the correct courses.
    • Get involved! Join one or more extracurricular activities and take on a leadership role.
    • Meet with your school counselor at least once to talk about your plans for the next four years. You are welcome to come by at your convenience!
    • Read, read, and read some more to build your vocabulary and strengthen the skills needed for standardized testing.
    • Know what courses are required for graduation and entrance into most four-year colleges and universities.
    • Keep track of your extracurricular activities and any honors/awards you receive.
    • Research career possibilities.

    Sophomore College Planning Calendar

     

    • Continue solid academic progress in challenging courses.
    • Review the NCAA academic requirements if you anticipate playing a sport in college (www.eligibilitycenter.org).
    • Take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission but will provide helpful practice for the PSAT you take in your junior year. This test can qualify you scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • Take the PLAN in October; this will prepare you for the ACT you will take in your junior year.
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities. Keep an update record.
    • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run!
    • Begin your high school resume. You will update this each year and use it when you apply to colleges and for scholarship competitions. See your counselor for a sample resume.
    • Meet with your counselor at least once or twice this year. It may be helpful for you to discuss your PSAT result with them after you receive your scores. PSAT scores usually come to the school in mid-December.
    • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the Guidance website, or surf the Web for college home pages.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Use your summer wisely: take time to volunteer, gain work experience, and tour college campuses with your family as you travel.

     

    Junior College Planning Calendar

    September-December

    • Be sure your schedule includes courses that strengthen your academic record and help complete graduation requirements.
    • Focus on academics being mindful that junior grades are very important to college admission committees.
    • Attend the Knox County College Fair in October
    • Sign up for the PSAT given in October and begin reviewing the sample test questions in the PSAT Student Bulletin.
    • Meet with college representatives as they visit your high school throughout the school year. Listen for announcements and check the Counseling website
    • Speak to recent graduates who are home from college for the holidays. They are a great resource!
    • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor and begin sharing your thoughts about college.
    • If you anticipate playing Division I or II athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

    January-March

    • Concentrate on doing well in your spring semester classes.
    • Update your resume with additional extracurricular activities, community service, honors and awards.
    • Begin preparing for the ACT/SAT by checking out a book from the library, purchasing your own test prep book from a local bookstore, or taking a test prep course.
    • Take advantage of breaks by scheduling a visit to several schools. Also make plans to tour college campuses during your spring break.
    • Continue developing a list of schools you are interested in researching. There are several good online college search engines such as:

    www.collegeboard.org, www.act.org, www.princetonreview.com and

    www.petersons.com

    • Meet with your counselor to plan your senior schedule and discuss your college/career plans.
    • Take the State ACT at your school in March but consider taking another ACT or the SAT in April, May or June.
    • Register to take two or three SAT Subject Tests during the first week of May. If you are enrolled in AP courses, consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
    • Create an account on a free scholarship search engine such as www.fastweb.com

    April-May

    • If you are interested in a service academy you should begin the process now.
    • Plan summer visits to colleges in which you are very interested. Make a file and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life.
    • Continue to research colleges so that you are able to narrow your list down to a manageable number (3-6 schools).
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
    • Make a list of teachers, counselors, and other adults who you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
    • Begin thinking about topics for college essays, Look at some sample applications for potential topics. One good resource is the Common Application at www.commonapp.org

     

    Senior College Planning Calendar

     

    August

    • Meet with your counselor if you need to discuss your final college list and application deadlines. Make sure you have included “safe”, “reach”, and “realistic” schools.
    • Provide your counselor with a list of all schools to which you will apply, what forms they must complete, and the application deadline.
    • Submit your most current resume to your counselor or teacher. He/She cannot write your letter of recommendation without it!
    • If you are considering playing sports in college, make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org) or the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org)

    September

    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in Senior English & Economics classes or viewed online at Halls’ website.
    • Create a file for each college to which you will apply. Include a list of what is necessary for a complete application, cost of application, deadlines and any other important information.
    • Inform you counselor, at least one month in advance, about any Secondary School Reports (a part of many applications which counselors must complete) and Mid-Year Reports; let them know if they can complete this online or whether a printed hard copy is necessary. If forms are required, print them and submit them to your counselor.
    •  Don’t forget to fill out a transcript request for each school to which you are applying and submit them to the registrar in the Counseling Office.
    • Ask teachers who know you well and with whom you have a good relationship to write a letter of recommendation.  (if required by the college). Again, let them know if they may complete this online or provide them with the proper request form, your resume, an envelope addressed to the college with postage included.
    • Find out from the colleges to which you are applying whether a separate application is required for Financial Aid/Scholarships. Some schools automatically consider you when you apply, however, some schools require a separate application.
    • If required by the colleges, file the CSS Financial Aid Profile online at www.collegeboard.com

    October

    • Attend the Knox County College Fair
    • Finalize your college essays.
    • Continue to check the Scholarship list published online at your school’s website.

     

    November

    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, or counselor review the application before it is submitted. Always keep a hard copy of any application submitted electronically or through the mail.
    • Every college will require a copy of your high school transcript. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to colleges directly from the testing company.
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop held at Halls. Request a pin number for you and one parent (www.fafsa.ed.gov); this will become your electronic signature on your FAFSA.

    December

    • Your goal should be to have all applications complete by the end of the first semester.

    January

    • Seniors and families can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete it as soon as possible!
    • Complete the CSS Profile (if required) at www.collegeboard.com
    • In order to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA.
    • Remind your counselor if colleges to which you have applied require a mid-year report.

    April

    • April 15- many of you may have received notification of acceptance prior to this date, however, this is the common final notification date for colleges.
    • Make your final college choice after you receive your acceptances. Decline any offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
    • If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, and write the admissions office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

     

    May

    • May 1- this is the deadline for you to notify colleges of your final decision. Place only one deposit at a college. To submit more than one deposit at a college/university is considered unethical.
    • Remember to accept financial aid offers and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure you have submitted the senior survey including the final transcript request. The senior survey gives us information regarding scholarships you have received and which college you will be attending. We cannot announce your name at Award’s Day as one who has received scholarships if you have not submitted the survey telling us what you have received…there is no other way for us to find out this info! We must send a final transcript to the school you are attending so it is critical that you complete the final transcript request at graduation practice.
    • HAPPY GRADUATION!

                                                                                                                                                                         

                      

     

    Requirements for membership consideration in the Halls High School National Honor Society

     

     

     

    1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must have completed five semesters of course work.

     

    1. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Halls High School.

     

    1. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA cannot be rounded up for a candidate to be qualified. The 3.5 GPA has to be earned by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

     

    1. Students must have earned all of their credits at CP level and above. Course work must include at least one Advanced Placement or an academic Dual Enrollment course.

     

    1. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, course work, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

     

    1. Applications will be given to candidates during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Committee.Induction of new members occurs during April of their junior year.

     

    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to:

     

     

    Name                                                                                      

     

    Address                                                                                  

     

    City                                                         Zip Code                 

     

    Phone                                                                                     

     

    Student Number                                                                   

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2016-2017

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Civility Code    BK 4/11

     

    PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT

    It is the intent of the Board to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among district employees, parents and the general public. This policy provides rules of conduct that both permit and encourage participation in school activities and communication between parents, community members and school district personnel. This policy also identifies those behaviors that are considered inappropriate and disruptive to the operation of a school or other school district

    facility.

    It is not the intent of the Board to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression.

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and all other members of the community shall:

    1. Treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times.
    2. Take responsibility for one’s actions.
    3. Be cooperative, to the greatest extent possible, toward one another and in solving problems based on what is in the best interest of students.
    4. Refrain from behavior that threatens or attempts to disrupt school or school district operations;

    physically harms someone; intentionally causes damage; employs loud or offensive language, gestures, or profanity; or inappropriately shows a display of temper.

     

    RESPONSE TO UNCIVIL BEHAVIOR

    The Board does not condone a lack of civility by anyone, and recognizes the following appropriate administrative avenues for aggrieved parties to seek action or redress.

    1. A student who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the appropriate building level administrator.
    2. A parent, guardian or community member who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should report such behavior to the staff member’s immediate supervisor or the student’s appropriate building level administrator.
    3. An employee who believes that he or she has not been treated in a manner reflective of the Code of Civility should address the concern through the appropriate supervisory chain. If personal harm is threatened, the employee shall notify their supervisor and may also contact law enforcement. If a communication such as voice mail or e-mail or any type of written communication is demeaning, abusive, threatening or obscene the employee is not obligated to respond.
    4. Any visitor on school district property who has breached this Civility Code may be directed to leave the premises by an administrator or security officer. If such person does not immediately and willingly leave, law enforcement may be called.

     

    2017-2018 Knox County Schools Calendar

    (Board approved revisions, 4/5/2017)

     

    July 31 (Monday) First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

     

    August 1 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 2 (Wednesday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 3 (Thursday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 4 (Friday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);

         Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day)

    August 7 (Monday) First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    August 21 (Monday) Solar Eclipse (Inclement Weather Day)

     

    September 4 (Monday) LABOR DAY – Holiday

     

    October 6 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

    October 9-13 (Monday-Friday) FALL BREAK

     

    November 7 (Tuesday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

    November 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday) Thanksgiving Holidays

     

    December 20 (Wednesday) End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (44 days)

             End First Semester (88 days)

             1/2 day for students

    December 21 – January 5 (12 days) WINTER HOLIDAYS

     

    January 8 (Monday) In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based); Administrative Day

              (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)

    January 9 (Tuesday) First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 15 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday

     

    February 19 (Monday) In-service (Building) (Student Holiday)

     

    March 9 (Friday) End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    March 12-16 (Monday-Friday) SPRING BREAK

    March 30 (Friday) Holiday

     

    April 2 (Monday) In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide) (Student Holiday)

     

    May 24 (Thursday) Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 25 (Friday) Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers

     

    Under this calendar, the Knox County Schools may cancel up to ten (10) instructional days due to inclement weather before any makeup days will be required.

     

     

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    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Halls High Counseling Staff

     

    Katy McLemore                                                Jodie Overton                                   Brad Byrd

    School Counselor                             School Counselor                             School Counselor

    Last names A-G                                                Last names H-N                                                Last names O-Z

     

    JD Overton                         Graduation Coach                                           

    Kristie Dunlap                    Registrar                                                                                              Laura Kindle                       Database Management

     

     

    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700

    www.guidance.hallshs.knoxschools.org

     

    Office Hours: 8:00 – 3:45

     

    Services Provided by HHS Counselors:

    • Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
    • Continually review students’ progress towards graduation and advise students and parents/guardians accordingly
    • Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
    • Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
    • Provide resources that aid students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians and students that walk them through the Financial Aid process
    • Provide a program for parents/guardians of rising freshman regarding high school curriculum
    • Act as a liaison between students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
    • Make referrals to the school support team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities, emotional issues, or other educational concerns
    • Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems

    Counseling Appointments

    Counselors meet with students individually and collectively throughout the year. If you have a need to meet with your counselor, please come by the guidance office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 450:1. Your counselor will see you as soon as possible.

    Parents may schedule an appointment with their students’ counselor by phone or e-mail. Parents may also call or e-mail the counselor at any time to address a specific concern. Many issues can be resolved quickly through a phone conversation or through e-mail. Parents/guardians may request parent/teacher conferences with multiple teachers through the Guidance Office. These meetings are held in the Guidance Office at 8:00 a.m.

     

    STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will be meeting with all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—either in classrooms or in small groups—to distribute and explain scheduling materials for the following year.  Due dates are given at this time. Students should have conversations with their current teachers and their parents/guardians regarding appropriate course selections. Some courses will require students to get a teacher recommendation signature. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Guidance Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Guidance Office counselors will review these course selections, teacher recommendations, current transcripts, and graduation requirements individually with students. Once this process is completed, the master schedule for the next year will be developed based on the course selections that students have made. Once tentative schedules have been run, students will be contacted by their counselors if there are any conflicts in their schedules. Students will receive a copy of their schedule at Red Devil Day and on the first day of classes during the fall term.

    Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes

    Students may request schedule changes at the beginning of each semester.  All requests must be submitted in writing.  Schedule change request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on the Guidance website.  Counselors will review these requests and make changes based on space availability.

    Schedule changes that will be addressed first are for the following reasons:

    • Computer error/incomplete schedules
    • Course in current schedule was completed in summer school or credit recovery
    • Not completing prerequisites for currently scheduled classes

    Other requests will be addressed once the above issues have been resolved.

    All students are encouraged to complete all classes in which they are enrolled. If it becomes absolutely necessary for a student to drop a class, the following will apply:

    • Parent/Guardian approval is required.
    • Simple changes from one class to another (e.g., drop Art and add PE 1) must be completed by August 7, 2015.
    • A change in level of a class (e.g., from Algebra 1A to Algebra 1) must have a teacher recommendation.
    • Classes dropped according to the above policy will not appear on a student’s permanent record. 

    Any changes in schedules will be at the counselor/administrator’s discretion and will depend on class availability.  ANY REQUESTS FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER WILL REQUIRE ADMINISTRATOR APPROVAL.

    Summer School

    A limited number of high school classes are available in Knox County summer school.  Summer school course offerings will be available towards the end of the spring semester (Usually the last week in April). 

    Student Grades

    Grade Point Average

    Each semester course is awarded one credit. The grade point average is determined by calculating each semester grade for each class according to the following guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.   Multiply each credit by the letter grade received and divide by the total number of credits.  GPAs do not round. Please see your counselor if you are confused about calculating your GPA. Remember most colleges calculate your GPA based solely on academic courses so this may differ from your Knox County GPA.

    Repeated classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. Students may only repeat courses in which they have received a D or F letter grade. The original grade remains on the transcript, although the credit may be removed.

     

    Weighted Grades 

    Honors courses, core dual enrollment courses, and AP courses are weighted.  Students who take an honors course will receive .5 added to their course grade: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, F=0. Honors courses will also have 3 points added to their final average.  Students who receive a grade in advanced placement courses (AP courses) or core dual enrollment courses will have a full point added to their grade: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0. AP courses will also have 5 points added to their final average.

     

    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Odyssey. Students who have failed a core class may be eligible for credit recovery. Not all courses are available in credit recovery. Forms are available in the Guidance Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor. Students may also discuss E-learning options with their counselor. E-learning is available for a select few elective courses.

    Driver’s Permit

    The State of Tennessee rules for obtaining a Driver’s Permit are as follows: 1) Must pass 3 out of 4 full unit classes, 2) have less than 10 consecutive unexcused absences, 3) have 14 or fewer unexcused absences. Out of school suspensions count as unexcused absences. Students should fill out Driver’s Permit forms Monday-Thursday in the Guidance Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits

    English

    4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

    4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one higher level math)

    Science

    3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, one add’l lab science)

    World History or Geography

    1

    US History

    1

    US Government

    1/2 credit

    Economics

    ½ credit

    Physical Education and Health

    1.5  (Lifetime Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

    ½ credit

     

     

    Elective Focus

    3 credits**

     

     

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts in order to meet college/university admission requirements.***

    Total

    28****

     

    *The additional ½ credit in Physical Education may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Lifetime Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum of 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the local board of education. .5 credit in Activity PE with a grade of “Pass” will be recorded on the student transcript and is not calculated in the GPA.

     

    **The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Courses taken as part of the core subject requirement may not be used to fulfill the elective focus requirement.

     

    ***Waivers were not created as an approach to exempt students from the foreign language and fine art requirement; waivers are for exceptional circumstances to serve the needs of CTE students. The purpose of the waiver of the foreign language and fine art requirement was intended primarily for CTE students to expand and enhance their elective focus beyond what would otherwise be possible.

     

    ****Total credits required for graduation is 4 credits less than the potential number available in the master schedule of the student’s school (or schools) during the four school years following the student’s entry into 9th grade.

     

    Regular Diploma- Awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

     

    Special Education Diploma – Awarded to students with disabilities who have 1) satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, 2) successfully completed a portfolio, and 3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct.

     

    Regular Diploma with Honors- Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The ACT benchmarks are: ACT English- 18, ACT Math- 22, ACT Reading- 21, ACT Science Reasoning- 23

    Regular Diploma with Distinction- Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B (3.0) average and completing at least one of the following:

    • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn 12 or more semester hours or transcripted postsecondary credit

     

    TESTING

    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology I, and Chemistry I. Further, the results of these exams will be factored in to the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final grade.

    National Tests

    Fall of 10th grade - PLAN, a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas of English, math, science reasoning and social studies and also includes an interest inventory. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by Knox County Schools. This test is required for all sophomores.

    Fall of 11th grade - PSAT, a practice SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for juniors to predict ability to do college work. Honors level sophomores may take the PSAT.  Tests areas are English and math. High scorers compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by PSAT.  Students register and pay in advance. This test is optional.

    Spring of 10/11/12 grade -Advanced Placement Tests (provided by the College Board) provide an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their test scores. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores.

    Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – This test is offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. There has never been a requirement that a test-taker with a qualifying score enlist in the military, and the test may simply determine personal aptitude at a particular career. The ASVAB is usually offered at HHS in November.

    College Entrance Exams

    Both the ACT (American College Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) are given at local sites in the Knoxville area.  The ACT is given school-wide to all interested 11th graders in March or April for no charge at HHS.  Students may also register to take the ACT during one of their national dates at www.actstudent.org. Students who are on free/reduced lunch may also receive two additional ACT or SAT vouchers.

    Students can have test scores sent directly to the colleges considering their application by completing the appropriate section of the ACT/SAT registration form. If a student signs the Transcript Request Form and submits it to Ms. Dunlap, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.

     COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID 

    College Admissions

    College admission is usually based upon the following factors: academic grade point average (G.P.A.), including English, math, foreign language, science, and social studies; the difficulty of classes taken in high school; class standing; ACT/SAT test scores, and sometimes a personal interview and essay.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a College

    The following guidelines might help in the college decision-making process: location, type of school (2 or 4 year, technical), size, academic calendar, campus environment, majors offered, on-campus housing, special academic programs, cost, financial aid, student activities, athletics, academic caliber of students, and social life. Make sure to look at colleges that are less well known. Often these schools will give you a more personal college experience than large well known schools. A book that lists a number of these schools is Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope (www.ctcl.com).

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and build your future on your strengths. Familiarize yourself with career information in your area of interest. Study the college catalogs. Visit the campus.

    Winter, spring, and summer vacations as well as weekends are ideal times to schedule visitations to college campuses. Colleges are geared for tours and answering specific questions about their programs, curriculum, and admissions procedures.

    Valuable information can be acquired by attending College Fairs that are hosted by various schools throughout the year. Halls High School participates in the Knox County College Fair. This fair hosts universities, community colleges, businesses, and technical colleges in the southeast region. Colleges will also visit Halls High throughout the school year. Make sure and let schools know you are interested in them. Colleges are more likely to visit Halls if they know they have a number of students interested in attending.

    Listen for announcements and visit the website for information about college representative visitation dates and times. This is especially valuable for juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two excused absences each year to make college visits. Turn in a copy of your itinerary and a note on the college’s letterhead to Ms. Woodall in attendance to have your absence excused.

    All college acceptances are considered provisional and are based upon continued senior year performance at the same quality level. All colleges review senior grades in July after graduation and can cancel admission in the event of a significant decline in performance.

    Student Athletes

    The HHS student athlete policy requires students to pass all classes in order to play in games/matches. If a student is failing one class, then he/she is required to attend tutoring, help sessions, etc. until the teacher states the grade is passing. If a student is failing more than one class, then he/she is unable to play in games until one or both of the grades are passing.

     

    Student athletes need to consider the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements - especially Division I and Division II college sports. There are certain core courses and minimum ACT / SAT test scores to consider. A Clearinghouse Form must be completed online after the completion of the junior year to determine eligibility. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. Student athletes interested in playing NAIA sports should register at www.playnaia.org. Students may print a request for transcript form from the NCAA or NAIA and bring it to the Counseling Office.

    College Application Process

    Each college and university has its own unique way of computing grade point average (GPA). Many only consider the academic grade point resulting from the grades in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The student's HHS grade point average should be used only as a guide in considering acceptance for a particular school since it includes all classes. Colleges seriously look at the strength of a student’s curriculum as it relates to their GPA.

    Students may access applications by contacting the university directly or may apply online through the college’s web site. Most schools prefer online applications.

    Before submitting any college applications, check them over carefully for completion, accuracy, and neatness. You must request your transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Transcript request forms are available in the Guidance Office. Ms. Dunlap will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Dunlap keeps a log indicating the date the transcript was mailed.

    If a student’s application requires a counselor’s letter of recommendation, there is a special information form that must be filled out by the student for his or her counselor. Please allow at least two weeks for processing transcript requests and recommendation forms.

    Getting Organized

    We suggest that you use a folder or notebook to create a personal college application file. Your files may include:

    • Notes on colleges
    • Application Deadlines
    • Test Records
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Copies of completed applications
    • Email confirmations
    • Copies of email correspondences
    • Login information for website/applications

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Aid

    All seniors and their parents/guardians should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most colleges will not disburse scholarship money until this form is on record. The FAFSA form cannot be mailed or filed online until January 1st. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before January of the senior year to get a personal identification number. Every student and their parent/guardian must get a P.I.N. number in order to complete the FAFSA in January.   

    Halls High School offers a financial aid workshop in November of each year to assist parents/guardians and students in the financial aid process.

    Scholarships

    The college/university you are applying to is the best source for scholarships. Many schools offer scholarship packages based on academics, community service, or athletics that may cover a large portion of tuition. Local and national scholarship information is available through the Guidance Office.  Each scholarship has a separate application which is available online or from Ms. Overton in Guidance. See the Senior Memo to get up-to-date information on scholarships. Students are responsible for reviewing the Senior Memo which holds all scholarship information sent to Halls High. The Senior Memo is published at the beginning of every month. It is available online at the counseling website and is placed in Senior English and Economics classes. The Guidance website also has a link to multiple scholarship websites.

    College Planning Guides

    Freshman College Planning Calendar

     

    • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses. The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you have set for yourself.
    • Keep in mind the courses that colleges expect you to have completed for admissions including:
    1. 4 years of English
    2. 4 years of Math (including Algebra II and one higher math)
    3. 2-4 years of World Language
    4. 3-4 years of Lab Science
    5. 2-4 years of History/Social Studies
    6. 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Focus on your grades! This is the starting point of your cumulative grade point average (the grade point average reported to colleges). This is the best thing you can do to help position yourself to earn academic scholarships.
    • If you hope to play a sport in college, meet with your counselor to review the NCAA requirements and to check if you are enrolled in the correct courses.
    • Get involved! Join one or more extracurricular activities and take on a leadership role.
    • Meet with your school counselor at least once to talk about your plans for the next four years. You are welcome to come by at your convenience!
    • Read, read, and read some more to build your vocabulary and strengthen the skills needed for standardized testing.
    • Know what courses are required for graduation and entrance into most four-year colleges and universities.
    • Keep track of your extracurricular activities and any honors/awards you receive.
    • Research career possibilities.

    Sophomore College Planning Calendar

     

    • Continue solid academic progress in challenging courses.
    • Review the NCAA academic requirements if you anticipate playing a sport in college (www.eligibilitycenter.org).
    • Take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission but will provide helpful practice for the PSAT you take in your junior year. This test can qualify you scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • Take the PLAN in October; this will prepare you for the ACT you will take in your junior year.
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities. Keep an update record.
    • Sign up for junior year courses keeping in mind that you will want to challenge yourself with tougher courses. It will pay off in the long run!
    • Begin your high school resume. You will update this each year and use it when you apply to colleges and for scholarship competitions. See your counselor for a sample resume.
    • Meet with your counselor at least once or twice this year. It may be helpful for you to discuss your PSAT result with them after you receive your scores. PSAT scores usually come to the school in mid-December.
    • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the Guidance website, or surf the Web for college home pages.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Use your summer wisely: take time to volunteer, gain work experience, and tour college campuses with your family as you travel.

     

    Junior College Planning Calendar

    September-December

    • Be sure your schedule includes courses that strengthen your academic record and help complete graduation requirements.
    • Focus on academics being mindful that junior grades are very important to college admission committees.
    • Attend the Knox County College Fair in October
    • Sign up for the PSAT given in October and begin reviewing the sample test questions in the PSAT Student Bulletin.
    • Meet with college representatives as they visit your high school throughout the school year. Listen for announcements and check the Counseling website
    • Speak to recent graduates who are home from college for the holidays. They are a great resource!
    • Make an appointment to meet with your counselor and begin sharing your thoughts about college.
    • If you anticipate playing Division I or II athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

    January-March

    • Concentrate on doing well in your spring semester classes.
    • Update your resume with additional extracurricular activities, community service, honors and awards.
    • Begin preparing for the ACT/SAT by checking out a book from the library, purchasing your own test prep book from a local bookstore, or taking a test prep course.
    • Take advantage of breaks by scheduling a visit to several schools. Also make plans to tour college campuses during your spring break.
    • Continue developing a list of schools you are interested in researching. There are several good online college search engines such as:

    www.collegeboard.org, www.act.org, www.princetonreview.com and

    www.petersons.com

    • Meet with your counselor to plan your senior schedule and discuss your college/career plans.
    • Take the State ACT at your school in March but consider taking another ACT or the SAT in April, May or June.
    • Register to take two or three SAT Subject Tests during the first week of May. If you are enrolled in AP courses, consider taking the corresponding Subject Test.
    • Create an account on a free scholarship search engine such as www.fastweb.com

    April-May

    • If you are interested in a service academy you should begin the process now.
    • Plan summer visits to colleges in which you are very interested. Make a file and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life.
    • Continue to research colleges so that you are able to narrow your list down to a manageable number (3-6 schools).
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
    • Make a list of teachers, counselors, and other adults who you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
    • Begin thinking about topics for college essays, Look at some sample applications for potential topics. One good resource is the Common Application at www.commonapp.org

     

    Senior College Planning Calendar

     

    August

    • Meet with your counselor if you need to discuss your final college list and application deadlines. Make sure you have included “safe”, “reach”, and “realistic” schools.
    • Provide your counselor with a list of all schools to which you will apply, what forms they must complete, and the application deadline.
    • Submit your most current resume to your counselor or teacher. He/She cannot write your letter of recommendation without it!
    • If you are considering playing sports in college, make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org) or the NAIA Eligibility Center (www.playnaia.org)

    September

    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in Senior English & Economics classes or viewed online at Halls’ website.
    • Create a file for each college to which you will apply. Include a list of what is necessary for a complete application, cost of application, deadlines and any other important information.
    • Inform you counselor, at least one month in advance, about any Secondary School Reports (a part of many applications which counselors must complete) and Mid-Year Reports; let them know if they can complete this online or whether a printed hard copy is necessary. If forms are required, print them and submit them to your counselor.
    •  Don’t forget to fill out a transcript request for each school to which you are applying and submit them to the registrar in the Counseling Office.
    • Ask teachers who know you well and with whom you have a good relationship to write a letter of recommendation.  (if required by the college). Again, let them know if they may complete this online or provide them with the proper request form, your resume, an envelope addressed to the college with postage included.
    • Find out from the colleges to which you are applying whether a separate application is required for Financial Aid/Scholarships. Some schools automatically consider you when you apply, however, some schools require a separate application.
    • If required by the colleges, file the CSS Financial Aid Profile online at www.collegeboard.com

    October

    • Attend the Knox County College Fair
    • Finalize your college essays.
    • Continue to check the Scholarship list published online at your school’s website.

     

    November

    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, or counselor review the application before it is submitted. Always keep a hard copy of any application submitted electronically or through the mail.
    • Every college will require a copy of your high school transcript. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure your ACT/SAT scores have been sent to colleges directly from the testing company.
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop held at Halls. Request a pin number for you and one parent (www.fafsa.ed.gov); this will become your electronic signature on your FAFSA.

    December

    • Your goal should be to have all applications complete by the end of the first semester.

    January

    • Seniors and families can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Complete it as soon as possible!
    • Complete the CSS Profile (if required) at www.collegeboard.com
    • In order to qualify for the Hope Lottery Scholarship, you must complete a FAFSA.
    • Remind your counselor if colleges to which you have applied require a mid-year report.

    April

    • April 15- many of you may have received notification of acceptance prior to this date, however, this is the common final notification date for colleges.
    • Make your final college choice after you receive your acceptances. Decline any offers of admission in writing so that colleges may admit other qualified candidates.
    • If you are “wait listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call, and write the admissions office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application.

     

    May

    • May 1- this is the deadline for you to notify colleges of your final decision. Place only one deposit at a college. To submit more than one deposit at a college/university is considered unethical.
    • Remember to accept financial aid offers and follow the instructions given.
    • Make sure you have submitted the senior survey including the final transcript request. The senior survey gives us information regarding scholarships you have received and which college you will be attending. We cannot announce your name at Award’s Day as one who has received scholarships if you have not submitted the survey telling us what you have received…there is no other way for us to find out this info! We must send a final transcript to the school you are attending so it is critical that you complete the final transcript request at graduation practice.
    • HAPPY GRADUATION!

                                                                                                                                                                         

                      

     

    Requirements for membership consideration in the Halls High School National Honor Society

     

     

     

    1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must have completed five semesters of course work.

     

    1. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Halls High School.

     

    1. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA cannot be rounded up for a candidate to be qualified. The 3.5 GPA has to be earned by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

     

    1. Students must have earned all of their credits at CP level and above. Course work must include at least one Advanced Placement or an academic Dual Enrollment course.

     

    1. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, course work, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.

     

    1. Applications will be given to candidates during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are then reviewed by the Faculty Committee.Induction of new members occurs during April of their junior year.

     

    Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2017-2018

     

     

    Dedicated to Excellence

     

    Halls High School

    STUDENT HANDBOOK 2016-2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to:

     

     

    Name                                                                                      

     

    Address                                                                                  

     

    City                                                         Zip Code                 

     

    Phone                                                                                     

     

    Student Number                                                                   

     

    Table of Contents

    Mission Statement – Student Code of Ethics – Bell Schedules 5

     

    Quick List of Things to Know – Dress Code – School Day Defined 6

     

    Student Behavior – Early Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………. 7

     

    Disciplinary Action Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………… 8

     

    Guidelines for Athletics, Clubs and Organizations –

         HHS Professional Learning Communities and Late Start Wednesday…………………………………………….……………. 9

     

    ISS – School Lunches – Student Fees/Fines – Textbooks – Library – Student IDs

         – Academic Make-up Sessions………………………………………………………………………….………………….………..………… 10

     

    Valuables – Lockers – Visitors – Hall Passes – Vending Machines – Fundraiser Activities

         – Field Trips – Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………..............................………... 11

     

    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation……………………………………………..…………. 12

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………………………………..……….. 13

     

    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas –

         Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying…………………………………………………………..….………… 14

     

    Bus Information and Expectations – Guidelines for Medication……………………………………………………………………. 15

     

    Student Dress Code – Attendance Policies …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16

     

    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.

         Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices………….. 17

     

    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale……………………………………………….…………………………………..………...….. 18

     

    End-of-Course Tests – High School Testing Dates.……………………………………….............................…….…………….. 19

     

    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice

         – Knox County Schools’ Statement of Compliance…………………………..……………………………………..…………….…. 20

     

    Knox County Schools Civility Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……… 21

     

    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……………………. 22

     

    Counseling Handbook……………………………………………………………………….………………………………..……………………….. 23

     

    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership…………………………………………………………………………………36

    2016-2017

    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757

     

    http://www.knoxschools.org/hallshs

    @HallsHighTN

    @HallsHighSports

     

    Dear Students and Parents:

     

    I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to you as we begin another year at Halls High School. As we do each year, the Administration and Faculty are prepared to do our very best to provide a safe, academically challenging environment in order for you to pursue a goal that we both share--your graduation from high school. This is our goal for you, and it begins the day that you walk into the doors of this school. Along the way we will provide you with a quality education, with multiple extracurricular opportunities, and with the collective wisdom of a faculty that can impart “real world” knowledge into each day’s lesson plans.

     

    This school family is committed to raising the academic standard of this school each year. We will work to help more students succeed this year than succeeded last year. We hope that more scholarships will be awarded this year than last year and that more of our seniors will pursue some type of post-secondary education. We believe in making your education relevant, and we seek to do this by providing career education opportunities through our North Knox Career and Technical Center and its co-op and intern programs. We want Halls High not only to be a source of pride for the community, but also a school that Knox County recognizes as one of its best.

    This will require continued commitment from our Faculty and Administration and from our students and from their parents. In order to accomplish our collective goals, each of these three entities will have to work together toward a common goal: the well-being of each student.

     

    This student handbook has been issued to assist all parties in our educational journey. Our hope is that it will provide a source of information for students and parents that will be relevant to the high school experience. While it does provide a framework of desired behaviors and school policies, it does not, however, include all necessary information. Our goal is to provide you with as much assistance as we can and that includes this handbook. Please feel free to contact the school with any concerns or questions.  Let’s all have a great school year!

     

     

    Mark Duff, Principal

     

    Justin Bailey, Assistant Principal

     

    Riley Brewer, Assistant Principal

     

    Dana Hall, Assistant Principal

     

    Meagan Miller, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HALLS HIGH MISSION STATEMENT

     

    Our goal is to prepare each student to be thoughtful, confident and self-reliant, equipped with knowledge and integrity to face the challenges of his/her complex world.

     

    HALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS

     

    I am a Halls High Red Devil.  I proudly wear my red and white.  Being a Red Devil means I am part of a school that represents years of academic excellence. I can say with pride that I attend the top academic school in Knox County. I am part of a community that stands behind my school with pride, support and enthusiasm for what is happening in the classrooms, hallways and athletic fields. I walk the same hallways, set in the same classrooms and play on the same athletic fields that generations before me learned and played upon. I am part of a tradition. However, I am part of a new generation. I face new challenges and greater academic expectations than any generation before me.  I will meet these challenges and expectations by reaching within, and rising to the name of Halls High Red Devil. A Red Devil strives for academic excellence and will persevere when faced with difficulty. A Red Devil respects those around them, while remaining true to their personal convictions and codes of conduct. A Halls High Red Devil looks for opportunities to help others and serve their community.  A Red Devil takes pride in their school.

    As a Halls High Red Devil I will stand on my own, accept personal responsibility for my actions and achieve great things now and in the future.  I am a Halls High Red Devil!

     

       

    Late Start

    Bell Schedule

     

    Wednesday

    2017-2018

     

     

     

     

    Period

    Time

     

    Period

    Time

     

     

    1st

    8:50 - 10:09

    1st

    8:30 - 9:51

     

    2nd

    10:14 - 11:32

    2nd

    9:57 - 11:17

     

    3rd

    11:37 - 12:22

    3rd

    11:23 - 12:08

     

    4th

    12:27 - 2:07

    4th

    12:14 - 2:04

     

     

    Lunches

     

    Lunches

     

    1st

    12:22 - 12:52

    1st

    12:14 - 12:44

     

    2nd

    12:52 - 1:22

    2nd

    12:39 - 1:09

     

    3rd

    1:17 - 1:47

    3rd

    1:04 - 1:34

     

    4th

    1:42 - 2:12

    4th

    1:34 - 2:04

     

     

     

     

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

    5th

    2:10 - 3:30 

             
                     

    One Hour Delay

             

    Period

    Time

     

             

    1st

    9:30 - 10:48

             

    2nd

    10:54 - 12:12

             

    No 3rd Period

             

    4th

    12:18 - 2:06

             

     

    Lunches

             

    1st

    12:12 - 12:42

             

    2nd

    12:37 - 1:07

             

    3rd

    1:07 - 1:37

             

    4th

    1:36 - 2:06

             

     

             

    5th

    2:12 - 3:30

     

             
                     

     

     

    QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO KNOW

    Off Limit Areas (See Disciplinary Action Chart for consequences on p. 8)

    • Outdoor Classroom requires teacher supervision at ALL No loitering before or after school
    • All parking lots including Beaver Dam
    • Automobiles/vehicles parked on campus unless student has permission from an administrator
    • All athletic fields/concessions/storage areas without teacher supervision
    • Halls Middle School
    • Staff-only rooms such as workrooms, teachers’ lounges, conference rooms, and restrooms
    • Stage area in Commons
    • Stage area in Cafeteria

     

    Before 8:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m.:

    • NO LOITERING IN THE LOBBY BETWEEN 8:00- 8:30
    • Upstairs area (unless you have a 7:00 a.m. class) is restricted until 8:15
    • Hallways to downstairs classrooms in business and social studies wings
    • Students will not be allowed in hallways, classrooms, or lockers until 8:15 unless they have a note from a teacher.
    • All students should enter the building upon arriving at school
    • Students who choose to go to the cafeteria in the morning may not leave that area until 8:15.

     

    During Lunch:

    • Students must remain in the commons and cafeteria during lunch. Students may eat in the outdoor area when it is open at the discretion of the administration.

     

    DRESS CODE STANDARDS (See Knox County’s more extensive policy on p. 16)

    • No sagging
    • Shorts must reach mid-thigh
    • No hats in the building (boys or girls)
    • Leggings/yoga pants must be worn with a shirt which reaches mid-thigh
    • Hosiery/tights are not substitutes for leggings/yoga pants
    • Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.

     

    ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE REMEMBERED

    • Parking on campus is a privilege. Excessive absences and/or tardies (determined by the Administration) will result in loss of parking
    • All students must enter the building upon arrival at
    • The outside eating area will be available for seniors, juniors, and sophomores. A 2.0 average and a Picnic Area Pass will be required to eat outdoors. The pass will be available in the cafeteria.
    • Skipping class will not be
    • Tobacco products or any form of smoke free products are not allowed at
    • The school provides secure areas for your valuables. We strongly advise that students do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to school. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost items. Our investigative abilities are

     

    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Sleep late on Wednesdays. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on
    • Take advantage of our snack machines during the first 8 minutes of class change as well as before and after
    • Microwaves are available for student use in the commons and the
    • Electronic Devices can be used between

     

             SCHOOL DAY DEFINED

    The school day begins when a student arrives on campus or a bus rider arrives at his/her bus stop and ends when a student leaves campus or exits the bus in the afternoon.

     

    If a student arrives after 8:45, he/she must check in at the attendance office. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action.

     

    Students must clear the building by 3:45 in the afternoon except in extremely inclement weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR

     

    General Policy

    The Board of Education believes that acceptable behavior is essential to create an effective school program. In order to promote desirable behavior, employees and students shall exercise responsibilities including but not necessarily limited to those enumerated in this policy.

     

    1. Teachers, administrators, and other school employees shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction.
    2. The principal is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective discipline with the Principals have the right to expect the cooperation of all teachers. It is the duty of all teachers to assist in the discipline of the total school.
    3. Each teacher is responsible for and shall have such authority as is necessary for maintaining good order in the classroom for the promotion of an environment conducive to
    4. The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games and pupil performance on athletic teams, excursions, and other school activities and
    5. Teachers will observe and uphold the code of ethics of the Board of Education and the ethics of their profession in the establishment of relationships with
    6. Students shall comply with all school rules and the regulations of the school systems. Failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall result in appropriate corrective
    7. Students are responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, which include among other things, an approved record of attendance and
    8. In cases of offenses committed on school buses, it is the bus operator’s responsibility to notify the principal immediately of any misconduct of pupils. The bus operator may recommend to the principal that a pupil be suspended from riding the bus but only the principal may suspend a student from riding the bus. The principal and/or bus driver may assign seats on the bus when deemed
    9. Principals of schools where pupils from other schools wait for the bus shall have responsibility for their supervision. In case of student misconduct, the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action. Notice of such action shall be sent to the superintendent and to the principal of the school where the student is
    10. Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or school sponsored events (Knox County Law Department).

     

    Early Dismissal

     

    Students will not be permitted to leave school without administrative and parental permission. Parental permission must be verified by a note signed by the parent or by the parent in person. Permission by school officials must be given. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other medical support groups should be scheduled after school hours. A note must be brought to the office between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. The note should include the time for dismissal, the reason for dismissal, the telephone number of the parent, the name of the student, and the student’s grade level. Faxed Early Dismissal notes are accepted and should contain this same information as a handwritten note. Forged notes and forged official school documents are illegal documents. Students using such documents are subject to suspension.

     

    If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may not be given permission to sign out early. Halls High School reserves the right to confirm all specified appointments with the respective doctor, dentists, etc.

     

    Students must never leave campus without checking out properly through the attendance office. Leaving campus without permission will result in two days of suspension.

     

    Students may not check out of school for lunch, even with a parent’s note.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Offense

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    Conduct prejudicial to good order

    W to OSS

    SLD to OSS

    OSS

    Insubordination to staff

    (Including refusing to turn over the device

    to a school employee)

    1-2 OSS

    3-4 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Cheating

    Zero grade + ISS

    ZG + DH

    ZG + DH

    Horseplay

    SLD to ISS

    1 OSS

    2 OSS

    Dress Code violation

    Change of Clothes

    + Warning

    Change of Clothes + ISS

    OSS

    Possession/Use of unauthorized electronics

    5 days SLD + COD

    2 ISS + COD/PPU

    3rd – OSS + COD/PPU      

     4th - DH

    Parking infractions

    W

    Booted + ISS

    Towed at owner’s expense

    Tardy to School

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    SLD/Call Parent

    Tardy to Class

    (Cumulative tardies to 2nd, 3rd and 4th Periods)

    W

    Call Parent

                       4th- SLD

    5th- 1 ISS                      6th- 2 ISS

    7th+ - Admin Discretion

    Failure to Check in/out Properly

    1 ISS

    2 ISS

    4 ISS

    Unauthorized Area

    1 ISS to OSS

    2 ISS to OSS

    OSS to DH

    Bus Misconduct (severity based)

    ISS, BUS 5

    OSS, BUS 10

    DH, BUS

    Failure to serve lunch detention

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    1 ISS

    Threatening another student

    W – DH

    DH

    DH

    Physical harassment of another student

    W – DH

    DH

    LTS

    Class cut

    2 ISS

    2 OSS

    LTS+ DH

    Possession of obscene material

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession/Use of tobacco or E-Cig/Vape Pen

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Leaving campus without permission

    2 OSS

    4 OSS

    DH

    Fighting

    DH + 10 OSS

    DH  + 20 OSS

    DH + LTS

    Violation of Discipline Contract

    W – DH

    DH + LTS

    LTS

    Bullying

    W – DH

    LTS

    LTS

    Profanity

    W to 1 OSS

    ISS to 2 OSS

    2 ISS to 4 OSS

    Profanity, threat, or action toward employee

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    DH + LTS

    Theft

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    DH + CIT + Restitution

    Possession or use of pyrotechnics

    LTS

    LTS

    LTS

    Possession or use of alcohol

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    DH

    DH

    DH

    Possession or use of controlled substances

    LTS + CIT,

    LTS + CIT

    LTS + CIT

    Illegal drugs possession or use

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Assault and battery of school personnel

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    Possession of a projectile weapon

    ZT

    ZT

    ZT

    PLEASE NOTE: ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BULLYING, INCLUDING TAKING PICTURES OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL AND SHARING THEM, IS ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE.

     

     

     

     

    ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Halls High School encourages participation in athletics, the arts and other organizations as extracurricular activities, and such participation is a privilege. No one is guaranteed a place with a team/organization. In order to be an active participant, the student must be ready to meet the standards established by the school, coaches and sponsors. A student’s academic performance and their behavior at Halls High School and in the community can impact their ability to participate.

     

    Attendance for Athletes

    Student athletes are expected to be in class at all times. An athlete must be in school 3 hours and 16 minutes to participate that day in a game or practice. Student athletes who are on out of school suspension may not participate or be on campus.

     

    TSSAA Eligibility and Requirements

    Halls High School is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Our School is assigned to District 3, Class 3A for all sports.

     

    TSSAA requires that a student meet the following criteria for eligibility:

     

    1. A student must earn six credits the preceding school year to be eligible to participate in All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.
    2. A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying a full class
    3. A student who engages in three or more days of practice, including spring practice, with a high school in which he or she is enrolled shall be ineligible in that sport for 12 months if the student enrolls in another school without a corresponding change in the residence of his or her
    4. A student shall be ineligible in high school if he or she becomes 19 years of age on or before September 1.
    5. A student is permitted eight semesters of eligibility beginning with the ninth
    6. In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school, there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s
    7. The Executive Director of TSSAA must approve all transfer students before participating in any
    8. A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in that particular sport. (This does not include golf or )
    9. A registered athlete cannot accept any money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored
    10. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specified instruction is offered.

    None of the above rules may be set aside by mutual agreement of the school. Information about TSSAA rules and regulations can be found at www.tssaa.org.

     

    Halls High School encourages you to become involved in the following sports:

     

    Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Football, Golf (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming, Tennis (boys and girls), Track (boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.

     

    Professional Learning Communities

    Halls High School will participate in Professional Learning Communities on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:50. Professional Learning Communities are seen as an effective staff development team approach and a powerful strategy for school change and improvement. The High School will be locked until 8:45. Students are not to be in any part of the campus, except designated areas until 8:50. Upon arriving on campus students will report either to the cafeteria (accessed through side door) or gym (accessed through lobby door). They may not go between the two areas.  All students, both car and bus riders, must be dropped off in front of the gym. At this time students must select either the gym or cafeteria.

     

     

    In-School Suspension

    Students must report on the assigned day at 8:30 a.m. to ISS room with all books, paper, pen, and pencil. Students must follow rules of ISS failure to do so is insubordination and will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS. Students must turn in their phone to the ISS teacher @ 8:30. Failure to do so will result in 1 days OSS and re-serving the original ISS.

     

    School Lunches

    The cafeteria provides lunch in a self-serve atmosphere. Students must pay for food before eating. Students should clean off their own tables and dispose of waste properly. No trays are allowed out of the cafeteria without permission. No food or drink can be consumed in the hallway or the peripheral wall of the Commons. Parents who bring food during the school day must report to the office. No student may have food delivered from commercial establishments. NO FOOD from commercial establishments is allowed in cafeteria.

     

    Student Fees and Fines

    Fees are requested in certain classes. The classroom teacher will send confirmation fee information to parents via the student. All fines must be cleared prior to the first grading period. Due to school accounting policies, if paying by check for school fees or fines, a separate check must be prepared per fee. Checks should be payable to Halls High School. RETURNED CHECKS MUST BE CLEARED WITH CASH.

     

    The Superintendent’s Office has approved an instructional fee of ten dollars ($10) per pupil per year in addition to classroom fees. The money is used for supplies which are consumed by and for the students.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are furnished by the State of Tennessee with the understanding that parents are responsible for loss or damage. Textbooks are property of the Board of Education. Payment for lost textbooks is: 1-4 years 100% of replacement cost, 5 years or older 50% of the replacement cost.  A student who loses a textbook will be required to pay the office for the lost textbook.

    Grade reports or transcripts will not be issued if lost books or fees are not cleared.

     

    Library

    Students may use the computers in the lab area only when accompanied by a classroom teacher or with permission from a librarian. Students using the computers in the lab area without proper authorization or misusing library materials will face appropriate disciplinary action. Students who are not with a class must have a teacher note and will sign in and out when using the library. Students must stay for the full period unless a teacher indicates otherwise.

    Students are to follow accepted library practice of checking out books and other materials. Possession of library books that have not been properly checked out will be considered theft. Library hours are 8:00-3:45 each day; however, it can be open later upon request. Library database and Internet links are available through the school website. Students using an Internet service provided by the library must have a signed Knox County Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement form on file with the school. Students who are with a class may print school-related materials for free (a maximum of 5 pages). Printing for personal purposes will cost 10 cents per page.

     

    Student IDs

    Students are issued an ID each year. IDs are required to be exhibited when a student desires internet access in the library, classrooms, and free admission to ballgames (based upon GPA criteria). Use of the library’s technology is not allowed without a valid ID. Students will be required to carry ID’s for checking out of library books, accessing the internet, testing, and work study. If lost, the replacement cost is $10. Students should see Mrs. Polston for information, IDs, and replacements. (Email: trina.polston@knoxschools.org)

     

    Academic Make-up Sessions

    Knox County Schools allow three days from the last day missed to make-up all missed work. The teacher and the student should agree on a suitable amount of time for make-up following an extended absence. Students must initiate make-up work for days missed. While we believe in giving students every opportunity to earn credits, missed assignments will not be accepted after each 4 ½ weeks grading period.

     

     

     

    Valuables

    Valuables such as money or pocketbooks are the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to mark for identification any personal belongings. Halls High School is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

     

    Electronic Devices are not allowed to be used in classrooms, except for educational purposes with teacher permission. Electronic devices can be collected from students upon their entry into any classroom.

     

    Lockers

    The school cannot assume responsibility for personal property. Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  Students are to report broken lockers to the office immediately.

    Each student is responsible for the locker and contents to which he/she is assigned. Do not place valuables in lockers! Students must put quality locks on all lockers in the main building, gym, and North Knox. All lockers must have a lock. Lockers are off limits during lunch periods. Lockers that are being used without permission will result in items being removed from them.

    The school maintains the right to secure any locker that does not have a lock on it.

     

    Visitors

    Visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a Visitor Pass. An administrator may refuse to issue a visitor’s pass at any time. Any person found on the school grounds without permission is trespassing and is subject to arrest. No Visitors without administration approval.

     

    Hall Passes

    No students should be in the halls or between the buildings during class time without a signed hall pass.

     

    Although adjusting to hour-and-half classes may be difficult for some people, students are reminded that breaks are built into the schedule for trips to the rest rooms, vending machines, lockers, and phone.

     

    Vending Machines

    Drink and snack machines are placed throughout the building. The machines will remain on our campus provided students are responsible for proper disposal of cans and wrappers. The companies that provide the machines are in complete control of stocking and taking care of all the money. The school will not be responsible for any of this. Vending machines are provided for student and visitor convenience but may be turned off if students abuse the privilege. Purchases will not be allowed after the warning bell.

     

    Fundraiser for Activities Outside of School

    Fundraising for activities outside of school must be approved by the administration (Ms. Miller).

     

    Field Trips

    Student regulations apply to all Off-Campus trips. Additional regulations apply when the trip is overnight. Students who commit infractions may be sent home at the parent’s expense and are subject to further disciplinary actions.

     

    Computer Usage

    Students who abuse computer privileges are subject to failing the class as well as additional disciplinary actions.

     

    Parking on Campus (Any vehicle that enters campus is subject to search)

    Students park on campus at their own risk. The school is not responsible for damages that occur while parking on campus.

    We sell Parking Passes providing permission to park on campus, not a parking “spot”.

     

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of free bus transportation. Student driving and parking is a privilege, which may be extended to students who have registered their vehicles and who follow regulations with regard to driving. Driving privileges maybe revoked due to excessive absences and tardies.  If driving privilege is revoked, there will be no refund of parking fee.

    Students who do not adhere to driving regulations may expect to lose driving privileges with warning and/or may be charged with traffic violations by the school security officer.  Seniors will be issued parking permits for $30.00 each until all spaces are sold. Juniors will be issued parking permits a week or so after football season ends for $20.00.  Sophomores and those who could not obtain parking permits may park at Beaver Dam Baptist Church if they register the vehicle (free of charge) in the Beaver Dam Church office.  (Replacement parking permits will be $10.) The lot at Beaver Dam will be considered school grounds and subject to all school policies. No sophomores may park on campus at any time. Students parking on campus illegally can be booted and charged a $10.00 fine per violation.

     

    Seniors with a 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA will be able to park on campus without being charged for a parking permit.

     

    Parking stickers must be affixed to the inside of the driver’s side windshield. Students who do not properly display stickers must park at the church. Also, students who drop must return their parking stickers to the office. If a student drives a different car one day, he/she must come to the office for a one-day temporary pass.  This will be allowed three times only.

    Any vehicle not displaying a parking sticker or parked in an illegal space is subject to towing at owner’s expense. Students not complying with parking regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, fine, or denial of campus parking privilege.  Towing will be enforced!

     

    Students may park only in designated areas. Any painted curb or faculty space is off limits. Juniors and seniors will park in a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking lot in front of the gym is off-limits until Marching Band season ends. Do not park on grassy surfaces. Students who arrive late to school are not guaranteed a parking spot.

     

    Campus speed limit is 10 mph.  All drivers must observe one-way direction in front of school.

     

    Driver’s Permit

    Students applying for a Tennessee driver’s permit must have the SF 1010 form signed by the principal before going to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office. Forms will be processed on each Monday and are valid for 30 days only. Students will be allowed two driver’s permit forms and after the 2nd copy, each additional form will cost $3.00. These forms will not be processed on demand or faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

     

    Tutorials

    We believe that not all students learn in the same way or learn at the same pace. As a result, our instruction can be supplemented with additional individual aid which is made available on several levels. We understand that mastery of content is the critical factor, not how the students achieve it. Halls High provides many forms of individualized instruction. NHS students are available both before and after school in either one on one or group tutoring. Any needs for these types of session should are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes.

    This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to student who may not be their own. There is a very good chance that they may learn more effectively from someone else than they do from their assigned teacher. We advise our students to form study groups. As many have discovered there is often great advantage in collaboratively learning a subject. This should be initiated and facilitated (if possible) by the teacher. Organized Tutorial Sessions are offered free of charge before and after school.  We encourage all students experiencing academic difficulties to take advantage of this opportunity. Tutorial schedules are available through the Guidance Department.

     

    Senior Requirements

    All seniors must be enrolled in four classes per day each term. Seniors who opt to take Co-op classes will be monitored by coordinators and may leave campus only with their permission.  Seniors are required to have 28 credits to graduate.

     

    Students who receive school credit at a work place are subject to failing the class if their employer terminates employment.

     

    College Visitation

    Seniors are allowed two college visits which do not count against attendance. Documentation is required for all official visits. Documentation must be provided by the college’s registrar office. Additional days will be excused for documented tryouts and auditions.

     

     

    Dual-Credit Possibilities

    Dual credit courses are taken at Halls High in partnership with area colleges. Students who are enrolled in these classes may not drop or change these classes after the first week of classes. Students may leave campus with a “blanket note” on days when the class is not in session. They should return to school for their next scheduled class.

     

     

    Academic Counseling

    The Counseling Department works with the administration, school staff, parents, and various community agencies to help students with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. Counselors help students develop a plan for high school graduation as well as post-secondary education and/or career planning. Counselors also assist with test performance and interpreting test scores.  Website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    DETENTION: Initial disciplinary action taken for first offenders of minor disciplinary offenses. Duration is 50 minutes after school or before school.

     

    SILENT LUNCH: Loss of seating privilege during student’s lunch period. Assigned seating and restricted communication can be assigned for as long a period as administrator feels is appropriate.

     

    CONFISCATION: Items that are prohibited on school grounds or are a distraction will be labeled as to ownership and turned over to assigned office. These items may be returned to the student or parents at the Administrator’s discretion. (Note: cell phones, etc. may be turned over to Knox County Security.)

     

    HAZING: Name-calling, inflammatory or disrespectful remarks, harassment (verbal or physical) is prohibited at all times and is subject to disciplinary consequences.

     

    IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (I.S.S.): I.S.S. is a consequence sometimes given for inappropriate behavior. This consequence involves placement of the student in a designated classroom with an authorized staff member. Students are expected to complete regular academic assignments and follow the schedule and guidelines outlined by the staff member in charge.

     

    OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (O.S.S.): This is a consequence given for persistent misbehaviors of such a serious nature as to warrant being prohibited from school attendance. Students who receive O.S.S. are subject to the following rules:

    • The student is not allowed at any time on any Knox County School property.
    • The student is not allowed to attend any school function, including, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or school performances.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION: Any out-of-school suspension that is longer than four consecutive days is considered “long term.” A disciplinary hearing will be held before any long-term suspension has been given.

     

    INITIAL HEARING/ DISIPLINARY HEARING: When information is received by the Administration indicating that a student has committed a violation that could result in a suspension of more than four days, meetings will be scheduled for the following purposes in the order given below:

     

        Hearing Notification  (Includes Administrator and Student + Parent/Guardian)

    • To present information concerning the violation.
    • To hear the student’s statement or statements of others who may have information relative to the violation.

        IEP Team Meeting

    • To determine if violation is a manifestation of the Special Ed certification.
    • To determine if placement/programming is needed.

        Disciplinary Hearing  (All regular Ed. & Special Ed: if not a manifestation)

    • To determine guilt or innocence.
    • To determine the appropriate consequences for the violation

     

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE: According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook (JCAB), school lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. as well as vehicles parked on school grounds are subject to search. (Guidelines concerning such searches are outlined in the Knox County Policy Handbook.

     

     

     

     

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

    According to Knox County Board Policy Handbook JCCC:

    In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to removal from school for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent (or designee) has the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts are as follows:

    1 Any student who while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

    1. unlawfully possesses a legend drug or any other controlled substance; 0r
    2. knowingly possesses a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921; or
    3. Commits aggravated assault on a teacher, a School Resource Officer   (SRO), an officer of the law assigned to patrol Knox County School property, or other employee of the school system.

    It is the Board’s intent that the Superintendent exercise his power to modify and ensure that no student shall be out of school for more than two semesters for a zero tolerance offense.  The Superintendent shall consider each zero tolerance case for placement in the alternative school program.

     

    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Students are not allowed in the following areas:

    • Parking lots or vehicles during school hours without administrative permission.
    • Rooms or areas designated “Staff Only.”
    • Instructional Areas during lunch periods.
    • Any unsupervised area during classes w/o permission.
    • In the building after 4:00 without staff supervision for a school activity. In the building before the designated time in the morning without staff supervision.

     

    HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

      

        Knox County Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying.1,2 Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate students in a safe and orderly environment. All Knox County School’s staff is responsible for ensuring this is faithfully implemented in all areas under their purview or direct supervision.

        “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

        “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, and:

        If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

    • Physically harming a child or damaging a student’s property;
    • Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
    • Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or
    • Creating a hostile educational environment; or

    If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

    Students who feel they are being harassed, bullied or intimidated may report this concern to any teacher or school administrator or the office of the Superintendent using any means of communication with which they feel comfortable.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The appropriate action will be consistent with established Board Policy, case law, Federal and State statutes.

    To view this policy (JCADA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BUS INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS

    Bus transportation is provided for Knox County students who live outside the Parental Responsibility Zones (PRZ) for each school. A map of these zones, as well as a listing of bus stops and pick-up times, is available in the School Counseling Office or the Knox County Transportation Office.

    Discipline on our school buses is a priority in order to insure the safety of all children. Bus transportation provided by the Knox County School System is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom, it is expected on the bus. Knox County bus rules are posted on each bus; failure to cooperate with driver may result in removal of student riding privileges and/or suspension from the bus.

    Bus discipline code

        (Handled by Administration)

    Level 1

    Eating or drinking on the bus

    Failure to remain seated

    Improper boarding/departing procedures

    Refusing to obey driver

    Loud, rude, or abusive behavior

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Any behavior jeopardizing safety

    Level 2

    Third violation of Level 1 behavior

    Tampering with bus equipment

    Fighting/pushing/tripping

    Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

    Destruction of property (Parent/guardian fiscally responsible for damages-student will remain off bus until damages are paid.)

    Possession and/or use of tobacco products

    Profane language/obscene gestures

    Throwing objects in or out of bus

    Hanging out bus window

    Level 3

    Third violation of Level 2 behavior

    Physical assault/verbal threat directed to bus driver

    Attempting to set fire to seat, hair, clothing, etc.

    Possession of weapon

    Use of chemical substance with intent to do bodily harm. Possession and/or use of alcohol drugs or paraphernalia.  Misuse of emergency exit on bus.

    CONSEQUENCES

    Written reprimand (maximum 1 warning)

    Bus riding suspension (3 to 5 school days)

    Out of school

    Suspension

    CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 5 school days)

    Repeat occurrence of Level 2 violation (minimum 15 school days bus riding suspension)

    Out of school suspension

      CONSEQUENCES

    Bus riding suspension (minimum 30-maximum 180 school days)

    Out of school suspension

    Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)

    Appropriate legal

     

    GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION

    No medication of any kind shall be self-administered by students at school, even with the assistance from school nurses or other school personnel, except when medication must be given on a long-term basis and is necessary to be given during school hours in order for the student to remain in school.  Over the counter (O.T.C.) medications are included in these regulations.  Any student who is required to take medications must comply with the following regulations:      (K.C. Board Policy JGCB)

    • The school system has the final decision-making authority with respect to the administration of medications and to reject requests for administering medications.
    • Written orders must be provided by a medical health care provider who has the legal right to write a prescription. The order must include the name of the drug, dosage, frequency or time interval, route or method of administration, possible side effects, and method of storage.
    • One medication per form is allowed on the Physician Forms and the forms must be renewed each school year.
    • A parent/guardian signature is required on the Physician Form for Administration of Self-Medication before a student can be assisted with self-medication.
    • All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, must be brought to the school by a responsible adult. Students may not carry medications of any kind on their person with the exception of asthma inhalers, Epi-pens, or insulin delivery systems with the written permission from a parent and authorization by a medical care provider.
    • All medication must be in appropriate containers which are properly labeled by a medical care provider or pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication prescribed for a student must be provided in its original, unopened, unexpired container with the original label and have the student’s name written on the container.
    • Upon receiving medication at school, the quantity of medication received must be confirmed and documented.
    • All medications self-administered must be documented.
    • School Nurses will monitor the administration, documentation, and storage of all medications.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for picking up an unused medication at the end of the treatment or of the school year.

    Failure to follow the medication policy may result in a student   having a disciplinary hearing for a Zero Tolerance offense.

     

    STUDENT DRESS CODE

    Approved July 2000 by Knox County School Board

    (Revised April 2017)

    The following expectations for student dress have been established to promote a safe and optimum learning environment. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual rather than to a learning situation must be avoided. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal/designee shall prevail.

     

    The following standards will be observed in all Knox County Middle and High Schools:

    1. Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed.
    2. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the abdomen, back, shoulders and must have sleeves. Shirts or tops must cover the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible. Low-cut blouses, shirts, or tops or extremely tight tops, tube tops, or any top that exposes cleavage are prohibited.
    3. Head apparel, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.
    4. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity.
    5. Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols, (2) gang affiliations, (3) disruptive, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor, should they promote products which students may not legally buy; such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
    6. Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be beyond mid-thigh length.
    7. Sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets cannot be worn in school.
    8. Prohibited items include (1) large, long and/or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes, (4) sleepwear, and (5) skin-tight outer materials without appropriate coverage.

     

    The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student's attire is within the limits of decency and modesty. Administration should strive for consistency so the dress code is applied evenhandedly to male and female students. The principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances or occasions such as holidays or special performances and may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational classes, and science labs.

     

    Any student not attired in accordance with this policy shall be subject to correction of the violation. If a correction cannot be made, the student shall be subject to additional disciplinary measures as described in Policy J-191 “Misbehaviors and Disciplinary Options.”1

    This policy does not preclude individual schools from implementing standardized dress policies with permission from the Director of Schools and the Board of Education after extensive consultation with parents, teachers, and students. Any deviation from the system-wide policy must be submitted in writing to the middle and high school directors for review and recommendation to the Director of Schools and the Board of Education.

     

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICIES

    According to School Board policy, maximum effort is made in all classrooms to provide a quality learning experience each day; therefore, time out of a class represents a loss of valuable learning.  Knox County’s policies for attendance are designed to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their class attendance and tardies, to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed, and to eliminate excessive absences from their attendance record. (KC policy JB)

    1. Students with 5 unexcused absences from school will receive a letter from Juvenile Court warning of potential court action. At 10 unexcused absences, student and parent will be required to attend a Juvenile Court hearing.  These absences are cumulative for the entire school year and relate to school absences only, not individual class absences.   Excused absences for the following reasons do not count toward those reported to Juvenile Court.  Documentation must be submitted within 5 days of absence(s).
      1. Personal illness
      2. Illness in family temporarily requiring help from the child
      3. Death in family
      4. Recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith
      5. Verifiable family emergency
      6. For students with a parent or guardian who is deployed as a member of the US Armed Forces, excused shall apply provided the student furnishes appropriate documentation of the service member’s deployment- An excused absence for one day when the member is deployed, an excused absence when the service member returns from deployment, and an excused absence for up to 10 days for visitation when the member is granted rest and relaxation leave and is stationed out of the country.
    2. All students are expected to attend classes as scheduled, regardless of their status related to absences or grades. (Students must go to class even if they are failing the course). Failure to attend classes for the above reasons will result in possible consequences for truancy and/or class cuts.  Dropping or adding classes is NOT an option.
    3. Parent/guardian will be notified when a student is absent.
    4. Students who are TRUANT may be subject to disciplinary action.
    5. Students may sometimes be absent from the regular classroom for required class activities (i.e. Band concerts, special tests, etc.) or for activities at which students represent the school.
    6. To apply for a drivers’ license, a student must submit a completed Compulsory School Attendance Form to the Drivers’ License Bureau. This form is available in the school office.  The top portion must be completed by the student and parent and then returned to the school secretary for attendance/grade verification and completion of the form.

    Note:  Five school days should be allowed for completion of this form by the school.

    Tennessee State Law (Title 49, Ch. 6, Tennessee Code Annotated) contains requirements for compulsory school attendance.  Another law (Ch. 819 of Public Acts of 1990) sets the requirements for driving privileges for children under the age of 18, tying these requirements to the compulsory school attendance law.   This law states that a student will be denied a license or lose an issued license if the student has any of the following:

    • Ten (10) or more consecutive unexcused days absent in a term.
    • Fifteen (15) or more total unexcused days absent in a term.
    • More than half of his/her subjects failed in a term.

     

    For purposes of state guidelines, unexcused absences are those without a doctor’s note, court appearance, or death of an immediate family member.  If a license is denied or cancelled, a student must do the following to regain driving privileges:

    • Attend school thirty (30) days in a row without an unexcused absence and/or
    • Pass half or more of his/her classes the next term with D or better.

     

     

    GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT MESSAGES,

    PACKAGES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, ETC.

    To avoid excessive announcements, interruptions, and the overloading of office personnel, only emergency messages or packages (such as forgotten lunches, lunch money, etc.) from parents or guardians will be accepted for distribution to students during school hours. Students will be called to the office between classes only.  On Valentine’s Day, deliveries will not be accepted to ensure the  educational process is not disrupted.

     

            CAFETERIA RULES AND

            FOOD AND DRINK

     

    • Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch periods without administrative approval.
    • Each student is to use his/her personal cafeteria number only. This number is not to be used by any other student, with or without the permission of the owner.
    • Students must present all food and drink items to a cashier for payment. Food or drink not presented and paid for will be considered stolen, and appropriate disciplinary actions will be assigned.
    • All school behavior guidelines should be followed during lunch.
    • Students must remain in the cafeteria, or in designated outside areas during lunch periods. Students should not be in instructional or unsupervised areas.
    • No food and drink (except water) is permitted in classrooms or other instructional areas except by special permission.
    • All food and drinks must be consumed in DESIGNATED AREAS only unless by special permission.
    • Eating areas are to be left clean and trash-free and trays properly returned to designed area.

     

     

    PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

    AND/OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     

    Personal Communication Devices (PCD) and personal electronic devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, camera, recorder, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carryalls. However, the use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

     

    Students may possess PCDs while on school property. The devices may be used before and after school. At all other times the PCD must be in the off mode. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.

     

    Students are prohibited from taking unauthorized photographs or making unauthorized recordings of others at school, on school transportation or at school sponsored events.

     

    WARNING: The taking, disseminating, transferring, or   sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a CRIME under state and or/federal law.  Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and LIFETIME inclusion on sexual offender registries.

    To view this policy (JCBEA) in its entirety visit: www.knoxschools.org

     

     

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    A diploma shall be awarded to students who have earned the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Number of Credits

    English

         4  (English I, II, III, IV)

    Mathematics

         4  (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one          

                                         higher level math)                                                

    Science

         3  (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one

                                         additional lab science)

    World History or Geography

         1

    US History

         1

    US Government

         ½

    Economics

         ½

    Phys. Ed and Health

         1.5  (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*

    Personal Finance

         ½

    Elective Focus

         3**

    University Admissions

    Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***

    Total

         28

     

    * The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.

    ** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.

    *** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.

    Note: Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.

     

     

     

    GRADING SCALE

     

    Grade                                                          Percentage Range

                                                                                                   

                                                                       A                                                93-100

                                                                       B                                                85-  92

                                                                       C                                               75-  84

                                                                       D                                               70-  74

                                                                       F                                                0 - 69

     

    • Weighting for Advanced Placement includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average. Dual-Enrollment classes also are included in category.
    • Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.

     

    Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships.

     

    Grades will be distributed within 5 days of KCS grading period dates.

    Note: All grade reports will be distributed in homerooms except for the end

    of term reports, which will be mailed.

     

    Note:  Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.

     

     

     

    END-OF-COURSE TESTS

     

    Examination dates for the entire school year are published well in advance so that families may plan accordingly to avoid conflicts on examination testing dates.  Our staff will not be asked by the administration to give examinations early except in very exceptional situations

    EOC examinations will be given on English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, US History, Biology and Chemistry. The results of these tests will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). KCS final exam results will also be calculated as 25% of the final grade. Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the final cumulative grade.

     

    2016-2017 State/Local Assessment Calendar

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY NOTICE

    The Knox County School System affirms that it will comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967.

    No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or veteran status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or be subjected to discrimination in employment opportunities or benefits.

    Anyone who believes that Knox County School System has discriminated against them or another individual may file a complaint. Knox County Schools has designated the following people to handle such grievances to comply with the law. Student complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Room 909 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1540. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status should be directed to the Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 1517 of the Andrew Johnson Building at (865) 594-1918 and/or the following:

    Title VI Coordinator

    Tennessee Department of Education

    and/or

    The Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Department of Education

    P.O. Box 2048, 04-3010

         Atlanta, Georgia 30301-2048

     

    UNSAFE SCHOOLS CHOICE NOTICE

     

    Under the Tennessee State Board of Education Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-11(g), or the attempt to commit one of these one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.

    Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Brian Hartsell at 594-1502.

     

     

    KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS’ STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

     

    Knox County Schools (KCS) is an equal opportunity provider of services and employment.  KCS respects, celebrates and encourages diversity that positively contributes to the community.  KCS believes diversity encompasses but is not limited to: ethnicity, race, age, age, gender, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, education level, philosophy and geographic location.  The Knox County Schools will not discriminate or limit access to any educator, principal, student, or community member on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or age.  The participants of this proposal are reflective of the above commitment to compliance.  The resources of the Knox County Schools (TN) and their grant partners are broad in their support of the various needs of the students and families and ensure equitable access.  At a minimum, reasonable accommodations are offered as defined by federal law.  KCS will also meet the needs of participants’ if/when unique situations and circumstances occur.  Support services include but are not limited to hearing, speech and vision services, physical access management, health related support for various limitations, curricular differentiation and advisement for multiple skill levels and learning sites, academic mentorship, and broadly focused guidance for students.  The Knox county Schools (TN) continue to be committed in its support of all equity statues as required by Federal law and actively pursues compliance on an ongoing basis.  A formal grievance process that is open and accessible has been established for monitoring compliance and addressing concerns.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to the Knox County Schools, director of Human Resources, 912 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902.