• Halls High School

    Student Handbook 2018-2019

     Dedicated to Excellence


    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 ………………………………………………………………..…….….12


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

         – Academic Make-up Sessions……………………………………………………………….………….………..…..…..…… 13


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

    Computer Usage – Parking on Campus………………………………………......................................................14


    Driver’s Permit – Tutorials – Senior Requirements – College Visitation…………………………..…..…………. 15


    Dual-Credit Possibilities – Guidance - Disciplinary Terms and Definitions …………………….……………….. 16


    Zero Tolerance Policy – Restricted Areas ……………………………..………………………………………..……………… 17


    Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying or Cyber-Bullying………………………………………………..………………18


    Bus Information and Expectations …………………………………………………………………………………..……………. 19


    Guidelines for Medication ……………………………………………………………………………………………..……………… 20


    Student Dress Code …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………..… 21


    Attendance Policies ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……….. 23


    Guidelines for Student Messages, Packages, Flowers, Balloons, Etc.  …………………………………..………… 24


    Cafeteria Rules and Food and Drink - Personal Communication Devices and/or Electronic Devices... 25


    Graduation Requirements – Grading Scale………………………………………….…………………………..………...….. 25


    Equal Opportunity Notice – Unsafe Schools Choice Notice………..………..……………………….……………..…. 27


    Knox County Statement of Compliance – Knox County School’s Civility Code………………………..……….. 28


    2015-2016 Knox County Schools Calendar……………………………………………….……………………………..……….30


    Counseling Handbook………………………………………………………………….………………………..………………………..31


    Requirements for National Honor Society Membership……………………………………………………………………43


    Safety Protocols for Students……………………………………………………………………………………………………………44




    Halls High School 4321 Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    (865) 922-7757






    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


    Meagan Booth, Assistant Principal







    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.




    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, sit 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!



    Bell Schedule











    8:30 - 9:51



    9:57 - 11:17



    11:23 - 12:08



    12:14 - 2:04






    12:14 - 12:44



    12:54 - 1:24



    1:34 – 2:04



    2:10 - 3:30  


    One Hour Delay







    9:30 - 10:48



    10:54 - 12:12


    No 3rd Period



    12:18 - 2:06






    12:18 - 12:48



    12:58 - 1:28



    1:38 – 2:08



    2:14 - 3:30





    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.:

    • 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. 21)

    • 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.



    • 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



    • 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



    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.



    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.







    Halls Administration reserves the right to enact the suggested district approved guidelines based upon the factors impacting the individual student’s behavioral situation.






































    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.














    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 the 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 day 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 the 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 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: 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.



    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 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.



    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 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 restrooms, 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. Booth).


    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.



    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 are initiated through the teacher. We imbed student tutors in certain classes. This too, is available upon teacher request.  Teachers conduct tutorials to students 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. The website for the guidance department is linked to the school website.













































































































































































































    2018-2019 Knox County Schools Calendar

    Board Approved 4/05/2017




    August 1 (Wednesday)

    First Day for Teachers – In-service (Building)

    August 2 (Thursday)

    In-service Day (PreK-12 System-wide)

    August 3 (Friday)

    Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day)

    August 6 (Monday)

    Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) 

    August 7 (Tuesday)

    In-service Day (1/2 day–School-based);

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

    August 8 (Wednesday)

    First Day for Students (1/2 day for students)  School Times


    September 3 (Monday)

    Labor Day – Holiday – Schools, Central Office Closed


    October 5 (Friday)

    End First 9-weeks Grading Period (42 days)

    October 8-12 (Monday-Friday)

    Fall Break


    November 6 (Tuesday)

    In-service Day (PreK-12 System-Wide) (Student Holiday)              

    November 21-23 (Wednesday-Friday)

    Thanksgiving Holidays


    December 21 (Friday)

    1/2 day for students
    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (46 days)
    End First Semester (88 days)

    December 24 – January 4 (10 days)

    Winter Holidays




    January 7 (Monday)

    In-service Day (1/2 day--School-based);
    Administrative Day (1/2 day–Teacher Work Day) (Student Holiday)


    January 8 (Tuesday)

    First Day for Students after Winter Holidays

    January 21 (Monday)

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Holiday – Schools, Central Office Closed


    February 18 (Monday)

    In-service Day (Building) (Student Holiday)


    March 15 (Friday)     

    End First 9-weeks Grading Period (Third 9-weeks Grading Period) (47 days)

    March 18-22 (Monday-Friday)

    Spring Break


    April 19 (Friday)


    April 22 (Monday)

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


    May 23 (Thursday)

    Last Day for Students (1/2 day for students)

    End Second 9-weeks Grading Period (Fourth 9-weeks Grading Period) (42 days)

    End Second Semester (89 days)

    May 24 (Friday)

    Administrative Day (Teacher Work Day) – Last Day for Teachers


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












    Halls High School

    Counseling Handbook

























    Halls High Counseling Staff


    Kaycee Harvey Miller                         Jodie Overton                         Bradley Byrd

    School Counselor                                School Counselor                    School Counselor

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


    Jeremy Bosken            Graduation Coach                              

    Deidre Wrinkle           Registrar                                                         

    Laura Kindle               Database Management



    HHS Contact Information

    4321 E. Emory Road

    Knoxville, TN 37938

    Phone: 925-7709

    Fax: 925-7700



    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 counseling office. If your counselor is not available, please make an appointment. Please keep in mind that the counselor to student ratio is approximately 430:1. 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 Counseling Office. These meetings are held in the Counseling Office at 8:00 a.m.



    Course Selection and Scheduling Process

    During the spring semester, counselors will meet 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. Counselors are available for consultation if students need assistance making their final selections.  Course level descriptions are available in the Counseling Office. After the course selection forms are completed and turned in to the Counseling 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 Counseling Office and on the Counseling 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 9, 2018.
    • 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 3 DAYS 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, 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 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. Effective August 2018 AP courses will only receive the 5 points and full point added to their GPA if the students take the AP exam associated with the course.


    Credit Recovery

    Knox County uses a computer-based credit recovery system, Edgenuity. 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 Counseling Office and should be turned in to the appropriate counselor.

    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 Counseling Office. The SS1010 forms will be handed out the following Friday. Please allow at least a week for processing the form.



    Core Subjects

    Number of Credits


    4  (English I, II, III, IV)


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


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

    World History & Geography


    US History


    US Government

    1/2 credit


    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.***






    *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.



    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



    State Tests

    State end-of-course exams will be given in English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.  Further, the results of these exams will be calculated as 15% of the final grade (in accordance with TCA 49-1-302(2)). 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 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.  Test 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 10th 11th 12th 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. Wrinkle, an unofficial testing record will be sent along with the transcript from the Counseling Office to a college.


    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 of all type, including those 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 and/or scholarships 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. Colleges examine 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. Wrinkle will then send transcripts to the school for you. Ms. Wrinkle 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 October 2017. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA form. Parent/Guardians and students should visit www.pin.ed.gov before October 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 October.   

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


    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 the Counseling Office. 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 the College & Career Center. 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.
    • 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 Counseling 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



    • 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



    • 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


    • 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


    • 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



    • 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)


    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high school during the fall, attending local college fairs.
    • Visit scholarship search websites such as finaid.org. Check your school’s Senior Memo. Copies can be viewed in the College & Career Center 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


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


    • 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.


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


    • 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 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 1- this is usually 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.




    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.







    The safety of all who attend or work at Halls High School is of paramount concern to all.  Both students and staff will take part in various drills during the course of the year to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to create and maintain a safe environment.  Both staff and students will have to deal with the inconvenience of locked doors, but those locked doors are our first line of defense against unwarranted intruders and need to remain locked.  I have listed the following expectations for every student in the event that we are forced to abandon our true purpose of furthering your education and switch very rapidly to life or death decision-making. 


    1. Do not open outside doors for anyone whom you don’t know or if you “get the feeling” that something is amiss.  We should always question any full-length coat (especially in warm weather), long packages, or heavy duffel bags being worn or carried into the school by anyone.
    2. Always inform staff immediately of any knowledge of weapons and threats to students, staff, or to the building.
    3. Using social media to publicize their plans and intentions is the one thing most school shooters seem to have in common. Always make the authorities aware of any threats or sinister intentions that you see on social media.
    4. Understand what we are trying to accomplish in the event of an emergency and know what is expected of you as a citizen of this community.
    5. Don’t pull or jerk any locked door. These are electronic locks which once broken have to be repaired before they will lock again.  Locked doors are our first level of defense. 
    6. Report any backpacks or boxes which have been left unattended.
    7. Report any and all suspicious characters that you see in or around the building. There should be exceptions. 
    8. Trust and assist all adults in the event of an emergency. They will be tasked with assisting any student who needs help during an emergency.


    The following are explanations of our expectations for any drill or scenario:


    FIREDRILL – During class time – The teacher controls this drill.  We want to make certain that the alarm is real and not a false alarm.  We will announce that over the intercom.  Teachers will check the hallway after the evacuation order, then dismiss their class through the exit planned for their classroom.  We exit the building quietly and with purpose, then reassemble as a class in your assigned area.  All students should be where they are directed to be. 


       During class change – Immediately exit the building and assemble in parking areas closest to that exit. 


    LOCKDOWN – When the building goes on “lockdown,” our expectation is that every student finds a classroom in which to be for the duration of the drill.  If you are caught in the hall when the lockdown is announced, you have thirty seconds to get to a classroom before that door is locked for the remainder of the drill.  In the instance that you are not able to get into a classroom, find a place to hide inside the building until the drill is resolved.  If you are inside a classroom room and behind a locked door, line-up on the wall closest to the door but not in a direct line of sight of the window.  Turn the classroom lights off and be quiet.  A dark and quiet classroom is not a target for someone hunting. 


    “SOFT LOCKDOWN” – We run a “soft lockdown” when the threat is outside of our building.  We still want all students in their assigned classroom and the halls to be empty, but the closing down of instruction is not required.  We do not change classes or take restroom breaks without administrative approval. 


    EVACUATION OF THE BUILDING – This ultimately is a fire drill taken to another level.  We would incorporate an evacuation in the event of a possible bomb in the building, an intruder who has created a hostage situation, or any other situation which is both dangerous and limited to one part of the building.  We want to evacuate the building in a disciplined manner and then once outside, proceed as a class to a “safe area” designated by a faculty member.




    During all drills or actual emergency situations you will be in the presence of adults who know what to do.  Listen for direction but secure your safety first and foremost.  Move quickly but do not panic.  Our goal is to do everything that we can to prevent all of the above-mentioned occurrences, but if we do have to deal with an emergency, react in a way that will ensure your safety.