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STAMFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL MISSION
Our mission is to build a partnership of students, families, staff,
and community members in order to create an educational
community dedicated to excellence.
LEARNING: All children can learn. Each student is capable of
reaching his/her full potential at his/her own individual rate.
SELF-ESTEEM: Each child's self-esteem needs to be
fostered and nurtured.
ENVIRONMENT: All children are entitled to a safe and caring
atmosphere that promotes a desire to learn, as well as a
curriculum, instructional methods and expectations that challenge
them to perform at their best.
COMMUNITY: Each child's academic and social development is
enhanced by an actively participating community. All partners are encouraged to pursue life-long learning.
ASSESSMENT: Assessment must be continual, subject to periodic
review and focused on:
1. The educational process to determine its consistency with
our mission statement and beliefs.
2. Our mission statement and beliefs in light of changing
3. The individual participants to determine if their
educational needs are being met.
1. Each student will master the following skills:
a) Think logically and creatively
b) Apply reasoning to issues and problems
c) Determine what information is needed for particular
purposes and be able to acquire, organize, and use that
information for those purposes.
2. Each student will learn skills and gain knowledge through the
study of English language and literature and use these in their
3. Each student will learn skills and gain knowledge through the
study of foreign language and culture and use these in
4. Each student will learn skills and gain knowledge through the
study of mathematics and use these in their daily lives.
a) Perform basic mathematical calculations.
b) Understand mathematical concepts and be able to apply
these in problem-solving.
5. Each student will learn skills and gain knowledge through study of natural science, physical science and technology and use these in interdisciplinary applications.
a) Understand the scientific method.
6. Each student will learn skills, gain knowledge, and develop
aesthetic appreciation through the study of the fine arts and use
these in their daily lives.
a) Develop knowledge and appreciation of the arts.
b) Develop the ability to participate in at least one major
c) Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgements and
apply them to works of art
7. Each student will acquire knowledge about politics, the economy,
history, and social institutions of this country and other countries.
8. Each student will respect and demonstrate basic
civic responsibilities and acquire the skills, knowledge,
and attitudes necessary to participate in democratic
a) Understand and accept the values of justice, due process, equality, and majority rule with respect to minority rights.
b) Apply reasoning skills and the process of democratic
government to resolve societal problems and disputes.
c) Respect people of a different race, sex, ability, cultural
heritage, national origin, religion, political, economic, and
social background and their values, beliefs, and attitudes.
9. Each student will develop general career skills, attitudes,
and work habits and make a self-assessment of career prospects.
Students not directly pursuing post-secondary education will
acquire entry-level employment skills.
10. Each student will acquire the knowledge, skills and
attitudes which will assist in achieving personal balance,
responsibility and the realization of their full potential. These
include the development of:
b) Self-discipline and commitment to excellence
d) The ability to maintain physical health
e) A commitment to lifelong learning
STAMFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES
The Board of Education recognizes the right of community members to register individual or group concerns about matters involving the school. It is the intent of the District to resolve all concerns with only the parties involved, whenever possible. Public complaints about the school district will be directed to the proper administrative personnel. Complaints about specific classroom practices shall be directed to the teacher concerned. If the matter is not settled satisfactorily, the complainant shall then contact the building principal; if there is no resolution on this level, the Superintendent of Schools shall be contracted. The Superintendent shall refer the issue to the Board for final resolution. All matters referred to the Superintendent and/or Board must be in writing. Concerns registered directly to the Board as a whole or to an individual Board member shall be referred as soon as is reasonably possible to the Superintendent for investigation, report and/or resolution.
|For questions about:
||Food Service Manager
||Supt. Of Bldg &
* To make an appointment for a high school teacher, call the guidance office at 652-7661; for an elementary teacher, call the main office at 652-7301.
PARENT REQUESTS FOR STUDENT PLACEMENT
In assigning students to classes, teachers and administrators work together to seek the best possible placement for each individual student. Parents or guardians may share particular concerns via a written explanation of special needs or interests. These requests must be submitted to the main office by May 15th. Parents wishes will be given consideration. However, it is at the sole discretion of the school authorities to make the final determination in any student placement.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY BY STUDENTS
This is your school. All staff and students need to work together to keep it clean. Except by special permission, food and beverages may only be consumed during lunch period. Glass bottles are not allowed on school grounds.
All students must show respect and care for school property. Any property damage should be reported to the main office or the appropriate teacher. Acts of vandalism are crimes against the school district and the community that supports the school. Students who willfully destroy, damage or deface school property shall be subject to disciplinary action, and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the law. If a student damages school property, such student and/or his/her parents or guardian shall be required to pay the district for the value of the damaged property up to the limit of the law. State law permits parental liability for up to five thousand dollars ($5000).
Regular school physicals are required for students in Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades and all new students. Also, any student going out for a sport will need a physical.
If you would like a friend or relative to visit school with you, you must follow the rules listed:
1) Obtain a form in the secondary/main office at least one day before the person's visit.
2) All of your teachers are to sign this form, approving of the visit.
3) Return the form to the main office.
4) They are only allowed to visit for half a day.
5) They are only allowed to visit once during a school year.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Board of Education is committed to optimizing student learning and teaching. The Board considers student access to a computer network, including the Internet, to be a powerful and valuable educational and research tool, and encourages the use of computers and computer-related technology in district classrooms solely for the purpose of advancing and promoting learning and teaching.
The computer network can provide a forum for learning various software applications and through online databases, bulletin boards and electronic mail, can significantly enhance educational experiences and provide statewide, national and global communication opportunities for staff and students.
All users of the district's computer network and the Internet must understand that use is a privilege, not a right, and that use entails responsibility.
The Superintendent of Schools shall establish regulations governing the use and security of the district's computer network. All users of the district's computer network and equipment shall comply with this policy and those regulations. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action as well as suspension and/or revocation of computer access privileges.
1) Access to electronic telecommunications is available to students and staff at Stamford Central School District. Access is through a variety of providers and includes e-mail, telephone, fax, television, radio, distance learning, internet and other on-line computer services, as well as electronic interlibrary loan. The goal in providing these services to students and staff is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
2) Electronic telecommunications is a general term referring to many systems of communication that are handled through electronic devices. The internet, for example, is an "electronic highway" providing communications with millions of people all over the planet. Distance learning, as currently configured, provides audio and video interactivity for students in up to four locations.
3) In the past, access to instructional materials was limited because instructors and supervisors could subject such materials to reasonable selection criteria. Through electronic telecommunications, material becomes available that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Available precautions are taken by the Stamford Central School District to restrict access to controversial materials, as defined in regulation 9045.1. In addition, the appropriate utilization of electronic telecommunications relies on the proper conduct of the students and staff in adhering to guidelines. The guidelines are provided so that students and staff are aware of their responsibilities in appropriately utilizing electronic telecommunications.
4) The use of electronic telecommunications is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Based upon the acceptable use guidelines, the staff may request the superintendent to deny or revoke the privilege of an individual to utilize specific modes of electronic telecommunications at the Stamford Central School District.
5) Communication on electronic telecommunications is subject to a need for responsible behavior and is governed, in addition to this policy, by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the district’s student discipline policy, code of ethics, and copyright law.
6) The Stamford Central School District will enter into agreements with regional networks and providers of connections to electronic telecommunications, and adhere to government regulations on the use of electronic telecommunications. Students and staff are expected to adhere to the stipulation of these agreements and regulations.
7. The superintendent will prepare appropriate procedures with guidelines for implementing this policy.
Access to Electronic Communications Policy
1. The purpose of acceptable use procedures for electronic telecommunications is to provide guidelines to students and staff of the Stamford Central School District.
2. The purpose for providing access to electronic Telecommunications is to support research and education in and among academic institutions, business, government, other organizations, and individuals by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.
3. The Stamford Central School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, on the service it is providing in making electronic telecommunications available to students and staff. The Stamford Central School District will not be responsible for any damages suffered by individuals. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence or user errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via electronic telecommunications is at risk of the user. The Stamford Central School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its provision of electronic telecommunications.
4. The following guidelines will govern an individual's privilege to utilize electronic telecommunications. Any violation will jeopardize that individual's privilege and may result in other consequences.
A. Vandalism is not permitted. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy technological devices or programs belonging to the school, as well as attempts to compromise the data of another user on the Stamford Central School network or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses and tampering with filters and access controls.
B. Accounts for utilization of electronic telecommunications are established and paid for by the Stamford Central School District. Permission to utilize these accounts is given to specific individuals. Individuals may utilize only those accounts for which they have been authorized.
C. Electronic telecommunications may not be used for any illegal activity, including the violation of copyright or other contracts.
D. Electronic telecommunications may not be used for financial or commercial gain.
E. Electronic telecommunications will not be used to gain unauthorized access to resources of entities.
F. Users of electronic telecommunications will abide by the generally accepted rules or etiquette:
1. Be polite and respectful of others.
2. Use appropriate language and gestures.
3. Respect the privacy and intellectual property of others.
4. Be responsible by identifying yourself in messages, transmissions, or broadcasts, but do not reveal personal home addresses or telephone numbers of anyone.
5. Use electronic telecommunications with consideration and respect so that others can also make use of the service.
6. Understand that electronic telecommunications are not guaranteed to be private. People who operate systems do have access to messages and transmission over certain media such as e-mail, internet, distance learning and electronic interlibrary loan.
7. Electronic telecommunications may be monitored and records may be maintained of communications.
G. Specifically forbidden is the transmission or solicitation of communications in any format which are pornographic, profane, obscene, violent, or that depict explicit sexual content.
H. Any person wishing to use Stamford Central School District technology must first sign a copy of this Acceptable Use Policy, which shall be a contract agreement between the user and the Stamford Central School.
I. Circumventing Security: Users are prohibited from attempting to circumvent or subvert any system's security measures. Users are prohibited from using any computer program or device to intercept or decode passwords or similar access control information.
The violations listed above are to be reported to Administration immediately. Although it is the duty of the faculty and staff to supervise students at all times, all users have a responsibility to govern themselves and report any known violations to a faculty or staff member, who in-turn must report the violation to an Administrator.
STUDENT CELL PHONE USE AND POSSESSION POLICY
The Stamford Central School Board of Education adopts the following policy:
Student Electronic Communication Device Use and Possession
1. Student possessed cell phones must be turned off and be out of sight from the beginning of the school day up until the end of the school day and either in the locker or off school property. The device may not be "on" the student during school hours.
2. Cell phones are never to be used and must be kept out of sight at all times in any area in which an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy including, but not limited to rest rooms, locker rooms, and showers. This prohibition applies at all times during school and non school hours.
3. Students may never use a cell phone to interfere with instructional activities or to inappropriately message. All forms of "sexting" are prohibited.
4. In the event a student violates this policy, the school may take the phone and make it available in a reasonable amount of time. Further, in the event a student violates the policy, discipline can be imposed upon the student.
INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS
The school insurance plan is a secondary coverage for anyone with private insurance and is primary coverage for anyone without private insurance. Through this plan, all students are covered for any accidental injury incurred while attending school or any school sponsored activity. all accidents have to be reported on the day they occur, either to the school nurse or the adult in charge at the time of the injury or they will not be covered by this insurance. Any injuries resulting from fights between students or fooling around between students are not covered.
Please listen to the following radio stations between 6:15 and 7:30 a.m.:
|WSKG 88.7 FM
||WSRK 103.9/104.9 FM
|WZOZ 103.1 FM
||WRIP 97.9 FM
|WIOX 91.3 FM
||WDHI 100.3 FM
TV: WRGB (CH 6), WBNG (CH 12, CABLE CH 3), WKTV (CABLE CH 2), News 10 NOW, WICZ FOX 40
Please do not call school. Phone lines need to remain open for emergencies.
The decision to close school is a collaborative effort involving the following parties: Head Custodian, Transportation, Supervisor, Superintendent of Schools, Principal, Town Highway Superintendents, N.Y.S. Transportation Department, County Transportation Department and surrounding school districts. General rule of thumb is to have a decision made prior to 5:30 a.m. in an effort to give ample notice to parents. In addition, we check at 6:30 a.m. in the event there is an abrupt change in weather conditions.
In the event of a delayed opening, we ask for cooperation in the following ways:
a) Please listen closely to one of the above media channels.
b) Please do not send children who walk to school until the indicated time in the event there is a change to close.
c) Children who ride the bus should listen to one of the media channels for any changes to prevent waiting in bad weather for a bus.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE
It is extremely important that every student maintain an up-to-date address and working telephone number record at the school office. Notify someone in the main office immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number during the school year.
PLANNING TO MOVE?
Parents of elementary students should inform the teacher that they are moving. High school students should go to the guidance office the day before leaving school to pick up a Release Form. Students should take this form to each class, turn in books to each teacher, and have the teacher sign the form next to the proper class. Also, have the nurse record the number of days absent since the last marking period.
At the end of the day, the Release Form should be returned to the guidance office, at which time a copy will be made for you to take to your new school.
Records will be sent to the new school as soon as the new school notifies Stamford Central School of your enrollment. Records will be held up until all money and/or books are returned to us.
If you would like an application for the Federal Free or Reduced lunch/breakfast program, please contact Mrs. Charivari in the main office by calling 652-7301.
Breakfast is served 7:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Lunches are served between 10:25 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
|Full Lunch, grades K-5
|Full Lunch, grades 6-12
||$4.10 + tax
Snack Milk Ticket for 10 days: White or chocolate $3.00
All K-12 students are allowed to buy any ala carte items off their account.
A menu is sent home with elementary students. Grades 7-12 can pick one up in the main office or library or view it on the SCS website.
We will allow the children to charge a lunch, however, we are not in a position to amass multiple charges. If your child does need to charge a meal, please be sure to send in the funds to cover the charge as well as money for the following days. After one courtesy charge, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and white milk will be provided and charged until money is added to the account.
Students in grade 12 are allowed to participate in Open Lunch. Forms can be obtained in the main office or this website under forms under the parent tab.
1. Students are to sit properly in seats and are to remain there until given permission to empty trays.
2. Students may leave the cafeteria only with permission.
3. Conversations are to be held in a reasonably quiet voice.
4. When instructed, students are to line up without running or talking.
5. Students are to keep areas free of litter. Spills are to be cleaned up.
6. Throwing of any objects is not permitted.
7. Hats are not allowed to be worn in the cafeteria.
Students who drive cars to school may not use the school parking lots. The limited space available is needed for school staff/personnel and our visitors.
Please do not allow your child to drive to school if he/she cannot abide by this rule.
1. No standing or moving while the bus is in motion.
2. No yelling or foul language.
3. No throwing of anything.
4. No hands or arms outside windows.
5. Keep hands, feet and all possessions to oneself.
6. Obey the bus driver.
If any of these rules are disobeyed, the following consequences will result:
1. Driver warns student.
2. Letter sent home to parents.
3. Further disciplinary action.
In cases of severe misbehavior (striking driver, starting fire, pushing door open, etc.) automatic loss of bus privileges may follow and the length of suspension will be determined by the Principal.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY
Any student failing two subjects shall be ineligible to participate in any sport contest, club event, dance, Spirit Night, Prom Court, the play, or any activity sponsored by the school community for at least one full week. Any student with two or more "Incomplete" grades will be considered ineligible until the grade is changed to numerical. If the grades are passing, the student will automatically be eligible. If the numerical grades lead to the student failing two or more subjects, then the student will be on the Ineligibility List and will have to follow the procedures as outlined below.
To be removed from the Ineligibility List and placed on the Academic Warning List (on which students will be considered eligible), the ineligible student will be solely responsible for the following 3-step process:
~Monday of the week the student is listed as ineligible, the student shall obtain an Eligibility Checklist from the guidance office for each subject s/he is failing.
~Monday through Friday, the student should hand in all homework, complete all class work (including note taking), be on time for class, arrive for class prepared, attend any extra assistance sessions set forth by the classroom teacher, and have no behavioral referrals in that class.
~On Friday of that same week, the student shall collect the checklists from the teachers and return them to the guidance office. The checklist will not be accepted any later than 3:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, unless the student or teacher is absent. In that case only, the slips would be accepted until Monday 12:00 p.m. for those classes in which the teacher or the student was absent on Friday.
If an ineligible student fails to complete this process each week, s/he will remain ineligible.
On Friday, if the student produces a checklist for each subject s/he is failing and has met all the criteria for being removed from the Ineligibility List, the student will be removed from the Ineligibility List, be placed on the Academic Warning List, and given a coupon to produce to the extracurricular advisor or coach and will become immediately eligible to participate in any school sponsored event. The student will not be allowed to participate unless s/he produces the coupon. The coach or advisor will accept no excuses.
The student will remain on the Academic Warning List for the full five weeks and must complete the above 3-step process, each week, to remain off the Ineligibility List. Should a student on academic warning choose not to complete the 3-step process or not meet the criteria for a specific week, the student will again be placed on the Ineligibility List.
An ineligible student may attend play practice, extra-curricular meetings, and athletic practices, but not participate in the play, any planned extra-curricular activity, or any scheduled sports contest. An athlete is expected to sit with the team for home games, but is not allowed to ride the bus or attend away games.
Students who choose to play in an athletic event or participate in an extra-curricular activity, knowing that s/he is ineligible will not be able to participate in that sport or activity for 5 times. (Ex. A student participates in a tennis match although s/he is ineligible, the student will sit for the next five tennis matches. A student who attempts or does attend a school dance when s/he is ineligible will not be allowed to participate in the next five dances.) If there are not five such events left in the school year or season, the student will serve two days detention for each event s/he was supposed to miss. (Given the previous examples in this paragraph, assume there are only three tennis matches left in the year for the student to miss, the student will miss those three matches and serve four days of after school detention for the two matches from which s/he should have been suspended. Assume the student attended the last dance of a school year, the student would be assigned 10 days of detention.)
Students wishing to participate in the school's extra-curricular activities are encouraged to attend class regularly and in a timely fashion, complete all required homework, be prepared for class, and to behave appropriately.
ACADEMIC INELIGIBILITY PERIOD SCHEDULE
1. Interim progress reports
2. End of 1st marking period (report cards)
3. Interim progress reports
4. End of 2nd marking period (report cards)
5. Interim progress reports
6. End of 3rd marking period (report cards)
7. Interim progress reports
|English 11/Term Papers
|Speech & Debate (1/2 credit)-Grade 12
||Math of Finance
|Freshman Composition/Egg. Lit. (DL)
||Money 101/102 (DL)
||Business Law (DL)
||Web & Media Design
|History of Hollywood
||Career & Financial Management
||Sports and Entertainment Marketing (DL)
|Government (1/2 year)
|Economics (1/2 year)
|Unit. Albany American History (DL)
|SUNY Delhi Sociology (DL)
|SUNY Delhi Psychology (DL)
||Studio In Art (Prewrap. for other Art Courses)
|Criminal Justice (DL)
||Photography I and II
|Regents Earth Science-Grade 9
|Regents Living Environment-Grade 10
|H.S. Health-Grade 10
|Meteorology/Physical Geology-Grade 11/12
|Regents Chemistry-Grade 11
|Regents Physics-Grade 11/12
||Music Theory (Ind. Study)
||Music in the Cinema
|Spanish IV (1/2 Cr.)
|American Sign Language I, II, & III
PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH BOCES
||Equipment Operation and Repair
|| Visual Com./Graphic Arts
||New Visions Medical
||New Visions Engineering
(DL)-Distance Learning- Receiving course from other school or college. All students attending BOCES will comply with the Student Agreement.
The school doors open at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast. Students not eating breakfast at school should come to school no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
||Lunch 1 (Grade 7 & 8)
||Lunch 2 (Grade 11 & 12)
||Lunch 3 (Grade 9 & 10)
|Lunch: 11:04-11:27 (Grade 7/8)
|Lunch: 11:45-12:08 (Grade 11/12)
|Lunch: 12:25-12:49 (Grade 9/10)
1) Dismissal time for K-1 is 2:50 and 2:56 for grades 2-12.
2) Buses depart at 3:05 P.M.
3) Detention bell: 3:05-3:45
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
||Mrs. Elaine Smith
||Mrs. Leslie Wayman & Ms. Teresa Cahill
||Mrs. Karen Mattice
||Mrs. Elaine Smith
||Mr. David Turan
||Mrs. Terri delRosario
||Mrs. Donna Bright
|Junior Prom||Mrs. Elaine Smith
||Mrs. Donna Bright
|Varsity Club||Mr. Greg O'Connell
||Mrs. Candi Mattice
||Mrs. Elaine Jaycox
||Ms. Teri delRosario & Mrs. Maria Hitt
||Mrs. Patricia Voorhees
||Mrs. Amy Gage
||Mrs. Bonnie Kane
A student must be in school by 9:30 a.m. and stay for the remainder of the day in order to participate in "any" after-school activity--unless the student has a "legal" excuse.
School dances will run from 7:00-10:00 P.M.
||Mr. Jeff Gearhart
||Miss Lindsay Coons and Mrs. Michelle Caiazza
||Mr. Lonnie Nickerson
||Mr. Howard Mattsson
||Mr. Lonnie Nickerson
||Mr. Jeff Gearhart
||Miss Lindsay Coons & Mrs. Carrara Knoetgen
||Mr. Greg O'Connell
||Miss Lindsay Coons
||Mrs. Nancy Milea
||Mrs. Jennifer Boyle
||Mr. Sean Lynch
||Mr. Mike Faulkner
||Mr. Greg O'Connell
||Miss Nicole VanHoesen
||Mr. Greg O'Connell
|Churchill Gym Rec. Director
||Mr. Greg O'Connell
ELIGIBILITY FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION INDEPENDENT STUDY
Only students who are in direct conflict with a physical education class and a required course needed for graduation are eligible to participate in an independent study program for physical education. A meeting with the P.E. teacher and the Guidance Counselor will determine if a student is eligible to participate in the program. Independent study should be the last option available for the student to gain P.E. credit. Exceptions to this policy need to be forwarded to the Guidance Counselor, Athletic Director and Administration. They will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
OUTLINE FOR INDPENDENT STUDY
1. Daily log- Each student will be required to keep a written daily log on all activities participated in during the physical education period. These notebooks will be required to be handed in for a grade at the interim period and at the end of each quarter marking period.
2. Physical Fitness Evaluation- Each independent study student will be required to perform the New York State Physical Fitness Test each quarter to ensure that fitness levels are being maintained or improved.
3. Physical Activity- Each student will be required to be enrolled in a fitness program, at least one period per week, in the weight training room. Students will be required to keep a written log of all exercises performed each day.
4. Written Unit Test- Each student will be required to take each unit test that is given for all high school classes.
5. Medical Excuses- If a student is unable to perform the physical fitness test or the weekly workout program, they will be required to do written sport folios. Only a doctor's excuse will be allowed.
Scale of 0-100
FINAL AVERAGE is computed by finding the average of the four quarterly marks and the final exam or Regents, if applicable.
COURSE CREDIT wild be given for a course if the final grade, which is comprised of the average of the four quarters and final exam/regents, is 65% or higher.
In the event that an unsuccessfully completed course is re-taken and passed, the previous grade is removed and replaced by the successful grade.
If a Regents is re-taken and a higher grade achieved, the new grade is recalculated with the four quarter grades.
If a student wants to challenge a Regents for course credit, the student must have prior permission from the Superintendent and from the course department. Also, a project must be completed prior to taking the exam, and an 85% must be attained in order to receive course credit. A student can earn up to 6 1/2 units of credit by challenging Regents exams.
SUMMER SCHOOL: Course credit for classes taken during Summer School will be granted when the average between the regular school year course and the same course taken during summer school is 65% or higher.
When CUMULATIVE AVERAGES are figured, an unweighted system is employed. All credit-bearing courses are averaged except for Physical Education, Careers, Band, Chorus, Novels, Poetry, Term Papers, and Primary Documents. The sum of the grades for courses attempted is divided by credit attained for those courses. For partial credit courses, only that fraction of the grade equal to the amount of credit is used in figuring the sum. For example, a grade of 80 in a 1/2 credit course would have 40 added to the sum.
STAMFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT DRESS CODE
Statement of Purpose
A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health, and modesty, and are not disruptive to the educational environment.
1. Shirt straps must measure at least 2" wide.
2. Shirts worn outside the waistband must be of sufficient length that no flesh is exposed when the student fully extends one arm above the head.
3. No off the shoulder shirts.
4. No low cut revealing tops.
5. No see-through or sheer shirts unless worn over a shirt that meets the dress code requirements.
1. No extra long pants.
2. No low slung pants exposing underwear
3. No holes, rips, or tears are permitted in "inappropriate" places. (i.e. crotch, seat, etc.)
1. Must reach the "mid-point" of the thigh or below. (Must extend beyond the longest finger when you hang your arms relaxed at your side.)
2. The top of the dress must meet the shirt requirement of the dress code or have a shirt beneath it that does.
3. Slits in skirts may not be longer than a dollar bill's length above the knee.
4. No low slung skirts exposing underwear.
1. All winter coats and jackets must be removed and put in your locker upon arrival at school. Students are not permitted to wear or carry these clothing articles with them during the day.
E. OTHER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
1. All clothing should be clean and in good repair.
2. No head coverings are permitted (exceptions may be made for traditionally recognized religious observation). This includes hats, do-rags, hoods, sweatbands, stockings, etc. Students may not have in their possession a hat or headwear during the school day. These should be placed in your locker upon arrival at school. Hooded sweatshirts may be worn as long as the hood is not on.
3. No industrial or pet chains or collars around the neck, wrists, or waist or chains attached to wallets or belts are permitted.
4. Clothing that displays the names or advertisements of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products, profane, vulgar, violent, illegal, immoral, or hate messages, or sexual innuendo is prohibited. Examples of some inappropriate displays include but are not limited to the following: sexual innuendos-hooters, Big Johnson, coed naked. Hate symbols-Nazi emblems, KKK. Illegal activities-Drink till you drop, the more I drink, the better you look. There can be and are many others. Students who have a question about the appropriateness of their clothing should consult a building administrator.
5. Accessories must not disrupt the educational process or draw undue attention to the individuals. They must be free of offensive or suggestive words or graphics, and contain no references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, illegal/immoral substances or activities.
6. Footwear must be worn at all times.
7. Students are not allowed to wear, carry, or display gang paraphernalia.
8. No sunglasses may be worn or visible at any time during the day.
9. Spirit group uniforms worn to attend class must meet all dress code requirements.
F. STUDENT RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately for seasonal conditions.
Not all dress code infractions have been listed. Disciplinary action may be taken with student dress that is deemed inappropriate when referencing the Dress Code Statement of Purpose. It is the discretion of the administration and/or faculty as to what is appropriate for the learning environment. This includes whether garments are inappropriately tight or revealing. Any student wearing questionable attire will be asked to comply with Dress Code rules. If the student does not comply, he/she will be reported to their administrator. Corrective action(s) (i.e. changing clothes) and/or other disciplinary consequences will be required.
Note: A student is not eligible for Honor Roll if failing a subject.
1. Students in grades 7 and 8 will be promoted on the basis of having passed at least two (2) of their four (4) core courses.
2. To be in 9th grade, a student must have passed two of four core subjects, one of them being English 8.
3. To be in 10th grade, a student must have gained 4 units of credit and have passed English 9 and Global Studies I.
4. To be placed as a Junior, a student must have passed English 9 and 10, Global Studies I and II, and have earned 8 units of credit.
5. To be a Senior, a student must have earned 13 units and must have passed English 9, English 10, English 11 as well as Global Studies I and Global Studies II.
In any event, discretion will be used in placing a student in the next grade.
DROPPING/ADDING A COURSE
ADDING A COURSE:
1. A student may add a course during the first three (3) weeks of the course offering.
2. A student may add a course only with written permission from he teacher and administration at the start of the fourth week and thereafter.
DROPPING A COURSE:
1. A student may drop a course during the first five (5) weeks of the term of the course.
2. A student may not drop after five (5) weeks.
3. In order to drop a course, a "pink slip" must be obtained in the guidance office, and a parent must sign it.
In the event that a student receives an "incomplete" in a course for a given course for a given marking period, the student has until the next interim period to make up the incomplete work. It is the student's responsibility to pursue this.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Reporting to parents is handled through a formal report card, letters, e-mails, or telephone calls from teachers and the guidance counselor (grades 7-12) and at the parent-teacher conference in November.
Report Cards are issued at 10-week intervals.
Deficiency Reports and Progress Reports are sent at 5-week intervals or at any time that the teacher deems necessary.
Parent-Teacher Conference are held at the end of the first marking period. Parents who would like to meet with teachers for this conference day should call the guidance office about one week prior to set up an appointment.
Any parent wishing to have a conference with a teacher during the school year, may contact the guidance office for secondary and the classroom teacher for elementary students to set up an appointment.
Twenty two (22) units are required for graduation from Stamford Central School (for either a regents or advanced regents diploma). Two (2) units credit are in Physical Education (each year is 1/2 unit).
||1st Year Science
||2nd Year Science
||3rd Year Science
||Global Studies I
|1st Year Math
||Global Studies II
|2nd Year Math
|3rd Year Math
||Government & Economics
|Health (1/2 Cr)
||P.E.-4 Yrs. (2 Cr)
|Art or Music-(1 Cr)
TEST REQUIREMENTS-LOCAL DIPLOMA (I.E.P)
|English Regents (55-65)
|Math Regents (55-65)
|Glbl Studies Regents (55-65)
|US History Regents (55-65)
|Science Regents (55-65)
|Second Language Proficiency Exam
OR 1 credit in Second Language
TEST REQUIREMENTS-REGENTS DIPLOMA
English Regents (65 or higher)
Math Regents (65 or higher)
Glbl Studies Regents (65 or higher)
US History Regents (65 or higher)
Science Regents (65 or higher)
Second Language Proficiency Exam OR 1 credit in Second Language
TEST REQUIREMENTS-ADV. DESIGNATION REGENTS DIPLOMA
English Regents _______
Math Regents_____ _______
Global Studies Regent _____
US History Regents ______
Science Regents _______ _______
Second Language Regents _______
Plus additional course requirements:
Spanish (3CR) _____ _____ _____ OR
5-unit sequence in Occupational Ed or the Arts AND 1 cr in Spanish.
Students entering Grade 9 September 2009 will need three Math Regents exams.
This can be met by enrolling in a program at NCOC for two years or by completing a 5-unit sequence in business or art at SCS, beginning in 9th grade. All sequences in Occupational Education must include a course entitled "Career and Financial Management."
REGENTS DIPLOMA WITH HONORS
A Regents Diploma with Honors is figured as follows: Average of the Regents Exams in English, US History & Government and Global AND the Regents exams in each sequence of math or science as well as the required courses in Spanish. This average must be a 90% or above.
1. During the spring of a student*s Sophomore year, students entertaining the idea of accelerated graduation must discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such a decision with the Guidance Counselor before they develop their Junior year schedule.
2. Prior to September of their Junior year, it is the student*s responsibility to inform the Guidance Counselor in writing that they wish to graduate early. A meeting must be arranged with the student, their parents/guardian and the Guidance Counselor. The following decisions need to be made:
a. Enroll in Government and Economics as a Junior or select appropriate college level courses from a pre-approved list to supplant Government and Economics.
b. Select two appropriate English courses from a pre-approved list to supplant English 12. (College Courses cannot be taken until English 11 has been completed)
It is the student*s responsibility to register for these courses, including acquiring all necessary materials related to the courses.
3. It is the student*s responsibility to forward transcripts at the completion of their courses to the Guidance Counselor at Stamford Central School (which will more likely be in August). Credit cannot be awarded until an official transcript is received.
4. If a student graduates after June of their Junior year, they may be eligible to attend Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises as an invited guest to recognize their high school achievements. In order to attend these exercises, the student must do the following:
a. Inform the Superintendent in writing, before April 1, that they wish to attend the commencement exercises.
b. Attend all commencement rehearsals as scheduled by the school.
Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises will be the only school senior activities that an accelerated graduate will be invited to attend.
5. An accelerated graduate is entitled to all of the scholarship opportunities as other June graduates with whom they began their Junior year. It is the student*s responsibility to submit a scholarship application to the Director of Guidance by May 1 in the school year in which they graduate.
It is the policy of the Stamford Central School Board of Education that the honor of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian titles be awarded only to students that have been continuously enrolled during their Junior and Senior year at Stamford Central School. In the event that a student does not qualify for the Valedictorian or Salutatorian title, they will receive the appropriate rank based on their grade point average.
USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES
School rooms and facilities are available for use when properly supervised. For special functions, a "Building Request Form" must be filled out and submitted to the Superintendent for approval before the building can be used. The forms are available in the main office or online. When the cafeteria kitchen is used, one of the cafeteria staff must be present to supervise.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND POLICY
Pursuant to the Federal No Child Left Behind Act signed into law, the school district must disclose to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students. However, the district must also notify parents of their rights and the rights of their children to request, in writing, that the district NOT release such information if it is requested. A form will be sent home to all parents of students in grades 11 and 12 the end of August with student schedules. Parents have until October 1 to return this form if they would like their child's name withheld from the list.
All school lockers assigned to students are the property of the Stamford Central School. Copies of all locker combinations shall be kept in the main office and in the office of the school guidance counselor. At no time does the Stamford Central School District relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students.
The District retains the right to inspect student lockers for any reason at any time without notice, without student consent and without a search warrant. Such searches may be conducted by school officials with or without the presence of law enforcement personnel.
STUDENT CELL PHONE USE AND POSSESSION POLICY
1. Student possessed cell phones must be turned off and be out of sight from the beginning of the school day up until the end of the school day.
2. Cell phones are never to be used and must be kept out of sight at all times in any area in which an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy including, but not limited to, rest rooms, locker rooms, and showers. This prohibition applies at all times during school and non-school hours.
3. Students may never use a cell phone to interfere with instructional activities or to inappropriately text-message.
4. In the event a student violates this policy, the school may take the phone and make it available in a reasonable amount of time. Further, in the event a student violates the policy, discipline can be imposed upon the student.
PLAYGROUND AND RECESS RULES
Students should follow the instructions of adults on the playground at all times.
~No hitting, pushing, rough play
~No hands on other students (physical contact)
~No name calling
~Use equipment appropriately
~Wear appropriate clothing including footwear* this includes the gym areas
~During the winter, there is to be no kicking or throwing of snow
Appropriate dress for the weather conditions is required. (Example: below 50 degrees, wear jackets. Gloves, hats, snow pants and boots in winter.) Students who are not allowed to participate at recess due to medical reasons need a doctor*s note on file in the health office. Arrangements will then be made for an alternate placement during recess.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the district that all employees and students have a right to work or study in an environment free of discrimination, which encompasses freedom from sexual harassment. The district strongly disapproves of sexual harassment of its employees or students in any form, and states that all employees as well as students at all levels of the district must avoid offensive or inappropriate sexual or sexually harassing behavior at school on school grounds, school functions, and on school transportation and will be held responsible for ensuring that such workplace is free from sexual harassment.
Specifically, the district prohibits the following:
Unwelcome sexual advances,
Requests for sexual favors,
whether or not accompanied by promises or threats with regard to the student-teacher,
student-student or employment relationship.
Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature made to any employee or student that may threaten or insinuate either explicitly or implicitly that any person's submission to or rejection of sexual advances will in any way influence any decision regarding that person*s employment, evaluation, wages, advancement, assigned duties, shifts, academic performance, or any other condition of employment, academic or career development.
Any verbal or physical conduct that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person's ability to perform the individual's duties.
Any verbal or physical conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.
Such conduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or suspension upon instruction.
Other sexually harassing conduct in the workplace, whether physical or verbal, committed by supervisors or non-supervisory personnel or students is also prohibited. This behavior includes but is not limited to, commentary about an individual's body, sexually degrading words to describe an individual, offensive comments, off-color language or jokes, innuendos, and sexually suggestive objects, books, magazines photographs, cartoons or pictures.
Employees or students who have complaints of sexual harassment by anyone in the school environment, including any supervisors, co-employees, students, or visitors are urged to report such conduct to the compliance officer so that the district may investigate and resolve the problem. If the complaint involves the compliance officer, or if the person for any reason is uncomfortable in dealing with the compliance officer the employee or student may go to the superintendent or a person appointed by the superintendent to handle the complaint.
The district will endeavor to investigate all complaints as expeditiously and as professionally as possible. Where investigations confirm the allegations, appropriate corrective action will be taken.
The district will endeavor to maintain the information provided to it in the complaint and investigation process as confidentially as possible, consistent with the laws of the State and, if applicable, the collective negotiations agreement.
There will be no retaliation against employees or students for reporting sexual harassment or assisting the district in the investigation of a complain. However, if after investigating any complaint of harassment or unlawful discrimination, the district learns that the complaint is not in good faith or that any employee or student has provided false information regarding the complaint, disciplinary action may be taken against the individual who provided the false information.
Anti Discrimination Policy
The school district does not discriminate in employment or in the education programs and activities which it operates on the basis of sex, race or handicap in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Grievance Procedures Section 1
If any person believes that the school district or any of the district*s staff has failed to apply or has inadequately applied the principles or regulations of (1) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment of Act of 1972, or (3) 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, that person may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the district's compliance officer.
The Complainant shall discuss the grievance informally with the compliance officer, who shall investigate the complaint and respond in writing to the complainant.
The complainant may thereafter initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:
A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the compliance officer within seven days of receipt of the response to the grievance. The compliance officer shall further investigate the matters contained in the grievance and shall reply in writing to the complainant within seven days.
If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the compliance officer, the complainant may submit a signed statement of appeal to the superintendent within seven days after receipt of the compliance officer's response. The superintendent shall meet with the complainant and any representative and make such other inquiries which the superintendent deems appropriate. Thereafter, the superintendent shall set forth a conclusion and respond in writing to the complainant within 14 days.
If the complainant is not satisfied with the conclusion of the superintendent, the complainant may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within seven days of receipt of the superintendent's response in Step (b). In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the complainant and any representative within 30 days of receipt of such an appeal. The Board's written disposition of the appeal shall be sent to the complainant within ten days of this meeting.
If the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled at Step c, further appeal may be made to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D. C. 20201.
The compliance officer, on request, will provide a copy of the district's grievance procedure to any employee or student of the district.
A copy of each of the Acts and Regulations upon which this notice is based will be made available upon written request directed to the district*s compliance officer.
When used in this policy, *days* shall mean calendar days. The words *person* and *complainant* shall include an employee as well as a student of the district.
Inquiries concerning the nondiscriminatory policy may be made to Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D. C. 20201.
The school district shall promulgate this policy and sexual harassment policy as follows:
A copy of this policy and the sexual harassment policy shall be inserted in the first pay envelope of each employee every school year. In relation to an employee hired during the school year, these policies shall be inserted in the first paycheck paid to the employee.
These policies shall be published as part of the district's student handbook.
These policies shall be published annually in the official newspaper of the district.
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, only parents or eligible students, meaning any student that has reached 18 years of age, have the right to see educational records pertaining to the student. State Law prohibits the use of student social security numbers for public listing of grades, class rosters, or other lists provided by directories except otherwise specifically authorized or required by law or specific permission. More information is on file in the school main office.
HOMELESS STUDENT AND UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH NOTICE OF DUTIES OF LOCAL EDUCATIONAL LIAISON
The Stamford Central School District has appointed Ms. Ruth Ehrets as our Homeless Student Local Educational Liaison. Ms. Ehrets will assist the homeless students and the parents or guardians of such students to coordinate services. Furthermore, she will fully inform all individuals of rights and responsibilities in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act. Ms. Ehrets can be reached at (607) 652-7301. More information is on file in the school's main office.
TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR DISTRICT STUDENTS
Transportation for eligible students will be provided only at consistent pick-up and drop-off points. Unless in an emergency, daily changes will not be honored. A phone call is necessary in case of emergency. Parents may pick up or drop off students (in the upper parking lot) provided there is a written note.
This policy has been adopted as a result of the unusually large number of requests we have received to have children dropped off or picked up at places other than their home. It has become difficult to notify the bus drivers of all the changes and results in confusion and delays.
OUT OF DISTRICT POLICY # 7018
POLICY FOR NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS
Non-resident families who wish to enroll children in the School System shall submit a request in writing by August 1 to the Superintendent, who shall determine whether or not the student(s) will be admitted. The following guidelines will be followed:
a) Non-resident families must provide their own transportation.
b) There is sufficient space to accommodate the non-resident student;
c) No increase in the size of faculty or staff will be necessary to accommodate them;
d) All rules and regulations in effect for District students will be applicable to non-District students.
e) A student whose parents intend to become residents of the Stamford Central School District of the school year in which the enrollment is sought may be reimbursed the tuition with proof of residency (two utility bills or their equivalent).
f) A student who moves from the District during the school year preceding his/her anticipated graduation year may be given permission to remain in the Stamford Central School District without tuition until graduation.
g) Students of any grade level who move from the Stamford Central School District after completing thirty (30) weeks of the school year may be given permission to finish the school year in the Stamford Central School District without payment of tuition.
h) Foreign students participating in a recognized Student Exchange Program may attend District schools. The administration is authorized to file with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service the forms necessary for such students to obtain a student visa. The District will neither sponsor nor accept for admission students whose permanent residence is outside of the United States who are not participating in a recognized foreign student exchange program.
i) In all cases described above and any unusual circumstances not covered above, a written request must be submitted to the Superintendent for his/her approval.
Serious behavioral incidents leading to suspension or academic failure will lead to a review by the superintendent and can be cause for termination of the non-resident standing without refund of the tuition.
Tuition, unless noted differently above, may be charged to families of non-resident students in accordance with formulas approved by the State Education Department or $700, which ever is the lesser of the two rates. Tuition will be paid by September 1 of the school year of attendance and is non-refundable.
Exceptions to the tuition charge are as follows:
- Students enrolled as of July 9, 2009 as Non-resident students will be “grandfathered” under the former policy until such time that they graduate from Stamford Central School or are no longer enrolled as a Stamford Central School student.
- Children of Stamford Central School faculty and staff members will not be charged tuition for Non-resident students.
Stamford Central School
Education Law Sections 1709 (13), 2045 and 3202
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations
(NYCRR) Section 174.2
Adopted: December 27, 1995
Revised: May 8, 2008
Revised: July 9, 2009
Revised: August 12, 2010
Revised: August 2011