Student Handbook

A. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Core Graduation Requirements

Subject Course/Credit
English 4
Math
4 (Core- Algebra I, geometry, and 2 advanced maths-must take math Each year)

Science
4 ( Core- Biology, Chemistry/Physics, and 2 Advanced Science - must take Science each year)

Social Studies
3 (World History/World Geography/World Cultures/World Studies, American History/American Studies, And Government and Economics)

Wellness 1
Foreign Language 2 (same language)
Fine Arts 1
Senior Project 1

Major

(Focused electives)

4 (Block Schedule)
Electives 4 4 (Block Schedule)
REQUIRED 28 BLOCK

2. Major Studies: 3 Traditional or 4 Block Courses Above Core Requirements

(Personalized Educational Program - Coherent Sequence of Courses)

Math/Science/Technology (any 3 traditional courses or combination of courses and any 4 block courses or combination of courses in math/science/technology/ ROTC.)

(1) Technical/Career (Complete state required program of study)

(2) Humanities (any 2 traditional courses or combination of courses and any 4 block courses in literature, history, foreign language, journalism, ROTC, fine arts.)

B. DIPLOMA CRITERIA

• A regular high school diploma requires the following:

1. Make passing/proficient scores on all State Gateway exams.

2. Successful completion of the program of study.

• Complete and satisfactory record of attendance and conduct is required for all graduates.

• A certificate of attendance may be awarded for credit completion without successful Gateways.

C. EARLY GRADUATION

EARLY GRADUATION - 7 semesters

Students who meet all requirements for graduation from a Hamilton County high school may graduate early with the following provision:

• Students who choose to graduate early must declare their intent to do so no later than the beginning of the term in which they plan to graduate.

• Once graduated, students may no longer participate in high school athletics or any other extra-curricular program.

• Participation in Senior activities (other than the Senior trip) is at the discretion of the Principal.

EARLY GRADUATION - 6 semesters or less

Students who meet all requirements for graduation from a Hamilton County high school may graduate early with the following provision:

• Students who choose to graduate early must declare their intent to do so no later than the beginning of the term in which they plan to graduate.

• Student must complete the Senior Project/Service Learning requirement.

• Once graduated, students may no longer participate in high school athletics or any other extra-curricular program.

• Student is not eligible to be named valedictorian, salutatorian or a senior award.

• Student may participate in current year graduation ceremony but cannot participate in cohort graduation. Diploma will be held until conclusion of the graduation ceremony.

D. EARLY COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Early College Admissions Procedure (From TN Minimum Rules & Regulations)

To be considered for an early admissions program, the student shall:

• earn a cumulative GPA of at least 95 through 3 years of high school.

• earn an ACT (or equivalent SAT score) composite of at least 25.

• submit a written request to the high school principal at the end of the junior year signed by student and parents (TMRR).

• be accepted into an early admission program by an accredited institution of higher learning.

• not be required to participate in the high school graduation program.

• complete school and system requirements for regular high school diploma.

The Board will not be responsible for transportation to and from the college nor for tuition.

 

E. GRADING

• Grading Scale (The word term refers to the end of a grading period either for traditional or block scheduled schools)

The following letter grades shall be assigned for corresponding numerical averages:

STATE & HAMILTON COUNTY

A 93-100 (100 is the highest recordable grade for a course.)

B 85-92

C 75-84

D 70-74

F 69 or below

I Incomplete- must be removed by the end of the next grading period.

 

• Grade Components:

1. The grading formula for each nine-week's grade is as follows:

50% Teaching tasks other than test

50% Assessment and tests

2. The final grade for awarding a Carnegie credit will be determined by the following formula:

1st nine weeks - 37.5%

2nd nine weeks - 37.5%

Term exam - 25%

Teachers shall record sufficient grades to justify a student's final grade at each reporting period. In grades 9-12, assessments are required at the end of the term and exams/assessments are to be saved for one term. Grades will be posted in PowerSchool and are available at all times to parents and students.

Assessments may include portfolios, products, and presentations, as well as regular homework, class work, quizzes, chapter or unit tests that accompany adopted textbooks, and teacher made tests. Assessment of students should be in conjunction with specific course standards.

• Final Exam Retakes

If a student has a passing average before the final examination, the student has an option to retake the examination once if the examination grade would result in course failure. If the final exam is a state mandated exam which causes the students to fail the class, the grade stands. The Gateway exam requirement must still be met for graduation.

Seniors may be exempt from their semester exams provided they have an 85 average for the course, acceptable behavior, and no more than 3 absences for the semester.

 

• Credit Recovery

Students interested in participating in Credit Recovery must have a course average between 63-69. A contract must be signed and agreed upon by the 2nd week of the next 9 weeks. The contract will serve as an agreement between the teacher, school, parent, and student. A specific date will be established for completion of the work. Successful completion will result in a grade of 70. A student who does not successfully fulfill the contract will maintain his or her original grade.

• Independent Study

Students who have been enrolled in a class and failed to meet the requirements for credit recovery may complete an independent study for the class providing there is a certified teacher in that field willing to work with the student outside the school day. Each circumstance will be reviewed by the Principal. Permission to compete an independent study may only be granted by the Principal.

• Summer School Credit

Schools may accept summer school credit from any accredited institutions. Requests for new credit must be approved by the Principal prior to enrollment in the course.

II. ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
Regular attendance is essential for academic achievement. Recognizing that, the following procedures govern attendance in each high school:
• Absences are recorded daily by period.
• Written excuses stating the reason for absences must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian and filed with the school the first day the student returns.
• Absences may be excused for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness - Students are excused who are sick and whose attendance would be detrimental to their health and the health of other students. A physician's statement may be required.
2. Death in Immediate Family - Students may be excused for three days in the event of a death in their immediate families including mother, father, step-parent, brother, sister, or grandparent. Extenuating circumstances may require a longer period of excused absence.
3. Family Illness - Students having an illness in the family which requires them to give temporary help will be excused from attendance after receipt of a physician's statement concerning the necessity of the student's assistance.
4. Religious Holiday - Students shall be excused on special or recognized religious holidays regularly observed by that particular faith. Prior approval is required should these days occur while school is in session.
5. Personal - Students who are absent for a good cause (such as a doctor or dental appointment which cannot be scheduled at times other than school hours, court appearances, etc.) may be excused upon proof of appointment. Prior approval by parent or guardian and the principal or his designee is required.
6. Approved School Sponsored Activities - Students shall be marked present when participating in a school-sponsored activity away from the school building.

Excessive absences are governed by Tennessee State law, which requires that school officials report to the court and parent, guardian, or other person in a parental relationship with a child who is unlawfully absent from school for any five days during the school year (this means an aggregate of five days) without adequate excuse. After five days absence without adequate excuse, a student is referred to the social worker. The social worker will notify the parents by written notice that their child must attend school on a regular basis. If after three days, the child continues to miss school or there is no response from the parents, a legal notice will be delivered by an attendance teacher. The legal notice will notify the parents that a petition is being filed in court charging a child with truancy or neglect against the parents. If the student continues to miss school after court consent, the petition will be sent directly to the Juvenile Judge. TCA 49-6-3007

• Tardiness will not be tolerated as it consistently distracts from the time spent on task. Each interruption takes away from the class concentration.
• Students who arrive at school after the beginning of the student school day shall be marked tardy, as shall students who arrive late to individual classes during the school day.
• Teachers should communicate student tardies to the parents.
• Students and parents should understand that 3 tardies should be treated as 1 absence for report card purposes, absence appeals, and awarding perfect attendance certificates, but not for State attendance reporting purpose.
• Students who are tardy to school or to class shall receive Saturday school. Failure to serve Saturday school will result in placement in evening school or suspension. Excessive tardies will result in an alternative placement.


GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS
Reporting Procedures
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of harassment or sexual harassment by a student or an employee of the school system, or any third person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment or sexual harassment, should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school system official as designated by this policy. The school system encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal of each school or available from the central office locations.
1. In Each School - The school principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of harassment or sexual harassment at the school level. Upon receipt of a report, the principal must notify the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and the Assistant Superintendent for School Operations immediately without screening or investigating the report. Student to student complaints should be reported to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent for School Operations immediately. A written report will be forwarded simultaneously to the Deputy Superintendent. If a complaint made by a student is given verbally, the principal shall reduce it to written form within 24 hours and forward it to the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of School Operations under a confidential cover.
2. System-Wide - The HCDE School Board hereby designates the Superintendent, and/or his designee, to receive harassment reports or complaints of sexual harassment from any student, employee, or individual who states he/she is a victim of harassment or sexual harassment. The complaint shall be filed directly with the Superintendent of Schools and/or his designee.
3. Submission of a complaint or report of harassment or sexual harassment will not affect the reporting individual's future employment, grades, or work assignments.
4. Use of formal reporting forms is not mandatory; however, a sample of the reporting form is attached to this policy.
5. The school system will respect the confidentiality of the complainant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed as much as possible, consistent with the school system's legal obligations and the necessity to investigate allegations of harassment and take disciplinary action when the conduct has occurred.
Investigation and Recommendation
By authority of the school system, the Superintendent or his designee, upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging harassment or sexual harassment, shall immediately authorize an investigation. This investigation shall be conducted by school system officials or by a third party designated by the Board of Education. The party making the investigation shall provide a written report of the status of the investigation within 20 working days to the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. The twenty (20) day period may be extended by the Superintendent or Board of Education if the investigation warrants the extension. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes harassment or sexual harassment, the school system shall consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the sexual advances if sexual harassment is alleged, relationships between the parties involved, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. The investigation shall consist of, but not be limited to, personal interviews with the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or circumstances giving rise to the complaint. The investigation shall also consist of any other methods and documents deemed pertinent by the investigator. In addition, the school system shall take immediate steps to protect the complainant, students, and employees pending completion of an investigation of alleged harassment or sexual harassment. The investigator(s) shall make a final report including findings and recommendations for disciplinary actions, if any, to the Superintendent of Schools upon completion of the investigation.
School District Action
1. Upon receipt of a recommendation that the complaint is valid, the school system shall take such action as is appropriate based on the results of the investigation.
2. The result of the investigation of each complaint filed under these procedures shall be reported in writing to the complainant by the school system. The report shall document any disciplinary action taken as a result of the complaint.
3. The school system shall take such other steps as are necessary to prevent recurrence of the harassment.
4. The school system shall keep the complainant informed of the status of the complaint.

III. BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE
The Hamilton County Code of Conduct specifies all procedures regarding conduct and discipline actions. State law TCA 49-6-3401 speaks to the following:
A. SUSPENSION
• Any principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal of any public school in this state is authorized to suspend a pupil from attendance at such school, including its sponsored activities, or from riding a school bus, for good and sufficient reasons. Good and sufficient reasons for such suspension include, but are not limited to:
(1) Willful and persistent violation of the rules of the school or truancy;
(2) Immoral or disreputable conduct or vulgar or profane language;
(3) Violence or threatened violence against the person or any personnel attending or assigned to any public school;
(4) Willful or malicious damage to real or personal property of the school, or the property of any person attending or assigned to the school;
(5) Inciting, advising or counseling of others to engage in any of the acts hereinbefore enumerated;
(6) Marking, defacing or destroying school property;
(7) Possession of a pistol, gun or firearm on school property;
(8) Possession of a knife, etc., as defined in (TCA 39-17-130l) on school property;
(9) Assaulting a principal or teacher with vulgar, obscene or threatening language;
(10) Unlawful use or possession of barbital or legend drugs, as defined in TCA 53- 10-101;
(11) Any other conduct prejudicial to good order or discipline in any public school;
(12) Off-campus criminal behavior, which results in, the student being legally charged with a felony and the student's continued presence in school poses a danger to persons or property or disrupts the educational process.
• Except in an emergency, no principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal shall suspend any student until that student has been advised of the nature of the student's misconduct, questioned about it, and allowed to give an explanation.
• Gang related activity at school or any school function will not be tolerated. Students participating face suspension or possible expulsion.
• Upon suspension of any student other than for in-school suspension of one (1) day or less, the principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal shall, within twenty-four (24) hours, notify the parent or guardian or the individual student who is 18 years of age or older, and the director of schools or the superintendent or designee of the following:
1) The short term suspension, which shall be for a period of no more than ten (10) days.
2) The cause for the suspension.
3) The conditions for readmission, which may include, at the request of either party, a meeting of the parent or guardian, student and principal.
• Suspensions of less than ten (10) days may not be appealed

• If the suspension is for five (5) or more consecutive school days, the principal shall develop and implement a plan for improving the behavior, which shall be made available for review by the superintendent or designee upon request.
• If, at the time of the suspension, the principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal determines that an offense has been committed which would justify an expulsion for more than ten (10) days, such person may expel a student conditionally for a specified period of time or upon such terms and conditions as are deemed reasonable.
• "Expelled" means removed from the pupil's regular school program for more than 10 consecutive school days or removed from school attendance altogether, as determined by the school official. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the remandment of such students to an alternative school or program.
• The principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal shall immediately give written or actual notice to the parent or guardian and the student of the right to appeal the decision to expel for more than ten (10) days. All appeals must be filed, orally or in writing, within five (5) days after receipt of the notice and may be filed by the parent or guardian, the student or any person holding a teaching license who is employed by the school system if requested by the student.
• The appeal from this expulsion shall be to the disciplinary hearing authority for a Level I appeal as per the procedures specified in the Hamilton County Code of Conduct. If this is a zero tolerance offense the appeal goes directly to the hearing officer.
• The student, parent or guardian may appeal the decision of the zone discipline hearing authority within five (5) days of the decision. Such appeals are to follow the procedures specified in the Hamilton County Code of Conduct.
• For students with disabilities, principals, teacher-principals or assistant principals must carefully follow the procedures specified in the current federal and state laws and regulations. "Stay put" placement is included in these procedures.
• The Principal or Assistant Principal has the authority to maintain the integrity of the school by addressing adverse acts of conduct whether on or off school property.
• Students who are under suspension and/or expelled in either Tennessee or another state shall not be enrolled until they have met with the Superintendent, hearing officer, and/or his designee.
• A student determined to have brought to school or to be in unauthorized possession on school property of a "firearm," as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921, shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year, except that the superintendent or his/her designee may modify this expulsion on a case-by case basis.
• A student committing battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of an LEA, or school resource officer, or unlawfully possessing any drug including any "controlled substance" as defined in 39-17-403 through 39-17-415, or "legend drug" as defined by 53-10-101, shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year, except that the director may modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
• If the police remove a student from a school campus, this will not be considered a suspension unless the action is a violation of school policy. Principals must document the specific reasons for involving the SRO or other law enforcement and obtain a copy of the police report. If the removed student is less than eighteen years of age, the principal must attempt to notify the parent or guardian as soon as possible regarding the removal.
• Work missed during suspension must be made up and may result in reduced credit (reduction may not exceed 10%).
• While under suspension or expulsion a student is not allowed on any Hamilton County school property or extra curricular activities without administrative approval.
• The following are considered zero tolerance offenses. Students will be suspended one calendar year:
• Possession of a firearm, explosive, poison gas device, bomb or similar device
• Illegal possession of a controlled substance or drug
• Striking a teacher, principal administrator or any other employee of the Hamilton County Department of Education, or an SRO
• Transmitting by an electronic device a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee and the threat causes actual disruptive activity at the school
• The following offenses may result in at least a calendar year suspension. These are not zero tolerance offenses: possession of a knife or any device capable of inflicting injury to another individual; possessing, transferring or receiving drug paraphernalia, non-prescription drugs or "look-alike" drugs.
B. EVENING SCHOOL
• Any principal, principal-teacher or assistant principal may suspend any pupil from attendance at a specific class, classes or school-sponsored activity without suspending such pupil from attendance at school. Good and sufficient reasons for evening school include, but are not limited to:
1. Behavior that adversely affects the safety and well being of other pupils.
2. Behavior that disrupts a class or school sponsored activity.
3. Behavior prejudicial to good order and discipline occurring in class, during school-sponsored activities or on the school campus.
• Students under evening school shall be recorded as constituting a part of the public school attendance in the same manner as students who attend regular classes.
• Students given evening school shall complete academic requirements.
• Evening school cannot be appealed.

C. SATURDAY SCHOOL
• Students are assigned Saturday School for tardies to class and for minor disciplinary infractions.
• Parents will receive a Connect Ed message the Thursday before the Saturday School is to be served.
• Failure to serve Saturday School will result in a student being assigned to Evening School for 3 days.
• A Saturday School may be reassigned 1 time per semester.

D. CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES
FAILURE TO TURN OVER A WORKING ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHEN ASKED FOR MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT UNTIL THE DEVICE IS RECEIVED.
• Cell phones and other electronic devices are not to be used or on during the school day. The school day is from 8:55 - 3:55. Students violating this policy will be asked to surrender the phone or electronic device. These devices will be held according to the following schedule:
1st Violation - 10 school days
2nd Violation - 20 school days
3rd Violation - Remainder of the school year
• Any phones not picked up within 1 week after the last school day in a school year become the property of the school.
• It is the responsibility of the administration to determine usage of a phone or electronic device. Any student who refuses to give to a teacher as requested will not be given the opportunity to prove their innocence.
• Tyner Academy is not responsible for any theft or loss of any electronic device whether it is confiscated or in the student's possession.

E. FOOD AND DRINK
• All food and drink should remain in the cafeteria. Students are not permitted to take food and drinks to the classroom.
• Students may bring their lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to leave campus or have lunch delivered to the school.

F. DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS
• Students are expected to be in appropriate dress at all times while on the school campus. Students not adhering to the dress code will not be allowed to attend classes. Chronic dress code violators will face alternative placement.


It is the policy of the Hamilton County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, or religion in any of the programs or practices in the school system. A complaint may be filed by anyone who has a grievance regarding discrimination as set forth in one of the following statutes: (1) The Rehabilitation Act of 1972, Section 504; (2) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; or (3) Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
TYNER ACADEMY 2014-2015 DRESS CODE
ALL CLOTHING MUST BE SIZE APPROPRIATE - NO OVERSIZED CLOTHING - NO SAGGING ALLOWED
FOR ANY OUT OF DRESS OPPORTUNITY STUDENTS MUST STILL MEET THE LENGTH, SLEEVE AND SEASONAL REQUIREMENTS

ACCEPTABLE
UNACCEPTABLE
Shirts
• Collared (polo, or oxford style only)
• Solid white, gold, official Tyner maroon only
• Long or short sleeves
• Tucked in
• Solid white undershirts-no writing-and must be worn under dress code shirt
• Logos must be on the left pocket area only
• Turtlenecks may only be worn in winter
• Ties may be worn with button down shirt.
Ties must be school appropriate.
• Approved School team/organization shirts may only be worn on Fridays as allowed by administration

Pants
• Khaki color only
• Belts must be worn at all times
• Worn at the waist
Shoes
• Leather, canvas, or athletic shoes or boots
• Sandals with a strap that goes around the heel

Outerwear
• Tyner sponsored hoodies & crew sweatshirt
• Sweaters, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleece, or hoodies must be white, black, grey, or Tyner maroon
• Dress code attire must be worn under outerwear
• Scarves in white, black, grey, gold, and Tyner maroon


Shirts
• Stripes, Checked, words, or other designs
• Cap sleeves
• Sheer or see-through material
• Sleeveless, tank tops, tube tops, midriff/cropped tops
• Un-tucked shirts

Pants
• Shorts (cannot be worn at any time)
• Capris, leggings, dresses, skirts, skorts
• Sweat pants, warm-ups, athletic shorts
• Denim of any color
• Sagging pants
• No belt

Shoes
• Flip flops, slides, pool shoes
• House shoes

Outerwear
• Hoods on heads in the building (hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, gym, etc)
• Jean jackets
• Bandanas of any kind




Miscellaneous:
• All hats must be in the students' lockers during school hours.
• All backpacks and purses must be in students' lockers during school hours.
• All sunglasses must be in students' lockers during school hours.
• Students should not wear any attire (shirts, hoodies, jackets, etc) from other schools. RAM PRIDE only
Special Note:
• Club 21 members may be out of dress code every Monday with an appropriate badge.
• Athletes may only wear jerseys to school on Fridays.
Dress down Days:
• Students may wear appropriate jeans or other color pants (no holes, fraying, tears, no shorts, capris, skirts, dresses)
• Students may wear appropriate shirts, blouses, t-shirts (no sheer, midriff/cropped, sleeveless, inappropriate words/content, etc)
• Students must adhere to all other dress code stipulations on shoes and outerwear
**Administration reserves the right to deem what is appropriate dress for school.

 


Who to See For:
Art Club Mrs. Salter
Attendance Ms. Delashmitt
Baseball Mr. Flowers
Basketball Mr. Harris
Beta Club Mrs. Monk
Bus Schedules www.hcde.org
Cafeteria Mrs. Spence
Cell Phones Mr. Harris
Driver's License Ms. Delashmitt
FBLA Ms. O'Neil
FCA Mr. Plumlee
Football Mr. Turner
Honor Society Ms. Cherry
HOSA Mrs. Callegari, Ms. Stone
Library Mrs. Patterson
Locks Mrs. Edmonson
Medication Ms. Delashmitt
NEEDS Mr. Webb
NTHS Mr. Morrison, Mrs. Callegari, Ms. O'Neil
Parking Permits Mrs. Hogsed
Senior Projects Academy Head
Skills USA Mr. Morrison
Soccer Mr. Young
Softball Ms. Arnwine
Spanish Club Mr. Walls
Student Government Mrs. Waller
Technology Mr. Gano
Telephone Administrator
Textbooks Mr. Harris
Track Mr. Plumlee
Volleyball Ms. Williams
Wrestling Mr. Turner