Stouffville district secondary school



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STOUFFVILLE DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL

(GOLD Certified EcoSchool)

Vision Statement

Stouffville District Secondary School is a model of learning excellence providing a rich diversity of academic and social opportunities. Its caring, dedicated staff and responsible motivated students encourage the development of values and character to promote lifelong learning.

Motto

S.D.S.S. Cares

Stouffville District Secondary School

801 Hoover Park Drive

Stouffville, Ontario

L4A 0A4


Email: stouffville.dss@yrdsb.edu.on.ca

Telephone: 905-640-1433

Fax: 905-640-1475

Ms. Beverley Madigan Mr. Scott Artindale

Principal Head of Guidance

Mr. Ron Zoratto Mr. Scott Croucher

Vice-Principal Head of Co-Operative Education



Ms. Carolann Dallen Mr. John Relph

School Office Supervisor School Council Chair


This agenda belongs to:
Name

Address


City/town

Postal Code _________________ Phone

Student No. _________________ Homeroom

WELCOME TO S.D.S.S. – A Sustainable School of Character

Stouffville District Secondary School has been serving the Whitchurch-Stouffville Community for half a century. The school is a unique institution whose graduates go on to university, college, and the work world. This agenda planner is designed to organize your school year with the expectation that the use of the agenda will help you to have a more successful academic year towards your graduation.

A MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Co-operation between home and school helps to ensure that your student will do his/her best. You can assist the school and your child in the following ways:

1. Insist that your son/daughter attend regularly and punctually. (Refer to school guidelines later in this book)

2. See that the necessary supplies - notebooks, writing materials, physical education equipment, special subject items, student I.D. card etc. are obtained by your child to make school a successful experience. Textbooks are provided on loan, free of charge.

3. Limit your child’s out of school activities (especially work) during each school week.

4. Encourage the development and practice of good study habits. Your child will have homework or study assignments most nights.

5. Consult the school if you have concerns about your child’s progress. An interview can be arranged with the principal, vice-principal, guidance counsellor, or individual teachers. Interview Night provides a great opportunity to dialogue with teachers.

6. Familiarize yourself with the student agenda book. It contains the school’s procedures, policies and Code of Behaviour.

7. Get involved in the School Council.

8. To subscribe to our weekly e-mail newsletter, email carolann.dallen@yrdsb.edu.on.ca with your request.


A General Introduction

Any organization that involves many people, requires policies and procedures to regulate its operation. In order for those within the school to work effectively and harmoniously together, we all need to know, understand and follow those policies and procedures that affect everyone at Stouffville D.S.S. Our school procedures have been developed from our unique character and tradition and the needs of our students, and conforms to the requirements of the Ministry of Education and the York Region District School Board.

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP)

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act affects local governments, including the York Region District School Board. The law relating to the information contained in Ontario Student

Records and suspension letters has not changed. Parents, guardians and students have access to this information until the student reaches the age of 18. Thereafter, parents and guardians have access only with the written consent of the student. (Request form S70(a) from the main office). For other personal information about a student, parents may exercise the access rights of their child to the personal information held by the Board. The school may disclose student information, without written consent, in some circumstances, pursuant to a court order and to the following officials or institutions: Medical Officer of Health; Supervisory Officer, principal and teachers; the Board; the Ministry of Education; and certain social assistance agencies.

Students who do not consent to the release of student information for these purposes are to inform the principal in writing.


School Council

The S.D.S.S. School Council extends an open invitation to parents and guardians to attend any Council meetings. The Council is formed each September by people concerned about secondary education in our community. Council members meet to discuss issues relevant to the school and to advise the administration. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are open to the public. There is an opportunity at each meeting for parents or guardians to learn more about the school and provide input. Meeting dates are listed on the school calendar. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate and become involved in our school. For more information, please call the Principal or one of the Vice-Principals.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR STUDENTS OF S.D.S.S.

Our primary goal at S.D.S.S. is to help students develop their potential as individuals and as contributing responsible members of society who will think clearly, feel deeply, and act wisely.

This goal can best be realized in a school environment in which all individuals have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities, as well as an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of others within our community.

Students, teachers, and parents share the responsibility of developing and achieving the goals of S.D.S.S.

Listed below are areas in which student behaviour may become a problem and could prevent students from achieving their full potential. In each area a rationale is given, the expected behaviour is explained and the consequences for not meeting those expectations are outlined.
EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - ATTENDANCE

You are expected to attend school regularly and to be present in all of your classes.


REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Where, in the principal’s judgement, a student’s frequent absences from school are jeopardizing his or her successful completion of a course, school staff will meet with the student and the parents to explain the potential consequences of the absences, including failure to gain credits, and discuss steps that could be taken to improve attendance.

Students of compulsory school age whose absence is reported to the school board attendance counsellor will have the reason for their absence investigated.

(Ontario Secondary Schools - 1999)

It is required that S.D.S.S. students attend regularly, on time, and participate in all scheduled classes.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - ABSENCES

Truancy, unexcused absences during instructional time, will not be tolerated at S.D.S.S.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Your parents are concerned about your academic success and your attendance at school. We want to be certain that your parents are aware when you are absent from class(es). For that reason, there may be communication with your home when you are not at school.



CONSEQUENCES

Irregular attendance will lead to actions such as: parent contact, referral to school’s attendance counsellor, referral to a guidance counselor or vice-principal, making up of missed time, in-school corrective measures, an attendance contract, suspension from school, and loss of credit.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - PUNCTUALITY

You are expected to be on time for every class.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Punctuality shows respect and consideration for others. If you are late for class, you inconvenience and disrupt your classmates and teachers. Punctuality is an important habit, which will be expected of you both in your chosen career and in your personal relationships



CONSEQUENCES

Habitual lateness will lead to: counselling, after school or lunch detention, referral to an administrator, contact with parents, performance contract, and/ or suspension from school.


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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - CHEATING

Students are expected to complete their tests or mid-term/final exams independently. Students are not permitted to speak to each other or out loud to themselves during quizzes/ tests/exams or to use unauthorized aids or resources of any kind.

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Honesty is an important character trait. Credits are granted to reflect a student’s own effort and achievement.


CONSEQUENCES

Students will receive zero on a quiz, test or exam if they engage in cheating. No make-up evaluation will be permitted. Referral shall be made to an administrator; parental contact and suspension from school may be deemed necessary.


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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

You are expected to comply with the rules of the school and to cooperate with all staff in the building, on the grounds, on the school buses, and at any school activity. This includes giving your full name upon request.

The staff of the school includes administration, teachers, secretaries, custodians, cafeteria staff, A.V. technicians, library assistants, bus drivers, and teaching assistants.

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

To ensure a positive and safe educational environment, the principal delegates certain authority to others with various responsibilities in the school. Each shares in the responsibility for providing an educational environment conducive to learning and maintaining high standards of citizenship.



CONSEQUENCES

Showing a lack of respect for authority will lead to referral to an administrator, parent contact, and/or suspension from school.


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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - RESPECT FOR PROPERTY

You are expected to treat the school grounds, building, and resources with respect and care.

You are expected to keep the property tidy. Therefore, all food must be disposed into proper receptacles.

It is expected you will familiarize yourself with and follow the rules governing the use of lockers, parking facilities, textbooks, bulletin boards, and the cafeteria.

Students are expected to treat all school property and facilities with respect. Vandalism of any nature will not be tolerated.

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

The school belongs to you and the community as a whole since your parents and others pay for it through taxes.

In order for the school community to operate efficiently, everyone must abide by the school rules.

Damage to school property adversely affects the positive atmosphere of the school.


CONSEQUENCES

A student who damages school property will be referred to an administrator and may be suspended. Parents will be contacted and informed that payment must be made for the cost of any repairs or replacement of items.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - RESPECT FOR OTHERS

You are expected to use respectful language, in an appropriate tone of voice at all times. Offensive and/or derogatory comments of an ethnic, racial, sexist, or religious nature will not be tolerated. All individuals, regardless of their sex, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, size, ability or personality, are entitled to personal dignity and to learn in an environment free from any form of harassment.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

The diversity of ethnic backgrounds of our community will enrich the lives of all those involved with the school. In order that a positive school atmosphere is preserved, manifestations of discrimination will not be tolerated in our school.



CONSEQUENCES

Showing a lack of respect for others will lead to: referral to an administrator, parent contact, in-school corrective measures and/or suspension from school.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - RESPECT FOR SELF

You are expected to come to school free from the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such substances are forbidden on school property or at any school sponsored activity.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

You are expected to persevere and to achieve with integrity.

By using substances, which can cause you to lose control of yourself or to behave inappropriately, you put yourself and the school community at risk.

CONSEQUENCES

Showing a lack of respect for yourself will lead to consequences such as: referral to an administrator, parental contact, referral to a counsellor, referral to a social agency, involvement of police, and suspension from school.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - PREPARATION FOR CLASS

You are expected to be prepared for each class; that is, to have the books and materials specified by your teachers.

You are expected to submit completed homework and assignments on time.

You are expected to study for and attend each test or exam.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Arriving to class with proper materials helps you to make the best use of time.

Arriving in class with homework completed helps you and the class to progress.

Exams, tests, and assignments are designed as instructional tools. When you fail to complete an activity, you lose the evaluation and instructional value.

You must complete the MET requirements for the course in order to be eligible for credit. To be granted a credit, you must complete all requirements and have a mark of 5O% or more.

CONSEQUENCES

Arriving habitually unprepared for a class will lead to: parental contact by a teacher, referral to an administrator, referral to a counsellor, performance contract, and/or suspension from school.


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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - PLAGIARISM

Students are expected to think independently and work honestly. To this end, all students must avoid presenting the work or ideas of others as their own.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

It is in the best interest of each student to build habits that contribute to genuine academic, personal, and social growth, and which attest to strong character.



CONSEQUENCES

Work which does not reflect academic honestly will not be graded and students will be responsible for seeking alternative opportunities to earn credit for the plagiarized assignment.

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EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR - FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS

Students who attend night school and summer school outside of York Region are responsible for bringing their transcript to our school’s Guidance Department.

Falsification of any academic record will not be tolerated.

Forged attendance notes are unacceptable.



REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

Transcripts must include authentic marks for diploma requirements.

Forgery and fraud are criminal offences and reflect poorly on individual students, their family and our school.

CONSEQUENCES

Falsification of any transcript or note will result in immediate referral to an administrator. Fraudulent transcripts will be amended. Parental contact may be deemed necessary. In addition, the University and College Placement Office will be advised and the involvement of The York Regional Police will be requested.



Stouffville District Secondary School Student Council 2008/2009

President – David Amy


Vice President – Alison Clarke
Secretary – Katrina Briggs
Treasurer – Jessica Lockhart
Senior Representative – Charly Maccarl
Junior Representative Carly Sulman
Social Representative – Amy Hoover
Deputy Social Representative – Sarah Murray

Student Leadership

The Student Council and the Student Leadership class (LEAD) will work with students to organize a variety of events throughout the school year. These events include dances, the semi-formal, the senior prom, spirit days, and grade activity days. Students also contribute to the school yearbook, the school newspaper and many other clubs and organizations at S.D.S.S. Student activity card sales, fund raising programs, and dances finance these activities.

Each student benefits from the co-curricular activities, so it is expected that every student will purchase a student card when they register for school. Students who wish to participate in buy-ins, take part in school clubs, or attend school events must have a student card. The student card is also used as photo identification when signing out books from the school library.


Staff Advisors: Ms. Katrina Collins (LEAD)

Ms. Efy Marinis (Student Council)

Mr. Marek Przemieniecki (Student Council)



Parents’

Responsibilities
- Ensure regular and punctual attendance

- Phone in your child’s absence on the morning of the absence

- Maintain contact with your child’s subject teachers especially regarding concerns about your child’s progress

- Be supportive of the school in its efforts to educate and/or discipline students

- Co-operate with the school to develop positive attitudes toward learning and good behaviour

- Discuss with your child his/her progress and involvement at school

- Provide time and a place for school work to be done at home

- Encourage your child to behave in a manner which will bring credit to the home, school and community

- Attend special school functions such as Interview Nights, Curriculum Nights, Pathways Evenings, athletic activities, and musical or drama productions


Students’

Responsibilities

- Be punctual and attend regularly

- Concentrate on assigned work and cooperatively meet the requirement of courses

- Be responsible for all school work and homework assigned when absent from school

- Submit a Doctor’s note for extended absences

- Show respect and courtesy to all staff, students and visitors

- Respect the property of others and the school

- Respect others by not disrupting school/classroom activities

- Conform to all school rules (e.g. Safe Schools, Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Equity, Sexual Harassment, etc.)

- Behave in such a way as to bring credit to the home, school and community

- Be well groomed in person and habit

- Wear appropriate attire - inappropriate text or graphics are unacceptable

- Submit original work for all assignments

- Meet the deadlines for assignments



Teachers’

Responsibilities
- Provide appropriate instruction

- Assist students to learn in class and outside regular class time

- Act as a kind, firm and fair person

- Report student progress and conduct to the school’s administration team and parents

- Ensure the rights of all students

- Encourage behaviour which brings credit to the school

- Ensure students behave in a responsible manner whether at school, at any school function or trip, or on school buses

- Enforce school regulations fairly and consistently

- Wear appropriate

professional attire


- Maintain contact with students’ parents especially with regards to academic or behavioural concerns

STAFF MEMBERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING THE CODE OF BEHAVIOR HAVE A RANGE OF OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM TO REINFORCE AND ENCOURAGE ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR AND TO MAINTAIN A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:

1. COUNSELLING

Counselling is one method of dealing with inappropriate behaviour. Persistent difficulties may require referral to support agencies outside the school.

2. PARENT CONTACT

When appropriate, parents will be contacted regarding positive achievements by students as well as in instances of misbehaviour. Parent involvement and support are important contributors to a student’s success.

3. MAKING UP TIME

Students should anticipate being asked to make up time missed from class. Assigned time may also be imposed when a student fails to complete work, is inattentive, or is disruptive in class.

4. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Positive aspects of students’ behaviour will be recognized through: academic achievement, parent contacts, letters of recommendation, school awards (e.g. honours standing, attendance, punctuality, citizenship), positions of leadership, and responsibility in class and school activities.

5. MONITORING STUDENT PERFORMANCE

A student may be placed on a “Daily’ or “Weekly” evaluation journal to record attendance and performance. This strategy provides an opportunity for the student, parent, and teacher to assess the student’s progress. It is normally used for a short period of time until the student’s progress stabilizes or another program is initiated. Serious difficulties may result in the need for a “Contract” regarding behaviour.

6. RESTITUTlON

Students will be expected to make restitution (pay back in full) in all cases involving damage to school property or the property of others.

7. CONFISCATION OF ITEMS FORBIDDEN AT SCHOOL

Personal items confiscated during the school day may usually be reclaimed from the teacher or a Vice-Principal at the end of the school day. If it is deemed unsafe or unwise to return the item, parental or police contact may be required.

8. REFERRAL TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL OR OUTSIDE AGENCY

Often poor behaviour is due to frustration with the learning process. The student may be referred to a counsellor or remedial teacher for counselling and help. Problems outside of school may also be the cause for poor performance, and referral may be made to Children’s Aid, The Family Life Centre, or other agencies as appropriate. Illegal acts such as the use, possession or trafficking of illicit drugs, as well as possession of weapons, theft, extortion, or assault, require the involvement of the police. Parents are informed when appropriate.

9. WITHDRAWAL OF PRIVILEGES

At times when unacceptable behaviour occurs, privileges, such as free time at lunch, riding a bus, eating in the cafeteria, going on field studies or to extra curricular activities may be withdrawn.

10. REMOVAL FROM CLASS

A student may be removed from the regular class setting for persistently failing to cooperate or for committing a serious offence. The student involved would, for a specified period of time, complete all assignments and class work under the supervision of a Vice-Principal.

11. COMMUNITY WORK (IN SCHOOL)

The student may be assigned to work under the supervision of school personnel such as a secretary, a custodian, or an administrator.

12. SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL

Suspension from school is reserved for very serious offences and is usually preceded by other forms of discipline. Certain offences are so serious that a suspension can be given on the first occurrence. The purpose of a suspension is to give the student time to rethink his/her behaviour and to give parents time to counsel their child as to appropriate behaviour.

THIS PENALTY MAY BE IMPOSED FOR:

•Persistent Truancy

•Habitual Neglect of Duty

•The Use of Profane or Improper Language

•Persistent Opposition to Authority

•The Willful Destruction of School Property

•Conduct Injurious to the school’s Moral Tone and to the Physical or Mental

Well-being of Others.

•Any behaviour listed under the Safe Schools Policy.
The following behaviour will not be tolerated on school property and may result in immediate suspension of at least 3 days on the first occurrence and for a longer period of time for repeat occurrences. When required, the York Regional Police will also be involved.

•use of alcohol or illicit drugs

•fighting or uttering threats

•vandalism

•reckless driving

•racist acts

•theft or extortion

Note: While under suspension a student is not allowed on school property or within 100 metres of the school.

•smoking on school property – a fine determined by the York Regional Tobacco Prevention Officer


SUMMARY

Students are expected to behave at all times in a manner that will bring credit to our school and themselves. The quality of the school and quality of education that it provides depends upon the industry, intelligence, and courtesy of the members of the school community





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