Student/Parent Policy Handbook 2017

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – Jordan Fenton

Welcome to Chestermere High School for the 2017-18 school year! Whether you are a returning student or new to the school, I am sure that you will find that our school is a great place to be! Staff, students, and parents have created a wonderful school community that values academics, athletics and the fine arts using positive attitudes as a launch pad for success.

Within these pages you will find information, policies and procedures that guide us through life at CHS. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with its contents so that you understand the information and expectations provided. If there is something that you do not understand, please feel free to ask for clarification.

It is my belief that a person’s high school career is what they make of it. The more involved that they become in their school the more that they will get out of the experience. So make the most of your time at Chestermere High School!

MISSION STATEMENT

In partnership with our community, Chestermere High School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and lifelong learning in a safe, caring and respectful environment.

OUR PURPOSE

Our purpose is to achieve our mission by providing a safe, productive, respectful and effective learning environment for all our students.

SCHOOL POLICIES

APPEAL PROCESS:

Students and parents who wish to appeal a final grade must do so in writing to the school principal. The deadline for appeals shall be 15 days following the issuance of the semester report card.

ADULT STATUS

Students over the age of 18 who have requested independent status are expected to follow the school attendance policy and expectations as per the School Act. The parents of students who have independent status will not be contacted regarding discipline or attendance concerns unless the student has given permission to do so.

ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE PROTOCOL: - Effective August 2013

Classroom attendance is crucial to academic success and the pursuit of excellence.

According to the School Act, 2007, section 12, students can be excused from school for the following reasons:

• The student is unable to attend by reason of sickness/medical

• The day is recognized as a religious holiday by the religious denomination to which the student belongs

I. CHESTERMERE HIGH SCHOOL POLICY

1. Regular attendance is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and student.

2. The teacher’s role is to encourage full attendance and support this by maintaining accurate records and sharing concerns with students, parents, and reporting these concerns to administration.

3. The administration, with support from teachers, counselors, parents/guardians are responsible for collaborating with students to resolve critical attendance problems.

Satisfactory attendance (15 or fewer absences in a five-credit class, 9 or fewer absences in a 3-credit class) is required in ALL courses at Chestermere High School in order to fully participate in:
• Sports Teams
• Field Trips
• School Clubs
• Graduation Cap and Gown Ceremony (*see Implications bullet one)

NOTE: School sponsored activities are exempt from this count, however, students and parents are advised to be aware of the impact lost class time has on academic achievement. If a student is exhibiting an attendance issue that is negatively impacting student performance the student may be held back from attending these activities until a passing mark is attained in all classes.

II Guidelines:

A. An absence occurs when a student misses a class, with the exception of school-sponsored activities such as field trips. Students away on approved school activities will be marked excusably absent.

B. Parents must phone the school to report excused absences (403-272-8868 – 24 hours a day). Telephone calls from students are not acceptable. Parents are required to phone in advance of the absence if possible; on the day of the absence is acceptable; NO later then 9 a.m. of the morning after the absence is still acceptable. An absence not called in by parents within 24 hours will be considered unexcused. If a phone call has not been received by a parent or guardian by 9 a.m. to clarify the absence, an attendance secretary may call home.

* Outstanding absences may affect exemption exam requests and unexcused absences will not be altered.

C. Students are responsible for missed work due to absences.  Email is a great form of electronic communication that is highly encouraged to stay in touch with the school and the teachers.  The student must make arrangements to meet with the teacher, at the teacher’s convenience, to discuss missed work.

D. A student will be marked late after entering the class once the class has begun.  Repeated occurances will result in increased communication home and possible increased expectation on the student to improve their attendance.

E. Independent students excusing their own absences MUST notify the office PRIOR to the absence occurring or, in the case of illness, produce a doctor’s appointment slip or medical certificate upon returning to school.

F. If a student is absent from an examination, it will result in a zero unless the absence is excused.

G. It is also expected that students attend all of their classes if they are in attendance at the school. Teachers may also expect that once students arrive for a given class that they will remain in attendance for the duration of that class unless otherwise dismissed.

III. Procedures

In order to support student attendance and maintain communication the following will occur:

1. Parents will be advised of any unexcused absences through the phone automated system. Parents are encouraged to call the attendance secretary to clarify any Synervoice call.

2. Parents may check attendance on the PowerSchool https://ps.rockyview.ab.ca/public using their personal password.

3. On or before the FOURTH absence: The teacher will discuss the issue with the student reviewing expectations and discussing future action.
• parents/guardians will be advised with either a phone call or email from the teacher. The student may be referred, by the concerned teacher, to SRG for consultation.

4. On or before the EIGHTH absence: A letter will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) to discuss the situation, including academics and strategies to improve attendance.

5. On or before the TENTH absence: The teacher will make a referral to the appropriate assistant principal and counselor. A meeting may be requested at this time that includes the student, teacher, parent, and counselor to create and “Attendance Improvement Plan” for the student.

7. After the FIFTEENTH absence: The student will meet with the principal and counselor to discuss future/continued placement in the course and/or the school. At the principal’s discretion the student may be removed from the course.

Extended Absence

Parents may wish to remove their son or daughter from school for an extended period of time (longer than 3 days) for reasons other than bereavement or illness. This practice is not encouraged by Chestermere High School staff, but in the event that parents make this decision, an Extended Absence Leave Form must be completed one week prior to the absence. The school does not grant approval for a student to be absent but rather records the parent intent to remove a student from school. It should be noted that teachers are under NO obligation to provide additional work or tutoring for work covered during time missed as this is a parental choice. Refer to the individual teacher course outline for details on how missed work and/or tests will be handled.

Implications

  • Absences are counted for each semester. If a student accumulates more than the allotted absences in the first semester of grade twelve they will NOT be able to participate in the cap and gown graduation ceremonies. However, a student may “buy back” the privilege to participate in the ceremony if they have 5 or fewer absences by the second week in May.
  • Parents and students are encouraged to monitor attendance on PowerSchool.
  • Final exams must be written during the scheduled exam time.
  • If a test/quiz is given during the time of leave the student must write the day before leaving or the day upon return.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

Students may not leave the school grounds without parental/guardian permission. In order to grant permission, a permission to leave campus form must be signed by a parent/ guardian and submitted to the office. No student, irrespective of age, may drive a vehicle transporting other students during school hours without written permission from parents (Rocky View Division Policy IHFD-Transportation of students). Permission forms are available in the office and on-line.

COMPUTER USE

All students are required to fill out a Rocky View Computer Use Form prior to gaining access to a school computer.

COURSE CHALLENGE

Course challenge information is available through the Guidance Counselors and approved through the principal.

CREDIT LOAD and SPARES

  • As a school policy, Spares are not granted to students in grades 10 and 11.
    Grade 10 and 11 students are required to carry a full program with a minimum of 40 CEU’s.
  • Grade 12 students are required to carry a program of at least 30 CEUs (These do not include Work Experience, Musical Theater)

ONLINE LEARNING

It is recommended online learning courses not be taken if the course is offered in the school. All online Learning Courses taken at the school need a written request by parent/guardian. Final approval is given by School Administration.

COURSE CHANGES

1. Students requiring changes to their timetable should make an appointment with a counselor.

2. Timetable changes must meet one of the following conditions:

a. A grade 12 student needs a course to graduate.
b. A student wishes to add a course.
c. A student wishes to drop an option for a core subject in the same block.
d. A prerequisite has not been met.

3. Generally, timetable changes will NOT be made for any of the following reasons:

a. To change a teacher
b. To repeat a course failed in the first semester
c. To change after the deadline

4. At the beginning of each semester, students with timetable problems are allowed approximately 10 days to change their timetables.

5. Re-designations from Social Studies 30-1 to 30-2 or English 30-1 to 30-2 must be in compliance with Alberta Education guidelines.

* Any requests for class changes after the two week period, must be done by a written proposal to the principal.

COURSE FAILURES

Students who fail a course during the first semester may not be allowed to enroll in that same course during the second semester.
Students who have failed the same course twice may not be allowed to enroll in the course for a third time.

DRUGS, ALCOHOL & TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Chestermere is a smoke free campus.

Students who are in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol on school property or at any school-related activity will face disciplinary action of a suspension and/or police involvement. Subject to the suspension a recommendation for expulsion may take place.

Students are not allowed to smoke in our school building, on our school grounds (including vehicles parked on the property), or at any school related activity. Students who do, may be suspended from school.  Students carrying cigarettes, matches or lighters on their person in the school, may be subject to discipline action resulting in a possible suspension. Possession of Tobacco products is illegal if a student is under the age of 18. Smoking is an unhealthy, addictive activity. The school is active in supporting students who wish to quit smoking through counseling and our health curriculum.

Although it is not desirable, a smoke pit has been designated infront of the school, across highway 791.  Students gain access to this area via a marked cross walk.  We require that each student wishing to use this facility has completed a permission form to leave campus and ensure it has been signed by a parent or guardian.

The introduction of electronic cigarettes has presented some unique challenges at Chestermere High School.  Due to the advanced nature of the devices and the ability to add virtually any substance they wish, we are treating electronic cigarettes in the same class as traditional cigarettes.  Students caught using, displaying or transporting these devices on campus will face the same consequences as if it were a traditional cigarette.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Electronic devices include such things as cell phones, iPods, MP3 Players, and PODs. It is best to not bring these items to school unless you are using them as an educational tool in the class with teacher approval (classroom rules are at the discretion of the teacher). If you choose to have any with you, it is to remain in your locker or your book bag and must be turned off except when required in a class. You may use them during breaks and/or before and after school. The use of cell phones for text messaging during class is prohibited. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

If you do not follow the policy, you will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

  • On first occurrence, the teacher may confiscate the device and return it to you at the end of the school day.
  • On a second occurrence, the teacher may confiscate the device, bring it to the office where it can be retrieved from an administrator at the end of the school day.
  • On a third occurrence, the teacher may confiscate the device, bring it to the office where it will be held until a parent/guardian can retrieve it from an administrator at a mutually agreeable time.

Any further incidents may result in suspension from school.

The pay phone in the main corridor is intended for student use.

STUDENT CALLS

The office cannot accept messages for students unless it is an emergency.

ENVIRONMENT

Respect the rights of others to have a clean and attractive environment in which to work. This means being very careful not to litter in the hallways or outside the building.

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS (Alberta School Act, Sect. 12)

A student shall conduct him/herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:

(a) be diligent in pursuing his/her studies

(b) attend school regularly and punctually

(c) co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the school board to provide education    programs and other services

(d) comply with the rules of the school

(e) account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct

(f) respect the rights of others.

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

All students are expected to be present for their final exams. The only acceptable excuse for missing a final exam is illness or a family emergency (personal vacations do not count). A medical certificate is required to verify the illness. Students who are excusably absent from Alberta Learning (Diploma) exams may write at the next scheduled exam date. When students do not write school final exams, they usually receive a mark of zero, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

CHESTERMERE HIGH SCHOOL FINAL EXAMINATION EXEMPTION/WRITE WITHOUT RISK PROGRAM GUIDELINES (UNDER REVIEW)

1. Exemptions/WWR applies only to grade 10 students in grade 10 courses.

2. The student has the option to choose to exempt from the examination OR write the examination without risk of the mark being used if the mark on the examination will lower the student’s average in the course.

3. Students may exempt from one core OR one elective course per semester.

4. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% to be exempted or write without risk.

5. Students must have no more than 5 excused absences (3 in a three-credit course) to be eligible for exemptions. School-sponsored absences are not included.

6. Students will not be allowed to exempt or write without risk more than once for the same course or stream.  Example,  Eng 10-2 & Eng 10-1.

7. Students may have their exemption revoked after submitting an application if their mark falls below 70% and/or absences exceed 5 (3 in a three-credit course).

8. PLEASE NOTE: ANY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE WILL AUTOMATICALLY EXCLUDE A STUDENT FROM EXEMPTION. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES INCLUDE: SKIPPING, VACATION, SUSPENSION, OR ANY OTHER ABSENCE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE ABSENCE.

If in doubt, ask.

LUNCH POLICY

At lunch time, food and beverages are allowed in the designated eating areas that may include social areas, classrooms and hallways. Students are expected to clean up after themselves and to properly dispose of their garbage. Food and beverages are not allowed in the gymnasiums, computer labs or the library.
Students are expected to follow the rules established by each classroom teacher regarding food and beverages in the class.

GENERAL RULES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS

• All guests must be approved prior to the events.
• Alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are forbidden in the school or on the school grounds.
• All school regulations concerning behavior of the students apply at the events.
• Rides home should be arranged in advance.
• Students breaking these rules will be dealt with according to school policy.

HARASSMENT, BULLYING, AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR

Harassment is defined as “any unwelcome behavior which, directly or indirectly, adversely affects or threatens to affect a person’s emotional well-being, learning environment, or involvement.” Harassment is a behavior which denies an individual dignity and respect. Harassment is considered to have taken place if a person knows, or reasonably ought to know, the behavior is unwelcome. Students who are guilty of harassing any person in the school are subject to disciplinary action. They may face formal suspension and the possibility of a recommendation for expulsion. The RCMP may also be contacted for further investigation.

ABUSIVE OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

Abusive or aggressive behavior, which causes or threatens harm to persons or property, is a breach of Section 12 of the School Act. Consequences for this type of behavior may result in a suspension or recommendation for expulsion.

INTERRUPTION OF CLASSES

Students wishing to speak to other students who are in class must report to the office where, if the request is deemed important, an administrator will request the subject teacher to excuse the student.

LANGUAGE

Respect each other. The use of profane or inappropriate language is un-acceptable as per RVSD policy “IGD” http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/board_policies/boardpolicies/students/IGD-StudentSuspensionandRecommendationforExpulsion.pdf. The use of such language may result in disciplinary action.

LASER POINTERS

Due to the dangerous nature of lasers, students possessing them will have them confiscated and may result in disciplinary action including suspension and recommendation for expulsion. (RVS policy IF) http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/board_policies/boardpolicies/students/IF-StudentDiscipline.pdf

LATES

Students who are late for school are expected to sign in at the office. As per Section 12b of the School Act and RVSD Policy “IGD” students who are late for class may receive detentions or face other disciplinary action.

LEAVING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Students who leave during the school day due to illness or appointments must sign out at the main office before they leave. They should be signed out by a parent or a parent must call in to excuse them prior to 9:00 am the following day. Students who become ill during the day are to come to the office where they will be asked to contact their parents to obtain permission to return home. Students who fail to contact the office and are in washrooms, hallways or student areas will be considered truant.

LOCKERS

Students are responsible for all damage to lockers. For security purposes only school locks are allowed. In using your school locker, you agree to keep only your personal belongings in the locker. Students should not give their combination to others. (Combinations are kept on file in the office). Students must use the locker and lock assigned by the school.

Our school locker policy enforces a zero-tolerance for:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Any drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol
  • Stolen property
  • Weapons
  • Items deemed by the school or RCMP to be a danger to others
  • Anything that is illegal to possess

You are permitted to keep prescription drugs in your locker if your doctor has prescribed those drugs for your own use only.

It is very important to note that you do not have an expectation of privacy for your locker. Lockers are the property of Chestermere High School/Rocky View School Division. Administration has the right to open, search, and inspect your locker without notice to you.

If your locker is searched and administration finds any of the items listed above, the school may seize those items and use them as evidence against you for school discipline. Administration may give seized items to the RCMP for possible criminal investigations and charges.

PEANUT AND NUT AWARE SCHOOL

You can help minimize the risk to students with nut sensitivities by not sending/bringing peanut-butter sandwiches or products containing nuts or peanuts to school. Some of the common products to avoid are: granola bars, cookies or chocolate containing nuts or peanuts, peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces.

PERSONAL SEARCHES

When administrators are conducting non-criminal interviews with students, there is no legal requirement that students be read their rights, although students should understand the basis upon which the statements are being taken and how they will be used.

Personal searches of a student should only be conducted to seize prohibited objects or substances (unless there is a threat to the safety of the person or persons or the school premises) and if the principal/assistant principal suspects that the individual is in possession of an object or substance that is prohibited. The student’s parents should be contacted immediately. The Superintendent or designate will be contacted should any prohibited objects or substances be found.

Personal searches will be conducted in a private manner. All searches will be in the presence of one adult witness. Whenever possible, searches of a student’s locker, desk, or other personal belongings should be conducted in the presence of the student.
The circumstances surrounding the search will be well documented. The documentation should specify:
-circumstances giving rise to the search, including the time, date and place of the investigation
-the source of the information
-the parties interviewed
-possible or actual witnesses
-details of any police involvements
-details regarding the notification of parents or guardians
This documentation is subject to privacy regulations under FOIP and should be held for a period of one year.
Any contraband seized as a result of the search should be held and retained in a secure location until the investigation has concluded or turned over to the police. Any illegal substance shall be turned over to the police. If the police do not wish to obtain the seized contraband, it shall be destroyed once the investigation is complete.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is a piece of writing that has been copied, in part or in whole, from someone else and is presented as being your own work.
It may result in the following:
- a mark of “zero”
- a call home
- an entry in the student’s file

PREREQUISITES (please see course handbook)

Students in grades 10 to 12 must achieve a pass mark of at least 50% to get credit. To advance to the next level in an academic stream we recommend a minimum prerequisite of 60%. Students who receive less than 60% should consult with a guidance counselor prior to advancing to the next higher level. Prerequisite forms must be signed by all parties prior to approval. Recommendations are provided by teachers to ensure student success.

RETROACTIVE CREDITS

Retroactive credits may be available in some courses as determined by Alberta Education. For more information students should contact the guidance counselor.

SCENT AWARE

While some people enjoy wearing perfumes and using scented products, many others who share our work space/school space report exposure to certain fragrances, including perfumes and scented products, can adversely impact their health. Some reactions to the exposure of scent may be:
• Severe respiratory reactions requiring hospitalization
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Headaches
• Migraines

We ask that all members our school community refrain from using scented products while in our building.

SCHOOL DRESS

Students are expected to dress in such a manner that is neat, clean and of no embarrassment or discomfort for other students or staff members. Your torso must be covered with non see-through material that does not allow others to see your belly, back or chest.  Tank, halter, tube, muscle shirts, crop tops, and short skirts or shorts are not appropriate attire for high school. Straps on shirts should be a minimum of 3 fingers wide. Skirts and shorts should be at a modest length, a good rule of thumb is no shorter than the length of your arm and finger tips. Underwear must not be visible. Headgear (including bandanas, hats and non-religious head coverings) are not allowed. This is consistent with the majority of RVSD High Schools. Shoes must be worn at all times for health and safety reasons. Physical Education - students are expected to change, in the change rooms, into gym strip as outlined by the Physical Education Student Dress Policy. (T-shirt, shorts or sweat pants, clean running shoes)

STUDENT LIBRARY SERVICES

Loan period and over dues - loan period is 2 weeks. Any student having overdue materials will not be allowed to sign out any other material until all books are returned or paid for.

Lost and damaged materials - students will have to pay the full replacement cost of those items lost or damaged.
Students must carry bar-coded school I.D. cards to sign out library material.

NO food or drink (including water) is allowed in the library. Students who disregard library rules will have their library privileges revoked.

TRANSFER OR SCHOOL WITHDRAWAL

If you are withdrawing from the school you must make arrangements through the main office so that the appropriate forms can be completed. If you are transferring, school records will be forwarded upon request of the receiving school.

After the appropriate forms have been completed and signed, lockers cleaned out and all textbooks and library books must be returned to the library so that a portion of your fees may be refunded. Please inform your teachers and the office a week prior to such a change.

VANDALISM

LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY BY STUDENT
As per Section 16 of the School Act vandalism will not be tolerated. The student and student’s parents or guardians are jointly and severally liable to the board in respect of the act of the student. Cost of repairs or replacement will be charged to any student who causes damage. Disciplinary action may result in a suspension or recommendation for expulsion. (Policy #ECAB)

VEHICLES AND PARKING

PARKING HAS BEEN AN ISSUE AT CHESTERMERE HIGH. The school has limited student parking stalls available and views the ability to park at school as a privilege. Bus service is available for all students.

As a result of this issue, it will be necessary for students to apply for a parking stall and stalls will be awarded based on the following criteria:
1. Preference will be given to students involved in J block classes
2. Grade Priority (grade 12 first, any remaining to grade 11 by lottery, any still remaining to grade 10 by lottery)
3. ONLY ONE PASS PER FAMILY WILL BE ISSUED.  Students successful in being awarded a parking space will register their vehicle and a parking pass specific to their vehicle and will be issued at a cost of $20.00 per semester. The vehicle license plate number will be placed on the parking pass and this pass must be displayed at all times when the vehicle is in the parking lot. Up to three (3) different license plates may be registered for the driver. Students are expected to park in their designated parking spot.

If a student leaves second semester their pass is withdrawn and a refund of half the cost will be processed upon request. Students are not able to sell or transfer their pass.

Vehicles having parking passes bearing a different license plate number than on the vehicle, vehicles having no parking pass displayed, or student vehicles parked in staff-designated areas will be subject to towing at the student’s expense.

Excessive absences or lates will result on the loss of parking privileges.

Parking privileges can be removed should the student display undesirable driving habits or their parking spot becomes the focus of inappropriate actions or habits.  Warnings will not be given.

Alternate parking is discouraged and is at the student’s own risk.

Any and all damage or lose of property to vehicles needs to be reported to the Strathmore RCMP.  Chestermere High School assumes no responsibility for damage to vehicles or lost personal effects.

WEAPONS

Weapons are not allowed on school property. Students who use, possess, or are in active contact with weapons shall be suspended and or face police involvement. Subject to the suspension, a recommendation for expulsion may take place.

GENERAL INFORMATION

REPORT CARDS

Report cards will be given to the students and it is their responsibility to ensure that parents receive them. Parents may find up-to-date mark information on PowerSchool by logging in with their user name and password.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at mid way point of each semester. There is an online service to book your parent teacher interviews. (Dates –)

Student time tables will run on Quarters
The Quarters are -
1st quarter - September 2 to November 3
2nd quarter - November 4 to January 29
3rd quarter - January 30 to April 15
4th quarter - April 16 to June 26

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

BELL TIMES (Please Click)

School Hours of operation

Mon –Thurs 8:00 – 3:34
Fri – 8:00 – 2:11

Stepping Stones

The focus of stepping stones is to promote positive mental health and wellness to the whole school while connecting students to community supports. We strive to achieve this through individual coaching as well as classroom and whole school presentations and promotions. There are three staff members who work directly in Chestermere High School with this program. The success coach works at the school part time and the addictions counselor is available at the school one day per week.

Some reasons for referrals for individual coaching can include:
* Substance use *Goal setting and Motivational
* Stress Management * Self Esteem
* Body Image * Communication Skills
* Study Skills * Assertive Skills
* Organizational Skills * Interpersonal Skills

Students are referred to steppingstones through the guidance department or the school administration. Interested parents/guardians may contact guidance or administration to discuss whether steppingstones is a suitable resource for their young person. Students can also self-refer.

The steppingstones office is located in the Wellness Center at the school. For more information please contact (403) 272-8668 ext 4557.

STUDENT FEES

General School Fees:
$145.00 This fee includes, locker rental, all required textbooks, materials, supplies, OTHER THAN workbooks or curricular support for items such as field trips, bussing and other student led activities.

* $75.00 Textbook deposit fee.

* Text Book Deposit Fee: Any returning students who have previously paid a textbook deposit, will have the deposit rolled over as a credit to their next years account. If some portion (or the whole deposit) was used to pay for lost books, then the deposit has to either be topped up to $75.00 or fully replaced.

Care of texts is the responsibility of the student. Students will be assessed a fee for texts that are lost or damaged. At the end of each course the books must be handed in to the library and the condition is judged according to the condition of the book when it was issued.

Lockers are rented from the school to students at the beginning of the term. Students will be held responsible for their locker condition and may be assessed a fee for damages incurred while the locker was assigned to them. If a student loses his/her lock he or she must purchase another one from the office. No locks other than school locks are allowed.

School pictures are taken by Platinum with money payable to photographer at time of picture taking.

Grade 12 graduation fees – approximately $120.00 paid to Chestermere High School.

Extra-Curricular Activities – Each activity will have an additional fee. Each activity’s coordinator will present a budget of costs to a parent, prior to the student becoming involved in the activity.

P.E. Gym Strip – check the athletic department for gym strip and athletic wear. Prices will be posted in the school.

Students who pay the $100.00 Concert Band fee are exempt from paying Jazz and Choir fees.

COMPLIMENTARY COURSE FEES

Art $ 65.00
Band $125.00

Drumline $45.00

Percussion Rent $75.00

Instrument Rent ($50.00 refundable) $210.00

Communications Tech. $20.00
Information Processing $20.00

Construction Tech. 3 cr. $50.00

Construction Tech 5cr. $100.00

Fabrication Studies 3 cr. $50.00

Fabrication Studies 5cr. $100.00

Cosmetology $75.00

French 10 $5.00, 20/30 $40.00

Marketing & Man. $10.00
Home Economics
Foods 5 cr. $90.00
3 cr. $45.00

Fashions 3 cr. $21.00

5 cr. $45.00

P.E. 10 – Lock Rental Fee $10.00
P.E. 20/30 Away $150.00
Spanish 10 $5.00, 20/30 $40.00
Sports Med. 15, 25, 35 $25.00
Sports Performance $ 20.00
Sports Performance Hockey $250.00
Wildlife & Forestry $10.00 (trips per use)
Culinary Arts $75.00

Culinary Arts Thermometer $20.00
(students may incur additional charges for off-campus field trips)
Financial Mgnt. $10.00

Leadership $100 (includes Bragg Creek 4-day camp)

Digital Media Arts $20.00

OPTIONAL
Yearbook $40.00
Art Sketchbook $ 7.00
Student Price Cards $ 9.00

Parking $40.00 (Pro rated through out the year)

COMMUNICATION TO STUDENTS & PARENTS

Daily Announcements are posted to HomeLogic, our Facebook account and P.A. may be used for general announcements.
Newsletters: the school will issue a newsletter 5 times in the year to keep parents and students informed of various activities and programs.

All newsletters are posted on our website, in the publications folder.  Copies of the newsletter are available to be picked up in the office for those who do not have access to our website and emailed to parents if an address has been provided to the school. If any school group or community group would like to put something in the newsletter, it must be approved by the Principal.

School Newspaper may be published regularly and distributed to students. A copy will also be made available on-line.

STUDENT EMERGENCIES

On the student registration form there is space for a phone number where a parent or a friend of the family can be contacted. It is very important that these numbers be kept current.

SCHOOL CLOSURE

When weather conditions place the safety of transporting bus students at risk, the Superintendent of School or Inclement Weather Committees for the communities of Airdrie, Chestermere, Crossfield, Cochrane, Kathyrn/Beiseker and Springbank may choose to suspend school bus services and/or close schools. Weather factors that serve as general guidelines in making this decision are:

• Wind-chill of approximately -40 oC and below
• Reports from bus drivers that many rural roads are, or will soon be, impassable
Local broadcast and radio stations will be notified of bus/school closures no later than 6:30 am. Parents are encouraged to listen to:
• Radio - CBC, CHFM Lite96, 66 CFR, JACK FM, QR77, Country 105, CKMX 1060, CJAY 92
• Broadcast - CTV, Global, City TV

School closure information will also be available on the Rocky View Transportation Information line 403.250.0016.

Bus Cancellations/Delays

Specific bus routes or portions of routes may be cancelled when the driver feels it is unsafe to operate due to weather or road conditions.

Rural bus driver's will notify all Rural parents of bus cancellations only. The information also will be recorded on Rocky View's Transportation Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016. Bus cancellations will be for the full day.
Urban route cancellations are recorded on the Late Bus Line. Please note Urban families do not receive phone calls.

Bus routes that are delayed in the morning due to mechanical problems, weather, or road conditions, will operate on the afternoon trip home. This information also is available by phoning Rocky View's Transportation Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016.

Parent Responsibilities

During inclement weather, the final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents, even though buses and schools may be operational. Parents are responsible for listening to the designated radio stations to receive the correct information with regard to school closures or bus cancellations. Should you drive your child to school when bus service is cancelled, it is your responsibility to pick the child up from school at dismissal time.

Parents should ensure that students are dressed appropriately while traveling to and from school during inclement weather conditions whether they are riding the bus or walking. The temperatures on a school bus may drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.

School Responsibilities

Once school begins for the day, it will not be closed because of weather conditions until regular dismissal time. Should it be deemed unsafe to dismiss students at the usual time (with the exception of Morley), students may be kept at the school until it is deemed safe for the buses to depart, or until other arrangements have been made. Problems with heating and plumbing etc. at one school may result in students being housed in another location until dismissal time.
Information regarding inclement weather closures is distributed by local schools in October.

VISITORS

Due to security reasons all visitors must sign in at the office and secure a visitors pass. Visitors of students may only be allowed on school premises with the consent of an administrator. The school is monitored by security cameras inside and outside of the school.

CHESTERMERE HIGH SCHOOL COUNCIL

The Chestermere High School Council is an organization whose membership is composed of parents, staff members, students and community members. As a duly formed Council under the School Act, this organization provides leadership and works cooperatively to support the goals and aspirations of the total school community.

Some activities include: providing advice and collaboration on decisions which affect the school, community liaison, volunteers working with teachers, special presentations, hot lunch program, sponsorship of parents, students and staff to attend conferences, news bulletins and information-sharing meetings. Through membership in the Alberta Home and School Councils’ Association, this local association has representation on many local and provincial committees, and in turn has a voice in education at all levels - local, provincial and national.

A minimum of seven meetings are held throughout the school year. THERE WILL BE A MINIMUM OF ONE GENERAL MEETING. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Parents are important stakeholders in the educational process. Parents who are available to offer their services and time are welcome in the school.

LOST AND FOUND

The school is not responsible for lost articles but does attempt to help in their recovery by:
• Announcing lost/found items in the daily bulletin.
• Returning lost items to their owners when turned into the office.
• Providing a Lost and Found container which is located beside the Visitors` Entrance to the school.
To help us help you - please ensure that:
• Your locker is locked at all times and that you do not inform other students of your locker combination.
• All of your belongings are clearly labeled with your name.
• When you find something, turn it into the office immediately, When you lose something, write out an announcement at the office so that it can be announced. Make sure, though, you check all the places you have been first.
• Do not leave any valuables in the gym change rooms.
• Do not bring valuables to school.

REPORTING INJURIES

Injuries received in school should be reported to the office immediately by the student involved and the supervising teacher. School Division Accident Report Forms must be filled out for all accidents stating the circumstances relating to the injury.

SCHOOL BUSSING

All urban students residing in the Town of Chestermere, Town of Cochrane or the City of Airdrie are required to purchase a bus pass annually. Children must have a bus pass to ride an urban bus either to or from school. http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/transportation

New rural students that do not reside in the town of Chestermere and who did not ride during the 2009-2010 school year must be registered for the school bus service. Applications are on-line at
All New students must be registered to ride the bus. This includes students that are entering ECS, new students that have registered at the school and require transportation and students that are currently walking and require transportation to a new school.

If you have any transportation questions please call:
Transportation at 403-945-4101 for All Urban busing in Chestermere, Cochrane and Airdrie
Transportation at 403-945-4104 for All Rural busing in Chestermere, Indus and Langdon Schools

Visit the Rocky View Schools website @ http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/transportation or more busing information.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Homecoming and awards evening takes place early October. Term award presentations occur during grade assemblies in the fall and spring.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR and CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS AT CHESTERMERE

Chestermere High School attempts to offer a well-balanced extra-curricular program that meets the needs of students. The choice of activities may be impacted by the number of adults willing to volunteer their time.

Students are encouraged to participate in the extra-curricular program. The following activities are some that may be provided at Chestermere during the school year:

Student Government, Jr. Varsity Volleyball, Football,
Yearbook, Sr.Varsity Volleyball, Robotics,
Science Club, Jr. Varsity Basketball, Musical Theatre,
Concert Band, Sr. Varsity Basketball, Golf,
Jazz Band, Track & Field, Curling
Badminton, Cross Country, Rugby,
Art Club, School Newspaper, Soccer

CHESTERMERE ATHLETIC PROGRAM

An important part of the student’s education is participation in extra-curricular activities. As an integral part of the education process, the athletic program contributes to the physical, mental, social and emotional development of the student. Students are encouraged to participate in the athletic program.
The basic philosophy of athletics is to develop character in students while pursuing excellence. Our goal is to teach positive values to students that will, hopefully, carry over to daily life.

CODE OF CONDUCT
All athletes, parents and coaches must sign a Rocky View Code of Conduct in order for students to participate in the athletic program.

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

The Guidance Counselors are available to all students. Students requiring information and assistance with course selections, vocational planning or with personal issues should make an appointment with the counselor. A Family/School Liaison worker is available at the school to support our guidance program.

WELLNESS CENTRE

The Wellness Centre provides confidential services for students and families. There is access to services provided by AADAC, the School Nurse and the Family School Liaison Worker. These services can be booked directly or through the counseling office.

GRADE 12 GRADUATION

Graduation ceremonies are held in May/June. The cap and gown ceremonies are organized by the school, and only students eligible to receive a high school diploma may participate. Students must be in good standing to participate in cap & gown exercises. Students should have a graduation plan in place in order to ensure their eligibility to participate. Final decisions regarding eligibility are made by the Principal the week prior to the Grad Ceremonies. The banquet and dance are organized by a committee of students, parents and staff. All grade 12 students are eligible to attend these events. Volunteers are appreciated. For further information please refer to the Grad Handbook which is available on the school website.

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