Cut Bank High School

Student Handbook

2013-2014

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On behalf of the faculty and staff of Cut Bank High School, I would like to welcome students and parents to the 2013-2014 school year.  We hope that this school year is enjoyable and rewarding for you as students and parents.  We want to encourage all students to take advantage of our diverse curriculum and wide range of extra-curricular activities at CBHS.   Our goal is to provide every student with a top-of-the-line education that is rigorous and rewarding and to prepare you for life after you graduate.  In turn, we will expect students to try their best, be positive, and be committed at whatever they are working on in school.  Through mutual cooperation, we will maintain the high standards of excellence that have given our school its reputation. 

 

The following handbook has been developed in order to familiarize you with our staff, your rights and responsibilities as students and parents at CBHS, and the rules which our school follows.  We encourage you and your parents to read and discuss the handbook thoroughly.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.

 

Work hard at whatever you try, and it will pay off!  Have a great year!

 

Peter Hamilton

 STUDENT CALENDAR  2013 - 2014

 

SEMESTER ONE

                  August 26  ............................................................. First Day for Students

                  September 2  ........................................................ Labor Day / No School

                  September 5…………………………………......… No School PIR

                  October 16  ........................................................... Teacher Convention / Noon Dismissal

                  October 18-19  ..................................................... Teacher Convention / No School

                  October 31   .......................................................... End of 1st Quarter

                  November 8  ......................................................... Parent Teacher Conferences / No School

                  November 27  ...................................................... Thanksgiving / Noon Dismissal

                  November 28-29  ................................................. Thanksgiving / No School

                  December 23-January 1  ..................................... Winter Break / No School

                  January 10  ........................................................... Wrestling Invitational / Noon Dismissal

                  January 17  ........................................................... First Semester Ends / Noon Dismissal / Records Day

 

SEMESTER TWO

                  February 17  ......................................................... President’s Day / No School

                  February 20  ......................................................... District Basketball / Noon Dismissal

                  February 28…………………………….  ............... Divisional Boys Basketball/ Noon Dismissal

                  March 21  .............................................................. End 3rd Quarter

                  March 28  .............................................................. Parent Teacher Conferences / No School

                  April 17  ................................................................. Spring Break / Noon Dismissal

                  April 18 …………………………………….....…… Spring Break / No School

                  April 21 …………………………………….....…… Spring Break / No School

                  May 25 ………………………………....... ............. Graduation Day

                  May 26  .................................................................. Memorial Day / No School

                  May 30  .................................................................. Last School Day / Noon Dismissal / Records Day


 

CUT BANK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

 

VISION STATEMENT

 

                  Commitment to Excellence!

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

                  “Preparing today’s Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow”

 

CUT BANK PUBLIC SCHOOLS - CORNERSTONES

 

Respectful, Safe Learning Environment

Educating Everyone Takes Everyone

All Individuals Can Learn

Learning For Life

 

 

 

NORTHWEST REGIONAL ACCREDITATION

 

                  In addition to District Improvement efforts CBHS has been committed to maintaining Northwest Regional Accreditation.  This accreditation is voluntary and requires its member schools to meet higher standards than those required by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.  Cut Bank High School has met those higher standards since its membership in the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities began in 1926.

 

                  Students who transfer from or graduate from a Northwest accredited school will have their coursework subject to state laws honored by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

                  The following items reflect the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members who have participated in School Improvement efforts.

 

                  Individuals interested in participating in School Improvement efforts during this school year should contact Mr. Peter Hamilton, High School Principal.


 

CUT BANK HIGH SCHOOL BELIEFS

 

 

 

 

 

CUT BANK HIGH SCHOOL GOALS 2013-2014

 

                  

 

PERSONNEL

  

CBHS FACULTY AND STAFF

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Peter Hamilton, Principal

Edith Berkram, Secretary

Alana Killian, Office Aide

 

ART

Bill Hannah*

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Jerry Grinder*

 

GUIDANCE

Rebecca Marinko*

 

HEALTH ENHANCEMENT

Hugo Anderson*

Sharon Hannah

 

HOME SCHOOL COORDINATOR

Carol Flammond

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Angie Lehner*

Jerry Grinder

Christianna Compton

 

LIBRARY/MEDIA

Randi Larson*

 

MATHEMATICS

Lisa Faber

Mark Flaherty

Tia Murphy*

 

MUSIC

TBA

Brenda Schilling*

 

SCHOOL-TO-WORK

Lisa Faber

 

SCIENCE

Aaron Hunter

Allyson Hoof*

 

SOCIAL STUDIES/HISTORY

Mike Faber*

Neil Christiaens

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Ron Beringer*

Brant Hagen

Michael Hoffman

Jodi Augare, Aide

Krystal Lozing, Aide

Michael Lehner, Aide

Taffy McCombs, Aide

Becky Peterson, Aide

Miki Suta, Aide

 

TRAFFIC EDUCATION

Peter Hamilton

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Brian Hayes  Small Engines, Welding

Jerry Grinder, Business

Quinn Kelly*, Industrial Arts and Drafting

Lorrie Siebrecht, Family and Consumer Science

 


*denotes Department Head
ACTIVITIES AND SPONSORS

 

 


Art Club  ............................................ Mr. Hannah

Band  ................................................. TBA

BPA  ................................................... Mr. Grinder

Concessions  ................................... TBA

FCCLA  ............................................. Mrs. Siebrecht

Live Wire  .......................................... Mrs. Lehner

HOSA ……………………..Mr. Hunter, Mrs. Hoof 

Skills USA  ................................ ……Mr. Kelly

FFA  ........................................... ……TBA

National Honor Society  ................. Mrs. Lehner

Pep Club  .......................................... Mrs. Bohmer

Student Council  .............................. Ms. Marinko

Yearbook  ......................................... Mrs. Lehner

MBI Student Group  ........................ Ms. Marinko

 


 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP  2013 – 2014

 

                  STUDENT BODY OFFICERS:

 

                  STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO DISTRICT #15 SCHOOL BOARD:

                  CLASS OFFICERS:

                                  Seniors:

 

                                  Juniors:

 

                                  Sophomores:

 

Freshmen:

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

CLASS LOADS

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors must have seven classes per semester. The credit requirements for grade-level classification are as follows: entering 9th grade with no credits is classified as a freshman; more than 6 credits - sophomore; more than 12 credits - junior; 18 or more credits - senior.

 

TRANSCRIPT GRADES

 

EVALUATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Incompletes

                 

 

 

Academic Letter

Academic success and achievement are priorities at Cut Bank High School. To promote these priorities and display a tangible reward for academic success and high achievement, Cut Bank High School officially recognizes the attainment of the "CBHS Academic Excellence Letter."

As we recognize high achievement in extra- and co-curricular activities with the "CBHS Letter," so, too, do we recognize the same for students excelling in the primary purpose of our mission at CBHS.

To earn the letter, a student must have maintained a 3.5 GPA for three consecutive semesters. A transfer student who has earned a 3.5 GPA in one full semester of residence at CBHS and who achieved a 3.5 GPA in each of the two semesters prior to his or her entering CBHS will also qualify for a letter.

The student will receive a letter and certificate. As in all letter attainments, only one "CBHS Academic Letter" may be received. Subsequent letter attainments are recognized with the awarding of an appropriate symbol and a certificate. The student must maintain a 3.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters. The symbol used for the academic letter will be the Lamp of Knowledge. Letters will be awarded and students recognized in an appropriate manner at the spring Awards Assembly. It is our belief in awarding the academic letter that students will have another positive incentive to be recognized for academic success with the same pride of accomplishment found in other activities that award our letter.

 

Academic Awards for Excellence

 

Dropping and Adding Classes

 

SERVICES

                 

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 

 

 

 

 

National Honor Society

Purpose and Selection Criteria:

 

                  The National Honor Society is a service organization established to recognize students who reflect high academic accomplishments and exemplary character, leadership, and service qualities.

 

Selection Criteria:

 

Selection Process:

During the spring of the sophomore, junior or senior year, those students meeting the scholastic requirements and having been in attendance at CBHS at least one semester receive a letter inviting them to express an interest in being selected for induction in to the National Honor Society.  Interested students complete a student information form outlining their leadership and service activities.  The faculty at large reviews all eligible candidates on issues of character, leadership and service.  The completed information forms and the faculty input are then forwarded to the Faculty Council.  Final membership selection rests with the Faculty Council.  Students not selected for induction have the opportunity to go through the appeals process.  If the student maintains the scholastic requirement, and he or she is not a senior during the spring induction, the student is also eligible to be considered another time.

 

FEES, FINES, CHARGES

Within the concept of free public education, the District shall provide an educational program for the students as free of costs as possible.   Instructional materials may be made available for loan to students when the best interest of the District and student will be served by such a decision.  Students will not be charged for normal wear.  They will be charged replacement cost, however, as well as for excessive wear, unreasonable damage or lost materials.  The professional staff will maintain records necessary for the proper accounting of all instructional materials.

 


 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

                  Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies, like Cut Bank High School, receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised Cut Bank High School that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

                  If you do not want Cut Bank Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the building principal (Peter Hamilton for the High School).  Cut Bank Schools has designated the following information as directory information:


Dates of attendance

Grade level attended


 

                  Please note that CBHS customarily uses electronic media to highlight students’ involvement in activities and classes as well as traditional print media.

 

ATTENDANCE

Since attendance in school is paramount to realizing the utmost on one’s education, the school district will utilize every effort to keep students in school. The intent of the 10-day rule is to stress to students and parents the importance of class attendance and to provide for greater student accountability, not to punish students who have legitimate absences approved beforehand. This attendance criterion is based on the theory that prompt and regular attendance in school is the beginning of dependability in adult, business, personal, and social life. Furthermore, regular attendance is important because valuable skills and information gained in the classroom, may or may not show up on tests, or be reflected in an academic grade.

 

The process of education includes a combination of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study in order to achieve the maximum educational benefits for each individual student. The regular contact of the students with one another in the classroom and their participation in instructional activities under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. This is an established principle of education which underlies and gives purpose to the requirement of compulsory schooling in this and every other state in the nation. The good things that schools have to offer can only be presented to students who are in attendance. Having established the importance of regular attendance as a base for a good education, we must consider the rights and responsibilities of students, parents/guardians and teachers in regard to this attendance philosophy.

 

Students have a right to be involved in a meaningful program when in attendance at school. They will be able to make up work missed because of absence for a valid reason. At the same time, students have the responsibility to comply with school attendance rules and to make a reasonable effort to progress in the school program.

 

Parents/guardians are to keep the school informed of their child’s absence. They also have the right to keep the student out of school for illness or other valid reasons. Parents/guardians are expected to comply with state and local school laws and rules regarding school attendance. Parents/guardians will be kept informed of their child’s absence.

Parents/guardians are urged to arrange physicals, picture appointments, doctor and dental appointments, etc. on weekends, during the summer, or during school holidays in order to minimize the loss of school time.

 

Teachers have a right to expect regular attendance from their students. Teachers should not be expected to perform burdensome work as a result of unjustifiable student absences. Teachers shall assist students with makeup work whenever absences have been for a good cause.

 

10 Day Rule (Board Policy 3122)

 

1. A student will be allowed ten (10) absences per class, per semester.

An absence is any time the student is not physically present in class.

Students who are absent will be permitted to make up work missed and to receive grades for time absent. The responsibility of contacting the instructors, getting assignments, doing the work, and submitting it to the instructor rests with the student. A student will be permitted one (1) day for each day absent to complete make-up work.

If a student is to be absent, the parent/guardian must call the school any time after 7:30 a.m. or send a note to notify the school of the absence. The phone number is 873-5629. If the parent/guardian does not call, the District personnel will make every effort to call the home when an absence has occurred.

 

2. The ONLY absences that WILL NOT be used in calculating the attendance record are:

a. Those that occur due to school-sponsored activities, since these are considered an equivalent educational experience. These exemptions will apply to students participating in sports events, cheerleading, music related events, FFA trips, academic field trips, and others deemed co-curricular. 

b. Bereavement in the immediate family (grandmother, grandfather, father, mother, sister, brother). Parent/guardian must notify the school. Any extended bereavement may be reviewed by the High School Principal.

c. Subpoenas to appear in court or court-ordered, out-of-district placements for special services; and

d. Long term illness and/or hospitalization verified by a doctor’s statement. Medical/Dental appointments verified by a doctor’s statement.

 

3. Absences that will be counted in the ten (10) day limit include such things as:

Suspension in and out of school, illness, family trips, work days, vacations, visiting friends or relatives, hair and/or photography appointments, skiing, hunting, attending concerts, shopping, or any others not covered in section 2.

 

4. After five (5) absences from school/class, the parent and student will be contacted by letter.

 

5. After seven (7) absences from school/class a parent meeting will be encouraged again.

 

6. On the tenth (10) absence, a letter will be sent home indicating the severity of the situation and explaining in detail the consequences for missing more than the allowed 10 days.

 

7. On the eleventh (11) absence, and each absence after, the student will be penalized two (2) percentage points on his/her semester grade.

Administration reserves the right to extend this policy, after parent consultation, in extenuating circumstances. 

 

Leaving School During the Day.  A student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day except with permission from the principal or designee and according to the building sign-out process.  Unless the principal has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day.

Truancy.  Truancy is an absence without parental permission or school approval.  Students in grades 9-12 who are truant from school for one or more class periods will be assigned a minimum of four noon detentions, or detention equivalent to the length of the truancy to a maximum of seven hours.  Any truancy of more than seven hours will result in a minimum of two days in-school suspension.  Parents will be notified of the offense and the disciplinary action.  The following consequences will result for further truancies:

 

                 

                 

                 

                  1st tardy  ......................................... verbal warning

                  2nd – 5th   ....................................... noon school

                  6th – 7th tardies  ........................... 1 day in-school suspension and parent conference

                  8th or more tardies  ...................... 1 day out-of-school suspension and parent conference      

                  Parental excuses will not be accepted after the third tardy for 1st -5th periods.

 

EXPECTATIONS AND RULES

                  Students at Cut Bank High School behave in a manner that is a credit to them, their community, and school.  As young adults, students display an attitude of RESPONSIBILITY, COMMON SENSE, and RESPECT.  Students recognize their behaviors must support their own learning, the learning of others, and the teaching of all instructors.  CBHS students recognize that actions speak much louder than words.  Accordingly they are reminded of the following:

 

Student Discipline

 

The philosophy of discipline at Cut Bank High School promotes a positive working relationship between the teacher, student, parent/guardian, and administration. In order to help all students achieve their potential, Cut Bank High School must have a firm and fair discipline policy that is administered as consistently as possible.

Students need to know that “we live in a disciplined world.” We have the choice of disciplining ourselves or being disciplined by others. Discipline is controlled behavior designed to develop within an individual, responsibility for his/her own actions as well as recognition and consideration of rights and feelings of others. Policies and practices of discipline are intended to help achieve the ultimate degree of order in the classroom and in the school.

Discipline should not be confused with punishment. The goal of discipline is to help students mature as individuals, with mature attitudes and socially acceptable standards of conduct.

 

The Teacher’s Role in Discipline

 

The teacher has the primary responsibility and authority for the maintenance of discipline in the classroom, in the school building, and on the school grounds. The teacher and student should first try to solve problems on an informal basis. The teacher should contact parents/guardians to seek their support in working out problems when difficulties arise. If this fails to resolve the problem, the teacher should contact the principal for advice and help to work out the conflict as much as possible. Teachers have the authority to:

a. Deny certain classroom privileges.

b. Assign specific tasks to assist the resolution of the problem.

c. Use such reasonable measures as may be necessary to maintain control in the classroom, in the school building, on the school grounds, and on the way to and from school.

d. Remove a student temporarily from the classroom.

e. Recommend suspension of a student from school.

 

The Principal Role in Discipline

 

Teachers exercising reasonable disciplinary judgment will be supported by the principal and other administrators of the school district. If the teacher's efforts to solve the problem are unsuccessful, the student may be referred to the principal who has the responsibility and authority to use such reasonable measures as may be necessary to maintain control within the classroom, the school building, and on school property.

The principal has the authority to assign detention time or impose suspension on students for failure to comply with school regulations. If it should become necessary, the principal can recommend to the Superintendent of Schools the exclusion or expulsion of students.

 

BOARD POLICY #3310  (Behavior)

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY / SUSPENSION

 

 

Expulsion Statement

The board recognizes expulsion as a legitimate means of ensuring appropriate student conduct and discipline. Insofar as school authority and responsibility extends, if the morals of any student are deemed to be of a nature detrimental to the school and other students, then possible expulsion of that student will be considered and acted upon. Refusal to comply with school regulations, willful and continued disobedience and open defiance of the authority of a teacher or Principal is recognized by law as justifiable cause for expulsion.

Expulsion shall be defined as the exclusion from school premises and all school related activities by action of the Board of Trustees for the remainder of the semester with the loss of all credit for courses being taken during that current semester or exclusion for an additional period of time at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

 

The following procedure will be implemented for all expulsion cases:

 

A student being considered for recommended expulsion and the student's parents or guardian will receive written notification of the intent from the Principal or designee.

The student, parent, or guardian will be provided the opportunity for a hearing by the Superintendent or designee. If the Superintendent or designee does not reinstate the student, a request for expulsion will be made in writing and sent to the Superintendent and Board Chairperson.  A copy of the letter will be sent to the student and the parent or guardian, and will contain the list of reasons for the recommended expulsion.

The student, parent, or guardian will be informed by the Superintendent or designee that the student is entitled to a hearing before the Board and to be represented by counsel if they so choose.

 

The Board, after the hearing, will act upon the Superintendent’s or designee's request.

 

REWARDS

 

HALLWAY BEHAVIOR

 

DRESS AND APPEARANCE

 

A student whose dress disrupts the educational process or is deemed a safety issue will be subject to appropriate discipline.  We would prefer you “stand out’ because of your wonderful personality and/or use of your academic abilities.  Everyone has the right to LEARN.  None of us has the right to disrupt that process.

 

The School District reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is.

 

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY, FOOD, LITTER

No Drinks or Snacks except in the Lobby unless part of a class activity.  Students may drink water outside of the lobby.

 

SCHOOL LOCKERS

STUDENT DRIVING

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

PASSES

                 

SCHOLASTIC INTEGRITY  (Lying/Cheating/Plagiarism)

 

FORGERY

 

INAPPROPRIATE PHYSICAL CONTACT

 

FIGHTING/PHYSICAL AGGRESSION

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

 

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE

 

NON-COMPLIANCE

 

INSUBORDINATION/DEFIANCE

 

DISRUPTION

 

EXCESSIVE HORSEPLAY

 

INAPPROPRIATE (PUBLIC) DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

 

 

STUDENT DUE PROCESS

 

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

                  Generally, students are reminded of the general Board Policy on Discipline.  Should an individual violate the alcohol and drug regulation, he / she is reminded disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to:

 


 

Possession of alcohol, controlled substances, look alike drugs, or drug paraphernalia by any student who is a member of an extracurricular, non-graded activity / organization, or who is a member of an interscholastic team will result in the following:

 

Possession of tobacco products by any student who is a member of an extracurricular, non-graded activity / organization, or who is a member of an interscholastic team will result in the following:

 

Administrative Procedures

 

Accusation Procedures

Contact of Law Enforcement

 

THEFT, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY OR OTHER VANDALISM

 

 

 

 

              Further the Trustees remind students that “activity suspensions” mean an individual may forfeit activities like Senior Banquet; Prom; Athletic and non-athletic practices, contests, performances, travel; Graduation; Class Activities like BBQ’s, Macho Volleyball, Powder Puff Football; Homecoming; Spirit Week, etc., as determined by the administration.

 

GUN-FREE SCHOOLS

 

CUT BANK PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACTIVITY REGULATIONS

 

CUT BANK HIGH SCHOOL DANCE REGULATIONS

 

FIELD TRIPS, EXCURSIONS AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION, POLICY #2320

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

EQUITY

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION OF STUDENTS

HAZING / HARASSMENT / INTIMIDATION / BULLYING / MENACING

                  “Intimidation” includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper with, substantially damage, or interfere with another’s property, cause substantial inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact, or inflict serious physical injury, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, ancestry, disability, or marital status.

                  “Menacing” includes, but is not limited to, any act intended to place a school employee, student, or third party in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

                  Any complaints about behavior that may violate this policy should be promptly reported to the building principal.  This report may be made anonymously.  A student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the principal.  Complaints against the principal should be made to the superintendent.  Complaints against the superintendent should be made with the Board of Trustees.

                  False reports and retaliation toward any person who reports a violation or who is thought to have reported a violation will be subject to appropriate discipline as these are serious offenses.

                  Students whose behavior is found to be hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, menacing, false reporting, or retaliation will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.  Staff whose behavior is found to be a violation shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the Superintendent or Board.  Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.

 

ADMINISTERING MEDICINES TO STUDENTS, POLICY #3416

Special circumstances may require the school to support physician and parents in the administration of prescribed medicine.  When such circumstances arise, the following guidelines will be adhered to:

Self-administration or possession of asthma or allergy medication may be authorized by school personnel.

Reference may be made to School Board Policy #3416 for further information.

 

SEARCHES AND SEIZURE, POLICY #3231

                  The goal of search and seizure with respect to students is meeting the educational needs of children and ensuring their security. The objective of any search and/or seizure is not the eradication of crime in the community.  Searches may be carried out to recover stolen property, to detect illegal substances or weapons, or to uncover any matter reasonably believed to be a threat to the maintenance of an orderly educational environment.  The Board authorizes school authorities to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects, to maintain order and security in the schools.

                  The search of a student, by authorized school authorities, is reasonable if it is both:  (1) justified at its inception, and (2) reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which justified the interference in the first place.

                  School authorities are authorized to utilize any reasonable means of conducting searches, including but not limited to the following:

School Property and Equipment and Personal Effects of Students

School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the District (such as lockers, desks, and parking lots).

                  The Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials, including their use of specially trained dogs, to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or material.

                  Students.  School authorities may search a student or a student’s personal effects, when reasonable grounds suggest a search will produce evidence that the particular student has violated or is violating a law or District student conduct rules.  The search must be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of age and sex of a student and the nature of the suspected infraction.

                  Students may not use, transport, carry, or possess illegal drugs or any weapons in their vehicles on school property.  While on school property, vehicles may be inspected at any time by staff, or by contractors employed by the District utilizing trained dogs, for the presence of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons.  In the event the school has reason to believe that drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons are present, including by alert-trained dogs, the student’s vehicle will be searched, and the student expressly consents to such a search.

                  Also, by parking in the school parking lots, the student consents to having his/her vehicle searched if the school authorities have any other reasonable suspicion to believe that a violation of school rules or policy has occurred.

                  Seizure of Property.  When a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating either a law or District policies or rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities and disciplinary action may be taken.  As appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.  (Legal Reference:  Redding v. Safford Unified School District, ---F.3d----, 2007 WL 2743594(C.A. 9 (Ariz.))                                                                               Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 20 (1968))

 

NOTIFICATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

ADDENDUM TO HANDBOOK

                  All users are required to sign and return (to the appropriate building office) the signature page of the Acceptable Use Policy prior to using any district computers. Accounts will be disabled until submitted to office.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks

                  All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  These procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behaviors by users.  However, some specific examples are provided.  The failure of any user to follow the procedures will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.

 

Terms and Conditions

Internet Safety

                                                                  Legal Reference:       Children’s Internet Protection Act, P.L. 106-554

                                                                                                        20 U.S.C. § 6801, et seq.

                                                                                                        47 U.S.C. § 254 (h) and (l)

Revised:  November 12, 2002 

 

 

 

Student Government Constitution

Cut Bank High School

PREAMBLE

We, the students of Cut Bank High School, in order to form a better understanding of the rules, traditions, and administration of the high school, to promote initiative and student rights, and to better define the limitations and powers of student government, do obtain and establish this constitution for the Cut Bank High School student body.

 

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

Section I – Student Body

 

              A.  All students properly enrolled in Cut Bank High School are members of the student body.

              B.  Upon enrollment all members will receive a copy of the current Student Handbook and such other regulations affecting the students in Cut Bank High  School.

 

Section II – Student Council

A.  Shall be composed of the following:

              1.  Student council president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer

              2.  Class presidents, vice-presidents, secretary/treasurers and historians

              3.  Recognized club presidents

              4.  Leadership Directors (delegates)

              5.  Student representatives to District 15 Board of Trustee

B.  Total membership will be no more that 15% of the student body.

C.  Function to carry on the business of the student council.

D.  The Executive Committee will consist of student council president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, class presidents and student representative to the board.

 

ARTICLE II – MEETINGS

Section I

              The Student Body as a whole shall meet for the purpose of conducting the business of the               associated student body as deemed necessary. Meetings shall be approved by the student council       and principal. Two-thirds membership shall constitute a quorum.

 

Section II

A.  The Student Council shall meet at times predetermined by the student council

      president and advisor for the purpose of carrying out the decision making   

      business of the council. Two-thirds membership shall constitute a quorum.

B.  Members are expected to attend all meetings of the student council. Members

      missing more than two (2) meetings will be dismissed.

 

ARTICLE III – OFFICE QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES

Section I – President of the Student Body

A.  Chosen from the senior class

B.  Presides over sessions of the student body and student council.

C.  Acts as chief representative of the Associated Students of Cut Bank High School.

D.  Determines meeting times and agenda with the consent of the student council advisor.

E.  Serves as master of ceremonies for student assemblies.

F. Conducts meetings using parliamentary procedure.

 

Section II – Vice President of the Student Body 

A.  Assumes the office of president if the president is unable to fulfill his/her duties.

B.  Serves as a presiding officer in the absence of the president.

C.  Serves as the chairman and convener of all temporary committees

D.  May be a junior or senior.

 

Section III – Secretary-Treasurer of the Student Body

A.  Records minutes of all meetings.

B.  Provides electronic and/or hard copies of the minutes to the student council president and                                           advisor.

C.   Initiates and/or answers all correspondence on behalf of the student council.

D.   Gives an accurate report of the financial condition at each meeting.

E.   May be a junior or senior.

 

ARTICLE IV -- IMPEACHMENT

              Any member of the student council shall be nominated for impeachment if a            member of the student body recommends it through written charges to the        student council. A hearing shall then be held before the student council and a               two-thirds majority vote from the student council is needed for impeachment. The    vice-president shall replace an impeached president. All other impeached             positions shall be filled by student council appointments.

 

ARTICLE V – STUDENT BODY ELECTIONS

Section I

Elections shall be held in accordance with Spring Spirit Week.

Section II

Presidential and vice-presidential candidates must submit a joint petition     containing twenty-five (25) student signatures. Candidates for secretary-treasurer must submit individual petitions containing fifteen (15) signatures on or before the date set by student council.

 

Section III

Candidates for the four offices may form parties and develop platforms on which to run. The candidates of each party shall present their platform at a student     body assembly during Spring Spirit Week. Candidate speeches shall be given at his time.

 

Section IV

Voting shall be by secret ballot and shall take place during Spring Spirit Week.

Section V

Candidates may campaign with posters and signs one week prior to election day.    All campaign materials should be removed prior to the day of voting.

Section VI

Grades 8-11 shall be entitled to vote. Graduating seniors shall not have a vote, but student council seniors shall be in charge of the voting procedure.

             

ARTICLE VI – CLASS GOVERNMENT

Section I

Each class shall elect a president, vice-president, and a secretary/treasurer one week after Spring Spirit Week. The freshman (next year) class will elect their officers in the fall and shall also elect a historian who will serve the entire four years.

 

Section II

Candidates for each office must present a petition signed by at least ten (10) members of the class to be eligible to be elected at the class meetings.

 

Section III

Impeachment of a class office will be by two-thirds majority of the class involved.  Charges may be brought by any class member on a petition signed by at least one-third of the students in the class.

 

ARTICLE VII – CLUBS AND SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS

Section I – Formation

Clubs with an advisor and at least ten (10) members may be formed with the approval of the student council and principal

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Section II – Recognition

The Constitution or itinerary of any club or organization must be submitted to the student council for approval each fall before the club is recognized as a functioning group in the school.

 

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS PROCEDURES

Section I

The student council shall make rules for itself which are not specified in the constitution.

Section II

Student legislation of periodic importance shall be incorporated into the minutes

Section III

The advisor of the student council shall be the principal of the high school and his/her designee(s).

Section IV

Temporary committees may be formed from time to time as seen necessary by the president or the council. The vice-president shall be a member of the temporary committee.

 

ARTICLE IX – SPRING SPIRIT WEEK

Section I

A spirit week shall be held for one full week each spring as designated by the convenience of the student council.

 

Section II

Student body elections will be held in accordance with the activities set by the student council.

 

 

 

ARTICLE X – ELECTION OF ROYALTY CANDIDATES

Section I

Candidates must be nominated one (1) week prior to Homecoming or Prom.

Section II

Candidates of previous years not successfully elected may be nominated again.

Section III

Candidates will be voted on by the student body prior to Homecoming or Prom

Section IV

Homecoming candidates must be seniors

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Section V

     A.  Prom candidates shall be juniors or seniors.

     B.  Juniors and Freshmen will nominate Senior prom candidates.  Seniors and Sophomores will nominate Junior prom candidates.

 

Adopted 4/9/2013