South Pasadena High School
Student Handbook 2016-2017
Ms. Janet Anderson
Mrs. Ginger Merritt-Paul
Curriculum, Instruction & Guidance
Mrs. Janet Wichman
Mr. Gregorio Luna
Mr. Casey Shotwell
1401 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Telephone: (626) 441-5820
In 1905, a group of South Pasadena residents decided it was time that this city had its own high school. After three unsuccessful attempts, school bonds were voted, and a sum of $60,000 was provided for the purchase of six acres bounded by Fremont and Diamond Avenues, and by Bank and Rollin Streets.
On Monday, April 8, 1907, the student body moved from the Taylor Block on El Centro Street to the “large, modern and beautiful building” on Fremont Avenue. It was an epochal day in the history of the high school and marked the beginning of a period of growth and expansion that is still under way.
In 1911, the home economics and shop buildings were added, but there were no more additions until 1921, when the auditorium and the girl’s gymnasium, used first for both boys and girls, were erected.
In 1925, the Theodore Roosevelt Field was completed and athletics was definitely established as a school activity. Later that year, the school expanded into the new academic building, which housed the library, the cafeteria, and most of the classes.
Following the earthquake of 1933, a program of rehabilitation was launched. The auditorium was completely rebuilt and a new shop building was constructed. In 1940, the grandstand and lighted field were completed. In June 1952, the electorate of South Pasadena and San Marino voted to organize separate unified school districts through the 12th grade.
In 1954, the voters of the school district passed a bond issue of $1,645,000 to provide for reconstruction of buildings in the entire district and for the acquisition of additional land. Over $1,235,000 of this amount was allocated to the high school for nine buildings and the purchase of an athletic field for girls, a baseball field, and the parking lot.
In September 1955, the student body moved into the new buildings, which included an administration building, three classroom buildings, a boys’ gym, a girls’ gym, a library, a cafeteria, and a custodians’ building. Extensive landscaping was done at this time, and the school was further beautified by patios provided by senior class gifts.
The Roosevelt Field physical education and athletic facilities were greatly changed in 1959 with the completion of a new standard track and baseball field, and the rejuvenation of the football field. These fine improvements were financed with funds from the 1954 bond issue and required acquisition of added land south of the old field, as well as the closing of Rollin Street between Diamond and Meridian Avenue. Extensions were also made in 1959 to the girls’ gym locker rooms. In 1960, two classrooms were added to the Rollin Street classroom building, including a language laboratory.
Construction from passage of a bond resulted in the addition of the large science building that faces Fremont Avenue. Along with reconstruction due to a fire in 1971, as well as remodeling in 1971 and 1975, the swimming pool was added and opened for student use in 1978. That brought SPHS to its final form that would remain for the next 30 years.
The grandest reunion of all occurred in 1982. Some 6,100 alumni, representing all graduating classes since the opening of school in 1907, gathered to celebrate the 75th year of existence. As a result of this event, an alumni association was organized and has become a vital part of the history of South Pasadena High School.
Beginning in the Fall of 1984, the high school was changed to a four year school, encompassing grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The year 1984 changed the complexion of the high school campus, as teachers and students struggled to continue the school culture of high expectations and high achievement with a markedly different student body. The motto, “Scholarship, Leadership, Strength, Fair Play” gave inspiration to everyone in continuing to re-create the great things about South Pasadena High School. Booster Club adding a weight room, renovating the football/soccer field, and adding locker facilities to the gym are but three examples of South Pasadena’s efforts to continue a successful march into the 21st century.
A major bond measure, “L”, passed in 1995, made possible a 20 million-dollar renovation and new construction project that gave us the current look of SPHS. Choosing an Art Deco style based on the design of our 1933 auditorium, the rest of the campus was remodeled. This incarnation of the campus includes technological infrastructure and equipment necessary for students at the beginning of the 21st century. Measure “M”, a 2002 bond measure, will allow us an upgrade of our stadium and the replacement of three classrooms within the next two years.
South Pasadena High School will produce active, caring and engaged students with skills and attitudes that continually make a positive impact in their family, local community, as well as the global community. The SPHS campus community provides the technological, social, and academic tools that together foster the emergence of pride and respect for self and others. Through a caring and supportive environment fostering mutual respect and rewarding relationships, a diverse array of students, faculty, parents, and community will interact together seeking to embellish the unique gifts that each individual brings to the campus community.
The mission of South Pasadena High School is to empower/enable students to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, solve problems, set and reach goals, and work cooperatively and independently as responsible citizens of the community. Staff, students, parents, and community members collaborate in assisting students to meet these ends.
EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS
Our Educational Goals for Each Student
South Pasadena High School graduates, by completion of the most rigorous individual curriculum possible, are students who have met the graduation requirements established by the South Pasadena Board of Education, and...
think critically work cooperatively
think creatively work individually
solve problems work ethically
apply knowledge develop disciplined work habits
set and reach goals generate quality work
SOUTH PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL
Extra-Curricular Eligibility Requirements
The Assistant Principal (AP) of Student Services will be responsible for ensuring that an ineligibility list is provided to all concerned faculty each quarter.
REGULATIONS REGARDING SCHOOL CLUBS
Clubs will be recognized as authorized school clubs if they are sponsored by school personnel, composed completely of current school enrollees, hold the majority of their meetings at school and during the regular school day, have a democratic plan for the selection of members and leaders, establish aims that are educational, of school interest, or of community interest, and meet all those conditions herein set forth.
From time to time, various civic groups honor students, teams, and organizations with functions such as dinners and banquets. While this is encouraged, staff members and parents must take special care to be certain that alcoholic beverages are not served, whether the function is held on-campus, off-campus at a private home, or at the community site, such as the War Memorial Building.
Fall Sports (Late August through November)
Winter Sports (Mid November through February)
Spring Sports (Mid February through May)
The athletic program at South Pasadena High School is governed by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The Federation was set up in 1914 to coordinate sports activities among various high schools of the state. To carry out this plan of coordination, certain eligibility rules were established that govern all schools belonging to the CIF. If you have questions regarding eligibility, contact the Athletic Director.
To participate in interscholastic athletics and extra-curricular activities, the student-athlete must initially conform to all CIF requirements, and all students must conform to SPHS requirements. A student is scholastically eligible if: (a) The student is currently enrolled in at least 20 semester periods of work. (b) The student was passing in the equivalent of at least 20 semester periods of work at the completion of the most recent last regular grading period. (c) The student is maintaining minimum progress toward meeting the high school graduation requirements as prescribed by the governing board. (d) The student has maintained during the previous grading period a minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all enrolled courses.
Each student who participates on an athletic team must also sign and have his or her parent or guardian sign both a training letter that explains athletic team requirements and regulations and, as well, a concussion informational page. Students will not be allowed to participate unless this letter is signed and returned to the athletic director. Student athletes are encouraged to purchase a Student Activity Card (SAC card).
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
As a member of the Southern Section of the CIF, South Pasadena High School belongs to the Rio Hondo League that, for most sports, includes the following schools:
Blair High School San Marino High School
La Canada High School South Pasadena High School
Monrovia High School Temple City High School
The following guidelines will be followed in awarding an athletic letter:
AWARDING OF A “LIFE PASS”
A “Life Pass” allows an athlete to be admitted to any South Pasadena High School athletic contest (excluding CIF games) held at our school free of charge. It is an honor to possess such a pass and SPHS students regard this award very highly.
The requirements to earn a Life Pass are as follows:
Athletic Complaint Procedure
In the interest of fairness and open communication, the following athlete and/or parent Athletic Complaint Procedure should be followed:
First, discuss any concerns or problems with the coach.
Second, take your concern to the Athletic Director.
Third, speak with the Assistant Principal of Student Services.
Fourth, contact the Principal.
HONORS AND TRADITIONS
CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION (CSF)
CSF is an honor society for sophomore, junior and senior students. Applications for membership are accepted during an announced two-week period at the beginning of each semester. To qualify, students must earn ten points each semester. Listen to the bulletin for details.
Each year, the Commission and Pep Squad sponsor Color Day, during which students wear the school colors of orange and black. A Color Day Pep Assembly is held, and this traditionally falls on the day of the first league football game.
Each year the Commission sponsors Homecoming, usually during the week of the last home football game of the year. The Commission, in conjunction with the class officers, promotes school-wide activities throughout the week of Homecoming. A Pep assembly is held, at which time the Court is presented to the school. After the assembly, there is an all-school fair with booths run by the various campus clubs. The Homecoming Dance is held after the football game.
Candidates for queen must be members of the Senior Class and must have attended South Pasadena High School for one semester prior to the election. Three senior princesses are elected; and one junior, sophomore, and freshman princess are also elected. All candidates must meet extra-curricular eligibility requirements.
The Commission sponsors the election and the activities of South Pasadena High School’s King and his Court. Three seniors are elected princes; a freshman, sophomore, and junior prince are also elected. All candidates must meet extra-curricular eligibility requirements. This is generally a spring event.
The Junior Class sponsors a junior/senior Prom in the spring. Prom Court candidates must meet extra-curricular eligibility requirements.
PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION –Spring Play
The performing arts production (play or musical activity) is presented in the spring. All students on campus are eligible to try out for parts.
The Junior Flower Chain is an old esteemed tradition at SPHS. Juniors, dressed alike, lead the Senior Class on to Roosevelt Field for the graduation ceremony. Also, the juniors in the flower chain usher at Baccalaureate and serve the Senior Class Breakfast. Juniors may participate and each participant is required to make a dress/outfit to be worn for Graduation and Baccalaureate.
SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT
The annual Senior Awards Night is held in June. Graduating seniors who have earned special recognition, awards, and college scholarships are honored. Life Members of the California Scholastic Federation are introduced. For the past several years, more than $100,000 has been given to graduating seniors in the form of scholarships and awards.
THE SENIOR CLASS BREAKFAST
All seniors and staff are invited to a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the day of graduation. A class gift is given, and senior bests are presented.
SENIOR CLASS GIFT
Each year, the Senior Class presents a gift to the school during the commencement ceremony. The class earns funds for the gift. Class gifts include the basketball scorer’s table, Tiger logos on the walls of the gym, additional benches for student use, a Tiger statue and the auditorium clock.
SENIOR GRAD NIGHT
Grad Night is the traditional all-night celebration for the Senior Class which is held after the commencement ceremony. It is organized by volunteers from the Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA), and this group works through the spring raising funds to defray costs. Fundraising events are community affairs receiving support from various civic and professional groups.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
Students will receive five units of credit, for classes in which the student earns a grade of D or better. A grade of “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” is passing. The grade of “F” is a failure and receives no credit. For college entrance, a grade of “A” or “B” is considered as a recommended grade. An incomplete grade automatically becomes an “F” if it is not cleared within the first six weeks of the subsequent term, or, summer, if the incomplete was given at the end of the school year. An extension may be given by the teacher. Clearing an incomplete grade is the student’s responsibility.
A complete discussion of the program of studies offered by South Pasadena High School will be found in the Registration Handbook, given to each student or during their initial registration.
The following are the graduation requirements as established by the South Pasadena Unified School District Governing Board:
(one semester each of a physical-type science and a life-type science)
(including Practical Arts)
Refer to the Registration Handbook for complete details.
Junior Year: 22 hours
Senior Year: 22 hours
The requirement will be waived for senior students entering SPHS at the beginning of the second semester of their senior year. Information regarding community service opportunities, community service log sheets, reporting and verification of cumulative hours and completion can be obtained in the Student Services Office. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the community service graduation requirement.
CREDIT FOR COURSES TAKEN AT OTHER SCHOOLS
When a South Pasadena High School student wants to take a course at another school, the student must first see his/her counselor and completely fill out the Request for Credit Form. If the student wishes to receive credit for the course, the student MUST have the approval from the Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction for the course before the course begins. After the student has received approval and successfully completed the course, the student must present to the counselor an official transcript.
Three important points:
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
If a student will be transferring or withdrawing from South Pasadena High School, he/she must allow a full school day for the withdrawal procedures. First, receive a withdrawal form from the registrar. This form must be signed by the student’s counselor, the librarian, and all of the student’s teachers. All books and equipment must be returned to teachers or the library. When the withdrawal form is complete at the end of the school day, it must be returned to the registrar, who will give the student a copy of the student’s immunization records for their new school. The withdrawal form will have the student’s transferring grades on it. This will be helpful for programming at the new school. The official grades and transcript will not be sent to the new school until that school makes a formal request in writing. This will take several weeks. Students are advised that once the withdrawal/transfer process is complete, future visits to the SPHS campus may be viewed as trespassing. Thus, a warning, citation, or police notification may result.
PROGRESS REPORTS, REPORT CARDS, AND GRADE CORRECTIONS
Students will be issued report cards four times a year: at the end of the first quarter, at the end of the first semester, at the end of the third quarter, and at the end of the second semester in June. Report cards will not be issued to students who have an obligation that needs to be paid.
Progress reports will be issued to all students in October, December, March, and May. Teachers may send a “Special Report to Parents” at any time, should circumstances warrant it.
If a student notices an error in his/her report card, the student should discuss this with the teacher who gave the grade. If in fact an error was made, the teacher will make a correction that will appear on the student’s transcript or permanent record of grades. All grade corrections must be made in the grading period following the grading period in which the error was made. For example, if an error was made on a first semester, the student should contact the teacher about the error before the end of the third quarter. No changes will be made retroactively.
TRANSFERRING OR DROPPING A CLASS
Students who drop a class after 6 weeks of the grading period will receive an “F” unless special circumstances exist and prior administrative approval is received. Students should not stop attending a class until he/she has received an official change of program from his/her counselor that shows the change of class.
Students have been scheduled into classes based upon their choices and the courses needed for graduation. Program changes will not be made unless the program contains an error, you have failed a course and cannot continue to the next level or, as a senior, you need a course in order to graduate. Program changes will not be made so that students can have home study, to accommodate employment, to have a specific teacher, or because of a change of mind about taking a certain course. Program changes may be made by the administration to balance classes and every effort will be made to maintain balanced class numbers.
ACADEMIC COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
In the interest of fairness and open communication, the following student and/or parent Academic Complaint Procedure should be followed.
First, discuss any concerns or problems with the teacher.
Second, take your concern to your counselor.
Third, speak with the Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction and Guidance.
Fourth, contact the principal.
Graduation and preparation for the future does not just happen. It requires sound decision-making and planning. The counseling staff at SPHS provides you personalized guidance services. These services will assist you with educational planning, career exploration, college selection, study habits, attendance, and school and social concerns. Students are encouraged to go to the counseling secretary in the Counseling/Career Center to make an appointment with your Counselor any time you have a question or a need. Counselors are also available for drop-in appointments during brunch and lunch. These services will help create a positive and productive school experience.
Each student is assigned to a counselor. Counselors assist students with educational, socio-emotional and vocational needs. Additionally, all teachers welcome the opportunity to advise students.
Ms. Olinda Cazares Ms. Maria Long
Ms. Marylin Garcia Ms. Nan Ng
Ms. Tracy Ishimaru
Colleges and universities usually have scholarship funds with which to assist students who have financial needs. Students interested in scholarships should apply directly to the college or university of their choice; however, the high school counselors are able to advise students about scholarships. The Career Center also has a great deal of information about scholarships. Students interested in financial aid should take the College Entrance Examination in the spring of their junior year or early in the fall of their senior year. College entrance applications should be completed by January. Community and university scholarships are granted based on superior high school scholarship, evidence of financial need, high school leadership qualities, and in many instances, community service.
Students who intend to continue their schooling, be it collegiate, technical, or vocational training, should pay particular attention to selecting their courses so they will not only meet the high school course graduation requirements, but will also have the courses necessary for entrance to the school of their choice. Counselors can help students plan their programs of studies so that all requirements are met. The Career Center contains information resources about colleges, jobs, and careers. In addition, college and career speakers are continually scheduled to meet with groups of interested students. Each student is strongly encouraged to thoroughly read the SPHS
Registration Handbook, to visit the Counseling/Career Center frequently, and to discuss future plans with the school counselor.
TEST DATES SCHEDULED FOR SAT/ACT/PSAT
All students who apply for admission to 4-year university systems must submit one of the following test scores:
Test dates schedule for SAT 2016-2017
October 1, 2016 March 11, 2017
November 5, 2016 May 6, 2017
December 3, 2016 June 3, 2017
January 28, 2017 (not offered at SPHS)
Test dates schedule for ACT 2016-2017
September 10, 2016 February 11, 2017
October 22, 2016 April 8, 2017
December 10, 2016 June 10, 2017
STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK WITH THE SCHOOLS OF THEIR CHOICE AS TO THEIR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.
THE PSAT: NOT JUST FOR JUNIORS
Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT-NMSQT). The PSAT-NMSQT is a good indicator of performance on the SAT and Scholastic qualifying tests. The test date for the PSAT for the 2016 – 2017 school year is Saturday, October 15, 2016.
All absences must be verified with a note that is written and signed by a parent or guardian. This must be done the next day after the absence. The school may require verification from medical doctors, dentists, etc. Documentation must be presented to the office immediately upon return.
If a student has reason to believe that his/her attendance record (based on reporting of any absence through auto-dialer or a letter sent home, etc.) is in error, he/she should request a print-out from the attendance office during brunch, lunch or outside of school hours and return the printout with a signature from the teacher for correction. Corrections must be done immediately after the error has been processed.
Each student is responsible for obtaining make-up work. Make-up work for students with absences under special circumstances (extended illness, hospitalization, etc.) will be collected by the main office staff upon parent notification of such circumstances. The Health Office may request a Doctor’s note for five or more days of absences.
Students who do not maintain satisfactory attendance will be subject to interventions, including, but not limited to, Afterschool Detention, Saturday Detention, Student Attendance Review Team (SART) and/or School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
TYPES OF ABSENCES
The following are the types of absences as defined by the State of
California Education Code:
READMITTANCE TO SCHOOL AFTER AN ABSENCE
If a student has been absent, upon returning to school the student must immediately present an absence excuse note, with the student ID # on it, written and signed by the parent/guardian WHOSE SIGNATURE APPEARS ON THE PERSONAL INFORMATION CARD. It is no longer necessary to call into the office. The attendance office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 daily for the purpose of issuing admit forms. The admit form is to be signed by each teacher each period. If a student fails to bring an absence excuse form, he or she must still get an admit truancy form at the office. The form will indicate that the student has been truant. The student will have three days to get the truancy cleared without penalty. The truancy clearance form should be shown to each teacher so that the student is able to make up missed work.
Regarding makeup work due to absences: Suspended students MAY be required to do makeup work; it is not an automatic right to have makeup. For excused absences, teachers may give equivalent work, not necessarily identical assignments. Some work is not able to be made up and may result in diminished academic attainment. THUS, ATTENDANCE TO CLASS EACH DAY IS VITAL.
TARDY READMITS TO CLASS
If the student anticipates being late to a class due to a teacher or office engagement, the student is to acquire a pass to the next class to avoid the tardy designation. Passes are required at the time of the possible tardy and are not renegotiated at later dates. Saturday school will be assigned for every five late marks per month. Late marks can only be excused if accompanied by a medical note at arrival in the morning.
Monthly reports will be run. Saturday school will be assigned for every five late marks and/or truancies per month that a student receives. Students will be notified by mail as well as by auto-dialer when they fall into this category.
OBTAINING GROUNDS PERMIT TO LEAVE CAMPUS EARLY
SPHS is a closed campus, meaning no student can leave during the school day without prior authorization. Aside from senior privilege cards (to be explained later), a student who needs to leave during the day must bring a note from his/her parent/guardian stating the time of day student must leave; reason for leaving; and expected time of return. Office personnel may phone home to confirm notes before “grounds permits:” are issued for personal reasons. These requests to leave should be submitted to the attendance office before 8 a.m. Upon re-entering school, the student presents the signed off-campus permit with the time to the attendance window to receive an admit form. This includes partial period or lunch absences. Students may not leave campus without receiving an off-campus permit. No absences related to failure to check out properly will be cleared; a truancy will be assigned. Failure to check out will result in consequences such as Saturday School Detention.
STUDENT ABSENCE FROM CLASS DUE TO FIELD TRIP OR
Students who are absent on approved field trips and athletic contests are not deemed to be absent from school, only absent from class. Students must have prior permission for these absences in the form of a pink slip, which is to be signed by all teachers involved before the absence, or by a bulletin given to the teachers before the absence, indicating the date and reason for the absence, as in the case of athletic contests. The pink slip must be returned to the teacher who is sponsoring the field trip. And a form will be turned in to the Attendance Office for field trip credit.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
Doctors’ and dentists’ appointments SHOULD BE MADE AFTER SCHOOL HOURS. If the appointment occurs during the school day, the student must have an absence excuse from the parent presented to the attendance office to receive an off-campus permit, as explained above. The grounds permit must be returned to the attendance office with the doctor’ stamp.
PARENT-INITIATED TRIPS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
Students who will be absent on family trips for five or more days may be placed on independent study through the counselor for the time missed. One week prior to the trip, the student is to obtain the independent study forms from the attendance clerk. For full credit have the forms filled out by each teacher. Independent study is a contract between the student and teachers whereby the student will be able to continue the school work in each class while absent. Upon return to school, the teachers will evaluate the student’s work and the complete form returned to the attendance clerk for full credit. Independent study benefits students and the school in that the school continues to receive funding for the student.
THE AUTOMATIC-CALLING DEVICE (“AUTO-DIALER”)
It is the firm belief of the faculty and administration of South Pasadena High School that consistent school attendance is important for academic progress and success. Additionally, we believe that good communication with the home about student attendance is necessary; consequently, the school will be using an automatic dialing device to call parents regarding student absences. The telephone calls/emails will contain a prerecorded message. The device will also be used for telephone calls regarding future school events, particularly when it is necessary to get information to parents quickly. A record of all calls made and received is kept.
WHERE TO GO
STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE
Lost and Found – Articles
Senior Privilege Cards
Out-of-Towner (Ooter) Forms for selected dances
Community Service Log Sheets/Opportunities
Absence Excuse Notes
College Visits clearance
Independent Study applications
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Official transcript requests
New student registration
Change of home address verification
Medical Emergency Forms
Log of student visits to the Health Office
Administer doctor prescribed medications (with proper authorization)
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30-4:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30-3:15 p.m.
The library provides access to both reference and circulating books in support of the high school curriculum. There are many computers and tablets available for student use, offering Microsoft Office programs, subscription reference databases and Internet access. A photocopy machine is also available. To use computers, tablets, or have access to the wireless Internet, students must complete the Acceptable Use Agreement.
Each Student must have a textbook policy contract on file in order to receive textbooks. The student is responsible for all books issued to him/her during the course of the school year. The student must pay for all books damaged or destroyed or not returned. Each student is responsible for the exact copy of the book issued to him/her.
Each student has a computer account; accounts are blocked if an Internet use agreement is not on file in the library or the agreement is broken.
Lost and Found – Books only
Revenue Potential Forms
Club Minutes Forms
Check Requests/Purchase Orders (pre-numbered form)
Deposit Forms (pre-numbered forms)
Revenue Potential Forms
Ticket Control Sheets
Students of South Pasadena High School are expected to demonstrate and practice behaviors that are supportive of working together in a cooperative and collaborative community environment. They take pride in representing our school in a positive way both on campus and to the public.
Students are rated in each class by each teacher to a standard established by the teacher and clarified to the class at the beginning of each semester. The individual classroom teacher develops standards for classroom conduct for grading purposes.
CLASS CONDUCT STANDARDS
When disciplinary action is necessary to effect appropriate behavior change, students are assigned hours at Saturday School, after school, hours for campus enhancement, or suspension from school. The disciplinary action taken will be at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee.
Saturday School is a detention study hall. It is to be used in a positive educational fashion. Saturday school can be assigned at the discretion of the administration. All school rules apply at Saturday School. Students must arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. A student who misses Saturday School due to illness must present a note to the Assistant Principal of Student Services on the first day returning to school. Discretion will be used by the Assistant Principal in postponing or re-assigning a Saturday School assignment. Otherwise, students who disregard a Saturday School assignment without presenting a note from a parent or guardian the Friday before the Saturday School assignment risk receiving additional consequences. Students are notified of their Saturday School Detentions via call slips and the auto-dialer, while copies of their referral and Saturday School letter are mailed home. Seniors who fail to comply may face loss of senior privileges such as revocation of Senior Privilege Card, revocation of special Senior activities, and/or holding back of cap, gown and Graduation walking privileges. Underclassmen may be excluded from extra curricular activities as well if they have outstanding Saturday School obligations.
If the student does not complete his/her detention by the end of the school year, the Saturday School obligation will be carried over to the next school year.
SPHS maintains a safe environment policy regarding alcohol and drugs, on campus, at a school-sanctioned activity (whether on or off campus), or going to and from school. SPHS may recommend expulsions for infractions involving occurrences of any of the following:
Protecting the safety and well being of our students is a high priority at SPHS. To this end, we have partnered with the Interquest Detection Canines for random visitations as a proactive step to keep our campus drug and alcohol free. We provide access to group support and counseling for our students who are dealing with substance use/abuse issues and also have links with community support resources. We urge our students to let us help them and to be proactive. Students, we have the following resources to help you lead a safe, healthy, drug-free life.
In accordance with state and federal law smoking is prohibited in all district facilities and vehicles. (20 U.S.C. 6083, Labor Code 6404.5) Use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times on district grounds. This prohibition includes electronic cigarettes, and it applies to all employees, students, and visitors at any activity or athletic event on property owned, leased or rented by or from the district.
Want to quit smoking tobacco? Call: The California Smokers’ Helpline 1-800-NOBUTTS or 1-800-662-8887. Deaf and Hearing Impaired call 1-800-933-4833.
BHC Alhambra Hospital 626-286-1191
Las Encinas 626-795-9901
Action Family Counseling 800-367-8336
The Board of Education supports a “safe environment” approach to serious offenses in which students present dangers to themselves or others. This approach makes the removal of potentially dangerous students from the classroom a top priority. It ensures fair and equal treatment and requires that all offending students bear the appropriate consequences for their actions.
Recommended disciplinary actions for violations of the education code section 48900 are listed on the following chart. Specific subsections of Education Code Section 48900 are listed. Asterisks indicate that law enforcement will be notified. It should be noted that a pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in Education Code 48900 and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
Suspended students must follow the instructions printed on the suspension papers issued at the time of the suspension. These instructions include staying away from the school campus during the suspension period before, during, and after school including all school activities, whether on or off campus. The entire 24 hour day should be viewed as part of the suspension day. Violating the suspension instructions may result in additional penalties such as an added suspension day.
RECOMMENDED DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
The high school staff will continue to work with students toward developing responsible behavior that leads to productive academic and citizenship results. However, chronic violations of a code of discipline deprive all students of receiving the school staff’s full attention. Therefore after reaching the age of majority (18) a student who continues to violate school policies will be withdrawn from SPHS. Any student so terminated will be encouraged to continue the educational process at an adult education facility.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
At the beginning of the school year, all students will be asked to sign the Academic Integrity Policy Acknowledgement Form, which will be kept on file by the office of the Assistant Principal, of Student Services for the duration of a student’s affiliation with SPHS. The form will not have to be renewed each year. Refusal by students to sign the form does not absolve a student from the expectations set forth. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to adhere to appropriate behavior and education code guidelines on a daily basis.
WRITING AND PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism is a direct violation of intellectual and academic honesty. Although it exists in many forms, all plagiarism refers to the same act: representing someone else’s words or ideas, as one’s own. The most extreme forms of plagiarism are the use of a paper written by another person or obtained from a commercial source, or the use of a paper made up of passages copied word for word without acknowledgement. Paraphrasing an author’s idea or quoting even limited portions of his or her text without proper citation is also an act of plagiarism. Even putting someone else’s ideas into one’s own words without acknowledgement may be plagiarism. In none of its forms can plagiarism be tolerated in an academic community. It may constitute grounds for a failing grade or withdrawal from the class with no credit.
One distinctive mark of an educated person is the ability to use language correctly and effectively to express ideas. Teachers assign written work for the purpose of helping students achieve that mark. Each teacher will outline specific ideas wanted, but all teachers expect students to present work that represents the student’s understanding of the subject in the student’s own words. It is seldom expected that student papers will be based entirely or even primarily on original ideas or original research. Therefore, to incorporate the concepts of others may be appropriate with proper acknowledgement of sources, and to quote others directly by means of quotation marks and acknowledgements is proper. However, if a paper consists entirely of quotations and citations, the paper should be rewritten to show the student’s own understanding and expressive ability. The purpose of the written assignment (i.e., development of communication and analytic skills) should be kept in mind as each paper is prepared. It should not be evaded through plagiarism.
Teachers have the responsibility of planning and supervising all academic work in order to encourage honest individual effort, and of taking appropriate action if violations of academic integrity occur. However, honesty is primarily the responsibility of each student. The term ‘cheating’ includes, but is not limited to:
The consequences listed below apply to any type of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic dishonesty in which I am involved while a student at SPHS. If my violation is severe, as will be explained in class, consequences may be imposed out of sequence.
Other Possible Consequences: Depending on the severity of the infraction, the following may be imposed in addition to, or in place of the consequences listed above.
MARKING PENS/ETCHING DEVICES
Marking pens, etching devices, and spray cans are not allowed on campus unless being used in an art class, or in another classroom where the teacher has given permission and assigned project work that requires their use. Any student caught with marking pen(s) or etching device(s) will be warned at the first offense and administered appropriate discipline. The second offense will result in suspension. Any student caught using a marking pen or etching device to mark school property will be suspended and subject to other disciplinary action, such as repairing or paying for all damage caused.
Bicycles, scooters, skates, rollerblades, gliders and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds. In order to maintain a safe and secure environment as well as to preserve the campus, all wheeled vehicles must be walked on campus. A bike/skateboard lock-up area is provided with students providing their own locks. Bikes/skateboards may not be locked in other areas on or around campus.
South Pasadena Unified School District Network and Internet Access Agreement for Students’ Acceptable Use of District-Wide Computer Network
The SPUSD Board of Education recognizes the educational value of technology, including Internet access, to provide learning and communication opportunities for students, and to enhance student learning. Since the Internet is a vast and expanding resource that holds appropriate and inappropriate opportunities for students, this policy is set forth to communicate acceptable and unacceptable use.
Rules and Regulations:
“PERSONAL MOBILE DEVICES”
Personal mobile devices are defined as cellular phones (including Bluetooth devices), portable music devices (MP3, I-pod and headphones), and hand-held gaming devices (Gameboy, PSP, I-touch), etc. Students may possess cell phones, but they must be turned off between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and put in a pocket, backpack, or purse, providing that they do not disrupt the educational program or school activities. Mobile device use shall be prohibited during the instructional day, unless permitted and directly supervised by a teacher in the classroom for instructional purposes only. The instructional day is defined as the start of first period to the end of the last period of the day, including Brunch and Lunch periods. Students may use mobile devices before and after school and at school related events, providing they are not disruptive to the event. If a disruption occurs, an employee may direct the student to turn off the mobile device and/or confiscate the device until the end of the day or activity.
Unauthorized use of a mobile device will result in confiscation of the device, possible parent conference, student detention, and/or suspension. SPHS is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items.
The progressive consequences for violating this policy carry over from year to year, cumulatively, through graduation or for however long you are enrolled at SPHS. They do not start over at the beginning of each year.
Unauthorized use of a mobile device or personal electronic device may result in the following progressive steps:
First Offense: The mobile device or personal electronic device is confiscated and kept in the Student Services Office, the offense is noted in the student’s discipline record, and the student may pickup the mobile device or electronic device after school.
Second Offense: The mobile device or personal electronic device is confiscated and kept in the Student Services Office, the offense is noted in the student’s discipline record, and the parent/guardian must pick up the mobile device or electronic device.
Third Offense: The mobile device or personal electronic device is confiscated and kept in the Student Services Office, the offense is noted in the student’s discipline record and the student is assigned a Saturday School Detention. The parent/guardian may pick up the mobile device or personal electronic device after the detention has been served.
Fourth Offense (and every repeated offense thereafter): The student will be suspended from school and the mobile device or personal electronic device will be kept in the Student Services office for the remainder of the semester.
SPHS DRESS CODE
The South Pasadena High School Dress Code is designed to ensure a focused learning environment on campus that fosters physical cleanliness and mutual respect amongst students and staff. Self-expression in dress is encouraged on campus but must be limited where it may intrude upon the rights of others to a comfortable school setting. The Code is also designed to present a consistent image of South Pasadena High School as a place of learning.
What must be covered:
Range of skin from the armpit to The Bottom Line (see definition)
The Bottom Line: A hand’s length below the bottom of the buttocks
When the body is standing straight, clothing (any combination of tops and bottoms) must extend from armpit level to the Bottom Line, front and back. No skin must been seen within this range. Bare midriffs are prohibited. Sheer clothing must be worn accordingly:
Prohibited items of clothing:
Where the Dress Code is in effect:
Dress requirements for formal dances will vary slightly from the school dress code. Student dress violations at all other functions will result in denied access.
Penalties for violations:
Students are expected to know the provisions of the Dress Code. Therefore violators will be subject to the following progression of penalties without previous warning:
The student is assigned Saturday School (4 Hours) and the student’s parents are notified by the Student Services Office.
Loaner Policy: Loaner clothes must be returned to Student Services by 8:00 am the following school day. Clothes must be washed before being returned. If a student fails to return the clothes, he/she will be assigned Saturday School.
(Extract from the California Education Code): “It shall be unlawful for any pupil enrolled as such in any elementary or secondary school of this state, to join or become a member of any secret fraternity, sorority, or club, wholly or partly formed from the membership of pupils attending such as public school.”
Parents are required by the Education Code to keep on file in the main office their current home and work address and telephone number. Whenever this information changes, the school Registrar must be notified immediately of the new address or telephone number. If it is discovered that you have failed to report a change of address to another school attendance area, your child will not be eligible for a permit to continue at this school.
A permit to work is necessary for all minors, 14 through 17 years of age. Applications for work permits are issued through the Counseling/Career Center. The California Labor Code states,”...no minor under the age of 18 years shall be employed more than eight hours in one day of 24 hours, or more than 48 hours in one week, or before 5 o’clock in the morning or after 10 o’clock in the evening.” These limitations include hours spent in school. (Education Code Section 12259.) Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA.
EARTHQUAKE AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
School is one of the safest places to be in the event of an earthquake. Legislation has required school buildings to be constructed with increased structural safety.
In the event of an earthquake, “duck and cover” at the first shaking. Drop to the floor beneath the desk, chair, table or bench with your back to a window. Bury your face in the crook of your elbow. Cover your head with the other hand. Most injuries will occur from debris, so take adequate precautions, including wearing shoes to avoid broken glass. Once the shaking stops, your teacher will instruct you to proceed to the football field with your class by the shortest and safest route. Every class has a pre-designated area on the field. The teacher is responsible for the class. Students sit at the feet of the teacher so that information is easier to disseminate. There will be a First Aid Station and Student Release Area. The student is to remain with the teacher.
Students will be released to their parents through the Meridian Street gate. As parents arrive, the student will be notified. It is of the greatest importance to remain in your designated area. School should be the pre-designated area for your family to be reunited quickly and easily. School is also one of the few areas in the city where assistance for your needs may be provided.
During the course of the school year, drills are planned to facilitate the safe dispatch of students during a disaster.
Students interested in serving on the school’s Emergency Response Team should contact the Assistant Principal of Student Services.
Parking in the Bank/Fremont & Pool lots is limited to staff and selected senior students. Permits must be displayed. Parking on the street is a possibility. Students may not leave campus to retrieve items from their car nor may they leave campus to move the car to a new location without written permission from the office. Students who park in staff parking spaces may be assigned Saturday school, cited and/or towed away at owner’s expense. For morning drop off, parents must enter on the Lyndon Street side of the lot and exit on Fremont Avenue. Parents may only park in the designated visitor spots.
Students who have been assigned Home Study during period one or two or five, six, or seven are not to be on campus during this time. Students who have home study 5th or 6th period must remain on campus until the end of lunch unless they have a senior privilege card. Students may not remain anywhere on campus including the Tiger Patio, Diamond Street, Rollin Street, the gym, or the swimming pool parking lot.
Any unauthorized departure during brunch, lunch, or during the student’s school day will result in an attendance referral. Consequences for leaving at brunch/lunch are:
First offense: Warning and/or detention
Second offense: Additional Saturday school and parent conference.
Third offense: Saturday school, possible suspension, and/or referral recommending a School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting with parent and counselor.
Fourth offense: Suspension and a recommendation to SART and possibly School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
The South Pasadena High School campus is closed to outside visitors.
Individuals who have legitimate business to conduct must request a visitor’s pass from the main office. Students are to discourage friends and others from entering the campus. Maintaining a secure learning environment, free from trespassers, requires the reporting of visitors to the appropriate authorities. Trespassers can be arrested.
NOTICE OF PROCEDURES CONCERNING TITLE IX
The following is required to be made available to all students by Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972.
SENIOR PRIVILEGE CARDS
Current seniors at South Pasadena High School may have the privilege of leaving campus at lunch. Seniors who wish to apply for a senior privilege card must have their parent or guardian come to the Student Services Office and sign the ‘parent request’ form. Requests are taken during the first two weeks of each quarter only.
The following criteria apply:
Seniors must remember that having a card is a privilege not a right. It can be revoked upon the violation of any of the above criteria. The card excuses eligible seniors for the lunch period only. It cannot be used as a grounds permit at any other time.
LOST AND FOUND
A lost and found department is maintained in the Student Services office. All articles not claimed by the end of each month are given to a charitable institution. Lost textbooks may be claimed in the library.
LOST OR DAMAGED SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are loaned books and other materials during the school year. These are to be returned in good order. Fines will be assessed for misused or lost books or materials.
Students who fail to clear their obligations will have an obligation notification sent to their parents. Consequently, if the obligations are not cleared, the school will withhold grades, diploma, or transcripts until the obligation is cleared in accordance with California Education Code 48904.3 (b). This is our right under these sections of California law. All questions concerning student obligations should be directed to the Library Media Center.
Assemblies are scheduled periodically to bring topics of general interest to the student body. Assemblies are coordinated through the Commissioner of Assemblies. The schedule for assemblies changes depending on the assembly. In general, there is a double assembly so that all students may be accommodated comfortably in the auditorium. Attendance is mandatory and roll is taken. When the assembly begins, the side doors will be closed. If late, please enter through the doors in the auditorium foyer at the rear of the auditorium. Students will be expected to conduct themselves appropriately and follow the Class Conduct Standards.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
The purpose of the School Site Council is to develop and recommend a yearly school improvement plan and budget consistent with the Education Code. Its membership is composed of the principal, teachers, classified personnel, students, and parents, with meetings held once a month to oversee the plan, and, if necessary, make modifications in the plan to reflect changing improvement needs and priorities.
THE DAILY BULLETIN
A bulletin is published daily. Additional copies of the daily bulletin are available in the main office. It is also posted on the school’s website. Students are responsible for knowing the content of the daily bulletin.
Students who wish to put notices in the bulletin are to contact their club faculty advisor, and the advisor will email them to the receptionist. Notices are usually run no longer than two days, and each notice is edited to insure brevity. All bulletin notices must be submitted by 12:00 noon for next day publication.
The term ‘Ooter’ is used for guests of SPHS students who wish to attend school dances. Only one Ooter guest is allowed for each SPHS student attending a dance. (Not all dances allow Ooters). Ooter guests must be no younger than 14 years old or no older than 20 years of age by the date of the dance, and must be able to provide photo ID. All guests are subject to administrative approval. Background checks will be conducted on Ooter guests prior to approval. The SPHS student is responsible for the conduct of their guests. All school rules apply to SPHS students and their guests. Former students with an unsatisfactory discipline record while in attendance at SPHS will not be approved for an Ooter Guest Permit. If an Ooter candidate’s positive behavior cannot be verified, the Ooter Guest Permit will not be approved.
SCHEDULING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
All student groups who plan an activity, both within school hours and outside, must secure an activity proposal form from the SAC room. When properly completed and returned to the SAC room, this form will reserve time on the school calendar, reserve rooms, and all other school equipment and services needed for the conduct of the activity.
All activities must be supervised by a credentialed member of the school staff and conducted under normal school rules, whether taking place on or off the school campus.
STUDENT ACTIVITY CARDS (SAC CARDS)
The Student Activity Card (SAC Card) admits the purchaser to regular athletic contests in which SPHS teams participate, in accordance with the various agreements and rules of the CIF and the Rio Hondo League. The SAC is valid only for the school year in which it is issued, and the privileges of the SAC may be revoked by the school administration. The SAC can be purchased at the time of registration in late August or early September. A lost SAC can be replaced for $5.00 at the S.P.H.S. Student Bank. THE SAC IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. Students are required to carry a SAC card or a student identification card while on campus or at all school events.
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY CONSTITUTION
We, the students of South Pasadena High School, in order to develop civic and political responsibility in the individual, further understanding between the students and the community, direct and coordinate student activities, promote a forum for the expression of student opinion, and help maintain high standards of scholarship and citizenship, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Associated Student Body of South Pasadena High School.
Article I - NAME
Section 1. All regularly-enrolled students of South Pasadena High School shall be members of the Associated Student Body (ASB).
Article II - COMMISSION
Section 1. The executive power of the ASB shall be vested in the Commission.
Section 2. The Commission shall have the power to interpret and enforce this Constitution.
Section 3. The Commission shall have the power to pass any legislation it deems necessary for the benefit of the school.
Section 4. The Commission shall have the power to authorize the
expenditure of ASB funds.
Article III - THE COMMISSIONERS
Section 1. Each Commissioner shall have direct charge of his or her
department. However, the Commission shall have the power to overrule a Commissioner’s action or inaction by a two-thirds vote.
Section 2. Each Commissioner shall have the power to form any committee he or she deems necessary and to dissolve such a committee.
Article IV - ELECTION PROCEDURES
Section 1. The term of office for a Commissioner shall be the school year.
Section 2. ASB elections shall be conducted by the Commission as specified in the By-laws.
Article V - POWERS OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY
Section 1. Member of the Associated Student Body shall have the right to petition for action. Each copy of the petition must have a description of the action sought, the name or names of the persons sponsoring the petition, and the signature of the person circulating the petition. The Commissioner of Internal Affairs shall assist in the development of such a petition upon request. If ten percent of the ASB signs the petition as audited by the Commissioner of Internal Affairs, an election shall be held. In order for the proposal to pass, over fifty percent of the votes cast must be in favor of the proposal. Under these guidelines, the ASB may petition to recall an ASB officer to initiate any action, or overrule any action or inaction of the Commission.
Article VI - THE BYLAWS
Section 1. Operating procedures governing the Commission elections shall be outlined in the Bylaws, which may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Commission.
Article VII - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution recommended by the Commission or signed by ten percent of the ASB shall be submitted to the ASB for a vote. In order for the amendment to be ratified, over fifty percent of the ASB must vote in the election. Two-thirds of the vote must be in favor.
Article VIII - POWER OF THE PRINCIPAL
Section 1. The Principal, under the powers delegated by the education code and the South Pasadena Board of Education, shall have the right to veto any act of the ASB or Commission. Such vetoes must be in writing, accompanied by a written statement of the reasons for the veto.
Section 1 - Leadership
All members of the leadership class, whether Commissioners or Class Officers, shall be under the jurisdiction of the ASB Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 2 - Election Procedures
Section 3 - Commissioners
The bylaws concerning the duties of each office are meant to serve as proper guidelines for the proper execution of each office. It should be
understood that the Commission and the Leadership class function as a group with individual members cooperating and helping one another. The duties enumerated herein may be expanded to include projects to help each other and the students, and this expansion is earnestly encouraged. Inherent in the Commission form of government is the necessity for communication and cooperation among the individual members.
The Commission shall be composed of thirteen equally voting members, 8 shall constitute a quorum to do business, and a simple majority of the members shall be necessary for passage. The leadership class shall consist of the 13 Commissioners and the 16 class officers. (A list of the offices and their respective duties may be found at sphsasb.org.)
Section 4 - Removal from Office
Section 5 - Vacancy of Office
In the event that any commissioner should leave office for any reason, the present commissioners shall vote as to whether or not the position shall be filled. If a majority of the commissioners vote to fill the position, the applications will be made available to the student body and the present commissioners after reviewing the eligible candidates will appoint the person to fill the vacant position.
Section 6 - Financial Operations
Purchases of $25.00 or less need only the faculty advisor’s approval. Purchase orders must be obtained for purchases exceeding $25.00. Purchase orders must be approved by the faculty advisor, Commissioner of Finance, Activity Director, and Principal.
The ASB Commission is not obligated to pay for an expenditure ordered by any teacher, student, or other person who has not first received a written purchase order with the necessary approval.
Contracts must be obtained before any event takes place. It must be approved by the Administration and appropriate commissioners. All contracts must be filed with the Commissioner of Activities and the Student Bank.
The ASB Commission Budget shall be formed by July 1 for each school year.
A comparison report for the budget and the actual amount spent shall be issued by the Commissioner of Finance at least four times during a school year. Interest from all ASB activities (excluding scholarship trust funds) shall be reserved for use by the ASB Commission. Financial Statements shall be issued by the Student Bank to all ASB organizations each quarter.
Section 7 - Advisors
Section 8 - Clubs
Section 9 - Student Forum
2016 – 2017
South Pasadena High School
General Sophia Lopez
Internal Affairs Anthony Chen
Correspondence Vanessa Chai
Finance Janice Park
Academics Kendrick Shen
Activities Taylor Holmes
Assemblies Charlotte Emerson
Athletics Jalynne Li
Clubs Danielle Lee
Noontime Activities Brian Kojima
Publicity Perah Ralin
School & Community Tei Park
Spirit Monica Lin
President Katherine Conte
Vice-President Anissa Santos
Secretary Robert Decker
Treasurer Sophia Gerodiaz
President Brandon Zhu
Vice-President Christy Yu
Secretary Nicole Srisutham
Treasurer Scott Na
President Jessica Lopez
Vice-President Lauren Kafkaloff
Secretary Caleb Waters
Vice-President Jonathan Zhu
President Hanwul Choi
Vice-President Hyun Kim
Secretary Jewel Nguyen
Treasurer Matthew Iwane
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