San Mateo High School
Friday, October 17, 2014
PING PONG CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room B201
QUIZ KIDS MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A160
FRESHMAN POSTER PARTY – TOMORROW – Shad Park (new Bowditch Middle School) – 1:00-5:00pm
JSA MEETING – MONDAY – lunch – Room A220
MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER AT PIZZA MY HEART – THURSDAY, OCT. 23RD – all day
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL MEETING
Any girls interested in playing basketball this year should come to the meeting TODAY during lunch in Room A163. Tryouts will be held on Monday, November 3rd, at 3:30pm in the Gym.
— Coach Dinges
CAFETERIA HIRING STUDENT WORKERS
The Cafeteria is hiring! $9.00 per hour plus free lunch and a $2.00 credit per day. See Ms. Regie in the Cafeteria for more information
— Ms. Reggie
OUTDOOR ED CABIN LEADERS
Outdoor Ed cabin leaders are needed for Borel Middle School for the week of October 27th. Interested juniors & seniors, please sign up in the Health Office (Room A116).
— Mrs. Hickey
YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT DAY
You can make a difference in your community starting today and:
- Learn what it takes to be a part of local government
- Participate in workshops and discussions with City dignitaries
- Have LUNCH with the San Mateo Rotarians
Enrollment is very limited! Please see Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center TODAY for an application.
— Mrs. Fenech
Save the date! Homecoming is Saturday, November 8th, from 8:00-11:00pm, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto). Guest passes can be picked up in the Student Services Office and are due back no later than Monday, October 27th, by 3:30pm.
— Kimberly Tom/Ms. Catalli
SCAM ALERT – ATTENTION SENIORS
The following is a special alert from the California Student Aid Commission warning SENIORS of scams targeting Cal Grant Students! “WARNING: The Commission and its staff will NEVER ask for money from students to receive his or her Cal Grant award. Cal Grants are FREE. All students should disregard any calls or emails from such scammers – don’t be a victim! Report any scams to the Commission or Police Department.”
— Mrs. Fenech
TODAY’S FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP
- Comcast Leaders and Achievers: faculty nominated; minimum 2.8 GPA; demonstrated leadership abilities in school; strong commitment to community service involvement. Due: December 2014.
See Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center for more information.
Football – Hillsdale at San Mateo – JV 4:00; Varsity 7:00
Varsity Volleyball – Stockton Classic tournament
Frosh Volleyball – Mercy San Francisco tournament
We have a school-wide tardy policy. Students who do not have an excused tardy pass are marked UNEXCUSED TARDY. Automated phone calls home will be made daily to inform parents of the student’s attendance when the student is marked absent or tardy. For the first three unexcused tardies, the teachers will assign consequences. On the third tardy the teacher will call the parents, warning of a potential detention on the next tardy. On the fourth unexcused tardy to the same class, the teacher will fill out an online Dean referral. The teacher will then assign and inform the student of the date of their 2 hours of detention for defiance of the tardy rules. Continual tardies will result in an increase in the disciplinary response. Students are recorded late to class unless they have a legitimate note from the parent or staff member. Consequences for defiance of the tardy policy (per semester) are below:
- Tardies 1-3: Teacher consequences as described in teacher’s classroom management plan. Teacher will call and inform the student’s parents. (Note: Students already on a student contract will be assigned 2-hour detention.)
- Tardy 4-5: Online referral to the Dean and 1 hour
sof detention. (Note: Students already on a student contract will be assigned 2-hour detention.)
- Tardy 6 Online referral to Dean/Administrator. Dean arranges conference with student’s parents.
- Tardy 7+ Online referral to Dean/Administrator, Assign a 2 hour detention and inform student of date and time.(Note: Students on contracts may have different consequences.)
TARDY SWEEPS: San Mateo High School conducts unannounced tardy sweeps throughout the school year. Students who are late to class are gathered and collected by school employees. The students are escorted to a designated area and are assigned a one-hour detention for being late without a pass during a tardy sweep. Failure to serve detention may result in being placed in In-house suspension. Students must have their student I.D. when arriving to campus. Students without I.D. will be assigned a two-hour detention. Tardy sweeps are for the entire period. Students who arrive late after the sweep should be sent to Student Services for Tardy Sweep consequences. Student’s attendance should reflect “Tardy” for that period.
TRUANCY/CUT POLICY: Student attendance at school is required by State law. Illegal absence from school-“truancy”- is a violation of State law. Truancy may result in no make-up work assigned in those classes that were listed as a “CUT”. School consequences are:
1ST Offense: Teacher enters referral online. Parent contacted by teacher. Teacher assigns consequences as described in teacher’s classroom management plan.
2nd Offense: Teacher enters referral online. Dean summons student, communicates with parent. Dean assigns 2 hour detention (defiance) Dean notifies counselors, SRO, and SSA.
3rd Offense: Teacher enters referral online. Dean summons student, communicates with parent. Dean assigns 2 hour detention (defiance) Dean notifies counselors, SRO, and SSA.
4thOffense: Teacher enters referral online. Staff communicates with Dean and Administration. Parent conference SMHS Student Contract. 6 hours of Community Service. Truancy parent meeting, and possible SARB recommendation.
Parents will receive phone calls from the automated phone system reporting the student’s cuts for the day. Truancy (T) letters are sent home to the parents/guardians based on the number of cuts during the year.
· T Letter #1: sent when the student has cut 14 periods, parents should contact the student’s counselor if there are errors. T Letter #2: sent when the student has cut 28 periods, parents are required to attend the scheduled truancy meeting with the School Attendance Review Board Meeting (SARB). T Letter #3: sent when the student has cut 35 periods, parents are required to attend the scheduled truancy meeting. Habitual truants will not be allowed to attend any school-sponsored event. These students may be placed on a truancy contract and referred to the District SARB.
NEW CURFEW LAW IN SAN MATEO
The following City ordinance is now in effect: (10.12.020)
“……it is unlawful for any minor to loiter about or in any public place within the city between the hours of … 8:30am to 2:00pm on days and times when the school in which the student is registered is in session.” (Ord. 2010-5 1,2010)
For complete ordinance visit: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?NID=421
The San Mateo Police Department is also issuing admonishments to all truant students and citations ($160 ticket). Students will be required to appear in Traffic Court. Failure to do so could result in losing driving privileges.