Daily Bulletin

Thursday, October 16, 2014

San Mateo High School
Daily Bulletin
Thursday, October 16, 2014

CLUB/CLASS ACTIVITIES
MODEL U.N. MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room A234
POLY CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room A008
MATH TEAM MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room A162
RED CROSS CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room A232
CRAFT CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room C111
ART CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room C107
INTERACTIVE CODING CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room B102
TECH FOR GIRLS CLUB MEETING –
TODAY – lunch – Room A220
MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER AT PIZZA MY HEART –
THURSDAY, OCT. 23RD – all day

CALLING ALL FRESHMEN!
Freshman Poster Party this weekend on Saturday, October 18th, at Shad Park near Bowditch Middle School from 1:00-5:00pm.  Go Freshman Spirit!!
— Freshman Class Council/Ms. Moore

HOMECOMING
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

CAREER CENTER NEWS

  • 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.”
  • Don’t forget about the College and Career Fair being held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 6:30-8:30pm at Mills High School.  Pick up a flyer in the Career Center.

— Mrs. Fenech

TODAY’S FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP

  • NASSP Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:  for students who have excelled in community service & volunteer activities; print application from http://spirit.prudential.com and turn in completed application to the Career Center by the deadline of November 4th.  SMHS’s top nominee will go on to compete for state or national-level honors.

See Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center for more information.

ATTENTION BOYS’ SOCCER PLAYERS
Any boys interested in playing soccer are invited to join the Coach and players for a get together TOMORROW from 4:00-6:00pm at Edgewater Park in Foster City.  (Edgewater Park is located near Foster City Elementary School at 800 Polaris Street).
— SMHS Soccer Program

TODAY’S SPORTS
Volleyball – San Mateo at El Camino – JV 4:00; Varsity 5:15
Girls’ Tennis – Hillsdale at San Mateo – 4:00
Varsity Girls’ Water Polo – Mills at San Mateo – 5:15
Varsity Boys’ Water Polo – Hillsdale at San Mateo – 4:00
JV Boys’ Water Polo – Hillsdale at San Mateo – 3:00

TARDY POLICY  
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 hours of 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 SWEEPSSan 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.

4thOffenseTeacher 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.

 

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