San Mateo High School
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
SPEECH AND DEBATE CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A217
BOLLYWOOD CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room C104
BIRTHDAY CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room B205
INTERACT CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A220
BIKE CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room B202
FILIPINO CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room B207
REMINDER: THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
• Tuesday, October 14: “B” Day
• Wednesday, October 15: “A” Day (PSAT for Juniors)
• Thursday, October 16: “B” Day (Shake Out Drill during tutorial)
• Friday, October 17: “A” Day
11th grade students will take the PSAT TOMORROW. 11th grade students will test with their English class during 1st and 3rd periods. Signs will be posted indicating test room locations. 11th grade students will receive a phone message with further details. Testing will occur on the upper levels of the A and B Buildings. No students will be allowed in the hallways on the upper level of the A Building between the stairs and the upper level of the B Building during that morning. Students with lockers in this area should pick up their classroom items for both 1st and 3rd periods on Wednesday, October 15th. GOOD LUCK class of 2016 on the PSAT’s.
— Mr. Boise
Save the date! Homecoming is Saturday, November 8th. Pick up guest passes from the Student Services Office. Due date is no later than Monday, October 20th.
— Kimberly Tom/Ms. Catalli
CAREER CENTER NEWS
• College & Career Fair: The San Mateo Union High School District’s College & Career Fair 2014 is being held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 6:30-8:30pm at Mills High School.
• Youth in Government Day: Thursday, October 30th, from 8:00am-2:30. Stop by the Career Center for more information.
• Are you interested in politics? Greg Conlin, candidate for California State Treasurer, is looking for motivated, hardworking interns for his campaign. Stop by the Career Center for further information.
BOYS’ SOCCER GET-TOGETHER
Any boys interested in soccer are invited to join the Boys’ Soccer Get-Together being held next Friday, October 17th, from 4:00-6:00pm at Edgewater Park in Foster City. Edgewater Park is located at 800 Polaris Street near Foster City Elementary School.
— Mr. Scheller
TODAY’S FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP
• Horatio Alger Association: student planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college; demonstrated integrity, strength of character and perseverance of overcoming adversity; desire to contribute to society; financial need; academic achievement; minimum 2.0 GPA; U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Due: October 25th.
See Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center for more information.
Volleyball – San Mateo at Aragon – Frosh 4:00; JV 5:00; Varsity 6:15
Girls’ Tennis – Menlo Atherton at San Mateo – 4:00
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 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.
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.
4th Offense: 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.