San Mateo High School
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
RAZA UNIDA MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A145
MATH TEAM MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A162
PROGRAMMING CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room A157
PING PONG CLUB MEETING – TODAY – lunch – Room B201
MODEL U.N. MEETING – TOMORROW – lunch – Room A234
POLY CLUB MEETING – TOMORROW – lunch – Room A008
TECH FOR GIRLS: COME TECH IT OUT!
Want to learn more about coding or do you just like computers? Come to Tech for Girls every Thursday in Room A220 during lunch.
— Nidhi Manoj/Ms. Kalinski
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
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
“Write an Effective College Application Personal Statement”! This is a low cost, information-packed workshop that covers choosing a strong topic, organizing for impact, making the writing style sparkle, and more. Students draft portions of their application essays and get valuable feedback. For more information, see Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center or check it out online at http://communityed.smccd.edu.
- When: October 18th and October 25th
- Time: 1:00-4:00pm
- Place: College of San Mateo, Community Education Program
— Mrs. Fenech
TODAY’S FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP
- National Security Agency – Stokes Education Scholarship: U.S. citizen who is eligible to obtain a security clearance; planning to attend a 4 year college; can work at NSA during the summer and after college for a minimum of 5 years; minimum 3.0 GPA; SAT of 1600; demonstrated leadership abilities. Due: October 31st.
See Mrs. Fenech in the Career Center for more information.
Cross Country – Center Meet #1 at Crystal Springs – 3:00
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 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.