This Student Handbook belongs to:
Woodsville High School
9 High Street
Woodsville, NH 03785
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
Pat Buchanan- Vice Chairman
Richard Guy, Nancy Leitner, Donald LoCascio,
Jay Waterhouse, Scott Moody
Bruce C. Labs, Superintendent of Schools
2975 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774
Robert Jones, Principal
Ronald Upton, Assistant Principal
Michael Ackerman, Athletic Director
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME LETTER TO STUDENTS pg. 4
HCSB STATEMENT OF PURPOSE pg. 4
WOODSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT pg. 5
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY pg. 6
CONDUCT POLICIES pg. 7,8
Student Conduct, Student Rights, and Student Responsibilities
DISCIPLINE RULES AND ACTIONS pg. 8-10
Disciplinary Responsibilities for Administration, Detention, Repeat Offenders, Suspension From School, and Disciplinary Responsibilities for Teachers
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS pg. 11-19
Acceptable Use Policy, Bullying Policy and Harassment, Dress Code, Drugs-Alcohol-Tobacco, Electronic Device Use, Fireworks, Public Display of Affection, and Weapons Policy
BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES CHART pg. 20,21
ATTENDANCE POLICY pg. 22-25
Attendance Rules and Regulations, and Attendance Policy Appeal Process
BUS REGULATIONS pg. 25,26
ACADEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS pg. 226-30
Grading System/ Credit and Graduation Requirements, Drop/Add Policy, Examinations, Graduation Participation, Home Schooled Students, Honor Roll and Principals’ List, Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences, Progress Reports / Report Cards, Promotion or Graduation, Study Hall, and Summer School
ATHLETIC POLICIES pg. 31-33
Dress, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco (SEE PAGES 16-17), Participation Form / Physicals / Uniforms, NHIAA Code of Ethics, NHIAA Ethics for Spectators
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES pg. 34-36
Expected Conduct for Extracurricular Activities, Policies Governing Extracurricular Activities, WHS Extracurricular Activities/Clubs/Organizations
GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES pg. 37-45
Accidents/Illnesses, Advisories, Assemblies, Bathrooms – Student/Faculty/Staff, Breakfast/Lunch – Cafeteria Regulations, Bus Evacuation, Cancellation Policy for Sports/Activities, Care of School Property, Change of Address and/or Phone Number, Class Picture, Class Rings, Community Building, Corridor Behavior, Dance Rules and Regulations, Field Trips, Fire Drill, Graduation Photographs, Health/Health Requirements for Admission / Insurance, Late-Bus Arrivals, Lockers- Lost and Found, Medications, No-School Announcements/Delayed Openings/Emergency Closing, Parking Lot, Passes, Student Fees, Student Publications, Teacher Detention (see pages 7 & 8 for more detention info), Textbooks, Vehicles, and Visitors
GUIDANCE SERVICES pg. 45,46
College and Career Counseling, Student Records
PART SEVEN: LIBRARY MEDIA INFORMATION pg. 46,47
PART EIGHT: NATIONAL HONER SOCIETY pg. 48
BELL SCHEDULE pg. 49,50
Student Pledge pg. 48
STAFF PHONE AND E-MAIL DIRECTORY pg. 51,52
SCHOOL CALENDAR pg. 53
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you as a member of the student body at Woodsville High School with the belief that your work here will be interesting, exciting, positive, and successful. I know that you will endeavor, at all times, to embody our tradition of school spirit. It is my expectation that you will take time to look through this handbook so that you will understand the policies and philosophy of education here at Woodsville High School. I hope that you will take advantage of the extensive opportunities made available to you here, and share this information with your parents and/or guardians.
Our school maintains a proud tradition of high academic standards and I expect that as a member of the school community you will strive to extend courtesy toward your peers, to the staff and to the administration. I anticipate that you will show and maintain a sense of pride in your work and a positive attitude in all that you do. I am looking forward to working with you as your principal and I wish you a successful school year.
Mr. Jones, Principal
HCSB Statement of Purpose:
The Haverhill Cooperative School Board wants to develop well-prepared young people by providing a challenging program of studies and extra-curricular activities that encompass the varied learning styles of our children. It is our expectation that the graduates from our school system:
Are confident and have good social skills.
Woodsville High School Mission Statement,
Core Values and Beliefs about Learning And
Academic, Civic and Social Expectations
In keeping with its century-old tradition and sense of community, Woodsville High School values all students and provides them with diverse opportunities and a well rounded education to help prepare them to become responsible, productive citizens in an ever changing world beyond high school.
The community, students and faculty believe these to be our core values and beliefs about what is most important in every student’s education at Woodsville High School.
We are committed to the following beliefs about learning:
1. Students need to be able to apply knowledge that they have gained over their years of education to become:
a. Effective problem solvers, who utilize creativity and critical thinking skills to reach solutions.
b. Respectful and honest individuals who take responsibility for their actions.
c. Effective communicators in speaking and writing.
d. Individuals who understand their role as socially responsible to the world around them.
2. All students will have an opportunity to be successful in their learning when:
a. The school provides a safe and friendly atmosphere in which to learn and grow in all areas.
b. Our challenging curriculum provides opportunities for diverse experiences with high expectations for all students in all areas.
c. Our school provides opportunities to apply new knowledge to life opportunities and situations beyond the classroom walls.
All WHS graduates will…
1. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem solving, who can gather, assess and use information to make connections.
2. Be effective communicators, who will be able to use a variety of modes to express ideas.
3. Be practical learners who can recognize when and how to use current tools and technology.
All WHS graduates will…
1. Understand the concept of taking responsibility for one’s own actions.
2. Contribute in a positive way to the school and community around us.
3. Understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen in a democratic society.
All WHS graduates will…
1. Demonstrate honesty while valuing and respecting others.
2. Demonstrate self-respect and self-advocacy.
HCSB Nondiscrimination Policy
The Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to age, race, color, religion, country of origin, marital status, and gender. In keeping with the requirements of federal and state law, the district strives to remove any vestige of discrimination in employment, assignment, and promotion of personnel; on educational opportunities and services offered students, in their assignments to schools and classes and in their discipline; in location and use of facilities; and in educational offerings and materials.
Part 1: Conduct Policies
Woodsville High School Code of Student Conduct
The purpose, or goal, of the Code of Student Conduct is:
Students may present complaints to teachers or administration. Adequate opportunities shall be provided for students to exercise this right through channels established for considering such complaints.
The responsibilities of the administration in dealing with student discipline should include one or more of the following steps:
Detention is Monday through Friday of each week from 3:05 – 4:05 P.M. Detention will be held in the library or room designated by administration. Failure to report to detention will result in automatic In School Suspension (ISS). Students may be assigned detention by an administrator for tardiness, disciplinary reasons, or for being removed from a classroom by a teacher. A student receiving detention is given one (1) day’s notice and is expected to make arrangements to stay on the following day. Transportation is not the responsibility of WHS. Study Hall standards prevail at all times in detention areas. A student who shows a pattern of habitual detentions will be given suspensions for the same future offenses and parents/guardians may be required to bring the student in for a meeting with the administration prior to reinstatement.
Students who have completed the third day of Out of School Suspension (OSS) may be required to meet with the Superintendent of Schools, or his designee, accompanied by their parents/guardians before they are allowed to return to school. Any subsequent OSS will require the student and his or her parents to appear before the School Board.
Suspension from School
Students who receive OSS will receive half credit for any work missed during suspension days provided the work is submitted upon their return to classes. A suspended student will not be allowed to participate in, or attend, any school activities or functions until the day of his/her return to school. Parents/Guardians may be required to accompany their child to school in order to readmit their student after OSS. Students who are suspended from school for five (5) school days or less will be allowed to make up all mid-term and final exams. In order to receive credit, exams must be taken, and work submitted, the day the student returns to school. Students who are serving an ISS must complete missing assignments while on suspension and will receive 69% of the grade earned on those assignments. The administration is authorized to use an ISS in place of OSS when it is determined that such action is in the best interest of the school and student. Parents/Guardians will be notified when students are under suspension. A student serving an ISS shall be isolated from their peers and will not be allowed to participate in or attend any school activities or functions until he/she serves his/her period of suspension.
Detention may be assigned at the discretion of a teacher for any unacceptable student conduct. Each student fully understands that any staff member at WHS has the authority and the responsibility to correct misconduct at any time. Teachers will assign initial detention for minor infractions. Teachers will attempt to notify parents/guardians if a detention is given.
Disciplinary action on the teacher’s part should include the following:
1. Warning/reprimand of the student. 2. Parent/guardian contact via phone or mail. 3. A half hour teacher detention with 24 hours notice to the student.
All three steps should be taken depending on the infraction. Teachers may make referrals to the administration via discipline report forms regarding those students who have not responded to disciplinary action. Teachers sending students to the office for immediate attention by the administration should notify the office that the student has been removed from the class AND follow up with a discipline report by the end of the day. Teachers may also refer to the administration students who violate school rules at school-sponsored functions and on school grounds before, during, and after school even though the student may not be directly under his/her direct supervision
Acceptable Use Policy
The following policies exist to ensure ethical use of the network at HCSD:
The school maintains the network for academic purposes as well as for school related and personal communication.
Any student found to be in violation of our computer use policy will lose their computer privileges for 60 calendar days for their first violation. Their second offense will result in a 90-day suspension from the computer and up to three (3) days of suspension from school. Parents will be notified of computer use violations. Additional offenses will require parent/ guardian meetings. Please be aware that many courses are dependent on the computer and violating this policy could have a serious effect on your ability to pass various courses.
Other Internet Violations
Always off limits:
Off limits during school hours:
E-mail is permissible before 8:25 A.M. and after 3:10 P.M. Violations will result in loss of computer privileges and other discipline in keeping consistent with other student codes of conduct. If you are not sure of the computer rules ask one of WHS administrators.
Bullying Policy and Harassment
The administration, teachers, guidance department and support staff are committed to providing a safe learning environment at Woodsville High School. Bullying is clearly at odds with this goal, and, therefore will not be tolerated at WHS. However, we cannot do anything to prevent bullying if we do not know about it. The following information will help you identify bullying and harassment and give you information on how to intervene if you feel that you or someone you know is a victim.
Bullying and Harassment Defined - Bullying is aggressive behavior where a person is targeted by one or more people with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, making faces, obscene gesturing, malicious ridicule, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing, and choking. Very often bullying will occur when there is an imbalance of power favoring the bully.
Bullies Come in Different Forms:
Physical - Physical bullies are action-oriented. This type of bullying includes hitting or kicking the victim, or, taking or damaging the victim's property. This is the least sophisticated type of bullying because it is so easy to identify. The entire community population is able to identify the physical bullies. As they get older, their attacks usually become more aggressive.
Verbal - Verbal bullies use words to hurt or humiliate another person. Verbal bullying includes name-calling, insulting, making racist comments, creating and spreading rumors and constant teasing. This type of bullying is the easiest to inflict on other teens. It is quick and to the point. It can occur in the least amount of time available, and its effects can be more devastating in some ways than physical bullying because there are no visible scars.
Relational - Relational bullies try to convince their peers to exclude or reject a certain person or people and cut the victims off from their social connections. This type of bullying is linked to verbal bullying and usually occurs by (most often girls) spreading nasty rumors about others or excluding an ex-friend from the peer group. The most devastating effect with this type of bullying is rejection by a peer group.
Reactive - Reactive victims are a cross between being a bully and a victim. They are often the most difficult to identify because at first glance they seem to be targets for other bullies. Reactive victims often taunt bullies, and bully other people themselves. Sometimes, reactive victims begin as victims and become bullies as they try to retaliate. A reactive victim will approach a person who has been bullying him/her and say something like, "You better not bug me today, otherwise I'll tell the teacher and, will you be in trouble”. Statements such as this are like waving a red flag in front of a raging bull, and may provoke a bully into action. Reactive victims then fight back and claim self defense.
Types of Bullying or Harassment:
Cyber - Through email, instant messaging, Internet chat rooms, and electronic gadgets like camera cell phones, cyber bullies forward and spread hurtful images and/or messages. Bullies use this technology to harass victims at all hours and in wide circles of bystanders.
Emotional - Can be more subtle and can involve isolating or excluding a person from activities (i.e., shunning the victim in social environments) or spreading rumors. This kind of bullying is especially common among girls.
Physical - Can accompany verbal bullying and involves things like kicking, hitting, biting, pinching, hair pulling, or threats of physical harm.
Racist - Preys through racial slurs, offensive gestures, or making jokes about a person’s color, cultural traditions or heritage.
Sexual - Involves unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive or inappropriate comments.
Verbal - Usually involves name-calling, mocking, and laughing at another’s expense.
What to DO if you are bullied:
If it feels safe, try to STAND UP to the person who is bullying you or for the person that is being bullied. If the person who is bullying you thinks you won't do anything about it, they are more likely to keep picking on you. This doesn't mean you should fight back or bully them back. Instead, tell the person bullying you that you don't like it and that they should stop! Keep it simple. You might just say, "STOP!!, and then walk away. If possible, try to talk to them in a calm voice, because people who bully like to see that they can make you upset, if you don't act upset they will tire of it and leave you alone. If you're afraid to talk to the person who is bullying you by yourself, then you should ask someone else to be there with you. Bullies are more likely to listen, and less likely to bully you, when you're with someone and not alone. If you're not comfortable standing up to someone who has bullied you, that's definitely OK! Just walk away. But be sure to tell an adult!! You don't need to deal with this alone!!
Stay in a group: Kids who bully like to pick on kids who are by themselves a lot because it's easier and they're more likely to get away with their bad behavior. If you spend more time with other kids, you may not be an easy "target" and you'll have others around to help you if you get into a difficult situation!
If you are being bullied on-line, don't reply: Replying may actually make the bullying worse. Instead, be sure to tell a family member or another adult you trust. If possible, block any more communications from this person. (For example, it might be a good idea only to accept messages from people you know.) Save evidence of the bullying. If you get a nasty e-mail, print it out or save it so that you can show it to an adult.
Join Clubs/Activities: Join clubs or take part in activities where you'll meet other teens. Sometimes, it can help to join clubs or take part in activities that interest you. Think about joining a sports team, taking an art class, or joining a club for example. You can meet other teens who share your interests and you might make some good friends!
If you are being bullied - Always tell an adult: It's hard to talk about serious things with adults sometimes, but they can help put a stop to bullying. Tell an adult that you trust and can talk to: your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor, your coach, your neighbor. If you've already told an adult, and they haven’t done anything about it, tell someone else. If you’re afraid to tell an adult that you have been bullied, get another person such as a friend or a sister or brother to go with you. Having someone else there to support you can make it less intimidating. Tell the adult exactly what has happened, who did the bullying, where and when it happened, how long it’s been happening to you, and how it has made you feel. If you talk with an adult at your school, ask them what they will do to help stop the bullying. It is their job to help keep you safe. Most adults really care about preventing bullying and will do everything they can to help you.
What NOT to do if you are bullied: Don’t think it’s your fault and don’t believe the insults about you. Nobody deserves to be bullied! Don’t fight back or bully a person back. This probably won’t make things any better and it might get you into big trouble. Besides, you should try to act better than the person who bullies you. Don’t keep it to yourself and just hope the bullying will “go away.” It’s normal to want to try to ignore bullying and hope that it will stop—or hope that the person will start to pick on someone else. But, often, bullying won’t stop until adults and other kids get involved. So, be sure to report the bullying. Don’t skip school or avoid clubs or sports because you’re afraid of being bullied. Missing out on school or activities that you enjoy isn’t the answer. You have a right to be there! Don’t think that you’re a “tattle tale” if you tell an adult that you’ve been bullied. Telling is NOT tattling! It’s the right thing to do. Don’t get into a fistfight with a bully or try to retaliate in other ways. Don’t hurt yourself. Some kids who are bullied get so sad and depressed that they may try to hurt themselves because they think there is nothing else they can do. This definitely isn’t the answer. Talk with an adult immediately and tell them how you are feeling. They can help stop the bullying. Don’t overestimate how much power a bully has over you. Don’t waste time in places online where bullies target you. Don’t be afraid to think of new ways to solve the conflict.
How to REPORT bullying or harassment at WHS:
What is the HARM in being a bystander?
You can stop bullies in their tracks by:
Do YOU bully or harass others? If you're not sure if what you're doing is really bullying, or harassment, then think about how you treat others: If you are hurting or threatening others in some way and using your size, strength, power or popularity to do it ... you're probably bullying someone!
Think about what you're doing ... and how it affects others. If you think calling others names is really funny, or if you think pushing, hitting or stealing from others is harmless, you've forgotten what it feels like to be hurt yourself! Teasing, hitting, keeping others out of a group - all of these things can hurt someone. All of us have been hurt at one time or another and we all know how it feels! So the next time you are about to bully someone:
Making other people feel badly should never make you feel good. If it does, or if you're not really sure why you bully others, you need to talk to someone about it. Whether it is your parent, a teacher, a coach, a club advisor, guidance counselor or another trusted adult, you should tell someone how you've been acting so that they can help you deal with it and how to change the way you treat others.
Teachers Can Help Eliminate School Bullying: Be a positive role model. A teacher is in a position of power; make sure that your actions/interventions do not make you an unsuspecting bully. Ensure that students understand that you take bullying very seriously and that it is not allowed in your classroom If you witness bullying, intervene immediately, but in a manner that supports and protects the victim while defusing the incident. Stand between the bully and the one being bullied to block eye contact and stop the behavior. Without putting students on the spot, use a matter-of-fact tone to state the behavior you witnessed and why it is unacceptable. Deal with perpetrators, the witnesses, and the victims in private. It can be embarrassing to be lectured or questioned in front of other students. Praise/recognize bystanders who make a positive intervention to curtail bullying; make or model suggestions for those who don’t. Do not require students to apologize or make amends during the heat of the moment. Do not require mediation or face-to-face contact between the bully and the victim. It is not appropriate in a situation of bullying and harassment. Have logical consequences for the behavior. Let the perpetrators know that you will be watching to make sure there is no continuation of the behaviors or retaliation against the victim or bystanders. Notify colleagues of the incident. Follow up with victims to make sure that they remain safe and secure, and feel that the behavior has stopped and/or been dealt with successfully.
Work Cited: Olweus, Dan. Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 1993. Bitney, James and Title, Beverly. No-Bullying Program: Preventing Bullying at School . Hazelden Foundation. 2001. Center City, MN. Watson, Heidi. "Governor Urges Legislature to Act on Anti-Bullying Legislation". Michigan.gov. 21 March 2006. <http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-39899_39903-138876--,00.html>. Take Action Against Bullying. Bully Beware: Bully B'Ware Productions. <http://www.bullybeware.com/>. Olweus, Dan. Bullying at School: Understanding Children's Worlds. Blackwell Publishing. Victoria: Australia, 1993. Special thanks to Wall High School, Wall Township NJ Anti Bullying Policy
Looking for someone to talk to? Go to people or organizations at WHS
Friends of Rachel Student Assistance Counselor Student Council Students Against Destructive Decisions WHS Nurse Anyone in the main office, the guidance office and all teaching and/or support staff
The Haverhill SB adopted the SAU Bullying Policy – JICK on Nov. 17th, 2010. That complete policy can be found on our SAU website or a copy can be made available upon request.
(Woodsville High School and school related functions)
Woodsville High School is an institution that tries to maintain a professional atmosphere at all times. Inappropriate dress and appearance can detract from this atmosphere and disrupt the learning process.
Other styles or types of clothing or makeup not mentioned above may also be inappropriate. The administration will ultimately determine the appropriateness of a student’s appearance. When possible, students found in violation of these guidelines will be permitted to stay in school if they change out of, or remove, the inappropriate attire. Students who continue to violate the dress code, or who refuse to change, may be sent home and/or subject to detention and/or suspension.
Drugs – Alcohol – Tobacco
A student who is found in possession of, selling, exchanging, or under the influence of, drugs and/or alcohol and/or tobacco at school and/or at a school-sponsored activity will be suspended from school for a minimum of three (3) days. In addition to the above disciplinary action, any student committing such an offense will be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities for thirty (30) school or activity days. If there is a second offense, the student will be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities for sixty (60) school or activity days.
There will be no smoking or using tobacco of any form (including chewing tobacco) allowed on school property, outside or inside of any school building, or at any school sponsored activity on or off school grounds. Students found in possession of any form of tobacco product who are under 18 years of age will be suspended from school for three days minimum and subjected to a $100.00 fine as per state law.
Relating to Extracurricular Events and Sports
In addition to being a health hazard, any form of tobacco product is contrary to all athletic training programs. Offenses with this policy are cumulative for their entire high school career.
Electronic Device Use
Students can use their iPods/mp3’s/cell phones, and any other electronic devices outside regular school hours only! (before 8:20am and after 3:05 pm) NO DEVICES SHOULD EVER BE VISIBLE DURING SCHOOL HOURS. The school, the school district, and its personnel will not be held responsible for the loss, theft or damage to these electronic devices or other student property. Punishments for infractions of this policy are below:
Fireworks and other explosives are illegal and dangerous; they are not allowed on school property. Student will be subject to expulsion and police notification.
Public Displays of Affections
Public displays of affection will be limited to hand-holding or an occasional “friendship hug”. Students will be asked to stop behaviors that are deemed inappropriate. If inappropriate behaviors continue, parents will be notified and discipline steps will be taken. Students, please remember that this is a community setting and your behavior should reflect WHS student behavior expectations. Remember, final penalties for all infractions rest with the administration.
Weapons are not permitted on school property, in school vehicles or at school sponsored activities. Student violations of this policy will result in both school disciplinary action and notification of the police. Suspension or expulsion from school could result. The term "weapons" includes, but is not limited to, firearms (rifles, pistols, revolvers, pellet guns, BB guns, etc.) knives, slingshots, metallic knuckles, firecrackers, billies, stilettos, switchblade knives, sword canes, pistol canes, black jacks, daggers, dirk knives, explosives, incendiaries, martial arts weapons (as defined by RSA 159:24), self-defense weapons (as defined by RSA 159:20) or any other substance, object or thing which, in the manner it is used, or threatened to be used, is known to be capable of producing death or bodily injury. In addition, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm (as defined by 18 US 921 ) to school will be expelled for not less than one year (365 days). This expulsion may be modified by the Superintendent upon review of the specific case in accordance with other applicable law. Weapons under control of law enforcement personnel are permitted. All students will receive written notice of this policy annually.
Depending on the severity of the infraction disciplinary action can bypass the warning stage and go directly to a suspension. All final disciplinary decisions rest with the administration. Students are subject to disciplinary action for the following infractions:
ALL FINAL DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS
REST WITH THE ADMINISTRATION!
Student’s grades will be penalized for missing excessive class time. A point system has been established to evaluate each student’s attendance.
The total attendance point value allowed per quarter, is “12”. Students will receive a failing grade for those classes in which they have accrued more than 12 attendance points. This will allow for 4 A’s or 6 E’s or 6 S’s per quarter. Each absence, whether excused or unexcused, will accrue attendance points.
13 – 16 points = no more than 69%
17 – 20 points = no more than 59%
20 points and above = no more than 49%
These are the maximum grades in each course. Poor performance could generate a lower average than listed above. ALL FINAL EXAMS ARE MANDITORY! Students who fail a course but obtain a final grade of 55 or better will be eligible for credit recovery options. The maximum grade on your final could be limited due to excessive attendance points. Any student who fails a one-quarter class because of attendance will receive a grade not to exceed the chart above. A student who is over 12 points for a quarter long course will receive a maximum grade of a 69% on their final exam. A student who is over 12 points for only one quarter of a semester long course will have no penalty attached to their final exam grade. If they exceed 12 points for both quarters, the maximum grade on their final exam will be a 69%. For year-long courses, the above rules apply to midyear and final exams in the same manner.
Attendance Rules and Regulations
For days to be excused and/or restored, students must report to WHS main office before 8:20 AM with a parent/guardian note explaining reason(s) for the absence, tardy, or early dismissal.
Restorable days include:
The Appeal Process
Students and parents who disagree with a decision regarding attendance will have the opportunity to schedule an attendance review hearing with an attendance committee. This committee will make a recommendation to the administration after the evidence is considered. Any parent/guardian or student who does not feel that the attendance policy has been administered fairly by the high school administration, may appeal the Principal’s ruling to the Superintendent of Schools. The parent/guardian or student should then write a formal letter stating the reason for such an appeal and present a copy to the Superintendent (or a person designated by the Superintendent). Any parent/ guardian or student who is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s ruling may request a hearing, in writing, with the School Board which shall state why such a hearing may be necessary.
Absences from School
To excuse or restore an absence, and to ensure that a parent/guardian is aware of each absence, a note from a parent/guardian (or student if over age 18) must be presented to the office within two (2) days of the student’s return to school stating a legitimate reason for excusing or restoring the specific absence(s). If a note is not presented within the two-day window, the absence will not be excused or restored. Detention will be assigned, and zeros given for work due on any unexcused day(s). Students who accrue more than 5 restored absences per marking period may be asked, along with parents/guardians and health care provider, to participate in an attendance review so that a plan can be put in place to allow the student to attend school.
Athletic Events or Field Trips
Students who miss class for an approved school-related activity will not be penalized for that absence. It is the student’s responsibility to confer before the event with the teachers of those classes from which he or she will be excused in order to make up the work that will be missed.
A student may only be dismissed from school with a note from a parent/guardian stating legitimate reason(s) for dismissal. This note must be presented to the office before 8:20 A.M. on the day of dismissal. The administration will approve legitimate notes and issue appropriate passes before students will be allowed to leave. If the dismissal is for part of a school day, the student must report to the office upon returning to the school. If a student is dismissed from school for emergency reasons, the office will contact a parent/guardian before releasing him/her from school. Telephone calls cannot be accepted in place of notes. In the case of students 18 or older, the administration will approve legitimate notes before the student is dismissed. The notes, as with all others, must be presented to the office before 8:20 A.M. on the day of dismissal.
Students must attend school on the day of an after-school activity in order to be eligible to attend it. This includes all dances, concerts, plays, field trips, and athletic events. Exceptions will be granted only with prior approval of the Principal. Any student who cuts class on the day of such an activity will not be permitted to attend the activity
Students coming tardy to school must present a note from a parent/guardian excusing the late arrival. A tardy without a note will not be excused and may count as an absence. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action
A student that accrues more than 10 half days or 5 full days of unexcused absence will be considered truant. The administration may file a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition if the student is habitually truant.
Riding a school bus is not a right; it is a privilege.
The following bus regulations will be enforced:
Bus riders need to be on time at the designated school bus stop to keep the bus on schedule. Bus riders need to stay off the road, at all times, while waiting for the bus and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board the bus.
Misbehavior on Bus: Consequences
All students who ride a school bus are subject to the above regulations until they get off the bus at school or at their bus stop. Any misbehavior that distracts the bus driver is a very serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, and as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers. Any misbehavior will be subject to administration review and consequences.
Part 2: Academic Rules and Regulations
Grade Letter Numerical Grade
A 93 - 100
B 85 - 92
C 77 - 84
D 70 - 76
F Below 70
If a student furnishes or receives information from someone other than the instructor during tests, examinations, or certain assignments, he/she will receive a “0” for that work and be disciplined for cheating. This prohibition extends to the act of plagiarism, which is, according to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, “the stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another.”
Credit and Graduation Requirements
1 full unit of credit is earned for successfully completing, with a grade of 70 or better, one semester-long 90-minute class, or one year long 45 minute class.
1/2 unit of credit is earned for successfully completing, with a grade of 70 or better, one quarter-long 90-minute class, or one semester-long 45 minute class.
* Students may substitute Introduction to Business for Economics to meet the graduation requirement but will not receive a Social Studies credit for the course.
** Electives include any courses from the school curriculum guide such as driver’s education, foreign language, or vocational programming.
All students will enter WHS with the expectation that they are working toward a Woodsville High School Academic Diploma, which requires 27 credits accrued through successful completion of the specific course work outlined below.
English 4-Units Mathematics 3-Units Science – Physical Science, Biology, and one elective 3-Units Social Studies – Economics *, US History and one elective 3-Units Physical Education 1-Unit Vocational Education 1-Unit Computer Applications 1-Unit Advanced Computer Studies ½-Unit Fine Art ½-Unit Health ½-Unit Electives** 9 ½-Units
Academic Rules and Regulations
Students who during sophomore year and beyond challenge themselves with a college –preparatory or higher level curriculum in core classes and complete their high school career with no failing grades will be awarded a Woodsville High School Academic Diploma with Distinction. The traditional top four honors students for the graduating class will be chosen from this group.
Students who are deemed at risk of not successfully completing high school after two years of traditional study at WHS may be offered the option of pursuing an alternate diploma, which would allow them to graduate from high school by meeting New Hampshire’s Minimum State Requirements for a High School Diploma.
The standards for promotion to the next grade level are as follows:
Sophomore status: 5 credits (must include one English credit).
Junior status: 12 credits (must include two English credits).
Senior status: Passed English during the previous year and can successfully complete remaining credit/diploma requirement within the regular upcoming school year.
Students can transfer in outside credits to apply toward graduation requirements as long as the credits align with WHS standards, are documented on paper and “awarded” by a reputable agency or institution. Administration reserves the authority to make all final decisions regarding transfer credits.
District students who are in alternative placements that provide structured educational programming (e.g. King Street, Becket versus home-schooled) can apply to receive a WHS diploma as long as they can document that they have met the specific WHS graduation requirements.
Students who are within 4 credits of meeting the requirement for a WHS diploma, but who are unable to complete the requirement through traditional options at WHS can work closely with administration and guidance to earn a diploma by crafting a detailed plan to complete the required course work within a specific period of time through a flexible program that allows for the transfer of credits earned via pre-approved options available outside the standard WHS curriculum (eg. PLATO, Compass Learning, VLACS, VHS, WMCC)
Once classes have started, students will only be allowed to drop or add a class at the teacher’s recommendation or the discretion of the school administration. Schedule changes will only be made with the approval of the student, parent/ guardian, and instructor. Students adding classes should make the change before the tenth hour of class meeting time and will be required to make-up any missed work in a timely manner.
Examinations will be given in every academic subject at the end of each semester. This will be a final exam for semester-long classes, and a midterm followed by a final exam for yearlong classes. Examination results will count as no more than one-fifth of the total grade for the term. A schedule, listing dates and times for each examination, will be posted several weeks in advance.
Students who are aware that they will not meet graduation requirements prior to the scheduled date of graduation will not be permitted to participate in any commencement exercises from that point on, nor receive a diploma until requirements have been met. A diploma for that particular graduation year will only be issued if the requirement is fulfilled within the following semester.
To enroll at WHS as full-time diploma-seeking students, home-schooled students must present an official transcript from an approved or accredited home-school program. This transcript will then be reviewed to assess transferable credits. WHS reserves the right to deny the transfer of any credit or competency that cannot be substantiated.
Home-schooled students wishing to enroll in classes on a part-time basis at WHS must abide by all WHS rules and regulations, including attendance, while on campus at WHS. They will not be considered WHS students, but must, for safety and health reasons, provide emergency contact information and a copy of immunization records to the school nurse. Home-schooled students will be seen as choosing to enroll in classes at WHS only for enrichment purposes. They will not receive WHS credit. They will receive a Pass/Fail grade plus a “Certificate of Completion” upon serving successful seat-time in a course. Students wishing to receive credit for classes taken at WHS must go through whatever process is necessary to have the credit reflected on their home-school transcript.
Honor Roll and Principal’s List
An honor roll is posted at the end of each marking period. The Principal’s List recognizes any student who has attained at least a 93 in all academic subjects for the marking period. Honors are awarded to any student who has attained at least an 85 in all academic subjects for the marking period.
Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences
Teachers are available for parent/guardian conferences during the school year by appointment. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your child’s/children’s progress.
Progress reports will be issued mid-way through each marking period to inform both students and their parents/guardians of academic standing.
Promotion and Graduation
Promotion and graduation are not automatic; they are earned. A student will not be promoted and will not graduate if he/she does not meet the academic and graduation requirements of WHS.
A report card will be issued four (4) times each academic year. Neither parent/guardian signature, nor the return of a report card, is required.
Study Hall is for studying purposes. Each student is expected to bring sufficient work to keep busy for the entire period. A study hall is not a social period or time for napping. HOMEWORK that is assigned daily in all academic subjects has several functions:
Time in study hall is available for some of this work but such time is not always sufficient to do all of it. It is recommended that each student study at least two (2) additional hours every day outside of school time in order to maintain a satisfactory academic standing. All students who are assigned a study hall are responsible for having materials to keep them busy. Every student is encouraged to have some sort of reading material at all times. Failure to stay on task during study halls will result in discipline action being taken by the teacher and / or administration.
Part Three- Athletic Policies
Athletes are expected to dress properly for all home and away contests. Jeans, shorts, and T-shirts are not permissible on the day of a game. Coaches will inform their athletes of the attire expected of them on the day of a game. Failure to comply may result in ineligibility for the contest.
Drugs – Alcohol – Tobacco: See Student Conduct policy
Athletes must complete a “Permission of Participation in Interscholastic Athletics” form each year of participation.
A physical is required for all students in grades 9 and 11 or every two years, to be eligible to participate in athletics in the Haverhill Cooperative School District or upon enrollment in the school district. Each student or their parent/guardian is responsible for making arrangements to secure the physical. Physicals must specify a student athlete’s limitations and must be signed by the examining physician. Physicals are valid for two calendar years from date examined. The School District will follow up in grades 10 and 12 or every two years with a physical update questionnaire to be completed and signed by parent(s)/guardian(s). This form is designed to indicate any health-related conditions and changes that have taken place since the date of the student’s last exam. Any parent or guardian who is unable to pay for a physical should see the coach or other school official confidentially. A student may not participate until the necessary physical and/or questionnaire is on file with the HCSC.
Athletes will return cleaned uniforms at the end of the season. Athletes are financially responsible for any missing uniforms, or parts thereof.
Disqualification from an Interscholastic Athletic Event adopted from NHIAA. Bylaw Article XXVIII Section .5
Any player who is disqualified from a game at the freshman, junior varsity, varsity level for exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct shall not participate in the next scheduled inter- scholastic athletic event, including NHIAA contests. If any player received a second game disqualification during the season, that player will be required to forfeit any participation in that interscholastic sport, at any level, for the balance of that season, including playing in a tournament. (Adopted from NHIAA Bylaw Article XXVIII Section 2F) Any player who physically assaults an official before, during or after any NHIAA sanctioned contest, both regular season and tournament play, shall be expelled from the game immediately and banned from further participation in all sports for up to one (1) calendar year (365 days) from the date of the offenses.
NHIAA Code of Ethics for Secondary School Athletics
The ideals of good sportsmanship, ethical behavior and integrity permeate our culture. The values of good citizenship and high behavioral standards apply equally to all activity disciplines. In perception and practice, good sportsmanship shall be defined as those qualities of behavior, which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. An awareness is expected of the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others. Good Sportsmanship is viewed as a concrete measure of the under-standing and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity. In order to promote desirable behavior and enhance the overall quality of secondary school athletic pro-grams, for which the NHIAA has assumed responsibility, the following Code of Ethics is in effect: It is the duty of all concerned with secondary school athletic programs to:
NH Interscholastic Athletic Association Code of Ethics for Spectators
18.Realize that privileges are invariable associated with great responsibilities and that spectators have great responsibilities.
Part Four- Extracurricular Activities
Policies Governing Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Aside from the obvious advantages and enjoyment of extracurricular activities, it is recognized that students participating in these activities influence other students. Whether in athletics, music, clubs, politics, dramatics, or other inter-scholastic activities, students play a leadership role, which brings additional responsibility. These students represent the school and depict its character. Policies are, therefore, intended to govern the behavior of these student leaders. The Principal shall determine what an extracurricular activity is in the event of a controversy.
Extracurricular activities include but are not limited to:
Clubs and Organizations, Concerts, Band, All-State, North Country Festivals, Athletics (varsity and junior varsity), intramural, cheerleading, and Spectators (at extracurricular activities).
Academic requirements and restrictions apply only to the following activities:
Clubs/Organizations, Athletics and Dances, and Day field trips: (unless the trip is required as part of the student’s grade). A student must be passing in at least three academic courses and not failing more than one course on his or her report card in order to participate in any extra- curricular activity. Once the new marking period is in effect, students who are failing two or more courses or are not passing three courses at the weekly grade check are ineligible to participate in extra- curricular activities until the next weekly grade check. In each instance, the Principal shall make the final decision.
Attendance Requirements for Extracurricular Activities:
A student may only miss a maximum of 90 minutes to be eligible to participate in an athletic event, practice, or extracurricular activity. The Principal may waive this attendance policy for appropriate and/or extenuating circumstances. Such request should be made prior to a student’s absence, except in emergencies.
● Each student is expected to comply with all rules and regulations of WHS. Any infraction committed by a student while on a field/activity trip will be subject to punishment as per the code of student conduct.
● In order to be eligible for extra-curricular overnight trips, students must be passing all classes.
Extracurricular Activities Award Rules and Regulations:
A student is eligible to receive one letter throughout their high school extracurricular activities. Subsequent achievements will be recognized through the awarding of certificates and pins.
● Band/Chorus members are eligible to receive a lyre.
● Junior Varsity Level - Sports and Cheerleading: Any participant may be awarded certificate. If a senior is involved at the Junior varsity level he/she may receive a letter at the discretion of coach and/or advisor.
● Varsity Level - Sports and Cheerleading: Any participant in a varsity level eligible for a certificate, letter, or pin at the discretion of coach and/or advisor. A letter must be issued before a pin. A freshman or sophomore is not eligible for a letter or pin unless he/she has participated at the level for the entire season.
Part Five: General School Policies
Accidents - Illnesses
Woodsville High School will make every effort to inform parent/guardian of an accident or illness occurring at school that might need observation at home. No student, however, will be sent home unless a responsible adult is present at home. In the event of illness or an accident, school personnel will administer emergency care only. The parent/guardian is responsible for any additional care needed. The high school will transport a student to the hospital when the situation requires such action. If a Parent/Guardian/Relative is unavailable to sign the admittance forms of the hospital, the school will do so but accepts no liability.
Each student will be assigned to an advisor, a member of the faculty who will work with a small group of students during their four years at WHS. Approximately every (three) 3 weeks these small groups will meet to discuss school business and to provide students academic support. We will follow the advisory bell schedule on those days.
Assemblies are a scheduled part of the curriculum and, as such, are designed to be educational as well as an entertainment experience. Assemblies provide one of the few opportunities in school to learn formal audience behavior. Courteous and appropriate behavior is expected at all times. A student will sit with his/her fellow students and his/her teacher. Attendance is required. Skipping an assembly will result in disciplinary action.
Bathrooms - Staff and Student Facilities
A student is requested to respect the facilities in the restrooms. These rooms are not for loitering. Students will be issued a pass and should use the restroom closest to the classroom that they are currently in. Taking excessive time or using the rest rooms as an excuse to just get out of class will result in the student being restricted to class for a period of time determined by the teacher or administration. Staff restrooms are located in the following areas: by the Nurse’s room, in the teachers’ lounge on the lower level, and next to the school drug and alcohol counselor’s office across from Room 4. These restrooms are for faculty use only.
Breakfast / Lunch - Cafeteria Regulations
An a-la-carte breakfast program is available to students prior to the school day. A regular hot lunch/a-la-carte program is offered daily to every student. Milk is available. A reduced/free lunch program is available to any family who meets the financial guidelines established by the federal government. Qualification forms are available in the office. Students are encouraged to pay for their meals in advance, preferably a week at a time. Cash and personal checks will be accepted during lunch periods but this slows the lines down considerably! Charging will not be permitted. Café Services is our subcontracted food service provider.
Students should always walk (never run) to the cafeteria. Students are expected to eat lunch properly. This includes picking up their trash and disposing of it whether inside or outside. Loitering in the lobby of the Community Building is prohibited. Students must remain in the designated areas until the bell rings at the end of their lunch period.
State law requires bus evacuation drills. Woodsville High School conducts such drills each year. The bus driver will provide specific instructions. Students should remain quiet and exit swiftly. Safety is our biggest priority. Students are to remain together after evacuating the bus. Although the drills are practice, a student should keep in mind that the next bus evacuation might be an emergency.
Cancellation Policy for Activities and Sports
The School Board recognizes the fact that when school has been closed for the day, especially due to inclement weather, it is possible conditions would improve enough during the day for the after-school activity or sport to still take place. Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the school Principal and/or Athletic Director to request from the Superintendent a decision on allowing the after school activity or sport to take place. This request must be made no later than 1:00 P.M. on the day in question and the decision of the Superintendent will be final. If the decision is to allow the activity/sport to take place, the Superintendent will notify the Principal or Athletic Director and then the school personnel will notify participants via a calling chain already in place. Local radio stations will also be notified.
Care of School Property
Proper care of school property helps keep maintenance cost (and hence taxes) down. School equipment, furniture, lockers, and books, are for the students’ use. Do not abuse them. A student is not to mark school furniture, walls, or equipment with pen, pencil, or any other implement. Because considerable care and much expense have gone into the upkeep of school grounds, each student is expected to use the sidewalks on school ground. Anyone who destroys or damages school property will be required to pay for the loss or damages and may be suspended or expelled from school.
Change of Address
The New Hampshire State Department of Education requires correct addresses for all students. Each student must notify the Guidance Office or Main Office immediately stating the date he she moved and his /her new and old addresses.
Change of Phone Number
The Guidance and/or Main Office should be notified of any phone number change so that parent/guardian can be contacted, if necessary, during the school day. If the number is changed to a non-listed number, it is required that this number be given to the office in case of an emergency. Confidentiality of the number will be respected.
All students must have their picture taken each year. Student pictures may be used for WHS permanent records. Students are under no obligation to purchase photographs. Sale of photographs is provided as a yearly convenience to students who wish to take advantage of this service. The photographer will provide information regarding the costs and dates. Checks will be made payable to the authorized company, not to WHS.
Class rings may be purchased by upper-classman each year. A student is not obligated to purchase a class ring. WHS provides ring service only as a convenience to the student. All checks are to be made payable to the authorized class ring company, not to WHS.
No student is permitted in the Community Building (except for P.E., lunch, Band and Audio Engineering) without proper adult supervision. Students are not allowed to loiter in the lobby area during lunch periods. A student is not permitted in the band/chorus room without supervision. Students are not permitted inside the Community Building after the 3:05 P.M. dismissal bell unless they’re involved in teacher-supervised afterschool activities. Students waiting for after-school transportation are to remain outside of all buildings until transportation arrives. During inclement weather students may wait in the main building.
It is necessary for each student to pass from one class to another in an orderly, reasonable manner. Five minutes should be adequate time for arrival to the next class. There should be no congregating on steps or ramps in the buildings. A student is not to litter, loiter, eat food, or drink in the corridors and/or classrooms. Any student from Band, Chorus, Driver’s Education, P.E., Home Economics, or Industrial Arts, is to remain out of the main building until the passing bell. Students returning from morning River Bend programs are to report directly to their assigned room where attendance will be taken daily.
Dance Rules and Regulations
2. No visitor’s pass will be issued on the date of the dance.
3. No student, or guest, is to be on the stage at any time.
4. All school rules and regulations for behavior apply.
Students under age 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a “WHS Informed Consent Permission Form” in order to participate in any school related field trip activity. They must also have teacher permission for each class that they will be missing while on the field trip. Students are under WHS Behavior Policy while attending the field trip.
Fire drills will be held frequently during the year. The signal shall be the ringing of the fire alarm. Instructions are posted in each room and will be discussed with each class by the teacher. Absolute quiet and a swift and orderly evacuation are essential. A student must remain with his or her class and walk to the designated area. Students must keep in mind that when the fire alarm rings neither he/she nor the teacher can be sure whether it is a drill or an emergency. Everyone should walk within appropriate walkways when leaving the school buildings.
This service is provided as a courtesy to seniors. A senior is not required to have a graduation picture taken. He/she may choose to have his/her portrait taken by another photographer. The yearbook staff determines the size of portraits and the date on which the portrait must be submitted. The yearbook staff and administration will determine the appropriateness of all photographs printed in the yearbook and released to the press.
Any student with special health problems is to report such to the nurse in the school health office at the beginning of the school year and/or when a problem arises. Special problems include vision and hearing impairments, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatic fever, recent surgery, medication, or anything that might limit the student in school. Parents/guardians are urged to provide the school with updated information.
Health Requirements for Admission
According to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules He-P301.12 (a).“every parent/guardian of a child to be admitted or enrolled in a NH school or child care agency shall, prior to his admittance, provide documentary proof of acceptable immunization of the child to the admitting official of the school or child agency.” All students grade 7-12 will be required to show proof of two doses of measles vaccine. Older students must have had a tetanus-containing vaccine within the last 10 years and/or must have a booster or be excluded from attending school. NH law requires any new student who enters a NH school from out of state to have a physical.
Every WHS student is offered low-cost accident insurance as a school service. The policy may be written for school-day coverage or 24-hour coverage. It is strongly suggested that any student participating in extracurricular activities be covered by this insurance policy, or by a family insurance policy. If a student is injured while under the supervision of a staff member, that staff member will file a report with the office. The Principal will then give the student a claim form that is to be submitted to the insurance company.
Students arriving by a late bus must report to the office upon his/her arrival for attendance purposes. No points will be assigned if the student checks in and the bus is verified as late.
WHS and the student maintain joint control over all lockers. Students are responsible for keeping it locked and secure. A student is to use only his/her assigned locker. A locker cannot be changed without permission. Students should not tamper with other lockers or give their combination to any another student. Do not keep money and/or valuables in a locker. WHS is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Firemen, police, and school officials have the right to inspect student lockers in an emergency or if illegal and/or dangerous materials are believed to be in the lockers. Coats and other outdoor garments should be left in lockers while students are in classes. The outside of the lockers should remain free of student materials at all times. Students must empty all items from their lockers before leaving for the summer.
Lost and Found
All articles found in the buildings or on school property should be brought to the office. Inquire at the front office for lost-and-found items.
Internal medication shall not be dispensed or administrated to any child by school personnel except the school nurse. In his/her absence a person designated by the nurse or building Principal may administer medication, and only then upon written order of the physician who examined and prescribed for that particular child. In all cases, written permission of the parents is required. All prescribed medication and over-the-counter medications shall be brought to the nurse’s office and stored in a designated and secure place. The medication must be delivered in a container properly labeled with the student’s name, the physician’s name, the date of the original prescription, name and strength of medication, and directions for taking the medication by the student. At the discretion of the school nurse, students may carry and use their inhaler medication. The school nurse shall keep physician’s written orders and the written authorization of parents/guardians for three years.
No-School Announcements Delayed Openings / Emergency Closing
If school is canceled or delayed, the Alert Now system will call the student’s contact phone number on record at WHS. There will also be an announcement on WYKR. During inclement weather or if other emergencies threaten the health or safety of students or personnel, there may be an early release. The Alert Now system will again call the number on record and an announcement shall be broadcast over local radio stations.
A student is not to be out of his/her assigned room at any time without a pass. If a student wishes to see a teacher, he/she must arrange for this in advance. The teacher will them give him/her a pass, permitting him/her to be excused from class. When the student arrives at his/her destination his/her pass should indicate the time he/she left the assigned area.
Students and parents can access grade and attendance information for the current school year on the Internet at powerschool.sau23.org . An ID and password are needed to access the information. Please contact the school if you need log on assistance.
Student Fees – Dues – Library Late Fees
Class/Organization Fees are voted at the discretion of each class and/or organization. Before final exams can be taken, each student is expected to meet all academic, organizational, and financial obligations. Also, report cards are not issued until overdue books are returned to the library and all obligations are met.
All publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not those of the school or school district. Only publications that are published by persons attending the school or a member of the school district staff may be distributed on school premises unless permission is granted by the school administration 48 hours in advance. All revenue from the sale of these publications must be used to meet publication expense or used to support other school activities. Unacceptable items in student publications include but are not limited to: so-called “hate” literature which attacks ethnic, religious and racial groups; other irresponsible items aimed at creating hostility and violence; materials denigrating specific individuals in or out of school; plus pornography, obscenity, alcohol, drugs, tobacco and/or other similar materials not suitable for distribution in school. Acceptable items are those not proscribed above, unless the Principal should be convinced that the items would materially disrupt class work or involve disorder or invasion of the rights of others. Students denied approval by the Principal may chose to appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools. Student denied approval by the Superintendent have the right to appeal to the School Board. Students who edit, publish and distribute unofficial school publications must assume full responsibility for the contents. Editorial freedom entails the same obligations as under the rules of responsible journalism and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. These publications may not be distributed on school grounds unless permission is granted by the school administration 48 hours in advance.
Detention assigned by a teacher is held in that teacher’s classroom. Detention period is from 3:10 – 3:40 P.M. daily. Teachers may assign students more or less than a thirty-minute detention. It should not exceed one hour daily.
Each student is issued textbooks for each subject requiring them; these books are to be covered and kept free from all marks and defacing. If a book is lost, the office will determine the charge. Report cards will be held at the end of the school year until books are returned.
Students who have valid driver's license may obtain a parking pass from the office. The number of parking spaces are limited and will be assigned the first week of school. Speed limit is 10 M.P.H. Police will be informed of unauthorized vehicles on school property and of speeding violations. Irresponsible use of vehicles and improper driving techniques will not be excused under any conditions and may result in suspension of student’s right to bring a vehicle onto school property.
All visitors must report to the office at the time of their arrival to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass.
Part Six: Guidance Services and Programs
The Guidance Department is an integral part of the educational system and one that provides numerous services to the individual student, including: student registration, academic, career and personal counseling, and student and parent advocacy.
Maintenance of Student Records
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and regulations adopted by the U.S. Department of Education grant parents of students, along with “eligible students” (students who have attained eighteen years of age or who are attending institutions of post-secondary education), certain rights relative to education records maintained by the school district. These rights include the following:
The District designates the following items as Directory information
Student name, town of residence, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attended, and photograph. The district may disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless notified in writing to the contrary.
Except in certain specified situations as stated in the policy and those items identified as directory information, personally identifiable education records will not be disclosed without prior written parental consent, or prior written consent by the eligible student. Copies of the student record policy JO / JO-R are available for inspection at each school and at the central office.
The federal statute and regulations are enforced by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20202, which is empowered to investigate timely written complaints.
WHS maintains student records for five (5) years after a student’s class graduates. Student transcripts, however, will be permanently stored at the High School in the Guidance Department. Health records will be kept for seven (7) years past the student’s age of majority. Medical majority for this purpose is age 21.
Part Seven: Library and Media Center
The library/media center provides print and electronic resources, audio-visual equipment, computers, and related services for the Woodsville High School community. Our collection includes non-fiction, fiction, a reference section, books on tape, DVD’s, magazines and newspapers. The library is open an hour before school and an hour and a half after school on all full school days, Monday through Friday. Circulating materials may be signed out for a period of two weeks, and renewed for another two weeks if item is not on a reserve list. Users are responsible for the replacement cost of any item that is lost or damaged.
American Heritage Magazine - 1954-present - American Heritage has suspended its print version as of April/May 2007.A searchable archive can be found at: www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/
Biography Resource Center - This database covers literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, arts and newsmakers.
http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/nhais_hthg?db=BioRC Password: nhais
EBSCO - contains a wealth of resources, many containing full-text articles. MAS Ultra-School Edition is specifically designed for high school libraries and contains almost 500 magazines, 350 full-text reference books, 80,000+ biographies, 100,000+ primary source documents, and 235,000+ images. Other databases include Health Source, Newspaper Source, MasterFile Premier, Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Business Source Premier, and Academic Search Premier. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp
username: WoodsvilleH password: 03785
Newsbank - Archives from The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News from 1989-present and The Concord Monitor 2002-present. http://infoweb.newsbank.com username: woodhs password: woodhs
Remote access: username: ra-woodhs password: ra-woodhs
World Book Online - The World Book Encyclopedia electronic version. www.worldbookonline.com Remote access:User ID: woodsvilleh Password: 03785
NoodleTools - MLA and APA format tools www.noodletools.com
Username: Woodsville Password: engineers Each user must create a "personal folder" (i.e., select a personal ID and password) by clicking the "Create a Personal ID" button on the login screen.
Part Eight: National Honor Society Selection Process
The G. Hampton McGaw Chapter of the National Honor Society recognizes students who exhibit high standards of scholarship, character, leadership, and service within the school and the community. Selection for honor society membership is a rigorous process as detailed below. Prospective members must meet the following eligibility requirements: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior class standing at least 1 semester of attendance at WHS with a cumulative GPA of at least 88%
Eligible students will be notified in February and invited to complete an information sheet in order to pursue their NHS candidacy. All faculty members are asked to rate the eligible students in the categories of scholarship, character, leadership, and service and to share pertinent comments. Faculty ratings and comments are compiled for consideration by the 5 person faculty selection committee appointed by the Principal. In addition, each student’s information sheet, academic transcript, and disciplinary record are provided for the committee’s consideration. After discussion of the information provided, the committee, by majority vote, chooses to accept or reject the student for NHS membership.
Students are notified by mail of their acceptance or rejection. Any student whose candidacy is rejected is welcome to discuss areas of concern with the NHS advisors and to seek membership in succeeding years (provided he/she remains eligible). Accepted students will be inducted into the chapter at a formal ceremony held in the evening in mid March. Once inducted, students must continue to uphold high standards of scholarship, leadership, character, and service as well as actively taking part in meetings and chapter projects. Failure to do so may lead to probation, corrective measures, or, in the case of a serious infraction or continuing offense, dismissal. Details about expectations and disciplinary procedures are provided to incoming members prior to their induction.
Bell Schedule /Regular School Day
Early Release Bell Schedule
Advisory Day Bell Schedule
Woodsville High School Student Pledge
by the Latin III / IV students ( April MMXI)
As a member of the Woodsville High School Community,
I will stand by, honor, and not disgrace my school nor my fellow classmates and their beliefs.
I will treat my teachers with respect, for upon me they bestow knowledge.
I will work to succeed academically, morally, and physically.
I will reflect upon all that I have been taught and will be taught.
I will use said teachings and knowledge to become a contributing member of society.
And both alone and with all to help me, I will build up my world to be greater and better than before.
Staff Directory - School Phone Number - (603) 747-2781