Osceola High School
Osceola Middle School

High School Student Handbook

 

 Student Handbook

2017-2018

 Osceola High School

“Home of the Chieftains”

 

Superintendent of Schools:  Mark Luebker

Principal:  Adam Spiegel

Dean of Students:  Arvid Maki

Counselors:  Sara Henke and Nathan Gehring

Community Education:  Dani Pratt

Athletic Director:  Scott Newton

 

1111 Oak Ridge Drive

Osceola, WI  54020

 

Telephone:  715-294-2127     Fax:  715-755-2068

Website:  www.osceola.k12.wi.us

 


Table of contents


 Section I:  Academics

Grading Scale………………..................... 4

Class Rank…………………………………   5

Skyward Gradebook & Family Access.…. 5

Graduation Requirements…………….….. 6

Course Offering Guide……………….……  6

AP Courses………………………………...   7

Peer Tutoring………………………………   7

Textbooks……………………….………….   7

Youth Apprenticeship …………………….  7

Non-Attending and Work for Credit……... 8

Schedule Changes………………………..  8

Transfer of Credit to the OHS………….… 8

Academic Support…………………………  8

Guidance……………………………….…..   8

Checklist for Applicants Planning to

    Attend College or Universities…….…..  8

Work Permits…………………….…………   .9

Transcripts – Parchment……….…………. 9

Youth Options………………………….…..  10

Academic Awards………………….………  12

Honor Roll…………………………….…….   12

Academic Letters…………………….…….  13

Academic Excellence Scholarship…….… 13

Technical Excellence Scholarship……….  14

Valedictorian……………………………….   14

Senior Awards Night………………………   14

Scholarships………………………………..  14

Foreign Exchange Students…………...… 14

OHS Students Studying Abroad………… 15

 

Section II:  Athletics/Activities/Clubs

Athletic Fee Schedule…………………….  15

Athletic/Activities Codes…………………..  15

Co-Curricular Activities……………………   15

Fund Raising……………………………….   16

Lettering…………………………………….   16

Dance Policy……………………………….   16

Assemblies…………………………………   16

Sports/Activity Schedules………………...  16


 

 

Section III:  Building/Campus Info.

Care of School Property…………………..  17

Closed Campus……………………………   17

Lockers……………………………………..   17

Instructional Media Center………………..  18

Student Hall Pass………………………….  18

Student’s Pass to Leave Building……….. 18

Privilege System…………………………..   18

Non Attending/Youth Apprentice Pass…. 18

Student Valuables……………………….... 19

Before and After School……………….…. 19

Unwelcome Visitors……………………….   19

Safe Learning Environment–Behaviors… 19

Courtesy/Respect………………………….  19

Cheating Policy…………………………….  19

Dress Code…………………………………   20

Insubordination/Disrespect…………….…  20

Profanity………………………………….…   20

Attendance and Truancy Policy…….…… 21

Physical Display of Affection……………..  23

Phy Ed. Dress Code………………………   23

Detention……………………….…………..   23

Out of School Suspension…………….…. 24

Expulsion……………………………….…..   24

Unsafe Behaviors Involving Police/

   Severe Disciplinary Action……….……..  24

Physical Threat/Attack……………….……  24

Discipline……………………………….…..   24

Illegal Substances/Controlled……….…… 24

Tobacco/Electronic Cigarettes…….……..  25

Parking (Student Cars)……………………  25

 

Section IV:  Technology

Computer Usage…………………….…….   26

Family Access/Student Access…..………  26

Electronic Devices………………….……..   26

 

Section V:  Safety

Fire Drill……………………………………. 27

Tornado Drill……………………….……….   27

Outside Advertising…………….………….  27

Announcements………………….………..  27

Other Policies…………………….………..   27


 

 

Section VI:  District Policies

Accidents……………………………….…..   27

Activity Fee………………………………...   27

Annual Notice of Record Review………..  28

Anti-Bullying/Harassment/Sexual

  Harassment Policy…………………….…   28

Armed Forces Recruitment

     (Policy 8330.02)………………………..  30

Behavior at School Events…………….…. 30

Bicycles……………………………………..   30

Bus Discipline Policy………………………   30

Code of Classroom Conduct……….…….  31

Communicable Diseases…………………   31

Defamation Policy…………………………   31

Discrimination Complaint Procedure…….  32

Drug Free Environment…………………..   33

Food Service Management………………. 34

Illness at School……………………………  34

Immunizations……………………….……..  34

Lost and Found……………………….……  34

Medication………………………….………   34

Nursing Services…………………….…….   35

Open enrollment…………………………..   35

Osceola Parent/Teacher Asso. (PTA)…..  35

Other Policies………………………………   35

Parent-Teacher Conferences…………….  35

Public Notification of Nondiscrimination

  Policy………………………………………   35

Pupil Harassment Policy………………….   36

Records Retention Policy…………………38

School Admissions…………………….…..  39

School Closing Announcements…………39

Search and Seizure………………………. 39

Skateboards/Rollerblades/Wheelies……..39

Special Services…………………….……..  40

Surveillance Policy………………….……..  40

Testing………………………………………   40

Tobacco Free School …………………….  41

Videotaping and Photos………………….. 41

Visitors………………………………………   41

Weapons……………………………………   41

OHS Map…………………………………..    42

Academic Goal Setting…………………... 43

 


 


WELCOME!

Welcome to Osceola High School – A community of excellence!  It is my pleasure to welcome you to one of the best high schools in the area.  The 2017-2018 school year is one of opportunity.  OHS carries many strong traditions.  Our staff has taken on the responsibility of ensuring that we continue our strong academic traditions while meeting the needs of all students.  This handbook serves as a guide for you to help navigate through your school year.  You will find policies and procedures to help make the 2017-2018 school year a positive one.  Please read it carefully and share it with your parent/guardians.

 

I welcome your involvement as we work to provide the best possible education to the students of the Osceola School District.  I encourage you to contact me with your ideas, suggestions and concerns.  Working together only enhances your child’s educational experience.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Spiegel – Principal

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

Aug. 29…………………………………………………………………………..School Begins

Sept. 4 ....................................................................... ……………Labor Day – No School

Sept. 22…………………………………………………….…Staff In-Service – No Students

Oct. 9 ............................................... …...Parent Teacher Conferences –3:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 12.................................................... Parent Teacher Conferences –3:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 13................................................................................ Staff In-Service – No Students

Oct. 16.......................................................................................... .Fall Break – No School

Nov. 10………………………………………………………..Staff In-Service – No Students

Nov. 22-24....................................................................... Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec. 1 ……………………………………………………………………..End of 1st Trimester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 2....................................................................... Holiday Break - No School

Jan. 3....................................................................................................... School Resumes

Jan. 19............................................................................... Staff In-Service – No Students

Feb. 16............................................................................... Staff In-Service – No Students

Feb. 19...................................................................................... Winter Break – No School

Mar. 1................................................... . Parent Teacher Conferences –3:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Mar. 2…………………………………………………………..…………End of 2nd Trimester

Mar. 16……………………………………………………......Staff In-Service – No Students

March 29-April 2........................................................................ Easter Break – No School

Apr. 27............................................................................... Staff In-Service – No Students

May 18........................................................................................... Graduation – 8:00 p.m.

May 28...................................................................................... Memorial Day - No School

June 1................................................................................................... Last day of School

 

 


This Handbook is provided to Every OHS

student as notice of the opportunities,

 policies and procedures that will be

followed at the Osceola High School.

 

 

 

NAME______________________________________________  2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 

GRADE________________________  LOCKER NO.____________

HOMEROOM

8:10

8:30

PASSING

8:30

8:33

PERIOD 1

8:33

9:34

PASSING

9:34

9:39

PERIOD 2

9:39

10:42

FIRST LUNCH

SECOND LUNCH

10:42-11:12

LUNCH

10:42-10:47

PASSING

11:14-11:17

PASSING

10:47-11:48

PERIOD 3

11:17-12:18

PERIOD 3

11:48-12:18

LUNCH

PASSING

12:18

12:23

PERIOD 4

12:23

1:24

PASSING

1:24

1:29

PERIOD 5

1:29

2:30

PASSING

2:30

2:35

RESOURCE/MUSIC

2:35

3:21

 

Osceola High School
Policies and Procedures

Section I:  academicS

GRADING SCALE

Grading is reported on a 4.0 Scale

     A    = 4.00          C   = 2.00

     A-   = 3.67          C- = 1.67

     B+  = 3.33          D+ = 1.33

     B    = 3.00          D   = 1.00

     B-   = 2.67          D- = 0.67

     C+  = 2.33          F   = 0.00

Pass/Fail grades are not computed in GPA.

 

CLASS Rank SYSTEM

Classes of 2018-2019: A student’s grade earned on the 4.0 scale determines their grade point average. This number is compared to every other student at their grade level to place their rank order in the class.  *Please note that a study hall carries NO grade points. Students must be enrolled in 7.5 credits per trimester to qualify for a Valedictorian/Salutatorian.

 

Beginning with the class of 2020, the OHS will be moving to the Laude System.

 

In the Laude System, a student’s level of academic honor is determined by their achievement against set standards. There are three levels of honors, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. To be recognized within the Laude System, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 at the end of the second trimester of their senior year. Advanced Placement and other approved courses have Laude points assigned to them for students who earn a B or better. The number of Laude course points a student has earned times their cumulative GPA will determine their individual Laude total.

 

To be recognized as Cum Laude, a student will have earned between 22 and 33.9 points.

 

To be recognized as Magna Cum Laude, a student will have earned between 34 and 43.9 points. 

 

Summa Cum Laude students will have earned more than 44 laude points.

 

More information regarding the Laude System can be found on the Osceola High School webpage under the “Laude System” tab.

 

Skyward Gradebook and FAMILY ACCESS:

All parents and students have access to view student progress online. Teachers will update their gradebooks at a minimum of every two weeks.  In addition, we will only be mailing home trimester grades.  Mid-term grades will be posted via Skyward.  If you need assistance with your login to Skyward, please call the high school office.


Graduation Requirements

Each student is required to successfully meet the minimum of 25.5 credits earned in order to graduate from Osceola High School.  The following requirements must be met:

     4........................ English

     3........................ Social Science

     3........................ Math

     3........................ Science

     1.5..................... Physical Education

     0.5..................... Health

     0.5..................... Computer Applications

     0.5..................... Financial Planning

     9.5..................... Electives

 

COURSE OFFERING GUIDE

CORE COURSES – Required

Laude courses designated by #              

English offerings (11th & 12th—must have at least one trimester of writing, one trimester of literature, and one trimester of speaking. All students must take an English class their senior year.) English 9, English 10, 21st Century Writing, Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature, World Literature, Non-fiction Literature, Public Speaking 1, Public Speaking 2, #AP Language and Composition (year-long).

Mathematics offerings (All students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit of math their 11th grade year.)  Algebra, Integrated Algebra, #Honors Algebra, Geometry, Integrated Geometry, #Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, #AP Statistics, Precalculus, #AP Calculus

Social Studies offerings

US History, General Psychology, World Wars, #AP US History, #AP Psychology, , #AP Comparative   Politics

Science offerings

Pre-chemistry, Pre-physics, General Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Study, #Human Anatomy, #AP Biology, #AP Chemistry, #AP Physics                               

ELECTIVE COURSES

Agriculture offerings                          

Animal Science, Companion Animals, Fish and Wildlife Management, Floriculture, Horticulture, Horse Science, Forest Resource Management, Biotechnology

Art offerings

Art Appreciation, Drawing, Senior Art, Clay, Clay 2, Design, Painting, Sculpture

Business offerings                              

Computer Applications, #Accounting, #Business Law, #Desktop Publishing, Entrepreneurship, Recordkeeping, Digital Media Technologies, Youth Apprenticeships, Career Academy (CAP)

Family & Consumer Education offerings

Classic Cooking, Cultural Cuisine, Foods, Housing and Interior Design, Intro to Child Care, Sewing and Textiles

Foreign Language offerings

 Spanish 1, 2, and #3, #AP Spanish

Technology offerings

Computer Aided Architectural Design, Building Trades, Home & Auto Maintenance, Materials and Processes Technology, Metals Technology 1 and #2, Materials & Processes Technology, Metals Technology 1 and 2, Power & Energy 1, 2, and 3, Woods Technology, (IED) Intro to Engineering Design, (POE) #Principles of Engineering,  (CIM) #Computer Integrated Manufacturing, (CE) #Civil Engineering

Virtual offerings

Students may apply for virtual offerings; the application is on the Principal’s webpage.

AP COURSES

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor provided by the College Board for secondary schools and colleges/universities. The program provides high schools with course descriptions, curricular material and exams in 34 different academic subjects. Interested, able students are given the opportunity for college-level learning and evaluation. Advanced placement tests and/or coursework are available for the following subjects at the OHS:

AP Biology                AP US History                                        AP Statistics

AP Calculus AB        AP Calculus BC                                      AP Psychology

AP Chemistry           AP Comparative Politics                         AP Physics

AP Spanish               AP English Language and Composition

Benefits of the AP Program

Provides an opportunity to earn college credit. (All UW institutions and many colleges and universities in the country offer credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams. Over 1200 colleges and universities offer up to one year’s credit, or sophomore standing, to students presenting qualifying grades on the AP exams).

Provides an opportunity to participate in college-level challenges while still under the guidance of supportive high school staff.

Compares abilities in a variety of disciplines with other students in the nation and world.

Assesses skills in a variety of discipline areas to assist students to better prepare for the future.

Students are not allowed to take more than 3 A.P. courses in a year without principal approval.

 

PEER TUTORING

This is not a traditional class; though it earns elective credit toward graduation just as a traditional class.  Students elected as peer tutors will work with other high school students in classes, in small groups, or one-on-one in order to help them with academic and study skills.  In addition to class time, peer tutors will need to attend additional training sessions, complete assignments, discussion forums, and will be required to participate in an online portion of the class.  Initiative, responsibility, willingness to respect and help others, and ability to work without direct supervision are absolutely essential.  Students will receive grade points for the class based on their cumulative GPA.  The class cannot raise your GPA, but it can’t lower it either (unless you fail).  There will be opportunities for students to participate as volunteer tutors if they do not wish to tutor for credit.  Pre-requisite: peer tutoring application, available in the guidance office or library, recommendation from a teacher, plus have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.  If repeating, excellent performance during previous grading period, and permission of the instructor is needed.

 

TEXTBOOKS

All basic texts and workbooks that are required are loaned to students for their use during the school year.  You are responsible for the book when it is checked out to you. 

 

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two- year elective statewide program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored, paid, on-the-job learning that makes real –world connections for students. Youth Apprentices work a minimum of 450 hours at their YA worksite each year of their program and take related high school or college classes to enhance the worksite experiences. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issues a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency to students who successfully complete the program. Credits are based on hours worked. Students will receive a pass/fail grade.

NON-ATTENDING AND WORK FOR CREDIT

Students in grades 11 or 12 who are on course academically to graduate may apply for an alternative attendance situation at the beginning or end of the day. The criteria and application are available on the Principal’s webpage, and the Principal will have the power to approve or deny these applications. Applications are due by May 1st for the following school year.

 

SCHEDULE CHANGES

Once the school year has started, schedules are not allowed to be changed without the specific approval of the Principal, and only for very compelling reasons.

 

TRANSFER OF CREDIT TO THE OHS

Private entities often advertise that high school credit can be earned for their programs and will be accepted at the student’s high school.  The OHS will not accept credit from outside agencies that are not a part of DPI approved programs including Youth Options, Course Options, Wisconsin Virtual School, Mental Health Facilities or other accepted Treatment Facilities.  Each student at the OHS has the opportunity to earn a maximum of 7.5 credits during a school year.  The OHS strictly maintains the integrity of our Class Rank system which is based upon the 8 credit maximum.  No student will be able to transcript more than 8 credits per year. 

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Room 100 is staffed and available on a daily basis for academic support at 7:30 a.m. and until 4:00 p.m. Students may be recommended for support by staff, parents, or by their own request.

 

GUIDANCE and counseling

The function of the guidance counselors is to be available to all students so that they may acquire direction in making their decisions.  The counselor will attempt to understand problems of the student dealing with vocation, further education, scheduling or personal problems and offer or refer students to the resources available.  The counselor will talk to students in the late winter or early spring in regards to his/her program of subjects for the following school year. 

For all Guidance information please go to the District Website and click on the counselor website available on the OHS webpage.

 

A CHECKLIST FOR APPLICANTS PLANNING TO ATTEND COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITIES:

 

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS

1.   Explore possible college majors and careers with your parents, school counselor and friends.  Consult representatives of various colleges and universities when they visit your school.

2.   See your school counselor or the admissions adviser of the college you wish to attend to see if you are admissible on the basis of class rank and high school course work.  Plan to make up any deficiencies. All juniors will take the ACT at the OHS once, but you may want to plan for additional sittings. Know the minimum ACT score required by your school of choice.

3.   Make appointments now to visit the institutions which interest you, so that it’ll be easier to choose one next fall. College and/or school visitations must be approved by the OHS Administration.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

FALL

1.   Plan now to take or retake the SAT or ACT if you haven’t already.  It’s required for admission, placement, financial aid, or scholarship reasons at the institution(s) to which you are applying.

2.   Visit any university, center, or college that is of interest. A day to visit a school must have pre-approval. Most campuses have tours on weekdays and sometimes on Saturdays.  Many also schedule special preview days for visiting and meeting with academic advisers and representatives of the admissions, financial aids, housing, and other student services.  Contact the admissions office or see the guidance counselors.

3.   UW System campuses start accepting applications Sept 1 for admission for the Fall Semester.  Applications are available online.

4.   Apply early to live in residence halls.

 

WINTER

1.   With your parents, attend financial aid information sessions. Application           for financial aid begins January 1.

2.   If you haven’t already applied for admission, don’t delay.

3.   Check on availability of local or institutional scholarships with your school counselor or a campus financial aid officer.

 

SPRING

1.   You can get a head start on a university degree program by enrolling for        a summer session.  Check on course offerings and apply now.

2.   If you applied to more than one institution and have received admission          and financial aid offers, notify the one(s) you do not plan to attend of your decision.

 

SUMMER

1. Orientation, registration, and placement testing programs are held at most campuses.  Be sure to send in registration cards for these sessions or contact the campus to make other arrangements.

2.   From late May into July, financial aid award notices will go to students who applied on time.  Be sure to respond by the deadline specified.

Check all deadline dates; these are your responsibility!

 

WORK PERMITS

Work permits may be obtained at the district office.  To obtain a permit, bring your social security card, your birth certificate or baptismal certificate, driver’s license, and written consent of your parents, and a letter from your employer who is assuring you of work.  A fee of $10.00 must be charged.  Everyone up to 18 and employed is required to have a work permit under the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations.                

Board Approved April 14, 2004

TRANSCRIPTS – PARCHMENT

The Osceola High School uses Parchment so that we can provide an easy and effective transcript request process.  Transcript requests are processed in a timely manner.  The link provided below and on the high school website provides you with the ability to request transcripts through Secure Transcript.  Transcripts requested online are sent securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship funds that you select.

You may track your request online.  Additionally, you will receive an email notification when we approve your transcript request and again when your transcript is delivered electronically or mailed.  (The delivery method is based upon the delivery preference of the destination that you selected.)

http://www.parchment.com/

 

YOUTH OPTIONS PROGRAM - Board Approved 12/17/12

Eligibility Requirements for Youth Options:

Student must have completed 10th grade to participate in Youth Options; student may apply for Youth Options during the spring trimester of 10th grade. Youth Options courses are college level courses that are rigorous in nature. Students should expect to work hard and put in extra time on these courses to be successful.

For Youth Options courses at any school, university or technical college, students must be in good academic standing, have an acceptable disciplinary record, and maintain satisfactory attendance and meet admission criteria for the school program in which the student plans to attend. Student must take any college entrance and/or placement exams required by the postsecondary institution.

District graduation requirements are set by the Board of Education. Postsecondary courses used in lieu of OHS graduation requirements must be approved by the Osceola Board of Education.

Students may take Youth Options courses through only one institution at a time each semester.

Due to the independent nature and extensive student responsibilities involving a Youth Options course; a student is encouraged to have maintained a strong academic record prior to enrolling.

Youth Options Online Courses/Virtual School:                              

Students taking online courses through Youth Options have made the decision to be college students.  We expect them to take total responsibility for these courses including having computer access at home or at a facility other than the OHS.  All communication with the instructor, all coursework requirements, and all Youth Options guidelines will be the responsibility of the student not a staff member of the OHS.  The Youth Options program is not a high school experience, it is a college experience in which the student accepts all responsibilities.  Do not sign up for an online course if you do not have access to a computer outside of the OHS. 

 

Enrollment Procedures

OHS students are allowed to earn a maximum of 18 college credits through Youth Options between their junior and senior years.

A postsecondary course approved for high school credit shall be granted .25 high school credit per 1 semester credit offered by the postsecondary institution course. 

Students/Parents must provide the college course description for all classes desired.  If a course description is not provided, the course will be denied.

Student must notify the school board (complete form PI-8700A available from guidance) of the student’s intention of enrolling in a postsecondary institution no later than March 1 for a course to be taken in the fall semester; October 1 for a course to be taken in the spring semester. Failure to meet these deadlines shall exclude student from the program for that semester.

Once board approved, the PI-8700A will be returned to the student.

The student is responsible for sending PI-8700A to the postsecondary institution in which they are applying. In addition, the student must complete an application for admission to the postsecondary institution the semester prior to the one in which the student plans to attend and meet all admission requirements.

When completing the PI-8700A form, students should include any courses they may be considering including alternate courses.  The alternate courses would be those courses the student wants to take if they are unable to take any of their primary courses due to space in the course, scheduling conflicts, or other reasons.

 Student must notify the school board if they are admitted to the postsecondary institution by August 1st for fall semester, December 15th for spring semester.


Registration, Adding Classes, Dropping Classes at Postsecondary Institution

The Osceola School District has NO control over the guidelines/deadlines of the postsecondary institution. A Youth Options student, upon board approval, accepts full responsibility for:

·         Application and registration at the postsecondary institution

·         Adding/dropping of courses

·         Communication with postsecondary institution and instructors

·         Curriculum choices

·         Grades

·         Technology needs

 

Youth Options students have 10 school days from the beginning of the OHS trimester in which to drop a Youth Options course without academic penalty at the OHS. Youth Options courses dropped after the first 10 school days of the OHS trimester will result in an “F” grade for the trimester and appear on the student’s high school transcript.

 

Financial Obligation

If a student fails or withdraws from a Youth Options class after the postsecondary institution’s allowed drop period, the student will be 100% responsible for ALL financial expenses for the course including tuition, textbooks (including shipping), administrative fees or any other miscellaneous fees. Students will be accountable for the cost of textbooks if they are not able to be returned. This will mean reimbursing the Osceola School District for any payments made by the district on behalf of the student. Payment will be due payable to Osceola School District within 60 days of termination or failure of the course. If payment is not reimbursed, the student is ineligible to continue participation in Youth Options.

 

Student must pay for any postsecondary course taken that is comparable to a course offered at the school district. Student must pay for incidental college fees (such as a parking permit) and for equipment, tools, supplies and consumables (notebooks, workbooks, uniforms) which will become property of the student.

 

Textbooks

Student must submit a list of all required textbooks and materials to their school counselor.  Please note that textbooks may take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive so please plan accordingly. Suggested deadlines are August 1st for fall semester and December 1st for spring semester. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up textbooks from the OHS, textbooks will not be shipped to students.

 

At the completion of the course, Youth Options students have the option of purchasing their college textbooks. Please note that students may want to consider purchasing the books from the district when they are done using them, as many students’ reference textbooks in future courses.

Students who do not want to purchase their textbooks must return them to their high school counselor within 2 weeks of completion of the course(s).  These textbooks are expected to be returned in excellent condition. Students will be responsible for damaged, abused, or lost textbooks and will be assessed fines. 


Attendance

All Youth Options courses will be assigned to zero hour on the student’s OHS schedule allowing the Youth Options student time in their schedule to take the postsecondary course(s). NOTE: The OHS will not modify the school’s schedule to meet the needs of a Youth Options student. 

 

Technology

The OHS does not provide dedicated computer access specifically for Youth Options students. Do not sign up for an online course if you do not have access to a computer outside of the OHS.  

Youth Options students should use their college issued email address for email communications. The institution may also require the use of Blackboard, Moodle, D2L, or other Blogs that may not be available at OHS.

 

Transcripts/Final Grades

Upon completion of the Youth Options course(s), the student will be responsible for requesting from the college that their final Youth Options grades be sent to the OHS 5 days prior to the end of the OHS trimester. All grades from approved courses will be recorded on their high school report card and transcript.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the registrar or records office at the postsecondary institution they received their Youth Options credits and have the credits transferred to the postsecondary institution they plan to attend after high school.

 

Billing

Students are responsible for tuition bills, they can either arrange for direct billing to the Osceola School District with the school counselor or submit tuition bill to school counselor within 2 weeks of class beginning.

 

School District Responsibilities

The school board will pay for any course that is taken for high school credit that is NOT COMPARABLE to a course offered in the school district as per guidelines in Youth Option contract.

The school board will pay for the cost of any books and fees for all approved courses and materials for students attending a post-secondary institution. The school board expects the books and materials be returned in excellent condition or fines will be applied.

The school board will determine whether a post-secondary course is eligible for high school credit, how much high school credit may be awarded, and whether the course is comparable to courses offered at the school district.

 

STATE COURSE OPTIONS PROGRAM

This new program allows students to take up to two classes at a time from an approved educational institution in Wisconsin.  Parents must submit applications directly to the educational institution the student wishes to attend at least six weeks before the start of the course.  Please contact your counselor if you’re interested in this new program for specifics.  NOTE: There are specific prerequisites and entrance criteria.  Applications can be denied.

 

ACADEMIC AWARDS

HONOR ROLL

Each trimester the top students of each class will be recognized and honored for their superior work within the classroom.  The “A” honor roll will include students with a grade point average between a 3.50 and a 4.00. The “B” honor roll includes students with a 3.00 to a 3.49 for courses taken.  Transfer grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

ACADEMIC LETTERS

Criteria:

     Must maintain a GPA of 3.75 in 3 consecutive trimesters for the initial Academic “O”.

     Must be enrolled in 5 academic classes per trimester.

Academic Letter AWARDS:

     Awarded an Academic “O” the first time the student meets the above criteria.

     A Chevron is awarded every trimester the student maintains the trimester

      GPA of 3.75 while taking 5 academic classes after earning the letter.

     A Star is awarded every trimester the student maintains the trimester GPA of 3.9 while taking 5 academic classes after earning the letter.

Displaying Academic Letters:

     Students may choose to sew them onto their varsity letter jackets overlapping the athletic “O” with the academic “O”. Stars and Chevrons may be sewn onto the left jacket sleeve.

     We ask that students display their academic awards with pride and class.

      How you wear your award and where you wear your award are extremely important to the school district and our community.

 

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Board Approved:  2/24/10

Wisconsin schools are awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship based upon their enrollment.  Due to our current enrollment, the Osceola High School receives 2 scholarships.  The Scholarship is awarded from the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board (WHEAB) of the Department of Public Instruction.  The Osceola School District is responsible for the selection criteria used in awarding the 2 scholarships, but has no further involvement with the process.

Important Notes Regarding AES

      *The AES is a tuition scholarship up to $2250 per year for a student to attend a Wisconsin post-secondary institution.

      *To receive the AES a second year, the college student must have accumulated 24 semester credits and achieved a 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 system.

      *To receive the AES a third year, the college student must have accumulated 48 semester credits and achieved a 3.000 on a 4.000 system.

      *To receive the AES a fourth year, the college student must have accumulated 72 semester credits and achieved a 3.000 on a 4.000 system.

 

District Policy – AES

The Academic Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to the two senior pupils at the Osceola High School who have the highest cumulative grade point average taken to the third place past the decimal in all subjects through the second trimester their senior year based on a 4.000 scale.  Students must be in attendance at the OHS for the last 6 trimesters before graduation (Junior & Senior Year) to be eligible for the AES.  If 3 or more pupils have the same grade point average and tie for 1st place, the School Board will use the following criteria in sequential order to select the District’s 2 selections:

1.   The Wisconsin State Higher Education Board requires the student must         live in Wisconsin. Franconia students are not eligible for the AES.

2.   The higher number of credits taken through the Osceola High School and reported on the OHS transcript.

3.   The highest composite score on the ACT (American College Test) must         be officially sent to the OHS directly from ACT by January 15th of their senior year.  A score received after the January 15th deadline will NOT be accepted

4.   The number of Advanced Placement Courses identified by the College Board taken by the student through the OHS (ITV, Virtual, OHS) including those the student is enrolled in for the current school year. Transfer students can NOT exceed the total number of AP courses available to OHS students for the purpose of AES.  Youth Options              courses are not College Board approved and not utilized in the AES selection criteria.

5.   The highest ACT writing subscore reported on the Act Plus Writing section of the ACT received by the OHS directly from ACT by January 15th of their senior year.

6.   Leadership Positions Held at the OHS (Sports Team Captain, Club Officer, OSCAR)

7.   Any further ties will be decided by the Board of Education.

 

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP

By February 25th of each school year, the School Board will designate the appropriate number of senior(s) from the high school with the highest levels of proficiency in technical education subjects as scholars eligible to receive a Technical Excellence Higher Education Scholarship. Eligibility and Selection Criteria can be found on the Osceola High School webpage.

 

VALEDICTORIAN

The Valedictorian(s) of the graduating class is/are the student(s) who have attained #1 status based upon GPA and enroll in 7.5 credits each trimester.

 

SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT

Senior Awards Night is held on the Monday before Graduation day at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Seniors receiving scholarships will be presented them that evening. Senior Awards Night will only acknowledge graduating Osceola School District students.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Many scholarships are available to students interested in obtaining financial assistance.  Information can be obtained from the guidance office on individual scholarship amounts and necessary qualifications.  All scholarship opportunities are posted on the Guidance website.  A listing of local scholarships will be available to seniors in early fall.

The high school has guidelines established to address scholarship committee composition and the recipient selection process.  Only students who have earned/are earning an Osceola School District Diploma are eligible to be considered for scholarships in which the scholarship is fiscally managed by the district and/or the high school scholarship selection committee is involved. 

The district shall not discriminate in acceptance and administration of gifts, bequests, scholarships and other aids, benefits or services to students from private agencies, organizations or persons on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.  Discrimination complaints shall be processed in accordance with established procedures.

 

foreign exchange students

The Osceola High School will allow a maximum of 4 exchange students per year.  These students must be from different countries so that our students have the opportunity to share in multiple cultures.  All foreign exchange students must be approved by the High School Principal.


OHS STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD

Osceola High School students wishing to study abroad must contact his/her guidance counselor to determine in advance the courses needed to maintain appropriate progress toward graduation in our District.

A meeting must be held with the student, an agent of the sponsoring agency, the OHS principal, the guidance counselor and the student’s parent(s) to discuss all implications of the student studying abroad.

The following items must be discussed and clarified:

     The District does not want progress toward graduation to be halted or delayed by Foreign Study.

     Credits will be evaluated from the foreign school’s transcripts by the OHS principal and guidance department.  Their determination of the awarding of credit will be final.

     Letter grades will not be awarded to study abroad.  Students will receive “pass” or “fail” grades.

     Student’s GPA will remain the same, as all “Pass” classes will reflect previous GPA.

     Class rank may be affected when students leave our system. 

 

SECTION II:  ATHLETICS/

ACTIVITIES/CLUBS

ATHLETIC FEE SCHEDULE

ATHLETIC FEES WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FOLLOWING SPORTS: FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY, TENNIS, GOLF, SOCCER, CHEERLEADING, DANCE, BASKETBALL, WRESTLING, HOCKEY, TRACK AND FIELD, BASEBALL, AND SOFTBALL.  EACH SPORTS WILL COST $75.00.  aN INDIVIDUAL CAP IS $150 AND A FAMILY CAP IS $300.  THE INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY CAP IS NOT COMBINED WITH THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

 

ATHLETIC/ACTIVITIES CODE

The OHS Athletic Code details the expectations on every student athlete. The signed code covers a 12-month period.  It is available as a separate document in the OHS office, or on the school district webpage under Athletics. Please see the Athletic Director with any questions. 

 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Every student is encouraged to be involved in some way at the OHS. Currently we offer:

Athletics                     Boys                                      Girls

Fall                            Cross Country                       Cross Country

                                  Football                                 Volleyball

                                  Soccer                                   Tennis

                                                                                Golf

                                                                                Football Cheerleading

                                                                                Dance Team                           

Winter                       Basketball                              Basketball

                                  Hockey**                                Hockey*

                                  Wrestling                               Dance Team

Spring                       Baseball                                 Softball

                                  Golf                                        Track

                                  Track                                     Soccer

                                  Tennis                                   *Co-op with New Richmond

Activities

Chess Club                            Destination Imagination            Drama Club            

FBLA                                      FCCLA                                     FFA                        

Forensics                              French Club                              Math Team

National Honor Society          OSCAR                                     Powerlifting             

Spanish Club                          Tech Club                                Capital’s Club

Fishing                                   Gamers                                     Bowl Club

Chieftain to Chieftain              Link Crew

                                                                                      

FUND RAISING

All fund raising projects must be approved by the principal with final approval by the Board of Education.  Tickets or articles of any kind, other than those associated with school sponsored activities, are not to be sold on school property by students or outside organizations. No individual may sell products at school for their individual benefit.

 

LETTERING

Each coach/activity has its own lettering policy.  See the coach/advisor for specific lettering information.  All seniors participating in an OHS sport who finish the season in “Good Standing” will receive a varsity letter.

 

DANCE POLICY

1.   A school dance is the extension of a school day.  Students are expected to follow all school regulations and behavior expectations.

2.   A date/guest is the responsibility of the accompanying Osceola student.  All proper paperwork is necessary before they will be admitted.

3.   A student or date whose behavior does not meet acceptable standards including, but not limited to, fighting, alcohol or drug use shall forfeit their privilege to participate in school sponsored dance for one calendar year.

4.   All dates must be registered ahead of time in the main office.  Each Osceola student is allowed only one guest.  If a guest is not on the list, they will not be allowed to enter.  Guests attending other high schools must complete an OHS Dance Form signed by their parents and their high school principal before they will be allowed to participate/attend the OHS Homecoming Dance, Winter Formal Dance, or OHS Prom.   Only students who are currently enrolled in a high school may attend our dances.

5.   Once students/guests are admitted to a dance, they cannot leave and be readmitted.

6.   Students must ride the bus to and from Stillwater for Prom.  Prom is only for juniors and               seniors.

 

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are a sanctioned part of the school day.  Therefore, all students are required to attend or they will be considered truant.  At all times the student’s behavior should be refined and courteous.  Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole.  Unacceptable conduct would include whistling, uncalled-for-clapping, boisterousness, and talking during a program.

 

SPORTS/ACTIVITY SCHEDULES

All OHS Sports dates and locations are listed on the School District website:  www.osceola.k12.wi.us.    Click on the OHS Athletic Link and then click on Entire Osceola Athletic Calendar

SECTION III:  BUILDING/CAMPUS

INFORMATION

 

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

Anyone who willfully destroys school property through vandalism, arson, or larceny, or who creates a hazard to the safety of our students will receive a school consequence and will be referred to the proper law enforcement agency.

 

CLOSED CAMPUS

Osceola High School is a closed campus.  Students are not to leave the campus at any time without a blue pass having been obtained from the office.  Students are not allowed to leave school to go out for lunch.  Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged not to write notes or call in for their child to go to lunch, as it will not be excused due to our closed campus policy.

Motor vehicles are totally off limits during the school day without a blue pass.

 

LOCKERS

KEEP YOUR LOCKER LOCKED!  Each student will be assigned a locker and will be responsible for that locker.  Only one student may occupy a locker.  Lockers are not safety deposit boxes but rather a storage place for books, lunches and coats/jackets.  The school is not liable for lost/stolen items.  Anything put up on the inside of the locker must be easily removable.  Contents of anything displayed must be appropriate for Osceola High School’s standards.  Lockers needing repair should be reported to the General Office.  School officials retain control of lockers and may inspect them periodically.  Students are responsible for items stored in their lockers and for the care of their lockers.  Lockers are to be completely cleaned out prior to the last day of school.  Items left in lockers after that time will be discarded or given to charity.  Any damage to a student’s locker will be charged to them.

 

DECORATIONS

All locker and wall decorations / posters must be approved by the administration.  Locker messages / postings / photos that disrupt the academic environment or offend others will be removed. 

 

LOCKER SEARCHES

Courts have held that it is a proper function of school authorities to inspect the lockers under their control and to prevent their use in illicit ways or for illegal purposes.  The following guidelines apply:

     Lockers are provided for convenience and are not the property of the student.

     Periodic searches of any or all lockers will be made to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.

     If at any time administration has reasonable suspicion that an item is being kept in a locker in violation of school rules, administration will search it.

     Searches of student book bags, automobiles, pockets, etc. can be and will be conducted as needed in accordance with legal guidelines.

     Disciplinary measures will result if a student’s locker is filthy, has a bad odor, trash-filled, or deemed to be unsanitary or being disrespected.

INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER (IMC)

The IMC is available to be used by students and staff as a learning center, where teachers and students are encouraged to utilize the space for instruction, research, classroom projects, book check outs, and as a reading space. Study hall students are also welcome to utilize the resources in the library and help maintain the environment as a learning center.  The IMC offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books for reference and recreational reading, a variety of technology devices, newspapers, magazines, and audio and video resources.  The library also offers a Peer Tutoring program for students who need additional help with their classes.  All students are required to bring a pass to the library, and to check in and out with a staff member at the circulation desk.

The library will be open daily from 7:30 until 3:30.

The library catalog can be found online from any computer with internet access. Go to: https://osceola.follettdestiny.com

To log in, use your District ID as your username (example: MCCARGRE000) and your lunch code as your password.

 

STUDENT HALL PASS

All students must have their handbook or a pass to be in the hallways during class time.  Students that are given permission by an instructor to leave class to go to the bathroom, locker, or to get a drink must use a hall pass. The student name, the time that students check out and return must be listed on the pass.

 

STUDENT’S PASS TO LEAVE BUILDING

If students need to leave the building they should report to the office with a note from their parents before 8:25 am to obtain a permit to leave building (blue) pass.  Just prior to leaving the building the student then signs out in the office.  Students returning to the building after appointments, errands etc. are required to sign back in at the office. No teacher is to issue a pass to a pupil to leave the building at any time during the school hours.  This includes dental and doctor appointments, errands, etc.  Unless it is deemed an emergency by administration, office staff will not interrupt classes to excuse students.

 

PRIVILEGE SYSTEM

Wisconsin Act 340 allows juniors and seniors to apply each semester for a one-hour release from school during their study hall or commons period. (118.33b). OHS seniors who meet/exceed our behavioral and academic expectations are eligible to apply for this release under our Privilege System. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85, must maintain C’s or better at all grade check periods, have no discipline referrals for the quarter, be in good standing for attendance, and have no missing school work. To exercise their Privilege, the student must possess and display their school ID with a Privilege sticker. Students who lose Privileges may apply for re-instatement on a case by case basis.

 

NonAttending/Youth Apprenticeship Passes

Students who leave school on a daily basis due to Work for Credit  will be given an Early Release Card stating the time they are to be away from OHS.  Students must carry this card with them at all times.  Failure to produce this card to authorities may result in a truancy fine.


PROTECTION OF VALUABLES

Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money, radios, or cameras to school, and if they wear glasses or watches, to keep track of them at all times.  Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property.  Personal property should never be left unattended.  If it is necessary to bring more money than needed to pay for lunch, leave it at the office for safe keeping.  DO NOT LEAVE ANY VALUABLES IN YOUR LOCKER.  This includes fundraising items.

 

before and AFTER SCHOOL

Groups using the building in the evening must use only the section of the building reserved for them and leave all rooms and equipment in proper condition to resume school the next day.

 

UNWELCOME VISITORS

Visitors who do not report directly to the office are considered unwelcome visitors and will be held accountable under the village ordinance. Visitors are not allowed in our building during the lunch hours.

 

safe learning environment – behaviors

COURTESY/respect

Courtesy to teachers, school employees, other students and visitors is a tradition at our school.  Each of us should strive to be considerate of all others, despite racial, religious or economic background.

Treat all adult employees of the school with courtesy and follow any request or direction given by them.  Rudeness/Disrespect will result in disciplinary action.

 

CHEATING POLICY

Cheating is attempting to receive credit for ANY work accomplished by violating rules, deceit, trickery, fraud, plagiarism, and distortion of truth.

Please note: Anyone involved with the cheating incident (helping someone cheat) will be treated in the same regard as the primary cheater.

Plagiarism – using someone else’s ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas as your own, either on purpose or through carelessness.

Any cheating violation will be handled in the following manner:

1st Offense (In any class)

·         Phone call by teacher to parents

·         No credit for work cheated on

·         Additional discipline measures to be determined by teacher and administrator

·         No extra credit given to make up points for the incident

2nd Offense (In any class)

·         Meeting of parent/guardian with principal and teacher

·         If second offense takes place in any class, it warrants removal from the class in which the second offense occurred with a failing grade and disciplinary actions.

·         Additional discipline measures to be determined by teacher and administration

·         No points or extra credit permitted.


DRESS CODE

Osceola High School administration and teachers expect students to present themselves in a manner that will be respectful and appropriate.  Students’ clothing should not offend others, cause embarrassment to themselves, present a health hazard or create a disruption in classes.  The following expectations will be enforced for both genders:

1.   Shoes must be worn at all times.

2.   Students are expected to maintain hygienically clean attire.

3.   All students are expected to change for PE.

4.   No caps, hats, bandanas, or other head covers are to be worn in the building.

5.   Pants must be fastened around the waist.

6.   Coats, jackets, and sunglasses must be kept in lockers.

7.   Book bags, duffel bags, backpacks, and any other large purse/bag or briefcase must be kept in lockers.

8.   Any clothing that shows excessive skin is not to be worn at school.

9.   Clothing that shows undergarments is not permitted (i.e., tops must cover bras, pants must cover underwear).

10. Pants and shirts must meet at the waistline.

11. Low-cut backs, low-cut fronts, halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, or tube tops are unacceptable.

12. Wearing of gang colors or other gang identification is not allowed.

13. Metal chains, studs, and spike jewelry or accessories are considered a            safety concern and  should not be brought to or worn in school.

14. Students must be able to sit down and not expose their bare back or underwear.

15. Clothing with inappropriate language or graphics that are immodest are not permissible.  Examples:  ethnic, racist, or sexist put-downs, drug, alcohol, or tobacco advertising.

16. Any clothing, accessories (i.e. trench coats/gloves), or makeup that have the potential to distract from the learning environment are not allowable.

17. The administration and school board reserve the right to determine appropriate school attire.

Students who are not in compliance with dress policy will be asked to modify their apparel or be sent home.  A pattern of non-compliance by a student may lead to other disciplinary action.

*Note:  Appropriate warm weather attire at the OHS consists of a t-shirt with sleeves and shorts that extend in length to the tips of your fingertips when standing with your arms at your sides.

 

INSUBORDINATION/DISRESPECT

Blatant disrespect or refusal to follow directions of school personnel, including appointed monitors, will be regarded as defiance of authority and insubordination.  Students will be disciplined according to the severity of insubordination ranging from noon detention, to suspension from school, to police department referral.

Wisconsin Statutes 947.01

 

PROFANITY

Students who use profane language will be assigned detention.  Excessive or threatening usage of profane language will result in suspension from school and notification to the Osceola Police Department for a profanity ordinance citation.


ATTENDANCE and TRUANCY policy

Wisconsin State Law on School Attendance.

Because the school officials are charged with the duty of enforcing the compulsory school attendance law, it is included for your information.

1.   118.15 COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

      Unless the child has a legal excuse or has graduated from high school, any person having under his control a child between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age who has not graduated shall cause such child to attend school regularly, during the full period and hours, religious holidays excepted, that the public or private school in which such a child should be enrolled is in session until the end of the school term, quarter, or semester of the school year in which he becomes 18 years of age.

2.   118.16 TRUANCY

      Truancy means any absence of one or more days from school during which a principal or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent pupil, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of S.118.15.

3.   118.16(4) HABITUAL TRUANT

      “Habitual truant” means a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse:

1.   UNEXCUSED Absences for Part or All of 5 days in a Semester puts you in a position to be prosecuted for violation of County and State laws.

2.   A child may not be EXCUSED for more than 10 days in a school year.

4.   PENALTY

      Whoever violates this section or files a false statement under S.118.16(1) may be fined or imprisoned not more than three months or both.  In a prosecution under this subsection, if the defendant proves that he is unable to comply with the law because of the disobedience of the child in question, the action shall be dismissed and the child shall be proceeded against as delinquent under Ch.48.  Penalties for truancy can be handled at both the Osceola Municipal Court or at the county level.

 

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL IN DEALING WITH

TRUANCY

1.   Check attendance of all students daily and determine which absences are unexcused.

2.   Notify the parents or guardian of a truant by phone, personal contact, or mail, and direct the parent to have the child in school no later than the next day (or sooner, if feasible) that school is in session, or to provide an excuse under 118.15.  A personal call will be attempted before using the U.S. mail, and a written record will be kept of all contacts.

 

Tardiness to school

Students tardy to school in the morning without an excused note from home will automatically be signed up for detention on the day that they were tardy.  Excessive tardiness to school (excessive constitutes 3 or more tardies) will lead to a truancy referral to the Osceola Police Department/Municipal Court System.

 

tardiness to class

A student who is more than 5 minutes tardy to class is to go to the office IMMEDIATELY to obtain a tardy pass.  Any unexcused tardies will result in detention. Tardiness of less than 5 minutes will be handled by the individual classroom teachers. If a student is tardy to a particular class four times in a trimester, he/she will receive lunch detention.  Students who have been detained in the office or by a teacher should ask for a pass from the person who detained them before going to their next class. Students who are more than five minutes late to a class will be assigned lunch detention.

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES

According to Wisconsin Statute 118.16(2), parents are responsible for determining whether an absence is excused or unexcused for any part of 10 days.  *Doctors notes:  A note from a physician stating that the student is too sick to be in school will excuse a child and not count against his/her “Any Part of 10 Days.”  After a student has been absent for any part of 10 days, it is the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  The Osceola Board of Education recognizes the following reasons for excused absences:

     Pupil Illness, Death in Family, Court Appearance, Family Emergencies, Religious Holidays, Medical/Dental Appointments & Prearranged Absences

After 5 absences the parent will receive a letter informing/reminding parents of the number of absences.  After 10 absences, the parent receives a second letter stating that further absences may be UNEXCUSED by the Principal.  Parent will be required to have a doctor’s slip and/or communicate with the Principal before student is excused.  After any unexcused absence, truancy will be filed with the Municipal Court.  The school district has the right to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.   OHS does not have to wait until 10 absences to file truancy.

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY INCURRED BY EXCUSED ABSENCES

     All missed assignments/tests may be made up.

     Students are given two days for each day absent to complete test/assignments.  Example:  If a student has an excused absence on 10/19. . . all work will be due at the end of the day on 10/21.

     Completed assignments/tests will be graded as usual.

     Students who are absent on the day of an exam may be required to complete an alternative assessment to reduce the opportunity to compromise the original exam.

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES/TRUANCY

Examples of common unexcused absences or truancies are:

     Leaving the building without an approved note, not obtaining a blue pass and checking out with office staff, skipping an individual class, hair/tanning appointments other than study hall periods, shopping, false or forged notes, phone calls from students misrepresenting their parents and calling them in as absent, lunch, errands, overslept, missed the bus, my ride didn’t show up, car trouble, doing homework at home or working on another class.

These absences will be considered by the Osceola High School as unexcused absences and students will not be able to make up work due that day and assigned that day.  The students will not be excused if they leave the building without a blue pass or parents checking them out in the office.  A call or note from the parent “after the fact” will not be excused.

There are many exciting opportunities arranged for seniors.  Group “skip days” or senior pranks will result in the loss of these opportunities and possibly the loss of the graduation ceremony.

 

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY INCURRED BY UNEXCUSED ABSENCES (TRUANCIES)

     Not allowed to make-up assignments/tests.

     Students will receive consequences for the unexcused missed time.

 

 

     Consequences are as follows:

1)   Verbal warning to student.

2)   One noon detention per missed skipped hour, up to 3.  Full day unexcused absences will result in either community service of 5 hours, loss of parking pass for one week or after school detention.  (The Principals have sole discretion on what the student will receive.)

3)   Referral to Municipal Court/Osceola Police Department. - Fine $0-$500 –  (Parents are required to attend court procedures.)

4)   Expulsion

 

perfect attendance

In order to receive a perfect attendance certificate at the end of the year, students must have attended school all year without missing 1 class.  This would include any hour missed for doctor, dentists, ortho, etc.  The only absence excused would be school related functions.

 

PRE-ARRANGED AND ADVANCE ABSENCES

Students who know in advance that they will be absent from school for part of a day or days should see the principal’s secretary for a form to be signed by all of his/her teachers and approved by the principal.  School related advance absences, when students are not marked absent, require that work be completed for the day of the absence and the next day on time.

1.   College visit

2.   Job interview

3.   State Meet attendance - participants and non-participants

4.   Weddings, graduations, confirmations, trips with parents

5.   Court ordered and pre-arranged Social Service appointments

6.   School field trips and organizational conferences

NOTE:  It will be at the discretion of the school administration to weigh other reasons for absence, in accordance with Wisconsin State Law on School Attendance, as to whether the absence is excusable or inexcusable.

Parents/Teachers will be notified of inexcusable absenteeism.

 

PHYSICAL DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Physical display of affection between students is not considered acceptable behavior in school or on the school grounds.  Any contact between students beyond holding hands is considered inappropriate in a school building and may result in a disciplinary action.

 

Physical education dress code

Students are required to dress for and participate in Phy. Ed.  After 5 days of not dressing for class, the student will be removed from the course with no credit, receive an “F” grade, and will be placed in a study hall.

 

detention

Students may be required to sit noon detention for a variety of reasons.  If a student does not show up for his/her detention:

1st time – Assignment doubles

2nd time – Phone call or meeting with parent to warm of truancy

3rd time – Truancy filed


OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Students who are under temporary suspension by administrators are not permitted to participate or attend any school-sponsored activities either at school or away from school during the period of suspension.  Students who are suspended out of school are required to make up work missed in a time allotted by the teachers.

 

EXPULSION

Repeated violations of disruptive or unsafe behaviors may result in expulsion.  Expulsion is a permanent dismissal from school activity for a determined time.

 

UNSAFE BEHAVIORS INVOLVING POLICE/SEVERE

     DISCIPLINARY ACTION

 

PHYSICAL THREAT/ATTACK

A student who threatens to harm another student will be removed from school grounds until the situation is resolved.  A student who physically attacks another will be removed from school for an appropriate period of time determined by the administration.  Both incidences may be reported to the authorities and lead to severe disciplinary measures including expulsion.

 

DISCIPLINE

Students who engage in willful, persistent, and disruptive behavior that interferes with the educational process, or threatens the safety of students or staff will be subject to being disciplined in a fair but firm manner.

Students may expect the staff and administration to treat each disciplinary case on its specific merits, but in general the discipline program will follow one or a combination of several of the following directions:

     Student-Teacher Meeting

     Detention

     Out-of-School Suspension-Parent Informed

     Expulsion

     Drugs/Alcohol/Theft/Physical Attacks will result in police involvement.

     Community Service Hours

 

ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES/CONTROLLED
SUBSTANCES/PARAPHERNALIA/LOOK-A-LIKES

The use, possession, sale, or furnishing of alcohol, non-prescribed substances, chemicals or illegal substances anywhere on school premises by a student at any time is prohibited.

No student or parent/guardian may appear at school or any school-sponsored function under the influence or possession of alcohol, non-prescribed substances, chemicals, illegal substances, or look-a-likes.

Wisconsin statutes 66.054, 947.04

Disciplinary action may result in expulsion procedures from the District.


TOBACCO/ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

The School District of Osceola will strictly enforce the policy of having a tobacco-free campus to include all nicotine-containing products except FDA approved cessation products.  Continued efforts will be made to educate students about these products and the health harm that they represent. 

Smoking or use of tobacco, e-cigarettes, lighters, matches or tobacco products is prohibited on school premises at any time or for any function in which the student body participates, including co-curricular bus transportation.  Students caught with tobacco products (regardless if they are 18) on school grounds will be assigned 2 days out-of-school suspension and will be issued a citation by the Osceola Police Department for violation of the village ordinance.

The Osceola Police Department Charges approximately $69.90 for violations = $50.00 fine plus court costs.

 

PARKING (STUDENT CARS)

*     Students will be required to purchase a parking permit that must be clearly displayed while the vehicle is parked on school grounds. Failure to follow parking lot rules will result in loss of parking permit. Student vehicles not parked in the designated student lot will be towed.

*     Any student who drives a car to school should park it in the student parking area immediately upon arrival.  Students are not allowed to park in the visitor parking lot in front of the school or the teacher’s parking lot.  Students are not allowed in cars during school hours whether it is their own car or one of their peers.

*     Any student driving their vehicle in a reckless manner on the school grounds will be banned from parking them on school property and will be reported to the police.

*     Automobiles parked on school property can be searched.

*     Students will face disciplinary actions if they are found damaging cars in the school parking lot.  It’s important to note that students should not touch any car that is not theirs at any time as they risk legal proceedings.

*     Students who continually skip school will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle to OHS for a determined amount of time.  Parents will be contacted and students who disregard this penalty will have their unauthorized vehicles towed at their expense.

*     Handicapped spaces are marked on the asphalt.  All students know where these spaces are and we will not allow non-handicapped students to park in those spaces.

 

SECTION IV:  TECHNOLOGY

The Osceola School District supports student use of technology resources for the sole purpose of achieving District educational goals, standards, and curricular objectives. The District has established a computer network and is pleased to offer Network/Internet access for student use. This provides students access to a variety of Internet and cloud resources as well as the network to facilitate the storage and retrieval of information to enhance the educational environment. Network/Internet access and technology resources are a privilege, not a right. In order for students to use our Network/Internet, all students and their parents must sign and turn in the Osceola School District Student Technology Responsible Use & Internet Safety Policy for the current school year. This policy can be found on the Osceola School District webpage under the Technology tab.


COMPUTER USAGE

1)   All students must have a Student Responsible Use & Internet Safety Policy (RUP) signed by a parent/guardian in order to use any school computer.

2)   Students who violate the RUP Student Technology Acceptable Use and Internet Safety

      Policy will receive disciplinary actions ranging from suspension from computer usage and community service hours to detention and out of school suspension. Serious RUP violations could result in expulsion proceedings.

 

FAMILY ACCESS/STUDENT ACCESS

The Family Access web portal is designed to enhance communication between the Osceola School District and parents/guardians. Parents can view their child’s progress with a click of the mouse using a computer with Internet access. Parents and guardians can view a variety of student information such as attendance, schedules, immunizations, emergency contacts, grades (OMS and OHS), weather alerts, school closing information, message center communication and food service balances and payments.

To sign up for Family Access, contact the Family Access coordinator at OHS.

The School District of Osceola also offers Student Access for students in grades 6-12 to access their student information for secure viewing of attendance, schedules, Food Service, Grades and Message Center.  To sign up for Student Access, contact the Family Access coordinator at OHS.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell Phones:    Cell phones may be used before, after school, in between classes, and during lunch.   It is at the teacher’s discretion as to whether cell phones are permitted in their classrooms.

Laptops/IPADS/Kindles/Ereaders/etc.:

Students are encouraged to bring their own electronic device to school.  The school assumes no responsibility for the devices while it is on school property.  It is the teacher’s discretion as to whether or not devices are permitted in their classrooms.  In addition:

1)   The school is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged devices.

2)   Connecting non-district equipment to the district network is not allowed at any time.

3)   The creation of a wireless hotspot or any method of creating an ad-hoc wireless or wired network allowing other users or devices to intentionally or unintentionally connect is not allowed at any time.

4)   All guidelines for appropriate use must be adhered to, including but not limited to the prohibition of games without express permission from the direct supervisor, videos, inappropriate content and/or activities.

5)   Any actions or activities that are disruptive in any way will result in immediate termination of the right to bring in electronic devices.

6)   Students who have a revocation of technology privileges are not allowed to bring in electronic devices.

7)   The authority granted educators and schools under the Wisconsin State Statutes provides school authorities with the right to inspect students’ lockers, student owned or operated vehicles parked on school grounds, and/or articles carried on their person during the school day or at related school-sponsored activities.

8)   Any devices turned into the office because of improper use will be issued the following consequence.

1st offense:  Electronic device will be confiscated by any school employee and given to the administration for the remainder of the day.

2nd offense:                Electronic device will be confiscated by any school employee and given to the administration for 3 days and parent informed.

3rd offense:                 Parent/guardian must pick up device

SECTION V:  SAFETY

FIRE DRILL

Periodic fire drills will be scheduled throughout the year.  Students are to follow the directions given for each classroom and proceed out of the building in an orderly manner.  When the alarm ceases to sound, faculty will be directed to come back into the building.  This is to assure that the alarm did not cease due to burning and then to have students re-enter a burning building.

 

TORNADO DRILL

During National Tornado Awareness Week we will be holding a tornado drill.  All students are to proceed in an orderly fashion to the inner school room specified by their teacher.  You will be notified over the intercom when the drill is complete.

 

OUTSIDE ADVERTISING

All posters or announcements to be displayed anywhere in the building must be 8” x 10” in size and approved by the office.  Notices promoting private profit-making organizations are prohibited.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A daily bulletin will be provided by the school office.  Announcements for the following day should be in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before.  Announcements may be announced school wide, read to classes by teachers, or students.  All announcements are also posted by the office and in the commons.  Announcements must have approval and be initialed by a teacher or group advisor.

 

OTHER POLICIES

This handbook is not a comprehensive listing of all district policies.  The Osceola School Board has other policies that are not included in this handbook but are available for all students/parents upon request.

 

sECTION VI:  DISTRICT POLICIES

ACCIDENTS

It is the hope of the school district that the school environment is a safe and healthy place to be.  If an accident does occur, it must be reported to the person in charge and/or to the school office.  This includes any accident in the school building, on the school grounds, during practice sessions, or any other athletic event sponsored by the school.  The staff person in charge will assist with the reporting of an accident by filling out an accident report form.

 

ACTIVITY FEE

The intermediate, middle, and high schools each have an activity fee, which is reviewed each summer.  Students should bring their enrollment fee to their designated staff during the first week of school.   The high school Activity Fee is $10.00.

ANNUAL NOTICE OF RECORD REVIEW

The School District of Osceola has designated the Superintendent of Schools as the legal custodian of the public records and property of the School District of Osceola. The term “public records” as used here includes all records of the School Board, Board officers, the Superintendent, committees and the divisions and departments of the District. The public may obtain information and access to records, make requests for records, or obtain copies of records in the custody of the School District of Osceola at the following place and times at the local public offices: Administrative Offices of School District of Osceola at 331 Middle School Drive or Post Office Box 128, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020. The regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m

District records are located in various offices in various locations in the District. Information concerning the location of particular records may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent. In applying the provisions of the public records law, the positions identified as local public offices within the School District of Osceola include: local public offices, Superintendent of Schools, building principals, and directors.

The District is authorized by law to impose a fee on the requester that does not exceed the actual, necessary and direct cost of reproducing, locating, transcribing, mailing or shipping the record, unless a fee is otherwise specifically established by law. Information concerning the specific fees charged by the District may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent.

 

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL
HARASSMENT POLICY

HARASSMENT/sexual harassment

CYBERBULLYING

Students who report to the Administration that they are being harassed or bullied over the Internet will have their situation investigated and acted upon.  These cases may result in disciplinary action at school and possible Police involvement.

PHYSICAL AND VERBAL HARASSMENT ASSAULT/BATTERY

Students are not to use physical force or threatening or abusive language toward any person in school.

 

INITIATION/HARASSMENT

Students have the right to attend school without the fear of physical threat or harm, or verbal abuse.

Students have the responsibility to refrain from conduct that does not respect the rights, dignity, and safety of all individuals.

Students have the responsibility to express their thoughts and feelings in a manner that does not offend, slander, or ridicule others.

Wisconsin Statutes 940, 941, 942, 947

*     Administration takes harassment very seriously and there will be consequences for repeated offenses.  Consequences range from a verbal warning up to expulsion.

Purpose of policy:

      Every student who enters into the School District of Osceola deserves the right to a bully/harassment/sexual harassment free education.

Definitions:

Bullying/Harassment: To treat others in a disrespectful or intimidating manner.  To irritate or torment persistently.

Sexual Harassment:   To disrespect, irritate or torment in a sexual way.

Victim:                          One who is harmed by or made to suffer.

Perpetrator:                 One who harms or targets another.

Repeat Offender:        One who harms or targets another more than once.

Some examples of:

Bullying/harassment: teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, excluding another on purpose, tripping/pushing/bumping into on purpose, throwing things at a person, intimidating, laughing at, making comments, etc.

Sexual harassment:    teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, unwelcome touch/rubbing, bra strap snapping, “pantsing”, uninvited butt slapping, sexual jokes, comments about another body, questioning/commenting a student about their sexuality, etc.

Reporting:

      If a student has been a victim of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment, they should report it to an adult.  When making an official report, it should be done in writing.  The report should contain the following information:  Names of all witnesses, perpetrators, location and time of incident, details of incident (be very specific), victim signature and date.  This official report should be turned into the building principal.

Consequences:

      The following are general consequences.  Consequences could be stricter depending on the severity of the incident.

Incident one:           Warning/Suspension

                                  Conference with Principal

                                  Written apology to victim

Incident two:           Detention or in-school suspension (depending on severity)

                                  Conference with Principal

                                  Possible Referral to the police

                                  Parent/guardian called

                                  Written apology to victim

                                  Written paper addressing the following:  Definition of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment; effects bullying/harassment/sexual harassment can have on victims; consequences received by offenders; consequences to schools for not addressing bullying/harassment/sexual harassment reports; a detailed list of bullying/harassment/sexual harassment that you have witnessed personally; and suggestions on how you will avoid a third incident.  This paper is due 2 days after it is assigned.  If it is not completed, in-school suspension will result until it is completed.

Incident three:        In or out of school suspension (depending on severity)

                                  Conference with Principal

                                  Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form

                                  Parent conference

                                  Written apology to victim

                                  Incident reported to District Administrator       

Incident four:          Out of school suspension with probable expulsion

                                  Conference with Principal

                                  Perpetrator will complete the Accepting Responsibility Form

                                  Parent conference

                                  Written apology to victim

                                  Meeting with District Administrator

 

ARMED FORCES RECRUITMENT (POLICY 8330.02)

A.       With the approval of the principal, representative of the Armed Forces may present information about the various branches to pupils at Osceola High School.  Military recruiters will have the same access to students on school grounds as prospective employers and post-secondary education institutions.  Military recruiters and prospective employers shall each be allowed access to students on school grounds during the school year.  The principal/designee shall designate the number of days, times and locations within the building.

B.       Parents and student have the right to not have the student’s name, address and telephone number released to the military.  Parents must submit this request to the building principal in writing.

 

BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL EVENTS

All students are encouraged to attend school events such as athletic contests, plays, concerts, etc.  We do require that students watch the event or they will be asked to leave.  Misconduct reflects upon parents, students and our school. All school-sponsored functions are considered to be extensions of the school day. Students are expected to follow all school regulations and behavior expectations.

 

BICYCLES

During appropriate weather, students older than Kindergarten may ride their bikes to school.  Students that do ride bicycles to school are required to place them in the racks immediately upon their arrival and to leave them there until dismissal.  It should be understood that students are assuming responsibility for the bikes while at school.

 

BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY

The students are responsible for their behavior on the bus as their behavior could affect the safe operation of the bus.  Misbehavior could result in the bus driver being distracted.  Such distractions could endanger the lives of all students being transported.  Therefore, behavior infractions must be reported and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with these guidelines.

Parents are requested to explain the importance of proper behavior on the bus.  They are also expected to support disciplinary actions that are necessary to help their child change unacceptable behavior.

The primary responsibility of the driver is to safely transport the students to and from school.  While transporting students, the driver also has the responsibility of maintaining discipline on the bus.  Therefore, the driver will report behavior infractions to the proper authority on the forms provided. Serious infractions may result in bus riding privileges being suspended.

The following bus rules have been made for your protection and for the welfare of all persons in transport:

A.   Be considerate of others on the bus.

B.   Follow instructions of the bus driver at all times.

C.  Board only the bus to which you are assigned.

D.  Bus riding is a privilege and will be assured only as long as your conduct remains good.

E.   Students riding to a stop other than their own must have a signed note from parent or guardian and have that note signed by someone from the school office before getting on the bus.


CODE OF CLASSROOM CONDUCT

Beginning in the 1999-2000 school year, a teacher employed by the District may temporarily remove a pupil from the teacher’s class if the pupil violates the terms of the District’s “Code of Student Conduct”.  In addition, long-term removal of a student will be possible if the building administrator upholds a teacher’s recommendation that a student be removed from the class for a longer period of time.  Removal from class under this Code does not prohibit the District from pursuing or implementing other disciplinary measures, including but not limited to detention, suspension or expulsion, for the conduct for which the student was removed.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If your child should become ill with a communicable disease, please notify the school.  The following list provides the incubation periods and rules regarding return to school for the more common childhood diseases.  If your child develops a communicable disease at school, they will be sent home and should not return to school until the infectious stage is over.

      Disease                Return to School

      Chicken Pox        No fever, scabs dry

      Lice                      After treatment and no lice remain

      Strep Throat        After 24 hours on antibiotic

      Impetigo              After 24 hours on antibiotic

      Pink Eye               After 24 hours on antibiotic*

      Ringworm            After 24 hours on antibiotic*

      Mononucleosis   At physician’s discretion

      * or at the physician’s discretion

 

DEFAMATION POLICY

The School District of Osceola prohibits defamation, libel and slander and/or the threat of defamation/libel/slander activities by a student and/or group of students against another student and/or school personnel.

The District considers defamation/libel/slander to be, among other things, any willful act done by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, to another student(s) or school personnel (including impersonating another student(s) or school personnel) for the purpose of subjecting such student(s) or personnel to humiliation, intimidation, physical abuse, threats of abuse, social or other ostracism, shame, or disgrace.

 

Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline as administered by members of the administrative team. Serious or repeated violation of this policy could result in a disciplinary hearing before the Board of Education.

Penalties for violation could include but are not limited to the following:

     Detention

     In-school suspension and parent notification

     Out-of-school suspension and parent notification, required parent conference

     Forfeiture of the privilege of participating in any extra activities including but not limited to athletics, co-curriculars, clubs, activities and school events.

     Serious or repeated violations could result in a recommendation for expulsion


DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

The District is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all District employees and to provide a learning and working environment free of discrimination. Federal and state law prohibits discrimination because of age, race, creed or religion, color, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, citizenship status, use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours, or past, present or future status in the uniformed services of the United States. Discrimination, as defined herein, is strictly prohibited.

Discrimination is defined as any action, policy or practice, including bias, stereotyping and harassment, which is detrimental to a person or group of persons and differentiates or distinguishes among persons, or limits or denies opportunities, privileges, employment, roles or rewards or perpetuates the effect of past discrimination, based on the protected class of the individual or group of individuals.

The District shall periodically examine all policies currently in practice to ensure that it does not discriminate and is not in violation of federal and/or state law.

Reasonable accommodations shall be made for qualified individuals with a disability or handicap, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship to the district.

The District expressly prohibits any form of discrimination.  Individuals who feel these rights have been violated shall follow the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure as outlined in Rule 512. No recipient or other person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, retaliate, or discriminate against any individual for making, filing, or assisting with a complaint.

If any person believes that School District of Osceola or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, American

 

Disabilities Act or the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, or in some way discriminates on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status, handicap, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, s/he may bring forward a complaint to the District Administrator.

 

INFORMATION PROCEDURE

The person who believes s/he has a valid basis for complaint shall discuss the concern with the local District Administrator/designee who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply to the complainant in writing within five (5) school/business days. If this reply is not acceptable to the complainant, s/he may initiate formal procedures according to the steps listed below.

 

FORMAL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Step 1:     A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant and signed. This complaint shall be presented to the District Administrator/designee within five (5) school/business days of receipt of the written reply to the informal complaint. The District Administrator/designee shall further investigate the matters of the complaint and reply in writing to the complainant within fifteen (15) school/business days.

                Discrimination complaints relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement or the provision of free appropriate public education of a child with a disability shall be processed in accordance with established appeal procedures outlined in the district’s special education handbook.

                Discrimination complaints relating to programs specifically governed by federal law or regulation shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Step 2:     If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the District Administrator/designee, s/he may submit a signed statement of appeal to the District Administrator within five (5) school/business days after receipt of the District Administrator/designee response to the complaint. The District Administrator shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complaint within fifteen (15) school/business days.

Step 3:     If the complainant remains unsatisfied, s/he may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) school/business days of his/her receipt of the District Administrator’s response to Step 2. In an attempt to resolve the complaint, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties within twenty (20) school/business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within twenty (20) school/business days of this meeting.  The complainant shall be notified of his/her right to appeal a negative determination by the Board to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction within thirty (30) days of the Board’s decision.

Step 4:     If, at this point, the complaint has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Equal Educational Opportunity Office, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707; or the Office of Civil Rights- Region V, US Department of Health and Human Services, 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240, Chicago, IL  60601.

                Internal timelines listed above may be extended upon mutual agreement of the parties.

 

DISSEMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

The adopted discrimination complaint procedures shall be disseminated to students, parents, employees, and others to inform them about the proper process of making a complaint. The information shall be published in student/parent/staff handbooks, news articles before the start of school, and other appropriate times.

MAINTENANCE OF COMPLAINT RECORDS

The District Administrator shall keep records of all formal and informal complaints for the purpose of documenting compliance and past practices. The records shall include information on all levels of the complaint and any appeals. The records should include:

1.   The name of the complainant or complainant and his/her title or status.

2.   The date the complaint was filed.

3.   The specific allegation made and any corrective action requested by the complainant.

4.   The name(s) of the respondents.

5.   The levels of processing followed, and the resolution, date, and decision making authority at each level.

6.   A summary of facts and evidence presented by each party involved.

7.   A statement of the final resolution and the nature and date(s) of any corrective or remedial action taken.

 

DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT

Osceola School District is a drug-free environment.  Students and parents are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession of or use of a controlled substance or the use of alcohol on school district property, including all district-owned vehicles, is prohibited at all times.   These same provisions shall be in effect at all school-sponsored events or extracurricular activities while off school premises. No student or parent/guardian may appear at school or any school-sponsored function under the influence or in possession of alcohol, non-prescribed substances, chemicals, illegal substances, or look-a-likes. Failure to abide by this policy may result in referral to counseling and rehabilitation services and/or such disciplinary action up to, and including suspension or expulsion from school.

FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT

Students in the School District shall have an opportunity to participate in school breakfast, lunch, and milk programs. These programs shall be administered by the District Administrator, or designee, in accordance with established guidelines.

Food service prices shall be established by the Board annually.  In accordance with federal guidelines, the district shall offer free and reduced price food services to students who qualify. Applications are available throughout the school year at all school offices or you may download the application off of the Osceola School District website at: www.osceola.k12.wi.us and click on the Food Service link.

The Osceola School District is pleased to offer e~Funds For Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments online and is extremely user friendly. Not only will parents/guardians have the ability to have lunch payments electronically withdrawn from their checking accounts or charged to credit cards, they will also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the school’s website.

 

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

If your child should become ill at school we will attempt to reach you, or the designated emergency person, to pick up your child.  The school does have a health room for children who become sick in school and require a supervised quiet area until they can be picked up by their parents.  If no one is available your child will remain at school for the remainder of the day.  We will not send a child home to an empty house.  It is essential that you have a current  phone number available at the school in case of an emergency.  If your child should require emergency treatment we will make every reasonable attempt to contact you.  If no one is available we will take measures to see that necessary treatment is provided.

 

IMMUNIZATIONS

All students must have current immunizations according to State Statute Section 140.5 (16).  State law requires that all children entering a Wisconsin school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox).  These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed health, personal conviction, or religious exemption is filed with the school.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the office, where they can be claimed by the owner.  Please label your clothing or other school articles. Unclaimed items will be periodically recycled.

 

MEDICATION

Absolutely no medications will be supplied by the school district.  All medications must come from home, in the original containers, with a note from home stating the date to start and stop at school along with the dosage.  At the stop date, the medication will be sent home.  This change includes all over-the-counter products such as Tylenol, Tums, Bacitracin, cough drops or Vaseline.  All prescription medications or natural supplements need to be in the original containers with signed physician order and signed parent consent forms on file at school, before medication/treatment will be given.


NURSING SERVICES

Nursing services are available to all students by a professional school nurse.  This service is available to cover emergency situations plus student and parent consultation on illness, immunizations, home visits, vision and hearing screening, nutrition and other health related assistance.  For additional information, please call the school office.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend a school district other than the one in which they live.  Parents must submit an application form to the non-resident district between Monday, February 4, 2017, and Tuesday, April 30, 2017, by 4:00 p.m.  Early or late applications will not be accepted for any reason.  A postmark does not meet this requirement.

 

For families with children already attending Osceola Schools under open enrollment do not need to re-apply.  An application MUST be submitted for new, incoming school-age children.  Applications are encouraged to be completed on-line at the Osceola Homepage: www.osceola.k12.wi.us.  Although on-line applications are recommended, paper applications may be obtained and returned to the District Office weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at 331 Middle School Drive, Osceola, 715-294-4140.

 

OSCEOLA PARENT/TEACHER’S ASSO. (PTA)

We have an active parent/teacher association (PTA) in our school district.  We hope you will consider becoming a member.  To find out more about opportunities to become involved, please call any of the school offices for an informational brochure.  The Osceola PTA coordinates volunteer programs and sponsors a variety of family events each year.

 

OTHER POLICIES

This handbook is not a comprehensive listing of all district policies. The Osceola School Board has other policies that are not included in this handbook but are available for all students/parents upon request.

 

PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher Conferences are offered fall and late winter each school year. Check the school district calendar for details. Also, if at any time during the year you would like an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, we encourage you to make an appointment for before or after school with your child’s teacher(s).

This year’s Parent/Teacher’s Conferences at OHS are:  October 14 & 16 from 3:45-7:45 PM and March 5 from 3:45-7:45 PM.

 

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Osceola School District that no person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person’s sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability as required by s. 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes.  This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Discrimination on basis of religion will also not be allowed.

The District encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy.  A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Osceola School District.

Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to:

Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator
Osceola School District
P. O. Box 128
Osceola, Wisconsin  54020

Any questions concerning s.118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, should be directed to:

Mr. Mark Luebker, District Administrator
Osceola School District
P. O. Box 128
Osceola, Wisconsin  54020

Inquiries related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to:

Dawn Western
Polk County Special Education School
P. O. Box 528
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin  54810

 

PUPIL HARASSMENT POLICY

The mission of the Osceola School District is to educate and develop all students to their highest potential. The Board of Education is committed to creating an environment that treats all students with dignity and respect, provides students with a safe physical and emotional learning environment and promotes respect, tolerance and cooperation throughout the district. All members of the educational community – employees, students and all others involved in accomplishing the district’s educational mission are expected to help create and maintain this environment.

 

To accomplish the district’s mission, neither students nor school employees will be allowed to engage in any form of harassment or intimidation, including sexual, racial, religious, or disability harassment, towards other students or school employees. This policy applies to the harassment between students, students to staff, staff to students or staff to staff. Harassment interferes with the working or learning effectiveness of employees and/or students. Individuals who experience harassment may file a complaint pursuant to established procedures.

It is the Board’s intention that all incidents of harassment be dealt with in an appropriate manner.  Where appropriate, it is recommended that incidents of harassment be discussed with the person who has committed the action to make it clear that the behavior is offensive and unwelcome.  The Board recognizes, however, that additional action may be necessary or appropriate. In those instances, action under the appropriate staff or student disciplinary procedures is authorized. The Board may enact further procedures to enforce this policy.

Each school is encouraged to develop and implement, at every opportunity, educational experiences that advance this policy. Schools are encouraged to develop and enforce rules of conduct consistent with this policy.

All staff members are expected to intervene in any suspected student harassment situations.  Informal efforts to resolve the situation are encouraged.


Definitions

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment or interferes with the individual’s work or learning performance. It may consist of a single act or a course of conduct.  Harassment may include, but is not limited to, conduct relating to an individual’s membership in a protected class, age, sex, race, creed, national origin, color, marital status, pregnancy, etc. and may include sexual harassment.

Examples of conduct and behavior prohibited under this policy include, but are not limited to the following:

   Verbal comments or other expressions which insult, degrade, or stereotype any person or group because of sex, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ancestry, color, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

   Discriminatory remarks which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort, anger, or humiliation or which interfere with the recipient’s academic performance.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

     unsolicited verbal sexual comments and harassment.

     subtle pressure for sexual activity.

     sexist remarks spoken or written about a person’s body or sexual activities.

     patting, pinching or unnecessary touching.

     sexually oriented jokes, stories and materials (e.g., calendars, posters, magazines).

     demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one’s employment or academic status.

     attempted or actual physical assault.

Sexual harassment can be found to occur where no adverse employment or academic decision has happened, but where the working/education environment has become hostile and intolerable.

In regard to employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

     Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;

     Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or

     Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

The Wisconsin Fair Employment Law defines sexual harassment to also include:

     The deliberate, repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments of a sexual nature.

     The deliberate, repeated display of offensive sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for business purposes.

     Deliberate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether or not repeated, that is sufficiently severe to interfere substantially with an employee’s work performance or to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

     Making or permitting acquiescence in, submission to, rejection of sexual harassment the basis or any part of the basis for an employment decision affecting an employee (sexual favoritism).

Under the law, sexual harassment includes conduct directed by a person at another person of the same or opposite gender (harassment directed at a person because of that person’s gender).

Prohibition

Harassment is prohibited. Individuals who, upon investigation, are determined to have engaged in harassment under the provisions of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. In the case of employees, this action may include, but is not limited to reprimand, suspension or termination. In the case of students, this action shall be consistent with student discipline policies and procedures and may include suspension or expulsion. Students found guilty of harassment may also be referred to county social services. In the case of others engaged in the district’s programs or activities, discipline may include removal and prohibition from participation in such programs or activities.

There shall be no retaliation against any person who files a complaint under this policy. Any person who engages in retaliatory conduct against a complainant shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Applicability

This policy applies to all employees, students, volunteers and others participating in the district’s programs or activities in any manner.  This policy applies at all times on school premises and to all off-site activities such as school-sponsored trips and athletic events.

Dissemination of Policy

Notice of this policy shall be distributed to all district employees and volunteers and shall be incorporated into staff and student handbooks. Steps shall be taken to let staff, students and volunteers know through written policies, seminars and actions that:

     Harassment will not be tolerated;

     All harassment allegations will be taken very seriously;

     Staff and students are empowered to handle potential harassment situations; and

     The rights of everyone involved shall be protected in the attempt to promptly investigate all harassment allegations.

 

records retention policy

Purpose:  The purpose of this policy is to ensure that necessary student records and documents are adequately protected and maintained and to ensure that records that are no longer needed or of no value are discarded at the appropriate time.  The policy applies to all records, regardless of format, whether they be paper, electronic, or microform (e.g., microfilm, microfiche, magnetic tapes, and CD-ROM), and other more traditional media.  The Osceola School District encourages record retention in an electronic format whenever possible.

Progress Reports – Defined as grades, courses, attendance, immunizations, and extra-curricular activities:  Retention Period is 5 years after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled.

Behavior Records – Defined as psychological testing, personality evaluations, records of conversations, any written statements, testing relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization records, and any other pupil records that are not progress records:  Retention Period is 1 year after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled.

Special Education Records – Defined as IEP team evaluation records and IEP’s and placement notices:  Retention Period is 5 years after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled.

Cumulative Folders -  Defined as all paperwork that has followed a student throughout their schooling.  Examples of folder contents – test scores, custody information, language survey, registration forms:  Retention Period is 2 years after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled.

Grade Books – Defined as teachers’ written records of student progress:  Retention Period is 5 years after student graduates.

This policy was developed based on the definitions and requirements stipulated in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Student Records and Confidentiality Bulletin (August 2006).

 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

It shall be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of each child or a student of legal age entering the School District to complete official registration forms prior to assignment by the principal to a grade or schedule of classes. Students transferring from other school systems are required to provide a transcript of academic accomplishments at the previous school, or the address from which this data may be secured.  Students entering the school district from a home-based private education program or private school shall be required to provide any available academic information and may be required to take appropriate academic tests to assist in making a placement.

Parents or guardians of students admitted to the district’s schools shall present immunization records as required by law.  In addition, students are encouraged to have a complete physical prior to entering school.

Any parent wishing to register their child as an early entrance to Kindergarten should contact the elementary school by March 1 in order to be invited to Kindergarten Round-Up. A team of educators reviews each case and makes determination of placement by the end of June.

Parents are asked to notify the office throughout the school year of any changes in family status, address or telephone number.

 

SCHOOL CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS

When school is to be closed for the day or early dismissal due to inclement weather, the announcement will be made over the following radio stations:  WCCO 830 AM, WIXK New Richmond 1590 AM - 107.1 FM.

Information is generally provided to Twin Cities TV stations as well. We ask that you do not call the school during this time since this is often a very busy time and telephones are needed for our communication.  We strongly encourage parents to make plans for back-up child care on early dismissal days and to monitor stations for school closings. All parents are required to provide “Early Dismissal” information at the start of each school year, and are encouraged to keep all information current. The child/ school/office/teacher cannot call parents. Parents need a plan in place.

The School District of Osceola website will also have closure information.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

The school principal and other administrators may conduct a search of a student if they believe the student has drugs, weapons, alcohol, or other materials in violation of school rules or state law. The search may include inspection of clothing, purses, wallets, knapsacks, and other personal property. The search may also include an inspection of school property, including student lockers, desks, vehicles, and other areas in which items may be kept.

 

SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES/WHEELIES

Skateboards/rollerblades/wheelies are not to be used on school property at any time.

 


SPECIAL SERVICES

The School District of Osceola realizes that the needs of all children are not always the same and these needs must sometimes be met in different ways.  For this reason there are a variety of special services available to students.

Counseling – Counselors are available to students at all grade levels.  Counselors meet with whole classes to discuss common needs and concerns and are also available to small groups and individual students who may have specific needs or concerns.  Students may receive assistance through self-referral, or by referral from a parent or teacher to our counselor.

Homebound Instruction - A student is eligible for homebound instruction when it is anticipated the absence will extend beyond thirty (30) days.   When you feel your child is in need of homebound instruction, please contact the school to discuss your specific situation.

Cognitive/Emotional/Learning Disabilities - Programs are available for students identified as having a disability.  If a parent or teacher suspects a child’s difficulty in learning is caused by some disability, a referral should be made to the principal.  Many factors can affect learning and not all difficulty is the result of a disability.  Other factors such as health, attitude, emotional stability, or level of intelligence can also affect the degree of difficulty a child may have.  It is important for you to call and discuss your concern with school personnel to help reach some conclusions.

Pre-school Handicapped - Osceola Elementary Early Childhood Program serves

preschool children between three and six years of age with special needs. These children exhibit a variety of moderate to severe disabilities, including speech and language delay, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive disability, learning disability, emotional disturbance, pervasive developmental delay, autism, and/or physical disability.

Psychologist - In order for a child to receive the benefit of special programs there are certain requirements that adequate assessment be done to identify the specific needs of a child.  This is the role of the school psychologist.  The psychologist along with the counselor is available to parents to discuss both home and school management of your child.

Speech and Language - Children who need assistance in improving their speech or language development work with our speech/language clinician. Each student must qualify for services by having moderate to severe speech/language delays. A formal evaluation is conducted prior to services.

Title  I - Holistic Learning. - Osceola participates in a federally funded Title I program. Title I teachers serve eligible students in grades kindergarten through five supporting Reading/Language Arts and literacy development.

 

sURVEILLANCE pOLICY

The School District of Osceola School Board has determined that in order to enhance the ability to protect the health, welfare and safety of the district’s students and staff, surveillance technology will be utilized.  Surveillance technology is monitored intermittently.

 

TESTING

Several forms of assessments are given to students throughout their education in the School District of Osceola.  The district assessment program contains those tests required by state law as well as local assessments used to aid in the evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and student achievement.

A current District Assessment Calendar with specific dates and times is available and may be obtained through the Curriculum Coordinator, OHS Counselor website, or the District website.  If you have any questions, please contact your School Counselor.

TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OSCEOLA

The School District of Osceola, in compliance with the state law, prohibits any use of tobacco on school property.

 

VIDEOTAPING AND PHOTOS

Our student productions are sometimes videotaped or photographed for the local papers or our Public Access TV Channel 23. Anyone with concerns should contact the school office.

 

VISITORS

All building visitors are required to register at the building office, stating on a sign-in sheet the purpose of the visit. All guests will be required to wear a visitor badge in plain sight at all times while in the building or on school grounds. The following are exceptions to the above:

A.   Persons who are in the building at the specific invitation of the district and are working with a district employee.

B.   Parents or citizens who have been invited to visit the school as part of a scheduled open house or special day.

C.  Individuals who are attending a scheduled performance by a school class, team, or group.

The building principal shall have the authority to exclude from the building premises or limit the length of visits of any person or persons that he or she has reason to believe may disrupt the educational program of the school or classroom. Engaging in any action which interferes with the learning process shall result in the revocation of the visitor’s pass.

 

WEAPONS

No one shall possess, use, or store a weapon or look-alike weapon in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities, except as otherwise specifically provided. A dangerous weapon or look-alike weapon is defined by state statute to include, but not be limited to, guns, electric weapons, knives, metallic knuckles, martial arts equipment, or any other object which is capable of inflicting bodily harm, property damage, or which endangers the health and safety of students and staff. Ammunition and explosives are included within the weapons category.

Violation of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement or juvenile delinquency authorities as outlined in Chapter 48 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Dangerous weapons will be confiscated by school personnel and reported to the parents/guardians. Any student violating this policy shall be subject to penalties outlined in the state law and referred for suspension or expulsion in accordance with state and federal law.

The building principal may allow weapons in the building for the following purpose:

1.   Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel or by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school and the individual or an employee of the individual.

2.   Theatrical props used in appropriate settings or starter pistols used in appropriate sporting events.

3.   For purposes of demonstration, educational presentations, or safety classes. Approval must be in writing and granted prior to the weapon being brought to the school. The weapon shall be maintained in the possession of the principal or person(s) designated by the principal, except during the actual demonstration or presentation. Legal Reference: Wis. Stats. ss120.12(1), 939.22(10), 948.60, 948.605 P.L. 103-382 (Gun Free Schools Act of 1994).

 

 

 

Academic Goal Setting

 

What are some things you could do to be more successful at school?

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Pick 2 of these (goals) you are willing to work on this quarter.

 

1. _______________________________________________________________________

 

2. _______________________________________________________________________

 

Who or what are the obstacles for meeting each of these goals?

 

1. ___________________________________, ___________________________________

 

2. ___________________________________, ___________________________________

 

Who or what are the helpers for meeting each of these goals?

 

1. ___________________________________, ___________________________________

 

2. ___________________________________, ___________________________________

 

Choose the one goal you will work on this quarter and check and revise

it to make it SMART!

 

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S-Specific ____________________________________________

 

M-Measurable ________________________________________

 

A-Attainable __________________________________________

 

R-Realistic ____________________________________________

 

T-Timely ______________________________________________