PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK

2015-2016

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SAFETY & HEALTH Campus Security

The safety and security of our school is critically important. We have security guards present at school during all open hours. Anyone seeing a problem (or potential problem) should immediately contact school personnel at security@shalhevet.org or 323-933-0333 x425. Please note that our security guards are highly trained professionals and undergo regular training for their job. Please follow all instructions by security personnel immediately as they are tasked with the most important job of all maintaining the safety and security of your children and the staff of the school.

Sign-Out Procedures

All students must sign out at the Front Office before leaving school grounds. This is in order for us to know who is on campus in case of an emergency and is of paramount importance. While this not typical of the school’s tenor, if a student fails to sign out before leaving, the student will be subject to disciplinary action. If a student must leave early, a parent must notify the front office by at m.ohana@shalhevet.org or 323-930-9333.

Emergency Communications

Shalhevet uses ParentReach, the Emergency Notification Service created specifically for schools. This subscription will permit us to reach our students, their parents and guardians, as well as our staff and related parties more quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency or a school closure.

In an emergency, a member of our staff will call into the ParentReach emergency notification system to record an informational message. Our staff member will choose a pre-stored list of telephone numbers, which the system will automatically call. The broadcast will begin immediately and will reach you within approximately three minutes. If your line is busy, or your phone rings but you don’t answer, ParentReach will retry every three minutes up to a maximum of ten times. You will recognize this informational call as coming from Shalhevet by the ParentReach Caller-ID: “411-411-4111.” It will consider the message delivered when it

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connects with you live, with your answering machine, or with another recording device.

When you see this caller id and answer your phone, be sure to say, “Hello” or whatever you would normally say, but then remain silent for a second or two. The system will begin delivering our message if it hears a response, and then a one-two second silence. If your answering machine picks up, the system will wait for the end of your outgoing announcement, and then after a second or two of silence will begin delivering our message to be recorded on your phone.

You can replay the message again and again by pressing the pound or number sign (“#”) while the message is playing. Alternatively, if you’ve missed the message entirely, you can call into the ParentReach Notification Hot-Line to replay the message. The hotline will always play the last notification we sent that day. It clears itself daily at 6:00 PM our local time. For example, a message we send you after 6:01 pm local time will be present for replay on the Hotline until 6:00 pm the following day. To reach the hotline call 770-406-5581 and enter our school’s four- digit code when prompted: 5710. Our messages are available on the Hotline within two minutes after our initial broadcast. The hotline always plays our latest message if we continue to send updates throughout the day in the event of an unfolding event. Please let us know immediately when your contact information changes. If you have supplied us with multiple numbers, you will likely receive our message on more than one phone (home, cell), especially in a real emergency.

Transportation and Parking

It is the parent’s responsibility to arrange for their child’s transportation to and from school. Driving to school is a student choice; however, parking is limited and the school cannot guarantee provide parking to all students. A student committee will be formed to create an efficient and fair policy for student parking.

Parking

We do have spots on our lot for guest parking. If a spot is not available, our security guards will try and valet your car. If there is no room available, there is metered street parking on Fairfax that is easy to access.

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During construction of the Alliance Apartment Project, there will be no student parking on campus. We encourage you to have them use the garages nearby.

Parents will be issued a Shalhevet pick-up permit. Please affix the permit to the window of all cars that will be used to pick-up and drop-off students. Additional permits are available from the school office.

Please do not arrive for pick-up before 4:10 PM. Our carpool pick-up takes less than 10 minutes and there is no need to come earlier than 4 PM. NOTE: IKAR has Hebrew School on Tuesday and their drop-off takes place from 3:45 until 4 PM. It is very important that you not come before 4:10 PM, in particular on Tuesday.

Please follow the following guideline during pick up the outside lane of the driveway is for waiting for your child(ren). Please make sure your car is fully on that side to allow for the inside lane to be used for circulation.

Student Medical Information

Parents must update the school with any changes in medical information or emergency medical information. If there are any changes from the information parents entered during the enrollment process, they should contact the Front Office immediately.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Over-the-counter medication will not be dispensed unless the school has received permission from the parent or guardian on the student’s Emergency Medical Information.

Short Term/Long Term Prescription Medication

All students requiring short or long term prescription medication during school will receive this medication provided the following procedures are followed:

The medication must come in the original labeled container from the pharmacy with proper instructions and dosage information.

An additional three-day supply is kept in the school office and an extra bottle is kept at home in case of emergency.

It is the parent’s responsibility to follow up on refills. Any changes in medication, dosage, or scheduling must be made clear to staff.

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Student Support Services

Navigating through high school can be challenging, even for the most well adjusted adolescent. Many students find great support from their teachers where most minor issues can be addressed, but in more serious cases, students may be referred to the school therapist. The Educational Support and Inclusion program offers ongoing support, services, and classroom accommodations for students that face academic challenges. The structured program meets the needs of many different students with varied learning issues. The Educational Support and Inclusion Program is designed to offer the following unique services:

On-campus weekly meetings with students to discuss and facilitate academic issues.

Ongoing communication and advocacy with faculty and administration. Development and coordination of appropriate accommodations.
Organization of assignments and materials for students.
SAT and ACT application services for students with disabilities.

You can contact Mr. Jason Feld, Dean of Students or Ms. Ashley Evins, Director of Student Support for more information.

Aleinu Mandated Assistance Program

The use of illegal substances among Jewish youth has increased dramatically. In response, Aleinu Family Resource Center, the Bureau of Jewish Education and local high school principals, developed a comprehensive innovative substance use awareness and prevention program for all Orthodox high schools in Los Angeles. The Mandated Assistance Program (MAP) provides consultation, drug and alcohol assessments, and intervention services personally tailored to the situation. A treatment plan is developed in which the student is mandated to comply in order to remain in school. Aleinu staff monitors compliance. The MAP program is used in schools throughout the country.

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STUDENT LIFE The Just Community

Shalhevet’s Just Community provides all members of the community with the right to express themselves individually and through a number of important school institutions such as the Agenda Committee, the Fairness Committee, class representatives and our weekly Town Hall meetings. Additionally, the Just Community serves as an educational vehicle with which to teach students how to live and work in a democratic society in an ethical manner. It is our belief that Shalhevet students have a right to be heard and discuss any issue of their education, respectfully. One of the student’s responsibilities is to learn to voice opinions and challenge policies in a constructive and appropriate manner.

All members of the Just Community have the following fundamental rights:

  1. The Right to Fairness

  2. The Right to Respect

  3. The Right to be Heard

Shalhevet functions as a community within a larger educational and religious community. As such, the school is solely responsible for the parameters of Jewish law, compliance with civil law and pedagogy. Therefore, there are certain “statutes” that students cannot alter or change by majority vote. However, all these areas are open for discussion among the school community.

The three areas, defined by the Mission Statement of the school, are:

  1. Pedagogy

  2. Halacha

  3. Statutes

Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of Town Hall meetings is to explore ways to improve the quality of life in the school community and the overall governance and operation of the school. These meetings are open forums for all community members to discuss proposals and issues of importance to the Shalhevet community. Town Hall may also be used for contemporary moral dilemmas

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discussions. Town Hall meetings are conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order. As Shalhevet is a participatory democracy, all members of the Just Community have an obligation to attend Town Hall.

Important Committees

The Agenda Committee is the lead legislative body of the Just Community. The Agenda Committee collects, drafts and help clarify proposals to amend current policies and topics to be discussed at Town Hall meetings. The Fairness Committee serves as the judicial body of the Shalhevet student government. The committee has two major functions: to adjudicate issues among members of the community and to make recommendations regarding major and minor rule violations.

Dress Code

Shalhevet's respect for tzniut in dress is reflected in a dress code that represents Jewish values, which ask us to focus on a person's spiritual and personal qualities above his or her physical ones. The dress code permits self-expression within parameters of respectfulness toward oneself and others, and prohibits dressing in a way that undermines or distracts from the important work of Jewish and general education in the school. Although individuals may differ in their opinions as to what clothing fits these criteria, the school maintains the right to determine what is appropriate in accordance with our values.

Unless otherwise indicated by an administrator, the dress code is to be followed both on campus and at all school-sponsored events. The sole exception is for students wearing a school-issued athletic game or practice uniform, or engaged in physical education class (for which teachers will communicate the dress code requirements).

Enforcement of modesty and dress standards can be sensitive for both the student and staff member involved. Therefore, with the exception of kippot, all student dress code violations will be handled by teachers of the same gender. In other words, male faculty may not address female student dress code violations and female faculty may not address male dress code violations. However, any teacher or administrator irrespective of gender may enforce violations of the Shalhevet kippot policy.

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Students not in compliance with the Dress Code will be required to change into dress that meets the school policy by purchasing clothing from the Student Activities Office.

Male Dress Code Shirts:

Collared shirts, either button down or polo style with sleeves, with all buttons buttoned, (except for the top two) cardigans and formal sweaters. Plaids, prints or solid colors are acceptable. No profane, sexual or risqué language or imagery will be tolerated. T-Shirts of any style or kind, including Shalhevet non-collared T-Shirts, are not permitted alone. If a T- Shirt is worn underneath another shirt, the outer shirt must remain on and may not be removed. Boys who are not in compliance with this rule will be “shirted” and will need to purchase a polo shirt from the front desk. Parents will be billed for the cost of the shirt.

Pants:

Blue Jeans are allowed but not faded. Sweat pants, warm-up pants, or other athletic-style, non-form fitting pants are not permitted. Pants must be worn at the waist; not down on the hips. Undergarments must never be visible. Pants must not be ripped or torn. Boys who do not comply with dress code will be asked to remain in the office until school sanctioned pants are brought in for him.

Shoes & Socks:

Athletic, canvas or leather shoes, sandals with straps. No flip-flops or slippers are allowed as these are a safety hazard.

Headwear:

No hats, including team hats, may be worn during the school day. A kippa on the head is required at all times for boys during the school day and during all school sponsored activities. The hood of a hooded sweatshirt does not suffice as a head covering.

 

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Tzitzit:

As an Orthodox Jewish school, all boys should wear tzitzit. However, Shalhevet will not conduct physical checks. Nevertheless, compliance with Jewish law and custom are expected from all students.

Piercings: Male students are not permitted to have piercings of any kind. If a male student has an earring, it must be removed. Concealing the earring with a band-aid, tape or other such covering is not permitted.

Miscellaneous: Pullovers and “hoodies” may be worn only with a collared shirt underneath. No body piercings are permitted.

Female Dress Code Shirts:

Collared blouses or crew-neck shirts, with sleeves that fall between the shoulder and elbow. Scoop-neck collars, see-through shirts and shirts that hang over the shoulder are not allowed. Neckline must be reasonable in appearance so as to reflect the religious and behavioral values of the school. Female teachers and administrators are exclusively responsible for determining the appropriateness of particular necklines. No sleeveless or capped-sleeved shirts are allowed. No profane, sexual or risqué language or imagery will be tolerated. Girls who are not in compliance with this rule will be “shirted” and will need to purchase a shirt from the front desk. Parents will be billed for the cost of the new shirt.

Skirts:

All skirts must reach the knee when standing and must fall vertically over the knee when seated. Slits must stop at the knee. Skirts should be closed all the way and fit properly (and please, do not roll up the skirt.). Girls who are not in compliance with this rule will be “skirted” and will need to purchase a skirt from the front desk. Parents will be billed for the cost of the new skirt.

 

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Shoes:

Athletic, canvas or leather shoes, sandals with straps are permitted. No flip-flops, slippers or high heels are allowed as these are a safety hazard.

Enforcement

Unless otherwise indicated by an administrator, the dress code is to be followed both on campus and at all school-sponsored events. The sole exception is for students wearing a school-issued athletic game or practice uniform, or engaged in physical education class (for which teachers will communicate the dress code requirements). Enforcement of modesty and dress standards can be sensitive for both the student and staff member involved. Therefore, with the exception of kippot, all student dress code violations will be handled by teachers of the same gender. In other words, male faculty may not address female student dress code violations and female faculty may not address male dress code violations. However, any teacher or administrator irrespective of gender may enforce violations of the Shalhevet kippot policy.

Test, Quiz and “Black Out” Days

A test is defined as a summative and comprehensive assessment that is more than a week’s worth material. Teacher must post on the Schoology calendar the test date at least one week prior to the test date. A quiz covers no more than a week’s worth of material. It is neither comprehensive nor summative. A quiz should not take more than 20 minutes for the students to take and should not require more than 30 minutes to study for. While there will be different expectations for each grade, no student is permitted to be tested three times in a day.

9th graders are allowed a maximum of 2 tests per week for the fall semester and 3 tests per week in the spring.
10th and 11th graders are allowed a maximum of 3 tests per week.
12th graders are allowed a maximum of 4 tests per week.

Moreover, there will be certain dates in which homework, tests, quizzes or projects cannot be due. These are called “black out dates.” Usually, these are the days after a major Jewish holiday. Throughout the year, we will inform you of these days.

 

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Community Service

Shalhevet features a service component as part of its overall graduation requirements. Before they graduate, students at Shalhevet must complete a minimum of 100 hours of service to the school and community over four years. Seniors failing to complete the community service requirement will not receive a diploma until the community service requirement has been fulfilled. Volunteering within the school at special events, assisting faculty or administration, or peer tutoring are examples of school service. All service must be approved by the school administration for the student to receive credit. A Report of Student Service form must be submitted upon completion of each service activity, signed by the proper supervisor.

Food

As a modern Orthodox high school with a diverse student body, we believe in creating an environment where children from all religious backgrounds can live their religious lives in a comfortable and safe setting. One of the areas in which this expresses itself is the standard of Kashrut observance. We want to make sure that all of our students feel comfortable at our school. Though many of our families have different standards, all food brought into school must have kosher certification. While we do not preside over what happens off campus, we request that you please be sensitive to all students’ religious backgrounds and serve only certified kosher food, thereby making sure not to unintentionally alienate any of our students at your parties or events.

Additionally, absolutely no homemade food items should be distributed at school, even if the family has a kosher home. Only kosher food from restaurants and bakeries with accepted supervision are allowed at school activities or celebrations. Noam Weissman and Rabbi Segal are available to answer any specific questions that may arise.

Seniors and second semester juniors who have been approved by the administration may have off-campus privileges to leave campus for lunch and/or free periods. They are still expected to follow the rules of kashrut and may only visit kosher establishments.

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Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Students may not have a cell phone, smartphone, or other portable electronic device visible or audible during class, prayers, during assemblies or Town Hall, unless specifically allowed by the teacher.

Shalhevet Acceptable Use Policy

All students currently enrolled at Shalhevet School and their parent or legal guardian are required to sign the AUP and agree to follow the guidelines set forth in this Policy and to report any misuse of the computer network or iPads or the Internet to a teacher, administrator or supervisor. The following list is a guide of actions that violate the Shalhevet’s Acceptable Use Policy. Prohibited Technology Use, include but are not limited to:

  • Selling or purchasing any illegal substance;

  • Accessing, transmitting, or downloading child pornography, obscene depictions, harmful materials, or materials that encourage others to violate the law;

  • Transmitting or downloading confidential information or copyrighted materials;

  • Uses that involve obtaining and or using an anonymous email site;

  • Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property;

  • Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other user’s e-mails, files, or data;

  • Accessing another user’s email without their permission;

  • Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network;

  • Using profane, abusive, or impolite language;

  • Disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email messages;

  • Threatening, harassing, or making defamatory or false statements about others;

  • Accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;

Purposefully accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or in any way degrading or disrupting any computer system performance;
Using any computer to pursue hacking, internal or external to the school community, or attempting to access information that is protected by privacy laws;

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Uses that intentionally jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into accounts or other computer networks.

All students and parents are required to sign the Shalhevet Acceptable Use Policy before gaining network and technology privileges on campus.

Absences

Co-curricular and Athletics

There will be an overall cap (different for each grade level) that would limit student participation in some fashion. We would also return to making a distinction in attendance between school-sponsored absences and other absences. Finally, there would be an official appeal process for any student who wished to exceed the cap on their overall commitments.

Appeal Process A permanent appeals committee would consist of Ari Schwarzberg, Jason Feld, and Aviva Walls. When presented with an appeal, the committee would take an in-depth look at the student's overall academic performance, overall commitments (including off-campus ones, such as Friendship Circle and regular SAT tutoring), and solicit teacher input on how well the student manages to make up for lost class time (if applicable). The appeals committee should also consider the degree to which the student wishes to exceed the cap. When issuing a ruling, should the committee decide not to allow the cap to be exceeded, an opinion will be issued as to which activities should be prioritized.

Absences As part of this new system, Schoology will be updated to allow for a distinction between standard absences and school-sponsored absences when inputting daily attendance.

A school-sponsored absence shall be entered into the attendance system whenever a student misses class due to participation in sports or co-curricular activities in which the student is representing Shalhevet High School.

 

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  • ●  Other ad hoc activities may qualify as school-sponsored absences at the discretion of the High School Principal (such as a trip to a local food bank or delivering mishloach manot).

  • ●  A standard absence shall include all other types of absences (illness, family trip, college visits, etc.).

  • ●  Classroom teachers will be directed to develop attendance and participation policies that treat these types of absences differently.

  • ●  There will be a cap of allowable standard absences in each semester. Reaching or exceeding this cap will result in an automatic deduction of one letter grade.

  • ●  The cap for each semester will be set at 7 for seniors and 5 for all other grades.

  • ●  A teacher may not lower a student’s grade as a direct result of one or more school-sponsored absences.

  • ●  This stipulation does not apply to student failure to keep up with coursework, make up assignments in a timely manner, make up tests or quizzes in a timely manner, or otherwise fall short of expectations as an indirect result of one or more school-sponsored absences.

    Point System:
    Grade-level caps:
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    th Grade: 16 total points (11 with CIJE) 10th Grade: 18 total points (13 with CIJE) 11th Grade: 20 total points
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    th Grade: 22 total points

    Points per Activity by Semester:

    Semester

    Girls Volleyball: 6 Girls Flag Football: 6c Girls Tennis: 4

 

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Girls Basketball: 8
Girls Soccer: 5
Boys Flag Football: 6
Boys Varsity Basketball: 12
Boys crummy mm Mc JV Basketball: 9 Boys Soccer: 6

Mock Trial: 5
Model Congress: 5
Agenda Chair: 2
AIPAC (leadership): 3
AIPAC (non-leadership): 1
Choir: 5
Drama (lead role): 9
Drama (supporting role): 6
Boiling Point (Editor-in-chief): 10 Boiling Point (Editorial board): 8 Boiling Point (Chief Layout Editor): 7 Boiling Point (Photo Editor): 7 Boiling Point (Section Editor): 5 Boiling Point (Layout Editor): 4 Boiling Point (Staff Writer): 3
Boiling Point (Staff Photographer): 2 Boiling Point (Web Staff): 3
Boiling Point (Podcaster): 3
Boiling Point (Fall Conference): 2

Spring Semester:

Golf: 5 points
Girls Flag Football: 4 Track: 4 points
Girls Basketball: 8 Girls Soccer: 4

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Boys Baseball: 6
Boys Varsity Basketball: 12
Boys JV Basketball: 9
Boys Soccer: 6
Boys Tennis: 6
Model Congress: 5
Agenda Chair: 2
AIPAC (leadership): 3
AIPAC (non-leadership): 3
Choir: 5
Drama (writer/producer): 8
Drama (all other roles): 6
Boiling Point (Editor-in-chief): 10 Boiling Point (Editorial board): 8 Boiling Point (Chief Layout Editor): 7 Boiling Point (Photo Editor): 7 Boiling Point (Section Editor): 5 Boiling Point (Layout Editor): 4 Boiling Point (Staff Writer): 3
Boiling Point (Staff Photographer): 2 Boiling Point (Web Staff): 3
Boiling Point (Podcaster): 3
Boiling Point (Spring Conference): 2

Absences are defined as missing more than 10 minutes of a class.

Notwithstanding the above, excessive absences may also result in a loss of credit for the course.

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The 11:00 am Rule

In order to participate in a co-curricular, be it practice, rehearsal or game, each student must be in school by 11:00 am. The principal will notify the coaches and team leaders every day and give them the attendance report.

Meeting with Academic Guidance

We encourage all students who participate in multiple co-curricular activities to meet with Ms. Aviva Walls, our Director of Academic and College Guidance as well as Mr. Jason Feld.

Out of State Trips
Out of state trips are taxing for even the most academically disciplined students. Freshman will

be strongly advised by the coach and principal to save the opportunity to attend out of state trips for another year. Unless a freshman’s participation is absolutely essential, we recommend that parents and students consider holding off on taking out of state team trips.

Additionally, while we leave the decision up to the parents and students, we strongly discourage students taking more than 2 out of state trips per a semester and more than 3 out of state trips for the year.

Absences Involving Missed Tests or Major Assignments

If a student is on a school-related trip (e.g. Model Congress, Basketball Tournament or seniors visiting colleges), the student will have the number of days on the trip, including weekend days, plus one day to make up the work. The make-up period begins the day the student returns.

Student-Parent Agreement

From the information collected about a student’s co-curricular activities, the Administration will raise red flags in cases where students lack appropriate balance between their commitments. In such cases, the Administration will formulate an agreement with the student and parents about acceptable standards of academic achievement while participating in a co-curricular program. The agreement will specifically cover the following areas:

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  • Acknowledgement of the level of commitment for each activity or sport;

  • Agreement by the student and parents upon the minimal academic standard that the student is expected to maintain during the period of the activity;

Specific consequences for probation if the student falls below expectations

or incentives for exceeding expectations in certain cases;

  • Statement of commitment to the group/team and coach/advisor;

  • Signatures from the student, parents, coach/advisor, and administrator.

    For students who have entered an agreement regarding co-curricular participation, there will be academic progress checks every two weeks. Teachers will indicate whether or not the student is earning above or below the agreed performance level.

    Loss of Eligibility

    If a student’s performance drops below expectations, the student will be on probation for the activity according to the agreement. There may be different levels of probationary consequences, from sitting out practices or rehearsals, to a full suspension from the activity. In extreme cases, the student may have to withdraw from an activity. If a Student is earning any ‘D’ grade, s/he may become ineligible from participating in co-curricular programs for at least two weeks, until the grade is improved. The student has a period of two weeks within which time s/he must show satisfactory academic progress and/or remediate any work that s/he has missed.

    It is the responsibility of the Student to follow up and maintain his/her co- curricular eligibility;
    The terms of satisfactory progress will be determined by the agreement;

    If the student is unable to improve academic performance within two-weeks, the probationary period continues for two more weeks.

    ACADEMICS

    Graduation Requirements

    To graduate with a diploma from Shalhevet High School, students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service and meet the departmental requirements given below.

    • Talmud 4 years

    • Tanach 4 years

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  • Jewish History 3 years

  • Jewish Philosophy1 year

  • Hebrew 3 years

  • English 4 years

  • Social Studies* 3 years, must complete World History, Government & Economics, and American History

  • Mathematics 4 years or through Pre-Calculus

  • Science* 3 years, must complete Physics, Chemistry and Biology

  • Fine Arts 2 years

  • Physical Education-2 years

    *Students are required to complete 4 years of either Social Studies or Science. Physical Education Exemptions

    If a student participates in any school-sanctioned sport, the student is exempt from PE during the season that the team is active, including pre-season practice time.

    If a student participates in a non-school related sport, the principal may grant that student the opportunity to be exempt from PE during the time it meets under the following conditions:

  1. Shalhevet does not offer that sport and it meets at least 3 hours per week.

  2. The coach or leader of that sport must sign a letter confirming the

student’s participation and the time commitments of the program to our registrar, Lili Einalhori.
3. The student is expected to participate in a minimum of three hours of practice per week

Grading Policies

The determination of student grades lies solely with the teacher. Grades are based on student performance, both academically and behaviorally. Only semester grades are posted on a student’s transcript. Only the teacher can change a student’s grade.

Academic Probation

A student who receives a grade of D in two different courses (Judaic or General Studies) is automatically placed on academic probation and a letter to that effect is sent to the parents. If a grade of C or higher is not earned in each course in the next quarter, the faculty, administration and parents will discuss the possibility of dismissal from Shalhevet. Students on academic

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probation cannot represent the school as a member of any of the school’s academic or athletic teams, nor hold office or a position of leadership in the school or in the school’s government. In addition, students are prohibited from participation in extracurricular activities.

Drop/Add Period and Withdrawals

Students may drop and add classes during the first few weeks of school, up to the Sukkot break, without affecting their transcript. Students wishing to drop a class must obtain a drop/add form from the Registrar. Students must completely fill out the form with the necessary signatures obtained from administrators and from all the teachers affected by the change.

Students may not drop or add classes after the drop/add period ends and any classes dropped afterward will be noted on their transcript with a W for Withdrawal. The last day to withdraw from a class is the last day of each semester. Exceptions to this policy will only be made with the express approval of the Principal.

Incomplete Grades

A grade of incomplete is only assigned to a semester report card when a student has a prolonged absence or other extenuating circumstance. Upon receiving an incomplete grade, the student is given one quarter to complete whatever requirements the teacher determines are needed for a complete, definitive grade to be posted. Should the student not complete the required assignments or tests within one quarter, the grade automatically becomes an F.

Students who have incomplete grades posted for the second semester have to complete the course requirements so that a complete, definitive grade can be posted before the beginning of the ensuing fall semester. Failure to complete course requirements for a grade before the beginning of the following fall semester will automatically cause the incomplete grade to become an F.

Grade Remediation

Students who receive semester grades lower than C may remedy their low grades in one of the following ways:

  • Retake the course at an approved summer school

  • Retake the course online at an approved school

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Please note that colleges and universities will assess the remediation of grades lower than C- in a variety of ways for the purposes of admission. It is the responsibility of the student to have the institution mail an official transcript to Shalhevet and fill out a Grade Remediation Form.

Graduation and Diploma

Upon fulfillment of the minimum coursework required for graduation, a student is eligible to graduate and receive a diploma. Early in the fall semester, an administrator evaluates the transcripts of each student of the senior class in order to check the student’s eligibility for graduation. Students who fail to fulfill the minimum graduation requirements will be denied a diploma until the requirements are fulfilled. A diploma may also be denied due to a disciplinary action taken as a consequence of inappropriate student behavior, or failure to pay tuition and fees.

STUDENT CONDUCT

Shalhevet High School functions as a Just Community. Members of our community are expected to be honest, fair, and courteous while observing high standards of respect, responsibility, and personal conduct. Further, Shalhevet students are expected to represent that values of the school at all school functions, whether on or off campus.

This expectation is a condition of enrollment at Shalhevet School.

In all areas of concern to the school, from general behavior to academic performance, Shalhevet reserves the right to determine who is not an appropriate member of the Shalhevet community. When a student’s presence is judged to be detrimental to the welfare of the school, that student may be dismissed.

Modest Behavior

Because Shalhevet is a Modern Orthodox institution, there is an expected level of tzniut (a modest manner in behavior and dress) required in interaction between boys and girls. Halacha prohibits affectionate physical contact between boys and girls (hugging, sitting on laps, hand holding, etc.).

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Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work” (dictionary.com). Students who plagiarize and/or cheat will be subject to disciplinary action.

During tests or other assessments, students are responsible for behavior that places them above suspicion of academic dishonesty. This means honoring the policies of the test, the authority of the proctor, and avoiding any communication or engagement with other students inside or outside the testing facility. Other examples of academic include:

"Collaborating" between two or more students who then submit the same paper under their individual names,

Submitting the same paper for two or more courses without the knowledge and the expressed permission of all instructors involved,

Giving your permission to another student to use your work for a class, Using purchased term papers.

Students caught plagiarizing or cheating will receive no credit (with a grade of F or zero, at the teacher’s discretion) on the assignment in question and will not be allowed to make up the work for credit. Additionally, students and their parent(s) will also meet with a Principal to discuss the incident. Subsequently, a letter documenting the incident will be placed in the student’s file and possibly sent to colleges and universities. The student will be disqualified for the year from Honor Roll and membership in the National Honor Society. A second incident may lead to suspension, or, in some cases, dismissal from the school.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Controlled Substances

Shalhevet views substance abuse as a health issue. If a representative of the school has a reasonable belief that a student has a problem with drugs and/or alcohol, the student will be referred to the MAP program. Notwithstanding the above, distribution of drugs, alcohol or controlled substances is a serious offence and may be grounds for dismissal from Shalhevet.

Bigotry

Physical, verbal, or written harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other bias will not be tolerated in a Just Community. Students who participate in any form of harassment will face the severest possible disciplinary actions, including possible dismissal.

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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Behavior

The school handles all complaints with as much sensitivity and confidentiality as possible. The school will investigate all accusations of sexual harassment and will determine an appropriate course of action to ensure the safety of all students. Students found guilty of sexual harassment will be subject to discipline and/or dismissal from school. If a student has a harassment complaint, or has questions about what constitutes inappropriate behavior, s/he should consult the administration.

Respect for Physical Property

Respect for the physical plant is expected. The school is a second home and should be respected as such. Moreover, students are expected to respect the rights and property of fellow students and staff, and the rights of property of others in the neighborhood. Graffiti, both on and off campus, is strictly prohibited. Students will be billed for any damage they cause and will be subject to immediate disciplinary action.

Off-Campus Conduct

Participation in co-curricular programs often necessitates travel away from school. As representatives of the school and the Jewish community, Shalhevet students are expected to maintain menschlichkeit (respectful, socially appropriate behavior), not only while at school or school-sponsored events, but also within the greater community when not under school jurisdiction. Parents are expected to share in the responsibilities of maintaining behavioral standards appropriate to Shalhevet community.

Shalhevet does not intend to mandate behavior outside of school. In addition, we would not feel it appropriate to discipline students for behavior on non-school functions. That is the responsibility of parents.

That being said, the school does have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all members of the Shahevet community. As such, the school reserves the right to impose disciplinary consequences, including in some cases dismissal from the school for off-campus misconduct. Such misconduct would likely include the distribution of illegal substances, alcohol or drug use, hosting of an event with or without parental knowledge where minors are served alcohol and bullying (including cyber-bullying).

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Similarly, the school may choose to respond to off-campus misconduct that might negatively affect the school’s reputation and it would be within the school's rights to reconsider enrollment in the school should behavior indicate potentially harmful conduct within our school community.

Off Campus Privileges

All students should remember that this is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, if the following rules are not adhered to, your privileges will be suspended:

  1. Off campus privileges are extended to seniors only and apply for free periods and during lunch.

  2. During school hours or when involved in school related events, you are only to eat in kosher restaurants and buy kosher food/drinks (certified) from Starbucks, 7-11s and convenience stores in general.

  3. You must return to class on time.

  4. You return this slip to Muriel with parental signatures allowing you off campus.

  5. You must comply with the sign-out procedures.

  6. Our "General Liability Insurance" does not allow a student to be driven by another

    student (during school hours) without the express written consent of the parents. Parents must sign this waiver not holding Shalhevet accountable if the students should get into an accident during our normal school hours.

Photography & Videoing of Students

Students at Shalhevet may be photographed or videoed for the school use in internal and external communications. This includes, but is not limited to, promotional material, flyers, newspapers, videos, website and social media. If a parent or student does not want to be photographed or videoed, please inform the Director of Institutional Advancement.

 

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ADDENDUM FOR PARENTS

Parents are expected to review the entire Student/Parent Handbook, as all Shalhevet High School community members are responsible to be aware of the school policies. The following information is supplemental to the Handbook and specifically aimed at parents.

In Case of Absence

When a student is unable to attend school, a parent must call the Front Office at 323- 930- 9333 as soon as possible.

Updating the School

It is important that parents update school personnel of important changes in a student’s life that may affect the student’s emotional or academic behavior. These communications will be kept confidential according to the parental instructions.

Tuition Payments

Timely payment of tuition and fees is imperative to insure the smooth operation of the school. Families must be current in tuition payments to the school. Students will not be permitted to take exams or be issued grades, transcripts or a diploma if accounts are in arrears. Students with accounts in arrears will be asked to withdraw. If a financial hardship arises, parents should contact the school to discuss financial arrangements.

Parent Organizations

Representative parents are invited to become members of the Parents’ Circle on a rotating basis. This organization contributes to the academic, religious, social, athletic, and general fiscal well being of the school. Parents are also encouraged to participate actively in the many committees and activities that enrich the lives of our community members. Parent volunteers should contact the Head of School or a Principal for information regarding opportunities for involvement.

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Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall coinciding with first quarter reports. Additionally, either a teacher or parent may initiate a conference at any time during the school year. Parents who wish to speak to individual teachers may call their departmental office to leave a message. Alternatively, parents may choose to contact their student’s advisor. In either case, a return phone call should be placed in a timely fashion to discuss the situation or to set up a conference if necessary. If academic problems persist, parents, students and teachers can consult with the Head of School or a Principal.

Progress Reports

Aside from semester grades, Shalhevet issues two Progress Reports in the fall and spring at the end of the first and third quarters. These grades are not recorded on the student’s official transcript. The purpose of quarterly grades is to inform parents and students of the student’s current level of achievement.

Appropriate Parent Behavior

When parents contact office staff, administrators or teachers, they should be aware of their manner of communicating. Just as parents expect to be treated with courtesy, the school expects that parents will treat its professional staff with respect and dignity. Parents who consistently engage in inappropriate tone or conduct towards school personnel, or who fail to support school policies or personnel, may be asked to withdraw their son/ daughter.

Observance of Jewish Law

Parents are expected to be supportive of the school’s efforts to uphold Jewish laws and traditions. Parents planning social events outside of the school’s jurisdiction but involving Shalhevet students are expected to uphold behavioral and dietary guidelines that represent Modern Orthodox Jewish values, so that all students can participate.

Parent Dress and Comportment

Parents are expected to observe Jewish law and customs in dress and comportment when on campus or attending school sponsored events. Modest attire and kippot are expected.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT RECEIPT

This is to acknowledge that we have received a copy of the Student & Parent Handbook and understand that it contains important information on Shalhevet School’s general school policies and on my privileges and obligations as a member of the Shalhevet community. We acknowledge that we are expected to read, understand, and adhere to Shalhevet School’s policies and will familiarize ourselves with the material in the handbook. We understand that we are governed by the contents of the handbook and that Shalhevet School may change, rescind or add to any policies or practices described in the handbook from time to time.

Liability Waiver for Off Campus Privileges

I understand the risks associated with my child being off campus and I agree that Shalhevet shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property, or personal injury of my son/daughter. I assume all responsibility and will indemnify and hold harmless the Shalhevet School, its officers, directors, agents and employees for any claims, suits, costs or liability for any and all damage caused by my son/daughter, including personal injury with regard to being off campus. This release, indemnification, and hold harmless is applicable to my son/daughter walking to and from school.

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