HSC Student Handbook
High School in the
Community has been a magnet school in
HSC is a faculty-run school. The establishment of friendly relationships between students and teachers is an essential feature of the school. The curriculum offers subjects suited to students at every academic level.
HSC seeks to develop students into critical thinkers, effective communicators, life long learners and responsible citizens. HSC has adopted the following goals to facilitate this process:
Non-negotiable Academic Expectations
o Participate consistently in SSR (Silent Sustained Reading).
o Be prepared consistently with classroom materials including binders, notebooks, pen, pencils and other designated materials
o Complete homework nightly.
o Come to class with a positive attitude, ready to learn and work.
Strive to possess a tolerant and embracing attitude toward
A. Computer literacy required for all students
B. Block time
C. Team-taught multidisciplinary classes
D. Use of community resources
E. Selection of school-wide activities
F. Emphasis on using and integrating technology
G. CAPT and SAT preparation
H. College-prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses
I. "Family group" for new students; ¼ elective credit
J. Faculty advisor assigned to each student; faculty advocate
K. Small guidance groups
L. Effective utilization of technology
The school day begins at and ends at
Monday through Thursday Schedule:
NOTE: STUDENTS ARE NOT ADMITTED TO A-PERIOD CLASS AFTER
B1: (includes 20 minute SSR reading period)
AFTER SCHOOL HELP IS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT.
Friday Guidance Schedule: see postings
Guidance and Guidance Structure
o For new students: Family Group
"Family group" is required for students new to HSC. Its purpose is to support, assist, and advise new students on a daily basis. Family group assists new students in becoming oriented to the HSC community. Students discuss problems and challenges related to the high school. Family Group instructors facilitate this transition and personalize new students experiences. The citywide Social Development Curriculum is widely used in the Family Group program.
o For returning students: weekly guidance groups
Guidance groups meet with their faculty guidance teacher weekly for advice on school issues. Guidance teachers will assist and advocate for students. The Social Development Curriculum will be utilized during this weekly meeting.
o For seniors: senior guidance advisor
Seniors are assigned a senior faculty advisor to focus on their college-application preparation and progress towards post-secondary plans; college selection and applications are strongly supported in senior guidance.
Full-time guidance counselors provide professional assistance to all students for personal and educational advice. A social worker and a school psychologist are assigned to the school and are available to students as needed. Students who work may obtain Cooperative Work Experience Credit. See the Guidance Office for forms and details.
Behavior Standards, Rules and Policies
HSC considers it essential that students attend school on a regular basis in order for students to develop to their full potential. Polices for attendance are in accordance with the New Haven Public Schools Administrative Procedures.
An absence is considered excused when a child does not attend school due to:
Students who are absent from school must have a written excuse submitted to the Main Office in writing by a parent or guardian.
o Hall Passes:
A no smoking policy exists at
B. A student who arrives at school after will be given a tardy detention.
C. "Walkman" (and related items such as headphones, ear phones, etc) may not be worn in the school building.
Radios, boom boxes, tape decks, beepers may not be carried or used in the
school building or on campus unless it is brought to the school at the request
of a faculty member. Cell phones MUST BE TURNED OFF
E. Young children/babies may not be brought to the school for the day.
F. No food or liquids are to be consumed in any school room except in the student eating areas of the cafeteria or multicultural community room.
Hats or other non-religious headwear MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE ENTERING SCHOOL
and remain off throughout the school day.
o Visitor policy
Visitors are welcome but only when it is arranged in advance with the Main Office. Visiting students must have a parent call in to request a visitation.
o Loss of credit
Excessive absences, tardiness, or lack of schoolwork may result in the loss of credit.
o Behavior and Peer Mediation
HSC works to resolve conflicts, disruptive behavior or problems among students through the Peer Mediation process. For other serious offenses, parents, guardians, the Student Membership coordinator, Office Assistants, and Guidance Counselors will be automatically involved. In the event of a major or ongoing problem, a student may be suspended, arrested or asked to leave the school permanently.
HSC has an ongoing commitment to a safe and positive learning environment. A student who is a repeated discipline problem, and has been subject to continued efforts by the teacher to remedy the situation, may be removed from the classroom setting and referred to office personnel for disciplinary action. Such referral will be accompanied by a written statement which identifies the offense and includes the details of the infraction.
A student who is referred to the office for violation of school rules will receive disciplinary action. Depending on the severity of the infraction and pursuant to the procedures outlined in the New Haven Board of Education discipline policy and the HSC Discipline Outline, disciplinary action may include:
A. Parent Conferences
C. Community Service to School
E. A request for expulsion from school
o These disciplinary actions may take place as direct consequences to violation of specific school rules or for repeated violations of the same school rule.
o The school will contact parents prior to enforcing any of the above disciplinary actions.
o If a student is suspended from school, the student is not allowed on school grounds and cannot participate in any school activities for the duration of the suspension.
o The parent or guardian must accompany the student to a conference at the end of the suspension period.
OFFENSES will include the following, but are not limited to this list:
o Fighting/ Student assault/ Threats
o Intimidation/ Harassment
o Weapons Possession
o Drugs or alcohol possession
o Vandalism or destruction of school property
o Pushing/ Shoving/ Horseplay
o Smoking on School Grounds
o Insubordination (deliberate disrespect or disregard of teacher requests)
o Cutting class or detention
o Tardiness (to school or to class)
o Possession of electronic devices
o Food in the classroom or academic facilities
o Violation of dress code
o Violation of policy dealing with student conduct on school bus
o Falsification of school records
o Violation of district computer and internet use policy
o Unauthorized occupancy of restricted premises
insight on above statutes, please refer to ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES: (A
HANDBOOK FOR STUDENTS
DEEMED IN VIOLATION TO THE CODES
o Students may be assigned to school wide detention by the teacher, facilitator or office personnel, or may serve a teacher detention from to (Tuesday through Thursday). The detention will be served on the immediate day following the infraction day.
o Parents will be contacted on the day of the infraction. Parents will be responsible for making transportation arrangements for their children.
o Student employment is not a valid excuse for missing detention.
o All school rules are in effect during the detention.
Teachers and the office personnel will make every effort to contact parents regarding a students progress. Parents will be called in the event of a serious disciplinary occurrence.
Computer Lab Protocol:
The High school in the Community Internet account is free to all users. Access to the Internet is considered a privilege. School administrators may deny or suspend user access as they see fit. Students must sign and abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.
o There is no food or beverages allowed in the computer areas at any time.
o No games are allowed on school computers.
o No internet chat or chat programs are allowed on school computers.
o Computers may not be used for any commercial purposes.
o Computers may not be used for any illegal purpose.
o Computers may not be used to access pornographic or questionable materials.
o Students are expected to remain on task while working on the computers and show that they realize that the computers are valuable educational equipment, not recreational items.
Student Attire (see accompanying illustration):
o Clothing slogans should not promote the use of drugs or alcohol nor should they be sexually or racially offensive.
OR YOU WILL BE SENT HOME!!!
no more than 5
(index card) from
middle of knee shoes, boots, sneakers
Reminder of appropriate dress:
*If youre not sure if its okay its probably not, so dont wear it!
Individual student use:
Students who have a pass from their course teachers may work in the library center. Students will not be admitted without a pass. With permission from the library media specialist, students may work or read quietly.
Checking out materials:
Books from the
non-reference section may be checked out for two weeks. While
Students who drive their cars to school must abide by the following:
Students at HSC are expected to come to school with notebooks, paper, and writing materials daily. Also, needed are the following:
o Full credit cannot be granted in a course if homework is missing.
Make up work:
Weekly Progress Reports:
WPRs are available if parents request them.
GovernancePTSO, Policy Council:
o The faculty meets weekly on issues concerning the governance of the school as well as on curriculum and issues concerning students.
o The Parent-Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is the key advisory body to the school. Parents/guardians, teachers, and students have a voice in bringing up issues and proposals of interest to the school.
o The Student Council addresses student governance concerns. Student Council elections are held early in the fall of each year.
After-school programs and extracurricular activities:
HSC encourages student involvement in clubs and after- school programs and extracurricular activities. Clubs and programs include:
o Interact Club
o Debates and Law
o Student Council
o Chess and ping pong
o City-wide Student Council Philosophy Club
o New Haven High Schools League Art Club
o School Chorus
o Year Book
o School Newspaper
o Theater Productions
o International Studies Program
o International Cooking Club
o Intramural basketball
o Bicycle Repairs Program
Math Team: Greater
HSC students from
The class of 2005 will be required to complete 24 credits for graduation from High School in the Community.
After both student and parent have read this handbook, please sign form below, tear off and return form to your guidance teacher.
I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND SUPPORT THIS STUDENT HANDBOOK.
(STUDENT SIGNATURE) (DATE)
(PARENT SIGNATURE) (DATE)