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HOMESTEAD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Parent/Student Handbook

Homestead Senior High School

2351 SE 12

th

Avenue

Homestead, Florida 33034

(305) 245-7000 http://homesteadhigh.dadeschools.net

2011-2012

Mrs. Cory R. Rodriguez, Principal

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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends:

Welcome to Homestead Senior High School! Homestead’s goal is to achieve excellence by focusing on the “whole child.” To that end, we have reformed our school into small learning communities that will provide students with available career choices giving consideration to their future plans, goals, and aspirations.

Homestead Senior High School is pleased to offer the following magnet and specialized academy programs:

Bronco Academy

Aviation and Aerospace Technology

Hospitality and Tourism/Culinary Arts

Practical Nursing/Nursing Assistant/First Responder/Firefighter

Academy of Information Technology/Business

Public Service and Safety: JROTC

Visual and Performing Arts

Within these academies, students will explore courses related to their specific interests. In addition, the programs provide students with opportunities to participate in our Advanced

Academic programs through Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

For further information about our curriculum, subject selection, registration procedures, graduation requirements, and/or about the school in general, please contact our school at (305)

245-7000.

Again, welcome to Bronco Country! We look forward to assisting you and your child in making important decisions regarding their educational and career aspirations.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cory R. Rodriguez

Principal

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HOMESTEAD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Principal

Vice Principal

Mrs. Cory R. Rodriguez

Dr. Contessa Bryant

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

Ms. Dorothy Pinkston

Mr. Andrew Post

Mr. Manuel Ruiz

Vision

Homestead Senior High School envisions its students developing their talents and intellectual skills to become informed, caring, responsible, and productive citizens of their community, state, nation, and world.

Mission Statement

The mission of Homestead Senior High School is to prepare students to develop their human potential and intellectual skills by providing a quality, relevant, and rigorous education in a safe learning environment so that students will become competitive and participatory citizens in a globalized world.

ALMA MATER

We all honor Homestead

Ever we are proud

Each day we are seeking

The knowledge you endow

You give us spirit

Our Alma Mater

Homestead High, All Hail!

SCHOOL COLORS

Blue

and Orange

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BLOCK 1

Class

Homeroom

Pass

HOMESTEAD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

BELL SCHEDULE 2011 – 2012

7:20 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

7:20 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:05a.m.

90 minutes

10 minutes

5 minutes

BLOCK 2 9:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

90 minutes

Pass

BLOCK 3

1 st

LUNCH

(300, 500, 600, 1000, 1100)

Class

2 nd

LUNCH

(0-100, 200, 400, 800, 900, 728)

Class

Pass

10:35a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

10:35 a.m. – 11:10 p.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:10 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

5 minutes

35 minutes

90 minutes

35 minutes

90 minutes

5 minutes

BLOCK 4 12:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

90 minutes

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ACCIDENTS

Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any athletic event or activity sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge. Accident reports must be filed immediately.

ARTICLES PROHIBITED IN SCHOOL

Problems arise each year because students bring articles that are hazardous to the safety of others or interfere in some way with school procedures. Certain articles can lead to serious disciplinary actions such as suspension or expulsion from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Toy guns, water pistols, bean shooters, sling shots, knives, hard balls, radios, firecrackers, tape recorders, smoke bombs, beepers, any object that may be used as a weapon, etc., if brought to school, are undesirable and will be impounded and disciplinary action taken.

ATHLETICS

A student must attain and maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to participate in any sport.

A student athlete must have a notarized physical for the current year and have current school insurance prior to practicing with any school athletic team. Physicals are offered free of charge during the year. Dates will be posted on the website. For more information, visit the Athletic

Office.

ATTENDANCE & TARDY POLICIES

State laws and regulations mandate that schools and parents/guardians encourage and monitor student attendance. Homestead Senior High School’s Administration and instructional staff are determined to maintain an outstanding attendance record as academic success is directly correlated to attendance.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Board

6Gx13- 5A

states, “…Students who have ten or more unexcused absences in an annual course or five or more unexcused absences in a semester course may receive a grade of NC (no credit). Subject to the review and approval of the principal, a teacher may change the NC to a letter grade if all course requirements have been met by the student.”

If a student’s passing grade(s) is/are withheld, the student will be issued an NC for the grade(s).

If a student wishes to appeal the NC grade(s), the student may do so by submitting a petition of appeal to the attendance appeals committee for review at the end of the first semester or at the end of the school year. At the time of the petition and with proper documentation, the Attendance

Appeals Committee meets and determines whether credit will be granted.

School-wide attendance and class attendance are excused for the following: a.

b.

Student Illness

Medical Appointment c.

d.

Death in the immediate family

Observance of a religious holiday for service when it is mandatory for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service is observed.

School-sponsored event or activity previously approved. e.

ADMITS

will be issued in the Attendance Office during lunch. Absentee admits are issued only to students who have missed an entire school day. Upon return to school, students will have two

(3) school days to submit a note excusing their absence(s) at which time an excused admit may be issued if the absence meets the criteria set by the Miami-Dade County public School’s

Attendance policy.

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TARDY POLICY

: If a student is late to class or in the halls without a pass after class has begun, the student will be directed to get a late pass in

the Cafeteria until 8:20am; after

8:20am students should report to the Attendance Office

. Students who are excessively tardy and/or have accumulated unexcused absences will be referred to school administrators for disciplinary action.

First/Second period class begins at 7:20 a.m. Students must be in their classrooms or they will be marked tardy. If a student is tardy:

The student’s parent/guardian must sign him/her in at the Attendance Office, or it will be documented as an unexcused absence. Any tardiness to school (at the beginning of school or after lunch), which causes the student to miss a class period, counts as one of the 10 absences per year.

Students late to school after homeroom must report to the Attendance office.

DRIVER’S LICENSE LAW

It is very important that all absences be excused as soon as possible after they occur as unexcused absences could cause the student’s drivers license to fall into jeopardy. In the event a student is withdrawn from school due to excessive unexcused absences, the school will notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle to recommend suspension to driving privileges. The student will not be able to obtain either an operator’s license or a learner’s permit.

BUS TRANSPORTED STUDENTS

Students may be transported to and from school in county buses if they live two (2) miles or more from school. They are required to ride the same bus each day and to board and leave the bus at the stop assigned by the driver.

No student is allowed to ride a bus other than the one on which he/she is registered. Students who participate in afternoon activities may ride the special activity bus. Students must receive an activity bus pass from the Activities Office in order to ride.

In the event of a bus breakdown or late arrival of a bus, students are to wait at their regular stop until a relief bus arrives. The Transportation Department has procedures for taking care of emergencies. If a student is absent from school because he failed to wait for transportation this absence would be considered unexcused.

The bus driver has absolute jurisdiction over all students on the bus. Students should become familiar with the following regulations that must be observed.

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Keep seated at all times while the bus is in motion.

Keep all parts of your body inside the windows.

Cross the roadway directly in front of the bus. Wait for the driver’s signal before

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crossing.

Unnecessary conversation with the driver is dangerous. Students are urged to remain quiet.

Outside of ordinary modulated conversation, classroom conduct must be observed.

Students must obey the driver.

The driver has the right to assign students to certain seats if necessary to maintain good conduct on the bus.

Students must be on time. The bus will not wait for those who are late.

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Violation of these regulations can result in a temporary or permanent suspension from the bus or a suspension from school.

CAFETERIA

The dining hall is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced breakfast and lunch program are offered at a reasonable price.

Students are expected to be courteous to the cafeteria staff, monitors, and their fellow students.

Students are to carry their tray for disposal after they finish eating.

NO FOOD MAY BE

TAKEN FROM THE DINING HALL.

CELLULAR PHONES

According to School Board policy, s

ole possession of a cellular telephone is not a violation of the Code of Student Conduct (CSC). However, the possession of a cellular telephone which disrupts the educational process; the use of the cellular telephone during school hours; or the use of a cellular telephone which disrupts or interferes with the safety-to-life issue for students being transported on a M-DCPS school bus, would be a violation of the CSC.

CLOSED CAMPUS

Due to safety concerns, all Miami-Dade County Public Schools high schools are closed campuses for lunch.

CLUBS

Homestead Senior High School’s club program is designed to make available as many different types of clubs and activities as possible to meet the interest of the student body. The plans, activities, and function of each club are decided upon and carried out by the members and their elected officers, with the help of an advisor. The success of each activity depends on loyalty and work of the members and capability of the officers. A club is only as good as its members make it. The Director of Student Activities monitors the club program at the school. For additional information, contact the Activities Director in the Activities Office.

INTEREST CLUBS

5000 Role Models

Afro-Heritage Club

Best Buddies

Bible Club

CAP Club

Cheerleaders

Chess Club

D-FY-IT

Drama Club

Haitian Culture Club

Key Club

Mini Corps Club

SECME

Speech/Debate Club

HONOR SOCITIES

English Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta (Math)

National Honor Society

VOCATIONAL CLUBS

FCCLA

Family Career & Community

Leaders of America

DECA

Distributive Education Club of

America

CECF

Cooperative Education Club of Florida

FBLA

CURRICULUM GROUPS

Academy of International

Business Club

AFJROTC Drill Team/Color

Guard

Band

Chorus Club

Flag Corps

Yearbook

ELECTED

ORGANIZATIONS

Student Council

Inter Club Council

Class of 2012 (Grade 12)

Class of 2013

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Future Business Leaders of

America

HOSA

Health Occupations Students of America

(Grade 11)

Class of 2014 (Grade 10)

Class of 2015

(Grade 9)

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The Code of Student Conduct is published by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and is intended to provide a safe environment conducive to learning. The code specifies the rights and responsibilities of students. Students who commit a breach of conduct or continued defiance of school authority and policies may lose educational privileges by suspension and/or expulsion.

The Code of Student Conduct and the Homestead Senior High School Assertive Discipline Plan shall apply for all school-related events, on or off school grounds. The use of abusive or profane language in school and/or at school activities is prohibited.

Students will be referred to the administration and suspended if they are involved in fighting before, during, and/or after school or when participating in a school-sponsored activity on or off campus.

Behavior that reflects negatively on the school is cause for suspension or other disciplinary action, including possible restitution acts of theft, damage to property, assault, and/or menacing others are violations of the law. Students participating in such behavior may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. All criminal offenses will be referred to law enforcement authorities.

CONDUCT/STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Treat and be treated by school personnel with respect and in a dignified manner.

Take advantage of the educational opportunities by attending all classes on time daily.

Be attentive and prepared for class; appropriate behavior, along with required class materials, is essential to the learning process.

Provide the school with an explanation for an absence.

Request make-up assignment(s) from the teacher(s) upon returning to school.

Complete make-up assignment(s) for class(es) missed within a reasonable time established by the teacher(s).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Each student in Miami-Dade County Public Schools is required to complete a meaningful

Community Service Project prior to graduation. The Activities Office maintains “The Student

Guide to Community Service,” an information package which also contains the necessary forms needed to complete your project. The Activities Office also has the names, addresses, and phone numbers of local service agencies. See the Activities Director or your counselor for more information.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET USAGE

All students must sign an Acceptable Use Policy to receive a user log-on ID and password.

Do not allow another student to log on under your ID—

DO NOT

give your ID and password to another student.

Do not transmit any material that violates local, state, and federal law. This includes, but is not limited to, copyright material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trademark.

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Do not download any program, including alternative Internet browsers, games, and music videos.

Do not download threatening or obscene material, including, but not limited to, images and pictures.

Do not access Internet “chat” rooms.

Do not send messages from one computer to another within the school.

Do not use a teacher’s workstation without the expressed permission of the teacher.

Do not use any office computer.

Students who violate the Acceptable Use Policy and policies in place at Homestead Senior High

School could face the following consequences:

Loss of network privileges (account will be disabled).

Administrative action that could include Indoor or Outdoor Suspension, referral to the

Miami-Dade Schools Police and the local police agency for appropriate legal action.

Students are expected to comply with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools policies concerning appropriate computer and Internet usage. These policies are available online at www.dadeschools.net/aup.htm

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DISCIPLINE POLICY

Offense Number

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Group 1 and 2 Violations

Outcome

Saturday School

2 day SCSI

2 day SCSI

3 day OUTDOOR

5th

6th

5 day OUTDOOR

10 day OUTDOOR

7th 10 day OUTDOOR/Recommendation to Opportunity School

ALL STUDENTS INVOLVED IN FIGHTS WILL RECEIVE A 10-DAY OUTDOOR

SUSPENSION

Offense Number

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Each tardy to class

UNIFORM/ DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

Outcome

Exclusion from Class/Warning

Exclusion from Class/Saturday School

Exclusion from Class/Saturday School

Exclusion from Class/Saturday School

2 day SCSI

2 day SCSI

3 day OUTDOOR

5 day OUTDOOR

10 day OUTDOOR

10 day OUTDOOR/Recommendation to Opportunity School

TARDY TO CLASS

One 1-hour detention

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4 st th

2 nd

3 rd

TARDY TO SCHOOL

Report to designated area for a pass to class

One 1-hour detention for each tardy to school after the 3rd infraction. This process begins each new nine week period.

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Students who have a total of six (6) days of suspension and/or 10 or more excused or unexcused absences and/or 20 or more excused or unexcused tardies will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The plan of action taken for all other violations will be in accordance to the Miami-Dade County

Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct.

DRESS CODE

Homestead Senior High School is a mandatory uniform school. The uniform policy is as follows:

Orange or navy polo style shirt

Navy or khaki pants

Navy or khaki knee-length shorts

Closed-toe shoes

Identification Badge (provided to students during opening of school)

The

Student Code of Conduct Dress Code Rule 6Gx13-5C-1.031

will be enforced to ensure the safety of all students. You may view the School Board Rule at www2.dadeschools.net.

If you are unable to abide by the dress code, participation in extra-curricular activities will be affected. The affected activities will include: athletic events, field trips, club-sponsored events, dances, senior activities, class picnics, Prom, and/or Grad Bash.

FAMILY RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

The revised Family Rights and Privacy Act became Federal Law in November of 1974. The intent of this law is to protect the accuracy and privacy of student educational records. Only parents/guardians and authorized individuals having legitimate educational interests will have access to a child’s educational records.

Parents/guardians may make an appointment to inspect and review their child’s records. The appointment should be made in person at Homestead Senior High School. A form is provided for the parent/guardian on which materials are to be viewed and the reasons for the inspection will need to be stated. Upon review of the records, if a parent/guardian has a reason to believe that any information contained therein is inaccurate, misleading, or inappropriate, the parent/guardian has the right to challenge the information.

FINANCIAL OBLIGATION

Students must pay for items such as towels and locks in physical education, and/or fees for certain courses using consumable materials such as Art, Band, Chorus, Home Economics,

Industrial Arts, and Science. These fees are due and payable in full on the date specified for their collection. Receipts will be issued for all payments. Students should keep all receipts until the end of the school year.

Students are responsible for all financial obligations developing over any part of their years at

Homestead Senior High School. Students who fail to meet these obligations will forfeit the chance to have their transcript sent to colleges or universities when they apply for college admission and will not be allowed to receive their diploma until all financial obligations are met.

FIRE DRILLS

Instructions identifying the route of evacuation for each room are posted in each room. These instructions must be followed exactly. Students should leave the building in single file by the nearest exit. When the school has been evacuated, students will return to class after the signal of one long bell.

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FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES

Participation in clubs, fraternities, sororities, or secret societies that are not sanctioned by the

School Board is prohibited.

FUNDRAISING

Fundraisers are excellent opportunities for classes and clubs to raise money for their activities.

The only fundraisers authorized at Homestead Senior High are those approved by the Activities

Office with an application. Approved fund raising activities such as bake and candy sales are only allowed to take place before and after school. School spirit items, etc., may be sold before and after school, between classes and during lunch by individuals members of the clubs. Under no circumstances will sales of any type be permitted during instructional time. Violation of these policies will result in the student’s items being confiscated and not returned.

GRAD BASH

Grad Bash is the annual senior trip held in May. The requirements for a senior to attend are:

No senior can be suspended for 10 or more days during the school year. The

Assistant Principal of Discipline must clear any student who has been on an outdoor suspension prior to purchasing a ticket.

All outstanding balances to classes and clubs must be paid in full prior to purchasing a ticket.

Seniors must complete their Community Service Project prior to purchasing a ticket.

A senior cannot accumulate nine (9) or more unexcused absences.

Tickets will go on sale in the Activities Office beginning in January through February. Seniors must display a valid school I.D. badge when purchasing a Grad Bash ticket. Seniors may only purchase one ticket for themselves.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Raise Law established graduation requirements for all Florida High Schools. Students should refer to the Curriculum Bulletin for the requirements of their graduating class. Students with questions regarding graduation requirements should be directed to their counselor.

HALL PASS

Students are not permitted in the halls during the

first twenty minutes or last twenty minutes

of class

. Students must have a yellow hall pass from a teacher or staff member and their valid

ID badge

. Administrative and security staff will be monitoring the halls. Students found without

an authorized yellow pass and valid ID Badge

will be escorted back to class or to SCSI.

Students must display a

yellow hall pass and valid school I.D. badge

to enter any office including the clinic and Media Center. Students may not use a yellow hall pass to use the vending machines or pay telephones.

HOME LEARNING POLICY

Regular, purposeful home learning assignments are an essential part of the instructional program of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Home learning assignments should provide reinforcement and extension of class instruction and serve as a basis for further study and preparation for future class assignment.

Students will be responsible for:

Completing assigned home learning assignments as directed.

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Returning home learning assignments to the teacher by the designated time.

Submitting home learning assignments that reflect careful attention to detail and quality of work.

Frequency and Quantity of Home Learning Assignments:

Grade Level

Grades 9-12

Frequency of Assignments Total Daily Average (All Subjects)

Daily (M, T, W, TH, F) 120 minutes

Note: These times do not reflect the additional 30 minutes that are to be devoted to reading.

In the event the student finishes an assignment in less time, it is automatically understood that he/she is to spend the remaining time reading. When there is no formal assignment, the student is to read, utilizing the above recommended time allocation. Students in academic classes should receive a minimum of two home learning assignments each week in each class. These assignments should be reflected in the student’s class grade.

ID BADGE POLICY

Homestead Senior High School has a mandatory I.D. program approved by the Miami-Dade

County Public School Board. Students are expected to have their photo ID at all times while on campus. Temporary ID badges will be sold for $.50 in the Activities Office before school.

Permanent badges will be sold before school or after school in the Activities Office for $2.00.

INSURANCE

Students who fail to purchase insurance during the offering days or who are late for enrollment and desire to have insurance after the enrollment days, must contact the insurance company directly. Student insurance is offered to students during the first week of the school year.

Applications are issued in homeroom.

INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Interscholastic extracurricular student activities are those organized student activities between or among schools that are outside the curriculum or regular course of study in school. Some of these activities include sports, music festivals, speech and debate, and art and drama competitions.

Students must meet a number of basic requirements in order to be eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities. These requirements include a state mandated minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, satisfactory conduct, age restrictions, school enrollment, and school insurance. A detailed list of specific eligibility requirements is available in the Athletic Office, or from coaches and activity sponsors. Students and parent/guardians should be fully aware of all eligibility requirements prior to participation in any interscholastic extracurricular student activities.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without a permit from the attendance office. Failure to follow the proper procedure will be considered skipping/truancy and will result in disciplinary action. The parent who is picking his/her child up must come into the attendance office to pick up the permit and sign out the child.

After a student has been given a permit to leave four times during a nine-week period his name will be referred to the assistant principal in charge of attendance.

LOST AND FOUND

During the course of the school day, numerous items are left throughout the school building.

When retrieved these items are brought to the Activities Office. If a student misplaces an item

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while on campus, the student should report to the Activities Office. Once the item has been properly identified it will be returned to the student.

MEDIA CENTER

Students are encouraged to use the Media Center for reading and research. The Media Center will open from 7:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Passes are not necessary before and after school.

However, they are required throughout the regular school day, including the lunch period.

Students should secure a pass before the lunch period for admittance to the Media Center during lunch.

PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA)

Homestead Senior High School’s PTSA provides an excellent opportunity for involvement in school activities. General meetings are held throughout the year. All stakeholders are encouraged to become members.

PARKING

There is a designated student parking area for students on campus. Students should remove all necessary and valuable items from their vehicles prior to the start of school each day and ensure their vehicles are locked. Parking decals may be purchased for the cost of $10.00. Students must provide a copy of their driver’s license, proof of insurance and a copy of their registration.

PERMANENT RECORDS

Homestead Senior High School maintains permanent records for students. These records include the following:

Academic

Attendance

Standardized Test Scores

Students may request copies of their transcripts in the Registration Office.

PEP RALLIES

Pep Rallies are scheduled periodically throughout the school year to promote school spirit among the students and support Homestead Senior High’s athletic teams. Attendance at Pep Rallies is a privilege, not a right. We encourage students to wear school colors (blue and orange) on Pep

Rally days.

REGISTRATION – TRANSFERS – WITHDRAWALS

In order to register, parents/guardians must have the birth certificate and proof of address for new students entering school. A Certificate of Immunization and Student Medical

Examination must also be furnished.

A student wishing to withdraw/transfer from one school to another within the county shall secure the withdrawal/transfer from the sending school before being admitted to the new school.

The parent/guardian shall apply for the withdrawal/transfer in person and shall provide two (2) of the following items as verification of a change of residence:

Broker or attorney’s statement of parents’ purchase and residence.

Florida Power & Light Company deposit or receipt showing new address.

Properly executed lease agreement.

Southern Bell/AT&T bill or receipt showing new address.

If the parent/guardian is unable to furnish the school with two (2) of the above documents, he/she will be referred to the sending Region Center.

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All textbooks, library books, and financial obligations must be accounted for before transcripts will be sent to another school.

REPORT CARDS

A report card will be issued at the end of each nine-week period. Interim Progress Reports will be issued in the middle of each grading period. If a student is in danger of earning a grade below

C after receiving an Interim progress Report, the teacher(s) will issue the student a failure notice.

Letters are used to indicate academic progress according to Miami-Dade County Public

Schools’ Pupil Progression Plan. The following indicates the current Miami-Dade County Public

Schools’ Grading System:

Grade

A

B

C

D

F

Letter Value

90 – 100

80 - 89

70 – 79

60 – 69

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Interpretation Grade Point Value

Outstanding 4

Good

Satisfactory

3

2

Improvement Needed

Unsatisfactory

1

0

ACADEMIC LETTER

Students, who rank in the Top 10 percent of the entire student body, will earn an Academic

Letter, awarded annually during an assembly in May.

CLASS RANKING

The main reason for class ranking is to let colleges know how students compare with others in the school. Since students submit college applications early in their senior year and those colleges want class rankings, the ranking is determined prior to the end of students’ senior year. Final grade point averages will be recorded following graduation.

HONOR ROLL AND HONOR PROGRAMS

Outstanding grades, conduct, and attendance are recognized and encouraged through incentive programs at Homestead Senior High School. Honor Roll qualifications are as follows:

Principal’s Honor Roll

Orange Honor Roll

All A1A’s (Scholastic and Conduct)

3.6

Un-weighted GPA

Blue Honor Roll

No grade lower than a

B

(Scholastic and

Conduct)

All A’s in Conduct and All 1’s in Effort

INCOMPLETE GRADES

Teachers will only give an Incomplete (I) when prolonged illness or other legitimate absences makes it impossible for a student to complete course work. If a student receives an Incomplete, the student will have a reasonable time (no more than two weeks) to make-up all the work.

SECURITY MONITORS

In order to provide a safe learning environment, security monitors are stationed around the building. Security monitors patrol school property and observe student behavior during school hours. Security Monitors correct minor altercations and report serious disturbances to the administration. Security Monitors stop and question students who are not in class during class times, as well as check restrooms, and the parking lot. Students are expected to be courteous and cooperative as the monitors are responsible for ensuring an environment that fosters maximum achievement.

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SCSI

The School Center for Special Instruction (SCSI) exists for those students not abiding by school regulations.

SMOKING

Students are not permitted to smoke on the school grounds or on the school buses.

SPORTS PROGRAM

Whatever your interests are, we have a sport for you! For more information about the following sports, please see the Athletic Director in the Athletic Office. A listing of all coaches will be available at the start of each school year. If you are not a team member, try being a loyal fan.

MEN’S TEAM SPORTS

Baseball

Basketball

Bowling

Cross Country

Football

Golf

Soccer

Tennis

Track & Field

Volleyball

Wrestling

WOMEN’S TEAM SPORTS

Basketball

Bowling

Cross Country

Golf

Soccer

Softball

Track & Field

Volleyball

Tennis

Swimming

Swimming

STANDARDIZED TESTS

Miami-Dade County Public School students take a number of standardized tests throughout the school year. Some of theses include:

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT):

All grade 9-12 students.

Algebra, Geometry and Biology End of Course Exams

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT):

All grade 10 students take this test in the fall. The PSAT is available to all grade 9 and grade 11 students on a voluntary basis.

Scholastic Reading Inventory:

Advanced Placement Testing:

All grade 9, 10, and 11 students.

students enrolled in A.P. classes.

STUDENT SERVICES

The

Student Services Department

offers assistance to all students in the following areas: personal counseling, academic advisement, subject selection, college advisement, military and vocational planning, graduation requirements, standardized test administration, references to outside agencies, speech, hearing, and exceptional referrals. A staff of counselors and a placement specialist provides these services.

Counselors

are available before school, after school, and/or during lunchtime.

Appointments to see counselors may also be made by students during the change of class.

Students are reminded to report to class on time after making an appointment because tardy passes will not be given.

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The CAP Advisor

assists students with college admission, financial aid, and scholarships. Students who need to take the ACT, SAT, College Boards, or any other tests for college admission, must get the proper forms from the CAP Office, complete them, and either mail them to the appropriate agency by the deadline or register on-line.

A list of testing dates with deadlines can be obtained from the student’s counselor and/or the CAP advisor.

The TRUST Counselor

works to advise students on behaviors, which may be detrimental to students’ health and well-being. The TRUST Counselor also facilitates support groups that deal with a variety of personal growth and development issues.

TELEPHONES

In cases of emergencies only, students may use telephones located in the Activities and

Attendance Offices and with office personnel permission.

TEMPORARY INSTRUCTORS

Temporary Instructors or substitute teachers have the same authority as any regular teacher. You are expected to conduct yourself in the same manner as you would for your regular teacher.

TEXTBOOK RESPONSIBILITY

When your teachers issue textbooks, they will record the condition of the book. Damage to books will result in charges. Students who fail to pay for lost or damaged books may be excluded from participation in extracurricular activities. When textbooks are returned, they are to be turned in directly to the assigning teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the textbook card from the teacher. Once the textbook card is turned in to the office, the student is responsible for the replacement cost of the textbook.

VISITORS

Parents/Guardians are always welcome. It is best to schedule an appointment with administrators, teachers, or counselors in advance to avoid waiting. Homestead Senior High

School only allows those visitors who have legitimate business at the school on campus. All visitors must check in at the Entry Control Point and receive a Visitor’s Identification Card before proceeding to the area in the school where they have business. A guest attending any school activity with a student of this school must remain with that student and abide by the rules of the school at all times while on campus.

WHERE TO GO

Activities Bus Pass

Bus Pass

Career Information

Activities Office

Attendance Office

Counselor

Counselor Schedule Change

Illness

Class Rings

Athletics

Attendance Office

Activities Office

Athletics Office

Activities Office Clubs

Lost & Found

Lunch Applications

Fees and/or Fines

Activities Office

Main Office

Treasurer’s Office

School Calendar

Student Code of Conduct

Student Government

Activities Office

Administrators Office

Activities Office

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