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STUDENT HANDBOOK

General Information:​

Driver Education

Driver Education will be provided to all students who wish to take the course. For 2011-2012 students' birth date must be prior to the end of February 1997 for eligibility. The course will only be offered once to each student. The classroom instruction will be provided after school and during noon hours. In-car instructions will take place during the day and after school.  Should students are parents have questions, they can contact Mrs. Crystal Wolfe or Ms. Marcia Phillips.  Their contact information can be obtained from the Main Office staff.

Resource Centre

A well-equipped resource centre is available for student and staff use. Books, periodicals, newspapers, videos, and CD's are available. There are also several computers with access to the Internet and an electronic library catalogue.

Cafeteria

The cafeteria is available for use by all MUCC students and staff. Healthy beverages, fruits, sandwiches, and full meals are available for a reasonable price. Pre-paid lunch punch cards are available from Mr. Argent in the cafeteria.  They are $25.00 per card.

Locks and Lockers

Although hallway and physical education lockers and locks are provided at no charge, a fee will be assessed for lost locks, abused lockers and/ or locks. At the end of June, students are required to remove all contents, stickers, and marks from assigned lockers . The school division assumes no responsibility for items stored in students' lockers. Lockers are not considered private storage space; the MUCC administrators may examine a student's locker contents at any time, without notice.

Student Report Cards

Four report cards will be issued to students throughout the year.

Parking

The parking lot to the east of MUCC is reserved parking for CanSask and Cumberland Regional College. MUCC students shall park their vehicles in the designated parking areas located to the west of MUCC. Student vehicles are not to be parked within the fenced compound by the shops. Vehicles parked in violation of these designations may be towed away at the owner's risk and expense.

Dress Code

MUCC expects student dress and grooming to be appropriate for the school environment. Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, or present a potential for disruption to the instructional program. Attire or accessories which advertise, display or promote any drug, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry are not acceptable. Bandanas and gang "colors" are not acceptable on school premises.

As a matter of courtesy hats and caps are not to be worn in classrooms, cafeteria, the resource centre, or the auditorium. Caps may be worn in shop areas, only with instructor permission. Hoods on jackets and "hoodies" are not to be worn covering the head while anywhere in the school.

Students on Study Periods/Spares

ALL students who have a study period/spare during the day should work in the cafeteria, resource centre, or other suitable area where they can study effectively without disturbing other students. If students are leaving the school during that hour they must check out at the office (this is extremely important in case of an emergency).

Phys. Ed. Clothing

Grade 7- 9 students will be required to wear the school issued physical education T-shirts. T-shirts are numbered and each student's number will be recorded.

Physical Education dress requirements include shorts/sweatpants, shirt/sweatshirt and gym shoes. These must be worn to all Physical Education classes.

Running shoes with non-marking soles are required for use in the gym. Since all students are expected to shower after Physical Education classes, extra socks, a towel, a bar of soap and some deodorant are also necessary.

Dropping a class

The deadline for grade 11 and 12 students to drop a class in Semester I is January 4 and for Semester II is June 1.

Video Cameras

Interior and exterior security cameras are on the premises. Cameras operate 24 hours per day to ensure the safety and security of our MUCC family. Video records will be made available to the RCMP as required.

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Student Activities Association:

The SAA is our student government. All students are elligible for positions on the SAA. Students in grades 7, 8 & 9 vote for SAA room-representatives in the fall. Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 vote for SAA room-representatives and executive positions in the spring.

Coaches' and Supervisors' Code

MUCC requires that coaches/supervisors of extracurricular activities:

  1. Be an integral part of the school system, contributing to its focus upon the educational and social development of its students.
  2. Remember that the athletic arena is a classroom with moral and educational obligations required at all times
  3. Maintain fair, unprejudiced relationships with all squad members.
  4. Take a strong stand against profanity, unfair play and unsportsmanlike behaviour of their teams.

Student's Participation Code

MUCC requires those student participants of extracurricular activities:

  1. Conduct themselves at all times with honor and dignity
  2. Faithfully complete school work as practical evidence of their loyalty to self, school and team.
  3. Accept gracefully and without question the decision of the official, coach or supervisor.
  4. Remember that there is no place in school athletics before, during or after competition for the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, profanity or poor sportsmanship.

Jr. A & Jr. B Team Philosophies

Jr. A Teams:

  1. Teams will be primarily made up of grade 8 and 9 students.
  2. These teams will travel extensively to provide competition.
  3. These teams will play competitively, and as such, all players may not receive equal playing time.

Jr. B Teams:

  1. Teams will be primarily made up of grade 7 and 8 students.
  2. These teams will work on developing all players, and as such, playing time will be distributed as equally as possible.

Secondary Scheduling

Primarily, grade ten students are required to take ten credits. Other grades are required to take a minimum of nine credits each year. The maximum is five credits per semester. In extenuating circumstances, the Principal may make other arrangements.

  1. Students select classes on a preferential basis. The school determines the students' schedule considering the student's requests.
  2. There will be opportunity for a change of schedule due to promotions and/or change of plans within the first three days of each semester.
  3. Students may be withdrawn from a class by the school due to unsatisfactory attendance, lack of effort, improper conduct and/or lack of cooperation.
  4. A student may withdraw from a class to have a study period only upon approval by the Principal.

Chemical Free School

Our goal is to strive toward making MUCC a "chemical free" school ... this goal being realistic and important to all students and staff of MUCC.

The following guidelines will be considered when consequences are being imposed for infractions related to our chemical free goal.

  1. Consequences ought to be firm, consistent and focus on the behavior in question.
  2. Consequences ought to be similar for middle and secondary students but should address the maturity level of individuals involved.
  3. The previous track record of the individual involved ought to be taken into consideration.
  4. Students ought to be expected to add to the school by way of school community service following an infraction.
  5. A specified time limit will be defined as a resulting consequence.
  6. Action taken by administrators may include exemption from MUCC functions.
  7. Consequences for "consumption" on premises of MUCC will be more severe than off premise consumption.Parent(s) have the right to be informed and/or involved in disciplinary action taken by administrators.
  8. Involvement of outside agencies and/or Student Services personnel is viewed as a positive way of resolving identified individual student problem.

Student Conduct

The conduct and duties of students enrolled in MUCC and related programs shall be consistent with the following expectations:

    • Students shall be responsible for conforming to the rules established by the principal, vice-principals and staff.
    • The principal shall, in cooperation with the staff, develop and maintain guidelines describing expectations pertaining to students, which seek to promote good harmony in the school.
    • Teachers shall be responsible for the implementation of the rules and procedures.
    • The principal and/or vice principal shall be responsible for appropriately communicating to students and parents, the duties of students and parents concerning expectations of the school.

For the purposes of clarification, duties of students as outlined in the Education Act are as follows:

    • Every student shall cooperate fully with all persons employed by the Board and such other persons who have been lawfully assigned responsibilities and functions with respect to ancillary services as may be provided or approved by the Board and Ministry of Learning and without restricting the generality of the foregoing every pupil shall:
    • Every student shall attend school, regularly and punctually.
    • Every student shall provide himself or herself with such supplies and materials not furnished by the Board of Education as may be considered necessary by the principal for the courses of study.
    • Every student shall observe standards approved by the Board of Education with respect to cleanliness and tidiness of person, general deportment, obedience, courtesy, and respect of the rights of other persons.
    • Every student shall conform to the rules of the school approved by the Board of Education and submit to such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent.

Every student shall be accountable:

    • To the teacher for his/her conduct on school premises during school hours and during such hours as the teacher is in charge of the pupils in class or when engaged in authorized school activities conducted in out-of-school hours
    • To the principal for his /her general deportment at any time that he/she is under the supervision of the school and members of the teaching staff, including the time spent in traveling between the school and his/her place of residence.
    • Subject to the stated policies of the Board of Education, the driver of the school bus and to any other person appointed by the Board for the purposes of supervision during hours when pupils are in the personal charge of such employees of the Board, and those employees shall be responsible to and report to the principal in accordance with procedures approved by the Board.

(Reference: Saskatchewan Education Act, Sections 150 - 154)

Attendance

Academic success is closely tied to school attendance. Students are expected to be punctual and to attend all classes. Parents are requested to contact the school prior to classes if their student will be absent or late that day. There is a 48 hour grace period for reporting lates and absences. Beyond that time, students will be considered "truant". Students may be expected to make-up the missed time at noon hours and after school.  Ongoing tardiness or truancy for secondary students will result in disciplinary action that may include removal from the class roster(s).

Although students are expected to attend all classes, urgent matters may result in absences that may be "excused" by a parent or guardian, such as:

    • student illness, provided the school is notified on the same day as the illness;
    • student hospitalization or confinement under a doctor's orders (proof may be required);
    • medical, dental, or orthodontic appointments (proof may be required);
    • student participation in a community sponsored event or activity at the provincial or national level (with prior approval);
    • student absence due to school bus not running;
    • sympathetic or compassionate absence;
    • student absence for a recognized religious observance; or,
    • student participation in a "family event", with appropriate prior notification.

Note: Students will not be allowed to attend a school social event if they have an unexcused absence on the day of the event.

New bell times - In order to satisfy the number of instructional hours required by the Ministry of Education, the following bell times will be used by MUCC.

Period 1: 9:00 - 10.02

Period 2: 10:09 - 11.11

Period 3: 11:18 - 12:20

Lunch break

Period 4: 1:10 - 2:12

Period 5: 2:17 - 3:19

Tutorial

MUCC has a tutorial room open for students at noon and after school.  This tutorial is for students who need extra academic support.

Study Hall

Study Hall - if students do not complete assigned work they may be required to attend a supervised noon hour study hall.

Secondary Evaluation

Continuous evaluation will be employed. This means marks from classwork, tests, assignments and/or projects will be used to determine final class standing.

If a teacher chooses to have secondary students write a comprehensive final exam it can constitute as high as 20% of the final mark.  There shall be four reporting periods during the year.

Grade twelve marks released by the school are to be considered as tentative marks. Final marks are the marks obtained from the Ministry of Learning.

RE-DEMONSTRATION /RE-ASSESSMENT PRACTICE

 Re-demonstration of understanding at MUCC  is permitted when the following conditions are applicable:

    •  A poor result on a summative assessment despite evidence of high achievement in prior formative and summative assessments in the same focus area.
    • If the teacher believes a poor result is due to circumstances beyond the student’s control (i.e. health, family emergency, etc).

In situations where one or both of the above conditions exist, and the student has always maintained an attitude that contributes to learning, a re-demonstration will be permitted.  The specific requirements of that re-demonstration will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher (i.e. tutorial and practice requirements, parent signature, etc.).

Counselling Services:

Our student counsellors are are available by appointment to help students deal with a variety of personal, social, and academic issues that may be affecting their studies, their happiness as students, or their prospects of success.Our counsellors have access to several support services including: addictions counselling, health services, youth justice, and social services (community resources).

Students experiencing difficulties are encouraged to contact the office for assistance and support with personal issues.

Students seeking course changes, post-secondary information, and career path planning are encouraged to contact Ms. Beuker.

Students needing alternate programs of study or special scheduling considerations should contact Mr. Peterson.

A "school community worker" is available to help students, parents and the school develop a collaborative solution to problems affecting the daily performance of a student.

Smoking and Chewing Guidelines

A designated smoking area was eliminated in 2010 when the provincial government banned all tobacco use on schoolgrounds.

CONSEQUENCES:
Students who are in conflict with these guidelines shall be subject to the following consequences:

First Offence:
The student will be issued one-hour school/community service as determined by Administration.

Second Offence:
The student shall be subject to a 1-day in-school suspension.

Third Offence:
The student shall be suspended for 3 school days.

Cellular Phone, iPod (and similar devices) Guidelines

Our intention is to allow students to use digital technology in the classroom when such use enhances and supports learning as directed by the teacher. We want to foster our students' understanding of digital citizenship, responsible use of digital equipment, and respect for other users. We will allow students to use smart phones, tablets, or laptops for educational purposes in teaching areas (with the approval of the teacher).

Students are welcome to use personal digital devices before the first bell at the start of the day and during breaks ... provided such use does not interfeere with the student arriving at classes on time.

Here are some examples of appropriate use of devices:

    • searching for the meaning of a vocabulary word;
    • using a device to search for information relevant to the class;
    • using a device to take class notes;
    • using the camera feature to capture class information such as diagrams or equipment setup;
    • watching a relavent YouTube video presentation;
    • using a calendar feature or personal organizer feature;
    • using a reminder feature for assignments; or,
    • accessing teacher-developed materials on Twitter or Blogs.

Guidelines:

1. Students are only to use their devices when the have explicit teacher permission, except during breaks.

2. When used during class time, the device must be used for the purpose approved by the teacher or educational associate.

3. Students are responsible for the security of their devices. The school is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen devices.

4. Students without personal digital devices will be provided with suitable alternate technology by the school when possible.

Student Tips:

  • Use your device in class ONLY with permission from your teacher.
  • You must be willing to show your screen to your teacher at any time. You are responsible for what is on the screen!
  • If you would like to use your device for something that was not explicitly approved by the teacher, ask for permission FIRST.
  • Texting, Instant messaging, and social networking are not to be done during class time unless explicitly approved by the teacher.
  • Avoid texting and calls during instructional times of the day.
  • When at school, be sure to access "school appropriate" sites.
  • Go ahead and record school-appropriate videos, images, or voice recordings ... provided you have teacher permission.
  • Don't participate in Cyber-bullying, Sexting, Cyber-stalking or other inappropriate uses of devices.
  • Don't attempt to "hack" any other device or system ... whether personal or school owned.

Students can go immediately to any level of "consequences", depending upon the nature of the offence.

Serious offences may result in suspension, reporting to SaskTel, and/or contacting the RCMP.

The device will be relinquished to a teacher upon request. The student may retrieve the device from the office after 3:10 dismissal. The student may be required to serve a suspension for refusing to follow school rules.

Student Discipline:

The Northeast School Division believes the school has an important role to play in facilitating all areas of a student's development. The Board expects that when discipline situations arise, corrective processes aimed at encouraging social and personal growth will be taken. When disciplinary action must be taken, the principal or their designate shall take measures which would be exercised by a kind, firm, and judicious parent. The disciplinary action must be of a reasonable nature, must comply with provincial legislation/regulations, and with the policies of the Board of Education.

REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES

The principal or their designate is authorized to take appropriate disciplinary action to correct a situation whereby a student's behavior is not conducive to a good teaching-learning situation and where the well-being of the school and its student body is being jeopardized.

The principal may suspend a student from school for not more than three days at a time for overt opposition to authority or serious misconduct.

The principal shall notify the director of education, in writing, of reasons and actions taken and the method of parent contact used.

Where a pupil and/or parent or guardian have requested a hearing and insist on having more than the parent or guardian present, the matter shall be referred to the Board forthwith.

Hearings requested by the student and/or parent(s), shall be held during normal working hours and within the period of the suspension unless mutually agreed to otherwise by all concerned.

The director of education shall investigate the suspension and confirm, modify or remove the suspension.

Before a student is expelled, the student and parent or guardian shall be given the opportunity to appear before the Discipline Committee.

A letter to the parents/guardians is required in the case of all suspensions.

Parents/guardians should meet with the principal or his designate prior to the student's return to class.

Upon receipt of a report of suspension, the director or person authorized to act in their absence shall consult with the principal and such other persons deemed necessary.

The director must grant a hearing to a student and their parents/guardians for suspensions from four to ten days levied by the principal.

Parents and students may have the opportunity to meet with the director prior to the convening of the Discipline Committee.

The Discipline Committee, upon investigating the suspension, may terminate the suspension, modify the suspension, or recommend that the director authorize expulsion for the remainder of the term, semester, or school year (from any or all schools in the division).

The professional staff of a school is authorized to require a student to be in a specific location at school at times other than instructional school hours. Where the detention is to be served during lunch period, students must be provided with a minimum of fifteen minutes to eat lunch, plus sufficient time to tend to personal needs prior to resumption of classes. The principal or designate shall inform parents or guardians of circumstances resulting in the detention. This notification shall occur on the day of the detention or as soon as possible thereafter. (NOTE: At MUCC the staff person assigning detention to a student is responsible for parent notification of such detention.)

    • If a student is suspended, the student will not be allowed to attend dances for an entire calendar year.
    • If a student is suspended for an offence at a school function, that student will not be allowed to attend dances for three years
    • If a student has an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE on the day of the social event, that student will not be allowed to attend the event.

Resolving incidents of inappropriate conduct:

When addressing consequences for inappropriate conduct, input will be encouraged from the student(s), supervisors and administrators. The final decision rests with the MUCC administrator dealing with the infraction.

Searches and Interrogation

In order to facilitate good management of the school and its student body, the North East School Division approves of teachers questioning students and conducting searches in accordance with the regulations and administrative procedures in the school division's policy manual.

Other than in cases where the health and welfare of a student is in immediate danger or where a crime has been committed by a student and the well-being of other persons is in immediate jeopardy, the Board of Education does not approve of outside personnel coming to the school to interrogate, search or apprehend students unless the parents/guardians are aware of such proceedings or a legal document can be produced authorizing such action.

In cases where the student or students are in immediate danger or where a crime has been committed by a student and the well-being of other persons is in immediate jeopardy, it is expected administrators and teachers cooperate fully with RCMP as they execute their duties under the Criminal Code.

REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES

To facilitate good management of a school and its student body and to correct any suspected wrong-doing, the Board of Education authorizes teachers and principals to question students and to conduct searches, when appropriate, without violating an individual's rights and freedoms as articulated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Board does not approve the physical search of a student's person except in unusual circumstances and recommends that all questioning and searches be conducted in the presence of more than one teacher or administrator. The search itself must be appropriate in light of the circumstances and the suspected breach of school regulations.

Should an investigation show that a student is involved in some prohibited activity, school personnel are advised to undertake such corrective measures as deemed advisable.

Since teachers and principals hold a position of "in loco parentis" while children are at school, it is their responsibility to look after all aspects of the children's well-being. When a law enforcement officer comes to the school to question, search or apprehend a student, the teacher or principal shall:

    • discourage interrogation, searches or apprehension during school hours and on school premises;
    • advise parents/guardians of the request, seek permission before allowing the search, and ask that the parents/guardians be present;
    • remain with the student at all times while the student is in the presence of a law enforcement officer;
    • disallow, other than in cases where a student has committed a serious criminal offence (whereby a law enforcement officer has authority to arrest without warrant), the taking of a student away from school premises without parent/guardian consent or legal authorization.

Parents/guardians should meet with the principal or his designate prior to the student's return to class. The director, or designate, must grant a hearing to a student and their parents/guardians for suspensions from four to ten days levied by the principal.

The director, or designate, upon investigating the suspension, may terminate the suspension, modify the suspension, or recommend expulsion for the remainder of the term, semester, or school year (from any or all schools in the division).

The professional staff of a school is authorized to require a student to be in a specific location at school at times other than instructional school hours.

Where the detention is to be served during lunch period, students must be provided with a minimum of fifteen minutes to eat lunch, plus sufficient time to tend to personal needs prior to resumption of classes.

Social Functions:

The MUCC administrators shall consider the merit of RCMP involvement when deemed necessary.

Involving out of town teams in MUCC socials is discouraged.

School social events: - MUCC students are responsible for the behavior of their guests if the event is invitational.- Consequences will be born by the MUCC student if the guest does not abide by MUCC rules

Graduation

The following criteria shall apply for MUCC Graduation Exercises.

Exercises shall be held after second semester final exams.

To be eligible for graduation, the student must:

    • be successfully taking classes to complete grade twelve at the end of either semester;
    • if taking one or more classes through alternative means (ie: Extension Compus, online classes, etc.) must have proof that class is 80% complete by Monday preceding the long weekend in May;
    • have written final exams in all required classes;
    • have attended school at least one semester of the school year;
    • have completed a grade XII standing upon leaving school after the first semester;
    • have paid all outstanding debts owed to the Northeast School Division; and,
    • have not taken part in a previous graduating exercise.
    • A final grad list will be established shortly before graduation at the end of May.

 A school staff committee shall determine the MUCC graduation program each year with input from graduating students.

Fees

The school keeps a record of the textbooks/materials issued to each student. If unnecessary damage or loss of the books/materials occurs, the student will be assessed a fee for the loss or damage.

No rental will be charged for the use of school locks; however, should a lock not be returned, the student will be assessed the full replacement cost of that lock. Lockers are provided to students clean and in good repair. The cost for cleaning or repairing lockers will be charged to the student.

Fees will be collected during a homeroom period in mid-September. Check the school calendar for the specific date.

For a description of approximate projected costs associated with other programs available to students at MUCC, refer to the current student fee forms.

Fines for lost library books will be collected during the year. If payment has not been made by mid-June, fines will be added to the year-end charge.

Outstanding school fees MUST be paid before Grade 12 students can participate in graduation.