FACULTY HANDBOOK 2015-2016
MONTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
12000 Montwood Drive
El Paso, TX 79936
Phone: (915) 937-2400 / Fax: (915) 937-2661
ROSA MARIA MIRELES-MENCHACA 72410
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS DISCIPLINE ASSIGNMENT
MOISES LOYA 72405 Aaluri-Cisneros, E.
MONICA BUSTILLOS 72408 Cisneros, G.-Gress
BRANDON RIOS 72404 Griego-Mendoza, E.
DIANE DUNCAN 72403 Mendoza, G.-Rodriguez, C.
IRIS JIMENEZ 72407 Rodriguez, D.-Zuniga
ANTOINETTE HOWARD 72403 A-Z; Attendance, LOC
COUNSELORS ALPHA ASSIGNMENT
MOHAMMAD SHIRAZI 72448 A-Cardiel
ELIZABETH FIGUEROA 72444 Cardoza-Estorga
AIDEE SANCHEZ 72446 Estrada-Hernandez, Jeremy
NANCY PRIEGO 72485 Hernandez, Jocelyn-McGee
NANCY TORRES, HEAD COUNSELOR 72445 McKinley-Perez
GABRIELLA SHIMSHOCK 72449 Pereza-Sanders
ANNETTE MONSIVAIS 72443 Sandino-Z
STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
DANIELA GONZALEZ 72478
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
DR. KIRK MACON, LEAD LIBRARIAN 72453
BARBARA DICKERSON, LIBRARIAN 72454
CHARLES “CHUCK” VELIZ 72605
JUDITH PRIEGO 72425
STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICER - SGT. VAZQUEZ
STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICER – OFFICER HOLGUIN
HEAD SECURITY-JOHN MURPHY
SECURITY OFFICER-ADELENA GUTIERREZ
SECURITY OFFICER-ADRIAN CASTENEDA
Montwood High School is dedicated to instilling excellence into our community of learners through programs that inspire integrity and success in all academic, athletic, and artistic realms.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
AT PROMISE CRITERIA 5
ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS 6
ATTENDANCE CODES 6-7
APPROPIATE ATTIRE FOR STAFF 7
AV EQUIPMENT 7
BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT 7
BUSINESS OFFICE PROCEDURE 8
CAMPUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES 8
DRESS CODE 8-9
DISCIPLINE INFRACTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES 9-10
CHANGE OF ADDRESS 10
CLASS PERIOD TRANSITION 10
CONFERENCE PERIOD 10
COPY SERVICES 11
CREDIT AVERAGING 11
EMPLOYEE ABSENCES 11
LEAVING EARLY 12
EMPLOYEE COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES 12
FIELD TRIPS 12
FIRE DRILL PROCEDURES 12
FOOD SERVICES 13
FUND RAISING GUIDELINES 13-14
FINAL EXAM DATES 14
GRADING PLAN 15-16
HALL PASSES 17
JURY DUTY 17
LESSON PLANS 17
MODIFICATIONS OF INSTRUCTION 17-18
MOVIE CLIPS IN THE CLASSROOM 18
NURSE INFORMATION 18
PARENT NIGHT 18
PARTIES/FREE PERIODS 19
PLAN OF ACTION FOR INJURY RELATED SITUATIONS 19-20
PURCHASE ORDERS 20
TOBACCO USE 20
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM 20
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT 20
STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND WORKDAYS 20-21
STUDENT REMOVALS 21
STUDENT TRAVEL AND DISCIPLINE 21
STUDENT TUTORIAL PROGRAMS 21
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOLDER 21
TEACHER’S LOUNGE 21
TRIP REQUESTS 23
WORK SCHEDULE AND GENERAL POLICIES 23
BELL SCHEDULE 24-25
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR LINKS 26
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The purpose of this handbook is to make you aware of the campus procedures to which we must adhere in order to provide the best educational program for the students at Montwood High School.
Although we have attempted to be as comprehensive as possible in outlining building policies and procedures, we cannot anticipate every situation that might arise during a school year. If at any time you have a question or need clarification, please feel free to check with the office personnel or administrators.
It is the responsibility of all employees to set a positive example for our students. These policies and procedures are to be followed by all personnel and are considered a campus addition to the district-wide handbook provided each employee. Grading policy, absence policy, grievances, governmental regulations and so forth will be found in this handbook. Due to numerous changes enacted by recent legislation, it is recommended each staff member read this material carefully.
Announcements are made daily through the video system or P.A. system. So that we may facilitate the announcement procedure, announcements should be delivered the previous day to Mr. Hanley in room A227. Announcements will be made at the end of 3rd period. If you need to request an announcement, please fill out the form online and email to Mr. Hanley.
AT PROMISE CRITERIA:
(Criteria for At Risk Identification)
(C) Is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and did not maintain an average equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100 in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum during a semester in the preceding or current school year or is not maintaining such an average in two or more subjects in the foundation curriculum in the current semester;
(A) Was not advanced from one grade level to the next for one or more school years;
(D) Did not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered to the student under TEC Subchapter B, Chapter 39, and who has not in the previous or current school year subsequently performed on that instrument or another appropriate instrument at a level equal to at least 110 % of the level of satisfactory performance on that instrument;
(E) Is pregnant or is a parent;
(O) Has been placed in an alternative education program in accordance with TEC §37.006 during the preceding or current school year;
(R) Is currently on parole, probation, deferred prosecution, or other conditional release;
(Q) Was previously reported through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) to have dropped out of school;
(H) Is a student of limited English proficiency as defined by TEC §29.052;
(S) Is in the custody or care of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or has, during the current school year, been referred to the department by a school official, officer of the juvenile court, or law enforcement official;
(T) Is homeless, as defined by NCLB Title X, Part C, Section 725(2), the term “homeless children and youths”, and its subsequent amendments; or
(V) Resided in the preceding school year or resides in the current school year in a residential placement facility in the district, including a detention facility, substance abuse treatment facility, emergency shelter, psychiatric hospital, halfway house, or foster group home.
ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS:
The state law requires that students age 6-17 be in attendance 90% of the time per semester in order to receive credit. In order for the absence to be excused, the parent or guardian must call the attendance office (937- 2400) the day of the absence. If a student is absent three consecutive days, a doctor's note from a U.S. licensed physician is required upon return to school. Any student who has been absent from school for five consecutive days without notifying the school will be automatically withdrawn. If the student returns following a withdrawal, the student must bring a parent or guardian. Students who do not comply with the 90% attendance law may be allowed to attend tutoring to regain credit. Credit must be granted by the attendance committee. Credit may be granted by the completion of the Principal’s Plan or the Attendance Committee. Loss of credit can occur for excused and unexcused absences.
When a student is absent from any period during the school day, a rapid notification message will be sent to parents.
It is the responsibility of the student and/or parent to clear absences by the third day. What can the student do to correct the absences?
*The parent can call the attendance office.
*The student can bring in a Dr.’s note or a note from their parent.
*The teacher can submit an absence correction form if an error was noted in the recording of attendance.
Excused Absences for Students
An excused absence is one resulting from:
A. Personal illness, doctor's appointment, death in the immediate family, weather which makes travel dangerous, or approved school-sponsored activities.
B. Religious or holy days when a parent submits a written request in advance.
C. Other excused absences must be approved by the principal in advance of the absence.
Following an absence, the student must report to the attendance office between 8:00 A.M. and 8:45 A.M. to get an absence slip. Two days for make-up work will be given for each day absent. Zeros will be given for work not made up.
Students whose parents do not call the attendance office within 3 days of the absence will receive an unexcused absence. No work may be made up and "zeros" will be given in all classes missed. Each of the following is considered an unexcused absence in every instance and will be noted as such.
A. Cutting any class.
B. Absences from school, even if ill, if the parent is not aware of the absence.
C. Leaving campus during the day without a pass from the attendance office.
D. Misuse of a pass from a teacher. Any student given a pass by a teacher who is found to be in noncompliance with the provisions of that pass will be considered truant.
E. Truancy is defined as student absence from school without the permission of the parent or guardian, or absence from classes without the permission of the administration.
F. Truancies will be considered a severe discipline offense.
L Tardy 1 Removal
U Unexcused Absence 2 With Assistant Principal
E Excused Absence 3 With Nurse
J SAC 4 With Counselor
S School Activity 5 Testing
R Religious Holiday 6 W/SPED Counselor
T Truant CT Court
WL Warning Letter 9 Non UIL Activity
D Doctor’s Appt. SPE SpEd/Homebound
APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR STAFF:
Staff is expected to model Dress Code for students. Dress should be professional at all times. Jeans are not permitted during the week except on Fridays with a school shirt. We encourage teachers to help us promote College Day by wearing a university polo with dress pants or khakis.
All AV materials and equipment needed will be ordered or checked out through the library. There is a networked video system available. You can prearrange times to show selected programs from your classrooms.
BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT:
Moises Loya, Assistant Principal is charged with the responsibility for the use of the building.
Those wishing to use the building need to submit a Building Use Request form at least two weeks prior to the event to Daniela Gonzalez. This includes all outside areas and fields.
*Building Use Requests must be approved prior to the use of the building.
*Groups without a form on file will be asked to leave.
*Security must be notified prior to entering the building on weekends or holidays, call 937- HELP.
*Requests for use of the building for outside organization or groups must be submitted one month prior to the event in order to receive school board approval.
*All groups using the school building must pay for security and custodians as needed.
*If you discover damage to your room, equipment, or a building condition which needs attention, report it to Moises Loya, the form will be available online.
CARE OF BUILDING:
It is extremely important that we all take pride in our building and instill in our students that same pride.
A. We expect attractive displays and bulletin boards in classrooms. - Take time to display student work.
B. We expect classrooms to be neat and organized. Recycle or dispose of obsolete materials immediately that are not contributing to the learning environment.
C. Old equipment not being used must be inventoried and reported to Monica Bustillos in order for it to be removed from your classroom. The “Asset Transfer Form” is located on the website and must be emailed to her.
D. As per the energy conservation plan of the district, microwaves and refrigerators in classrooms are not permitted. To help you, microwaves will be made accessible on each floor at a central location.
E. When posting items in your classrooms, adhere to all safety policies.
F. Students are not allowed to write on walls, doors, ceiling tiles, etc. This is considered defacement of school property. If you have an art project in mind for your classroom, please speak to your supervisor.
G. Students are not allowed to eat in the classrooms at any time with the exception of lunch time tutoring. Please make sure they dispose of their trash properly.
H. Staples, masking or scotch tape are the only items that are permissible to put up displays on your walls. Make sure you remove the staples and not just the paper when taking an item down.
I. Painting your classroom in not permitted. If your room needs repairs, paint, or any other maintenance, fill out the "Repair Request Form" form on the website and email it Monica Bustillos.
J. Any posters, flyers, or displays for clubs and organization, including fundraiser or event marketing flyers must be approved by Daniella Gonzalez, Student Activities Director, and must be taken down by the deadline on the poster. Make sure you have her signature and deadline on your original before making copies. All clubs and organizations are responsible for removing their own posters and also removing the staples and tape they were put up with. They cannot be posted two feet from the ceiling. Posters that are displayed above the commons area can only be secured to the railing, they will not be allowed on the wall.
K. No obstruction of ceiling within 18 inches. This applies to the top of cabinets and open shelves.
L. No extension cords used for permanent wiring. Electrical cords must be plugged directly into the wall outlet or multi-plug power strip.
M. No extension cords dropped thru the ceiling.
N. Exit doors, corridors and path to fire equipment must be unobstructed.
O. No burning candles allowed or fragrant plug in’s.
BUSINESS OFFICE PROCEDURE:
A. All monies must be turned in to the business office on a daily basis so that a written receipt must be provided. Money must not be kept in classrooms and/or offices at any time.
B. All school club expenditures, including those for any attire, must have prior approval from the administrator/supervisor and the principal in writing. THE SCHOOL IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY BILLS OR REIMBURSE INDIVIDUALS FOR PURCHASES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE PRIOR TO RECEIVING APPROVAL FROM THE PRINCIPAL. Anyone violating this rule must personally assume the obligations for payment.
C. “Request to Expend Funds” forms are used for accessing campus funds. These may be obtained from the form cabinet in the Business Office or on the website. Once submitted and approved the Business Office in about a week will issue a check. Please plan ahead when using this option, for checks will not be issued immediately.