Mr. Wade's Parent Information Page

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Mentor High School Parents, Guardians and Students,

I hope this letter finds everyone enjoying the summer and spending quality time with family and friends! The beginning of the school year is always my favorite time of the year because there is a sense of rejuvenation and anticipation for the great things to come. I know we had a great year in 2013-2014 both in and out of the classroom, and I am looking forward to even greater things this year!

As many of you have heard, this summer we were awarded a grant, in partnership with Kirtland Schools, from the State of Ohio for $13.8 million to expand the district’s blended learning model to the high school for the 2015-2016 school year. The grant will afford initially all 9th and 10th grade students and staff all to have a Macbooks (upperclassmen will be phased in), 68 classroom renovations, remodeling of our B and C lecture halls and learning center (which has already started). Additionally, a state of the art professional development center will be built to provide our staff the training to develop the skills and strategies necessary to use technology to enhance our current practices. This year will be primarily spent on planning and preparing for the upcoming changes. As such, we will continue to focus on our four guiding questions (1.What do we want students to learn? 2. How are we going to know if they learned? 3. What are we going to do if they do not learn? 4. What are we going to do if they have learned?) and look for ways that we can infuse technology to help meet the needs of all students. I am very excited for the opportunities this grant is going to provide our students and staff and look forward to helping lead this journey for our community.

Additionally, to better meet the needs of all of the changes occurring in education and provide our teachers with the time necessary to professionally develop and help prepare our students to be college and career ready we will we will start school later on Wednesdays this school year beginning Wednesday, September 17 (this has been updated from our original mailing because of an issue with getting the mailing to families in a timely manner, we apologize for this error and hope by delaying our first late start we will be able to better acclimate to this change).  Here is the Wednesday class schedule: 

Mods 1-2

8:05 - 8:48

Mods 3-4

8:53 - 9:36

Mods 5-6

9:41 - 10:24

Mods 7-8 (Includes lunch)

10:29 - 11:12

Mods 9-10 (Includes lunch)

11:17 -12:00

Mods 11-12 (Includes lunch)

12:05 - 12:48

Mods 13-14 (Includes lunch)

12:53 - 1:36

Mods 15-16

1:41 - 2:26

There will be no changes to our busing schedule, and students who come to school at the normal start time will be monitored in common areas (student center, lecture halls, etc.) by security, administration and the guidance staff. This new schedule will provide opportunities for increased staff professional development and more staff to help with interventions for struggling students. I am excited the flexibility this change provides for our staff to grow professionally, while helping provide more staffing resources to work with our students. We feel it will have a positive impact on all facets of learning for our students and staff.

Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to remind parents about a change to exams that occurred last year as a result of mandates by the Ohio Department of Education. This year we will again be giving our final exams in two parts, with one part given over the big ideas of a course in what is called a Student Learning Objective test (or SLO) and the other part being our traditional midterm or final exam. The SLO exam is given at the beginning of a course and then again later (December for first semester courses, and early April for second semester and year-long courses) to measure the amount of growth a student has made in meeting the core concepts and skills of the class. The SLO assessment will count for half of the 20% that exams count towards a final grade (or 10% of the final grade), with the remaining half (or 10%) still being accounted for from our traditional midterm and final exams. Students will take pre-tests at the beginning of the year to gauge their current understandings of the content and skills for these courses so that teacher can use the data to see what areas students are strong and weak to better teach our students. These initial pre-tests will have no impact on the students’ grades. We feel these pre-tests will help clarify to students what they are expected to learn from the beginning of the course, thus providing them a clear target for their learning, while also providing teachers valuable insight into how to better educate our students. Furthermore, to accommodate for the SLO assessments, and reduce the redundancy of testing, year-long courses will no longer give midterm exams. The SLO will replace the midterm exam and account for 10% of the final grade with the other 10% coming from the final exam. We will still run our modified exam schedule in December, but will hold classes during year-long exam times. I will provide more information in the coming months, but if you have any questions about these changes please contact my office for more information.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe conclusion to summer, and I look forward to a great 2014–2015 school year. Please always feel free to contact me if you have a question, comment or concern. Our collaboration is essential to not only help our students, but also to help all of us continue to be life-long learners. I can be reached at (440) 974-5300 or at Wade@MentorSchools.org. Please also follow us on Twitter @MentorHigh, or on Instagram at MHS_Mr.Wade for updates and information about all the great things happening at our school.

Sincerely,

Mr. Wade

William R. Wade

Mentor High School Principal

Important Dates

Monday, August 11, 2014 – Schedule Pick Up/Fee Collection - 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00–3:30 p.m. – MHS Student Center

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – Schedule Pick Up/Fee Collection - 8:30 – 11:00 am and 1:00–3:30 p.m. – MHS Student Center

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Schedule Pick Up/Fee Collection – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – MHS Student Center

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Freshman Orientation (Students Only) – 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – MHS Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Freshman and New Student Orientation (Parents and Students) – 7:00 p.m. – MHS Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Yearbook Distribution – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – First Day of School!

Thursday, August 28, 2014 – School Pictures Taken

Monday, September 1, 2014 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 11 – Meet the Teacher Night at MHS – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – ACT – Mentor High School

Friday, September 26, 2014 – Homecoming Game – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Homecoming Dance – 8:00 pm. – Mentor High School

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – School Picture Retakes

Friday, October 10, 2014 – ASVAB Test – Mentor High School

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – SAT – Mentor High School.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Testing Day (ReadiStep and PSAT) for 9th/10th/11th Grade Students

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – SENIOR Pictures Due for Yearbook (no later than 2:26 pm)

Friday, October 17, 2014 – End of First Grading Period

Friday, October 17, 2014 – Northeastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) Day – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – 500-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – ACT – Mentor High School

Monday, October 20 - Friday, October 31, 2014 – Ohio Graduation Test for Grades 11 and 12

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Election Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Saturday, November 8, 2014 – SAT – Mentor High School

Special Points of Interest!

Mentor High School welcomes the following new teachers to the building:

Mr. Alexander

Business/Computers

Mr. Kelly

Social Studies

Mr. Butterfield

Business/Computers

Mr. Kuhlman

Special Education

Ms. Cowoski

Special Education

Mr. Landry

Music

Ms. Diamond

CTE - Early Childhood Education

Ms. Leber

World Language

Mr. Harriger

Health/Physical Education

Mrs. Levy

Mathematics

Mr. Havelka

School Psychologist

Mr. Mostov

Science/Social Studies

Mrs. Heramb

Guidance Counselor

Ms. Robishaw

Special Education

Ms. Hough

English

Mrs. Tousignant

CTE – Business

Mrs. Hulec

Special Education/FCS

   

Lifetouch Photography will be taking student pictures on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Order envelopes will be available on the first day of school for students to complete and bring to the camera with payment of cash or check.

You can now purchase your athletic department season passes and athletic event tickets for all Mentor High home sporting events online. Simply go to www.mentorschools.net and click on the athletic tab on the left hand side of the page. Click on the Cardinal head at the top of the page and you will be directed to the ticket tracker website for the purchase of all of your tickets throughout the school year. There is no longer a need to come into school as you can print out your tickets from home and bring them to the games. If you have any questions about the process please contact the Mentor High Athletic department at (440)974-5304.

School is an environment where students are able to learn and develop their abilities for future success. At Mentor High School we believe that all students can learn, and we must foster a culture of excellence. In order for this to be accomplished students must be able to connect with their school and classmates. This can only be achieved when a culture of belonging and safety is established. Therefore, we must strive for an environment that provides adequate freedom for students within parameters that are safe, developmentally appropriate, and supportive to learning. Please take the time to review the following “handbook refreshers” to promote another great year at Mentor High School!

As educators we have a responsibility to teach our students how to be powerful leaders in a responsible and respectful way. It is this premise that we realize the high importance of taking a very strict stance against bullying and harassment. Please take the time to review and discuss the following excerpt from the handbook pertaining to “Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying” with your student(s):

“The Mentor Exempted Village Board defines a positive climate as one that evokes non-violence, cooperation, teamwork, understanding, and acceptance toward all students and staff in, and in transit to and from, the school environment. It is the goal of this policy to enhance learning and teaching environments.

Harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in the school environment can substantially interfere with their ability to learn, perform, and feel safe. Therefore, any conduct, communication, activity, or practice that occurs at any time, on school property, on a school bus, or during any school sponsored event, or on school transportation, including drop-off and pick-up locations, and at the times, and/or places set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, that constitutes harassment, intimidation, or bullying involving students shall be strictly prohibited. Students who are determined to have engaged in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from school. Further, any such conduct, communication, activity, or practice should be immediately reported to the building principal or other responsible school employee. All reports of harassment not covered by this policy shall be investigated in accordance with the policies applicable to the particular harassment.

To implement this policy and to address the existence of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in the schools, the following procedures shall be followed:

Students must report acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to teachers, district employees, and/or school administrators;

A. The parents or guardians of students should file written reports of suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying with the building principal or other appropriate administrator;

B. Teachers and other school staff who witness acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying or receive student reports of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall notify school administrators;

C. School administrators shall investigate and document any written or oral reports;

D. School administrators shall notify the custodial parent or guardian of a student who commits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying and the custodial parent or guardian of students against whom such acts were committed, and shall allow access to any written reports pertaining to the incident, to the extent permitted by O.R.C. §3319.321 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

1. Definition of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

In accordance with this policy, “harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means either of the following:

A. Any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

1. Causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student; or

B. Violence within a dating relationship.

“Electronic act” means an act committed through the use of a cellular telephone, computer, pager, personal communication device, or other electronic communication device.

The behavior prohibited by this policy is marked by the intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate the victim. In evaluating whether conduct constitutes harassment, intimidation, or bullying, special attention should be paid to the words chosen or actions taken, whether such conduct occurred in front of others or was communicated to others, how the perpetrator interacted with the victim, and the motivation, either admitted or appropriately inferred, of the perpetrator.

2. Conduct Constituting Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

Such conduct can take many forms and can include many different behaviors having overt intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate another student. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:

A. Physical violence and/or attacks.

B. Verbal taunts, name-calling, and put-downs, including taunts based on ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected and/or individual characteristics.

C. Threats and intimidation (through words and/or gestures).

D. Extortion or stealing of money and/or possessions.

E. Exclusion from the peer group.

F. Repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known as “cyber bullying”), such as the following:

Posting slurs on websites where students congregate on web logs (personal online journals or diaries);

1. Sending abusive or threatening instant messages;

2. Using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs of students and posting them online;

3. Using Web sites to circulate gossip and rumors to other students;

4. Excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to Internet service providers

G. Violence within a dating relationship.

3. Complaint Process

A. Formal Complaints

Students and/or their parents or guardians may file reports of conduct that they consider to be harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Such written reports shall be reasonably specific as to the actions giving rise to the suspicion of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, including person(s) involved, time and place of the conduct alleged, the number of such incidents, the target of such suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any school staff member or administrator, and they shall be promptly forwarded to the building principal for review and action.

Teachers and other school staff who witness acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, as defined above, shall promptly notify the building principal and/or his/her designee of the event observed, and shall promptly file a written incident report concerning the events witnessed.

B. Informal Complaints

Students may make informal complaints of conduct that they consider to be harassment, intimidation, or bullying by verbal report to a teacher or administrator. Such informal complaints shall be reasonably specific as to the actions giving rise to the suspicion of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, including person(s) involved, time and place of the conduct alleged, the number of such incidents, the target of such suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witness. A school staff member or administrator who receives an informal complaint shall promptly reduce the complaint to writing, including the information provided. Such written report by the school staff member and/or administrator shall be promptly forwarded to the building principal for review and action.

Student attendance is vital to ensuring our students are maximizing their potential and excelling in school. Please help your student succeed now and in the future by promoting the importance of strong attendance. Parents/guardians must call the Attendance Center (440)974-5386 by 9:00 a.m. on the day of an absence. All medical notes from a doctor should be given to the Attendance Center. If a student is absent and the Attendance Center has not received a phone call by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence, the Attendance Center staff will attempt to contact the parent(s) or guardian at home or work. If, after two days, the Attendance Center is not notified of an absence or the school has not been able to make verbal contact with a parent or guardian, the student will be considered truant and the unit principal will administer the appropriate consequences.

A series of letters will be sent to parents and to the student to alert them to excessive absences. This will be done according to the schedule listed below. Absences due to suspension or illness for which written verification is obtained from a doctor are not included in the number of days absent.

First letter after 6 absences

Second letter after 12 absences

Third letter after 15 absences

Fourth letter after 18 absences

More than 18 Absences

1. A note from a doctor must accompany each absence. Without a note, the absence will be considered unexcused.

2. File in juvenile court if appropriate.

The student has the right to a hearing in order to appeal the determination of the number of days of absence. The administrator in charge of attendance will conduct this hearing.

This procedure is designed to provide a means of accounting for student attendance and encourage students to attend in a regular manner. The procedure is also designed with intent to confront and curtail an attendance problem at its onset.

Tardiness

School begins at 7:22 a.m. Students arriving late must report to the Attendance Center to check in. A student who fails to do so will be considered unexcused. Tardiness to class is the responsibility of the classroom teacher. Teachers will determine consequences for tardiness. Problems of excessive tardiness will be referred to the appropriate unit principal. Students late because of talking with a teacher, etc., should go directly to class with a pass from that teacher. Students who are tardy to school past 7:45 a.m. will receive one warning and then all subsequent tardies will result in progressive discipline.

**Tardy to school (prior to 7:45 a.m.) totals accumulate for the year.**

5-6 tardies = 1 office detention

7-9 tardies = 1 ASR – parent contact

10-12 tardies = 2 ASRs – parent contact

Please review the dress code with your student(s). Student dress plays an integral role in establishing the culture at MHS. High school is the foundation for future habits, and the dress code is another opportunity to help shape our students for their lives after graduation. World renowned author, David Cottrell, in his book, Monday Morning Choices: 12 Powerful Ways to Go from Everyday to Extraordinary, states “One choice everyone can make is to look successful. If you want to be successful, one of the first things you have to do is look successful.” This quote is not promoting particular clothing or style rather that students take a sense of pride in what they wear because we believe there is a direct relationship between student attire and classroom behavior, attitude and achievement. Any student not abiding by the dress code will be sent to the Controlled Learning Center (CLC) until he/she is appropriately dressed.

The following specific limitations shall be observed:

1. No blouses or shirts that expose the midriff, or that have an inappropriate neckline.

2. Shorts if in good taste may be worn at the discretion of the student. Spandex/bicycle and short-shorts are NOT permitted.

3. Students will need to wear shorts, skirts, and dresses that are no shorter than mid-thigh.

4. No shirts with inappropriate or obscene images or writing (e.g., gang related, advertisements for alcohol, tobacco or sexual reference).

5. No hats or bandanas.

6. No underwear shirts.

7. No bare feet.

8. No see-through shirts without an undershirt.

9. No torn or cut jeans, shirts, and shorts.

10. No sagging or excessively baggy pants.

11. No coats worn in classroom.

12. No unsafe shoes

13. Tattoos, slogans, insignia, buttons and other paraphernalia may not be worn or displayed if their message may be reasonably anticipated to substantially or materially disrupt or interfere with the educational process. In the case of exposed areas, the building principal may require the student to cover a tattoo with a bandage, or by some other means, while at school.

Final interpretations of appropriate dress and grooming reside with the building principal and/or his or her designees. The building administrator may make modifications to this code if special events or activities are planned. Nothing herein is intended to interfere with a student’s ability to exercise his or her religious rights. Students may apply for an exemption from this policy if it interferes with a sincerely held religious belief.

At Mentor High School we believe in providing our students a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports our academic and extracurricular programs. As such, the administration will continue to breathalyze students prior to all school dances. This will help to ensure our students are having fun in a safe and orderly environment. Please contact your unit principal if you have questions, comments or concerns.

Drop and Add Regulations

Students are required to take a minimum number of courses each year. This "minimum course load" includes both required and elective courses. With the guidance of parents and counselors, students select these courses during the registration period. In addition to the required courses, students have an opportunity to select elective courses. The program of studies is available to students and parents online at www.mentorschools.net.

During the time between registration and the end of the school year (early June), students and parents may request changes in these courses. After the end of the school year, schedule changes will not be made unless:

1. A technical error was made in the process of scheduling the student's requests.

2. The student has been clearly academically misplaced.

Schedule changes will not be made for:

1. Teacher preference

2. Late arrival or early dismissal to or from school

3. Work considerations

4. Transportation

5. Special lunch requests

Due to scheduling complications, once courses are selected they may not be dropped due to student change in preference. Courses may be added after the close of school in the spring and during the next school year during the first two weeks of each semester if the class the student wishes to take is not filled.

Counselor and Administrator Unit Assignments

 

Unit 9 Office

     

Unit 10 Office

 

Name

Responsibilities

Location

 

Name

Responsibilities

Location

Mr. Diamond

Unit 9 Principal

A114

 

Mr. Megyes

Unit 10 Principal

Main Office

Ms. Gomori

School Counselor (A-L)

A114

 

Mrs. Heramb

School Counselor (A-K)

Main Office

Mr. Montgomery

School counselor (M-Z)

A114

 

Ms. Krizan

School Counselor (L-Z)

Main Office



Unit 11 Office


 


Unit 12 Office


Name

Responsibilities

Location

 

Name

Responsibilities

Location

Mrs. Wolf

Unit 11 Principal

Main Office

 

Mrs. Chin

Unit 12 Principal

A115

Mrs. Rhodes

School Counselor (A-Li)

Main Office

 

Mr. Nemunaitis

School Counselor (A-L)

A115

Ms. Srsen

School Counselor (Lj-Z)

Main Office

 

Mrs. Howell

School Counselor (M-Z)

A115

Notes from the Nurse

The clinic operates daily from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school year. Please call (440)974-5340 or (440)974-5341 should you have any questions or pertinent medical information regarding your son or daughter.

Please remember that the easiest way to handle ongoing medications at school is to get physician’s orders over the summer. Forms are available on the District website under the Parents tab, in the school office and will also be available at orientation and schedule pick-up. Written permission from a parent and physician are required for any medication taken at school (over the counter and prescription). In addition, remember to bring medication in its original packaging. Students may carry only emergency anaphylaxis kits and inhalers with written permission from a doctor and parent.

Illnesses that require exclusion from school according to the Ohio Health Department include: chicken pox, fever, pinkeye with eye discharge, severe diarrhea, all measles, head lice, impetigo with discharge, meningitis, mumps, pinworms, ringworm until treated, scabies, TB and whooping cough.

PTSA News

MHS PTSA welcomes everyone back to a new school year! We support the students, teachers, staff, parents and community in our school through various projects such as: Homecoming, staff grants, Reflections (arts program), and scholarships for graduating seniors. Your membership is the key to our success of these programs. Membership forms are mailed home and can also be found online at www.mentorhigh.com/ptsa. There are many ways to get involved so we hope that you will come to our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. in the Lower Learning Center to see what PTSA is all about!

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