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Welcome to <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>, <strong>Parent</strong>s!<br />

This is a very exciting time to be a part of the JHS community.<br />

Between the ever evolving needs of a changing community, the<br />

complete remodeling of our building (we are beginning Phase II of our<br />

reconstruction process which will include a switch to geothermal energy,<br />

a facelift of every classroom in the building, and a completely revamped<br />

cafeteria), and the increasingly high standards<br />

that we demand from our students, there is<br />

lots to do and cover as the 2012-13 school<br />

year begins. Whether you are a returning<br />

J-Hawk or a new member of our family, we all<br />

look forward to working with you during the<br />

new school year. This handbook presents the<br />

opportunities and expectations provided to all<br />

students and their families. The point of this<br />

handbook is to help you to understand what<br />

goes on at <strong>Jefferson</strong>, our mission, programs<br />

and policies, and where to go when you need<br />

to find the information you need. Needless to<br />

say, there is a wealth of information contained<br />

in this booklet; we hope you take the time to<br />

familiarize yourself with its contents. Should any questions arise, we invite<br />

and encourage you to contact our school.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> offers programs for students with all kinds of post-high school<br />

plans. Whether you intend to go to college, technical school, the military,<br />

the work force, or even if you are uncertain about your plans, JHS is an<br />

excellent school for you, having even been named a National Blue Ribbon<br />

<strong>School</strong> twice. Through cooperative efforts between teachers, students,<br />

families, and support staff, we know that every student can succeed. We<br />

are determined to work with you and to help your student to reach their<br />

academic goals. Best wishes for a school year filled with educational and<br />

personal growth!<br />

It’s great to be a J-Hawk!<br />

Points of Interest<br />

about <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

Building Opened in ...........................1958<br />

Peak Enrollment .................2,008 in 1969<br />

Largest Graduating Class .......593 in 1971<br />

Graduates, Class of 2012 .............……343<br />

Total Graduates, 1958-2012 .…….21,840<br />

Projected Enrollment, 2012-2013 ....1,490<br />

Important Telephone Numbers<br />

Main Office ...............................558-2435<br />

Attendance ................................558-2341<br />

Thomas <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />


<strong>High</strong> Levels of Learning for All<br />

Home of the J-Hawks<br />

Additional Telephone Numbers<br />

Bookkeeping ..............................558-2743<br />

Guidance Office ........................558-2441<br />

Activities Office .........................558-2148<br />

Performing Arts.........................558-2092<br />

Grant Wood Area ......................558-2316<br />

Education Agency<br />

FAX Numbers<br />

Activities ....................................398-2149<br />

Counselors .................................398-2442<br />

Main Office ...............................364-1815<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> welcomes all students and is committed to a climate that is free of discrimination based on race, color, national origin,<br />

gender, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.


Welcome Message ...............................................IFC<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> Beliefs and Practices .............................IFC<br />

Extended Learning ...................................................1<br />

CRCSD Administration ..........................................1<br />

CRCSD Board of Education ...................................1<br />

Academic Accomplishments ....................................2<br />

Athletic/Performing Arts Accomplishments ............3<br />

Daily Class Schedules ...............................................4<br />

CRSCD Attendance Procedures .......................... 5-7<br />

Student Services .......................................................8<br />

Library Passwords for Databases ..............................8<br />

Faculty & Staff Directory ................................... 8-13<br />

Class Officers ..........................................................13<br />

Preparing for Academic Success .............................13<br />

Planning Your Education ................................. 13-16<br />

Co-Curricular Activities ................................... 17-18<br />

Student Recognition ......................................... 19-21<br />

Student Eligibility for<br />

Co-Curricular Activities ................................... 22-24<br />

Distractions to Learning .................................. 24-25<br />

<strong>School</strong> Citizenship Expectations ...................... 25-28<br />

Emergency <strong>School</strong> Closings ...................................28<br />

Lunch/Bus Info/Fees ..............................................29<br />

Reporting Child Abuse ..........................................30<br />

Search & Seizure .............................................. 30-31<br />

Supervision & Monitoring .....................................31<br />

Additional Board Policies ................................. 32-40<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> Date Request Form for Dances ............IBC<br />

Important Dates for 2012-2013 ..........................IBC<br />

Extended Learning<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong>’s New Initiative to Enhance Learning<br />

We know that to be a successful school, students need a structured learning environment. Study hall has not<br />

proved to be an effective learning time for many students, so a research based plan will replace study hall.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> will be implementing Extended Learning for the 2012-13 school year.<br />

Extended Learning is a classroom where students<br />

are assigned to receive academic assistance based<br />

on their performance data in their academic classes.<br />

Students will be studying, reading, or receiving<br />

academic assistance. Each period of the day there will<br />

be approximately ten teachers assigned to Extended<br />

Learning. Each of these teachers will work with 8-10<br />

students to help them succeed in all of their classes.<br />

The great thing about having multiple teachers available<br />

each period is that they can move students around<br />

to better serve learning needs. If a student needs a<br />

math teacher or a science teacher for help, there is one<br />

available each period of the day. One additional benefit<br />

to Extended Learning is that students will also earn<br />

elective credit towards their graduation.<br />

You may be the parent of a junior or senior who has<br />

the option for P.A.R.T. (<strong>Parent</strong> Approved Release<br />

Time). Many of these students will not be assigned to<br />

Extended Learning because they are successful in all<br />

their classes. These students have two options. One<br />

option is to leave campus and exercise their P.A.R.T.<br />

privileges and the second option is to sign on as a<br />

teaching assistant and tutor in an Extended Learning<br />

class to receive elective credit towards graduation.<br />

Our goals have always been to prepare students for<br />

learning beyond high school. We must help students<br />

succeed in all their classes so they graduate and feel<br />

confident in college and their career choices. We<br />

believe that implementing Extended Learning schoolwide<br />

will help us do a better job in meeting these goals.<br />

<strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong>s Central Administration<br />

Dr. David Benson ................................................................................................................. Superintendent<br />

Dr. Gary O’Malley .................................................................................................... Assoc. Superintendent<br />

Steve Graham .................................................................................. Executive Director – Business Services<br />

Sheila Lehman ...................................................................................Executive Director – Special Services<br />

Jill Cirivello ....................................................................................Executive Director – Human Resources<br />

Dr. Sandy Stephen ............................................................................. Executive Administrator – Secondary<br />

Board of Education<br />

John Laverty ....................................................................................................President, Board of Directors<br />

Mary Meisterling .............................................Vice President, Board of Directors / Director, District One<br />

Allen Witt ................................................................................................................. Director, District Four<br />

Nancy Humbles ..........................................................................................................Director, District Two<br />

Keith Westercamp ....................................................................................................Director, District Three<br />

Ann Rosenthal .................................................................................................................. Director at Large<br />

Gary Anhalt ...................................................................................................................... Director at Large<br />

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Academic Excellence<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> is a comprehensive high school offering numerous academic opportunities for students. Our teachers and staff present a challenging, rigorous<br />

and relevant education to prepare young adults for the challenges of the 21st Century world in which we live. This has been <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s mission through the course of its<br />

history and continues to be our mission today. Some of <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s academic accomplishments are listed on this page.<br />

The Class of 2012 was a shining example of the<br />

academic success that students at <strong>Jefferson</strong> can<br />

achieve. Here are some highlights:<br />

65 students graduated with Academic Honors<br />

98 students graduated with the more rigorous<br />

and challenging Honors with Distinction<br />

77 graduates qualified for National Honor Society<br />

43 students earned more that 400 graduation credits<br />

Four-Year Awards<br />

are given to students who complete four years of either<br />

science, math, social studies, world language, or Project<br />

Lead the Way – members of the Class of 2012 earned<br />

592 of these Four-Year Awards<br />

37 members of the Class of 2011 earned Salutatorian<br />

or Valedictorian distinction<br />

29 students earned the Service Award<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong>’s Academic Decathlon team continues to dominate at both the State and<br />

National level, winning the State Academic Decathlon meet for the 15th time in the<br />

last 16 years. At the National Meet in Albuquerque, NM the J-Hawks finished sixth<br />

overall in the medium school division. Under the guidance of Mr. John Wojtowicz the<br />

Academic Decathlon continues to be one of <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s strongest academic traditions.<br />

Over $20,000 of scholarship money was<br />

awarded to members of the Class of 2012<br />

from various organizations, school, and<br />

community groups.<br />

As you can see, <strong>Jefferson</strong> is a place where<br />

high levels of learning are the standard<br />

for all students.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong>’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a growing curriculum and community of young men<br />

and women interested in the engineering profession.<br />

Since its inception over five years ago, PLTW has turned out dozens of students who have taken<br />

rigorous pre-engineering courses that have better prepared them for engineering majors in college.<br />

Two <strong>Jefferson</strong> alumni, through their work in the Engineering Design and Development (EDD)<br />

course, acquired a provisional patent for their work on a project and are attempting to sell their idea to manufacturers.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong>’s PLTW partners with businesses in <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> and offers students the opportunity to earn dual credit – credit<br />

towards graduation from <strong>Jefferson</strong> and college credit.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> has twice<br />

been named a Blue Ribbon <strong>School</strong><br />

of Excellence – first in 1985 and<br />

again in 2002.<br />

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Athletic Accomplishments all named 2nd Team All-Metro and All-MVC. Kelly May and Performing Arts Perfection<br />

J-Hawk Athletics has a long-standing tradition of<br />

excellence. We offer 21 competitive athletic teams over<br />

four seasons as well as competitive cheerleading and<br />

dance team. We work hard and reap the benefits of our<br />

efforts. <strong>High</strong>lights from the 2010-11 season include:<br />

• Mic Vesey was 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC in football.<br />

Ryan Eivins and Christian Knox were both 2nd Team All-Metro<br />

and All-MVC<br />

• Girls’ Swimming qualified three events to the state meet.<br />

Kailey Drake qualified in the 50 Free and 100 Free as well as<br />

earning 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC honors. Erin Kibby,<br />

Emily Ritchie, Drake, and Kylie Steimer qualified in the 200<br />

Medley Relay while Steimer also earned 2nd Team All-MVC<br />

honors. The coaching staff of Ryan York, Les Santee, Chris York,<br />

and Theresa Fettkether were named the MVC Coaching Staff of<br />

the Year<br />

• Kayla Jaschen was 2nd Team All-Metro in volleyball.<br />

• Zach Denny was 1st Team All-MVC and 2nd Team All-<br />

Metro in boys’ golf. Eric Lehmkuhl was also 2nd Team All-Metro.<br />

• The Girls’ Bowling team was the state runner-up as a team<br />

with Nicole Petersen earning 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC<br />

Honors. Other accolades included Courtney Moore as 2nd Team<br />

All-Metro and All-MVC and Rylea Bennett as 2nd Team All-<br />

MVC.<br />

• Zach Trcka earned 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC in boys’<br />

bowling. Michael Kilts was 2nd Team All-Metro and All-MVC.<br />

Will James also earned 2nd Team All-Metro honors.<br />

• The J-Hawk Boys’ Basketball team qualified for the state<br />

tournament for the third consecutive year. Taylor Olson was 2nd<br />

Team All-State and 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC. Ky<br />

Kramer was 2nd Team All-Metro and All-MVC, while Alec<br />

Saunders was 2nd Team All-Metro. Virg Cerveny and Matt<br />

Fowler were honored as the bowling coaching staff of the year.<br />

• Maddie Koolbeck was named 3rd Team All-State to go along<br />

with 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC. Rachel Broghammer was<br />

also named 2nd Team All-Metro and All-MVC.<br />

• The J-Hawk Boys’ Swimming team qualified five events to<br />

the state competition. Kristian Anderson placed 8th overall in<br />

the 100 Fly at the state competition along with competing in the<br />

50 Free at the state meet and earning 1st Team All-Metro and<br />

All-MVC honors. Lance Scallon qualified for the state meet in the<br />

100 Back while also being named 1st Team All-Metro and 2nd<br />

Team All-MVC. Jacob Inghram was 2nd Team All-Metro and<br />

All-Conference while Alex Kleinheinz was 2nd Team All-Metro.<br />

Anderson, Scallon, Inghram, and Kleinheinz also teamed to qualify<br />

in the 200 Free Relay and the 200 Medley Relay.<br />

• PJ Rashed qualified for the state wrestling tournament.<br />

Rashed, Griffin Bollman, Shavez Butler and Luke Sedlacek were<br />

Cody Hensel were both 2nd Team All-MVC, and Drake Allen<br />

and Josh Allen were both 2nd Team All-Metro.<br />

• In Girls’ Golf, Megan Furnish played her way to a 4th place<br />

finish at the state tournament to add to her placement on the 1st<br />

Team for All-Metro and All-MVC. Furnish was also named the<br />

MVC Athlete of the Year.<br />

• The J-Hawk Boys’ Soccer team had the Goalkeeper of the Year<br />

in 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC goalie, Andrew Patience,<br />

as well as the Athlete of the Year in 1st Team All-Metro and All-<br />

MVC honoree Ali Al-Yasseri. Eric Jones also was named 1st Team<br />

All-Metro. Other honorees included Blake Fortner (2nd Team<br />

All-Metro and All-MVC), Stefan Krohn (2nd Team All-MVC),<br />

and Hussin Al-Yasseri and Reece Suckow(2nd Team All-Metro).<br />

The J-Hawk coaching staff of John O’Connor, Ben Watson, Chris<br />

Banker, Tom Jackson and Darius Ballard was honored as the<br />

coaching staff of the year.<br />

• Girls’ Soccer landed two 1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC<br />

players in Riley Kesterson and Katie Dierks. Joining them as<br />

honorees included Trina Gallagher (2nd Team All-Metro and All-<br />

MVC) and Shalyn Kinney (2nd Team All-MVC).<br />

• The Boys’ Track team had a banner year qualifying 11 events<br />

to the state tournament. Included in those state qualifiers were<br />

Timauntey Jones (1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC) who<br />

finished third in the state in the 800 as well as qualifying to state in<br />

the 400, Sam Techau in the discus, Nate Karlan (1st Team Metro)<br />

in the 100 and 200, Taylor Mueller (2nd Team All-Metro) in the<br />

3200, Lucas Vanous in the 400 hurdles, Savaun Bounds in the 110<br />

hurdles, and relays including the 4x400 (Alex Baxter, Jones, Asim<br />

Wallace, and Ryan Deerberg), 4x200 (Dylan Chittick, Wallace,<br />

Deerberg, and Karlan), and 4x100 (Shaq Harbor, Tiedtke, Karlan<br />

and Chittick).<br />

• The Girls’ Track team had a terrific year of their own<br />

qualifying nine events to the state meet. State qualifiers included<br />

Emma Edelin (1st Team All-Metro and All-MVC) who placed<br />

6th in the discus, Maliya Ratliffe (2nd Team All-Metro) who<br />

placed 6th in the 100, Summer Carber (2nd Team All-Metro)<br />

who placed 6th in the 100 hurdles, Lucy Schneekloth (2nd Team<br />

All-MVC) in the 100, and Madison Ranschau (2nd Team All-<br />

MVC) in the 100 hurdles. Relays that qualified include the 3rd<br />

place finishing shuttle hurdle relay (Ranschau, Carber, Allison<br />

Gruwell, Taylor Jacobson), the 4th place finishing 4x200 (Ratliffe,<br />

Carber, Jacobson, Broghammer), the 6th place finishing 4x100<br />

(Broghammer, Ratliffe, Schneekloth, Carber), and the 7th place<br />

spring medley (Broghammer, Schneekloth, Ratliffe, Jacobson). The<br />

J-Hawk coaching team of Bill Calloway, Steve Reed, Tami Loan,<br />

and Leighann Stejskal also earned coaching team of the year.<br />

• In Boys’ Tennis Jacob Donald earned 2nd Team All-Metro<br />

and All-MVC.<br />

• In Girls’ Tennis Crystal Terman and Kelli Walsh both earned<br />

2nd Team All-Metro and All-MVC.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> has a rich tradition in the performing arts,<br />

dating back to its opening in 1959. J-Hawk performing<br />

arts are often the measuring stick for groups around the<br />

State of Iowa. 2011-12 highlights include:<br />

• The <strong>Jefferson</strong> Band had members qualify for honor band<br />

recognition in the Iowa All-State Band; the Honor Band of<br />

America; the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor<br />

Band; the Iowa State University Honor Band; the University of<br />

Iowa Honor Band; and the Coe College Honor Band.<br />

• The Band of Blue earned their 34th consecutive Division 1<br />

Superior rating at the State Marching Band Festival and the Wind<br />

Symphony earned their 38th consecutive Division 1 Superior<br />

rating at the State Large Group Festival.<br />

• West Side Delegation<br />

• <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s Symphony Orchestra earned a Division 1 Superior<br />

rating at the State Large Group Festival.<br />

• <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s Theatre Department staged four productions,<br />

including a full-fledged musical.<br />

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Class Schedules<br />

Regular Daily Class Schedule<br />

Early Bird 6:50 7:42<br />

Period One 7:50 8:42<br />

Period Two 8:47 9:39<br />

Period Three 9:44 10:41<br />

(Includes Announcements)<br />

Period Four 10:46 12:09<br />

(Includes Lunch)<br />

Period Five 12:14 1:06<br />

Period Six 1:11 2:03<br />

Period Seven 2:08 3:00<br />

Wednesday Forum Schedule<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> Plc Early Dismissal Day<br />

Early Bird 6:50 7:42<br />

Period 1 7:50 8:28<br />

Period 2 8:33 9:11<br />

Period 3 9:16 9:54<br />

Forum 9:59 10:20<br />

Period 5 10:25 11:03<br />

Period 4 11:08 12:31<br />

(Includes Lunch)<br />

Period 6 12:36 1:16<br />

Period 7 1:21 2:00<br />

Teachers meet in <strong>Jefferson</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> PLCs.<br />

Wednesday Schedule<br />

District Early Dismissal Day<br />

Early Bird 6:50 7:42<br />

Period 1 7:50 8:34<br />

Period 2 8:39 9:23<br />

Period 3 9:28 10:13<br />

Period 5 10:18 11:03<br />

Period 4 11:08 12:31<br />

(includes lunch)<br />

Period 6 12:36 1:16<br />

Period 7 1:21 2:00<br />

District Early Dismissal Day<br />

Early Bird 6:50 7:42<br />

Period 1 7:50 8:24<br />

Period 2 8:29 9:03<br />

Period 3 9:08 9:42<br />

Period 4 9:47 10:20<br />

Period 5 10:25 10:59<br />

Period 6 11:04 11:38<br />

Period 7 11:43 12:17<br />

two hour delay<br />

Early Bird 8:50 9:42<br />

Period 1 9:50 10:22<br />

Period 2 10:27 10:59<br />

Period 3 11:04 11:41<br />

(Announcements)<br />

Period 4 11:46 1:09<br />

(Adjusted lunch times)<br />

Period 5 1:14 1:46<br />

Period 6 1:51 2:23<br />

Period 7 2:28 3:00<br />

LUNCH<br />


Regular Daily Lunch (Period 4)<br />

“A” Lunch 10:46-11:12<br />

Class 11:17-12:09<br />

Class 10:46-11:04<br />

“B” Lunch 11:06-11:32<br />

Class 11:35-12:09<br />

“A Lunch 11:08-11:34<br />

Class 11:39-12:31<br />

Class 11:08-11:26<br />

“B” Lunch 11:28-11:54<br />

Class 11:57-12:31<br />

Class 10:45-11:20<br />

“C” Lunch 11:22-11:48<br />

Class 11:51-12:09<br />

Class 10:46-11:38<br />

“D” Lunch 11:43-12:09<br />

Wednesday and Alternate Lunch<br />

(Period 4)<br />

“A Lunch 11:46-12:12<br />

Class 12:17-1:09<br />

Class 11:46-12:02<br />

“B” Lunch 12:04-12:32<br />

Class 12:35-1:09<br />

Class 11:08-11:42<br />

“C” Lunch 11:44-12:10<br />

Class 12:13-12:31<br />

Class 11:08-12:00<br />

“D” Lunch 12:05-12:31<br />

two hour delay<br />

Class 11:46-12:20<br />

“C” Lunch 12:22-12:48<br />

Class 12:51-1:09<br />

Class 11:46-12:38<br />

“D” Lunch 12:42-1:09<br />

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STuDENT<br />


(Code of Iowa Chapter 299A,<br />

299.2, 299.1 and 299.1A;<br />

CRCSD Regulation 602.2)<br />

All children who have<br />

reached the age of six<br />

and are under sixteen<br />

years of age by September<br />

15 are of compulsory<br />

attendance age. A child enrolled in the District<br />

who reaches the age of 16 on or after September 15<br />

remains of compulsory age until the end of the regular<br />

school calendar. The parent, guardian, or legal/actual<br />

custodian of a child who is of compulsory attendance<br />

age shall cause the child to attend the public school,<br />

an accredited nonpublic school, or receive competent<br />

private instruction in accordance with provisions of<br />

Iowa.<br />

(Code Chapter 299A during the school year. Policy 602).<br />

Since punctuality and regular attendance are necessary<br />

for students to derive optimum benefit from school,<br />

students should be required to conform to District<br />

and school rules and procedures regarding attendance.<br />

These rules and procedures should be as consistent as<br />

practicable among and within grade levels throughout<br />

the District, and should be administered in such a<br />

manner as to serve the best interests of children and to<br />

comply with the Code of Iowa.<br />

(Code of Iowa: 279.11; Proposed Procedure 602a)<br />


discretion of the administrator.<br />

Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored<br />

activities must attend school at least one-half day on<br />

the day of the activity unless permission has been given<br />

by the administrator for the student to be absent.<br />

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299.281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).<br />

Currently Procedure 602.3a; Proposed Procedure 602b<br />



The appropriate school staff should make an effort to<br />

resolve attendance problems through the following<br />

procedures:<br />

• Establish contact with parents or guardians;<br />

• Utilize available support staff for the initial<br />

investigation;<br />

• Maintain written documentation of absences;<br />

• Involve the school nurse when illness is used as a<br />

reason for excessive absenteeism; and<br />

• Consult with other agencies that may be involved<br />

with the family.<br />

After a student has accrued 11 days of absences for<br />

reasons other than a health condition verified by a<br />

school nurse and the building level administration has<br />

exhausted every means available (phone calls, letters,<br />

home visits, etc.) to the school to assure that the<br />

student is in regular attendance, the following should<br />

occur:<br />

• The school administrator will inform the<br />

parent/guardian in writing that due to the lack of<br />

improvement in the attendance of their child, the<br />

school will be referring the student and the parent/<br />

guardian to the District truant officer for further<br />

action.<br />

• A copy of the letter sent to the parent/guardian<br />

will then be forwarded to the appropriate District<br />

truant officer.<br />

• The District Truant Officer will request a hearing<br />

with the to mediate a plan of action to correct the<br />

attendance problem. The written communication will<br />

specify a definite time period for the hearing dates.<br />

• If the parent/guardian does not respond to the<br />

action in Step 3, and/or the above plan of action fails<br />

to produce results, a registered letter will be forwarded<br />

to the County Attorney or the school attendance task<br />

force and the parent/guardian for further action. A<br />

copy will be placed in the student’s file.<br />

• The County Attorney’s Office and/or school<br />

attendance task force will make the final decision in<br />

regard to prosecution or course of action to get and<br />

keep the student in school.<br />

(Currently Regulation 602.3; Proposed Procedure 602c)<br />

TRuANCy<br />

A truant child is one of compulsory attendance age<br />

(6-16) who:<br />

• fails to attend school anywhere;<br />

• fails to attend competent private instruction for<br />

148 days per year;<br />

• fails to attend a minimum of 74 days per semester;<br />

or<br />

• fails to attend a minimum of 49 days per trimester.<br />

Similarly, if a student turns sixteen prior to September<br />

15, he or she is no longer of compulsory attendance age<br />

and may seek alternative forms of education without<br />

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a<br />

procedure with the student’s teacher to complete the<br />

work missed. Students whose absences are approved<br />

will make up the work missed and receive full credit<br />

for the missed school work. Students, whose absences<br />

are not approved, will make up the work at the<br />

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isk to his or her parent. If a student turns sixteen on<br />

or after September 15, he or she is compelled to attend<br />

during that school year. (Code of Iowa: 299.1, 299.2, 299.8)<br />

Attendance is crucial to academic success. We want<br />

every student at <strong>Jefferson</strong> to experience success and to<br />

graduate from our school. Data shows that students<br />

who attend school regularly and are on time to classes<br />

give themselves the best chance to be successful. At<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> attending class on time every day is the first<br />

step towards reaching your highest potential.<br />



Students with perfect or excellent attendance are<br />

honored each term. Those honored receive a letter of<br />

commendation and have their names published in<br />

the school newsletter. To earn the reward of P.A.R.T.<br />

students will maintain responsible attendance in all of<br />

their classes.<br />



Passing time is five minutes long; this time is to be<br />

used as passing time. A one-minute bell will sound<br />

and students who are not in their class are expected<br />

to move quickly in the direction of their next class.<br />

Classes begin when the final bell has finished ringing.<br />

All classes will begin with meaningful learning<br />

6<br />

activities immediately when the final bell rings.<br />

This will set the tone for learning in all classes and<br />

communicates to students that on-time attendance is a<br />

priority in all classes.<br />

Students arriving after the scheduled start of class<br />

are considered tardy unless they have a legitimate<br />

pass from another staff member. Students will be<br />

considered tardy if they are not in the classroom at the<br />

end of the tone of the bell. Before going to class, a<br />

tardy student should report to the Attendance Office<br />

to get a PLASCO pass; student IDs are needed. If a<br />

student does not have his/her ID, he/she must report<br />

to the Main Office.<br />

ID CARDS<br />

At the beginning of Fall Term all students are issued<br />

picture identification. The ID card must be carried<br />

at all times and made available to staff members on<br />

request. The card is necessary for admission to school<br />

events, for the automated lunch payment program, for<br />

computers in school technology labs, and for checking<br />

out materials from the Library. Activities designation<br />

will be placed on the student ID for admission to<br />

home activities. Lost IDs must be replaced through<br />

the Main Office at a cost of $2.<br />


DT: Detention<br />

AF: Attendance Facilitator<br />

JTAP: <strong>Jefferson</strong> Temporary Alternative<br />

Placement (in-school suspension)<br />

TAP: Temporary Alternative Placement<br />

(Polk Education Center)<br />



1st and 2nd Tardy<br />

Warning. Students must get a PLASCO pass from the<br />

Attendance Office before going to class.<br />

3rd and 4th Tardy<br />

Detention. Students must get a PLASCO pass from<br />

the Attendance Office before going to class.<br />

Student will serve Detention (DT) with JTAP<br />

supervisor after school. Attendance Facilitator (AF)<br />

will call parent to explain the situation and state when<br />

DT will be served. DT will be 30 minutes in length<br />

and served either the day of or the day following the<br />

tardy. JTAP supervisor will talk with student about<br />

why the student is there, why it is unacceptable to<br />

be late, and the importance of being on time. JTAP<br />

supervisor will outline the next consequence if student<br />

continues to be tardy.<br />

5th Tardy<br />

Detention. Students must get a PLASCO pass from<br />

the Attendance Office before going to class.<br />

Student will serve Detention (DT) with JTAP<br />

supervisor after school. AF will call parent to explain<br />

the situation and state when DT will be served. DT<br />

will be 45 minutes in length and served either the day<br />

of or the day following the tardy. JTAP supervisor<br />

will talk with student about why the student is there,<br />

why it is unacceptable to be late, and the importance<br />

of being on time. JTAP supervisor will outline the<br />

next consequence if student continues to be tardy. In<br />

addition, the student MAY enter into a <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> attendance contract with the AF.<br />

6th Tardy<br />

Student is referred to their associate principal. APs<br />

and/or AF will contact parents for an attendance<br />

meeting for further remediation and / or consequences<br />

( JTAP, TAP, attendance contract, etc).<br />

Non-Compliance<br />

A student that does not comply with the support<br />

measures will be assigned JTAP or TAP.<br />

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Excused Absences<br />

Developing good attendance habits is an important<br />

part of preparing for life after high school. There are,<br />

of course, instances when students will be ill or will<br />

miss school for other legitimate reasons. Absences<br />

may be excused for the following reasons:<br />

a. Illness<br />

b. Pre-arranged, administrative approved<br />

absences<br />

c. Court summons<br />

d. Pre-arranged college visits (seniors and<br />

juniors)<br />

e. Bereavement<br />

f. Professional appointments (doctors, dentists,<br />

etc.)<br />

g. Religious observations<br />

Absences for reasons other than those listed above are<br />

unexcused.<br />

All absences need to be excused by a telephone call<br />

from a parent or guardian. It is best if the call can be<br />

made prior to the day of the absence or during the day<br />

of the absence. Attendance office hours are 7:00 a.m.<br />

to 3:30 p.m. <strong>Parent</strong>s may also call 558-2341 after<br />

office hours and leave a message. Excuses offered for<br />

absences several days or weeks after the absence may<br />

not be accepted.<br />

• For professional appointments, students need to<br />

obtain a form from the attendance office prior to the<br />

appointment and have it signed by an official at their<br />

appointment. The signed form needs to be returned to<br />

the attendance office in order to constitute an excused<br />

absence. For professional appointments before coming<br />

to school, students need to obtain written verification<br />

of attendance at the appointment and present it to the<br />

attendance office upon arrival.<br />

• Students and parents/guardians will be notified<br />

of each unexcused absence by an automated phone call<br />

to their home and in most cases by their teacher(s).<br />

It is the student’s responsibility to have the absence<br />

cleared through the attendance office. Any time class<br />

is missed, regardless of the reason, it is the student’s<br />

responsibility to initiate a conversation with the<br />

teacher to make up work missed in that class.<br />

• Excessive absences (five days or more during a<br />

term, excused or unexcused) will be addressed by an<br />

administrator or counselor. Specific consequences<br />

for excessive absences may result in the student<br />

and parents attending an Attendance Mediation<br />

Hearing with the District Truancy Officer as well<br />

as an attendance contract being implemented.<br />

Hospitalization or extended illness under doctor’s care<br />

is considered an exception to the “excessive absence.”<br />

• Students who are habitually absent from classes,<br />

Extended Learning, forums, assemblies, or class<br />

meetings without excuse may be dropped from school<br />

and/or recommended to Metro <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>, the<br />

district’s alternative high school. Those referred to<br />

Metro must remain there for two successful terms<br />

before they will be considered for return to <strong>Jefferson</strong>.<br />

Experience tells us that students who attend<br />

regularly perform better than those students who are<br />

frequently absent. Unfortunately, not all work can<br />

be made up. Class discussions, group work, guest<br />

speakers, demonstrations, rehearsals, explanations,<br />

and laboratories may not be possible to reconstruct<br />

for students who have missed them. For that reason,<br />

we ask students and their parents to be very selective<br />

about the days, or parts of days, which must be missed.<br />



1st -- 4th uNv<br />

If a student skips a class, the AF will communicate<br />

to the student and parent/guardian of the student<br />

within 24-48 hours. This communication is to inform<br />

the parent of their child skipping. AF will inform<br />

student and parent that the student will be serving 52<br />

minutes of DT with the JTAP supervisor to make up<br />

instructional time that was missed.<br />

5th uNv<br />

Student will be assigned to JTAP and may be placed<br />

on a <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Attendance contract. AF<br />

will notify student when and where to report. AF<br />

will contact a parent to notify them of assignment<br />

to JTAP. Student will report as instructed or face<br />

further consequence such as assignment to Temporary<br />

Alternative Placement (TAP).<br />

Please note: 52 minutes of DT will be served for<br />

each unexcused class period absence. If a student is<br />

unexcused for an entire day of school, a full-day of<br />

J-TAP will be served. Afternoons of Early Dismissal<br />

times may be used to make-up unexcused absences.<br />


A student that does not comply with the support<br />

measures will be assigned JTAP or TAP.<br />

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8<br />

Donna<br />

McCullough<br />

A – D<br />

GuIDANCE AND COuNSELING - Students are assigned to the following counselors by alphabet:<br />

Jason<br />

Edwards<br />

E – K<br />


Jamie<br />

Cummins<br />

L – R<br />

Emily<br />

McLain<br />

S – Z<br />

John<br />

Wojtowicz<br />

P.A.C.T.<br />

Kim<br />

Fitten<br />

Freshmen<br />

Seminar<br />

Guidance and counseling services are available for each student at <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. These services include assistance with (1) planning and scheduling, (2) home/school/social<br />

concerns, (3) college planning, (4) occupation and career information, (5) scholarship information and (6) interpretation of test information. Students and parents are encouraged to<br />

contact the Counseling Office with any questions or concerns.<br />

Special Education Consultant Social Worker<br />

Speech-Language Pathologist<br />

Administration<br />

Chuck McDonnell<br />

Principal<br />

cmcdonnell@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3950<br />

Officer<br />

Janae Rubino<br />

j.rubino@<br />

cedar-rapids.org<br />

558-2157<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Library website<br />

You can access the Library Web Site from the <strong>Jefferson</strong> Home page or go directly to: www.myjhslibrary.org. Links to all of our online resources and library catalog are on this<br />

web site.<br />

Passwords for Online Resources<br />

The User Name and Password for most of our online resources has changed. The username for most of our databases is now 1053jeff and the password is aea10.<br />

This includes SIRS Researcher, NetTrekker, Soundzabound Royalty Free Music, Britannica <strong>School</strong> Edition, Culture Grams, Gale Cengage Learning, Rosen Teen Health &<br />

Wellness, and all other AEA provided Sources.<br />

Vision Impairment Consultant<br />

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consultant<br />

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant<br />

Transition/Work Experience Facilitator<br />


Lorie Bateman<br />

Associate Principal<br />

lbateman@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3720<br />

Mrs. Mary Swanson,<br />

Chair<br />

mrswanson@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1132<br />


Chad Szabo<br />

Associate Principal<br />

cszabo@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1799<br />

Mrs. Liz Deutsch<br />

edeutsch@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3076<br />

Christopher Deam<br />

Activities Director<br />

cdeam@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1045<br />

Resource Officer Art Business Education<br />

Mr. Tim Collins<br />

tcollins@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Exceptions are:<br />

Gale eBooks<br />

Use the password: jhawks<br />

Issues & Controversies<br />

User Name: jefferhs<br />

Password: facts<br />

Iowa Workforce Development Consultant<br />

Mike Panoch<br />

Facilitator<br />

mpanoch@cr.k12ia.us<br />

558-3665<br />

Mr. Matt Hilby<br />

mhilby@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1689<br />

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Mr. Kevin Murray<br />

kmurray@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Kevin Darrow<br />

kdarrow@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Ms. Cassie Lynch<br />

calynch@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3955<br />

Mr. John Wojtowicz<br />

jwojtowicz@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3173<br />

Mrs. Laura Eklund<br />

leklund@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3710<br />


Family and<br />

Consumer Science<br />

mathmatics<br />

Mrs. Judy Dye<br />

jdye@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1438<br />

Mrs. Theresa Fettkether<br />

tfettkether@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1035<br />

Mrs. Kelly Panoch<br />

kpanoch@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3393<br />

Mr. Terry Schneekloth,<br />

Chair<br />

tschneekloth@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3260<br />

Mrs. Cindy Espe<br />

cespe@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1659<br />

I-JAG<br />

Ms. Erin Whipple<br />

ewhipple@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3173<br />

Mrs. Lynn Jensen<br />

ljensen@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3778<br />

Mr. Tim Preston<br />

tpreston@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3068<br />

Mr. Jeremy Barnes<br />

jebarnes@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3258<br />

Mr. Todd Lewison<br />

tlewison@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3568<br />

Language Arts<br />

Mr. Ian Petersen,<br />

Chair<br />

lpetersen@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3429<br />

Ms. Sarah Kolaas<br />

skolaas@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3124<br />

Mr. Bryan Schlotfelt<br />

bschlotfelt@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1572<br />

Mr. Andrew Boone<br />

aboone@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3334<br />

Mrs. Susan Portz<br />

sportz@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3394<br />

Ms. Caitlin Becker<br />

cbecker@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1824<br />

Mr. Joe Link<br />

jlink@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3367<br />

Mr. James Seamans<br />

jseamans@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3587<br />

Mrs. Sue Covington<br />

scovington@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4550<br />

Mr. Brian Reynolds<br />

breynolds@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1564<br />

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Mrs. Julia Schreckengast<br />

jschreckengast@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3580<br />

Mr. Brett Epperson<br />

bepperson@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Matthew Orton<br />

morton@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3546<br />

Ms. Amanda Duffey<br />

aduffey@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1981<br />

Mr. John O’Connor<br />

joconnor@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3412<br />


Mr. Chad Tompkins<br />

ctompkins@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3535<br />

Mr. Adam Hoffman<br />

ahoffman@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Brian Webb<br />

bwebb@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1025<br />

Mr. Charlie Gardner<br />

cgardner@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Matt Oliphant<br />

moliphant@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1614<br />

music<br />

Mrs. Katie Burnes<br />

kburnes@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1992<br />

Physical Education<br />

Science<br />

Ms. Kelly Phelan,<br />

Chair<br />

kphelan@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3658<br />

Mrs. Ashley Waltmann,<br />

Chair<br />

awaltmann@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1430<br />

Mr. Charlie Goetzinger<br />

cgoetzinger@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mrs. Amy Smith<br />

amsmith@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1771<br />

Mr. Thad Driskell<br />

tdriskell@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1380<br />

Mr. Dick Briggs<br />

dbriggs@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1854<br />

Mr. Darius Ballard<br />

dballard@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3011<br />

Mr. Jim Lehmann<br />

jlehmann@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3362<br />

Mr. Bryon Stump<br />

bstump@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1585<br />

Mr. Kent Keating<br />

kkeating@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3564<br />

Mr. Stu Ordman<br />

sordman@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4645<br />

Mrs. Laura Bigler<br />

lbigler@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1000<br />

Mrs. Traci Maxted<br />

tmaxted@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4776<br />

Mrs. Nora Taylor<br />

ntaylor@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3214<br />

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Social Studies<br />

Dr. Jim Dostal,<br />

Chair<br />

jdostal@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3250<br />

Mrs. Merry Petersen<br />

mpetersen@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3651<br />

Mr. Brian Webb<br />

bwebb@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1025<br />

Mr. Christopher Buesing<br />

chbuesing@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1047<br />

Ms. Lindsay Fox<br />

lfox@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1306<br />

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Mr. Randy Feuerhelm<br />

rfeuerhelm@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Steve Reed<br />

sreed@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4660<br />

Special Education<br />

Mrs. Becky Gearheart,<br />

Chair<br />

rgearheart@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4436<br />

Mr. Al Chism<br />

achism@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1363<br />

Mr. Eric Gjerde<br />

egjerde@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1553<br />

Mr. Augie Hadenfelt<br />

ahadenfelt@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Chris Rolwes<br />

crolwes@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3458<br />

Mrs. Beth Kaump, Chr.<br />

ekaump@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3107<br />

Ms. Miranda Cornell<br />

mcornell@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1113<br />

Mr. Matthew Jenkins<br />

mjenkins@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Thomas Jackson<br />

tjackson@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3053<br />

Mrs. Leighann Stejskal<br />

lstejskal@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1706<br />

Mr. Roger Bouzek<br />

rbouzek@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4413<br />

Mr. John Cox<br />

jocox@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3413<br />

Dr. Jennifer Johnson<br />

jnjohnson@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3405<br />

Mr. Gordy Nordgren<br />

gnordgren@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3290<br />

Mrs. Ashley Weaver<br />

aweaver@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3193<br />

Ms. Tara Brokovich<br />

tbrokovich@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3292<br />

Mrs. Laurie Doyle<br />

ldoyle@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3746<br />

Ms. Becky Jo Johnston<br />

bjohnston@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1521<br />


12<br />

Ms. Paula Kincaid<br />

pkincaid@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4346<br />

Mr. Chad Streit<br />

cstreit@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1957<br />

Mr. Vincent Roth<br />

vroth@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Ms. Jennifer Lange<br />

jlange@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3359<br />

Mrs. Susan Rumelhart<br />

srumelhart@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3473<br />


Ms. Dawn Motis<br />

dmotis@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1408<br />

Ms. Sara Young<br />

syoung@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1097<br />

world Language<br />

Mrs. Mary Roberts Rathje,<br />

Chair<br />

mroberts-r@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4185<br />

Ms. Tamara Loan<br />

tloan@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3619<br />

Mrs. Linda Patterson<br />

lpatterson@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3826<br />

Technology Education<br />

Mr. Dick Briggs,<br />

Chair<br />

dbriggs@cr.k12ia.us<br />

558-1854<br />

Ms. Alison Gardner<br />

algardner@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1384<br />

Mrs. Heidi Mittelsteadt<br />

hmittelsteadt@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1412<br />

Mrs. Julie Schnebbe<br />

jschnebbe@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3265<br />

Mr. Gary Brownell<br />

gary.brownell@<br />

kirkwood.edu<br />

558-1943<br />

Mrs. Jennifer Hamel<br />

jhamel@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3492<br />

Mrs. Cindy West<br />

cwest@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1816<br />

Student Nurse media Center Community Liaisons<br />

Mrs. Becky Johnson,<br />

Chair<br />

bcjohnson@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1584<br />

Mr. Mark Fiala<br />

mfiala@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3957<br />

Mr. Brian Erbe<br />

berbe@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1495<br />

Mr. Mark Stastny<br />

mstastny@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-1774<br />

Mrs. Lucille DeWitt<br />

ldewitt@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Ms. Rachel Henkelmann<br />

rhenkelmann@<br />

cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-3355<br />

Mrs. Beth Wieneke<br />

bwieneke@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Mr. Mike Kuba<br />

mkuba@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-4118<br />

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English Language Learners<br />

Mr. Scott Bleuer<br />

sbleuer@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />

Student Council Executive Board<br />

Ashley Faulkner and Calese Clemens<br />

Class Officers: Senior Class of 2013<br />

President ..................................................................... Kyler Schoner<br />

Vice-President ....................................................Madeline Koolbeck<br />

Secretary .................................................................. Draziyo Amuda<br />

Treasurer ....................................................................Alec McIntosh<br />

Sponsors: Jennifer Lange, Traci Maxted<br />


Mrs. Sharon Leonard<br />

sleonard@cr.k12ia.us<br />

558-2435<br />


Class Officers: Junior Class of 2014<br />

President ....................................................................... Tremere Hill<br />

Vice-President .............................................................Alex McPhail<br />

Secretary ..............................................................Brandon Wiederin<br />

Treasurer ..................................................................... Jake Van Oort<br />

Sponsors: Kim Fitten, Lynn Jensen<br />

Class Officers: Sophomore Class of 2015<br />

President ................................................................. Bradley Patience<br />

Vice-President ............................................................... Mary Korch<br />

Secretary ............................................................... Lucy Schneekloth<br />

Treasurer ..................................................................... Austin Snyder<br />

Sponsors: Laurie Doyle, Terry Schneekloth, Ashley Weaver<br />

• Language Arts - Students should take four years of English/Language Arts classes with an emphasis on the communication skills of writing, reading, speaking, listening, as well as the analysis and<br />

interpretation of literature. In addition, classes such as journalism (Yearbook/Newspaper) and media literacy will be valuable. Co-curricular activities such as debate, speech, and decathlon will further develop<br />

essential competencies.<br />

• Math – Students should take four years of math, one in every year of high school. While advanced courses like calculus and statistics are good, it’s more important that students gain a complete understanding<br />

of advanced algebra and trigonometry.<br />

• Science – Students should take four years of natural sciences, one in every year of high school. To be really well prepared for college, take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics. Students<br />

need to talk to their counselor for the order in which these classes should be taken.<br />

• Social Studies – Students should take three years (but four is better) of Social Studies. Taking electives in the Social Studies area is beneficial as many of these classes provide an important understanding<br />

of our political, social, and economic institutions.<br />

• World Language - Students should take four years of a single World Language. By taking a World Language during all four years of high school, a student will go beyond the basic language skills and begin<br />

to use the language and reinforce their fluency.<br />

• Electives – Students should explore other classes in the fine arts, performing arts, computer sciences, or technology that will help round out their high school experience. Perhaps their future field of<br />

concentration will lie in one of these areas.<br />

Students should follow their interests, talents, and the strengths of our school. They should challenge themselves and choose courses with high academic standards. <strong>High</strong> school is a great place for students to<br />

successfully prepare for the future.<br />


To provide for a wide variety of individual student goals,<br />

interests, and abilities, <strong>Jefferson</strong> offers more courses than it<br />

will be possible for you to take during your high school years.<br />

Therefore, it is very important that you plan your education<br />

carefully and keep such plans up-to-date as you progress<br />

through school. Your counselor and teachers are prepared to<br />

assist you in this task. Each student is expected to have at least<br />

one educational planning conference with a counselor each year.<br />

In addition, counselors and support staff will assist students in<br />

creating their four-year plan on IHaveAPlanIowa.com.<br />

Thomas <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

A Tradition Of Excellence<br />

Class Officers: Freshman Class of 2016 Elections to be held Fall term<br />


at Iowa Regents Universities<br />

Credits – minimum and maximum<br />

The minimum class load is 25 credits during any trimester<br />

of the 9th, 10th and 11th grade year and 20 for 12th grade<br />

year. The minimum load for the 9th, 10th and 11th grade<br />

year is 80; 12th grade year is 65. Exceptions are rare and<br />

must be for specific reasons approved in advance by the<br />

Principal and parent(s) or guardian(s). The maximum class<br />

load during any trimester is 40 credits. Exceptions must<br />

have the approval of the Principal.<br />

University of Iowa<br />

Iowa State University<br />

University of Northern Iowa<br />

Repeated Courses<br />

If a student repeats a course, the new grade will be recorded<br />

as the grade for the course and will be included in the<br />

computation of grade point average. A student MUST<br />

make this request with their counselor for this grade<br />

change to occur.<br />

Senior Status<br />

Students who have successfully completed 225 credits<br />

or more are classified “senior” and are eligible for certain<br />

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Graduation<br />

Requirements<br />

Students must earn<br />

a minimum of 300<br />

credits in grades 9-12<br />

to qualify for a diploma.<br />

These credits shall<br />

include the following<br />

minimum subject area<br />

requirements:<br />

Course Credit<br />

Requirements<br />

LANGuAGE ARTS ...................60 credits<br />

All students must complete sixty credits of course work in<br />

Language Arts.<br />

Freshmen must complete three trimesters of LA<br />

9-1, 9-2, 9-3 for graduation.<br />

Sophomores must complete three trimesters of<br />

LA 10-1, 10-2, 10-3 for graduation.<br />

Juniors must complete three trimesters of LA from<br />

the following:<br />

• AP English Language and Composition ...... OR<br />

• US Humanities and Composition 1,2, 3<br />

Seniors must complete three trimesters of a LA<br />

from the following:<br />

• AP Literature and Composition OR<br />

• Perspectives in Literature and Composition ......<br />

1,2,3 OR<br />

• World Humanities and Composition 1,2,3<br />

mATHEmATICS ...................... 45 credits<br />

All freshmen are expected to complete fifteen credits of<br />

coursework in mathematics and an additional 30 credits<br />

by graduation.<br />

SCIENCE ................................45 credits<br />

All freshmen are expected to complete fifteen credits of<br />

coursework in science and an additional 30 credits by<br />

graduation.<br />

SOCIAL STuDIES ...................45 credits<br />

All students must complete forty-five credits of course<br />

work in social studies, including:<br />

• US History or AP US History<br />

• American Government or AP American<br />

Government<br />

• Economics or AP Economics<br />

• World History or AP World History<br />

PHySICAL EDuCATION ..........30 credits<br />

Students must enroll in PE one term during the 2012-<br />

2013 school year. Waiver exceptions are:<br />

1. Academic Waiver:<br />

For the 2012-2013, students who successfully<br />

complete 8 classes each term (40 credits), may be<br />

granted a PE waiver.<br />

2. Medical Waiver:<br />

Students who are excused for medical reasons by a<br />

licensed physician must present the written excuse to<br />

the school nurse to receive a medical waiver.<br />

3. Career Education Waiver:<br />

Students enrolled in career education programs such<br />

as, PSEO classes, Career Edge Academies, work<br />

experience programs, building trades, etc. may qualify<br />

for a waiver. See your counselor.<br />

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade for<br />

ANY waiver will be required to make up that PE<br />

requirement. Students must register for a Waiver.<br />

Registering does not insure that the student will<br />

receive the Waiver.<br />

And Additionally:<br />

Graduation requirements for special education<br />

students will be in agreement with the prescribed<br />

course of study as described in their Individualized<br />

Education Program. Prior to the student’s graduation,<br />

the IEP team shall determine whether the graduation<br />

requirements have been met.<br />

Post-secondary Enrollment Options<br />

Students in grades<br />

9-12 who have<br />

exhausted the courses<br />

available in the District<br />

Program of Studies<br />

may take courses<br />

offered during the<br />

regular school year by<br />

community colleges,<br />

private colleges, or<br />

state universities.<br />

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Courses that are successfully completed may apply<br />

toward graduation requirements and the District<br />

may pay up to $250 of the cost of a course. Students<br />

interested in participating in this program should<br />

contact their school counselor. The school district<br />

does not pay for the cost of summer school courses.<br />

However, summer school courses are eligible for<br />

course credit.<br />

Because of the difficulty and rigor of the subject<br />

matter, advanced classes are given weighted<br />

grades. Advanced courses allow high school<br />

students to take courses that are challenging,<br />

rigorous, and in-depth – exactly the kinds of<br />

courses they will face once they are in college.<br />

The 23 Advanced Placement classes offered are:<br />

AP Art History, AP Studio Art, AP English<br />

Language and Composition, AP English Literature<br />

and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry,<br />

AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP<br />

Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Music Theory, AP US<br />

Government, AP Comparative Government, AP<br />

Micro and AP Macro Economics, AP European<br />

History, AP US History, AP Psychology, AP World<br />

History, AP Human Geography, AP French,<br />

AP German, AP Japanese, and AP Spanish.<br />

The 7 Project Lead the Way courses offered are:<br />

Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles<br />

of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil and<br />

Architectural Engineering, Computer Integrated<br />

Manufacturing, Biotechnical Engineering, and<br />

Engineering Design and Development.<br />

meet Honors Program requirements must see their<br />

counselor about whether a particular class may be<br />

taken pass-fail. Students must complete a form with<br />

their counselor before the 10th week of the term in<br />

order to designate a class as pass-fail.<br />

Grade Reports<br />

Progress reports are continually available online<br />

via Power<strong>School</strong>. See the school website for the<br />

Power<strong>School</strong> link. A copy of the student’s transcript<br />

is distributed about one week after the term grades<br />

are handed out. The transcript is updated each term<br />

to include the cumulative student record. Transcripts<br />

and spring term final grade reports are mailed home in<br />

mid-June.<br />

Adding and Dropping Classes<br />

All course drops are handled by the student’s counselor.<br />

Grade Computations<br />

Consider the following in determining whether a drop<br />

The following numerical values determine trimester<br />

and cumulative grade point averages (GPA).<br />

is possible:<br />

1. SENIORS must be enrolled in no less than 20<br />

credit hours each term.<br />

Standard Course<br />

Mark Value<br />

A+ 4.334<br />

A 4.000<br />

A- 3.667<br />

B+ 3.334<br />

B 3.000<br />

B- 2.667<br />

C+ 2.334<br />

C 2.000<br />

weighted Course<br />

Mark Value<br />

A+ Not Given<br />

A 5.000<br />

A- 4.667<br />

B+ 4.334<br />

B 4.000<br />

B- 3.667<br />

C+ 3.334<br />

C 3.000<br />

More than 90% of colleges and universities<br />

grant exemptions from introductory courses to<br />

students who have successfully completed an<br />

advance program. Students can be granted up<br />

to a full year’s credit by a college or university<br />

upon completion of a number of AP or PLTW<br />

courses. So a student could actually start<br />

college with sophomore standing.<br />

Pass-Fail Option<br />


must be enrolled in no less than 25 credit hours each<br />

term.<br />

3. At no time may students initiate a drop in a<br />

required course.<br />

4. Students may initiate a drop in an elective course<br />

only the week after mid-terms have been distributed;<br />

however, courses will be dropped with a W on the<br />

student’s transcript if they are passing the course or<br />

with an F if they are failing the course.<br />

5. A required, Extended Learning hour, or P.A.R.T., if<br />

C-<br />

D+<br />

D<br />

D-<br />

F<br />

1.667<br />

1.334<br />

1.000<br />

0.667<br />

0.000<br />

C-<br />

D+<br />

D<br />

D-<br />

F<br />

2.667<br />

2.334<br />

2.000<br />

1.667<br />

0.000<br />

Each term any student who has parent approval<br />

may designate one elective course to be graded on a<br />

pass-fail basis. These classes are not included in the<br />

grade point average. However, they do count toward<br />

graduation. Courses taken to meet the specific subject<br />

matter requirements for graduation may not be taken<br />

applicable, will replace a dropped class.<br />

6. Students dropping a class will continue to attend<br />

the class until the counselor officially assigns them<br />

Extended Learning.<br />

7. Dropping courses is not encouraged, but those<br />

who do may drop only one elective class each term.<br />

pass-fail; except for P.E. Students taking classes to<br />

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If a student decides to add a class during the first 5<br />

school days of a term, he/she will be expected to make<br />

up all work missed in the replacement class he/she<br />

will be enrolling in a timely manner.<br />

Drop Policy for AP Classes<br />

Students enrolled in AP classes will be able to drop<br />

during the first two weeks of the term with no penalty<br />

to their transcript. If a student does not drop within<br />

the first two weeks, their options are:<br />

If the AP class is an elective (student has fulfilled<br />

graduation requirements in this subject), the student<br />

may also elect to drop the class during the fifth and<br />

sixth week of the term without penalty. The only<br />

other time a student may drop an elective AP course<br />

is after finals at the end of their term if he/she does<br />

not want to continue.<br />

If the AP class is a required class (student has yet to<br />

fulfill graduation requirements in this subject), the<br />

only window that exists for a student to drop the class<br />

is the first two weeks. After the first two weeks, the<br />

student must remain in the class until the end of the<br />

term to avoid an F being placed on his/her transcript.<br />

After this two week window passes, the student will<br />

not be allowed to enroll in another course to replace<br />

the AP class until the following term.<br />

If a student decides to drop an AP class in the first<br />

two weeks he/she will be expected to make up all<br />

work missed in the replacement class he/she will be<br />

reenrolling in a timely manner.<br />

Elective Departmental<br />

Recommendations<br />

world Language:<br />

There is no requirement for graduation. However<br />

some colleges require two years of world language;<br />

college-bound students should investigate entrance<br />

requirements regarding world language. Many careers<br />

are enhanced with language aptitude and students are<br />

encouraged to explore language studies.<br />

Electives: Art, Business Education, Driver Education,<br />

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Family and Consumer Science, Technology<br />

Education, and Music. These subjects offer students<br />

opportunities to take classes that enhance personal<br />

development. Students with interest in these areas will<br />

find that many careers use the skills in these areas.<br />

Academy Courses/Dual Credit<br />

Some students will have the opportunity to take<br />

courses that earn dual credit, meaning credit in<br />

both high school and college. To qualify, students<br />

must meet the minimum competency on the Iowa<br />

Assessment tests or pass a district assessment in order<br />

to be enrolled. For advice and information contact<br />

your counselor.<br />

Senior year Plus Legislation<br />

Enacted by the Iowa Legislature, Senior Year Plus was<br />

created to provide increased and more equal access<br />

to college credit courses. Courses delivered through<br />

Senior Year Plus provide students the opportunity<br />

to take a rigorous college curriculum and receive,<br />

in many cases, both high school and college credit<br />

concurrently. At <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>s, jointenrolled<br />

courses include:<br />

• Concurrent Enrollment Courses (Career<br />

Academy Courses)<br />

• Post-Secondary Enrollment Options courses<br />

(PSEO)<br />

The State guidelines now require all **students<br />

enrolling in Senior Year Plus eligible courses to be<br />

proficient in reading (Reading Comprehension Test),<br />

math (Mathematics Concepts and Problem Solving<br />

Test), and science (Analysis of Science Materials) as<br />

assessed through the Iowa Assessments.<br />

**Students with an IEP will be subject to an IEP Team<br />

Review to determine eligibility under Senior Year Plus. The<br />

IEP team may establish alternative, but equivalent qualifying<br />

performance measures through the IEP. The recommendations<br />

should be documented on the learning portion of the transition<br />

assessments section of the IEP.<br />

I Have A Plan<br />

The Iowa College Aid commission supports the www.<br />

ihaveaplaniowa.gov website and program. The State<br />

of Iowa requires completion of various guideway<br />

components at each high school grade level. While<br />

some of these components will be completed at<br />

school, students and parents can visit the website from<br />

home and explore the program and resources available.<br />

To log-on, please visit the website listed above and<br />

follow the pattern below:<br />

Account ID: First Letter of your first name, first letter of your<br />

last name, followed by your student id number then “@”<br />

iowaid<br />

Example: jj123456@iowaid<br />

Password: Capital “I”, lowercase “o, w, a”. Then, 2 numbers<br />

for your birth month and 2 numbers for your birth date.<br />

Example: Iowa0130<br />

Retention Guidelines<br />

Unfortunately, some students do not meet certain<br />

credit minimums and they fall behind in their<br />

graduation plans. In cases where the deficit is not<br />

great, students can recover by taking more classes in<br />

later terms. However when the deficit becomes too<br />

great, students are retained in a forum with younger<br />

students and must make up all required graduation<br />

courses. However should the student make a<br />

substantial gain in credits and catch up, he/she will be<br />

allowed to graduate with his/her original class.<br />

Credits needed to become a sophomore 67.5<br />

Credits needed to become a junior 150<br />

Credits needed to become a senior 225<br />

Those with fewer than the required senior credits<br />

are retained in junior forums and are not involved in<br />

senior events. Students will be moved to senior status<br />

once credits earned exceed minimum requirements.<br />

Students in other grades will not be moved to their<br />

updated status until the end of the current school year.<br />

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Athletics<br />

In 2011-2012, over 700 students participated in athletics at <strong>Jefferson</strong>. This<br />

includes athletes at the freshman, sophomore, junior varsity, and varsity levels<br />

in over twenty sports. They are involved for many reasons; some want to<br />

be part of the great <strong>Jefferson</strong> tradition of athletic success in the Mississippi<br />

Valley Conference and others just want to have fun. All will have memories<br />

of their experiences lasting a lifetime. The coaches view their programs as very<br />

educational. There are many good reasons for getting involved; physical fitness,<br />

meeting new friends, being a part of a team, and competing at the highest level.<br />

We urge all students to consider the athletic programs at <strong>Jefferson</strong>. There is<br />

always room for another athlete, a student manager, scorer, timekeeper, or student<br />

trainer. Visit someone in the Activities Office or with one of the coaches listed<br />

on the following page.<br />

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Over 900 of <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s students devote thousands of hours of their personal time to participate in co-curricular activities available at school.<br />

More than 40 JHS teachers direct co-curricular programs. Many more adults are employed as coaches or directors of activities at our school. We believe these activities enhance students’<br />

academic lives and contribute positively to the overall experience at <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. While not every student is capable of performing in every activity, all students can find some<br />

co-curricular activity in which they can contribute and receive benefit. We encourage all students to become involved in co-curricular activities.<br />


Performing Arts opportunities abound at <strong>Jefferson</strong>. If your interest is in theater, you<br />

may be among the hundreds of J-Hawks who perform, sing, sew costumes, build sets,<br />

sell tickets, or provide technical assistance at any of the numerous stage productions<br />

each year. If playing an instrument is more your style, there is a marching band,<br />

three concert bands, jazz band, string orchestra, or symphony orchestra. Do you<br />

sing? <strong>Jefferson</strong> boasts several choirs, from non-audition ensembles to the select<br />

Concert Choir, Meistersingers, Ovation, and West Side Delegation. Nearly half the<br />

student population at <strong>Jefferson</strong> is involved in one or more of these groups, and the<br />

performances they provide are truly special.<br />

There is undoubtedly a place for nearly every student in the JHS fine arts program.<br />

We are blessed with talented, hardworking directors, dedicated students, supportive<br />

parents and guardians as well as excellent practice and performance facilities. This<br />

combination is hard to beat. Performing arts groups are involved in competitions and<br />

performances throughout Iowa and the nation.<br />

For additional information please contact one of the directors on the following page.<br />


Fall Sports and Head Coaches<br />

Football ............................................ Brian Webb<br />

Men’s Cross Country .........................Ron Tower<br />

Men’s Golf ....................................Steve Koepke<br />

Volleyball ........................................ Kelly Phelan<br />

Women’s Cross Country ................ Tamara Loan<br />

Women’s Swimming & Diving .............Ryan York<br />

Cheerleading Coach ..................Sherren Huston<br />

Dance Team Director ..........................Kim Fitten<br />

winter Sports and Head Coaches<br />

Women’s Basketball .................. Jason Edwards<br />

Men’s Wrestling ................................Dick Briggs<br />

Men’s Basketball ........................ Stuart Ordman<br />

Men’s Swimming ................................Ryan York<br />

Men & Women’s Bowling ............... Virg Cerveny<br />

Cheerleading Coach ..................Sherren Huston<br />

Dance Team Director ..........................Kim Fitten<br />

Spring Sports and Head Coaches<br />

Men’s Track .......................................Ron Tower<br />

Women’s Track ...............................Bill Calloway<br />

Women’s Soccer ........................... Ash Brannan<br />

Men’s Soccer ..............................John O’Connor<br />

Men’s Tennis ....................................Tim Preston<br />

Women’s Tennis ................................ Pam Towe<br />

Women’s Golf ....................................... Dan Ray<br />

Summer Sports and Head Coaches<br />

Softball....................................... Larry Niemeyer<br />

Baseball ............................................. Mike Kuba<br />

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Athletes:<br />

Be Knowledgeable of<br />

NCAA Standards<br />

Students who hope to play college<br />

sports at NCAA schools must pay<br />

close attention to the academic<br />

standards established by the<br />

organization. Be sure your counselor<br />

is aware of your athletic aspirations,<br />

and check to be sure that all of your<br />

classes meet NCAA requirements.<br />

Taking the right classes is ultimately<br />

the student’s responsibility, but our<br />

school staff will work with students to<br />

assure that all expectations are met.<br />

Director of Bands ............................................................... Thad Driskell<br />

Associate Director of Bands ......................................Doreen Anderson<br />

Director of Orchestra ..........................................................Katie Burnes<br />

Director of Choral Activities ...............................................Kent Keating<br />

Associate Director of Choral Activities ......................... Brett Epperson<br />

Director of Theater .............................................................. Lynn Jensen<br />

Associate Director of Theater ................................................... Joe Link<br />

Technical Director of Theater ....................................... Bryan Schlotfelt<br />

Associate Technical Director .................................................... Joe Link<br />

Director of Speech Activities .................................................. Kim Fitten<br />

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The <strong>Jefferson</strong> community reinforces good citizenship and student performance.<br />

This encourages students to do well in the classroom and in co-curricular<br />

programs. Because of this belief, various awards and recognition programs,<br />

both academic and activities based, are in place at <strong>Jefferson</strong>.<br />

Academic Honors Program<br />

Honors with Distinction<br />

National Honor Society<br />

This program recognizes students who enroll in a Students who choose an even more challenging path <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s Aristotelian chapter of the<br />

demanding academic schedule and who complete may graduate as “Honors With Distinction”. This National Honor Society is open to<br />

those courses with good grades.<br />

requires still higher goals and achievement, including students after winter term of their<br />

To qualify for this program, students must:<br />

the accumulation of a minimum of 350 total credits, junior year if they have met criteria<br />

• Accumulate a minimum of 310 credit hours for 255 of them in the academic areas previously listed. established by the National Board of<br />

graduation.<br />

Four years of mathematics, science, language arts, Directors. The criteria include:<br />

• Earn 230 of those credits in specified areas of three years of social studies and two or more years of<br />

language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, world language are required for this honor. Finally, • Scholarship; a cumulative grade<br />

world language and/or accounting.<br />

these students must earn a 3.33 GPA in those classes. point average of at least 3.5<br />

• Earn a grade point of at least 3.0 in specific<br />

• Leadership; guides peers<br />

academic classes.<br />

The Honors Program provides incentives to students<br />

to carry a more demanding course load. Those<br />

who complete the program are recognized in the<br />

In 2012, 98 students met the<br />

more challenging standards in<br />

this category.<br />

• Service; to the school or to the community<br />

• Character; as determined by the <strong>Jefferson</strong> faculty<br />

Underclassmen wishing to be a part of this program<br />

commencement program and wear special medallions<br />

should establish their good academic habits early.<br />

at the graduation ceremony. In 2012, 65 graduates<br />

Cumulative GPA’s are difficult to change after<br />

qualified for Academic Honors.<br />

substantial credit has been earned. In 2012, 77<br />

graduates qualified for National Honor Society.<br />

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Academic Letter<br />

Award<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> students may<br />

earn an academic letter.<br />

The chenille letter J is<br />

similar to that earned by<br />

varsity athletes. Students<br />

earn the academic letter by<br />

consistently earning good<br />

grades. The Academic Letter<br />

requires a 3.25 GPA for<br />

three consecutive terms. You may earn this award<br />

each year and be given a pin that displays the year<br />

received.<br />

167 members of the Class of 2012 earned an<br />

Academic Letter.<br />

J-Hawk Honor Roll<br />

Two groups of students are honored each term for<br />

academic achievement:<br />

•Those earning 4.0 or higher grade point averages<br />

•Those earning 3.25 thru 3.99 grade point averages<br />

Honor Roll lists are published in The Record, our<br />

school newsletter. The names of Honor Roll students<br />

are also posted near the main office.<br />

Excellent Attendance<br />

Attendance is critical to student success! Students<br />

with excellent attendance are honored each term.<br />

Those honored receive a letter of commendation and<br />

have their names published in the school newsletter.<br />

Iowa Assessment Recognition<br />

Each year, students from all four-grade levels<br />

are honored for their performance on the State<br />

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educational development tests. Students scoring at<br />

the 90th percentile or higher are showing annual<br />

improvement on the tests will receive certificates and<br />

awards provided by <strong>Jefferson</strong>. Similar recognition goes<br />

to students achieving their personal best on the Iowa<br />

Assessments.<br />

Presidential Education<br />

Award<br />

Each spring, a select number<br />

of seniors are presented with a<br />

presidential certificate and letter<br />

honoring them for academic<br />

excellence. To receive this, students must earn a<br />

cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and<br />

must also score at or above the 85th percentile in the<br />

composite Iowa Assessment testing program. This is<br />

a national award, and the Department of Education<br />

sets the criteria. The Class of 2012 produced 59<br />

recipients of this prestigious award.<br />

Four year<br />

Scholastic Award<br />

Students will receive an<br />

award for earning four<br />

years of credit in any of<br />

the following content<br />

areas: Mathematics,<br />

Science, Social Studies,<br />

Project Lead the<br />

Way and in a single<br />

World Language. 592<br />

of these awards were<br />

presented to the class<br />

of 2012 at Senior<br />

Recognition Night. A<br />

“75 Credit” Language Arts award will be presented<br />

to students who go above and beyond the language<br />

arts requirement by taking at least 15 language<br />

arts elective credits in Beginning Debate, Creative<br />

Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Journalism, or<br />

Speech, in addition to their required language arts<br />

courses.<br />

Grade Point Improvement Award<br />

A student may earn this award after each trimester by<br />

outperforming his/her cumulative grade point from<br />

the previous term by 0.35. <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

values constant improvement and challenging oneself;<br />

this award recognizes that everyone can improve.<br />

400 Club<br />

Students who have earned 400 credits or more<br />

become members of this exclusive group. They wear<br />

blue honor cords at commencement.<br />

In 2012, 43 graduates earned this distinction.<br />

valedictorians and Salutatorians<br />

These honors are the school’s highest academic<br />

awards. To be named a valedictorian, a student must<br />

earn a cumulative grade point average of 4.165 or<br />

higher – which means every course grade counts<br />

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eginning with the freshman year. The next group of<br />

high-achievers earns the rank of salutatorian. In fact,<br />

many more students may earn the salutatorian medal.<br />

Any student who earns a 4.0 to 4.164 grade point<br />

average is named a salutatorian.<br />

In 2012, 37 graduates earned valedictorian or<br />

salutatorian recognition by earning cumulative<br />

grade point averages of 4.00 or higher.<br />

AP Scholar<br />

To be named an AP Scholar, one must complete three<br />

or more AP exams before graduation and score 3 or<br />

higher on each test.<br />


AP Scholar with Honor<br />

To meet the criteria for an AP Scholar with Honor,<br />

a student must receive an average score of 3.25 on all<br />

AP exams taken and score a 3 or higher on four or<br />

more of these exams.<br />

AP Scholar with Distinction<br />

To be named an AP Scholar with Distinction one<br />

must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP<br />

exams taken and score a 3 or higher on 5 or more of<br />

these exams.<br />

AP National Scholar<br />

To be named a “National Scholar” on must receive an<br />

average score of 4 or higher on 8 or more AP exams.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> Service Awards<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> seniors are eligible to earn recognition<br />

for community service work. This work must be<br />

voluntary and may occur at school, service agencies,<br />

churches, and many other locations in the community.<br />

Students track their hours each year during forum<br />

and during senior year students are asked to submit<br />

their documented hours of service. A school<br />

committee reviews the applications and awards those<br />

who qualify. These students receive a special service<br />

medal. This past year, 29 members of the Class of<br />

2012 received medals based on their contributions<br />

of 100 or more hours of community service.<br />

Other Awards<br />

In addition to the previously outlined programs,<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> also recognizes students in many other ways.<br />

Certificates, plaques, academic letters, scholarships<br />

and other forms of recognition are provided each<br />

year by various school organizations. During Senior<br />

Recognition Night each spring, over $20,000 in<br />

awards and scholarships are presented to members of<br />

the graduating class! We know that many students are<br />

motivated to do well without extrinsic rewards being<br />

offered. Many others, however, enjoy knowing that<br />

their efforts are recognized and appreciated by their<br />

school and community. We want students to know<br />

that their accomplishments are valued. To that end, we<br />

continue to seek ways to recognize the positive efforts<br />

of students.<br />

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Student Government<br />

The J-Hawk Student Council is an active group of<br />

students The JHS student body elects class officers<br />

each year, but all students are invited to take part in<br />

the dozens of activities and events that this group<br />

organizes, including Homecoming festivities, the<br />

annual food drive, the Winter Semi-Formal, and<br />

many community service projects. Meetings are held<br />

before, during, and after school. Officers must remain<br />

in good standing at all times according to the good<br />

conduct policy (410).<br />

Student Publications<br />

Mr. Tim Preston is adviser to The Outlook, <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s<br />

student newspaper. Ms. Cassie Lynch directs<br />

The Statesman, the yearbook. Dozens of students<br />

are needed each year to serve as writers, editors,<br />

photographers, artists, typists, and advertisement<br />

salespersons. Introduction to Journalism is a<br />

prerequisite. Mr. Preston and Ms. Lynch can answer<br />

any questions you might have regarding either<br />

publication.<br />

Speech Activities<br />

Many <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> students participate<br />

in the Iowa <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Speech Association<br />

speech contests. Ms. Kim Fitten is the advisor for<br />

this group. Success abounds in this program, with<br />

all-state speakers and performers nearly every year.<br />

Public speaking is a valuable skill for all students.<br />

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Participating leads to great fun while they improve<br />

skills. Contact Ms. Fitten for more information.<br />

Reserved Time<br />

Wednesday evenings and Sundays are reserved<br />

for non-school-sponsored student activities. On<br />

Wednesdays, no public school-sponsored activity shall<br />

detain elementary students after 4:30 P.M, middle<br />

school students after 5:45 PM and high school<br />

students after 7:00 PM. The building principal and<br />

appropriate executive administrator of elementary<br />

and secondary education respectively must approve<br />

exceptions at least 48 hours in advance (CRCSD<br />

Regulation 607.1, 11/09/98).<br />

Practice and Rehearsal Schedules<br />

Co-curricular program practices and rehearsals will<br />

end no later than 10:00 p.m. on all non-reserved<br />

time nights. Should the director or coach request an<br />

exemption through the Activities Office, rehearsals<br />

may last longer. <strong>Parent</strong>s who wish to report violations<br />

of this rule should contact the Activities Office.<br />

Good Conduct Policy/Co-Curricular<br />

Activities Eligibility<br />

(CRCSD Policy 410)<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District offers<br />

a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance<br />

the classroom education of its students. Co-curricular<br />

activities provide the benefits of promoting additional<br />

interests and abilities in the students during their<br />

school years and for a lifetime. Participation in school<br />

activities is a privilege. Students who participate in<br />

co-curricular activities serve as ambassadors of the<br />

school/district 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, both<br />

away from school and at school. Students who wish<br />

to have the privilege of participating in co-curricular<br />

activities must conduct themselves in accordance with<br />

Board policy and must refrain from activities that are<br />

illegal, immoral, or unhealthy at all times.<br />

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the<br />

administrative regulations supporting it may be<br />

subject to disciplinary measures. The principal/<br />

designee shall keep records of violations of the cocurricular<br />

activities eligibility requirements.<br />



Co-curricular activities include,<br />

but are not limited to, the following:<br />

Athletics, instrumental and vocal music<br />

performances, drama productions, speech<br />

contests, state contests and performances for<br />

cheerleading and drill team, mock trial, Academic<br />

Decathlon, or any other activity where the student<br />

represents the school /district outside the<br />

classroom in a competition or performance.<br />

To retain eligibility for participation in the <strong>Cedar</strong><br />

<strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District co-curricular<br />

activities, students must conduct themselves as<br />

good citizens both in and out of school at all times.<br />

Students who represent the school in an activity<br />

are expected to serve as good role models to other<br />

students and to the members of the community.<br />

If an employee of the district learns that a student<br />

may have violated the good conduct rule, the student<br />

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shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis for<br />

the allegation and given an opportunity to tell the<br />

student’s side. If a preponderance of the evidence<br />

indicates that the student has violated the good<br />

conduct rule, the student will be deemed ineligible to<br />

participate in co-curricular activities for a period of<br />

time, as described below.<br />

The following are violations of the Good<br />

Conduct Rule:<br />

• possession, use, or purchase of tobacco products,<br />

regardless of the student’s age;<br />

• possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic<br />

beverages, including beer and wine (“use”<br />

includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s<br />

breath - this includes “near beer” labeled<br />

non-alcoholic beer);<br />

• possession, use, or purchase of illegal drugs<br />

or the unauthorized possession, use, or purchase<br />

of otherwise lawful drugs;<br />

• engaging in any act that would be grounds for<br />

arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court<br />

system, excluding minor traffic offenses, regardless of<br />

whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or<br />

adjudicated for the act(s);<br />

• inappropriate or offensive conduct including<br />

but not limited to fighting, insubordination (talking<br />

back or refusing to cooperate with authorities), hazing<br />

or harassment of others.<br />

If a student transfers in from another school district<br />

and the student had not yet completed a period of<br />

ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule<br />

in the previous school or school/district, then the<br />

student will be confronted regarding that ineligibility<br />

and will be given the opportunity to tell the student’s<br />

side. Violations of Good Conduct Policies in other<br />

school districts may result in loss of eligibility in<br />

the CR Community <strong>School</strong> District as described<br />

hereafter.<br />

Penalties<br />

Any student, who, is found to have violated the<br />

Good Conduct Rule, at any time, is subject to a loss<br />

of eligibility as follows:<br />

First Offense within the student’s <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> Athletic Career: up to one-third of season<br />

ineligibility with referral for professional evaluation.<br />

Non-athletic: up to four weeks or<br />

longer if necessary to include being ineligible for a<br />

minimum of one public performance with referral for<br />

professional evaluation.<br />

Second Offense within the Student’s <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> Athletic Career: up to one-half the season<br />

of ineligibility with professional evaluation and/or<br />

treatment prior to reinstatement.<br />

Non-athletic: up to six weeks with<br />

professional evaluation and/or treatment prior to<br />

reinstatement or longer if necessary to include a<br />

minimum of two public performances.<br />

Third or more offense within the Student’s<br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Athletic Career - up to twelve (12)<br />

calendar months of ineligibility with professional<br />

evaluation and/or treatment prior to reinstatement.<br />

Non-athletic: up to twelve (12) calendar<br />

months with professional evaluation and/or treatment<br />

prior to reinstatement.<br />

The period of ineligibility attaches immediately upon<br />

a finding of a violation if the student is currently<br />

engaged in a co-curricular activity. If the student is<br />

not currently engaged in a co-curricular activity, or<br />

if the period of ineligibility is not completed during<br />

the current activity, the period of ineligibility begins<br />

or is carried over to the time the student seeks to go<br />

out for the next activity or contest. However, if the<br />

period of time between a violation and an activity<br />

is 365 days or more, the student shall not serve an<br />

ineligibility period for the violation. When a student<br />

begins a season with an ineligibility period from a<br />

previous violation the student is expected to complete<br />

that activity to the coach’s/administrator’s satisfaction<br />

or the penalty will attach when the student next seeks<br />

to go out for another activity, subject to the 365-day<br />

limitation above. An ineligible student shall attend<br />

all practices or rehearsals but may neither “suit up” nor<br />

perform/participate.<br />

voluntary Admission<br />

The voluntary admission provision is in place to<br />

allow students to seek help with substance abuse.<br />

It is designed for students and parents as a tool for<br />

treatment without penalty of losing eligibility. This<br />

admission is not intended as a loophole to avoid<br />

consequences for students found to have violated<br />

the good conduct rule. This provision may only be<br />

used once during a student’s high school career. This<br />

admission may prevent the loss of eligibility.<br />

The purpose of the provision is to create honesty<br />

and openness when dealing with code of conduct<br />

violators. It is designed to help violators, not punish<br />

them.<br />

Violators, or their parents/guardians,<br />

must approach building administrators<br />

acknowledging the student offense. To<br />

remain eligible, the student must:<br />

1. Be referred by the school to a substance abuse<br />

agency for evaluation.<br />

2. Complete all appointments with the agency.<br />

3. Fully cooperate with all recommendations<br />

made by the agency.<br />

The student shall provide a copy of the<br />

recommendations from the agency to the school and<br />

evidence of compliance with completion.<br />

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The voluntary admission provision does not apply<br />

to violations of the good conduct rule when:<br />

1. The violation occurs at school or a school<br />

sponsored event.<br />

2. Law enforcement officials are involved.<br />

3. Investigations into a specific incident of<br />

student violations have already begun.<br />

A voluntary admission is considered a first offense of<br />

the Good Conduct Policy, even if there is no period<br />

of ineligibility.<br />

Cost of Evaluation and Treatment<br />

In cases of either violation of the Good Conduct<br />

Rule or Voluntary Admission, the District will pay<br />

for a professional evaluation through a provider of<br />

the District’s choice. If treatment is recommended as<br />

a result of that evaluation, the District will pay only<br />

for a basic level of outpatient services through that<br />

provider, and not pay for any in-patient treatment. By<br />

completing the evaluation and treatment paid for by<br />

the District, the student will be in compliance with<br />

the evaluation and treatment requirements of this<br />

Policy.<br />

Letters and Awards<br />

Students who are ineligible at the conclusion of an<br />

activity shall not receive a letter or award for that<br />

activity.<br />

Appeals<br />

Any student who is found by the administration to<br />

have violated the Good Conduct Rule may appeal<br />

this determination to the associate superintendent by<br />

contacting the superintendent within 3 days of being<br />

advised of the violation. The penalty will be in effect<br />

pending the associate superintendent’s decision.<br />

If the student is still dissatisfied, he or she may appeal<br />

to the Board of Education by filing a written appeal<br />

with the board secretary at least 24 hours prior to<br />

the next board meeting. The review by the board<br />

will be in closed session unless the student’s parent<br />

(or the student, if the student is 18) requests an open<br />

session. The grounds for appeal to the school board<br />

are limited to the following: the student did not<br />

violate the Good Conduct Rule; the student was<br />

given inadequate due process in the investigation and<br />

determination; or the penalty is in violation of the<br />

<strong>Handbook</strong> Rule or Board Policy. The penalty will<br />

remain in effect pending the outcome of the meeting<br />

with the board.<br />

If the Board of Education reverses the decision of<br />

the administration, the student shall be immediately<br />

eligible and shall have any record of the ineligibility<br />

period and violation deleted from the student’s record.<br />

Code of Iowa: § 279.8<br />

Bunger v. Iowa <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555,<br />

564 (Iowa 1972)<br />

Approved: 05-24-99<br />

Revised: 01-12-04<br />

07-25-05<br />

06-12-06<br />

Revised: 12-11-06<br />

Academic Eligibility for Activities<br />

To be academically eligible for an activity,<br />

students must:<br />

1. Have earned passing grades in at least 20<br />

credits the previous term/trimester;<br />

2. Be earning passing grades in at least 20<br />

credits in the current term/trimester at the<br />

grade reporting times;<br />

3. Be making adequate progress toward<br />

graduation<br />

4. Students in co-curricular activities failing to<br />

meet 1, 2, or 3 above will not be allowed to participate<br />

in the next performance/competition during the<br />

current/ following trimester as determined by the school<br />

administration.<br />

5. Per Iowa Law 36.15 (2) “The Scholarship<br />

Rule,” all students participating in athletics shall<br />

pass ALL classes at the END of each term in the past 12<br />

months to be eligible.<br />

Special education students or students covered by<br />

a Section 504 plan shall not be denied eligibility<br />

on the basis of scholarship in the identified area of<br />

disability if the student is making adequate progress<br />

as determined by the goals and objectives on the<br />

student’s IEP or accommodation plan.<br />

Visitors<br />

All visitors to the building must enter at the main<br />

entrance under the arcade and be registered in the<br />

Main Office prior to going to other parts of the<br />

building. A visitor pass will be provided. We will not<br />

approve student visitors unless you have met with an<br />

administrator or counselor about enrollment at our<br />

school. Visits from alumni must occur after 3 pm on<br />

regular school days and be arranged in advance.<br />


<strong>Jefferson</strong> must be a school where the focus is on<br />

learning. These rules and policies exist to help<br />

assure that students can direct their energy toward<br />

learning and teachers spend their time teaching. By<br />

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eliminating distractions to that effort, we all have a<br />

better chance of achieving to the best of our abilities.<br />

To be in the halls or restrooms during class time,<br />

students must have a proper entry on their student<br />

planner Hallway Passport page.<br />

Cell Phones and Other Distractions<br />

Cellular phones, electronic games, MP3 players,<br />

CD players, iPods, ear buds, headphone radios, or<br />

other distractions may only be visible and used in<br />

the cafeteria during lunch time or in the hallways<br />

during passing times. If such items are brought to<br />

school and used inappropriately, students risk having<br />

them confiscated by a staff member and returned<br />

only to parents. Such items should be left at home or<br />

carried out of sight and turned off. No other items are<br />

stolen with such frequency as cell phones and iPods.<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> assumes no responsibility if<br />

these items are lost, stolen, or damaged while on our<br />

campus.<br />

Inappropriate Familiarity<br />

Public displays of affection are NOT allowed on<br />

campus at <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. This means NO<br />

kissing and NO long embraces or other excessive<br />

displays of affection. <strong>School</strong> must be a place where the<br />

focus is on learning and behavior must be appropriate<br />

for the business of schooling.<br />

Assigned Areas and Permissions<br />

Students must be only in scheduled or assigned areas<br />

of the campus during the school day.<br />





Students are not permitted to walk the halls,<br />

congregate, or loiter in the halls or restrooms during<br />

unscheduled time. Restricted areas where students<br />

are NOT allowed to be include parking lots, the bus<br />

stop, closed hallways, or areas that are not usually<br />

supervised during class time. Students shall not be in<br />

the gymnasium unsupervised or without permission.<br />

Academic Integrity<br />

Students often face important decisions that require<br />

not only good judgment, but also character and<br />

integrity. Many of those decisions are related to the<br />

honest completion of schoolwork in all classes. At<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong>, teachers expect that students always do<br />

their own work. Copying a classmate’s homework<br />

assignment, carrying a sheet with test answers into a<br />

testing site, taking photographs of answers or exams,<br />

texting answers to a friend, or plagiarizing a writing<br />

assignment from an internet site or elsewhere are all<br />

examples of the same thing: cheating. Our staff will<br />

not tolerate cheating in any form. When students are<br />

found to be cheating they can expect to lose credit<br />

for the assignment, but they will also lose something<br />

more valuable: the respect of the teacher in whose<br />

class they have cheated. Other consequences may also<br />

be attached to cheating, including suspension from<br />

National Honor Society or, in particularly severe<br />

cases, failing or being dropped from a class. We urge<br />

students to consider the long-range consequences of<br />

dishonesty and choose the moral and ethical “high<br />

road.” Take pride in doing your own work, and be<br />

able to enjoy the recognition and reward you receive<br />

for it. Academic integrity is a critical part of your<br />

development and success as a student. Do the right<br />

thing, every time!<br />



<strong>Jefferson</strong> must be a safe school. For us to focus on<br />

learning, the school environment must be conducive<br />

to an academic achievement. Anything that interferes<br />

with academic goals will be modified or removed so<br />

that we can focus on our primary purpose: learning.<br />

To accomplish this goal, there are clear expectations<br />

for student behavior. These guidelines are for all<br />

students. These are behaviors that we value as a school<br />

and we hope members of our school community value<br />

them, too. The following section of your handbook<br />

provides many specific behavioral expectations.<br />

However, it is impossible to have a written policy<br />

for every potential situation. In some cases, school<br />

District policy requires building administration to<br />

make judgments in the best interest of the school<br />

and its students. The following guidelines are used in<br />

dealing with behavior judged to be inappropriate for<br />

students at <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

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• Students may not possess weapons at school<br />

or school activities; this includes any object that<br />

simulates or is used as a weapon.<br />

• Students may not harass, threaten, or assault<br />

other students, staff members, or visitors to school or<br />

school events. This includes physical confrontations,<br />

written warnings or threats, or any threatening<br />

message delivered to another person in any way<br />

including electronically.<br />

• Fighting is never allowed. Fighting includes<br />

hitting, slapping, punching, grabbing, pulling,<br />

pushing, or any unwanted physical contact that<br />

occurs in a setting where anger and confrontation are<br />

present.<br />

• <strong>Jefferson</strong> has a “Police Protocol” that is used<br />

to determine when and if police will be asked to<br />

charge students when fighting occurs at school or<br />

school events. That protocol is available from school<br />

administrators.<br />

• Driving in an unsafe manner on or near the<br />

campus may result in loss of parking privileges for an<br />

assigned period of time, as well as suspension from<br />

school.<br />

• Illegal substances are not tolerated. Possession or<br />

use of alcohol, tobacco, synthetic substances, or other<br />

controlled substances will result in school suspension<br />

and possibly expulsion. This is enforced at any and all<br />

school-related events and activities at any location,<br />

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and includes look-alike substances.<br />

• The use of alcohol or controlled substances prior<br />

to school or school events is also forbidden.<br />

• A breath analysis device will be used at school<br />

events if officials suspect that a student has consumed<br />

any amount of alcohol at or before those events.<br />

• Students disciplined for illegal or controlled<br />

substance use will participate in a screening<br />

inventory administered by the Area Substance Abuse<br />

Council, and they must complete any prescribed<br />

treatment.<br />

• Eligibility rules regarding substance by students<br />

in co-curricular programs can be found under the cocurricular<br />

section of this handbook.<br />

• <strong>School</strong> officials will always include the local<br />

police department when dealing with the use of<br />

illegal drugs.<br />

• <strong>Jefferson</strong> must be a school where people and<br />

property are respected.<br />

Directing disrespectful or abusive language toward<br />

staff members or other students will not be tolerated.<br />

This includes crude or obscene gestures, as well as<br />

any language that is delivered in writing, on video<br />

or audiotapes, or through any other technological<br />

delivery system (e.g.: voicemail, e-mail, text or<br />

instant messaging). Students must cooperate<br />

with all requests and directives made by teachers,<br />

administrators, and other adults.<br />

Profanity, either directed at others or simply used in<br />

conversation, is not allowed. This includes sexually<br />

suggestive language, as well as gestures that have<br />

tasteless or obscene implications.<br />

Racial or ethnic slurs, including comments that<br />

include negative stereotyping, will not be tolerated.<br />

This includes oral or written comments, as well as the<br />

wearing of clothing that might be offensive because of<br />

artwork or language.<br />

Students are expected to take care of school property<br />

including desks, chairs, books, lockers and school<br />

equipment. Vandalism is not tolerated. Students<br />

found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school<br />

property may be disciplined in accordance with<br />

Board policy and/or required to reimburse the school<br />

district. In certain circumstances, students may be<br />

reported to law enforcement officials. The parents/<br />

legal guardians of minor students may be assessed the<br />

cost for damage to school property. Also, they may be<br />

required to reimburse the District for the replacement<br />

costs of lost equipment or materials furnished by the<br />

school. (CRCSD Regulation 604.8, 11/09/1998)<br />

• Sexual harassment in any form must not occur.<br />

This includes negative gender-based jokes or stories,<br />

clothing that have pictures or statements that<br />

negatively portray members of a particular gender<br />

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or race. This includes comments, written or vocal,<br />

that provide unwanted and disrespectful criticism or<br />

innuendo of a person’s gender, race or sexual activity.<br />

• Hazing is prohibited by the Code of Iowa,<br />

Section 708. <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> prohibits any<br />

activity expected of someone joining a group that<br />

humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers regardless<br />

of the person’s willingness to participate. This includes<br />

but is not limited to activities like being yelled at,<br />

swore at, forced to wear embarrassing clothing,<br />

taking cold showers, participating in forced physical<br />

activity, etc. It does not include activities such as<br />

going out with your teammates, unless an atmosphere<br />

of humiliation, degradation, abuse or danger<br />

arises. Hazing is a violation of the “Good Conduct<br />

Policy” and may result in loss of eligibility. Stealing,<br />

vandalizing, or otherwise damaging the property of<br />

the school or of school employees, students, or visitors<br />

will result in disciplinary action.<br />


Updated <strong>School</strong> Board Policies may be found online<br />

at: http://www.cr.k12.ia.us/aboutUs/BoardOfEd/<br />

supportDocs/Policy<strong>Handbook</strong>/Policy<strong>Handbook</strong>.pdf<br />


(CRCSD Regulation 603.1)<br />

The board believes inappropriate student appearance<br />

causes material and substantial disruption to the<br />

school environment or presents a threat to the<br />

health and safety of students, employees and visitors.<br />

Students are expected to adhere to standards of<br />

cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the<br />

requirements of a good learning environment. The<br />

standards will be those generally acceptable to the<br />

community as appropriate in a school setting. The<br />

board expects students to be clean and well-groomed<br />

and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for<br />

the time, place, and occasion. Clothing or other<br />

apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors<br />

and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or<br />

reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed. While<br />

the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the<br />

students and their parents, appearance disruptive to<br />

the education program will not be tolerated. When,<br />

in the judgment of a principal, a student’s appearance<br />

or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or<br />

constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student<br />

may be required to make modifications or be subject<br />

to disciplinary action. The wearing of gang related<br />

attire or insignia by students shall be prohibited.<br />


(CRCSD Regulation 603.1)<br />

Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints<br />

and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.<br />

The expression will not, in the judgment of the<br />

administration, encourage the breaking of laws,<br />

defame others, be obscene or indecent, or cause a<br />

material and substantial disruption to the educational<br />

program. Further, the expressions must be done in<br />

a reasonable time, place, and manner that are not<br />

disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation<br />

of the school district. Students shall be permitted<br />

to distribute materials in designated areas before<br />

and after school and during the lunch period, as<br />

long as it does not create a disturbance, disrupt<br />

normal operations, or produce excess littering, and<br />

the material content does not violate reasonable<br />

standards of decency or advocate the violation of<br />

laws. Assemblages of students shall be allowed unless<br />

they are designed or may be reasonably expected to<br />

disrupt classes, interfere with school activities, or<br />

intrude upon the lives and rights of others. Materials<br />

concerning non school events or activities shall be<br />

posted only with prior approval of the building<br />

principal.<br />


In cases where violations of statutes, regulations, or<br />

school rules require the disciplining of a student, the<br />

following elements of procedural due process shall be<br />

present: 1) the student shall have been provided with<br />

information regarding rules and regulations, either<br />

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in written form or through verbal instruction, or the<br />

student should reasonably be aware that the behavior<br />

is a violation of school rules; 2) the student shall<br />

receive notice concerning the specific behaviors giving<br />

rise to any proposed penalty or disciplinary action;<br />

and 3) the student shall be offered an informal<br />

hearing permitting the student to give the student’s<br />

version of the events to the decision-making authority<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 603.4, 3/24/2008).<br />

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Consequences for Student misbehavior<br />

• Meeting with classroom teachers or<br />

administrators to discuss the violation - These<br />

sessions may include reprimands and communication<br />

with parents. The focus of these meetings is on<br />

reasoning with students and helping them to<br />

understand why they must change the behaviors in<br />

question.<br />

• Detention - being required to report after school<br />

to a central detention room.<br />

• Suspension - Students, who continue to violate<br />

rules of conduct or whose presence is detrimental to<br />

the best interests of the school and/or other students<br />

may be suspended by the appropriate building<br />

administrator. (CRCSD Regulation 604.3, 12/08/03)<br />

• Removal From Class - When disruptions occur<br />

in classrooms or are directed at staff members, the<br />

student risks being removed from the class and losing<br />

the credit. The main purpose for being in school is to<br />

become educated and earn credits toward a diploma.<br />

It is disappointing when student behavior becomes<br />

so disruptive that removal from class or from school<br />

interrupts educational experience. Fortunately, this<br />

rarely happens.<br />

• Expulsion - A student may be expelled<br />

whenever the student’s behavior materially or<br />

substantially interferes with the educational process,<br />

disrupting the ability of other students to profit from<br />

the education provided to them. A student may also<br />

be expelled for possession of a dangerous and/or lookalike<br />

weapon, possession and/or sale of a controlled<br />

substance or look-alike drugs, threats of violence, or<br />

extreme acts of violence. Bomb threats and other<br />

threats or acts of violence may be considered felonies<br />

punishable up to five years in prison and $7,500<br />

in fines. Students involved in these acts will be<br />

prosecuted to the full extent of the law.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 604.4, 09/22/03)<br />


Notice: Chapter 103 Iowa Administrative Code-<br />

-Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical<br />

Confinement and Detention. State law forbids school<br />

employees from using corporal punishment against<br />

any student. Certain actions by school employees are<br />

not considered corporal punishment. Additionally,<br />

school employees may use “reasonable and necessary<br />

force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do<br />

certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or<br />

property.<br />

State law also places limits on school employees’<br />

abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student.<br />

The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a<br />

school employee may restrain or confine and detain a<br />

child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained,<br />

the school must maintain documentation and must<br />

provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.<br />

If you have any questions about this state law, please<br />

contact your school.<br />

The complete text of the law and additional<br />

information is available on the Iowa Department of<br />

Education’s Website http://www.iowa.gov/educate.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 604.7, 2/22/1999)<br />



<strong>School</strong>s will be open and will remain open until the<br />

end of the regular school day whenever possible.<br />

However, in case of severe weather or other<br />

emergencies, the decision may be made to close<br />

schools for the day, delay the start of the school day,<br />

or dismiss early. An announcement will be made<br />

by local radio and television stations and broadcast<br />

frequently. In addition, cancellations will be posted<br />

on the district website at www.cr.k12.ia.us. Families<br />

may also sign up for electronic notification of<br />

emergency closings by going to the district website<br />

and clicking on “News” then “Cancellations” and<br />

then the appropriate building. These announcements<br />

pertain to one day only. If there is no announcement,<br />

school will be operating as usual. Discuss with your<br />

family what to do BEFORE such an emergency<br />

occurs.<br />

<strong>School</strong> officials will try to determine by 10:00 A.M.<br />

if conditions call for closing the schools or altering<br />

the bus schedule that day. Dismissal schedules will be<br />

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announced. In the event of an emergency closing the<br />

district will determine whether lunch will be served.<br />

Potential snow makeup days, if needed: January 21,<br />

February 18, February 28, May 31, June 3-7 for the<br />

2012-13 school year.<br />


Students living three miles or more from <strong>Jefferson</strong><br />

may be eligible for free bus transportation. For<br />

information, call 558-3758. We have arranged with<br />

the city bus company to schedule a bus that arrives at<br />

our campus just in time for the school day to start.<br />


The CRCSD charges fees for certain items such as<br />

consumable materials, driver education, and musical<br />

instrument rental. Students whose families meet the<br />

income guidelines for free and reduced price meals,<br />

the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental<br />

Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance<br />

under open enrollment, or who are in foster care<br />

are eligible to have student fees waived or partially<br />

waived. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians or students who may<br />

qualify should contact their school office. This waiver<br />

does not carry over from year to year; it must be<br />

applied for annually. To be considered for reduced/<br />

waived school fees you must complete the Waiver<br />

Benefit section on the Application for Free/Reduced<br />

Price <strong>School</strong> Meals.<br />

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LuNCH<br />

Freshman and Sophomores are required to eat in the<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> cafeteria. Juniors and Seniors are permitted<br />

to leave campus for lunch at their own risk. Any<br />

Junior or Senior leaving campus is expected to return<br />

on time to class or face consequences per the school’s<br />

attendance procedure.<br />

<strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong><br />

meal Prices<br />


Elementary ..............................................$1.35<br />

Middle <strong>School</strong> .......................................$1.35<br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> ........................................... $1.35<br />

Adult .......................................................$1.60<br />

Reduced Student $.30<br />

LuNCH<br />

Elementary ............................................. $2.15<br />

Middle <strong>School</strong> ....................................... $2.25<br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> .......................................... $2.25<br />

Adult ...................................................... $3.10<br />

Reduced Student $.40<br />

mILK<br />

Ala Carte ................................................. $.45<br />

Increase: The last increase in school meal prices<br />

in the <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District<br />

went into effect July 2009. The District recognizes<br />

that school meals should be affordable and all<br />

students should have the option of participating. The<br />

increase for a student participating each day in the<br />

lunch program was approximately $2 monthly or $18<br />

annually.<br />

Questions: Please feel free to call 558-2305 or e-mail<br />

sketelsen@cr.k12.ia.us<br />

Student/<strong>Parent</strong> Discrimination<br />

Complaint Procedure<br />

Students or parents who wish to complain<br />

about conditions protected by State or Federal<br />

discrimination statutes are encouraged to follow<br />

this procedure without delay. First, a complaint<br />

is presented to the teacher or staff member<br />

involved. This may be done orally; however, we<br />

encourage written documentation. If the issue is not<br />

satisfactorily resolved there, or if the complaint is not<br />

about a teacher or staff member, the complaint may<br />

be presented to the appropriate associate principal.<br />

The final building-level appeal would be to the<br />

principal. If there is still no resolution, the complaint<br />

may be presented to the District’s Educational Equity<br />

Coordinator, Aaron Green, who can be reached at<br />

558-2247.<br />


Reporting Alleged Abuse of Students<br />

by District Employees<br />

Pursuant to rules of the Iowa Department of<br />

Education, individuals have been designated by the<br />

Board of Directors of the <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community<br />

<strong>School</strong>s to serve as first-level investigators of alleged<br />

cases of abuse of students by District employees.<br />

Each building principal is the initial investigator.<br />

Alternate investigators may be contacted at the<br />

Educational Service Center by calling Human<br />

Resources at 558-2421. At <strong>Jefferson</strong>, the Level One<br />

investigator is Principal Charles McDonnell.<br />

Child Abuse Reporting<br />

All school employees are mandatory reporters of<br />

suspected child abuse. Iowa law requires that teachers,<br />

counselors, nurses, or administrators file an official<br />

report with the Department of Human Services if<br />

evidence exists of child abuse towards one of our<br />

students.<br />

Search and Seizure<br />

The only staff members with authority to conduct<br />

searches and/or seize items are employees who are<br />

certified administrators, unless there is an emergency.<br />

In emergencies, such as situations in which the health<br />

or safety of a student or employee is compromised,<br />

another school official may conduct a search and/or<br />

seize items.<br />

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Lockers/Desks<br />

(1) Lockers and desks remain at all times the property<br />

of the school district. (2) The school district has a<br />

reasonable and valid interest in insuring the lockers<br />

and desks are properly maintained. For this reason,<br />

lockers and desks are subject to unannounced<br />

inspections and students have no legitimate<br />

expectations of privacy in the locker or desk.<br />

Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of<br />

lockers or desks may be conducted by school officials<br />

in the presence of the student or another individual.<br />

(3) Contraband discovered during the maintenance<br />

search shall be confiscated by the administration and<br />

the student may be disciplined. (4) The contents of<br />

a student’s locker or desk (e.g., coat, backpack, purse,<br />

cell phone or other electronic device etc.) may be<br />

searched when an administrator has reasonable and<br />

articulable suspicion that the contents contains illegal<br />

or contraband items or evidence of a violation of law<br />

or school policy or rule. (5) Contraband Searches<br />

of Lockers – Items of contraband generally cause<br />

a substantial disruption of the school environment<br />

or present a threat to the health and safety of the<br />

students and staff. Items of contraband include, but<br />

are not limited to, non-prescription medications;<br />

controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine,<br />

amphetamines, and barbiturates; apparatus used for<br />

the administration of controlled substances; tobacco;<br />

alcoholic beverages; weapons; explosives; poisons; and<br />

stolen property. Items of contraband are not to be<br />

placed in lockers. In order to protect and promote<br />

the educational environment, an administrator having<br />

a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the locker<br />

contains illegal or contraband items may conduct a<br />

search of that locker.<br />

Personal Searches<br />

A student’s person and/or personal effects (e.g., purse,<br />

book bag, cell phone or other electronic device etc, or<br />

other container used for carrying personal items) may<br />

be searched when the administrator has reasonable<br />

and articulable suspicion that the student is in<br />

possession of illegal or contraband items, or items<br />

which are not permitted in the schools. Personally<br />

intrusive searches shall require more compelling<br />

circumstances to be considered reasonable. When<br />

feasible, the administrator shall attempt to notify the<br />

parent/guardian of the impending search.<br />

vehicle<br />

Searches<br />

Students are<br />

permitted to park<br />

on school premises<br />

as a matter of<br />

privilege, not of<br />

right. Designated<br />

school employees<br />

may conduct routine<br />

patrols of the student parking lots. The interior of<br />

a student’s vehicle, when on school premises, may<br />

be searched if there is a reasonable and articulated<br />

suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or<br />

contraband items are contained inside. The student<br />

driver or another individual shall be present whenever<br />

practicable during the search.<br />

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Searches by Law Enforcement Officers<br />

The search of a student or of protected student areas<br />

by a law enforcement officer or by an administrator at<br />

the invitation or direction of such an officer shall be<br />

governed by statutory and common law requirements<br />

for police searches (including searches by dogs.<br />

(Code of Iowa: Chapter 808a.10, CRCSD Regulation 603.2,<br />

7/24/06)<br />

Illegal Items Found in <strong>School</strong> or in<br />

Students’ Possession<br />

Students are prohibited from distributing, dispensing,<br />

manufacturing, possessing, using, and being under the<br />

influence of alcohol, drugs or look-a-like substances;<br />

and possessing or using tobacco, tobacco products<br />

or look-a-like substances. Weapons are not allowed<br />

on school grounds or at school activities including<br />

hunting rifles even if unloaded and locked in cars<br />

with the exception of weapons in the control of law<br />

enforcement officials. Students bringing firearms<br />

to school or possessing firearms at school may be<br />

expelled. <strong>Parent</strong>s of students found in violation of<br />

this policy may be contacted, and the students may be<br />

reported to law enforcement officials.<br />

Safe and Responsible use of<br />

Networked Technology Resources<br />

(Computers)<br />

Users of district networked resources may not engage<br />

in activities that are illegal, utilize inappropriate<br />

language, engage in plagiarism or copyright<br />

infringement, or that jeopardize the security of the<br />

system.<br />

• Students will access the system for education<br />

purposes only.<br />

• Students will restrict their access of material<br />

deemed appropriate by staff and parents.<br />

• Students will use appropriate language and will<br />

be respectful of others.<br />

• Students will understand and respect license and<br />

copyright agreements.<br />

• Students will keep passwords and personal<br />

information confidential.<br />

Access to network services will be given only to<br />

students who act in a considerate and responsible<br />

manner. Violations may result in a loss of access as<br />

well as other disciplinary or legal action.<br />

(CRCSD Procedure 604.9a, 3/24/03)<br />

Access to Inappropriate material<br />

Staff and parents should be aware that some material<br />

accessible via the network might contain items that<br />

are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially<br />

offensive. The students or staff should not access<br />

prohibited material. Although the district applies<br />

supervision and technology protection measures<br />

(internet filtering), students acting independently or<br />

irresponsibly may find ways to access inappropriate<br />

materials. Age appropriate instruction will be<br />

provided regarding strategies for avoiding the<br />

inadvertent access of inappropriate material and what<br />

to do if students accidentally access such material.<br />

Supervision and monitoring<br />

Student use of networked resources will be<br />

supervised and monitored by teachers in a manner<br />

that is appropriate for the age of the students and<br />

circumstances of use. Students have limited privacy<br />

when they use network resources at school. Routine<br />

monitoring that reveals evidence of inappropriate<br />

activities may result in an individualized search of a<br />

student’s activities or personal files.<br />

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Equal Educational Opportunities for Students<br />

It is the goal of the Board of Education to enhance<br />

social, emotional, behavioral, intellectual, and physical<br />

well-being of the students enrolled in the district.<br />

Student will have the opportunity to use the school<br />

and the school’s educational program and services as<br />

a means for self-improvement and individual growth.<br />

In so doing, the students are expected to conduct<br />

themselves in a manner that assures each student the<br />

same opportunity.<br />

The board supports the delivery of the education<br />

program and services to students free of discrimination<br />

based on real or perceived race, creed, color, religion,<br />

national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender<br />

identity, physical disability or mental disability.<br />

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal<br />

educational opportunity and affirmative action laws<br />

and policies, including but not limited to complaints<br />

of discrimination, shall be directed to the student’s<br />

principal or to the Affirmative Action Coordinator for<br />

Students/Director of Student Equity by writing to the<br />

Affirmative Action Coordinator for Students/Director<br />

of Student Equity, <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong><br />

District, 907 15th ST SW, <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong>, Iowa, 52404,<br />

or by telephoning 319-558-2000.<br />

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal<br />

educational opportunity and affirmative action laws<br />

and policies, including but not limited to complaints of<br />

discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the<br />

Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S.<br />

Department of Education, 10220 N. Executive Hills<br />

Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City, Mo. 64153-1367, (816)<br />

891-8156 or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State<br />

Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA. (515) 281-5294. This<br />

inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may<br />

be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or<br />

complaint at the local level.<br />

Further information and copies of the procedures for<br />

filing a complaint are available in the district’s central<br />

administrative office and the administrative office in<br />

each attendance center and on the district website:<br />

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www.cr.k12.ia.us. (Board Policy 601- 4/14/2007)<br />

Chapter 103 Iowa Administrative Code-Corporal<br />

Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement and<br />

Detention<br />

State law forbids school employees from using corporal<br />

punishment against any student. Certain actions<br />

by school employees are not considered corporal<br />

punishment. Additionally, school employees may use<br />

“reasonable and necessary force, not designed or<br />

intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as<br />

prevent harm to persons or property.<br />

State law also places limits school employees’ abilities<br />

to restrain or confine and detain any student. The<br />

law limits why, how, where, and for how long a school<br />

employee may restrain or confine and detain a child.<br />

If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the<br />

school must maintain documentation and must provide<br />

certain types of notice to the child’s parent.<br />

If you have any questions about this state law, please<br />

contact your school. The complete text of the law<br />

and additional information is available on the Iowa<br />

Department of Education’s web site: www.iowa.gov/<br />

educate.<br />



All students will have an equal opportunity for a quality<br />

education without discrimination, regardless of their<br />

race, religion, socioeconomic status, color, sex, marital<br />

status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national<br />

origin or disability.<br />

The education program is free of discrimination and<br />

provides equal opportunity for all students. The<br />

education program will foster knowledge of, and respect<br />

and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary<br />

contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as<br />

men and women, to society. It will also reflect the<br />

wide variety of roles open to both men and women<br />

and provide equal opportunity to both sexes. (CRCSD<br />

Policy 401, 6/12/06)<br />

Human Growth and Development Waiver<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District<br />

provides human growth and development curriculum<br />

at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.<br />

Families may request to review the curriculum, such<br />

as videos and booklets, and, if they wish, may file a<br />

written request that their student be excused from the<br />

instruction. Human Growth and Development curricula<br />

are reviewed for instructional use by a committee of<br />

volunteer community members, parents/guardians, and<br />

educators.<br />

Jurisdictional and Behavioral Expectations Statement<br />

This handbook is an extension of Board policy and is<br />

a reflection of the goals and objectives of the school<br />

board. The board, administration and employees<br />

expect students to conduct themselves in a manner<br />

fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect<br />

and consideration to others. Students, teachers,<br />

employees, and visitors are expected to treat each<br />

other with respect and courtesy so that all may be safe<br />

within the school environment. Students may not use<br />

abusive language, profanity or obscene gestures or<br />

language.<br />

The student handbook and school district policies,<br />

rules and regulations are in effect while students are on<br />

school grounds, school district property or on property<br />

within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on<br />

school-owned and/or school-operated buses or vehicles<br />

or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in<br />

school activities; and while away from school grounds<br />

if the misconduct directly affects the good order,<br />

efficient management and welfare of the school district<br />

or involves students or staff. <strong>School</strong> district policies,<br />

rules and regulations are in effect 12 months a year. A<br />

violation of a school district policy, regulation, procedure<br />

or student handbook may result in disciplinary action<br />

and may affect a student’s eligibility to participate in<br />

extracurricular activities whether the violation occurred<br />

while school was in session or while school was not in<br />

session.<br />

Students shall comply with and abide by the school<br />

district’s policies, regulations, procedures and student<br />

handbook. Students who fail to abide by the school<br />

district’s policies, regulations, procedures and student<br />

handbook will be disciplined for conduct which disrupts<br />

or interferes with the education program; conduct<br />

which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the<br />

school district or school activity; conduct which disrupts<br />

the rights of other students to obtain their education<br />

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or to participate in school activities; or conduct which<br />

interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.<br />

Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to:<br />

removal from the classroom, detention, suspension,<br />

probation and expulsion. Discipline can also include<br />

prohibition from participating in extracurricular activities,<br />

including athletics. The discipline imposed is based<br />

upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the<br />

incident and the student’s record.<br />

The school district reserves and retains the right to<br />

modify, eliminate or establish school district policies,<br />

regulations, procedures and student handbook<br />

provisions as circumstances warrant, including those<br />

contained in the handbook. Students are expected to<br />

know and comply with the contents of the handbook.<br />

Students or parents with questions or concerns may<br />

contact the school’s main office for information about<br />

the enforcement of the policies, regulations, procedures<br />

or student handbook of the school district (CRSCD Policy<br />

604, 3/24/2008)<br />


Conduct which materially or substantially interferes<br />

with the educational process is prohibited. Students<br />

at school-sponsored, off-campus events shall be<br />

governed by school district rules and regulations and<br />

are subject to the authority of school district officials.<br />

Students shall obey the lawful instructions of school<br />

personnel. All persons must, upon request, identify<br />

themselves to school staff members in the school<br />

buildings, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored<br />

events. (CRCSD Regulation 604.1, 11/09/98)<br />


(CRCSD Reg. 609.1)<br />

An official school publication is a curricular or cocurricular<br />

student publication or broadcast, including<br />

but not limited to newspapers, yearbooks, literary<br />

magazines, television, radio, website or cable television<br />

programs produced in curricular or co-curricular<br />

journalism or journalism-related activities under the<br />

sponsorship of the school district and distributed<br />

to the student body either free or for a fee. Each<br />

school determines its own production and distribution<br />

schedule. (CRCSD Regulation 609.1, 11/09/98)<br />



(CRCSD procedure 609.1)<br />

No student shall publish in an official school publication<br />

material which is obscene or vulgar, libelous,<br />

encourages students to commit unlawful acts or to<br />

violate school rules, causes material and substantial<br />

disruption of the orderly operation of the school, or<br />

infringes on the rights of others. (CRCSD Procedure<br />

609.1a, 11/09/98)<br />


No student, staff member or school visitor is permitted<br />

to use or display any tobacco product at any time in any<br />

building, facility or vehicle used for District purposes;<br />

on any school grounds or property – including athletic<br />

fields and parking lots; at any school-sponsored<br />

or school-related event. In addition, no student is<br />

permitted to possess a tobacco product. Students<br />

who willfully violate the policy will be disciplined in<br />

accordance with Board policy. Visitors attending school<br />

functions will be asked by staff members in authority<br />

to refrain from using or displaying tobacco products.<br />

Visitors who refuse such a request will be asked to<br />

leave the grounds and property.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 506.5, 06/11/07)<br />

wEAPONS<br />

The Board of Education prohibits firearms and other<br />

weapons on school district property or at school<br />

sponsored activities. Any object which could be used<br />

to injure or threaten another person and which has no<br />

school-related purpose may be considered a weapon.<br />

This includes specifically, but is not limited to, firearms<br />

of all types, knives of all types, fireworks, metal pipes,<br />

metal knuckles, and explosives. The term “firearm”<br />

includes, but is not limited to, any weapon which is<br />

designed to expel a projectile by the action of an<br />

explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a<br />

muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive,<br />

incendiary or poison gas. An object that serves as a<br />

facsimile of a weapon may be considered a weapon<br />

in the enforcement of this policy. An object that has a<br />

school-related purpose but is used to threaten or inflict<br />

injury may also be considered a weapon.<br />

Weapons shall be confiscated from persons who<br />

bring them onto school district property or to school<br />

sponsored activities. The parents/guardians of<br />

a student shall be notified if a student is found in<br />

possession of a weapon, or is responsible for bringing<br />

a weapon, onto school district property or to school<br />

sponsored activities. The student will be subject to<br />

disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.<br />

A student bringing a firearm onto school district<br />

property or to a school sponsored activity, or knowingly<br />

possessing a firearm on school district property or at a<br />

school sponsored activity shall be expelled for not less<br />

than one year and the student will be referred to law<br />

enforcement authorities; however, the Superintendent<br />

shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion<br />

requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis.<br />

(CRCSD Policy 608, 12-11-06)<br />


STuDENTS<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District<br />

prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other<br />

victimization of students based on real or perceived<br />

race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital<br />

status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity,<br />

physical appearance, personality characteristics or<br />

for any other reason. This policy is in effect while<br />

students are on property within the jurisdiction of the<br />

school district, while on school-owned and/or schooloperated<br />

vehicles, while attending or engaging in<br />

school sponsored activities and while away from school<br />

grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good<br />

order, efficient management or welfare of the school<br />

district.<br />

“Harassment” and ‘bullying” shall be construed to<br />

mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or<br />

conduct toward a student which is based on any actual<br />

or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and<br />

which creates an objectively hostile school environment<br />

that meets one or more of the following conditions:<br />

• Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to<br />

the student’s person or property;<br />

• Has a substantially detrimental effect on the<br />

student’s physical or mental health;<br />

• Has the effect of substantially interfering with the<br />

student’s academic performance; or<br />

• Has the effect of substantially interfering with the<br />

services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.<br />

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“Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is<br />

not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race,<br />

religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender<br />

identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or<br />

disability, ancestry, political party preference, political<br />

belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.<br />

“Electronic” means any communication involving the<br />

transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable,<br />

electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic”<br />

includes but is not limited to communication via<br />

electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager<br />

service, cell phones, electronic text messaging or<br />

similar technologies.<br />

<strong>School</strong> employees, volunteers, and students in school,<br />

on school property, or at any school function or school<br />

sponsored activity shall not engage in harassing or<br />

bullying behavior. The following behaviors or overt<br />

acts are prohibited: Verbal, nonverbal, physical or<br />

written victimization that has the purpose or effect of<br />

causing injury, discomfort, fear or suffering to the victim;<br />

Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have<br />

the purpose or effect of causing injury, appreciable<br />

discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; Demeaning<br />

jokes, stories, or activities that have the purpose or<br />

effect of causing injury, appreciable discomfort, fear, or<br />

suffering to the victim; and Unreasonable interference<br />

with a student’s performance or creation of an<br />

intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment<br />

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual<br />

advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal<br />

or physical conduct of a sexual manner when such<br />

conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably<br />

interfering with a student’s performance or creating an<br />

intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.<br />

Examples of sexual harassment as set out above may<br />

include, but are not limited to, the following: Verbal<br />

or written harassment or abuse; Pressure for sexual<br />

activity; Remarks or gestures to a person with sexual<br />

or demeaning implications; sexting, and unwelcome<br />

touching.<br />

Recourse to Student-to-Student Bullying or Harassment<br />

A student (or adult on student’s behalf) who believes<br />

he/she has suffered harassment should report such<br />

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matters to certified staff/administrators and/or the<br />

district’s equity coordinator. The complaint process is<br />

outlined below.<br />

The District will promptly and reasonably investigate<br />

allegations of harassment. The building principal or<br />

designee will be responsible for handling all complaints<br />

by students alleging harassment unless he/she has any<br />

conflict of interest. If after an investigation a student<br />

is found to be in violation of this policy, the student<br />

shall be disciplined by measures up to and including<br />

suspension or expulsion.<br />

Retaliation against a student because the student has<br />

filed a harassment complaint, or assisted or participated<br />

in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also<br />

prohibited. <strong>School</strong> employees, volunteers, and<br />

students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false<br />

accusation against a victim witness, or an individual<br />

who has reliable information about such an act of<br />

harassment and bullying. The superintendent/designee<br />

has the right to discipline students who knowingly<br />

file false harassment complaints or otherwise act in<br />

bad faith during a complaint/investigative process. A<br />

student who is found to have retaliated against another<br />

in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up<br />

to and including suspension or expulsion.<br />

Any matters involving complaints of discrimination<br />

or harassment shall remain confidential to the extent<br />

reasonably possible. Confidential documentation of<br />

allegations or investigations will not be filed in the<br />

complainant’s student file.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 604.2, 9/26/05)<br />






It is the policy of the <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong><br />

District to address complaints made by a student or<br />

parent or other person not employed by the district<br />

regarding an action(s) taken by a district employee.<br />

Also, it is the policy of the District not to discriminate<br />

against any student, parent, or other person not<br />

employed by the district as part of the operations of<br />

the District on the basis of race, creed, color, religion,<br />

national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,<br />

physical disability or mental disability. (Adherence to<br />

bona fide occupational/ educational qualifications shall<br />

not be interpreted as discriminatory.)<br />

The following is the complaint and appeal procedure<br />

for a District student or parent or other person not<br />

employed by the District. This procedure shall be used<br />

to request relief for either a general complaint or a<br />

discrimination complaint.<br />

It is recommended that complaints of a student or<br />

parent or other person not employed by the District<br />

(complainant) against a district employee (subject) first<br />

be discussed directly between the student or parent<br />

or other person not employed by the District and the<br />

District employee (complainant and subject).<br />

Step 1 If the complainant is not satisfied with the<br />

disposition of the concern after discussing it with the<br />

subject, the complainant will present and discuss the<br />

concern with the subject’s immediate supervisor. The<br />

supervisor will gather the necessary facts and make a<br />

decision in a timely manner. If the immediate supervisor<br />

is the subject of the complaint, the complainant may<br />

proceed to the next step.<br />

Step 2 If the complainant is not satisfied with the<br />

disposition of the concern at Step 1, the complainant<br />

will present and discuss the concern with the next<br />

level supervisor in the district organizational chart<br />

per Regulation 300.1. The supervisor will gather<br />

the necessary facts and make a decision in a timely<br />

manner. If the next level supervisor is the subject of the<br />

complaint, the complainant may proceed to the next<br />

step.<br />

Step 3 If the complainant is not satisfied with the<br />

disposition of the concern at Step 2, he/she should<br />

file a written complaint, stating the concern and the<br />

relief sought, with the Executive Director of Human<br />

Resources or designee. The Executive Director of<br />

Human Resources or designee will discuss the concern<br />

with the complainant, review the facts, and make a<br />

decision in a timely manner. If the Executive Director of<br />

Human Resources is the subject of the complaint, the<br />

complainant may proceed to the next step.<br />

Step 4 If the complainant is not satisfied with the<br />

disposition of the concern at Step 3, he/she should file<br />

a copy of the written complaint with the Superintendent<br />

who will discuss the concern with the complainant,<br />

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eview the facts, and make a decision known to the<br />

complainant in a timely manner. The Superintendent’s<br />

decision shall be final.<br />

Step 5 The complainant may appeal to the Board<br />

of Directors for a review of the complaint process<br />

as specified in Steps 1 through 4. In this case, the<br />

complainant shall submit a written statement of the<br />

violations of the process in a timely manner. The<br />

Board President and Vice President will review the<br />

documentation and complainant’s statement and<br />

determine if the process was competently followed.<br />

The complainant will be notified in a timely manner of<br />

the final decision.<br />

(Affirmative Action and Equal Educational Opportunity<br />

Complaint Process, Procedure 611.a, 10/26/2009)<br />

Annual Notice Regarding Student Records<br />

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act<br />

(FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years<br />

(“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the<br />

student’s education records. They are:<br />

(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s<br />

education records within 45 days of receipt of the<br />

request.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>s or eligible students should submit to the school<br />

principal [or appropriate school official] a written request<br />

that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The<br />

principal will make arrangements for access and notify<br />

the parent or eligible student of the time and place<br />

where the records may be inspected.<br />

(2) The right to request the amendment of the<br />

student’s education records that the parent or eligible<br />

student believe are inaccurate or misleading.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>s or eligible students may ask the District to<br />

amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or<br />

misleading. They should write the school principal,<br />

clearly identify the part of the record they want<br />

changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.<br />

If the District decides not to amend the record as<br />

requested by the parent or eligible student, the District<br />

will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision<br />

and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding<br />

the request for amendment. Additional information<br />

regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to<br />

the parent or eligible student when notified of the right<br />

to a hearing.<br />

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally<br />

identifiable information contained in the student’s<br />

education records, except to the extent that FERPA<br />

authorizes disclosure without consent.<br />

One exception, which permits disclosure without<br />

consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate<br />

educational interests. A school official is a person<br />

employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor,<br />

instructor, or support staff member (including health<br />

or medical staff, law enforcement unit personnel and<br />

certain volunteers); a person serving on the <strong>School</strong><br />

Board; a person or company with whom the <strong>School</strong><br />

has contracted to perform a special task (such as an<br />

attorney, auditor, AEA employees, medical consultant,<br />

or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an<br />

official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance<br />

committee, or student assistance team, or assisting<br />

another school official in performing his or her tasks.<br />

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if<br />

the official needs to review an education record in order<br />

to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon<br />

request, the District discloses education records without<br />

consent to officials of another school district in which a<br />

student seeks or intends to enroll.<br />

(4) The right to inform the District that the parent or<br />

eligible student does not want the District’s designated<br />

directory information, as defined below, to be released<br />

to the public.<br />

To object to the designation and release of certain<br />

student records as directory information, the parent or<br />

eligible student must notify the principal in writing, prior<br />

to September 1 of each school year (or two weeks from<br />

the date of enrollment in the District if such enrollment<br />

occurs after September 1), of the information not to<br />

be released. This object on the release of directory<br />

information must be renewed annually.<br />



Directory information means information contained<br />

in an education record of a student that would not<br />

generally be considered harmful or an invasion of<br />

privacy if disclosed. The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community<br />

<strong>School</strong> District does not declare any information<br />

pertaining to elementary school students as directory<br />

information, but has designated the following student<br />

information as directory information for middle and high<br />

school students: Student name, parent name, address,<br />

telephone number, participation in officially recognized<br />

activities and sports, weight and height of members<br />

of athletic teams, degrees and awards received, and<br />

distinguished academic performance or public service.<br />

In addition, two federal laws require local school<br />

districts receiving assistance under the Elementary<br />

and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide<br />

military recruiters, upon request, with three directory<br />

information categories – names, addresses and<br />

telephone listings – unless parents or eligible students<br />

have advised the school district that they do not<br />

want their student’s information disclosed to military<br />

recruiters without their prior written consent annually.<br />

(5) The right to file a complaint with the U.S.<br />

Department of Education concerning alleged failures by<br />

the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.<br />

The name and address of the Office that administers<br />

FERPA is Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S.<br />

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW,<br />

Washington, DC 20202-8520 or visit their web site at:<br />

http://www.ed.gov/offices/OII/fpco/ for more information.<br />

(6) The District may share information contained in<br />

a student’s record with officials of the juvenile justice<br />

system if such information will assist in their ability to<br />

serve the student.<br />

(7) The District has contracted with Kirkwood<br />

Community College, <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong>, Iowa, to provide<br />

driver education instruction for high school students.<br />

Information relating to eligibility for full or partial waivers<br />

of school fees will be released to Kirkwood for students<br />

taking driver education during the school year. If a<br />

parent wishes to opt out of this disclosure, the parent<br />

will be expected to pay 100 percent of the cost of the<br />

driver education course.<br />




Directory-type information for middle and high school<br />

students includes the student’s name, parent’s name,<br />

address, telephone number, participation in officially<br />

recognized activities and sports, weight and height<br />

of members of athletic teams, degrees and awards<br />

received, and notices of distinguished academic<br />

performance or public service. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians<br />

have the right to refuse to let the District release any<br />

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or all this information. If a parent wishes to identify<br />

information they do not want released, they may pick<br />

up a form in the school office and return it to the school<br />

by Sept. 1, 2011.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 606.2, 11/13/00)<br />




PUBLIC (i.e., music programs, school newsletters,<br />

class picture composites).<br />


Additional support services are available to assist<br />

teachers when concerns arise with students. These<br />

services include building staff (special education<br />

teacher, counselor, nurse, health secretary, etc.) and<br />

Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff (psychologist,<br />

social worker, consultant, speech-language pathologist,<br />

occupational and physical therapist, work experience<br />

coordinators, and others.) Teachers and families<br />

may use input on an informal basis or request<br />

formal assistance in identifying strategies to address<br />

a concern, in carrying out these strategies, or in<br />

monitoring individual student progress. These services<br />

are available for all students by teacher or parent<br />

request through the counselor at the student’s school.<br />

PACT<br />

middle <strong>School</strong> - Offers specialized curricular<br />

and extracurricular services to academically gifted<br />

students. Building program managers work with the<br />

instructional staff of each middle school to extend the<br />

basic curriculum and provide intellectually challenging<br />

enrichment activities. After school classes and field<br />

trips based on the students’ interests and needs are<br />

also provided.<br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> - Offers specialized guidance<br />

services to academically talented students. These<br />

services include: career counseling, profiling vocational<br />

interests and personal strengths, and facilitating<br />

academic planning during and after high school.<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> curriculum provides abundant<br />

opportunities for academic challenge and enrichment<br />

through higher level classes, including those in the<br />

Advanced Placement program.<br />

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Students in the general education program requesting<br />

to attend a school outside of the attendance area in<br />

which the student resides shall make that request in<br />

writing to the Office of Learning and Leadership on a<br />

permit request form. Forms can be obtained at any<br />

school office or by calling 558-2249 (secondary) or<br />

558-2247 (elementary). Permit applications for the<br />

2013-14 school year must be submitted by February<br />

1, 2013. Each request shall be reviewed and acted<br />

upon by the appropriate Executive Administrator of<br />

Elementary or Secondary Education on the basis<br />

of space availability, individual circumstances, and<br />

district policy. The receiving principal and the sending<br />

principal shall be consulted to determine the feasibility<br />

of the request. If a request for a permit is denied and<br />

not satisfactorily resolved an appeal may be made to<br />

the Associate Superintendent in the Office of Learning<br />

and Leadership, whose decision on the matter shall be<br />

final. Permits are subject to administrative revocation<br />

for reasonable cause by mutual agreement of the<br />

principals involved and the appropriate Executive<br />

Administrator. <strong>Parent</strong>s shall be responsible for the<br />

transportation of students not attending their resident<br />

attendance area school.<br />


<strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians making use of the open enrollment<br />

option to request enrollment of their children in another<br />

public school district in the State of Iowa should be<br />

aware of the following deadlines:<br />

~ March 1, 2013, is the last date for open enrollment<br />

requests for first through twelfth grade for the 2013-14<br />

school year.<br />

~ September 1, 2012 is the last date for open<br />

enrollment requests for kindergarten for 2012-2013<br />

school year.<br />

All requests filed after these dates must meet the “good<br />

cause” definition as stated on the application.<br />

Transportation shall NOT be provided to students<br />

who enter the District under the Open Enrollment Law<br />

of 1989 as amended, unless such transportation is<br />

required by law. The District has the right to assign an<br />

open enrolled student to a particular school. <strong>Parent</strong>s<br />

should be aware that open enrollment may result in the<br />

loss of high school athletic eligibility. Forms may be<br />

obtained by calling 558-2414.<br />

Compete information is available on line from the Iowa<br />

Department of Education; http://www.iowa.gov/educate<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 602.6, 3/24/2008, Procedure 602.6a,<br />

8/14/2006)<br />



The parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian of any<br />

child who has reached the age of 6 and has not yet<br />

turned 16 by September 15 of the current school year,<br />

and is not enrolled in either a public school or an<br />

accredited nonpublic school, must file the Competent<br />

Private Instruction (CPI) form annually. The form is<br />

due to the resident district by the first day of classes<br />

of the public school or 14 calendar days after removal<br />

from an accredited school or moving into the District.<br />

Evidence that the child has had the immunizations<br />

required by law must be provided at the time the child<br />

is first placed under competent private instruction. All<br />

required information must be provided or the application<br />

will be invalid and students will be counted absent/<br />

truant if they are not currently attending a public or an<br />

accredited nonpublic school.<br />

The Home <strong>School</strong> Assistance Program offers homeschooling<br />

parents/guardians teacher-assisted services<br />

and resources. For information, contact the Home<br />

<strong>School</strong> Assistance Office at 558-2088.The deadline<br />

for dual enrollment and/or Home <strong>School</strong> Assistance<br />

Program (if space is available) is September 15 or<br />

within 14 calendar days after moving to the district,<br />

or within 14 calendar days after removing the child<br />

from school. Home school or home school assistance<br />

program students enrolled in classes or participating in<br />

school activities in the school district are subject to the<br />

same policies, rules and regulations as other students<br />

and are disciplined in the same manner as other<br />

students.<br />

The District shall refer a child who may be in need of<br />

special education to the area education agency division<br />

of special education. (CRCSD 602.2a, 3/24/2008) CPI<br />

forms may be obtained by calling 558-2414. If you<br />

are already participating in this program, forms will be<br />

mailed to you.<br />

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Compete information is available on line from the<br />

Iowa Department of Education; http://www.iowa.gov/<br />

educate/index<br />

mEDICAID<br />

Local school districts can bill Medicaid for some of<br />

the cost of providing medical services for our special<br />

education students who are eligible for the Medicaid<br />

program. The district’s access of this funding source<br />

will not affect any services on IEPs. All services<br />

will continue to be provided free regardless of the<br />

availability of Medicaid assistance. Specific information<br />

on this will be shared at IEP meetings. If you have<br />

further questions, please contact the Special Services<br />

Department at 558-2575.<br />


Prior to starting school or when transferring into the<br />

school district, students must present an approved Iowa<br />

Department of Public Health immunization certificate<br />

signed by a health care provider stating that the student<br />

has received the immunizations required by law.<br />

Students without the proper certificate are not allowed<br />

to attend school until they receive the immunizations.<br />

Students may be admitted temporarily to the school if<br />

they have completed provisional requirements. Only<br />

for specific medical or religious purposes are students<br />

exempted from the immunization requirements.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 602.1, 3/24/2008)<br />


<strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians can apply for low or no-cost health<br />

insurance for their children through the state’s Healthy<br />

and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) program. Children<br />

under age 19 who meet certain criteria are eligible. The<br />

coverage includes doctor visits, hearing services, dental<br />

care, prescriptions, immunizations, vision care, speech<br />

therapy, hospital services, mental health and substance<br />

abuse care, to name a few. Applications are available<br />

in each school health office. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians are<br />

urged to call the Linn County Outreach Specialist at<br />

319-739-0020 or 1-800-257-8563 (toll free). More<br />

information may be obtained on the web site www.<br />

hawk-i.org or contact the Linn County Outreach<br />

Specialist at 319-739-0020 for more information.<br />


Managing Student Illness during the <strong>School</strong> Day<br />

Students are sent to the clinic if they are injured or<br />

appear ill. An attempt will be made to understand<br />

the student’s complaint. This may include asking<br />

the student some questions about how he/she feels,<br />

taking a temperature, making observations, talking<br />

to the teacher, and contacting the school nurse. If a<br />

student has a temperature of 100º F. or higher, the<br />

parent/ guardian will be called and the student will<br />

be sent home. Temperature is not the only symptom<br />

that influences the decision to send the student home;<br />

general appearance and functioning are important<br />

factors. After a period of observation a decision will be<br />

made to do one of the following: 1.) Attempt to notify<br />

the parent/guardian; 2.) Allow the student to rest in<br />

the health office for a brief period. The student is to<br />

be fever free without fever reducing medication before<br />

returning to school. <strong>Parent</strong>s will also be notified of<br />

injuries, which appear to require medical attention.<br />


Students with communicable disease will be allowed<br />

to attend school as long as their attendance does not<br />

create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to the<br />

students or staff. The term “communicable disease” will<br />

mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from<br />

person to person, or animal to person, or as defined<br />

by law. <strong>Parent</strong>s should be advised to notify the school<br />

whenever their child has a communicable disease.<br />

Health data of students is confidential.<br />

A student will be excluded from school when the<br />

student’s condition has been determined to create a<br />

health risk to others in the school district environment<br />

or when the student is too ill to attend school. Such<br />

determination shall be made on a case-by-case basis<br />

by the student’s physician, appropriate school staff<br />

members, and/or the District’s medical consultant. The<br />

State Department of Public Health and/or the Linn<br />

County Health Department also may be consulted<br />

(Procedure 605.3c, 4/24/2006).<br />


<strong>School</strong> personnel trained in first aid/emergency care<br />

techniques may give emergency care or first aid to sick<br />

or injured students, staff, or visitors whenever these<br />

individuals are on school premises or under school<br />

supervision. For severe or life threatening injuries<br />

and illnesses, the Emergency Medical System (911)<br />

shall be activated and the individuals transferred to<br />

an appropriate source of medical care as rapidly as<br />

possible. Annually, parents are requested to provide<br />

emergency information, including the phone numbers<br />

of parent/guardian and alternative numbers to call<br />

in case of injury or illness at school. <strong>Parent</strong>s must<br />

notify the school if the information on the emergency<br />

form changes during the school year (Procedure 605.3a,<br />

4/14/2008).<br />


Prescription Medication: Only medication prescribed<br />

by a legal prescriber shall be administered during the<br />

time the student is at school. The parent/guardian shall<br />

provide written authorization and instructions. The<br />

medication (in original container) must be kept in the<br />

school health office unless the school nurse authorizes<br />

otherwise.<br />

Over-the-Counter Medication. A legal prescriber’s<br />

signature is also required on the District’s medication<br />

permission form before any over-the-counter<br />

medications will be given to students. Students who<br />

have demonstrated competence in administering<br />

their own medications may self-administer their<br />

medication with approval of the parent/guardian and<br />

of the school nurse. By law, students with asthma or<br />

other airway constricting diseases may self-administer<br />

their medication with approval of their parents and<br />

prescribing physician regardless of competency<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 605.3b, 5/24/2010).<br />



vision Screening: Grant Wood Area Education<br />

Agency (GWAEA) will screen students in third grade<br />

classrooms. <strong>Parent</strong>/guardians not wishing their child<br />

to be screened should notify the health office in writing<br />

at the beginning of the year. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians with<br />

concerns about their child’s vision should contact the<br />

school nurse.<br />

Hearing Screening:<br />

Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) screens<br />

all students in Early Learning Programs, Alternative<br />

Kindergarten (AK), kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, and<br />

5. Students in the Early Learning Program with IEP’s<br />

will be screened. Students in grades 3, 4, middle,<br />

and high school who are new to the school and some<br />

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students with a history of known hearing loss will also<br />

be tested. Follow up testing may occur periodically if<br />

previous hearing test results were not within normal<br />

limits. <strong>Parent</strong>/guardians not wishing their child’s hearing<br />

tested should notify the health office in writing at the<br />

beginning of the year. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians with concerns<br />

about their child’s hearing should contact the school<br />

nurse<br />

Dental Screening:<br />

Iowa House File 906, passed in 2007, requires<br />

that children newly enrolled in elementary and high<br />

school receive a screening for dental disease. This<br />

requirement includes students entering kindergarten<br />

and 9th grade. Valid Iowa Department of Public Health<br />

Certificates of Dental Screening must be submitted to<br />

the school in which the student wishes to enroll. The<br />

purpose of the dental screening requirement is to<br />

improve the oral health of Iowa’s children. No child will<br />

be prevented from attending school without proof of<br />

dental screening. If families have difficulty meeting the<br />

requirement, the I Smile Program and St. Luke’s Dental<br />

Health Center will provide assistance to children and<br />

schools to ensure that dental screenings are obtained.<br />

The form is available from your school nurse, dentist or<br />

on the CRCSD website in the student services/health<br />

services section. In addition St. Luke’s Dental Health<br />

Center screens all Early Learning Programs, alternative<br />

kindergarten, kindergarten, grades 2 and 5, all students<br />

in elementary special education and elementary ELL<br />

programs, as well as others in selected grades. If you<br />

do not want your child screened please notify the health<br />

office in writing at the beginning of the school year.<br />


The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District would<br />

like to assist its families in dealing with head lice by<br />

emphasizing prevention, early detection and education.<br />

This plan does not keep students out of school for lice<br />

but emphasizes family and community education and<br />

assistance.<br />

Students with signs and symptoms of head lice will be<br />

referred to the health office for evaluation. <strong>Parent</strong>s/<br />

guardians of students, found to have live lice or nits<br />

(eggs) within ½ inch of the scalp, will be notified and<br />

provided with information regarding treatment and<br />

management. In the elementary schools, families<br />

with a child in the classroom will be notified by a note<br />

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from the health office along with information regarding<br />

identification and management of head lice.<br />

It is important that families check their child’s head for<br />

lice on a routine basis. This home screening is the<br />

most effective measure in preventing, identifying, and<br />

controlling head lice.<br />


wAIvER<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District<br />

provides human growth and development curriculum<br />

at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>s may review the curriculum prior to its use<br />

and have their child excused from human growth and<br />

development instruction. <strong>Parent</strong>s should contact the<br />

school principal if they wish to review the curriculum<br />

or file a written request to excuse their student from<br />

human growth and development curriculum instruction.<br />

BmI Screening:<br />

District health and/or PE staff members will screen<br />

height and weight of kindergarten and 5th grade<br />

students. Results will be sent home with each child. If<br />

you do not wish your child to be screened, you must<br />

notify the school health office. If your child had a<br />

physical for this school year, we may use that height<br />

and weight data to calculate your child’s BMI.<br />


Iowa law requires students show proof of a blood<br />

lead test before starting kindergarten. Physicians and<br />

laboratories report all tests to the Iowa Department of<br />

Public Health, who will let you and the school, know<br />

if they do not have a record of the test. No child will<br />

be prevented from attending school without proof of<br />

lead screening. Lead has adverse effects on nearly all<br />

organ systems in the body. It is especially harmful to<br />

the developing brains and nervous systems of children<br />

under the age of six years.<br />


Metro Care Connection is the <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community<br />

<strong>School</strong> District’s expanded school-based health<br />

centers. The program focuses on removing barriers to<br />

learning for youth and strives to meet diverse student<br />

needs, improve well-being, increase student attendance<br />

and achievement, and ensure connectedness. Services<br />

include health care, mental health counseling and<br />

substance abuse counseling. To learn more about<br />

these services or access the services please call 558-<br />

2481, talk to your school nurse or go to the CR schools<br />

website.<br />


The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District shall<br />

make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children<br />

and youth within the district, encourage their enrollment<br />

in school, work to eliminate existing barriers in District<br />

policies and procedures which may serve as barriers<br />

to their enrollment, and ensure that homeless children<br />

and youth have equal access to the same free public<br />

education, including public preschool education, as<br />

is provided to other children and youth. Refer to<br />

Regulation 601.1 for the definitions of “homelessness.”<br />

• Your family status may be considered homeless if:<br />

• Foster care<br />

• Transitional housing or shelter<br />

• More than one family in a house or apartment<br />

• living in a motel, car or campsite<br />

• Living friends/family other than parent/guardian<br />

The District’s Homeless Liaison(s) should be contacted<br />

at 558-2000 if you need assistance in this area.<br />


Those persons wanting to express gratitude or<br />

appreciation to school employees are encouraged to<br />

give written or verbal communication in lieu of material<br />

or monetary gifts. (CRCSD Regulation 1002.6, 4/25/05)<br />


(Board Policy 1007)<br />

The Board expects that students, employees and<br />

visitors will treat each other with respect, engage in<br />

responsible behavior, exercise self-discipline and model<br />

fairness, equity and civility. Individuals violating this<br />

policy will be subject to discipline or other appropriate<br />

sanctions.<br />

Individuals are permitted to attend District sponsored<br />

or approved activities or visit District premises only as<br />

guests of the District, and, as a condition, they must<br />

comply with the District’s policies, regulations, and<br />

procedures. Individuals will not be allowed to interfere<br />

with or disrupt the educational program or activity.<br />

Visitors, like the participants, are expected to display<br />

mature, responsible behavior. The failure of individuals<br />

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to do so is not only disruptive, but embarrassing to the<br />

students, the District, and the entire community.<br />

To protect the rights of students to participate in<br />

the educational program or activities without fear of<br />

interference or disruption and to permit the school<br />

officials, employees and activity sponsors and<br />

officials to perform their duties without interference or<br />

disruption, the following provisions are in effect:<br />

• Abusive conduct of individuals, either verbal<br />

or physical, directed at students, school officials,<br />

employees, officials and activity sponsors of sponsored<br />

or approved activities or at other individuals will not be<br />

tolerated on school premises or at school approved<br />

activities.<br />

• Verbal or physical conduct of individuals that<br />

interferes with the performance of students, school<br />

officials, employees, officials and activity sponsors of<br />

sponsored or approved activities will not be tolerated on<br />

school premises or at school approved activities.<br />

• The use of vulgar, obscene or demeaning<br />

expression directed at students, school officials,<br />

employees, officials and activity sponsors of sponsored<br />

or approved activities participating in a sponsored or<br />

approved activity or at other individuals will not be<br />

tolerated on school premises or at school approved<br />

activities.<br />

• Prohibited behaviors include any behaviors<br />

that are physically or verbally threatening, either<br />

overtly or implicitly, as well as behaviors that are<br />

coercive, intimidating, violent or harassing. Examples<br />

of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to,<br />

use of profanity, personally insulting remarks, attacks<br />

on a person’s ethnicity, race, gender, nationality,<br />

religion, age, sexual orientation or behavior that is out<br />

of control. Such interactions could occur in telephone<br />

conversations, voice mail messages, face-to-face<br />

conversations, written<br />

• Letters, electronic messages, and/or various<br />

social media websites.<br />

If an individual demonstrates prohibitive behavior on<br />

District premises, the individual may be removed by<br />

the appropriate District and/or <strong>School</strong> Administrator.<br />

Law enforcement may be contacted for assistance.<br />

Individuals removed from school premises may follow<br />

the Board’s complaint procedures should they choose<br />

to do so. The exclusion is in effect should the individual<br />

choose to appeal the decision of the superintendent.<br />

The term “individual” as used in the policy also includes<br />

students and employees.<br />

If an individual has been notified of exclusion and<br />

thereafter tries to enter a school building or attends<br />

a sponsored or approved activity, the individual<br />

will be advised that his/her attendance will result in<br />

prosecution. The District may obtain a court order for<br />

permanent exclusion from the school building or from<br />

future school sponsored or approved activities.<br />


Who needs a work permit? People under 16 years of<br />

age cannot be employed or permitted to work, with<br />

or without compensation, unless the person, firm, or<br />

corporation employing the youth receives and keeps a<br />

work permit on file, accessible to any officer charged<br />

with the enforcement of the child labor laws. The<br />

employer also is required to keep a complete list of the<br />

names and ages of anyone under 16 years of age in his<br />

employ.<br />

How to get a work permit - A youth first must go in<br />

person to the local school official designated as an<br />

issuing officer or the Iowa Workforce Development<br />

Center and provide one of the following acceptable<br />

forms of evidence of age: a certified copy of a birth<br />

certificate, current passport or certified copy of<br />

baptismal record showing the date and place of birth<br />

and the place of the child’s baptism. If none of these is<br />

available, then a written certification from a physician<br />

appointed by the local board of education certifying<br />

that, in the physician’s opinion, the applicant is 14<br />

years of age or older, is required. The employer then<br />

must complete the work permit (Child Labor Form),<br />

specifically listing all work the minor will be performing,<br />

equipment he will use, and hours to be worked. After<br />

completing this section, the minor’s parent completes<br />

and signs his portion of the form. The form then is<br />

returned to the issuing officer for review and approval.<br />


The “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB), 2001 grants<br />

parents the right to know the professional qualifications<br />

of their student’s classroom teachers. It is the right of a<br />

parent to ask for the following information about each of<br />

the child’s classroom teachers:<br />

• Teacher state qualifications and licensing criteria<br />

for subject areas and grade level<br />

• College major, degrees, and certifications held by<br />

teacher and are of discipline.<br />

• Information about teachers who are teaching with<br />

conditional licenses.<br />

If you would like to receive information regarding your<br />

child’s teacher, please contact your child’s school<br />

administrator. In addition, parents have the right to:<br />

• Information on student’s performance level on<br />

state assessments<br />

• Timely notice of four or more weeks regarding<br />

teaching by teacher not fully qualified<br />

• Qualifications of paraprofessionals who provides<br />

services to students<br />



AmENDmENT (PPRA)<br />

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our<br />

conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for<br />

marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These<br />

include the right to:<br />

• Consent before students are required to submit<br />

to a survey that concerns one or more of the following<br />

protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the<br />

survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the<br />

U.S. Department of Education (ED)–<br />

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or<br />

student’s parent;<br />

2. Mental or psychological problems of the student<br />

or student’s family;<br />

3. Sex behavior or attitudes;<br />

4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or<br />

demeaning behavior;<br />

5. Critical appraisals of others with whom<br />

respondents have close family relationships;<br />

6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such<br />

as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;<br />

7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the<br />

student or parents; or<br />

8. Income, other than as required by law to<br />

determine program eligibility.<br />

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• Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –<br />

1. Any other protected information survey,<br />

regardless of funding;<br />

2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam<br />

or screening required as a condition of attendance,<br />

administered by the school or its agent, and not<br />

necessary to protect the immediate health and safety<br />

of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis<br />

screenings, or any physical exam or screening<br />

permitted or required under State law;<br />

3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or<br />

use of personal information obtained from students<br />

for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the<br />

information to others.<br />

• Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –<br />

1. Protected information surveys of students;<br />

2. Instruments used to collect personal information<br />

from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or<br />

other distribution purposes; and<br />

3. Instructional material used as part of the<br />

educational curriculum.<br />

These rights transfer to from the parents to a student<br />

who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under<br />

State law.<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong> District will<br />

develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents,<br />

regarding these rights, as well as arrangements<br />

to protect student privacy in the administration of<br />

protected information surveys and the collection,<br />

disclosure, or use of personal information for<br />

marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The<br />

District will directly notify parents of these policies at<br />

least annually at the start of each school year and<br />

after any substantive changes. The District will also<br />

directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email,<br />

parents of students who are scheduled to participate<br />

in the specific activities or surveys and will provide an<br />

opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of<br />

participation of the specific activity or survey. <strong>Parent</strong>s<br />

will be provided reasonable notification of the planned<br />

activities and surveys and be provided an opportunity<br />

to opt their child out of such activities and surveys.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>s will also be provided an opportunity to review<br />

any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific<br />

activities and surveys covered under this requirement:<br />

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1. Collection, disclosure, or use of personal<br />

information for marketing, sales or other distribution.<br />

2. Administration of any protected information<br />

survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.<br />

3. Any non-emergency, invasive physical<br />

examination or screening as described above.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>s who believe their rights have been violated<br />

may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance<br />

Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland<br />

Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-8520<br />



Harassment of students by school officials, faculty,<br />

staff or volunteers who have direct contact with<br />

students is also prohibited. Bullying and harassment<br />

of students by adults may including the following<br />

behaviors: requiring that a student submit to bullying<br />

or harassment by another student, either explicitly<br />

or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted<br />

student’s education or participation in school programs<br />

or activities; inappropriate remarks to students;<br />

unwelcome touching; implied or explicit threats<br />

concerning one’s grades, achievements, property,<br />

etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury,<br />

appreciable discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;<br />

suggesting or demanding sexual involvement; or<br />

obscene, lewd or sexual gestures or comments.<br />

A student (or adult on student’s behalf) who believes<br />

he/she has suffered harassment should report such<br />

matters to certified staff/administrators and/or the<br />

District’s equity coordinator. The complaint process<br />

is outlined in CRCSD Procedures 601a and 601b.<br />

Complaints alleging acts of intentional physical<br />

or sexual abuse by school employees, including<br />

inappropriate sexual behavior toward students, should<br />

be reported to the Level I Investigator as outlined in<br />

CRCSD Procedure 506.6a. Each building principal has<br />

been designated as a Level 1 Investigator.<br />

(CRCSD Regulation 604.2, 8/13/2007)<br />


Iowa law requires sexual offenders to be registered with<br />

the State. <strong>Parent</strong>s/guardians seeking information about<br />

sex offenders residing in the community are directed to<br />

the state Web site at www.iowasexoffender.com.<br />


Asbestos has been an issue of concern for many years.<br />

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of<br />

1986 (AHERA) was designed to determine the extent<br />

of asbestos concerns in the schools and to act as a<br />

guide in formulating asbestos management policies<br />

for the schools. Our school district facilities have<br />

been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector as<br />

required by AHERA. The inspector located, sampled<br />

and determined the condition and hazard potential of all<br />

material in the school facilities suspected of containing<br />

asbestos. The inspection and laboratory analysis<br />

records form the basis of the asbestos management<br />

plan.<br />

A certified management planner has developed an<br />

asbestos management plan for the school district<br />

facilities which includes: notification letters, training for<br />

employees, a set of procedures designed to minimize<br />

the disturbance of asbestos-containing materials, and<br />

plans for regular surveillance of the materials. A copy<br />

of the management plan is available for inspection in<br />

the main office of each school.<br />


In this handbook, the word “parent” also means<br />

“guardian” unless otherwise stated. An administrator’s<br />

title, such as superintendent or principal, also means<br />

that individual’s designee unless otherwise stated.<br />

The term “school grounds” includes the school district<br />

facilities, school district property, property within the<br />

jurisdiction of the school district or school district<br />

premises, school-owned or school-operated buses<br />

or vehicles and chartered buses. The term “school<br />

facilities” includes school district buildings and vehicles.<br />

The term “school activities” means all school activities<br />

students are involved in whether they are schoolsponsored<br />

or school-approved, whether they are an<br />

event or an activity, or whether they are held on or off<br />

school grounds.<br />

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NoN-JEffERsoN DatE REquEst foRm foR DaNCEs<br />

Any student requesting to bring a date who is not a <strong>Jefferson</strong> student must<br />

have this form completed and returned to the Main Office 7 school days prior<br />

to the dance.<br />

All guests must be under the age of 20 years of age and no middle school<br />

students are allowed. Only one guest will be allowed per <strong>Jefferson</strong> student,<br />

and a current school photo ID must be presented at the dance by both parties.<br />

GuEst INfoRmatIoN<br />

Printed Name:<br />

Age: Year in school: Home Phone Number:<br />

Address:<br />

City: State:<br />

As the Principal Administrator of the school listed above, I verify that the<br />

student named above is a student in good standing.<br />

Signature of Administrator/Title Date<br />

Administrator’s Phone/E-mail address<br />

JEffERsoN stuDENt INfoRmatIoN<br />

As a <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> student, I understand that all of <strong>Jefferson</strong>’s<br />

rules and behavior expectations apply at school functions. I will take full<br />

responsibility to inform and ensure my date’s compliance to these rules.<br />

9 10 11 12 (circle one)<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> Student Date<br />

As a parent of the above name <strong>Jefferson</strong> student, I find his/her date to be a<br />

responsible person, and I approve him/her as an acceptable guest.<br />

Signature of <strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>Parent</strong> Phone Date<br />

*<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Administration has the right to deny any request<br />

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JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL 2012-2013 Other Important Dates<br />


Wed, Aug 15 ................................................. Staff’s first day<br />

Mon. Aug 20 .................................................Freshman Orientation 2pm-5:30<br />

Tues. Aug 21 ................................................. First Day for students-Early Dismissal<br />

Mon. Sept 10 ................................................ Open House 7pm<br />

Wed. Sept 12 ................................................12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Thur. Sept. 20 ............................................... Homecoming parade & Bon Fire tba<br />

Fri. Sept 21 ...................................................Homecoming game vs Waterloo East<br />

Sat. Sept 22..................................................Homecoming Dance 7-10pm<br />

Wed. Sept 26 ................................................12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Wed. Oct 3 ....................................................Fall Progress Report distributed<br />

Mon. Oct 8 ....................................................<strong>Parent</strong> Teacher Conferences 3:30-7pm<br />

Wed Oct 10 ...................................................12:17 Early Dismissal<br />

for <strong>Parent</strong> Teacher Conferences 3:30-7pm<br />

Thurs. Oct. 11 ...............................................<strong>Parent</strong> Teacher Conferences 3:30-7pm<br />

Wed. Oct 24 .................................................. 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Sat. Nov 3 .....................................................Choir Pancake Breakfast/Orch. Bazaar<br />

Wed. Nov 7 ...................................................12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Th/Fri Nov. 15/16 ........................................ FINALS<br />


Mon. Nov. 26 ................................................First Day of the Winter Term<br />

Wed. Dec. 5 .................................................. 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Mon. Dec. 17 ................................................ Senior Financial Aid Meeting 5:30<br />

Wed. Dec. 19 ................................................ 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Sat. Dec. 22 ..................................................Beginning of Winter Break<br />

Wed. Jan 3 ....................................................Winter Term resumes<br />

Wed. Jan 9 ....................................................12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Wed. Jan 16 .................................................. Winter Progress Report distributed<br />

Mon. Jan 21 .................................................. Full Day Inservice-Snow Makeup Day #1<br />

Wed. Jan 30 .................................................. 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Thurs. Jan. 31 ............................................... Incoming Freshman <strong>Parent</strong> Night 6:30<br />

Sat. Feb. 2 ................................................... Winter Semi-Formal Dance<br />

Wed. Feb. 6 ................................................... 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Mon. Feb 18 ................................................. Full Day Inservice-Snow Makeup Day #2<br />

Tue/Wed, Feb 26/27 ...................................FINALS<br />

Thur. Feb 28 ................................................. Full Day Inservice-Snow Makeup Day #3<br />

Fri. March 1 ..................................................Clerical Day<br />

SPRING<br />

Mon. March 4 ..............................................First Day of Spring Term<br />

Fri/Sat March 8/9 ........................................ Show Choir Invitational<br />

Wed. March 13 ............................................. 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Thur, March 14 ............................................. Junior college Planning night<br />

Fri. March 15-22 .......................................... Band and Orchestra in Ireland<br />

Sat. March 16 ............................................... Spring Break begins<br />

Mon. March 25 .............................................Spring Term resumes<br />

Fri. March 29 ................................................12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Wed. April 10 ................................................ 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Th/Fri April 11/12 ........................................ PTA Variety Show<br />

Mon. April 15 ................................................National Honor Society Ceremony<br />

Wed. April 17 ................................................ Spring Progress Report distributed<br />

Fri/Sat. April 19/20 .....................................Band & Orchestra Invitational<br />

Wed. April 24 ................................................ 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Sat. April 27 .................................................. Prom<br />

Wed. May 8 ................................................... 12:17 PLC Early Dismissal<br />

Wed-Sat. May 8-11 .......................................Spring Musical<br />

Mon. May 13 ................................................ Senior Recognition Night<br />

Wed. May 22.................................................Seniors Last Day in Class<br />

Thur. May 23 .................................................JHS Graduation 7:30pm<br />

Wed/Thur. May 29/30 .................................FINALS<br />

Fri. May 31 ....................................................Full Day Inservice-Swow Makeup Day #4<br />

Mon-Wed June 3-5 .......................................Potential Snow Makeup Days #5-#7<br />

Iowa Assessments to be in the spring… April 1-12<br />

All data can be found at the following link also<br />


<strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong>s<br />

<strong>Jefferson</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

1243 20th Street SW<br />

<strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong>, Iowa 52404<br />

The <strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong> Community <strong>School</strong><br />

District does not discriminate on the<br />

basic of race, creed, color, national<br />

origin, age, disability, sex, or religion<br />

in employment or in access to or<br />

participation in education programs<br />

and services. Inquiries concerning the<br />

application of this statement should<br />

be addressed to Office of Learning and<br />

Leadership at 558-2247.<br />

Non-Profit Org.<br />

U.S. Postage<br />

PaID<br />

<strong>Cedar</strong> <strong>Rapids</strong>, Ia<br />

Permit No. 147

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