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HOMEWORK

HOMEWORK AT OSOTA

At One School of the Arts we only assign purposeful homework and often times the Flipped Learning approach is a valuable tool in learning. We realize that in order to retain skills, you must practice them. Homework is given so that you can grasp the concepts that you are learning, and be able to retain them in your long-term memories. Our goal is to ensure that you are succeeding; we believe that by issuing homework, we are allowing you to meet your full potential and we are helping you continue to grow as learners.

Schoology [School - O - GEE]

Schoology is our Learning Management System that connects you to your daily assignments. You can access your account on your Chromebook, another computer, or via the Schoology app on your phone/ device.

Why is Homework Given?

  • For Preparation: You profit most from classroom explanation and discussion when preparatory reading assignments are given.
  • For Practice: Following classroom explanations and illustration, homework is given so the material will be mastered.
  • For Remedial Activity: As the school year progresses, various weak points in your understanding of a subject may become evident. Therefore, homework may be given to supplement weak areas.
  • For Special Projects: Book reports, compositions, special research assignments, and projects are some activities frequently the subject of attention at home.
  • For Reinforcement: Homework may be expected for the purpose of reinforcement, preparation of special projects, and establishing good study habits.

Make-up Work

When you have an excused absence, it is your responsibility to check Schoology, and make up the work missed, and your parent’s responsibility to have contacted the teacher and/or front office in writing in advance or on the day for the absences to be considered excused. You will be given 2 days to make up for each day absent. Late work, without an excused absence, will be accepted with a penalty depending on grade level.

Each teacher develops their class late work policy that is presented at the beginning of the year in their syllabus.

ABSENCES

ATTENDING SCHOOL

Going back to the higher expectations of a scholar, you are expected to attend school punctually and regularly.

An absence may be excused only in case of an illness, a death in the immediate family, or medical/dental appointments. A written or emailed note from the parent is required to explain an absence. Multiple unexcused absences and tardiness violates state law and can be categorized as truancies.

Late Arrival

Any scholar not in the classroom at the beginning of homeroom will be considered tardy or absent. Particular attention should be given to getting to class on time as this is a reflection of our character. If you arrive to school after the scheduled start time you must report to the school office for a tardy slip.

  • Teachers will not allow you into the classroom after class has begun without a proper pass from the school office.

Excused Late Arrivals

  • A tardy may only be excused with a written or emailed note indicating illness, a death in the immediate family, or medical/dental appointments.
  • An unexcused tardy will be issued if you do not bring a valid, written excuse upon returning to school.

Excessive Late Arrivals

Scholars will be given grace for the first three tardies, however; after the third, each tardy thereafter will be fined $5. Parents may be called to the Administrator’s office if excessive.

Early Dismissal

If parents wish to have you dismissed before the close of the school day, they may sign you out through the school office. The teacher will be notified and you will be sent to the front office.

  • You may not leave the school grounds during the day without a school-issued dismissal note.
  • Please be advised that early dismissal must occur at a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day.
HONOR CODE

Honor Code

Our honor code is designed to inspire integrity.

Remember that word means doing what's right even when know one notices!

On or off campus, you are held to a high standard. The expectations are not outrageous; they are designed to keep you safe from yourself and others so you are able to make a full range choices that do not upset the direction of your future.

It's okay if you don't agree with OSOTA's policies. But it's still your responsibility as a scholar to align yourself with them because you can!

Most Important:

On or off campus behavior or statements (verbal or written) that are immoral, profane, illegal or inconsistent with Biblical standards will be dealt with within our system and may also be reason for dismissal. You are expected to respect the rights and well-being of fellow scholars. Any behavior either implicit or explicit that violates the rights of scholars or teachers will be dealt within our system.

CONDUCT

HOW CORRECTION WORKS

  1. If things become problematic, you will be sent to Administration where the problem will be discussed. A form will be sent home requiring a parent signature. Parent/guardian response should include any remarks concerning the situation. This form should be returned to the teacher the next school day.
  2. An in-school counselor may be informed of your behavior in order to collaborate with parents, teachers, and administration in an improvement plan.
  3. If your behavior still fails to improve, a meeting will be requested with all parents/guardians and administration. A behavior contract may be used at this time.
  • - A behavior contract is a document that is unique to you, outlining expected behavior and specific consequences. Refusal to agree with this contract will result in immediate dismissal from OSOTA.

LEVELS OF CORRECTION

First Correction – warning

Second Correction – lunch isolation

Third Correction – work detail

Fourth Correction – “in-school suspension”

Fifth Correction – 2-day “out-of-school suspension”

Expulsion

DISCIPLINE SYSTEM

DISCIPLINE AT OSOTA

Minor Acts of Misconduct

These are acts that often interrupt the class and/or are detrimental to your academic performance. Minor acts of misconduct will result in one or more of the following:

  • an administrative conference
  • parental contract
  • confiscation of prohibited items
  • lunch detention
  • after school detention

EXAMPLES OF MINOR MISCONDUCT

  • disorderly behavior
  • unexcused tardies to class
  • cell phone violation
  • writing/passing notes
  • food/gum in class (teacher discretion)
  • unprepared for class
  • dress code violation (more on this later)
  • excessive talking
  • inappropriate language

Intermediate Acts of Misconduct

These are acts that are willfully disrespectful of OSOTA’s policies, fellow scholars, teachers, or staff. Intermediate acts of misconduct will result in one or more of the following:

  • an administrative conference
  • parental contract
  • detention
  • in-school suspension
  • out of school suspension

EXAMPLES OF INTERMEDIATE MISCONDUCT

  • repeated minor acts of misconduct
  • destruction of property
  • excessive unexcused tardies
  • leaving w/o permission
  • cheating on tests/quizzes
  • public display of affection
  • inappropriate games
  • bullying
  • disrespect for peers
  • skipping class
  • vulgarity
  • profanity
  • lying/forging
  • insubordination

Major Acts of Misconduct

These are behaviors that violate the Honor Code, are violent, or destructive to a scholar or teacher. OSOTA will hold you accountable for these acts whether they are performed at school, on-line, or off-campus. Major acts of misconduct will result in one or more of the following:

  • an administrative conference
  • parental contract
  • travel ban
  • in school suspension
  • out of school suspension
  • expulsion
  • report to appropriate law enforcement agency

EXAMPLES OF MAJOR MISCONDUCT

  • plagiarism
  • immoral conduct
  • racial slurs
  • stealing
  • violent threats
  • biting
  • kicking
  • tampering with safety equipment
  • insolence
  • honor code violations
  • sexual activity (to include making out)
  • sexting
  • sexual harassment
  • physical or emotional harm
  • fighting
  • spitting
  • vandalism
  • posting of inappropriate material
  • any act of felony (carrying/using/selling/buying illegal tobacco, alcohol, or drugs and carrying firearm, knife, or anything that could be construed as a weapon.

On rare occasions a scholar may be dismissed at the sole discretion of the school depending on the potential for harm or severity of the offense, even if this is the scholar’s first offense.

OFFENSES

SUSPENSION / EXPULSION

Please note: *Any of the offenses listed below may result in immediate expulsion; it is not dependent upon current level of correction.

  • Use or possession of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or tobacco products on or off campus
  • Truancy (always missing school), cheating
  • Continued violation of school standards
  • Defacing school property
  • Disrespect, insolence, insubordination, physical or emotional harm, or threats to harm (individuals or the school), harassment of scholars or staff, or fighting
  • Gambling
  • Habitual tardiness and absenteeism
  • Immoral conduct
  • Lying, forging
  • Negative attitude toward school
  • Profanity or vulgarity
  • Stealing
  • Inappropriate games
  • Lack of cooperation by the scholar or parent in the academic process
  • Any behavior on or off campus that does not reflect the values promoted by OSOTA

Behavioral Probation

When you choose not to consistently adhere to One School standards you may be placed on Behavioral Probation. A letter detailing the cause and conditions of the probation will be sent home. While on probation, you are prohibited from attending field trips and participating in athletics or extra-curricular activities. Scholars on Behavioral Probation may lose other privileges as well, such as (but not limited) clubs and honor societies.

REVIEW

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Homework policy.
Make - up work
Honor Code
Levels of Correction
Minor vs. Major Conduct

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