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Student Handbook

Many items not covered our school's handbook are covered in the BSD Student and Family Handbook

Nutrition

Nutritious Breakfasts and Lunches are available for all students to purchase each day. In addition, “Ala Carte Menu” offers individual components of the meal sold separately, as well as snacks. Breakfast is served daily at 7:10 AM until the start of school. Menus are available at Nutrition Services

Free & Reduced Price Meal Benefits: If a family is experiencing financial need, then parents may complete one application for free or reduced price meals for all students in their family. Meal benefit applications and instructions are available in each student’s “back to school” packet, school office, cafeteria, or from the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits office. ​The application process and each student’s meal benefit status are completely confidential. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time throughout the school year, even up to the last day of school. However, a new application is required for each school year. For more information please call: Nutrition Services Meal Benefits Office 503-356-3955 or ELL Welcome Center: 503-356-3755.

Student Meal Accounts: Each student is assigned their own individual meal account which they can access using a Personal Identification Number, (PIN). The meal account is a debit account, so students eligible for full and reduced price meals must deposit money into their account before they can purchase meals. Parents may deposit money into their student’s account by any of the following methods: sending cash or a check made out to the school café. When making a payment, please indicate your student’s first and last name along with his or her PIN, on the memo line of the check. It’s best to deliver the payments directly to Nutrition Services staff in the cafeteria so that the payments can be applied before the next meal. Some schools have payment drop boxes or baskets in the main office that you can also use; however, it’s possible the payments may not be applied prior to the next meal service.

See BSD Meal Pricing for how to set up a School Cafe account to be able to deposit money into your student's account online or check their balance. If you have further questions, please call the Nutrition Services Dept. at (503) 356-3955.

In emergencies, students can charge a meal, but are limited to charging up to the cost of 3 lunches. Each time a charge is made, an automated voicemail message will be sent from the district to parents, informing them of the amount that is owed. When your student graduates to high school or transfers to another school within BSD, his or her account balance will transfer with him or her.

Meal Etiquette

Health department regulations stipulate that students should wash their hands before eating and are not allowed to share any portion of their meals. Students are expected to clean up after themselves, return trays to the proper location, recycle appropriate items, and dispose of garbage in the waste can.

Grading and Assessment

At HS2, we take academic assessment very seriously as a crucial part of our college preparation courses.  To that end, and to meet the increasing focus on standards-based assessment at the district and state levels, The Beaverton School District has adopted a system that separates academic grades from reports on student behaviors.

Academic Reports

Students will receive in-class grades that use the following system to reflect their learning and ability to use content, concepts and skills in a particular course:

  • One -  On scale with knowledge-level learning targets.  That is, performance at this level indicates an emerging understanding of a complex body of knowledge or concept.
  • Two -  More detailed level of understanding of knowledge and facts and nearing fully proficient in the learning target concepts and skills.  Performance at this level shows inconsistent demonstration of mastery.
  • Three - Meets the learning target.  
  • Four -   Exceeds the learning target.  

Students not earning a passing grade will not receive credit until proficiency is demonstrated for those missing areas. This may include a credit recovery option for students who have passed at least 50% of the academic targets in a course or retaking a course for students who have passed less than 50% of the academic targets.
Students will receive in-class grades that use this system to reflect their learning and ability to use content, concepts and skills in a particular course. 

Students, who can demonstrate their mastery of this target on a continued and consistent basis, will receive a “3” or “4” in the assessment system.  With 5-7 targets in each class overall, teachers will compile these scores and assign traditional letter grades.  Teacher judgment determines the final grade in each course. Please refer to the class syllabus for teacher grading policies. 

Clear, consistent and truthful reporting of student progress begins with the learning targets.  A teacher's instruction, a student's work and the way we report a student's progress should all be focused on the learning targets. Each teacher will ensure that instruction and student tasks are aligned to the Learning Targets.  At the end of a reporting period, the teacher will consider all of the evidence a student produced around each Learning Target and use the Scoring Guide / Rubric to determine the student's proficiency level.

Intervention Strategies that work to support students reaching proficiency:

Supervised Study Hall: All students will have one period a day to work on homework, get help from peers or their study hall teacher. With permission from both teachers students may be able to meet with a classroom teacher if planned in advance. 

By appointment: Please encourage your son or daughter to meet with their teachers and arrange additional help in classes where needed.

Behavioral Reporting Agreements

All students are held to the guidelines set forth in the Student and Family Handbook. The complete guide may be found on the District Website.  Students are expected to read and comply with the guidelines.

It is a school and District priority to maintain a safe and secure environment for our students. To assist in reaching this goal, Health and Science School employs Mr. Shired (Coach), who works along with the Assistant Principals to ensure students follow behavior expectations.  In the event that a student makes a poor behavior choice, there will be consequences for their actions.  A Discipline Referral may be written by any staff member who observes a student making a poor choice.  The consequences for the referred behavior are made by the appropriate school administrator according to the Student and Family Handbook, and taking into account any prior behaviors.

The following policies have been adopted by Health and Science School to specifically define the consequences for behaviors common in schools:

We will report out in each class on the behaviors of Respect, Responsibility and Determination (examples: work turned in on-time, participation in class, and respectful to peers and staff). Reporting will occur on the progress reports and Semester report card foreach grading period. Behavior can act as an invisible hurdle for students and can prevent equitable educational opportunities. Reporting on behavior, but keeping it out of academic assessing and reporting, allows us to focus more clearly on student learning. Each learning target receives one of the following grades: Consistent and Independently (C/I), Generally (G), or Sometimes or Rarely or with Reminders (R). An R indicates this area needs improvement. 

BSD Behavior Learning Targets

BLT1: I can manage my responsibilities as a student.

BST 1.1 I turn in work on time.
BST 1.2 I turn in completed work.
BST 1.3 I break down large tasks into smaller, manageable parts.
BST 1.4 I use my class time appropriately.
BST 1.5 I prepare for class with necessary materials and am ready to learn.
BST 1.6 I complete my makeup work in a timely manner.
BST 1.7 I use a system for tracking my assignments.
BST 1.8 I use strategies regularly to prepare for assessments.
BST 1.9 I follow directions accurately.
BST 1.10 I demonstrate quality craftsmanship in my work.

BLT 2: I can self-direct my learning.

BST 2.1 I can use rubrics to accurately assess my progress toward learning targets.
BST 2.2 I can identify my current academic strengths and areas where growth is needed.
BST 2.3 I can set and achieve goals.
BST 2.4 I can develop a plan to achieve my goals.
BST 2.5 I can implement and adjust as necessary.
BST 2.6 I can persist with a task that takes a great deal of effort.
BST 2.7 I can persist with a task over an extended period of time.
BST 2.8 I can persist with tasks where the answer is not apparent.
BST 2.9 I can utilize a variety of sources to find help or to make up for absences.
BST 2.10 I can articulate specific areas in which I need help.
BST 2.11 I can advocate for myself.

BLT 3: I can communicate and work effectively within a team or group.

BST 3.1 I show my commitment to the group goals through my active participation/engagement.
BST 3.2 I listen respectfully and acknowledge the contributions of others.
BST 3.3 I share my ideas honestly and clearly.
BST 3.4 I contribute to creating a safe learning environment for all.
BST 3.5 I respect points of view that differ from my own.
BST 3.6 I work within my team to break down large tasks into smaller, manageable parts.
BST 3.7 I work with my group to identify when changes are necessary.
BST 3.8 I adapt to changes in the group process with a positive attitude

Academic Integrity

Bullying and Harassment

Any report of bullying and harassment is taken seriously, and is investigated quickly.  Language or behaviors, which insults, ridicules, intimidates, or torments another person all take away from the safety of the school, and will not be tolerated.  When bullying or harassment occurs, students are asked to notify a staff member immediately.  The student will then meet with their counselor, who will attempt to mediate the situation.  In the event the bullying or harassment continues, the offending student will be referred to the Assistant Principal for disciplinary actions and placement on a Bullying Contract.

Communication and Electronics

Health and Science School administration and staff understand most students bring electronic devices (cell phones, iPods) to school. If a student must bring a cell phone or electronic device, it MUST be “Off and Away” during all class time unless otherwise directed by a teacher for academic use. Any cell phone or music device that is visible during class time without teacher authorization may be confiscated, taken to the Main Office, and a parent is required to pick the item up. This includes students who use any device for their non-intended purpose, for example using their Chromebook to play video games.

Students are permitted to use their electronic devices before school, between class times, after school, or during lunch. If a student needs to use a phone to contact a parent or guardian, they will need to ask their teacher for permission or do so in the front office.
 

Dress Code

Please refer to the school district handbook on student dress requirements

Code 10 of the Student Family Handbook: Dress and grooming are primary responsibilities of students and parents/guardians. However, students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the student or others. Clothing, jewelry, or wording/graphics on clothing or on the person (e.g., tattoos) that is sexually suggestive, drug or alcohol-related, vulgar, which depicts violence, insult- ing, gang membership related, or ridicules a particular person or group may be prohibited.

Dress and Grooming

Dress and grooming shall be in keeping with health, sanitary and safety practices. When a student is participating in school activities, his/her dress and grooming shall not disrupt the performance or constitute a health threat to the individual or other students. Dress and grooming standards may be established by school authorities as a requirement for participation in the school activity program.

HS2 and SST guidelines discourage wearing spaghetti strapped shirts, showing the mid-driff/chest area, or shirts that promote sexual activity, hate speech, gang affiliation or promote drugs and alcohol. Dress and grooming that disrupts the learning process shall not be permitted. Immodest attire may be disruptive. When immodest attire is considered disruptive, the student will be expected to alter the mode of dress.

Students shall not wear clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, signs, tattoos or other symbols that are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.

 

Attendance

A key component to being successful academically is to have regular daily attendance. It is also essential to attend classes on time and be ready to learn. In accordance with guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, we have set our attendance standard at 90% and above.

If your child is ill or there is an emergency the parent or guardian should call the attendance line (503) 356-3631 by 7:40 a.m. on the day of the absence. If you call to report your child's absence, a note is not needed and your child may report directly to first period class upon returning to school.

If you do not call the school to report your child's absence, you need to send a note for your child to give to Ms. Larson, the School Attendance secretary on his or her return to school. The note should include child's full name, dates of absence, reason, and your full name.

Excused absences are those caused by student illness, illness or death of a family member, family emergencies, or medical and dental appointments.

Unexcused absences are those for which: a student does not have permission from the parent/ guardian, teacher, or an administrator to miss school; a student continues to accumulate unexcused absences, a mandatory conference with the student and their parents will be required. Oregon Law states “all children between the ages of 7 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade are required to attend regularly a public full-time school of the school district in which the child resides." The full range of consequences as cited in the Consistent Discipline Handbook and Oregon Law will be considered, including a suspension and/ or citation to Washington County Truancy Court.

Once a student is on campus, the student must remain on campus. If it is necessary for the student to leave school for any reason, they must sign out of the building at the office. If a student is absent two or more consecutive days, requests for homework can be made with the Attendance Secretary at (503) 356-3631. Please allow 24 hours for the collection of the assignments. Students who are absent are expected to complete assignments that are missed.

On occasion, weather conditions may force schools to close or delay opening. The district web site, www.beaverton.k12.or.us will have updated weather/ school closure information. Local radio and television stations will broadcast closures.

Unexcused absences are those that do not meet the criteria for excused absences or if
timely documentation/notice is not provided to the school by a parent/guardian. The
consequences for an unexcused absence in a specific class period are defined below.  

  • 1st, 2nd Offense: After-school detention assigned by teacher. Parents notified by Teacher.
  • 3rd Offense: In-School suspension assigned by Assistant Principal.  Parents notified.
  • 4th Offense: In-School suspension assigned by Assistant Principal, and unable to attend off-site activities for remainder of trimester.  Parents notified.  
  • 5th + Offense: Suspended out of school pending a parent conference. Unable to attend off-site activities for up to remainder of school year. Truancy officer may be notified. The DMV may be notified for possible revocation of student driver’s license if they have missed ten consecutive or 15 non-consecutive days in two or more classes.

Personal and Banned Items

Students are strongly encouraged not to bring valuable personal items to school. We cannot assure that personal items will be safe.  The best security of personal items is to leave them at home.​ The only personal possessions appropriate to have at school are those that relate to the educational process.

Students are not permitted to bring knives, masks, squirt guns/ water balloons, matches, lighters, tobacco, laser-pointing devices/ pens, weapons or any item used dangerously, explosives, aerosol toxins, illegal substances, or drug paraphernalia to school under any circumstances

Publications

Publications and/ or materials promoted, but not sponsored by the school, may only be distributed on school premises after receiving the approval of the district and/ or principal. Distribution of political or religious materials on school property is not permitted. 

Tardies and Hall Passes

Our expectation is all students are punctual to all classes. If a student arrives to a classroom after the tardy bell, within the first 10 minutes of the class period, they are considered tardy. If a student wishes to excuse a tardy, they will need a pass from either the front office, or their previous class teacher. 

Hall passes will be issued by staff members if a student needs to leave the classroom for any reason, including to go to the office, health room, library/media center, or for other emergency reasons. Students are expected to take care of all personal needs during class passing times and bring all necessary materials to class so that they will not need to leave the classroom. Passes for restroom use will not be issued during the first or last 10 minutes of class. Students in the hall without a pass will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Detention

After school detention is held 2:10-3:00 pm Monday – Thursday. Lunch detention is held during middle school and high school lunches Monday – Friday. It is the student's responsibility to communicate to their parent or legal guardian when detention is assigned and to make alternate transportation plans when necessary. If a student fails to serve his/her detention within the prescribed time period, the student will be referred to an administrator for further consequences and/or a possible suspension. Detentions are supervised. 

Visiting and Volunteering

We welcome the input and support of our families at Health and Science. If you are interested in learning about opportunities to volunteer at the school, please do not hesitate to contact us at 503.356-3630. Background checks are required for all volunteers and visitors. 

In our continued efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for all children to learn and grow, we require that all visitors check-in at our front office, just inside Entrance A to sign in and pick up a visitor’s badge.