Severna Park High School
Attendance Letter

 

 

It is very important for you to review the Attendance procedures below.  Please review with your child as well.  Thank you for your cooperation.  

 ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: 

 

Regular attendance in school and classes is imperative for success in high school.  Students who are frequently or excessively absent from school may not meet the minimum course requirements necessary to receive credit in a course.

                          

PROCEDURES FOR:

Absence

· Return from absence notes:  A written note from the parent/guardian is required when a student returns from an absence.  The note must include the following: a) student name, b) date(s) of absence, c) reason for the absence, d) parent signature,   e) work/home phone or cell numbers.  Please reference
AACPS Attendance Policy and Regulation for lawful reasons for absences.

· You may choose to write your own note or use this template form to serve as your absence note. 

                      The note is given to the student’s first period teacher, who will turn in a “Return from Absence

                      form with the appropriate code with their attendance.  Legally absent student will be allotted at least the same number of days equal to the number of days absent for that class to make-up work.

                      Teachers check the electronic Daily Attendance Bulletin for absence codes.

                      The note must be submitted within three (3) days of the student’s return to school. 

An absent note brought later than the third day must be brought to the student’s alpha administrator or if no absent note is submitted, the absence is coded unexcused and make-up work is given to student, but credit for make-up work is based on teacher discretion. 

                      The forging of signatures or notes may result in suspension from school.

                      A doctor’s note is required for illness in excess of five (5) consecutive school days.

                      It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for make-up work with his/her individual teachers.

 

Planned/Scheduled Extended Absence or Special Circumstances

 

Please note, regardless of cause(s), a student who is absent six (6) or more days a semester IS EXCESSIVELY ABSENT.  Students who are excessively absent may not meet the requirements for earning credit. The Principal and teacher(s) concerned will review attendance cases and will determine whether or not a passing grade may be given and credit awarded for the subject(s) in question.

For a Planned/Scheduled Extended Absence during the school year (not to include semester exams) a student must do the following:

1.       Schedule an appointment at least five (5) school days in advance of the absence with their alpha Assistant Principal to review the case—reason for extended absence, current grades, current attendance and time frame of extended absence.

2.       Obtain teachers’ signatures/comments on the form below.

3.       Return completed form to their alpha Assistant Principal for final review (approval or denial) at least one (1) school day in advance of the first day of the absence.

 

Late Arrival to School

· If a student arrives late to school after 7:17 a.m., they MUST report to the Attendance Window.  The student will be issued a pass to class by Attendance personnel.

 

Early Dismissal

· If student needs an early dismissal, they are to present a note from a parent or guardian at the Attendance Window prior to their 1st period class (first thing in the morning, Attendance Window opens at 7 a.m.).

 

·  The note must include the date and time for dismissal, the reason(s), student legal name, and a phone number where a parent or guardian can be reached to confirm the note.  Student will receive a coded pass to present to their teacher at the time of dismissal.  At the early dismissal time, student MUST report back to the Attendance Window with the coded pass to sign out.  Any absence from class as a result of early dismissal is counted as an absence.

 

 

· If a student receives an early dismissal through the Health Room, a pass will be issued by the Health Room Aide or Nurse.   If a student has alternative transportation, i.e. self-driving, walking, bicycle, etc., the Health Room will refer the student to an administrator for approval and early dismissal.  Students are not permitted to text or call parents on their own for an early dismissal due to illness.  Students who are ill MUST be seen and dismissed through the Health Room.

 

· Students taking part in any extra-curricular programs (athletics, band, dance, drama, etc.) MUST be in attendance the FULL day of school to be eligible to participate in the practice, game, performance or activity.  Exceptions must be approved in advance by Mr. Smith, Assistant Principal in-charge of Athletics.

 

Partial Schedule Seniors

· If a student has a partial schedule (remember, only seniors can have a partial schedule and there are no late arrival partial schedules), they will be responsible for their own transportation from school and must leave campus immediately following their last scheduled class.

 

 

 

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS  

GOT BOOKS?  New, old or gently used!  Donate them to Chapter One so your books can be sent across the world to impoverished countries.  Find the donation box labeled B.I.G. (Big) in lower Media.  

If you like listening to live music and raising money for great charities, come to the Benefit for Bello Machre on Friday, April 17th at St. Andrew’s Clubhouse to listen to local bands like Terra and raise money for Bello Machre! With a $10 door-charge, all profits will go directly to Bello Machre. If you are in NHS, you can receive up to 2 merits for attending! Contact Julia Selle for more information.


Calling all dancers! Thought you missed your chance to make Dance Company next year? You thought wrong! There will be a second audition for the SPHS Dance Company on Wednesday, April 15, at 3:30pm in the dance room. Dance experience is mandatory. If there are any questions, please see Ms. Richards in FS6. Thank you!

It’s Ally Week sponsored by GSA! 

GSA members will be at all lunches collecting names of those who are Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in our school.  

All students and staff wishing to sign up as an Ally may do so at the Ally Week table at all lunches next week.

When you sign up as an ally you may also elect to participate in the Day of Silence that will take place this Friday.


April 17, 2015 is the National Day of Silence.  Our GSA and the Baltimore Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network invite everyone to join thousands of students and staff around the country that will remain silent for all or part of the school day on Friday.  This display of silence calls attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
 
 If you participate in the Day of Silence you are agreeing to the following rules:
1.     During class time, if it is necessary for you to speak for academic purposes, you must do so.  Refusal to speak during class is not condoned by the GSA and will be considered insubordination.
2.     If at any time you are directly asked a question by an adult, you must answer.
3.     In order to participate in the Day of Silence you must obtain a pass available at the Ally table next week during lunches. 
 
The GSA thanks all of our Allies for their support and we’ll see you at the Ally lunch table next week!

Did you know that 49 million Americans live in food insecure households? Help to change this statistic. Come to Chick Fil-A on Tuesday, April 14th from 6AM – 10 PM to help support the Light House Shelter in Annapolis.   Proceeds will go to purchasing food and making lunches for the residents.  This is part of the Lunches for Lighthouse Leadership 3 Project.  Make sure to mention Lunches for Lighthouse at check out!  Thanks for your support.

There will be a makeup committee meeting for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Tuesday April 14 at 2:15 in G-151.

Are you in a band or do you play an instrument?
Do you want the opportunity to play in front of an audience?
That chance can be yours on Friday, April 17th from 6-10 p.m.!
NHS members can receive up to 2 merits for playing!
Contact Julia Selle or Ms. Hannahs for more information.



Juniors:
  Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is taking nominations now for their two scholarships: Computing Medal and Scholarship Program and for their Creativity and Innovation Award. Each approved nominee will receive a scholarship valued at a total of $28,000 if accepted and enrolled at RIT. Qualified nominees must rank in the top 10% of the junior class, be leaders and have a strong interest in computing or creativity.  The deadline is May 8.  See Ms. McCloskey in the counseling center for more information.


REJOICE! The sci-fi club is having a movie night again… yes again.

Join us on at Friday, April 17th and watch “Teenagers from Outer Space.” If you came to our last movie night, you know what to expect.  Doors open at 6PM.  

There will also be a cosplay showcase. If you are interested in participating, please talk to MR. Boorman about it before Tuesday.

Tickets will be sold during all lunches up until the day of the event for $3.  NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR.

Thinking of running for Class Office?  Elections are coming up! Class Officer Nomination Forms are now available from your class advisors, from Dr. Seg, and in the main office. Forms are due on April 17th. Elections will be held in Advisories on Friday April 24th. 

If you signed up for the SPHS Talon Show, please stop by Miss Gabriele’s room to check the list.  The annual SPHS Talon Show will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00.  Come out to see and hear wonderfully talented students of Severna Park AND the German exchange students!  There will be drumming, slide whistling, dancing, singing, piano playing and stand comics to name a few!  Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the door.  Tuesday night, April 14 at 7:00 – see ya!


 

 

 

 

 



 

 


 
 

 

 



ANNOUNCEMENTS  

GOT BOOKS?  New, old or gently used!  Donate them to Chapter One so your books can be sent across the world to impoverished countries.  Find the donation box labeled B.I.G. (Big) in lower Media.  

If you like listening to live music and raising money for great charities, come to the Benefit for Bello Machre on Friday, April 17th at St. Andrew’s Clubhouse to listen to local bands like Terra and raise money for Bello Machre! With a $10 door-charge, all profits will go directly to Bello Machre. If you are in NHS, you can receive up to 2 merits for attending! Contact Julia Selle for more information.


Calling all dancers! Thought you missed your chance to make Dance Company next year? You thought wrong! There will be a second audition for the SPHS Dance Company on Wednesday, April 15, at 3:30pm in the dance room. Dance experience is mandatory. If there are any questions, please see Ms. Richards in FS6. Thank you!

It’s Ally Week sponsored by GSA! 

GSA members will be at all lunches collecting names of those who are Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in our school.  

All students and staff wishing to sign up as an Ally may do so at the Ally Week table at all lunches next week.

When you sign up as an ally you may also elect to participate in the Day of Silence that will take place this Friday.


April 17, 2015 is the National Day of Silence.  Our GSA and the Baltimore Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network invite everyone to join thousands of students and staff around the country that will remain silent for all or part of the school day on Friday.  This display of silence calls attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
 
 If you participate in the Day of Silence you are agreeing to the following rules:
1.     During class time, if it is necessary for you to speak for academic purposes, you must do so.  Refusal to speak during class is not condoned by the GSA and will be considered insubordination.
2.     If at any time you are directly asked a question by an adult, you must answer.
3.     In order to participate in the Day of Silence you must obtain a pass available at the Ally table next week during lunches. 
 
The GSA thanks all of our Allies for their support and we’ll see you at the Ally lunch table next week!

Did you know that 49 million Americans live in food insecure households? Help to change this statistic. Come to Chick Fil-A on Tuesday, April 14th from 6AM – 10 PM to help support the Light House Shelter in Annapolis.   Proceeds will go to purchasing food and making lunches for the residents.  This is part of the Lunches for Lighthouse Leadership 3 Project.  Make sure to mention Lunches for Lighthouse at check out!  Thanks for your support.

There will be a makeup committee meeting for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Tuesday April 14 at 2:15 in G-151.

Are you in a band or do you play an instrument?
Do you want the opportunity to play in front of an audience?
That chance can be yours on Friday, April 17th from 6-10 p.m.!
NHS members can receive up to 2 merits for playing!
Contact Julia Selle or Ms. Hannahs for more information.



Juniors:
  Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is taking nominations now for their two scholarships: Computing Medal and Scholarship Program and for their Creativity and Innovation Award. Each approved nominee will receive a scholarship valued at a total of $28,000 if accepted and enrolled at RIT. Qualified nominees must rank in the top 10% of the junior class, be leaders and have a strong interest in computing or creativity.  The deadline is May 8.  See Ms. McCloskey in the counseling center for more information.


REJOICE! The sci-fi club is having a movie night again… yes again.

Join us on at Friday, April 17th and watch “Teenagers from Outer Space.” If you came to our last movie night, you know what to expect.  Doors open at 6PM.  

There will also be a cosplay showcase. If you are interested in participating, please talk to MR. Boorman about it before Tuesday.

Tickets will be sold during all lunches up until the day of the event for $3.  NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR.

Thinking of running for Class Office?  Elections are coming up! Class Officer Nomination Forms are now available from your class advisors, from Dr. Seg, and in the main office. Forms are due on April 17th. Elections will be held in Advisories on Friday April 24th. 

If you signed up for the SPHS Talon Show, please stop by Miss Gabriele’s room to check the list.  The annual SPHS Talon Show will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00.  Come out to see and hear wonderfully talented students of Severna Park AND the German exchange students!  There will be drumming, slide whistling, dancing, singing, piano playing and stand comics to name a few!  Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the door.  Tuesday night, April 14 at 7:00 – see ya!


 

 

 

 

 



 

 


 
 

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