HASBROUCK
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HIGH SCHOOL
Student/Parent Handbook
2016
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2017
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Year
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Contents
PRINCIPALS LETTER................................................................................................................................................................ 5
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ................................................................................................................................................... 6
BOARD OF EDUCATION .......................................................................................................................................................... 6
CHILD STUDY TEAM ................................................................................................................................................................ 6
ALMA MATER.......................................................................................................................................................................... 7
MISSION STATEMENT ............................................................................................................................................................. 8
VISION STATEMENT ................................................................................................................................................................ 8
HIGH SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE ............................................................................................................................................. 10
HIGH SCHOOL STAFF............................................................................................................................................................. 11
HIGH SCHOOL MARKING PERIOD DATES ............................................................................................................................. 12
HIGH SCHOOL TESTING SCHEDULE....................................................................................................................................... 13
PARENT COMMUNICATION ................................................................................................................................................. 13
Important Contact Information ....................................................................................................................................... 14
Getting Messages to Students during the School Day .................................................................................................... 14
ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES .................................................................................................................................................. 15
CLUBS AND ADVISORS.......................................................................................................................................................... 15
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY ................................................................................................................................................. 17
IMPORTANT POLICIES........................................................................................................................................................... 18
Attendance (#5200) .......................................................................................................................................................... 18
Tardiness........................................................................................................................................................................... 19
DRESS CODE (# 5511)........................................................................................................................................................ 19
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (#5512) ..................................................................................................... 20
Affirmative Action Officer ................................................................................................................................................ 20
STUDENT CONDUCT (#5600) ................................................................................................................................................ 21
School Lockers .................................................................................................................................................................. 21
Cafeteria/Lunchroom ....................................................................................................................................................... 21
Hallway Behavior.............................................................................................................................................................. 21
Gum Chewing ................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Assemblies & Performances ............................................................................................................................................ 21
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Theft.................................................................................................................................................................................. 21
Sexual Harassment ........................................................................................................................................................... 22
Smoking ............................................................................................................................................................................ 22
Steroids ............................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Narcotics, Drugs, and Alcohol .......................................................................................................................................... 22
Plagiarism (SEE POLICY #5701)......................................................................................................................................... 23
Academic Integrity ........................................................................................................................................................... 23
GRADING POLICY (#2624)..................................................................................................................................................... 23
Honors criteria (#2624.1) ................................................................................................................................................. 23
Grading Scale .................................................................................................................................................................... 26
Homework ........................................................................................................................................................................ 26
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT SERVICES .................................................................................................................................... 27
Individual Counseling ....................................................................................................................................................... 27
The 504 Officer ................................................................................................................................................................. 27
The Student Assistance Counselor................................................................................................................................... 27
The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I and RS) ....................................................................................... 27
Planning Your Program of Studies ................................................................................................................................... 28
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS for 2016-2017 .............................................................................................................. 28
DUAL ENROLLMENT AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES ............................................................................................ 30
HHHS Courses that are only Dual Enrollment ................................................................................................................. 30
HHHS Courses that are Advanced Placement ................................................................................................................. 30
Course Requirements for Graduation (#5460) ................................................................................................................ 31
Schedule & Course Change .............................................................................................................................................. 31
Teacher preference; .................................................................................................................................................. 32
Lunch considerations;................................................................................................................................................ 32
Summer School................................................................................................................................................................. 33
Grade Point Average ........................................................................................................................................................ 33
Senior Final Exam Exemption........................................................................................................................................... 33
Transcripts ........................................................................................................................................................................ 33
Student Records ............................................................................................................................................................... 34
Access to Student Records ............................................................................................................................................... 34
Procedure for Submitting College Applications .............................................................................................................. 34
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PROCEDURES ........................................................................................................................................................................ 36
Fire Drills ........................................................................................................................................................................... 36
Lock Down Drills ............................................................................................................................................................... 36
High School Delayed Opening .......................................................................................................................................... 36
Notifications ..................................................................................................................................................................... 36
Working Papers ................................................................................................................................................................ 36
Home Instruction.............................................................................................................................................................. 37
Extra Help ......................................................................................................................................................................... 37
Personal Property............................................................................................................................................................. 37
Electronic Entertainment Devices.................................................................................................................................... 37
Technology, Acceptable Use Policy ................................................................................................................................. 37
Study Hall.......................................................................................................................................................................... 38
Tuition Students ............................................................................................................................................................... 38
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPALS
LETTER
It is with great pleasure that we take this opportunity to welcome you to Hasbrouck Heights High School. We are extremely
proud of the programs that we offer our students and encourage you to make the most of your time with us.
This Handbook has been developed by the administrators to help you and your parents learn as much as possible about our
school services, procedures, and policies. It is a quick reference guide that you will find extremely useful throughout the
2016-2017 school year. It is the responsibility of the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to read this Handbook
thoroughly and in its entirety, so that a clear understanding of the expectations, procedures, and policies that are in place
here at Hasbrouck Heights High School is achieved.
Whether you are joining the Hasbrouck Heights school community for the first time or have been with us for a number of
years, we encourage you to become an active student in our schools. In addition to an excellent academic foundation, we
offer many activities and clubs to help students to become well-rounded and to mature into self-reliant young adults. A
strong commitment to Excellence and Equity is our promise to you. We hold the highest expectations for all of our
students!
We look to the upcoming school year with great excitement and hope that all of our students will have a rewarding and
successful year. For more information, please visit our district web site at www.hhschools.org
Very truly yours,
Mrs. Linda Simmons, High School Principal
Mr. Vincenzo Barchini, High School Vice Principal
Mr. Michael Scuilla, High School Athletic Director
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
Administrator Title Email Address
Dr. Matthew Helfant Superintendent of Schools helfantm@hhschools.org
Mrs. Dina Messery School Business Administrator messeryd@hhschools.org
Mrs. Linda Simmons High School Principal simmonsl@hhschools.org
Mr. Vincenzo Barchini High School Vice Principal barchiniv@hhschools.org
Mr. Michael Scuilla Athletic Director scuillam@hhschools.org
Mr. Joseph Mastropietro Middle School Principal mastropietroj@hhschools.org
Mr. Frank DAmico Middle School Vice Principal
damicofra@hhschools.org
Mr. Michael Sickels Euclid School Principal sickelsm@hhschools.org
Mr. Joseph Colangelo Lincoln School Principal colangeloj@hhschools.org
Mrs. Nicole DeBonis Director of Curriculum, K-12 debonisnic@hhschools.org
Mrs. Abbe Lewites Director of Special Services lewitesa@hhschools.org
Mr. Ryan Esdale Supervisor of Special Programs esdalerya@hhschools.org
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mr. Joseph Samperi, President
Mr. Debra Bruno, Vice President
Mr. Alan Baker
Mrs. Patricia Caruso
Mrs. Constance Doheny
Mr. Robert LaMorte Mr.
Joseph Rinke
Mrs. Lillian Romano
Mr. Robert Salerno
CHILD STUDY TEAM
Name
Title
Email
Dr. Lisa Ciraco
Mrs. Suzanne Gallo
Mrs. Denise Miniatis
Mrs. Linda Pizzute
School Psychology
LDTC
School Behaviorist
LDTC
ciracol@hhschools.org
gallos@hhschools.org
miniatisden@hhschools.org
pizzutelin@hhschools.org
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
ALMA MATER
There are many other
schools
Of this there is no
doubt
Still we'll always cling to
Hasbrouck,
For we know there's but one
route.
That's to win all of the
victories
In the classroom and the
track
And be loyal sons and
daughters
Of the Orange and the
Black.
When the cares of life o'er take
us
Mingling fast our locks with
gray
Should our dearest hopes betray
us
False fortunes fall our
way.
Still we'll banish cares and
sadness
As we turn our memories back and recall the days of
gladness
'Neath the Orange and the
Black
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Hasbrouck Heights School District is to focus on student development within a safe, supportive
environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning.
VISION STATEMENT
STUDENTS
Hasbrouck Heights School District believes that learning is measured by the integrity and achievement of its students.
Students will become independent and self-sufficient citizens, who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global
society.
Students will be accountable for their work and behavior.
Students will take pride in their school and community.
Students will have mutual respect for the different learning styles, strengths, needs and challenges of others.
Students will be actively engaged in the learning process through diversified classroom activities that challenge all
learners.
Students will be 21st century, college and career ready.
COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS
The Hasbrouck Heights School District believes in the value of a diverse community and is actively involved in efforts to
promote and create partnerships that celebrate the qualities and individuals that make our community unique.
Parents/guardians are actively involved in all aspects of the educational process.
Community service promotes effective partnerships with community stakeholders.
District and local government connections are apparent through various collaborative efforts.
The district establishes effective relationships with various educational institutions.
TECHNOLOGY
The Hasbrouck Heights School District believes that technology plays an integral role in improving the quality of
instruction and supports learning by providing students and staff with the tools necessary to affect the mission of the
district.
District enhances student learning through the use of technology tools.
Students will learn effective communication, research, presentation, and personal productivity skills through the
effective application of technology.
Students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems
individually and collaborate to create and communicate knowledge.
Students will develop an understanding of the nature and impact of technology as they relate to the individual and a
global society.
CURRICULUM
The Hasbrouck Heights School District will provide each student with a diverse education, aligned with New Jersey Core
Content Curriculum and Common Core Standards
The curriculum reflects the District’s commitment to innovation, continuous improvement, and excellence.
The teachers will maintain the curriculum to reflect changes in standards in order to meet the instructional needs of
students.
The curriculum provides students with the tools necessary to become 21st Century College and Career ready.
The district will provide ongoing professional development to support the effectiveness of the curriculum and to
strengthen instruction. The curriculum cultivates active student learning.
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HIGH SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
PERIOD 0 7:00-7:51 AM
PERIOD 1
7:55-8:46 AM
HOMEROOM
8:46-8:51 AM
PERIOD 2
8:54-9:45 AM
PERIOD 3
9:48-10:39 AM
PERIOD 4
10:42-11:33 AM
PERIOD 5
11:36-12:27 PM
PERIOD 6
12:30-1:45 PM
6A CLASS 12:30-1:21 PM
Lunch 2 1:24-1:45 PM
Lunch 1 12:30-12:51 PM
6B CLASS 12:54-1:45 PM
PERIOD 7 1:48-2:39 PM
SINGLE SESSION DAY
PERIOD 1 7:55-8:30 AM
HOMEROOM 8:30-8:36 AM
PERIOD 2 8:39-9:14 AM
PERIOD 3 9:17-9:52 AM
PERIOD 4 9:55-10:30 AM
PERIOD 5 10:33-11:08 AM
PERIOD 6 11:11-11:46 AM
PERIOD 7 11:49-12:24 PM
High School announcements will be made during homeroom.
HS Delayed Opening- In the case of delayed openings, the following procedure shall be adhered to:
1. Administrative staff reports at 9:00 am
2. Administrative assistant staff reports at 9:00 am
3. Teaching staff reports at 9:55 am
4. Students report at 10:00 am
5. Period 1- 10-10:39 am
6. Period 4- 10:42am followed by regular full day schedule
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HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
Last Name
First Name
Email Address
Anastasi
Candice
anastasiCan@hhschools.org
Ascolese
Joseph
ascolesej@hhschools.org
Avella
Frank
avellafra@hhschools.org
Bernstein
Lisa
bernsteinl@hhschools.org
Cafferty
Beth
caffertyb@hhschools.org
Cassano
Philip
cassanop@hhschools.org
Cassidy
Catherine
cassidyc@hhschools.org
Centrella
Mary
centrellam@hhschools.org
Chiu
Betty
chiubet@hhschools.org
Czekaj
Laura
czekajl@hhschools.org
Doyle
Kara
doylekar@hhschools.org
Freund
Kristopher
freundkur@hhschools.org
Hunninghake
Christopher
hunninghakechr@hhschools.org
Kida
Thomas
kidatho@hhschools.org
Kistner
Amanda
kistnera@hhschools.org
Kos
Suzanne
koss@hhschools.org
Kritzer
Barbara
kritzerb@hhschools.org
Lustmann
Jessica
lustmannjes@hhschools.org
MacDonald
Kailey
macdonaldkai@hhschools.org
Mansfield
Sean
mansfieldsea@hhschools.org
Marchese
Vincent
marchesevin@hhschools.org
McCue
Vanessa
mccuevan@hhschools.org
McGinty
Elizabeth
mcgintye@hhschools.org
McKernan
Julie
mckernanjul@hhschools.org
Michaeli
Shoshana
michaelis@hhschools.org
Monetti
Danielle
monettid@hhschools.org
Pede
Nicole
pedenic@HHSchools.org
Pignatiello
Daniel
pignatiellod@hhschools.org
Reed
Cheryl
reedc@hhschools.org
Ruroede
LeighAnn
ruroedelei@hhschools.org
Schmarak
Justin
schmarakjus@hhschools.org
Schneeweiss
Erin
schneeweisse@hhschools.org
Shah
Shradha
shahshr@hhschools.org
Sparacio
Matthew
sparaciomat@hhschools.org
Squillace
Maria
squillacem@hhschools.org
Stine
Robert
stiner@hhschools.org
Stoehs
Mary-Grace
stoehsm@hhschools.org
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Thorne
William
thornew@hhschools.org
Trexler
Edmund
trexlerbra@hhschools.org
Van Dam
John
vandamj@hhschools.org
Vanaria
Matthew
vanariaMat@hhschools.org
Warren
Michael
warrenm@hhschools.org
Washburn
Antoinette
washburna@hhschools.org
Zellman
Ian
zellmanian@hhschools.org
Zukatus
John
zukatusjoh@hhschools.org
HIGH SCHOOL MARKING PERIOD DATES
Marking Period 1 start: September 7
Progress Reports 1: October 3
Marking Period 1 End: November 4
Report Cards Issued: November 14
Marking Period 2 start: November 7
Progress Reports 2: December 12
Marking Period 2 end: January 20
Semester 1 Assessment January 23-26
Report Cards Issued: February 1
Marking Period 3 start: January 26
Progress Report 3: March 1
Marking Period 3 end: March 31
Report Card Issued: April 7
Marking Period 4 start: April 3
Progress Reports 4: May 10
Marking Period 4 end: June 23
End of Year Assessment:
Seniors June 8-13
Grades 9-12 June 12-15
Report Cards Issued: June 23
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HIGH SCHOOL TESTING SCHEDULE
PSAT (Grades 9-11) Wednesday, October 19
th
,
2016
This is a practice test to help students prepare for the SAT test. This test is made up of three
parts including Critical Reading and Mathematics.
SAT- (Fall) Saturday, October 1
st
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rd
,
2017
This is the first of two SAT’s offered from the district. Mostly seniors will take this assessment to
send to the colleges. This test is made up of two parts including Critical Reading and
Mathematics. The SAT subject tests are also offered. Make sure to register at collegeboard.org.
PARCC Assessment: Grades 6-11- March 27
th
- May 19
th
,
2017
The PARCC tests the skills the students have acquired during their current and previous years.
This is a computer based assessment.
AP Testing: May 1
st
- May 12
th
,
2017
Our district offers students the chance to take Advanced Placement tests in multiple subject
areas. Visit collegeboard.org for official dates of each test.
Biology Test: May 31
st
June 1
st
,
2017
This test is given to all the high school students in the district who are taking Biology. This
measures whether students have gained the knowledge and skills identified in the Biology
section of the Science Core Curriculum Standards.
PARENT COMMUNICATION
The Administrative Team recognizes that students in grades 9-12 are faced with multiple developmental,
academic, physical, and social changes in their lives. To have a collaborative approach and to assist them
in becoming self-sufficient, independent learners, we believe that effective and frequent communication
between home and school is a must. We ask that you contact your childs teacher as a first means to
resolve issues that may occur. In addition, counselors and members of the Child Study Team are also
available as an initial contact for various situations. The following are procedures within the building that
assist us with communication.
*Please note that the building administration monitors and regulates each of the communication
procedures detailed below and therefore, issues of inefficiency should be immediately reported to the
building principal.
Back to School Night- High School:
September 15th, 2016 - 6:30pm
Each fall, the High School invites parents to spend an evening at the school. The faculty presents
an overview of their instructional programs including classroom rules and procedures. Parents
are encouraged to participate in the evening’s activities and to familiarize themselves with their
childs daily routine.
Parent Workshop Academy
December 15, 2016
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All parents will be invited to attend an evening of workshops formulated from parent
surveys.
Daily Homework Posting
All HHHS classroom teachers will post all homework, test, and project due dates in Genesis.
Official Staff Email Accounts
All HHHS staff members have an official email account ending in @hhschools.org. Teachers are
encouraged to respond to all emails in a timely manner. A complete list of staff email addresses
is located in this handbook or online on the districts website.
Telephone
Please contact all HHHS staff members by calling the main office at 201-393-8164. HHHS staff
members are encouraged to respond to all phone calls in a timely manner.
Report Cards
Report cards are issued four times a year and report progress for an entire marking period. See
Handbook sections on Grading Policy and Report Cards for details.
Live Grades
All HHHS families have access to our live grades online reporting program via Genesis. When a
student receives a grade below a 65 an email is sent to the parent/guardian/student. Homework
completion for each week will be updated every Friday. Tests, quizzes, essays and other graded
projects will be posted to Genesis immediately after the teacher completes the grading process.
*Note that lengthy assignments, exams, projects, and essays might take up to a week to post to
Genesis.
At the beginning of each school year, parents will receive directions, a username and password in
order to access Genesis. Genesis will replace the formal paper mid-term progress report.
Parent Emails
Each Friday an email is sent with important information that is pertinent to the school’s
programming. Flyers are saved in a Friday Folder on the schools website at www.hhschools.org
Parent Surveys From time to time parents/guardians will be asked to participate in a survey.
Important Contact Information
Main Office (201) 393-8164
Main Office Fax #- (201) 288-2083
Attendance- Mrs. Fran Del Vecchio (201) 393-8190
Nurse- Mrs. Mary Neumann (201) 393-8160
Child Study Team Office (201) 393-8150/8151
District HIB Coordinator- Mr. Ryan Esdale (201) 393-8379
Student Assistance Counselor- Mrs. Barbara Christianson (201) 288-1426
Athletic Director- Mr. Michael Scuilla (201) 393-8174
Getting Messages to Students during the School Day
In order to maintain an orderly, safe and productive school environment, the office staff will strive to
minimize classroom interruptions. PA announcements will ONLY be made during period 1.
1. Students are permitted to use the office telephone only in the event of an emergency
(Forgetting homework does not constitute an emergency!)
2. Students are responsible for checking in at the office to collect dropped off items.
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3. Classrooms will not be interrupted to summon individual students to the office to collect
items forgotten” at home and delivered to school.
4. Parents should refrain from texting/calling students on their cell phones during the school
day.
ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES
CLUBS AND ADVISORS
Academic Challenge Catherine Cassidy
Art Club Barbara Kritzer
Aviators Out Loud Podcast Club Kara Doyle
Community Service Erin Schneeweiss/Suzanne Caines
Chess Club Mike Binazeski
Color Guard (Marching band) Candice Anastasi
Director of Instrumental Music Joe Ascolese
Drama Club and Senior Play Erin Schneeweiss
Future Scientist Club Ian Zellman
Gay/Straight Alliance Catherine Cassidy
Heroes and Cool Kids Barbara Christianson/Kerrie OHagan/
Ashley Aligo
Italian Club/Italian Honor Society Nicole Pede
Key Club Kailey MacDonald
Medical Science Club Dan Pignatiello
Model UN Catherine Cassidy
Multi-Cultural Club Danielle Monetti
National Honor Society Tom Kida
Pierrot Winter Guard Candice Anastasi
Pilots Log William Thorne
Poetry Club Kim DiMartino
Robotics Club Mike Binazeski
Spanish Club/Spanish Honor Society Maria Squillace
Spirit Club Barbara Kritzer
Student Council William Thorne
Thinking Ahead College Career Club Crystal Tremaroli
Yearbook Erin Schneeweiss
Young Democratic/Republican Club Catherine Cassidy
CLASS ADVISORS
Senior Class Erin Schneeweiss
Junior Class Hailey MacDonald
Sophomore Class Barbara Kritzer
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Freshman Class Nicole Pede
2016-2017 SPORTS AND COACHING STAFF
FOOTBALL
HEAD COACH NICK DELCALZO BOYS SOCCER
ASST COACH ROCCO MINICHIELLO ASST COACH FRANK DAMICO HEAD
ASST COACH VINNIE MARCHESE JV COACH BILL THORNE
ASST COACH ADAM BAEIRA ASST. COACH TOM HUGHES
ASST COACH DOM DAMICO/SEAN MANSFIELD
FROSH COACH PAT GABRIELE
VOLLEYBALL
HEAD COACH
ASST. COACH
KELLY STREICHER
JACKIE FERRANTI
GIRLS SOCCER
HEAD COACH
ASST. COACH
ASST. COACH
ALLISON JONES
STEFANIE SCHOLZ
KIM TANIS
GIRLS TENNIS
HEAD COACH
SUZANNE CAINES
CROSS COUNTRY
HEAD COACH
MIKE RYAN
JV COACH
VANESSA MCCUE
ASST. COACH
LEIGH ANN RUROEDE
BOYS BASKETBALL
HEAD COACH
MIKE CEBULA
GIRLS BASKETBALL
HEAD COACH
AMANDA MINERVINI
ASST. COACH
FROSH COACH
VINNIE BARCHINI
TBA
ASST. COACH
FROSH COACH
JOHN VAN DAM
JACKIE FERRANTI
WRESTLING
HEAD COACH
CRAIG MESSERY
WINTER TRACK
HEAD COACH
ROB BRADY
ASST. COACH
ASST. COACH
KURT FREUND
ADAM BAEIRA
ASST. COACH
ASST. COACH
MIKE RYAN
JOHN VALENTI
SWIMMING
HEAD COACH
TALIN BOYADJIAN
BOWLING/GOLF
HEAD COACH
DAN PIGNATIELLO
ASST. COACH
MICHAEL CANNATA
BASEBALL
HEAD COACH
ROCCO MINICHIELLO
SOFTBALL
HEAD COACH JACKI
E FERRANTI
ASST. COACH
ASST. COACH
PAT GABRIELE
LORENZO TATTOLI
ASST. COACH KURT
ASST COACH CHRI
FREUND
STINE WARREN
TRACK
BOYS TENNIS
HEAD COACH
ROB BRADY
HEAD COACH SUZA
NNE CAINES
ASST. COACH
JOHN VALENTI
JV COACH TBA
ASST. COACH
VINNIE MARCHESE
ASST. COACH
MIKE RYAN
CHEERING
ASST. COACH
KAITLYN RISALVATO
HEAD COACHES
BARBARA KRITZER
ASST. COACH
JOHN DAMATO
ADRIANNA BALAC
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Membership in the Hasbrouck Heights High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is to be based
upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a select
group of students by the school faculty through the Faculty Council.
Article VI Selection of Membership
Section 1. The Faculty Council of the chapter selects students who demonstrate outstanding
performance in all four criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Scholarship:
The scholarship requirement is a 3.9 GPA (on a 5.0 scale) based on a
students cumulative grade point average after their 5
th
or 7
th
semester.
Leadership:
The number of offices a student has held in school or community
organization, also including effective participation in other co-curricular
activities.
Service:
The student who exercises leadership:
Exercises positive influence on peers in upholding school ideals
Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility;
conducts business effectively and efficiently; demonstrates
reliability and dependability
Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school or
community actions
Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
Actions undertaken by the student which are done with or on behalf of others without any
direct , financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
The student who serves:
Volunteers and provides dependable and well organized assistance,
is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or
inconspicuous responsibilities
Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-
scholastic competition
Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students
Character:
A candidate will be able to demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct
and behavior with regard to school and community rules, guidelines, and
policies or be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement to
compensate for previous inadequacies. A person of character
demonstrates the following six qualities: respect, responsibility,
trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
In addition, it can also be said that the student of character:
Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior
(cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning
property, programs, office, halls, etc.
Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
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Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules,
avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to
profit by the mistakes of others
Section 2. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of junior or senior
class. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of
one semester.
Section 3. Candidates must have a cumulative scholarship average of at least a 3.75 for the class of 2013 and
at least a 3.9 for all classes after (on a 5.0 scale). Candidates shall then be evaluated on the
basis of
service, leadership, and character.
IMPORTANT POLICIES
The next sections contains information related to important policies that students must adhere to.
Please read through the guidelines and procedures that follow. In addition, please visit the district
website at www.hhschools.org to read the complete policy for each.
Attendance (#5200)
All students are expected to make attendance in school a top priority. The teachers,
administrators, and staff recognize their responsibility to provide a thorough and efficient
education to all students. Therefore, it is critical that every student and their parent/guardian
accept responsibility for the students attendance at school as scheduled, and required by state
law. Excellent attendance will positively affect student achievement!
If a student is to miss school as part of an excused / unexcused absence, it is the responsibility of the
students parent/guardian (or an 18 year old student) to notify the school. The process for notifying the
school of the students absence should be followed as outlined below:
1. The parent/guardian is requested to call Mrs. Del Vecchio in the Attendance Office at (201) 393-
8190, no later than 8:45am (notification after 8:45am will be considered truant). If there is no
answer, please leave a message on the voicemail system.
2. The information provided should include the students name, grade, and a callback phone number
for the parent/guardian.
It is vital to the safety of our students and the proper functioning of the school day to have all students
accounted for at all times. PLEASE BE SURE TO CALL IN ALL ABSENCES!
Students that are absent from school for any reason are responsible for the completion of assignments
missed because of their absence. A student who is absent from school for observing a religious holiday
shall not be deprived of any award, eligibility, or opportunity to compete for any award, or deprived of the
right to take an alternate test or examination that was missed because of the absence provided there is a
written excuse of such absence signed by the parent.
Prolonged or repeated absences, excused or unexcused, from school or from class, deprive students of the
educational and classroom experiences deemed essential to learning and may result in retention at grade
level or loss of credit or removal from a course that would count toward the high school diploma in
accordance with policies of this Board.
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Students shall be subjected to the school districts response for unexcused absences that count toward
truancy during the school year as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6(a)4 and Regulation 5200.
Unexcused absences from school or from classes within the school day may subject a student to
consequences that may include the denial of a students participation in co-curricular activities and/or
athletic competition. Repeated absences from school interfere with efforts of this Board and its staff in the
maintenance of good order and the continuity of classroom instruction and such absences may result in
the removal of the student from a class or course of study.
Tardiness
1. The Board of Education believes that promptness is an important element of school
attendance. Pupils who are late to school or to class miss essential portions of the instructional
program and create disruptions in the academic process for themselves and other students.
2. Tardiness to school or class that is caused by a student’s illness, an emergency in the student's
family, the observance of a religious holiday, a death in the student's family, or by the student's
compliance with a request or directive of an administrator will be considered justified and is
excused. All other incidents of tardiness will be considered unexcused.
3. A student who develops a pattern of tardiness, excused or unexcused, will be offered counseling
with an appropriate staff member to determine the cause of the tardiness.
Late to School:
Any student who reports to school after 7:55am must report to the Hall Monitor located at the front
door. The student must sign in and receive two late passes from the Hall Monitor. One of the passes
should be immediately given to the Main Office and the other should be given to the classroom teacher
for admittance to his/her class.
Late to Class:
Lateness to class is excused only when a student has a pass from a staff member when arriving in class.
If a student is less than three minutes late to class, the teacher has the authority to address the time
lost as they see fit. If a student is late to class two times for more than three minutes, it will be
considered a cut and disciplinary action will be taken.
Discipline for Tardies:
1-3 Tardies excused
4-7 tardies- central detention (30 minutes before or after school)
& parent / guardian notification
8-20 tardies- Saturday detention (8-11am) & parent / guardian notification
>20 tardies- may lose 1
st
period credit
DRESS CODE (# 5511)
The Board of Education recognizes that each pupil's mode of dress and grooming is a
manifestation of personal style and individual preferences. The Board will impose its
judgment on pupils and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) only when a pupils dress and
grooming affect the educational program of the schools. Therefore, pupils may not wear
clothing or engage in grooming practices that present a health or safety hazard to the
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individual pupil or others; materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt
the educational program; cause excessive wear or damage to school property; or prevent
the pupil from achieving his/her own educational objectives because of blocked vision or
restricted movement.
The Board of Education prohibits pupils from wearing, while on school property, any type
of clothing, apparel or accessory which indicates that the pupil has membership in or
affiliation with any gang associated with criminal activities. The local law enforcement
agency will advise the Board, upon request, of gangs which are associated with criminal
activities.
The Building Principal, or his/her designee, shall determine whether the dress or grooming
of pupils comes within these prohibitions.
Staff members shall demonstrate, by example and precept, wholesome attitudes toward
neatness, cleanliness, propriety, modesty, and good sense in attire and appearance.
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (#5512)
1. Report all HIBS verbally to Vice Principal (Principal Designee) staff member has two days to write
report.
2. Vice Principal informs parents of all students involved on the day it occurs.
3. Investigation must begin within 1 day of the incident-investigation must be completed within ten
school days.
4. Investigation must be given to the Superintendent within two days of completion.
5. Results must be provided to the School Board by the time of the next Board meeting.
6. Within five days of the Board of Education meeting the parents are sent a letter regarding the
outcome of the investigation.
7. Parents can request a hearing in Executive Session after receiving all information and the hearing
must be held within ten days of the request.
8. The Board of Educations decision may be appealed to the Commissioner of Education no later than
90 days after the issuance of the Board’s decision.
9. A parent, pupil, legal guardian, or organization may file a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights
within one hundred eighty days of the occurrence of any incident of harassment, intimidation, or
bullying based on membership in a protected group as enumerated in the Law Against
Discrimination, P.L. 1945, c.169 (C.10:5-1 et seq.).
For Additional information, complaint forms and the policy on HIB (#5512), please visit our district
website www.hhschools.org
Affirmative Action Officer
Ms. Catherine Cassidy
cassidyc@hhschools.org
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STUDENT CONDUCT (#5600)
School Lockers
Lockers are designed only for the storage of books, school supplies, and outerwear and are not
designed to provide security for valuables. All students are urged to take precautions with their
possessions. Make sure lockers are closed and locked. Personal belongings should not be left
where others may have the opportunity to take them. Please keep the lockers clean and free from
odor-causing items. Students who tamper with other students lockers will be subject to
disciplinary action. Locker inspections will occur during the school year.
The Hasbrouck Heights School District respects student privacy and provides students with the
use of a locker in which they may store clothing, school materials, and other personal property.
Although each student is responsible for maintaining the locker assigned to him/her, all lockers
are and shall remain the property of the school district. Students may not use multiple lockers
for storage.
Lockers may not be used as a depository for substances or objects which are illegal or which
constitute a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants of the school buildings.
School administrators reserve the right to search lockers and their contents at any time on a
blanket or random basis, without notice, and without parental guardianship or pupil consent, and
without reasonable suspicion of the presence of contraband.
Cafeteria/Lunchroom
Lunch period is an opportunity to relax and interact with friends. Students are expected to clean up after
themselves, behave appropriately and follow the directions of the teachers and administrators in charge.
Trash barrels are available to deposit trash. There are also containers specifically designated for
recycling, and all are encouraged to help with the school’s effort in this regard. Leaving trash on the table
or throwing trash on the floor is unacceptable. Students who display inappropriate behavior during
lunch or who do not clean up after themselves may have restricted lunchroom access as a consequence.
Hallway Behavior
Students are expected to keep to the right while traveling in the hallway, keep voices low, and keep
moving to your next classroom. It is important not to gather with friends or stop to talk during the
passing of classes. Loitering could result in lateness to class. Students are not permitted to
enter classrooms without a teacher present. Students must wait outside and line up along the lockers
until the teacher arrives and/or permits student entrance.
Gum Chewing
Careless disposal of gum in drinking fountains, furniture, and floors presents sanitation and cleaning
problems and costly repair. Therefore, gum chewing is not permitted.
Assemblies & Performances
Enter and exit in a quiet, orderly manner.
No talking or physical contact during the performance.
Remain in one's seat for the duration of the program, unless one has an emergency or
assignment. If a student must enter/exit, do so only between selections, not during a
performance.
Any student/child who is not part of the performance must remain seated with an adult.
Treat the performer(s) in a respectful manner and offer appropriate applause.
Theft
Report any theft to the Administration immediately. Students are encouraged not to bring valuables to
school, to lock their hall lockers and to use a locker and a lock in the gym locker room. The school is not
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responsible for lost or stolen items. Laptops, cases, phones, wallets, etc., should never be left
unattended.
Sexual Harassment
The Board of Education will not tolerate sexual harassment of pupils by school employees, other
pupils, or third parties. Sexual harassment of pupils is a form of prohibited sex
discrimination. School district staff will investigate and resolve allegations of sexual harassment
of pupils engaged in by school employees, other pupils (peers), or third parties.
The Board shall establish a grievance procedure through which school district staff
and/or
pupils
can report alleged sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment which may include
quid pro quo harassment and hostile environment.
Smoking
Every student has the right to be educated in a clean and safe environment. Smoking in any public
building in New Jersey is illegal. Therefore, by State law and Board Policy, smoking and the use of
tobacco products is prohibited on school district property including building, grounds, and school
vehicles. Further, students are also prohibited from the use and/or possession of tobacco products at
any school-sponsored event. Students who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary procedures.
Steroids
Student athletes participating in our sports programs will be subject to random steroid testing. For more
information please contact Athletic Director, Michael Scuilla at scuillam@hhschools.org.
Narcotics, Drugs, and Alcohol
The Board of Education recognizes that a students abuse of harmful substances seriously impedes that
students education and threatens the welfare of the entire school community. The Board is committed
to the prevention of substance abuse and the rehabilitation of substance abusers by educational
means, but will take the necessary and appropriate steps to protect the school community from harm
and from exposure to harmful substances. Accordingly, the Board will establish policies and procedures
in operating programs to support the social, emotional, and physical development of students in
accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-4.1 et seq. The Board of
Education will maintain a comprehensive substance abuse intervention, prevention, and treatment
referral program in the schools of this district.
The Board prohibits the use, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol or other drugs on school
grounds according to N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-9, 10, and 11.
A student who uses, possesses, or distributes alcohol or other drugs will be subject to discipline
in accordance with the districts Code of Student Conduct. School authorities also have the
authority to impose a consequence on a student for conduct away from school grounds in
accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.5. Discipline may include suspension or
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expulsion. The Board will establish consequences for a student not following through on the
recommendations of an evaluation for alcohol or other drug abuse and related behaviors.
Plagiarism (SEE POLICY #5701)
Academic Integrity
One of our main goals each school year is to provide an atmosphere where academic honesty is
valued. Students who engage in cheating and plagiarism are using someone else's work and efforts,
claiming them as their own, for their own benefit. Cheating is defined as both giving and receiving
information for the purpose of improving grades on a quiz, test, essay, research paper, or homework.
Plagiarism is also considered cheating. A student who is identified as cheating or plagiarizing by
giving or receiving answers on a quiz or test or copying someone else's work on essay, research
paper, homework or other assignments will be disciplined according to the Code of Conduct.
GRADING POLICY (#2624)
Honors criteria (#2624.1)
9
th
GRADE ALGEBRA 1 HONORS
Student attains an 83 final average in Honors 8
th
Grade Math Classes.
OR Student attains a 90 final average in 8
th
Grade Math Classes
GEOMETRY HONORS
Student attains an 83 final average in Algebra 1 Honors.
OR Student attains a 90 final average in Algebra 1.
HONORS ALGEBRA
2
Student attains an 83 final average in Honors Geometry.
OR Student attains a 90 final average in Geometry
HONORS PRECALCULUS/HONORS TRIGONOMETRY
Student attains an 83 final average in Honors Algebra II OR Student attains a 90 final average
in Algebra II
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
CALCU LUS/ADVANCED PLACEMENT
STATISTICS
Student attains an 83 final average in Honors Pre-calculus and attains a minimum of an 80
final average in English
OR student attains a 90 final average in Pre-calculus and attains a minimum of an 80 final
average in English
SCIENCE COURSES
PRE-AP
BIOLOGY
Student attains a
9
0 final average in 8
th
grade Science
PRE-AP
CHEMISTRY
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Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Biology OR Student attains a
9
0 final average
in Biology
PRE-AP
PHYSICS
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Chemistry OR Student attains a
9
0 final
average in Chemistry
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Biology and attains a minimum of an 80 final
average in English OR Student attains a
9
0 final average in Biology and attains a minimum
of an 80 final average in English
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Chemistry and attains a minimum of an 80
final average in English OR Student attains a
9
0 final average in Chemistry and attains a
minimum of an
80 final average in English
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Physics
and attains a minimum of an 80 final average in English OR Student attains a
9
0 final
average in Physics and attains a minimum of an 80 final average in English
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP Chemistry OR Student attains a
9
0 final
average in Chemistry
BUSINESS
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MACROECONOMICS
Student attains an 83 final average in math and language arts
Student completed Personal Finance
SOCIAL STUDIES
PRE-AP WORLD
HISTORY
Student attains a
9
0 final average in 8
th
grade Social Studies
PRE-AP US HISTORY
1(EARLY US)
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP World History OR Student attains a
9
0 final
average in World History
PRE-AP US HISTORY 2 (MODERN US)
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Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP US 1 OR Student attains a
9
0 final average in
US 1
ADVANCED PLACEMENT H I
S
T O R Y C
L
A
S
S
E
S
Student attains an 83 final average in Pre-AP US 2 and attains a minimum of an 80 final
average in English
OR Student attains a
9
0 final average in US 2 and attains a minimum of an 80 final average
in English
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
P
S
Y C H O
L
O G Y
Student attains a
9
0 final average in Psychology
WORLD LANGUAGES
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
W
O R
L
D LANGUAGES
Student attains a
9
0 final average in their third (or fourth) year of a World Language.
LANGUAGE ARTS
PRE-AP ENGLISH 9
Student attains an 83 final average in Honors 8
th
Grade.
OR Student attains a 90 final average in 8
th
Grade English
PRE-AP ENGLISH 10
Student attains an 83 final average in PAP English 9
OR Student attains a 90 final average in 9
th
Grade English
PRE-AP ENGLISH 11
Student attains an 83 final average in PAP English 10
OR Student attains a 90 final average in 10
th
Grade English
ADVANCED
PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
Student attains an 83 final average in PAP English 10 or 11
OR Student attains a 90 final average in 11
th
Grade English
ADVANCED
PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Student attains an 83 final average in PAP English 11 or AP Language and Composition
MUSIC/ART
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC/ART COURSES
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Transfer Students
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Placement in honors classes will be based on past academic records and
required pre-requisites that have been achieved. A test may be given for a student to qualify
into an Honor’s class where transcripts do not match with our course progression/program.
Grading Scale
The High School will use the following grading scale:
Homework
A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D 65-69
F 55-64 (For first three marking periods)
<64 (For marking period 4)
Homework will be assigned on a regular basis, with the goal being to practice skills and reinforce
concepts learned in class. It is the responsibility of the student to make homework a priority, so
that academic progress can be made.
If a student is absent for any reason, they must make up assignments, class work, and tests within
a reasonable length of time. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain makeup
assignments. Students excused for field trips, concerts, competitions, etc., must make
arrangements with the teacher to make up the work missed prior to the absence from class.
When a student does not complete work missed for absence within the prescribed length of time,
he/she will receive a failure for that assignment
Homework will be graded on the following percentage system:
o 100 percent for completion or good effort;
o 75 percent for partial or average effort;
o 50 percent for an attempt, but not enough of the
assignment
is good to show
that the student made a sincere effort for completions;
o 0 for no homework or nearly no homework;
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For any subject in which no daily homework is traditionally assigned, class participation will
be given a weight of 20%.
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT SERVICES
In an effort to more fully meet the needs of our students and parents, Hasbrouck Heights High School has
a complete staff of certified counselors and a Student Assistance Counselor, all of whom are ready to
assist families in dealing with a wide range of issues, including those of academics, career exploration,
personal concerns, and college admissions.
By providing services such as individual and group guidance, student appraisal, teacher consultation,
parent education programs, student orientation and transition activities, and resource referral, the
Guidance Counselors have the goal of helping students to make those choices that will lead to success in
all aspects of school life and beyond. Periodically, information highlighting certain activities and events
will be mailed home and/or posted on the District website to help parents support the efforts of the
school in regard to their child's development. Students and/or parents may request a conference with a
counselor at any time. Parents are encouraged to notify the counseling staff of any difficulty a child may
be experiencing so that as much personal assistance as possible may be offered.
Lindsey Busse Grades 8-12 (Students last names A G)
Crystal Tremaroli Grades 8-12 (Students last names H O)
Ashley Calligy Grades 8-12 (Students last names P Z)
Individual Counseling
Your guidance counselor is available in the Guidance Office. The special services staff (social worker,
psychologist, and learning disabilities specialist), is also available in the special services offices.
The 504 Officer
The 504 Officer for the High School is our school nurse Mary Neumann and Barbara Christianson. They
can be contacted at 201-393-8160.
The Student Assistance Counselor
The function of a Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) is to provide confidential assistance to students who
are experiencing serious social difficulties or emotional difficulties. Our SAC, Mrs. Barbara Christianson, is
always available to assist students. Mrs. Christianson can be reached at (201) 288-1426 or the student's
counselor can be contacted at (201-393-8164). Frequently, students or teachers will refer a student who
is exhibiting difficulties (usually of a non-academic nature) to the SAC. Parents are also welcome to make
such referrals.
The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I and RS)
The I&RS Committee is a team of teachers, administrators and counselors who receive referrals about
students who are not performing to academic expectations. The Committee provides counseling and
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guidance to students. The High School I&RS Coordinator is Mr. Vincenzo Barchini, who can be reached at
barchiniv@hhschools.org.
Job Shadow Program:
Select college-bound twelfth grade students elect to partner with an approved community sponsor
(secured by the student) for the purpose of exploring a career interest and gaining valuable
exposure and insight into a potential field of study. The student must demonstrate the ability to
make important decisions regarding time management, problem solving, and goal setting as they
will attend the site approximately ten days over the course of the school year and is responsible
for any worked missed during the class.
Planning Your Program of Studies
Hasbrouck Heights High School does not track students into separate programs such as academic,
business, technical, etc. Students are expected, with the help of the counselor, to develop a program of
studies in line with their abilities, interests and plans. In the absence of a specific career goal, students
are encouraged to carefully select those courses, which keep open the most options.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS for 2016-2017
High School A
rt
Art
Appreciation
2D Art
Creative
Art Studio
Art
Honors AP
Studio
Art
Photography
Graphic
Design
High School
Busin
e
ss
Personal
Finance
*Accounting
1-BCC
*Culinary Arts II (After School)
BCC
Entrepreneurship
Business Marketing
Strategies
High School
English
English
9
English 9
Honors
English
10
English 10
Honors
English
11
English 11
Honors
English
12
English 12
Honors
AP Language and
Composition
AP Literature and
Composition
Communications
Literature of a
Genre
Public
Speaking
Journalism
Sci-Fi/Graphic
Novel
College Composition and Literature
Studies
ESL
English Proficiency
Development
Publication
Production/Yearbook
High School World Language
Spanish
I
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Spanish
II
Spanish
III
*Spanish
IV
AP
Spanish
Italian
I
Italian
II
Italian
III
*Italian
IV
AP
Italian
High School Physical Education/Health/Drivers
Ed
Grade
9
Grade
10
Grade
11
Grade
12
Care of
Athletes
High School H
ist
o
ry
World
History
Early US History
I
Early US History I
Honors
Modern US History
II
*Modern US History II
Honors
AP US
History
Contemporary Regional
Issues
Psychology
Particular Topics in
Psychology
AP Psychology
Sociology
High School
Math
em
ati
c
s
Algebra
I
Algebra
Honors
Geometry
Geometry
Honors
Algebra
II
Algebra II
Honors
Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus
Honors
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Calculus
Trigonometry
Foundations of Advanced
Math
Statistics
AP
Statistics
AP Calculus
AB
Mathematics Test
Prep
Mathematics Proficiency
Development
Life
Skills
Algebra Part
1
High School
Musi
c
Band
Music Theory Honors
AP Music
Theory
Music
Appreciation
Piano
High School
Scien
ce
Earth
Sci
ence
Biology
Biology Honors
AP
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry
Honors
AP
Chemistry
Physics
Honors
AP
Physics
*Anatomy and Physiology
-SHU
*Forensics
SU
*Denotes Dual Enrollment
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DUAL ENROLLMENT AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES
2016-2017 School Year
HHHS Courses that are only Dual Enrollment
A Dual Enrollment course is a class sponsored by a college or university, which is taken by high school students for college credit
from the sponsoring institution. Upon completion students receive credit from the sponsoring institution and can apply to
transfer these credits to whatever college or university they attend. (Cost minimal) Students can take a Dual Enrollment course
without signing up for college credits, no college credits will be awarded without registering.
Bergen Community
College
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http://www.bergen.edu/pages1/pages/Home.aspx
Culinary II Mr. Santhouse / Mr. Vanaria
Sociology Mrs. McGinty
Italian 4 Ms. Pede
Entrepreneurship Mrs. McCue
Intro to Accounting Mrs. McCue
20
th
Century US Modern History Ms. Cassidy
Seton Hall University- http://www.shu.edu/academics/artsci/project/project-acceleration/
Anatomy and Physiology Dr. Trexler
Syracuse University - http:/supa.syr.edu
Forensics Dr. Trexler
Fairleigh Dickinson University- www.fdu.edu/middle
Spanish 4 Mrs. Squillace
HHHS Courses that are Advanced Placement
An Advanced Placement Course is a class sponsored by College Board. It enables a high school student to earn college credit by
passing an AP Test. (Cost minimal) Students can take an AP course without taking the test for college credits.
AP Studio Art
AP Music Theory
AP Chemistry
AP Psychology
AP Statistics
AP Physics
AP US History
AP Calculus AB
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Biology
AP Spanish
AP Italian
*AP courses follow the College Board approved (and HHBOE approved) course Audit/curriculum. AP tests
are given in the first two weeks of May. Students taking AP classes are EXPECTED to challenge themselves by taking
AP Exams. Honors and AP Criteria can be found in the Policies and Regulations section of this handbook.
See policy- AP/Honors: Academic Standards, Academic Assessments, and Accountability 2624.1
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Course Requirements for Graduation (#5460)
Grading (#2624)
In order to be graduated from the Hasbrouck Heights School District, a student must show proficiency
in both Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as earn a total of 130 credits including course credits in
each of the following areas:
4 Years Math- Must include Algebra I and Geome
try
4 years
English
4 years Physical
Educatio
n/He
alth
3 years Science (2 year lab science) must include 1 year of B
iol
ogy
3 years Social
Studi
e
s
1/2 year Personal
Financ
e
1 year Foreign Language, recommend 2 years for College Bound
Students
1 year Fine/Practical Performing A
rts
1 year 21st Century Life & C
ar
ee
rs
20 credits of additional co
ursework
/e
le
c
tives
40 hours of community
s
e
rvic
e
Meet NJ State Required Criteria for Graduation
Students who do not complete all graduation requirements will not be permitted to participate in
graduation ceremonies.
Any modification in the requirements contained in this policy must be approved by the Superintendent
of Schools, with the exception of programs as defined in N.J.A.C. 6:8 or in N.J.A.C. 6:28-4.8 (Special
Education, Diplomas and Graduation).
Schedule & Course Change
The course schedule distributed to each student at the beginning of the semester expresses the results
of a prior planning process shaped by the student’s educational needs, interests, and desires. During
that process, school counselors and other personnel provided guidance to students and their parents so
that individual choices were informed by an awareness of available options and the longer range impact
of course elections. The results of this process were then used to build the master schedule, balance
class sections, and equalize teaching loads. In sum, the scheduling process is designed to achieve the
following goals:
To encourage students to undertake a challenging and balanced program of study that widens their life
options;
1. To help students make and abide by informed decisions that serve their educational interests;
2. To enable the school to make full use of available human resources.
Students sometimes seek schedule changes after the semester begins. To minimize the problems that
result from inappropriate student-initiated change requests, the following procedures will be
implemented:
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1. During the first five days of the new semester, the Guidance Department will attempt to quickly
resolve requests that reflect the following:
a. A scheduling error resulting in an incomplete or inaccurate program
(Example: no lunch, wrong course);
b. Changes warranted by summer school makeup;
c. Course addition(s) that do not require course drops and/or multiple course changes;
d. Level changes as per course requirements
Only requests that reflect these circumstances will be processed during the first five days of the new
semester.
2. After the first five days of the new semester and through the end of the second week of the new
semester, the Guidance Department will meet with students to consider additional kinds of
scheduled change requests. In petitioning for a change, students should be prepared to discuss why
the results of the planning process are no longer appropriate. Students are advised that personal
convenience and/or preference do not per se justify a change. Changes that would not be considered:
Teacher preference;
Lunch considerations;
An interest in joining friends in a particular class
Or any combination of the above.
3. Unless there are unusual or exceptional circumstances, or unless it is deemed in the students best
interest, no student-initiated schedule changes (with the exception of course withdrawals as
discussed below) will be processed after the second week of the semester.
4. Any change in a students program must have parents written permission if the student is under 18
years of age, as well as approval by the supervisor/administrator.
5. If a course is dropped prior to a first quarter grade, the course will not be reflected on the
transcript. In addition, a student must replace the dropped course with a replacement course prior
to the start of the second marking period. After the start of the second marking period, a grade
of "W or W/Fail" will be given for the dropped course, and no additional credit course may be
taken.
6. If a student is a senior, the quality points and credits for any course dropped after the close of
marking period 1 grades will be included in the student's GPA and credit for the course up to the
time of withdrawing will be included on the student's transcript. For example: a 5 credit course
dropped at the end of marking period 2 will be shown on the student's transcript as 2.5 credits
calculated in the GPA using the quality points earned based on the student's grade. Additionally,
colleges to which the senior has applied will be notified of the change in program by the guidance
counselor.
7. If a student is a senior and is requesting a change in course from a higher to lower level course, if the
change is recommended by the teacher and counselor, then the student will receive credit for the
lower level.
8. Students in grades 9,
1
0, and 11 who meet the criteria for the test taking skills courses are required
to remain in the course until proficiency is shown (mid-year or full-year). The grade and credits
from test taking skills courses are included in GPA calculations.
9. No student may enter and be granted credit for a full year course after the start of the 2nd
marking period. Exception could be necessitated for transfer students or with administrative
approval.
10. No student may enter and be granted credit for a semester course after the 1st or 3rd quarter
progress reports have been distributed.
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Summer School
Most students complete their high school graduation requirements within four years. However, that
time frame becomes seriously jeopardized if students fail required courses, which are usually also
sequential in nature. Therefore, students who fail a required course must make up the course in summer
school immediately, if they intend to graduate on time.
If the course is not offered in summer school, or if the student chooses not to attend summer school,
the student will repeat the course the next school year. Students will not be permitted to take the next
level of a consecutive requirement until the previous course is passed.
Parents: Please do not make summer vacation plans or allow your child to commit to a summer job if
he or she is in danger of failing a required course. Your childs academic responsibilities and
requirements should take first priority, and every effort should be made to work toward a year-end
Grade Point Average
Grade point average is computed for students by a process that includes all subjects for which credit is
given and all grades including failures. Differential weighting, by an additional point, is used for Honors
and Advanced Placement courses.
Senior Final Exam Exemption
Exemptions for
final examinations
will be granted for grade 12 students who, in each course: A
ttain
a
grade of 90 or higher in each of the four marking periods. Attain a grade of 90 or
higher on
the midterm examination.
Accumulate no more than six (6) total absences in a full year course or three (3) absences in
a semester course.
Note: Five (5) or more consecutive days absent will not count in the total providing that
the
student provides proof from a licensed physician attesting to the injury or illness mandating the
student is exempt
from
attending school. Attendance will be mandatory during the exam period
for which the student is exempt. Students who are absent must adhere to the make up policy
as listed in number 5 of this policy.
AP Courses- In lieu of taking a 4th marking period quarterly in June, students may be required
to take an AP test at the time approved by College Board. Fourth marking period grades will
be left up to the discretion of the individual instructor on the criteria for which the student will
be graded (project, etc.
).
Transcripts
There are two types of transcripts:
a. OFFICIAL transcripts are sent to a college, university, a state or federal agency, etc. In no case will an
Official Transcript be sent or given directly to the student or parent.
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b. UNOFFICIAL transcripts are for a student's personal or general use, does not bear the official seal of
the high school; they may be sent or given directly to a student or parent.
Student Records
The Hasbrouck Heights High School District shall conform in all respects to the requirements of state
and federal law regarding gathering, maintaining, and allowing accessibility to pupil records.
Access to Student Records
Parents/guardians shall be notified at least annually of their rights in regard to pupil records and have
access to copies of the applicable state and federal laws and local policies available upon request. Such
notification shall be in the language of the parent/guardian. Should the parental rights of one or the
other natural or adoptive parent be terminated by a court of appropriate jurisdiction, it is the
responsibility of the person/agency having legal custody to notify the district that the right to review
pupil records should be denied to the person whose rights have been terminated.
A non-adult pupil may assert rights of access only through his/her parent/guardian. However, guidance
or child study team personnel, at their discretion, may disclose pupil records to non-adult pupils; or to
appropriate persons in connection with an emergency, if such knowledge is necessary to protect the
health or safety of the pupil or other persons.
The parent/guardian shall either have access or be specifically informed about only that portion of
another pupil's record that contains information about his/her own child.
Procedure for Submitting College Applications
September
Review your complete high school transcript with your counselor to check for accuracy of
courses, grades, rank in class, etc.
Meet with your school counselor to be sure that colleges remaining on your list are appropriate
to your academic and personal record.
Meet with the teachers of your choice to discuss letters of recommendation.
Plan visits to college campuses if you didn’t get to them during the summer or if you want to
return for a second time.
ACT offered.
October
Continue to attend College Fairs to investigate further those colleges to which you will probably
apply.
If applying for early decision or early action, be aware of deadlines.
Work hard, your first quarter senior grades are important.
If you are applying to colleges that require the CSS profile for financial aid, initiate this process
now.
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SAT and SAT subject tests offered.
November
Continue filing applications to colleges. Be aware of deadline dates.
Continue to meet with college representatives when they visit your school.
SAT and SAT subject tests, ACT offered.
December
File your last college applications.
SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT offered.
January
Maintain a strong senior year.
Attend financial aid information sessions.
If applying for financial aid, access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.
February
Monitor your college applications to be sure that materials are sent and received on time,
especially your first semester grades.
Be certain that your FAFSA and/or CSS profile has been filed by this time if needed for financial
aid.
March/April
Continue monitoring your college applications.
Attend Open House Programs on college campuses.
May
Decide on the college you will attend. Send in the required tuition deposit by May 1
st
.
Write to college you have not selected to inform them that you plan to enroll elsewhere.
Take Advanced Placement examinations if appropriate.
June
Request that your school counselor send your final transcript to the college you will attend.
July/August
Look for information from your new college on summer orientation, skills testing, course
registration, etc.
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PROCEDURES
Fire Drills
Fire drills will be conducted twice each month. At the sound of the fire alarm, all students are to exit
the building according to the directions posted in each classroom, or at the direction of the
teacher/staff member in charge. Students are to conduct themselves in an orderly and silent fashion;
misconduct of any kind while leaving or returning to the building is forbidden. Disciplinary action will be
taken to any student in violation.
Lock Down Drills
Lock-Down Drills are conducted once each month and are designated to secure the school buildings
efficiently and effectively. Students will be given clear directions by their classroom teacher regarding
the procedures at the start of the school year. Students are expected to cooperate with all of the rules
and procedures outlined by the classroom teacher.
Emergency Closing and Delayed Opening
The chief school administrator is authorized by the Board of Education to close schools, open them late or
dismiss them early in hazardous weather or in other extraordinary circumstances which might endanger
the health or safety of pupils or school employees.
An automated phone call will be made via School Messenger. In the case of an emergency closing
occurring at some point during the school day, the following procedures shall be adhered to:
High School _Grades - 9-12
Students will be dismissed unless parents request alternate arrangements, in writing, at the beginning
of the school year.
High School Delayed Opening
1. Administrative staff reports at 9:00 a.m.
2. Secretarial staff reports at 9:00 a.m.
3. Teaching staff reports at 9:50 a.m.
4. Students report at 10:00 a.m.
5. Period 1 10:00 - 10:27 a.m.
6. Periods 4-8 10:30-end of day-follows regular full-day schedule
Notifications
1. Radio stations (WOR, WCBS, WINS)
2. School Messenger
Working Papers
Procedure for Obtaining Employment Certificate:
Step 1: Pick up the New Jersey State Department of Education
A300/Combined Certification form in the main office from Mrs. Van Hook. The student should
complete Section A in its entirety.
Step 2: Have the employer complete Section B and the Employment Information on the
form. Wages and hours of employment must be indicated. A signature by a Parent or
Guardian is also required in this section. Have the school nurse Section C if a physical
examination was done within the last year. Otherwise, a physician must complete this form.
The signature of the minor is required in Section G of the form.
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Step 3: Return the completed New Jersey Combined Certificate form and a birth certificate
(copy acceptable) or other proof of age (i.e., baptismal certificate, passport driver’s license not
acceptable) to the guidance office.
Step 4: The next school day, pick up the Employment Certificate in the guidance office.
Home Instruction
A student may be placed on home instruction for physical or psychological disability, based upon the
recommendations of a physician and/or the Child Study Team. The education received by the student
on home instruction has the same status as what would have been received had the student-attended
school regularly. Additional information is available through the Guidance Office.
Extra Help
If a student requires extra help in a particular subject area, the student should speak to the teacher in
order to schedule an appointment outside of their schedule extra help sessions. Morning and afternoon
extra help sessions are available. A schedule is set at the beginning of the year.
Messages/Student Items
Personal messages will not be relayed to students by the Main Office except for an emergency. Personal
items, including food, cannot be dropped off in the main office for students. Rather, these items should
be dropped off to the visitor monitor who is located at the main entrance of the school.
Personal Property
Cell Phones
Cell phones must be turned off during class time, unless instructed otherwise by the classroom
teacher. Unauthorized use of cell phones could lead to disciplinary action. Any student who
needs to make an emergency phone call may use the phone in the Main Office.
Electronic Entertainment Devices
Electronic entertainment devices are not permitted in halls or classrooms except in the
cafeteria. Items in violation will be confiscated and turned into the Main Office. All
entertainment is to be school-appropriate. Devices will be confiscated if misused, and will be
returned only to a parent.
Technology, Acceptable Use Policy
The Board of Education recognizes as new technologies shift the manner in which information is
accessed, communicated, and transferred; these changes will alter the nature of teaching and
learning. Access to technology will allow pupils to explore databases, libraries, Internet sites, and
bulletin boards while exchanging information with individuals throughout the world. The Board
supports access by pupils to these information sources but reserves the right to limit in-school use
to materials appropriate for educational purposes. The Board directs the
Superintendent
to effect
training of teaching staff members in skills appropriate to analyzing and evaluating such resources
as to appropriateness for educational purposes.
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The Board also recognizes technology allows pupils access to information sources that have not
been pre-screened by educators using Board approved standards. The Board therefore adopts the
following standards of conduct for the use of computer networks and declares unethical,
unacceptable, or illegal behavior as just cause for taking disciplinary action, limiting or revoking
network access privileges, and/or instituting legal action.
The Board provides access to computer networks/computers for educational purposes only. The
Board retains the right to restrict or terminate pupil access to computer networks/computers at
any time, for any reason. School district personnel will monitor networks and online activity to
maintain the integrity of the networks, ensure their proper use, and ensure compliance with
Federal and State laws that regulate Internet safety.
Study Hall
Study halls are for quiet studying only. Students may not leave study to go to other locations in the
building without permission. Students are to utilize the time to study, do homework, or to use the Media
Center for research, etc.
Tuition Students
The Board will, with the consent of the Board upon such terms, admit nonresident pupils on a tuition
basis pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-3 if there is space available and the pupil is in compliance with the
district’s attendance and discipline policies.