Handbook

 

2018-2019 THS Students

 

THS Band performing at a pep rally
TO OUR STUDENTS and PARENTS/GUARDIANS,
On behalf of our faculty and staff, we welcome you to THS. We look forward to assisting you in fulfilling your educational goals and becoming a lifelong learner. THS has a history of fine academic and co-curricular accomplishments. We expect you to meet the goals which have been set, to carry on the tradition, and to make THS a better place. We are here to make your years in school as successful, yet educationally challenging as possible.  YOUR GRADUATION IS OUR EXPECTATION!
This handbook has been prepared to explain and clarify the procedures, policies, and regulations at Tullahoma High School. The administration reserves the right to make changes to programs, policies, fees, etc. as necessary and without prior notice.  The handbook is not meant to be all-inclusive of rules and expectations. It is not a substitute for
common sense, honesty, and making good choices.  You are urged to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your support as we strive to meet the needs of all our students.

FIFTEEN WORDS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
At Tullahoma High School, we strive to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive.
A smile and a kind word can go a long way in creating that atmosphere. Toward this end, we
encourage staff and students to incorporate "Fifteen Words That Make a Difference" into their
daily practices.
  • Hello!
  • Good morning!
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • You're welcome
  • Excuse me
  • How may I help you?

THS Student Handbook

ACT & SAT


An ACT score is a graduation requirement for all high school students in Tennessee.

TEST CODE NUMBER
School Code for ACT and SAT 432315
Test Center Code for ACT 185160
Test Center Code for SAT 43-258

 

Advisory


Students are assigned to Advisory by grade levels with a teacher who serves as their advisor during their time at THS for grades 10-12. Freshmen are assigned to advisors in High School 101 for the 9th grade year. Advisory classes are designed to address character, study skills, and other topics appropriate for high school students. Advisory teachers assist students with schedules and monitor academic progress. Students do not receive a grade for this class.
Grades 10-12 will have one week of advisory each month. This week is scheduled by the counseling office. Attendance is mandatory for all students unless you are assigned to an off campus Motlow class during that time.

Assesmblies


All THS students will demonstrate courteous behavior in school assemblies. Students are expected to give their full attention to speakers, performers, and guests.
Note: Students who are repeatedly disruptive or disrespectful will not be allowed to attend activities during the school day for a period of nine weeks. Activities may include but are not limited to pep rallies, homecoming activities, or assemblies.  Students will report to the ISS room during this time. A student may earn back the privilege to attend these activities by earning a Renaissance card or having no disciplinary referrals for a period of nine weeks.

Attendance


TO REPORT AN ABSENCE: 454-2620

IMMUNIZATIONS
The state laws and the Department of Public Health’s guidelines require that all students be properly immunized, or exempted as allowed by medical or religious reasons, before entering school. The schools are required to collect this immunization record from the parent on the form required by the Department of Health (green card) and to keep this information on file in the school. Failure to properly immunize or to provide the required documentation may result in a student’s dismissal from school.
** Attendance is essential to learning and therefore, students are expected to be present each day
school is in session.

Students with excessive absences, regardless of reasons, may be required to remain at school rather than participate in co-curricular activities, sports, field trips, etc. Attendance during the academic day is the first priority of responsibility.

In the event of an absent from school, one of the following actions should be taken:

  • The student’s parent/guardian should call the school (454-2620).
  • The student should bring a note signed by their parent/guardian with the reason and date of the absence.
  • The student should bring a doctor’s note within 3 days of their return to school.

Students are responsible for making up missed work according to their teachers’ classroom policies. In general, missed work should be made up on the first day you return to school. In unusual cases where multiple days are missed due to illness or tragedy, students are expected to make up work within three (3) days of your return to school. In the event of a prolonged absence of ten (10) days or more, a student may be granted additional days to complete missed work and tests. Homebound instruction may be available for students who have a lengthy illness. Contact the Attendance Director at 454-2600 for information concerning homebound instruction.

The following reasons for absences or tardiness are valid:

  1. Personal illness (verifications from a physician will be required after a student has missed any class more than five (5) times);
  2. Serious illness or death in the immediate family;
  3. Doctor or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled after school hours;
  4. Appearance in court (must have official note);
  5. Authorized religious holidays;
  6. School functions; any student absent from school for a school function must be in good standing academically in all classes in which currently enrolled;
  7. Absences or tardiness approved in advance by THS administration;
  8. Circumstances which in the judgment of the principal create emergencies over which the student has no control.

Attendance Policy

 

  • After five (5) absences without a doctor’s excuse, class absences will automatically become unexcused. When a student receives medical attention from a physician or dentist, he/she should return to school with a statement from the doctor or dentist listing the days the student should be excused.
  • A student may be absent from a particular class for school related activities only three (3) times for any one activity or class during the semester except for state and national contests. State and national contests are those in which a student must earn the right to compete.
  • A student absent without proper excuse, or absent due to out-of-school suspension, may be allowed to make-up assignments at teacher discretion. However, a student will receive an opportunity to make-up term exams, unit tests and/or major projects.

Attendance Procedures


As the school year progresses, the following procedures will be initiated for school absences:

  1. Five (5) unexcused days absent – parent/guardian notified by mail;
  2. Ten (10) unexcused days absent –parent/ guardian notified by letter; referral to Attendance Officer.
  3. Juvenile Court referral is at the discretion of the Tullahoma City Schools Attendance Officer. A student with a pattern or history of unexcused absences is subject to Juvenile Court action at any time.

Attendance Violations

  • Skipping Class, Truancy, Leaving School Grounds without Permission
  • Offenses may result in extended school, ISS, OSS or placement in Alternative School.

Bell Schedules


Regular Schedule

(Students who arrive prior to 8:00 am report to the cafeteria or library.)

Time Bell
8:00 am Teachers to be at assigned stations
8:10 am First Bell
8:14 am  One Minute Warning Bell
8:15 - 9:50 am First Block, Attendance, Minute of Silence, Pledge, Announcements
9:56 am One Minute Warning Bell
9:57 - 11:27 am Second Block
11:33 am One Minute Warning Bell
11:34 am - 1:43 pm Third Block
11:30 - 11:55 am First Lunch Shift
11:55 - 12:20 pm Second Lunch Shift
12:20 - 12:45 pm Third Lunch Shift
12:45 - 1:10 pm Fourth Lunch Shift
1:49 pm One Minute Warning Bell
1:50 - 3:15 pm Fourth Block
Note:  a "one-minute bell will ring to remind students they have one minute until the class tardy bell.


High School 101 Class Schedule

Time Bell
8:15 - 9:15 am First Period
9:20 - 10:20 am Second Period
10:25 - 11:25 am Third Period
11:30 - 12:30 pm Advisory
11:30 - 11:55 am First Lunch Shift
11:55 - 12:20 pm Second Lunch Shift
12:30 - 1:40 pm Fourth Period
1:50 - 3:15 pm Fourth Block

 


Early Dismissal Schedule (1:00 Dismissal)

Time Bell
8:15 - 9:15 am First Block, Attendance, Announcements
9:20 - 10:15 am Second Block
10:20 - 11:35 am Third Block
10:20 - 10:45 am First Lunch Shift
10:45 - 11:10 am Second Lunch Shift
11:10 - 11:35 am Third Lunch Shift
11:35 - 12:00 pm Fourth Lunch Shift
12:05 - 1:00 pm Fourth Block

 

Cafeteria


Free or reduced lunches are available to those who qualify by a written application process.  Students are al-lowed to charge for lunch or breakfast in an emergency. NO CHARGE BALANCES OVER $15.00 TOTAL ARE ALLOWED. Charges must be paid by Friday of each week. If special circumstances or hardships arise, please contact the office. Students are responsible for knowing their own account number and are not allowed to use other student account numbers. No unwrapped food or styrofoam cups may be taken out of the cafeteria.

Lunch prices: Lunch $2.50 Breakfast $1.25
Reduced prices: Lunch $.40 Breakfast $.30
(Prices subject to change without notice.)

All students getting their breakfast or lunch from the cafeteria serving area must type in their lunch code at one of the registers before proceeding to the dining area. Failing to do so is considered theft. Theft of any amount at THS will result in a (3) day suspension.

A microwave station is available in the cafeteria for student use. This privilege is provided as a courtesy to our students and should be respected as such. Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices


Students are permitted the possession of cell phones during the hours school is in session with
the following restrictions:

  • Cell phones and other authorized electronic devices shall be in the “off” mode at all times while in a classroom or at a scheduled activity during the hours school is in session.
  • Calculators may be used in classrooms at the appropriate times allowed by the instructor.
  • Cell phones or authorized electronic devices may be in the “on” mode and used during class changes and in authorized areas on school grounds before and after school and at lunch.

Consequences for violations:

  • 1st offense: The student’s device will be confiscated and stored in the office for the remainder of the school day. The student may pick the device up between 3:15 and 3:30. The student will be assigned to (1) day of extended school.
  • 2nd offense: Same as 1st offense and the student will be assigned (2) days of extended school.
  • 3rd offense: The student’s device will be confiscated and stored in the office for the remainder of the school day. A parent/guardian may pick the device up between 3:15 and 3:30. The student will be assigned to (1) day of ISS and will lose their cell phone privileges at THS for the remainder of the current semester, unless the offense occurs in the last 20 school days of the semester. In which case, the loss of privilege will continue as much as the first 20 school days of the 2nd semester.

Note:  The THS cell phone policy is a privilege designed to teach students proper cell phone etiquette. If the presence of cell phones becomes a distraction to the educational process, THS reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and with proper notice.


VIDEOS/PHOTOS:
Cameras, camera phones, and other electronic recording devices are prohibited in locker rooms at all times.

Cameras, camera phones, and other electronic recording devices owned or operated by individuals may not be used to photograph, video, or record any student or staff without permission from the individual(s) being photographed, videoed, or recorded.

Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal. Students who record fights or other student altercations may be subject to disciplinary action. This action may include out of school suspension. Local authorities may also be notified and the potential exists for charges to be filed.

**School security cameras are not included in this restriction. Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.

Any student who records and/or disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff, or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.

NOTE: The creation and distribution of nude photographs of minors (under 18) is a violation of state and federal child pornography laws (even if the student possessing or distributing the material is also a minor.) Engaging in such activity can lead to serious legal and educational consequences. Cases where photos were acquired by making threats (extortion) or distributed with intent to harm (revenge/cyber bullying) are considered a Category IV offense and will be dealt with accordingly. 


Electronic games/CD/Tape/MP3 Players, Toys, Other Digital Music Players, Etc.:
Electronic games, CD/MP3 players, collectible cards, toys, etc. should not be brought to school.  These items are high theft items and tend to cause distractions from the educational process. THS assumes no responsibility for the theft or damage to personal property. Use of these items in classrooms is prohibited unless it is an educational activity under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. Use of these devices in the hallway is allowed as long as it does not limit the student’s ability to hear announcements or teacher directives. “One ear open” is good advice.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) The possession or use of electronic cigarettes, electronic pipes, and electronic nicotine delivery devices is prohibited by Board policy. It is illegal in Tennessee for a minor to purchase, use, or possess an E-cig. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to the same consequences as those possessing or using tobacco products on school property.  Students under the age of 18 will be issued a tobacco citation, potentially requiring a court appearance and fine. E-cigs will be confiscated as an electronic device and returned to a parent or guardian under the same guidelines as a cell phone.

Checking In/Out of School


Checking In/Out of School:

  • Students who arrive after 8:15 or leave prior to 3:15 must check in/out in the attendance office.
  • Please do not call or email the attendance office and ask for a student to be released. We do not accept phone calls or emails to release a student from campus. A parent or someone from the student’s emergency contact list must physically sign the student out. Please be prepared to come into school to sign out your child when needed.
  • Please bring your driver’s license/ID when picking up a student. For the safety of our students, we require a photo ID for verification. Only those individuals listed in the student’s data file will be allowed to sign out a student. The student must also come to the attendance office to checkout before leaving the building.
  • If your student drives and has a medical/dental appointment or court date, then the student must present a signed note to the attendance office on the same day they need to leave campus. All notes must be received at least one hour prior to check-out. All notes will be verified using the contact information in the student’s data file. Without a written notification, a student who drives may only leave campus if a parent or someone from the emergency contact list comes into the school and signs them out.
  • All students will incur an unexcused absence for their time off campus unless they return with a formal doctor’s note or a note from the court clerk within 72 hours of the absence.
  • Please remember, If your child becomes sick while at school, he/she must be seen in the school nurse’s office prior to leaving campus due to illness. If your student is too ill to attend classes, please be prepared to come to school to sign your child out for the day.
  • 18 year old students are not permitted to check themselves out of school.

Counseling Services


The purpose of the counseling program at Tullahoma High School is to help each student make the most of their abilities, interests and opportunities. We attempt to accomplish this purpose by assisting the student in making decisions in educational and post-secondary 

Counseling services are available to all students. Students are encouraged to consult with one of the counselors at any time that he/she has a question or problem. Parents are invited to call for an appointment or information at any time.

THS School Counseling Department:

  • 12th Grade: Ms. Erika Konyndyk
  • 11th Grade: Ms. Jessie Kinsey
  • 9th/10th Grade: Mr. Richie Chadwick
  • Testing Coordinator: Mr. Al Morris
  • Data Specialist: Cindy Scott
  • Counseling Assistant/Registrar: Cindy Rusk

Students should contact the counselor assigned to their grade level for counseling services.

Credit for Courses


A student must earn a passing average for the total course to earn credit. Quarters will be averaged to determine a student’s final score for full credit courses. The average of the two terms will determine whether or not a credit is earned. GPA and class rank are determined on the final average. Students taking yearlong classes must complete both semesters for credit. Elective credit only will be issued for students who complete only one semester.

Diploma Types


Honors Diploma:
Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors.

Diploma of Distinction:
Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:

  • earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
  • be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
  • successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

Special Education Diploma:
A special education diploma may be awarded at the end of their fourth year of high school to students with disabilities who have (1) not met the requirements for a high school diploma, (2) have satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, and (3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct. Students who obtain the special education diploma may continue to work towards the high school diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn twenty-two years old.

Drivers License Form


Requests for enrollment forms for driver’s license or permit require at least 24 hours notice.  They are available in the attendance office. Forms are available from the THS office during the summer break on Monday-Thursday from 8:00-3:00. Please call the school at least 24 hours in advance.

Dual Enrollment


DUAL ENROLLMENT:
Dual enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded both high school and college credit. Dual enrollment opportunities are available for students whose high schools have consensual agreements with the college to offer college-level courses for which both high school units and college credits are awarded simultaneously. To be eligible for dual enrollment courses, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • The high school principal and the student’s parent or guardian must approve the student for joint enrollment by signing the dual/joint enrollment application or by submitting a letter of recommendation to the Director of Admissions and Records at the dual enrollment institution. Students may be approved to enroll in a full schedule of dual enrollment courses with the opportunity to achieve an associate degree during the high school enrollment.
  • The student must provide an official ACT/SAT report with a composite score of 19 or higher.  The sub-scores for specific disciplines should be 19 or higher for entry into collegiate level courses. Higher level courses may have discipline-specific scores. Students wishing to take English must have ACT reading and English sub scores of 19 or greater. ACT/SAT scores on the high school transcript are acceptable. Applicants without ACT/SAT scores or with ACT/SAT scores that are more than three years old should contact their dual enrollment institution to schedule an ACT test.

When the above conditions have been met, the prospective joint enrollment student must do the following:

  • Submit a completed Application for Admission form and any required application fees to the dual enrollment institution.
  • Letter of approval must be on file prior to registration.

Courses taken must be chosen by the student in consultation with his/her high school counselor and a college advisor in order to supplement, and not overlap, the total high school program.  Such courses will not necessarily count toward the high school diploma, and they will not count as part of entrance requirements for regular admission to dual enrollment institutions.

STUDENTS MAY NOT DROP A DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASS WITHOUT APPROVAL FROM THE THS COUNSELING OFFICE. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN AN “F” FOR THE COURSE. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES TAKEN. (A STUDENT MAY BE ENROLLED FOR ALL 4 BLOCK COURSES DURING A SEMESTER.)

Early Arrival & Late Pickup


Early Arrival & Late Pickup:

  1. Students who arrive prior to 8:00 report to the cafeteria unless assigned to an early dual enrollment class, tutoring, detention, or to the library.
  2. Students must leave the building no later than 3:30 unless assigned to tutoring, detention, library, clubs, or extra-curricular activities under the supervision of staff.

Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs)


The possession or use of electronic cigarettes, electronic pipes, and electronic nicotine delivery devices is prohibited by Board policy. It is illegal in Tennessee for a minor to purchase, use, or possess an E-cig. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to the same consequences as those possessing or using tobacco products on school property. Students under the age of 18 will be issued a tobacco citation, potentially requiring a court appearance and fine. E-cigs will be confiscated as an electronic device and returned to a parent or guardian under the same guidelines as a cell phone.

Electronic Games/CD/Tape/MP3 Players, Toys, Other Digital Music Players, Etc.


Electronic games, CD/MP3 players, collectible cards, toys, etc. should not be brought to school. These items are high theft items and tend to cause distractions from the educational process. THS assumes no responsibility for the theft or damage to personal property. Use of these items in classrooms is prohibited unless it is an educational activity under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. Use of these devices in the hallway is allowed as long as it does not limit the student’s ability to hear announcements or teacher directives. “One ear open” is good advice.

Emergency Drills


Fire, tornado, and earthquake drills are conducted at regularly scheduled intervals. Detailed escape plans are posted inside each classroom.

Lockdown Procedures:
In the unlikely event that THS goes on Lockdown, students will remain in classrooms or other supervised are-as until first responder emergency personnel or school officials release them. In an emergency situation there is no substitute for common sense. Students are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings, have a plan for personal safety that accounts for time and place, and report any suspicious activity to school personnel.

Parents:  Remember that no one will be allowed to enter the THS campus during a Lockdown.  THS will make every effort to maintain the safety and well-being of every student in the event of an emergency. Parents are reminded to allow safety procedures to be implemented. Please do not attempt to pick up students or call with checkout requests until first responders have declared the emergency situation to be under control. THS will disseminate information via phone, website, and media as it comes available.

Exemptions From Final Exams


GRADUATING SENIORS ONLY MAY BE EXEMPT FROM TAKING 2nd SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS UNDER THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

  • Minimum “93” (A) Average in course for all semester course work.

All students are required to take all mid-term and final exams. No exemptions are allowed except for qualifying graduating seniors.

Field Trips


Any student attending a school sponsored field trip must have a permission form signed by a parent/guardian. Students who have not met academic obligations as determined by a teacher(s) may be denied the privilege of participating in a field trip.

Grade Reports


Grade reports are official documents for the purpose of communication between the teachers and the parent. Under no circumstances is the student to make any change on these reports, nor is he/she to make any marks of any kind on the report.

ON-LINE GRADES:Parents and students have access to checking their grades on-line in Schoology. Log-in information will be provided to students by their advisory teachers.

END-OF-COURSE EXAMS:
Students are required by state regulations to take End-of-Course exams. End-of-course exams are administered based on a state calendar. Students who are not present for the exam will receive an incomplete in the course and take the exam at the next administration.  

Students are subject to requirements of the Tennessee Diploma Project. The weight of EOC tests on a student’s final course grade is determined by the State of Tennessee. END OF COURSE TESTS SERVE AS THE FINAL EXAM FOR ANY COURSE THAT HAS THE END OF COURSE COMPONENT.

Grading Procedures


A numerical system for determining grades is used at Tullahoma High School. Both numerical and letter grades will appear on the nine-week’s report card. The following will be used:

Letter Grade Numerical Range
A - Outstanding 93 - 100
B - Above Average 85 - 92
C - Average 75 - 84
D - Below Average 70 - 74
F - Failing 69 and below

inal exams in non-EOC courses will count 15% of the semester grade for upper classmen.  Freshman final exams in non-EOC courses count 15% of the final grade.

Graduation Exercise


Candidates for graduation must have completed all requirements to participate in the graduation exercise. Students will not be recognized as a graduate of Tullahoma High School until all requirements have been met. Each graduate in good standing will receive 8 free tickets for admittance to Commencement in the event of cancellation of outdoor/stadium venue to be distributed at their discretion. Each student is responsible for picking up and signing for tickets. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.
Commencement ceremonies are a function of Tullahoma High School. All participants agree to do their part to maintain the dignity of the ceremony. The ceremony is planned and coordinated by THS staff and is subject to change without notice.

Graduation Requirements


The following credit requirements are effective for the respective classes:

Courses Credits  
English 4  
Fine Arts 1  
Foreign Language 2 (Same language)
Math 4 (Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, 1 higher level math, or Bridge Math)
Science 3 (Physical science or another lab science, biology, chemistry or physics)
World History or World Geography 1  
U.S. History 1  
U.S. Government/Economics   1 (1/2 credit in each course)
Lifetime Wellness 1  
Personal Finance 0.5  
Physical Education 0.5 (Substitutions may apply)
Electives 7 (6 electives if PD included)**
Total Credits Required 26  
*Four credits of science recommended    

TENNESSEE DIPLOMA PROJECT GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (STUDENTS ENTERING HIGH SCHOOL AFTER JULY 1, 2009- CLASS OF 2013 & BEYOND)

All students will pursue a focused program of study preparing them for postsecondary study. While all students may not enter postsecondary training immediately following high school, they must be prepared for lifelong learning.

Students will complete an elective focus of no fewer than three credits. The elective focus may be CTE, science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the local board of education. Students completing a CTE elective focus must complete three units in the same CTE program area or state approved program of study.

Students will complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine arts except in limited circumstances (students not planning to attend the university), schools may waive the two units of world language and one unit of fine arts to expand and enhance their elective focus.

Hall Passes


Hallways are made for walking! Do not loiter or gather at lockers. Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have permission from a staff member.

High School 101 (Freshmen Transition Program)


High School 101 is the small learning community for all freshmen at THS. The freshman day
consists of year-long classes in English, math, physical science, and social studies. Daily
advisory provides opportunities for students to improve study and organizational skills, to seek
remediation when needed, and to participate in activities and assemblies on a variety of topics
selected to help them succeed academically and socially in the high school setting. Freshmen are
allowed to choose two block courses from an abbreviated list. These elective classes are the last
block of the day.

Honors Courses


Honors-level, Motlow or advanced placement courses: In an attempt to encourage high school students to take more academically demanding courses in all areas, students will receive higher quality points in honors-level courses during the school year. For the purpose of local class ranking, the following quality points scale will be utilized:

  • Honors/Motlow: A: 4.5 B: 3.5 C: 2.5 D: 1.5
  • Advanced Placement: A: 5.0 B: 4.0 C: 3.0 D: 2.0

A complete listing of Honors and Advanced Placement Classes are listed in a separate document in the Course Catalog.

Instructional Fees


Instructional Fees:
School fees are kept to a minimum and may be expended only for the purpose for which they were collected. The purpose and amounts of all fees must have the approval of the Board of Education. While fees are not mandatory by law, the quality of our programs at THS relies on the commitment of parents/guardians to do their part. AP exams must be paid for at the beginning of the school year.

Course Fee
Advanced Placement Exams $100.00
Advanced Placement Biology $35.00
Advanced Placement History $19.00
Advanced Placement English Language $15.00
Advanced Placement Macroeconomic $15.00
All Mathematics Courses (per 18 weeks) $5.00
Art $15.00
Business/Marketing (per course) $15.00
Chorale (per semester) $15.00
Cosmetology (per semester) $25.00
English (Vocabulary Study Set and books) $10.00
English Honors $12.00
General Music $10.00
Parking Permit Fee $10.00
Parking Fines (per offense) $5.00
PE II (Weightlifting) $5.00
Science $20.00
Social Studies $5.00
Theater Arts $20.00
World Language (Materials & Technology) $15.00

*All fees are subject to change with Board approval and without notice.

Lockers


Students using lockers that are the property of the school system have no expectation to privacy in the locker or its contents. All lockers are school property provided for the use of students and are subject to inspection for maintenance and search. The school assumes no responsibility for articles lost or stolen from lockers. No stickers are to be placed on either the inside or outside of lockers.

Locks must be purchased from THS for $6.00. These locks may be opened by THS administration with a master key. No outside locks are allowed. It is strongly recommended that students purchase a lock as each student is responsible for whatever may be found inside the locker.

Media Services/Library


The THS Library is open from 7:30-4:00 unless a special closing is posted. Students are allowed to use the computers and printer for assigned schoolwork only. The vended library copier is available for student use (.10/copy.) A maximum of three books may be checked out per student during a two-week period.

Renaissance Program


RENAISSANCE PROGRAM
Wildcat Renaissance is a school climate and culture program that seeks to recognize and reward
our students for every kind of achievement. The program is available to all students at THS.  A
major component of the program is our Renaissance Reward Cards. Cards will be awarded
quarterly based on data from the previous nine weeks.

Wildcat Card - All A’s; No unexcused absences.

  • Rewards- Free entrance to home sporting events
  • Free parking permit*
  • Counts toward free prom**; Area business discounts; Classroom incentives; Weekly cash drawing.

Black Card - All A’s & B’s; No unexcused absences

  • Rewards– 1/2 off entrance to home sporting events
  • 1/2 off parking permit*
  • Counts toward 1/2 off prom**; Area business discounts; Classroom incentives; Weekly cash drawing.

White Card - No absences; No tardies; No office referrals

  • Rewards- Free parking*
  • Counts toward free prom**; Area business discounts; Classroom incentives; Weekly cash drawing.

Silver Card - Raise GPA from one quarter to next by .5 points or more

  • Rewards– 1/2 off entrance to home sporting events
  • Area business discounts; Classroom incentives; Weekly cash drawing.

Note: Rewards for cardholders only. Cards have an expiration date.
*Awarded for holding card(s) both quarters in a semester.
**Hold a card 2 out of 3 quarters prior to the 4th 9 weeks to be eligible for card specific Prom discount.

Students holding a card for both quarters in a semester will also be invited to attend a Semester Renaissance Rally. Additional rewards at the ceremony include:

  • Wildcat Renaissance T-shirt (Semester Specific)
  • Eligible to win cash drawings held for each card type – students’ names will be entered for each card they receive (group picture with award checks for the newspaper)

Repeated Courses


If a student repeats a course and earns credit, the new grade is recorded on the permanent record and is computed in the GPA. If a student has credit for a particular course and repeats the course, additional elective credit is given. Both (or subsequent) courses and grades will be recorded on the transcripts and used to compute the GPA.

Senior Class Ranking


A ranking of senior students will be made after the first semester grades are posted. Students must be en-rolled full time at THS to be eligible for ranking. All grades earned in grade 9, 10, 11 and the first semester of grade 12 will be counted toward the grade point average and the rank in class. To become valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be enrolled in the high school at least four (4) of the seven (7) semesters preceding the final semester. The final semester will not be used in determining class standing.

Student/Faculty Advisory Committee


The Student Advisory Committee meets quarterly. This group helps to evaluate school programs
and operation. Any student that is interested in serving on the Student Advisory Committee is
encouraged to contact Mrs. Vannatta.

Student Media Access Opt-Out/Student Privacy Information


STUDENT MEDIA ACCESS OPT-OUT INFORMATION

All student records are stored in the office.  Access to any student’s record is limited to persons directly responsible for the child’s educational needs.

The United States Department of Education provides protection of student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

Click Here to view these rights and access the opt-out form.  

Click Here to view student privacy information including COPPA laws, HIPPA laws and TCS Board Policy - Media Access to Students.  

Student Schedule Changes


Students will be given three days at the beginning of the first quarter of the fall term and three days at the beginning of the third quarter of the spring term to make application for schedule changes. A schedule change request form can be obtained from the Advisory teacher or 1st period teacher. The teacher will return all requests, both approved and denied, to the student.  Changes will be rare.

An administrator must approve any other schedule change during the school year. Only in very unusual circumstances will schedule changes be approved during the school year. Failing or not doing well in a course is not sufficient reason to drop a course.

Student Vehicles/Parking


Driving to school is a privilege, not a right. Each student who wishes to drive to school must have a valid driver’s license, car registration, and current insurance.
Students who fail to operate their vehicle safely, or who do not follow the guidelines are subject to disciplinary action and/or revocation of driving and parking privileges.
  1. All students who drive and wish to park on campus must purchase a parking spot. The cost for purchasing a parking spot is $10.00.
  2. A school parking permit matching the number of the purchased spot must be visibly displayed by hanging from the rear view mirror.
  3. Only numbered parking spots are available for student purchase and use. Students are not allowed to park in front of the school, behind the school (with the exception of ROTC), or in spots labeled “S” (Staff).
  4. Parking fines of $5.00 will be given when a student is incorrectly parked, parked in a handicapped space, fire lane, or unauthorized space.
  5. Students may not enter their cars during the school day without permission. Do not loiter in parking areas at any time.
  6. The license number of any vehicle that a student will drive to school must be registered in the main office.
  7. Speed limit on the school campus is (10) ten miles per hour.
  8. Vehicles are to be parked in lined spaces. Do not park on grass or sidewalks.
  9. Any vehicle parked anywhere on school grounds is subject to search at any time (24 hours a day).
  10. Driving privileges may be revoked for multiple violations, reckless driving, speeding, or excessive first period tardies.

Summer School


In the event that a student fails one or more courses during the regular school year, they may be assigned to Summer School in order to recover the missing credit(s). Summer School is subject to compulsory attendance laws and, therefore, is required for those assigned to it. Summer School is dependent upon funding and staffing availability. Contact the counselors’ office for more information.

Tardiness


School Tardiness:
A student is late for school if you are not in your classroom with all materials and prepared to work when the bell sounds at 8:15 a.m. Any student not in class by 8:15 a.m. will report to the attendance office to check in and secure an admit slip to first period class.

Class Tardiness:
The tardy bell will ring seven minutes after the previous class has been dismissed (grades 10-12.) This is ample time for a student to take care of personal needs and get from one room to the next.

A student is late for class if you are not in your classroom with all materials and prepared to work when the bell sounds. Teachers will keep a record of tardiness to class for each student. The teacher will issue a detention for the 3rd offense of being late for class. If a student has a health issue or other problem that may result in being tardy, that should be addressed with an assistant principal. Chronic tardiness may be addressed as a disciplinary issue.

Technology


CHROMEBOOKS:
Each student will have access to a Chromebook for school use. Students who do not have access to an internet connected device at home will be issued a school Chromebook for use at school and home. Parents of students being issued a school devices are required to sign the TCS Computer Use Agreement. This agreement must be signed and submitted at the time the Chromebook is issued. Additional rules governing Chromebooks and the school network are included in the agreement.


SOCIAL MEDIA:
Participation in activities, groups, and teams is a privilege at Tullahoma High School. The use of social media by a student considered to be "unbecoming of a Wildcat" may result in discipline including suspension or removal from the activity, group, leadership position, or team.


COMPUTER NETWORK:

  1. Computer software installed on computers at Tullahoma High School is either the property of Tullahoma High School or licensed by Tullahoma High School for educational use only. Software may not be copied or otherwise taken from the computers upon which it is installed.
  2. Students are forbidden to add, delete, or modify elements of the operating system or change any hard-ware or software setting.
  3. No software will be installed on the hard disk drive by a student. If software is to be installed on the hard drive, only an official systems operator shall do it.
  4. Any illegal software found on the hard disk drive will be removed; violations may result in disciplinary actions by the school and legal actions may be pursued at the discretion of the individual software company.
  5. Repair costs resulting from deliberate damage to computer equipment by the student is the student’s financial responsibility.
  6. There is no expectation of privacy for students who use school purchased computer equipment or media.

Anyone found in violation of this policy loses the right to use the network for the duration of his/her time at Tullahoma High School – No Exceptions.

Transcripts


Colleges and universities will require you to send an official transcript when you apply to their school. The counseling office has a procedure you must follow in order to get a transcript sent:

  1. Bring your counselor a business-size, stamped envelope addressed to whichever college you want a transcript sent.
  2. Place $2.00 (exact change) inside each stamped and addressed envelope.
  3. Please print your first and last name on the inside of the envelope flap. Do not seal the envelope.
  4. The transcript will be sent within two days if the procedure is correctly followed.
  5. A maximum of 5 college transcript requests per student is allowed.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian


The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be named pending completion of all academic requirements i.e. AP testing, Independent Studies projects, etc. Adjustments in G.P.A. that could affect student rank will be made for any student who does not complete course requirements for AP, Honors, or any other course requirements.

Videos/Photos


Cameras, camera phones, and other electronic recording devices are prohibited in locker rooms at all times.

Cameras, camera phones, and other electronic recording devices owned or operated by individuals may not be used to photograph, video, or record any student or staff without permission from the individual(s) being photographed, videoed, or recorded.

Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal. Students who record fights or other student altercations may be subject to disciplinary action. This action may include out of school suspension. Local authorities may also be notified in which case the device may be entered as evidence.

**School security cameras are not included in this restriction. Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.

Any student who records and/or disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff, or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.

NOTE: The creation and distribution of nude photographs of minors (under 18) is a violation of state and federal child pornography laws (even if the student possessing or distributing the material is also a minor.) Engaging in such activity can lead to serious legal and educational consequences. Cases where sexually explicit media is acquired by making threats (extortion) or distributed with intent to harm (revenge/cyber bullying) are considered a Category IV offense and will be dealt with accordingly.

Visitors


Tullahoma High has a NO VISITOR POLICY. Because of the possibility of school and classroom disturbances, students are not allowed to have visitors during the school day. Any parent or other visitors on school business must check in at the visitors' entrance and be issued a pass. Any student age visitor must have express permission of administration. Students are not permitted to have visitors during lunch. Unauthorized visitors at lunch, school activities, etc. are subject to trespassing violations.

Withdrawal and Transfer


The main office will provide a withdrawal form with checkout stations for students who plan to withdraw from this school or transfer to another school. Parents must contact the school administration before a student will be given a withdrawal form. The student must check out with each of his/her teachers, the library, counseling office, cafeteria and the principal. Any money owed to the school must be paid before you leave. Your transcript will not be forwarded if you leave unpaid bills.

Withdrawal From A Dual Enrollment Class or A University Correspondence Class


Withdrawing from a dual enrollment class OR a correspondence/on line class with an accredited university before the end of the term must be approved by the principal. Withdrawal without approval does not guarantee the class will be removed from the student’s transcript. An appropriate THS course will be substituted for dropped college/online classes. Withdrawal from a dual enrollment class without notifying the counselors’ office will result in an automatic grade of “F.”

Work-Based Learning


Students are required to be enrolled in four courses each semester. Open block is not permitted by Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education Policy. Students who are enrolled in work-based learning or service learning may be allowed to leave the campus during the last period of the day. Work-based learning students who do not maintain their job/internship regularly will be removed from the program and enrolled in a class on cam-pus.

THS/Tullahoma City Schools Policies

Alternative School Rationale


The purpose of the Alternative School is to remove a student from the regular school environment for inappropriate personal/social behavior or infractions of school rules. This may also be an option for students who are so lacking in credits that the student may not graduate on time. When an administrator places students in this program, it will be an opportunity for them to reflect on the behavior they exhibited in the school and/or classroom, which led to their conflict. It is expected that the isolation of these students during school hours will be an incentive for them to correct their inappropriate behavior in order to return to the enriched atmosphere of the regular school program. Hopefully, students assigned will realize that they alone are responsible for their behavior, and inappropriate conduct should not infringe upon the learning process of other students. The Alternative School program provides a disciplinary alternative to out-of-school suspension for certain behaviors. We attempt to provide educational opportunities. However, course credit and/or credit for current courses are not guaranteed.

THS administration makes all determinations regarding student placement in Alternative School.

Backpacks


Backpacks ARE NOT prohibited in classrooms. Students may use backpacks to carry books, materials, and clothing to their classes. However, teachers have discretion to prohibit backpacks in their individual classrooms if they pose a tripping hazard or other logistical problems. Administration reserves the right to revoke the privilege to carry backpacks if necessary.

Cheating

Cheating involves one or more of the following actions:

  • To use the work of another person as your own
  • To copy the information from another student’s test, examination, theme, book report, or term paper;
  • To plagiarize – plagiarism means using another person’s idea, expression or words without giving the original author credit;
  • To prepare for cheating in advance. Such action involves (1) having in your possession a copy of a test to be given or having been given by a teacher, (2) using the test or notes during a test or examinations, (3) talking while taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
  • To fail to follow the test procedures or instructions announced by a teacher (such as no talking, no turning around in your seat or desk, raise hand to ask questions, keep eyes on your test, etc.);
  • To change a grade and/or grades in a grade book or computer grade file.

Policy:
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions, which may be imposed by the school as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign a “zero” for the exercise, examination, or project. In summary, any student caught giving, receiving, or copying someone else’s work on examinations, homework, or projects may receive a “zero” for his/her assignment.

**Students are advised that a second offense may result in out of school suspension.

Closed Campus


THS is a closed campus. Students must remain on the school grounds from the time they arrive in the morning until they depart in the afternoon unless properly signed out.

Conduct of Students


The behavior expected from students at Tullahoma High School is a combination of courtesy and safety considerations. There are only a few special areas that require the application of very specific rules.
Naturally, it is not practical to list all codes of conduct. Students who conduct themselves in a courteous manner with integrity and a code of ethics usually have a good record of behavior. Basic classroom rules will be posted in each classroom.

CONSEQUENCES

DETENTION
Each assigning teacher in his/her room will hold detention hall either before or after school. If you are assigned to detention hall, be on time and have some work to do. Failure to attend will result in additional disciplinary action for days not attended.

EXTENDED SCHOOL
Extended school will be held in the afternoons for assigned students. Students will be assigned directly after school. Failure to attend will result in additional disciplinary action for days not attended.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS) / OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)
Suspension will be administered as student behavior dictates. Suspension may be assigned as in school or out of school based upon the offense(s). Failure to attend will result in additional disciplinary action for days not attended. Students suspended in school or out of school are prohibited from participating in school activities and co- curricular activities until completion of the suspension.

EXPULSION
When a zero tolerance act has been committed, an administrative hearing will be held with the principal. The principal may recommend that the student be returned to school or be expelled. Any student expelled is excluded from the THS campus and all school-sponsored activities for one calendar year.
Any student expelled by the Board of Education the preceding school year will be on a one-year probationary status upon returning to school the following year. Any suspension offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion. Note: A zero-tolerance policy is mandated by the Federal Government (Gun Free Schools Act), and is mandated by the State Government on possession of drugs or battery directed at any staff member. TCA, Section 49-2-203.

Discipline


The administration and all teachers shall strive to create a school environment favorable to the development of self-discipline and self-direction. Acceptable behavior is essential for an effective school program. The school is a community, and the rules or regulations of our school are the laws of the community. Each student enjoys the rights of citizenship in the school, but he/she must also accept responsibility for appropriate behavior in school.

The authority to control pupil conduct shall extend to all activities of the school including all games or public performances of athletic teams, school trips, and other school activities. Each individual student is expected to assume responsibility for his/her conduct at school and school-sponsored activities. It is important to note that this Discipline Policy may be altered or amended by the administration as necessary to maintain an orderly learning environment.

Principles of good discipline are:

  • Respect on the part of all of us at Tullahoma High School for the rights and possessions of our fellow human beings.
  • Respect for the Tullahoma High School building and its surrounding environment.
  • Respect for the programs and those who have the responsibility of administering the programs of Tullahoma High School.

Dress Code


The majority of our students need no advice on appearance because they use good common sense. Decency, good taste, and respect for self and the standards of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. Any student attire that is considered contrary to good hygiene, disruptive in appearance, or detrimental to the educational environment or the public image of the school will not be permitted. Also, student attire should not be a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others. The administration and teachers will determine the appropriateness of dress. Students not in compliance will be sent to the main office.

  • Shorts should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
  • Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than the top of the knee.
  • Leggings, jeggings, and other compression/athletic-style pants may be worn so long as they are worn under a mid-thigh length (dress code compliant) shirt.
  • Shirts must be opaque and cover the stomach and chest – and – have an over-the-shoulder area at least 2 inches wide. (roughly the width of a business card)  (*Opaque – solid, not see-through)
  • Any items worn underneath sheer or lace clothing must adhere to the dress code.
  • Holes in pants may not be above the knee. Holes or fray above the knee caused by normal wear must not reveal skin.
  • “Sagging” pants may not be worn. Pants must be belted and properly fit at the waist.
  • Pajamas/pajama pants are not appropriate for regular school day attire.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No house shoes are allowed.
  • Sunglasses and hats (even cute ones worn as hair ornaments) are not to be worn by students inside the building. Baseball caps may be worn by students working in the welding or machine shops only.
  • Apparel considered unnecessarily concealing will not be permitted.
  • Spiked accessories, oversized jewelry or belt buckles, and inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas or do-rags are prohibited during school time or school functions.
  • Students may not wear clothing that mentions drugs, vulgar/obscene/profane captions, tobacco, alcohol, etc., or related to a gang or gang colors.
  • Clothing or accessories promoting clubs or organizations that are not affiliated with THS are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to Greek organizations, social organizations, gangs, or any organization whose activities may include hazing. THS seeks to create an inclusive environment for our students, and these groups are counterproductive to this goal. Clothing bearing the letters, symbols, or names of such a group is not to be worn to school.

Parents will be notified if students are inappropriately dressed. Students will be required to change into proper clothing and will not be allowed to attend class if in violation of the dress code. Students who violate the dress code will be subject to disciplinary measures. A slide presentation of what may and may not be worn to school is available on the school website.

If a parent is unable to be contacted or unable to bring clothing in a timely manner that meets the dress code, the student will wait in the In School Suspension room until contact is made or clothing is delivered. The student must check out with parent permission to leave school to change clothing.

Drug Testing


All students will be notified in writing at the beginning of each school year or at the time of enrollment that they shall be subject to testing for drugs and alcohol during the school year.  (Please refer to NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT DRUG TESTING POLICY AND PROCEDURES (TCSB Policy, 6.3071)

Drugs


Any student who possesses, handles, transmits, or attempts to sell drugs at school or on the school grounds, or in school vehicles or at any school activity off the school grounds, shall be expelled from the school for a period of not less than one year. Banned drugs shall include but not be limited to marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, opium and derivatives. The superintendent on a case-by-case basis may modify this expulsion. A student who violates this policy will be suspended out-of-school pending an administrative hearing. If found to have violated this policy, the student will be recommended to the Board for expulsion. Law enforcement agencies shall be notified of any drug violation. The student shall also be referred to juvenile court and/or the criminal justice systems.

The term “school” as used herein shall include any school within this system and the Board of Education of the City of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The term “school activity” as used herein shall mean school and/or school sanctioned events, including by way of example without limitation athletic events, field trips, academic events and contests, music, band and chorus events, dramatic events and any other event or activity of similar kind. The term “school grounds” as used herein shall mean any real property owned, rented, used or operated by any school within this system and/or the Board of Education, including by way of example without limitation buildings, campus grounds, parking lots, recreation areas, athletic fields and any other property of similar kind.

Field Trips


Any student attending a school sponsored field trip must have a permission form signed by a parent/guardian. Students who have not met academic obligations as determined by their teacher(s) may be denied the privilege of participating in a field trip.

Food and Drink


No commercial food or drink may be brought into THS. Students are allowed to have reusable beverage containers with lids and plastic bottles with screw-top lids. Disposable containers, open containers without lids, cans, and open food packages are not allowed. Each teacher has the authority to limit this policy in his or her own classroom as necessary. Sodas and other sugary beverages are not permitted in the hallways or classrooms. If students bring a beverage of this type for their lunch, it must be stored in their locker until lunch. Administration may limit this policy school wide should it become necessary.

Health Services


If a student is sick or injured, report immediately to the main office. Do not leave school without permission. Students who have prescribed medicines should turn them in to the office. Prescribed medicines may be taken at school. Medicines should be kept in the school office and not in the student’s possession. Any student with a medical problem (e.g. epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, etc.) should report the problem to the nurse and an administrator.

Homeless Services


Educational services for homeless children are provided in all Tullahoma City Schools. Director of Federal Programs, 931-454-2600, serves as the local liaison for homeless students.

Homework


Students are expected to complete all homework and class work to the best of their ability. Students who consistently refuse to complete homework and class work assignments place themselves at risk for academic failure. Extreme cases of refusal to complete work will be addressed by administration. Grades are earned, not given.

Medication Over-The-Counter Drugs (OTC)


OTC drugs should be in the original container. Possession of excessive amounts (more than 2-3 days usage) are prohibited. Violation will result in confiscation and possible disciplinary action.

Off-Limits Areas


During the lunch period, all areas of the school building and parking lots are off-limits except for the cafeteria, assigned classrooms or other areas allowed if student has a pass. At any other time, students should be in the class to which they are assigned.

Offenses

**This list is not all inclusive. It is meant to help students understand expectations.

Category I -- Minor Offenses
Minimum consequences to be administered by the school for offenses that may result in a warning, parent/guardian contact, detention, loss of privilege (sports, club, parking, etc.), or suspension due to severity of incident or pattern of offenses. Refusing to do assigned work or participate in required school activities (wellness activities, reading, instruction, etc.)

  1. Tardiness (class or school)
  2. Parking illegally (subject to a $5 fine)
  3. Littering the campus.
  4. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment (impudence, profanity, disorderly conduct, and no regard for authority, etc.)
  5. Inappropriate dress or appearance considered disruptive to the school.
  6. Open food or drink in school without permission.
  7. Loitering (students should not remain at school beyond 3:30 unless under direct teacher supervision)
  8. Inappropriate public display of affection (PDA).
  9. Taking food from the cafeteria or leaving trays/food on cafeteria tables.
  10. Being out of class without a pass or being in an unassigned or off-limits area.

Category II
Minimum consequences to be administered by the school for offenses that may result in extended school, suspension or referral outside the school. ***If any student is placed in ISS or OSS he/she will not be allowed to participate in any school function including field trips, athletic practices or contests.

  1. Willful and persistent violations of school rules
  2. Skipping class or leaving school grounds
  3. Disrespect to teacher/staff/peer/
  4. Tobacco violations (including e-cigs)
  5. Refusal of disciplinary action
  6. Continued disruptive class behavior
  7. Presenting a false note for absences or false phone calls for absences
  8. Fighting (both parties, unless one was attacked for no apparent reason).
  9. Repeated refusal to do assigned work.
  10. Dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, etc.)
  11. Misuse/destruction of school property
  12. Trespassing on school property.
  13. Assault (verbal or physical).
  14. Use or possession of any incendiary device (i.e. lighter, matches).
  15. Insubordination (not obeying a directive from a teacher, administrator or other school system employee).
  16. Prescription drug policy violation
  17. Chronic disruption.
  18. Gambling (i.e. pitching pennies, dice or other activity)
  19. Computer hacking or tampering.
  20. Stealing or receipt, sale, possession or distributing of stolen property (reported to legal authorities).
  21. Bullying, threatening, hazing or intimidating behavior.
  22. Repeated infraction of a Category I offense.

When any of the above infractions occur, the student involved will have a conference with the principal or dean/assistant principal. The regular due process procedure will be followed at the conference. The consequence assigned will be determined by administration.

Students suspended out-of-school may not participate in any school activities or sports until the full suspension time has been served. OSS students are not allowed on school property during the suspension.

Category III
Offenses in this category are not automatically considered zero tolerance but will be treated as such unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  1. Repeated violation of school rules.
  2. Theft (The consequence for theft of any amount is a (3) day suspension.)
  3. Destruction of school property.
  4. Sexual harassment.
  5. Inciting disruption of school activities (i.e. stopping normal proceeding in school).
  6. Compromising school safety (i.e. letting someone in an unauthorized entrance, propping open an outside door).
  7. Verbal or physical assault of a student/employee.
  8. Possession/use of alcohol and/or other drugs (shall be reported to law enforcement).
  9. Use of profanity toward any member of the THS faculty or staff.

Category IV
There shall be zero tolerance for the following offenses and these offenses shall be reported to the director of schools and the Board of Education for expulsion and will also be reported to law enforcement officers.

  1. Assault (verbal or physical) against any member of the staff:
    • On the school grounds before, during or after school
    • At any school-related event or function
    • Off the school grounds as a result of a school activity, function, or event. The principal will determine whether or not the student’s act arose out of school-related activities.
  2. Battery against any member of the staff (teacher, principal, administrator or any other employee). Expulsion for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.
  3. Possession of controlled substances or paraphernalia (narcotic or stimulant drug). Expulsion for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.
  4. Possession, handling, transmitting or usage of any weapon on school property or at any school function. (Firearm, gun, pistol, knife, shotgun, firearm ammunition, explosive, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, blackjack, knuckles, razors, razor blades or any other weapon of like kind at school or on school grounds.) Expulsion for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.
  5. Acts of vandalism involving more than $300 in damage.
  6. Assault and battery against a student or visitor in which serious injury occurs.
  7. Arson
  8. Bomb threat
  9. Indecent Exposure
  10. Any other act which in the opinion of the administrative staff of Tullahoma High School, the director of personnel and the superintendent is an extremely serious offense.

Any student expelled by the Board of Education the preceding school year will be on a one-year probationary status upon returning to school the following year. Any suspension offense will result in a recommendation for expulsion.

Parent Advisory Committee


The Parent Advisory Committee meets quarterly. This group helps to evaluate school programs and operation. Any parent that is interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Committee is encouraged to contact the office.

Posting Of Signs


Any signs posted in the building for pep rallies, election campaigns, etc. should be posted on brick walls or the tile walls in the auditorium lobby and gym lobby. Masking tape should be used for posting signs. Signs or advertisements for non-school sponsored activities must be cleared with the Superintendent through the TCS office.

Prescription Drugs


Students under the care of a prescribed medication should submit subject medication to the main office. Students should not be in possession of prescribed medications. Violation will result in confiscation and possible disciplinary action.

Procedural Due Process For Students


Suspension:
The student will be given specific notice of the offense for which he/she is charged. The student will have the right to defend himself/herself or to present his/her side of the story. There is no appeal for any suspension of 10 days or less.

Expulsion:
The student will be given specific notice of the offense for which he/she is charged. The student has the right to defend himself/herself or to present his or her side of the story. The student has a right to legal representation. The student has the right to have a formal hearing. The student has the right of confrontation with the witnesses, and the student or legal counsel has the right to cross-examine witnesses.
**The THS administration reserves the right to add additional disciplinary actions without prior notice as deemed necessary to support THS disciplinary policies.

Publications


THS has a yearbook, distributed in late summer; a school website; and “TTV,” a daily school news program. Anyone wishing to work on these activities should contact the appropriate faculty sponsor for each activity.

Random Drug Testing


Due to the severity of the drug use problem, both locally and throughout the State, students involved in any voluntary extracurricular activities shall be subject to random drug tests. Parents and students will be informed of this policy prior to participation and shall sign a consent to the drug testing and a release of information as a condition of participation. No student who tests positive under a random drug testing program shall be suspended or expelled from school solely as the result of the positive test. (TCSB 6.3071)

School Services

Student Insurance


Student insurance is not available for purchase through THS. Students and their families are responsible for insurance needs. Students needing insurance for athletic purposes should contact the THS Athletic Director.

Textbooks


All basic textbooks are loaned to students for use during the school year. The student pays for workbooks and other supplies. Textbooks are to be kept clean and handled carefully.  The student will be required to pay for books lost, stolen, or damaged.

The following reimbursement schedule shall be used as a guide for collecting fines for lost or damaged text-books:

Age of Textbook Amount Collected
1-6 years old 100% of replacement cost
7 years or older 50% of replacement cost

Threatening or Intimidating Other Students or Staff Members


We believe that students have the right to attend this school without being threatened or intimidated by other students. Conduct of this type will not be tolerated. Tullahoma High School is a bully-free zone. Students who feel threatened or “bullied” by other students should report it to a teacher, administrator, or SRO. Students should refrain from name-calling, ridiculing, sarcasm, and any other unkind words (including “cyber- bullying*.) *”Cyber-bullying” includes threatening and intimidating through e -mail, chat rooms, other Internet sites, text messages, or voicemail. Bullying accusations will be investigated to determine if actual bullying did take place and a report will be filed with the district as to the outcome of the investigation. (Also refer to the Videos/Photos section)

Weapons Policy


Any student who possesses, handles, transmits or attempts to use a weapon or any kind including by way of example with-out limitation any firearm, gun, pistol, rifle, shotgun, firearm ammunition, explosive, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk hill knife, blackjack, knuckles, razors, razor blades or any other weapon of like kind at school or on the school grounds, or in school vehicles or at any school activity off the school grounds, shall be expelled from the school for a period not less than one year. This expulsion may be modified by the director according to the guidelines of the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972.

The term “school” as used herein shall include any school within this system and the Board of Education of the City of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The term “school activity” as used herein shall mean school and/or school sanctioned events, including by way of example without limitation athletic events, field trips, academic events and contests, music, band and chorus events, dramatic events and any other event or activity of similar kind. The term “school grounds” as used herein shall mean any real property owned, rented, used or operated by any school within this system and/or the Board of Education, including by way of example without limitation buildings, campus grounds, parking lots, recreation areas, athletic fields and any other property of similar kind.

A student who violates this policy will be suspended pending an administrative hearing. If found to have violated this policy, the student will be recommended to the Board for expulsion. Law Enforcement agencies shall be notified of any weapons violation as required by TCA 49-6-4209. The student shall also be referred to juvenile court and/or the criminal justice system.

Vandalism


Students who have pride in themselves will also display pride in our building and facilities. Willful destruction or defacing of school property or facilities will be dealt with severely. Accidental damage should be reported to a teacher immediately so that damage is not misconstrued as vandalism.

Valuables


Tullahoma High School cannot be responsible for valuables that students bring to school. It is recommended that students leave all valuables and large sums of money at home. Students who choose to bring electronic devices such as cell phones, electronic games, cd players, games, toys, etc. do so at their own risk. Officials at THS will not be responsible if these items are lost, stolen, or damaged.

Extra/Co-Curricular Activities

Extracurricular activities shall include those activities in which a student participates voluntarily and without credit.
Curricular activities shall include those activities in which a student receives credit, but performs a regular portion of the activity outside the school day. The student must meet the above standards in order to participate in the after school portion of the activity.
 

Athletics


Any student may try out in any sport for which he/she meets the eligibility standards of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. To be eligible for school sports, six (6) out of eight (8) credits must be passed the preceding year (five (5) out of six (6) credits for High School 101.) On-line classes and office workers, etc. do not count toward athletic eligibility. The following sports are available for interested students: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, girls’ softball, golf, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, bowling, and wrestling.

Cheerleading

Any interested and eligible student may try out for cheerleading in the spring for the following year. Cheer-leaders are expected to adhere to all rules and requirements of the cheerleader sponsors, TSSAA eligibility criteria, and meet all Tullahoma High guidelines to properly represent our school. Cheerleaders who fail to meet expectations and guidelines are subject to suspension and/or dismissal by the sponsor. Tryout results are final and not open for discussion.

Clubs Not School Sanctioned or Sponsored Sororities and Fraternities


Since social sororities and fraternities are neither school sponsored, nor under school control, all activities concerning these groups are to be conducted outside of the school or school-sponsored activities. This includes any type of initiation activities or disruptive group dress. Announcements will not be made for fraternity or sorority activities.

Requirements For Holding Student Offices


Guidelines for holding offices, participation in clubs or other school activities are as follows:

  1. Requirements for students desiring to be a Student Body Officer:
    • Student Body Officer Candidates must be active members of Student Council for one year prior to running for office. (Class Officer Candidates do not have to meet this requirement.)
    • All students seeking elected office should have a “C” average for the previous semester.
    • All Student Body Officers may complete formal leadership training through Student Council Leadership Camp or some other formal venue that is approved by the advisor. (Class Officers do not have to meet this requirement.)
    • The Student Body President and Secretary should not hold an elected office in another co-curricular THS club/organization at the same time.
    • No student may serve as a Student Body Officer and a Class Officer at the same time.
  2. Any student seeking elected office should receive approval of faculty and administration.
  3. The constitutions of the various clubs will govern the number and qualifications of club officers.
  4. The minimum criteria for class officers are as follows:
    • have a 2.5 average the previous semester
    • an acceptable conduct record
    • an acceptable attendance record
    • have approval of school faculty and administration
  5. To be eligible to participate in extracurricular or curricular activities, a student shall:
    • Have made a passing grade in the preceding semester in at least six (6) out of eight (8) unit subjects provided the course meets 90 minutes per day for five days a week.
    • Be regularly enrolled in regular attendance and carrying at least three (3) full courses.