GLENCOE HIGH SCHOOL
“Home of the Yellow Jackets”
The mission of Glencoe High School is to safely provide the very best education possible while challenging all students to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens.
803 Lonesome Bend Road
Glencoe, AL 35905
GHS ALMA MATER
On our county’s eastern border
Reared against the sky,
Proudly stands our alma mater
As the years go by.
Black and gold our dear old colors
Faithful we will be
Living to our motto ever
Do our part for thee.
Ever loyal, firm, and true
Ever on we’ll go,
Year by year the ages through,
Because we love you so.
The Etowah County Board of Education has adopted a policy, which prohibits discrimination in all educational programs and activities and in employment and promotion practices within the Etowah County School System.
The Etowah County Board policy applies specifically to non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin or ethnic group, or also provides that no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of the handicap, be subject to discrimination.
This is the 10th issue of the bi-annual Glencoe High School Student Handbook. The purpose of this handbook is: to serve as a guide to the pupils, to establish correct school habits, to create a favorable attitude toward to the school and its activities, and to administer the entire school program.
THE GLENCOE HIGH SCHOOL CONSTITUTION
We, the students of Glencoe High School, in order to promote a healthy school spirit, to promote wholesome activities for the best interest of the school, and to prepare ourselves to accept the responsibilities of the American Citizenship, do hereby establish this constitution for the Glencoe High School.
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF GLENCOE HIGH SCHOOL.
It may be affiliated with the State, Southern, and National Association of Student Government.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The Student Government Association (SGA) shall allow the students to participate in the school government and to bring about a better school spirit.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
The Student Government Association shall consist of the inclusive school enrollment and the elected council being composed of the seven (7) executive officers, the faculty advisor, and one representation from each homeroom.
The SGA Executives Officers shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and two (2) appointive officers, namely Reporter and Chaplain, to be chosen by the executive council.
The SGA Executive Officers are elected to serve a one-year term.
The SGA Executive Officers must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least six new Carnegie units with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those units. Four core curriculum courses must be included in those units passed and averaged (English, math, science, and social studies are core curriculum courses). Students entering the 9th grade must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those five subjects.
The SGA Executive Officers must be familiar with the Constitution of Glencoe High School.
The Student Government President may not accept the position of president in any other club.
The Student Government President must be a member of the Senior class.
No student Government officer can accept a class officer position.
Before the above stated officers begin their duties they shall take the following oath:
“I do solemnly pledge on my honor to execute to the best of my abilities the office to which I have been elected, and to uphold, preserve, and protect the Constitution of Glencoe High School.”
The above named executive officers may be removed from office for willful neglect of duties or conduct unfitting of an officer by impeachment proceedings, or at the request of the advisory board or principal.
In the event there is a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President will succeed him/her, and shall appoint a Vice-President from the Home room Representatives.
If other vacancies occur on the SGA Executive Board, the President appoints in the same manner.
If a vacancy occurs in the Home room Representatives, the SGA Executive Officers will appoint another.
One Representative is elected for each Home room by the Home room members and must qualify with the academic rule. The Home room Representatives must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least six new Carnegie units with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those units. Four core curriculum courses must be included in those units passed and averaged (English, math, science, and social studies are core curriculum courses). Students entering the 9th grade must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those five subjects.
The Home room Representatives must be familiar with the GHS Constitution.
The Home room Representatives must posses leadership abilities, especially when speaking to a group.
Any sale or fundraising activity must be approved by the principal two weeks in advance in order to avoid conflict in the school calendar.
All SGA Executives Officers and Homeroom Representatives must be able to attend meetings regularly and work at various SGA functions. Two unexcused absences may result in impeachment.
ARTICLE IV. POWERS
All legislative powers shall rest in the hands of the Student Government.
Every order, vote, or resolution, which requires the concurrence of the Student Government other than those pertaining to proceedings or credibility of election, returns and qualifications of members must be submitted to the President for his/her approval. Before a bill can take effect it must be passed by 2/3's of the Council present.
The SGA shall make changes in laws, rules, and ordinances to be published in the school handbook when it is revised.
The SGA may determine the rules of its proceedings and shall be the judge of election returns, and qualifications of its members.
All candidates running for a Student Government office must be approved by 33% of the school faculty. All elected officers of the Student Government must have a majority vote.
There shall be an advisory board to have the power to rule on irregularities that may develop on elections, qualification of candidates, or other pertinent questions. Members shall be the Executive Officers of the SGA, SGA Sponsor, Principal, and three (3) faculty members appointed by the group from the area of the problem.
ARTICLE V. SOURCE OF POWER
The principal, through the faculty and advisor, delegates all powers vested in the Student Government. The principal shall have to power to veto any order by the SGA.
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
The SGA President with the advice of the advisor or principal shall have the authority to call special meetings.
ARTICLE VII. INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTATION
A member of the GHS student body can voice his/her opinions and complaints through one of the SGA members. If however, the SGA fails to bring the complaint or opinion to the attention of the Council, the student may appear before the next meeting to express his/her views.
ARTICLE VIII. ELECTIONS
Class officers will be elected in the fall term at the start of the school year.
Four students from each homeroom are nominated for class officers. A final voting will include the top four nominees from each homeroom and the officers will be as follows:
President- top number of votes
Vice-President- 2nd highest number of votes
Secretary- 3rd highest number of votes
Treasurer- 4th highest number of votes
Class officers, club officers, queens, kings, class favorites, and homecoming court, which are positions obtained by elections, must meet the following qualifications: they must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least six new Carnegie units with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those units. Four core curriculum courses must be included in those units passed and averaged (English, math, science, and social studies are core curriculum courses). Students entering the 9th grade must have passed during the last two terms in attendance and summer school, if applicable, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of 70/C in those five subjects.
The Glencoe High School Queen and King must come from the senior class.
To hold one of the above offices does not disqualify the holder from any other honor, except that the Homecoming Queen may not be elected Coronation Queen.
All members of the Homecoming Court and the Coronation Court must adhere to the attendance policy of the Etowah County Board of Education and Glencoe High School.
A person cannot be elected as a class favorite in the same grade twice.
ARTICLE IX. DISCIPLINARY CODE
The Etowah County Board of Education approved the following Disciplinary Code for the Etowah County Schools at a meeting on January 9, 1973. It is as follows:
The imposition of discipline upon any student involving suspension for a period of more than three days and expulsion shall be governed by the provision of this code.
The imposition of discipline upon any student involving suspension for a period of time or more than three days, except on the basis of published and clear rules which reasonably inform the students of the specific kinds of conduct which can form the basis for such suspension or expulsion, or of the nature and duration of the punishment which can be imposed for each type of conduct that is prohibited by the rules.
ARTICLE X. SUSPENSION CODE
The following rules apply to in-school and extracurricular activities:
1. Endangering the safety of students, teachers, or other school personnel (fire, fireworks, reckless driving, etc...).
2. Possession of lethal weapons.
3. Possession or use of harmful or illegal drugs (alcohol, marijuana, etc...).
4. Physically striking a teacher or staff member.
5. Disturbing class (disruption of class or prevention of teachers from teaching or students studying).
6. Use of abusive or profane language by students.
7. Destruction of school property or personal property of other students or school staff.
8. Rioting or inciting a riot or disturbance.
9. Stealing (school or private property).
10. Fighting or misconduct.
11. Willfully withholding evidence or committing perjury while witnessing at school court.
12. Cutting class or leaving school grounds without the correct authorization of the principal.
13. Gambling of any form.
14. Insubordination to principal, teacher, or other school personnel.
15. Excessive unexcused absenteeism.
16. Any repeated minor infractions calling for three (3) day suspension (such as being caught smoking).
17. Anti-social or immoral behavior while on school grounds.
18. Cheating and conspiracy to misinform in school.
19. Leaving the campus without being signed out by a parent/guardian or the principal.
20. Use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products.
ARTICLE XI. LOCKERS
A locker fee of $15.00 will be charged to each student so that repairs can be made. Every student in school is required to have a locker in which he/she will keep equipment needed for school. At the end of the school year all books, paper, materials, etc., should be taken out and carried home after the final exam. No student should attempt to open a locker that does not belong to him/her. If he/she is caught doing so, that student is subject to suspension. All types of book bags are prohibited unless special circumstances exist and prior approval is received by the principal.
ARTICLE XII. PARKING
Students may rent reserved parking spaces from the SGA for $20.00 per year and are required to maintain their appropriate vehicle identification number permit. Failure to do so may result in loss of parking privileges and/or fine with no refund. There is a $10.00 fee to replace a lost identification number permit. Improper driving or damage to parking space may result in the loss of driving privileges on campus. Loss of privilege is at the discretion of the school principal.
ARTICLE XIII. VISITORS
All visitors to the GHS campus must be cleared through the main office. Visitors with students are not allowed due to the obvious disruption to the academic setting.
ARTICLE XIV. LIBRARY
The library is open during school hours. Books are checked out for a period of fourteen (14) days and may be rechecked by bringing the books to the library. A fine will be charged for overdue books. Lost books must be paid for or replaced. Magazines, Encyclopedias, and other reference materials are not to circulate outside the library; each student going to the library must have a pass by the classroom teacher.
ARTICLE XV. LUNCHROOM
The GHS lunchroom is operated under the Federal Lunchroom Program. It is required that students who wish to bring their lunch from home must eat in the lunchroom where they may buy milk, juice, water, or tea. Carbonated drinks and take out orders form restaurants are prohibited in the lunchroom. Quiet courteous manners are desirable at all times, especially in the lunchroom.
ARTICLE XVI. TOBACCO
Use and possession of tobacco products by anyone is PROHIBITED on school campus
ARTICLE XVII. CARE OF BUILDING AND GROUNDS
It is the duty of everyone who attends GHS to keep his/her school clean. Before leaving the room at the end of each period, all trash should be removed from the students’ desk and the floor around the desk, depositing all trash in the wastebasket before leaving the room. Damage to school property is a serious offense. If damage to school property does occur the offender shall pay for any damages in full.
ARTICLE XVIII. GRADUATING GIFT BY SENIORS
It is a tradition for each graduating class of GHS to leave a gift to the school. The fund for this gift, which is selected by the vote of the class and is obtained through various fund raising projects during the year, is left at the end of the graduation year.
ARTICLE XIX. ACTIVITIES
Notifications of any activity should be presented to the principal and the SGA for approval. The presence of a faculty member is required at all activities; likewise, the presence of two (2) chaperones, teachers, or parents of the student body. The date and name of the group sponsoring the activity must be listed on the calendar in the office two (2) weeks in advance. It is necessary for the group sponsoring the activity to secure permission from the principal for the use of any school facility. All bills incurred in giving the activity must be paid immediately. The group sponsoring the activity shall enforce regulations inside the building used, such as no smoking, no drinking, no shoes on gym floor, etc.., and shall be responsible for returning all borrowed materials on the first school day after each activity.
ARTICLE XX. DISCIPLINE
Students should have an atmosphere where learning can take place and every effort should be made to facilitate learning. When learning is stopped or interrupted it is necessary to administer some form of discipline to correct the problem. Minor offenses: three (3) days suspension. A combination of three (3) or more major offenses and the student may be permanently expelled.
ARTICLE XXI. GRADUATION
In order for a student to go through the graduation exercise and receive a diploma, he/she must be attending Glencoe High School and fulfill the requirements set down by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Etowah County Board of Education.
ARTICLE XXII. ATTENDANCE
Attendance shall follow the policies of the Etowah County Board of Education. The Etowah County Board of Education shall enroll all students residing within the school district between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16) years, not otherwise receiving instruction in a private school, church school, or being taught by a private tutor in accordance with State law.
While enrolled students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to receive the greatest benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure. Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more. The following procedure shall be followed when recording absences.
A written excuse will be required of all students after an absence upon the day of returning to school. The principal of the school will determine the excused or unexcused status of the absence. If an acceptable reason for excusing the absence is not presented within three (3) days of returning to school, the absence will be coded as unexcused.
Only three (3) parental/guardian notes (written excuses) will be accepted per term. Any other absences must be documented with a written doctor’s excuse.
In order for a student to participate in extracurricular activities he/she must have been present for at least a half the day of the activity.
Students who are tardy to school three (3) times will be counted absent one day unless the tardies are excused.
Homebound services may be provided for qualified high school students after seven (7) days of absences.
Students on block schedule who have ten (10) unexcused absences from a class will not receive credit for that course.
Students whom have five (5) unexcused absences in a nine-week course will not receive credit for that course.
Students sixteen years of age or older who have ten (10) unexcused absences during a single term may be withdrawn from school for the remainder of that term.
Truancy- a student is considered to be truant if he/she is absent without the knowledge of parents or if he/she leaves school without the permission of the principal or assistant principal. The Truancy Definition is as follows:
A parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every absence of the child no later than three (3) school days following the return of school. A failure to furnish such explanations shall be evidence of the student being truant each day he/she is absent. The child should also be deemed truant for any absence determined by the principal to be unexcused based upon the State Department of Education’s current School Attendance Manual. Five (5) unexcused absences within a school year constitute a student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the court.
FIRST TRUANCY/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (WARNING)
Parent/guardian shall be notified by the school principal or his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy.
Parent/guardian shall also be provided with a copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance laws and advise of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur
NO EARLIER THAN THE FIFTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (CONFERENCE)
The parent, guardian, or person having control of the child shall: (1) attend a conference with the attendance officer and principal or his/her student. (2) participate in the early warning program provided by the juvenile court.
Attendance at one of these conferences shall be mandatory except when prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.
Failure to appear at the school conference and/or to appear at the early warning program shall result in the filing of a complaint or petition against the parent/guardian under Code of Alabama (1975), 816-28-12(c) (failure to cooperate), or a truancy against the child, whichever is appropriate.
NO EARLIER THAN THE SEVENENTH (7) UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, BUT WITHIN TEN (10) SCHOOL DAYS
File complaint/petition against the child and/or parent/guardian, if appropriate.
CHILD UNDER PROBATION
The school attendance officer should be notified by the juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system under probation supervision by the juvenile court as consistent with state statute Code of Alabama (1975), 12-15-100 and 105.
Where a child under probation is truant, the school attendance immediately notifies the juvenile probation officer.
Tardiness- a student is considered to be tardy to school if he/she is not their first period class when the tardy bell rings. After a student has been tardy three (3) times a parent/guardian must sign the student in through the office each day the student is tardy to school.
Checking Out- A student may be checked out only by their parents/guardians. Otherwise, they will not to be allowed to check out. The principal or the assistant principal must approve all phone check outs. The principal will handle emergency situations.
ARTICLE XXIII. DRESS CODE
The Etowah County Board of Education policy concerning the dress code is listed below. School administrators may require students to call home for proper clothing before being admitted to school.
(1)Students should dress neatly and modestly.
(2)Shoes must be worn at all times.
(3)Sweatshirts, t-shirts, patches, or other articles of clothing must not contain obscene language, alcoholic beverage advertisements, or suggestive slogans.
(4)All students are expected to observe good personal hygiene.
(5)Proper undergarments must be worn at all times and must not be visible.
(6)All blouses and shirts must be long enough to fit over the pants or to be tucked into the pants.
THE FOLLOWING CLOTHING IS PROHIBITED:
(1)Cut-off or see through jerseys.
(2)Tank tops, midriffs, and halter-tops
(3)Clothing with obscene or distasteful words, pictures, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco advertisement.
(4)Dresses and blouses that are excessively low cut in front and/or the back. Dresses and blouses should be neat and modest.
(5)Strapless tops or dresses, unless a jacket or blouse is worn over them.
(6)Sunglasses, hats, or caps. These are only to be worn on designated days.
(7)Clothing (shorts, skirts, etc.) which is/are shorter than the longest finger on the hand by the side standing straight.
(8)Clothing with holes.
(9)Book bags and backpacks.
(10) Visible piercings, other than ears, are prohibted.
ARTICLE XXXIV. GUIDANCE SERVICES
Glencoe High School offers complete guidance services such as information on jobs, careers, testing, colleges, and scholarships. The Counselor is available for individual conferences and will be offering group sessions and information to students. The Counselor is available before, during, and after school for easy student access.
ARTICLE XXXV. ORGANIZATIONS
Beta Club-The Beta Club is a service club organized to help the school through various projects and actions. The members are chosen from the 11th and 12th grades on the basis of attitude, scholarship, and character.
FFA-The Future Farmers of America is a national organization of students studying Agribusiness Education in high schools. The primary aim of the FFA is the development of agricultural leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.
FFCLA-The Family Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization of students studying Home Economics in high schools. The primary aim of FFCLA is the development of leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.
Junior Civitans-The Junior Civitans is a service organization sponsored by the Civitans. It is composed of students dedicating services to school and community.
Band Boosters-The Band Boosters Club is an organization that promotes the spirit and welfare of the GHS Band. All parents and community supporters are urged to join the boosters.
Glencoe Sportsman Club-The Glencoe Sportsman Club was chartered on November 5, 1956. It is dedicated to the betterment of Glencoe High School and its athletic department. All parents and community supporters are encouraged to join the club.
Sports-Every student at Glencoe High School is offered an opportunity to participate in every form of sports our school is able to offer. However, there is no guarantee that a student will make any team or sport. All sports are played on an interscholastic basis through the AHSAA and all students who wish to take part in these games will find a welcome on the practice field or arena. Many of our students realize the need for physical fitness and will take part in various sports for the enjoyment of the games, and the strength of body coordination. All athletes shall meet requirements set out by the National High School Federation, Alabama High School Athletic Association, and the Etowah County Board of Education.