Admin

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Magnet Contract

Colonel Joseph C. Rodriguez

PREP Academy

Magnet Contract

Grades 6- 8

CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR ACADEMICS

GENERAL ACADEMIC CRITERIA

 

At Rodriguez PREP Academy – School of Engineering and Design, academic excellence is emphasized. Students are subject to Contract cancellation according to the following criteria:

 

  1. All students must maintain a minimum of 15 grade points (1.86 GPA) during the Designated Grading Periods of progress report 2, semester 1, progress report 6, and semester 2 or they will be placed on probation until the next Designated Grading Period. Grade points will be awarded on the following scale using the academic grade given for each course: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point and F = zero points.

     

  2. Students will be dropped if they have three or more F’s in any subject areas during the Designated Grading Periods.

     

  3. Students are allowed only one academic probationary period during their enrollment at Rodriguez PREP School of Engineering and Design. If a student fails to earn 15 grade points on subsequent progress grade report, he/she will be returned to the home school.

     

  4. In order to allow students to focus on academics during the probationary period, students are restricted from participating in ALL extracurricular activities (e.g. ASB dances, skating parties, field trips, sports, incentive activities, etc.).

 

SPECIFIC GRADE LEVEL CRITERIA:

 

6th and 7th Grade

8th Grade

  1. If sixth and seventh grade students drop below 15 grade points for a Designated Grading Period, they are on academic probation until the next grading period. During this probationary period, students are expected to improve their performance and achieve a minimum of 15 grade points on the next Designated Grading Period, or they will be returned to their home school.
  2. Sixth and seventh grade students will not be returned to their home school after the progress report 6 for academic reasons. Students who have less than 15 grade points at that time will be placed on probation and restricted from participating in all extracurricular activities until the end of the school year. Before the end of the school year, the sixth and seventh grade teams, the counselor, and the administrators will evaluate the student and determine, based on student academic performance, if the student will advance to the next grade (does this happen) level and/or if the student will be returned to the home school.
  3. Sixth and seventh grade students, who are not achieving 15 grade points on the Designated Grading Period, will be placed on probation and will be offered an Intensive Instruction Program and/or an academic support class.
  4. Sixth and seventh grade students who are failing or at risk of failing progress report 6 may be restricted from end of the year activities to continue to work toward grade level standards and promotion.

 

  1. Eighth grade students, who have not been on academic probation previously, but who do not earn a minimum of 15 grade points during the second progress report, will be placed on probation and will be given until the next Designated Grading Period to earn the minimum 15 grade points or they may be returned to their home school.
  2. Students entering eighth grade on academic probation from Rodriguez PREP’s seventh grade program will have the 2nd progress report and/or 1st semester reports to earn a minimum of 15 grade points, or they will be returned to their home school.
  3. Students entering eighth grade from another school must earn a minimum of 15 grade points during progress report 2, or they will be returned to their home school.
  4. Eighth grade students will not be dropped after Semester 1 reporting period for academic reasons. Students having less than 15 grade points at that time will be restricted from participating in all extracurricular activities until the end of the school year. At that time, the eighth grade team, the counselor, and the site administrators will evaluate the student and determine, based on student performance and behavior, if the student will advance to high school.
  5. Eighth grade students, who have a failing grade on progress report 6, or are on discipline Level 3, or are placed on probation for any reason, will be restricted from eighth grade end of the year activities, excluding academic field trips. The students will be given assignments to work toward promotion.


Designated Grading Period = Progress Reports 2, Semester 1, Progress Report 6, and Semester 2

HOMEWORK POLICY:

Rodriguez PREP Academy teachers provide homework assignments in order to promote academic excellence and teach responsibility. Homework and projects allows parents to be directly involved in the educational process.

 

Daily homework is to be documented in the student’s designated planner. Parents should check the planners and the required homework each evening. It is not uncommon for homework to be assigned five days a week. If no homework is assigned for a particular class, it will be noted in the planner. Students who read 30 minutes each day will advance their reading level quickly.

 

The amount of homework given is in accordance with the SBCUSD board policy. As a general rule, students may have up to two hours of homework each night. The amount of time allocated to projects and long-term assignments is regulated so that students can work for short increments of time each day. Parent signature may be required on their student’s long-term assignments so that they can monitor progress and help their child with time management.

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR MATERIALS:

It is very important for Rodriguez PREP Academy students to know that it is their responsibility to bring everything they need to school each day. This includes:

 

  • Current Rodriguez PREP Academy Student ID Badges
  • Homework
  • Books (as appropriate)
  • Notebook, paper, pens, and other school supplies
  • Sack lunch and/or lunch money
  • P.E. uniform (7th and 8th graders)
  • Musical instrument(s)
  • House keys
  • Permission slips (e.g., dances, school pictures, field trips, etc.)
  • Money for fund-raisers and/or school purchases

 

With over 800 students, it becomes impractical for the office staff to locate students for delivery of forgotten items.  Therefore, if a student forgets something, we will deliver it the first time and remind the student to organize everything he/she needs the night before they go to school. After that, the forgetful student will participate in a campus beautification duty and/or detention. This will teach responsibility to our students and help them to accept responsibility for themselves.  If there is a financial hardship, a parent/guardian should contact the principal or vice principal.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION:

Students who fail to meet grade level standards, as indicated by failing grades, or other board-adopted assessments criteria, may not be promoted. Parents/guardians of students at risk of being retained will be notified as early in the school year as possible. The decision to retain is made by grade level team teachers. The parent/guardian may appeal the decision of the teachers by writing a justification for overturning the decision to the principal within five days of final notification of retention.

 

Students, who are at risk of being retained based on low grades, should take advantage of the Intensive Instruction Program.


CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR BEHAVIOR

 

As members of the Rodriguez PREP Academy school community family, students are expected to maintain positive and appropriate behavior at all times. Students are responsible for knowing and meeting all Contract obligations. Staff will communicate and teach school wide and classroom expectation throughout the year. Parents/Guardians are an integral part in supporting good conduct and character. The following Contract requirements for behavior must be followed.

 

AT ALL TIMES:

  1. First and foremost, all students must: Be Safe! Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Designated signs throughout the school outline these expectations.
  2. Students are responsible for respecting all adults and fellow students and must be cooperative with school authorities. Students are also responsible for respecting the property rights of others.
  3. Any behavior disruptive to the educational environment or having the potential to create an unsafe or disorderly campus is prohibited. Some examples of restricted behavior include, but are not limited to:

     

    1. Pushing, shoving, wrestling, chasing, rough play, or any other unsanctioned physical behavior as determined by school authorities.
    2. Inappropriate yelling, screaming, laughing, mocking, put downs, etc.
    3. Loitering in or around bathrooms, the Rodriguez Corridor, and/or other restricted areas.
    4. Loitering after school.
    5. Food in off-limit places.
    6. Throwing items on campus, except when directed to by a classroom teacher (i.e. P.E.).
    7. Littering on campus.
    8. Confrontational or challenging speech (including body language) towards adults or fellow students.
    9. Bullying or harassing behavior including cyber bullying.
    10. Inappropriate speech, gestures, drawing or writing, including profanities, vulgarities, racial remarks, or any commentary of a degrading nature.
    11. Running on campus, except in P.E. and designated activity areas during lunchtime.
    12. No public displays of affection such as kissing, hugging, etc.
    13. Vandalism or destruction of school property.
    14. Inappropriate use of technology.
    15. Other action determined by school authorities to be disruptive.

       

  4. School fighting will not be tolerated. Students who engage in a fight or a battery upon another student may be subject to a Citation by School Police (Penal Code 415) in accordance with the District’s Zero Tolerance Policy for fighting.
  5. Continued violations of the dress code will result in a parent notification. On the third letter, a student is referred to the Contract Committee and automatically placed on Level 1 Probation.
  6. Students must follow all classroom rules specified by each teacher and must fulfill all Contract obligations as set forth by teacher regulations. Examples include: Classroom violations, forging parent signatures and students not returning the signed contract.
  7. Any act of cheating, which includes copying without teacher approval or forgery, is considered a serious violation of the Contract and will result in strong disciplinary action.
  8. Students must treat substitute teachers with respect and obey rules set forth by the substitute teacher.
  9. Sexual harassment or any other form of harassing behavior will not be tolerated.
  10. Students must follow all the provisions of Education Code 48900, District Policy, and Rodriguez PREP Academy rules.

 

BEFORE SCHOOL:

  1. Upon arrival to school, whether by car, bus or walking, students must go onto campus immediately.
  2. Students will remain in the cafeteria, under the covered patio, and/or playing a supervised game on the field or blacktop before school. Students will not be allowed to wander within the halls before school.
  3. Students may never leave campus without permission.

LUNCH BEHAVIOR:

  1. All middle schools in San Bernardino have closed campuses. Students may not leave school without permission.
  2. All students must eat in designated areas (i.e. cafeteria or the covered patio). No eating or drinking is allowed in classrooms, library, bathrooms, along the perimeter of the covered patio, sports fields, or in any other undesignated areas. Students are permitted to drink water in all areas of the school.
  3. On rainy days, students must eat in designated areas.
  4. Cutting in line is not allowed.
  5. All students are responsible for throwing away their trash and for keeping the entire campus clean.
  6. Students must remain in the assigned lunch area during lunch times unless they have a pass to visit the office, library, or classroom.

AFTER SCHOOL:

  1. Students must leave campus promptly and orderly at the end of the school day through the Rodriguez Corridor, unless participating in an after school program or school sport. Students need to follow designated travel paths and may not loiter prior to exiting the campus or getting on a school bus.
  2. Unless provided with a pass stipulating another meeting place, any student participating in an after school program or sport program must report promptly to designated patio area and remain there until retrieved by the coach or coach designee. While on campus and during all school functions, Rodriguez PREP Academy rules must be followed.
  3. Following evening events (e.g., sports, skating parties, dances, etc.), students must be picked up by a Parent/Guardian no later than fifteen minutes following the event. Failure to adhere to getting picked up in a timely manner may result in a probationary period excluding them from participation in extra-curricular activities.

 

BUS BEHAVIOR:

Students are expected to maintain the same high standard of appropriate behavior on school buses and at bus stops as they do on campus. Students who violate bus rules may receive disciplinary consequences from the Transportation Department as specified in transportation mailings and/or may receive school consequences for not meeting the obligations of their Rodriquez PREP Academy Contract.

 

  1. All students must respect other students and their property, the bus driver, and the property of the bus company.
  2. Students may not eat, drink, or chew gum on the bus.
  3. At all times, students must remain seated, face forward, and have their feet out of aisles.
  4. No objects or trash may be thrown on or from the bus.
  5. When waiting for the bus, students need to wait quietly off the sidewalk. Students may not engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior.
  6. The noise level on the bus must be kept to a safe standard—as communicated by the bus driver.
  7. Students must respect private property at and near bus stops.
  8. Sexual harassment or other harassing behaviors will not be tolerated at any time or in any place.
  9. On the way to the bus stop, on the bus, exiting the bus, or on the way home, any student who violates Education Code 48900, District Policy, or Rodriquez PREP Academy school rules may be disciplined.

 

For questions about bus referrals, the District’s Transportation Department should be contacted at (909) 388-6125. For bus referrals involving school disciplinary action, parents will be notified by school administration.

CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE 

GENERAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

California funds schools based on positive attendance. Under state guidelines, all absences (legally excused or otherwise) are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not provide state apportionment payments.

 

All Rodriguez PREP Academy students are expected to maintain regular attendance and to arrive at school on time (between 7:15 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. on Regular and Minimum Days; and between 9:15 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. on Modified Days.).

  1. Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and to be at school on time. Chronic absences and/or tardies may result in a recommendation for cancellation of the student’s Contract or an increase in probationary level status.
  2. Parents/guardians must send a note to school or telephone the school to excuse legal absences. A doctor’s note should be obtained when medical care is provided.
  3. All students who are late to school must obtain tardy permits from the attendance office before going to class.
  4. When the parent brings a student to school late, the parent should accompany the student into the office or send a written excuse. Lateness is an unexcused tardy unless there is a legal excuse, such as a doctor’s appointment, family emergency, etc.
  5. To leave school before the end of the school day, students must obtain an early dismissal slip from the attendance office, and must be picked up by an adult authorized on the student’s emergency card.
  6. Three unexcused tardies of 30 minutes or more (sleeping late, late arrival without a parent, etc.) are equivalent to a day of truancy according to state law.
  7. Absences without valid excuse for more than three (3) days for the school year classify a student as being truant by state law (Education Code 48260). Students who are truant are cited by School Police and referred to the Juvenile Traffic Court. A habitually truant student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board.
  8. At ten absences, a School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting may take place and a referral will be sent to the Contract Committee for review.
  9. After twenty absences, a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meeting may take place and a referral will be sent to the Contract Committee for review.
  10. A student must be in school all day in order to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, trips, cheerleading, performances, etc.
  11. Parents and guardians have only five (5) school days after an absence occurs to clear the absence. Otherwise the absence will be considered unexcused.

 

MISSED ASSIGNMENT AND MAKE UP WORK:

There is no doubt that an absent student loses valuable instructional time. A majority of the classroom instruction and class work cannot be made up when a student misses school. Classroom instruction is usually sequential in nature—involving both written and oral student participation. It cannot be expected that a teacher can re-teach such a lesson to a student who has been absent. Therefore, it is not possible for the student to make up all classroom work or receive credit for it. However, should a student be absent for three consecutive days due to illness, homework assignments, upon request, will be provided to compensate as much as possible for missing classroom grade points because of the excused absence.

 

If a student is absent for only one or two days, it is the student’s responsibility to request make up assignments and to turn them in on time. It is our policy that the student has the number of day’s equivalent to the absence to make up the work. For example, if a student is absent three days, he/she has three days to make up the missed work. If the student is not able to complete the work within the time allowed, the parent should contact the teacher to make arrangements for an extension.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY:

Independent Study is available for students who know that they will be absent for five or more days. Independent Study cannot replace classroom assignments because of the loss of instruction and group activities. In situations where a student will have a non-illness related absence for five or more days, the school can provide an independent study plan if you inform us about this absence several days in advance. This enables your student to get credit for most schoolwork and for attendance in case of a family emergency or other unavoidable reason to be out of town. Students will be assigned one hour of work for each class and the regular homework. Independent Study work is due the day that the student returns, unless a medical excuse from a doctor is provided. Contact our school office at (909) 884-6030 for more details or to receive this service.


NON-DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT POLICY: POLICY NO. 5150a

 

Purpose: To prevent discriminatory harassment in the educational environment.

 

Statement of Policy:

The San Bernardino City Unified School District is committed to providing all students a learning environment that is free of discrimination in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. This nondiscriminatory learning environment is for the benefit of all District students and all students are expected to fully comply with the Policy. Additionally, non-District students who have contact with any of the district’s students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with this Policy in any District school or District school-sponsored activity. Absolutely no one is authorized to engage in conduct prohibited by this Policy.

 

In keeping with this commitment to a nondiscriminatory learning environment, the District maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnic group identification, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, or mental disability in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. This Policy prohibits all forms of discriminatory harassment through any means including nonverbal, verbal (including derogatory comments, slurs, propositions, teasing, jokes, or taunts), physical (including gestures, touching, obstructing, or otherwise interfering with a person’s movement) or visual (including leering, cartoons, drawings, magazines, notes, letters or posters).

 

This policy prohibits all conduct by which any student because of race, ethnic group identification, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, or sex, or sexual orientation, or gender is subject to unwelcome, hostile, offensive, intimidating, oppressive or otherwise interfering harassment in an educational setting. Moreover, students will not be excluded on the basis of the aforementioned protected bases from participation in any educational program, curricular or extracurricular, including all sports and other activities, denied the benefits of participation, or subject to harassment or other forms of discrimination in such programs.

 

Sexual Harassment:

All of the foregoing applies to complaints of sexual harassment. For the purpose of clarification, prohibited sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

 

Examples of Prohibited Behavior:

 

  • Exposing genitals
  • Shouting obscenities
  • Mooning
  • Streaking
  • Leaving obscene messages on school computers
  • Whistling at other students and/or school employees
  • Threatening rape
  • Intentionally pressing or rubbing oneself sexually around another person
  • Teasing other students and/or school employees about their sexual activity or body
  • Unwanted deliberate hugging, kissing, touching, patting, pinching, grabbing, leaning over, or cornering a student or school employee
  • Flipping up skirts
  • Pulling down someone’s pants, shorts or skirt
  • Bra, pants, shorts or skirt snapping
  • Continual staring at a person’s body
  • Sexual or dirty jokes
  • Actual or attempted rape or sexual assault
  • Unwanted letters or materials of a sexual nature
  • Kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips
  • Looking a person up and down
  • Sexual rumors
  • Comments about the body
  • Violating personal space
  • Pornographic pictures, posters, drawings or stories
  • Offensive displays of sex-related object
  • Offensive graffiti of a sexual nature, racial nature or of any discriminatory basis
  • Holding a person against his or her will.

 

Enforcement:

Disciplinary action up to and including expulsion will be promptly taken against any student if it becomes known to the District and proven by school officials that such student has engaged in conduct prohibited by this Policy.

 

No Retaliation:

No student, employee, or other individuals will be retaliated against, in any manner, for reporting conduct which he or she believes to be a violation of this Policy, for participating in an investigation of a possible violation of this Policy, or for using the District’s Uniform compliant Procedure.

 

Complaints:

Students who have been subjected to discriminatory harassment have an obligation to immediately report the incident or incidents to their principal or the District’s Affirmative Action Officer, who is also the District’s Title IX Coordinator. The complaint will be processed in accordance with the District’s Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedure. It is encouraged and recommended that students utilize the District’s Uniform compliant Procedure; however, they may seek recourse by pursuing available remedies outside the District.

 

Notifications:

Pursuant to Educational Code 212.6, a copy of this policy will be displayed in a prominent location in the main administrative building at each school site of the District. Also this policy will be a part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each Designated Grading Period or summer session, as applicable. At the beginning of each school year, the district’s sexual harassment policy will be included in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians and will be disseminated to each staff member annually. This policy will also appear in any school or District publication that sets forth the school or District’s comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures and standards of conduct.

 

Any teacher, counselor, or district employee who receives a sexual harassment incident report from any student or adult in educational setting must report this information to the site administrator. Site administrators are required to submit a report to the Affirmative Action Office in order for the Affirmative Action Office to maintain a record of complaints.

Adopted by the Board of Education: July 6, 1993; Revised: February 18, 1997.

Legal references: Educational Codes 200-240, 212.5, & 212.6. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

 

Student Search Policy - Policy 5144 – Summary:

School personnel have the right to search a student’s belongings. We do not do so, however, unless there is reasonable suspicion…Only School Police would conduct a body search if that were deemed necessary. Although these procedures very seldom occur at Rodriguez PREP Academy, they are legally permitted by Policy #5144 and, on occasion, are necessary.

Adopted by the Board of Education: July 12, 1994

 

Electronic Signaling Devices:

No school shall permit the use of any unauthorized electronic signaling device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves, except for the restrictive use of cellular phones as described below.

 

Pupils are permitted to possess cellular phones for use before and after the instructional day. Pupils must keep their cellular phones with the power off and out of sight during the instructional day. The District and its employees will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen cellular phones. School administrators may confiscate from pupils cellular phones when in use during the instructional day. Pupils are prohibited from using cellular phones at school as recording devices and/or cameras

 

No pupil shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician and surgeon to be essential for the health of a pupil and use of which is limited for purposes related to the health of the pupil (E.C. 48901.5).

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE

 

The information below is applicable on the school campus, going to and from school, at any school-sponsored activity anywhere and anytime, while students are under the authority of school personnel.  We expect is that students use good judgment in their behavior.  We insist that all students assume the responsibility of being a good citizen and work hard toward getting an education.  No one should be a disturbing factor in class or anywhere else.

 

Specific discipline measures will be taken for the following violations which are summarized from our School District Student Behavior Policy (Educational Code Section 48900):

 

A-1 Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person; or

A-2 Willfully used force or violence upon another person except in self-defense.

B.       Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous objects of no reasonable use to a pupil at school or at a school activity off school grounds.

C.       Unlawfully possessing, using, selling, or otherwise furnishing or being under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in Section 11053 of the Health and Safety Code (generally hallucinogenic substances), alcoholic beverages, or intoxicants of any kind.

D.     Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcohol, intoxicant, or representation of items thereof

E.       Committed robbery or extortion

F.       Causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property

G.       Stealing or attempting to steal school property or private property

H.       Possessing or using tobacco, except as provided in Section 48901

I.         Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity

J.        Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code

K.       Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, or administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties

L.       Knowingly received stolen school or private property

M.      Possessing an imitation forearm.  As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm

N.       Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault

O.       Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a witness

  1. Sexual harassment (Education Code 48900.2)
  2. Hate Violence: (Education Code Section 48900.3)
  3. Intentionally engage harassment, threats, or intimidation against a pupils, groups or pupils, or staff.  (Education Code Section 48900.)
  4. Making a terrorist threat against school officials, or school property, or both. (Education Code 48900.7)
  5. Unlawfully arranged to sell drug Soma
  6. Aided or abetted the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury
  7. Engaged in or attempted to engage in hazing
  8. 48915 (c) Mandatory Expulsion
  9. Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation against a pupil, groups of pupils or staff through the use of electronic devices or the internet.

Education Code Section 48915 (Abridged):

(a)(1) Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense

(a)(2) Possession of any knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil

(a)(3) Unlawful possession of any controlled substance, (except for the first offence of not more than one ounce of marijuana)

(a)(4) Robbery or extortion

(a)(5) Assault or battery upon any school employee

(c)(1) Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm

(c)(2) Brandishing a knife at another person

(c)(3) Unlawfully selling a controlled substance

(c)(4) Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault

(c)(5) Possession of an explosive

 

Suspensions are, generally, from one (1) to five (5) days and require a conference including the student's parent and school personnel.  Expulsions are for more serious offenses and cause the student to be denied attendance at any public school in the San Bernardino City Unified School District for a period of up to a full semester in addition to the remainder of the semester in which the offense occurred.

SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES 

In order to sustain excellence in academics and provide a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment, Contract expectations are regularly communicated, taught and reinforced through positive rewards and disciplinary consequences. Discipline is firm, fair, consistent, and caring. Parents are regularly communicated with as a key partner in maintaining student success.

 

IN CLASS DISCIPLINE:

Teachers encourage positive behavior and utilize corrective measures to remedy inappropriate behavior. Students are clearly and consistently taught classroom rules and procedures. Teachers are primary agents for communicating and enforcing school wide expectations. Depending on the nature of the offense and the level of severity, the following consequences may be administered by teachers and grade level teams.

 

  • Verbal correction or re-teaching of missed expectation
  • Private student conference with teacher
  • Parent/Guardian contact through Home Referral, which requires the return signature of the Parent/Guardian.
  • Parent contact by phone or email
  • Counseling
  • Loss of privileges from individual teacher or Grade Level Team
  • Assignment and documentation of violations on classroom contracts
  • Lowering of citizenship grades
  • Detentions
  • Assignments of special tasks
  • Parent/teacher conference
  • Team interventions, including Multi-Tier Student Support Team Conference (MTSS)

 

SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE:

Any staff member or school official may refer a student to the office for a violation of the Contract. If an infraction is confirmed, administrative action is taken. For minor, non-recurring offenses, administrative action may include a review of Contract requirements, counseling, a letter home indicating a violation, Parent/Guardian contact by phone, school beautification, on campus detentions, or special assignments.   A low-level referral may also be written and sent home to you as a means of documenting the behavior. Serious violations of the Contract, including ongoing defiance will result in a referral to the Contract Committee.

 

CONTRACT COMMITTEE:

Any student may be referred to our Contract Committee for a violation of the Rodriguez PREP Academy Contract, Education Code, District Policy, or for continuing defiance of classroom and/or school wide rules.

 

This process begins when a student is sent to the office with or without a referral indicating a violation of the Contract. Initially, a student is given the opportunity to share their accounting of what occurred to prompt being sent to the office. Upon investigation of the incident, if the allegation against the student is confirmed, then disciplinary action is taken. If a decision is made to refer a student to our Contract Committee, the following has occurred or will occur prior to the Contract Committee meeting date:

 

  • Written Student Statement of the Incident
  • Investigation of Incident
  • Review of Facts and Discussion with Student
  • Review of Contract Violations and Requirements with Student
  • Student is placed on probation pending Contract Committee meeting
  • Parent/Guardian Notification

 

The Contract Committee is comprised of teachers, administrators, and support staff. The Committee meets frequently to review referrals from students who have violated their Contract. By recommendation of the Contract Committee, students who have not met their Contract obligations may be placed on one of four probationary Levels, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4.

 

If a student is placed on a probationary Level, the following will occur.

 

  • Student Notification of Probationary Level Placement
  • Parent/Guardian Notification of Probationary Level Placement by mail, phone and/or home visit.
  • Restriction from all extra-curricular activities or functions for the duration of the Probation (including, but not limited to: dances, skating parties, sports team participation, going to view games, special after school events, non-instructional time fieldtrips, lunch activities, 8th grade activities, cheerleading, etc.)

 

In addition to a placement of Probation, any student who commits a major violation of Education Code 48900, may receive an at home suspension, on campus suspension, or a citation by School Police. For the most serious offenses, students may be recommended for Expulsion from the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

 

DISCIPLINARY LEVEL SYSTEM:

 

Purpose and Definition

Rodriguez PREP Academy has a system of probation aimed at correcting inappropriate behavior by restricting students from preferred activities for a period of time. While this system does not impact the permanent record of our students, it does offer strong enough accountability to motivate most students to fulfill the obligations of their Contract following their probationary period. Because disciplinary levels are progressive, this approach does not allow for continuous defiance or disruptions. The four disciplinary levels are defined as follows:

 

Level 1 – Ten (10) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities

Level 2 – Thirty (30) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities

Level 3 – Forty-five (45) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities

Level 4 – Recommendation student to return to their home school.

 

Any student given a disciplinary level keeps the designation of that level for the balance of the school year, even after their probation days have been served. Further level placements are added to previous ones. For example, if a student receives Level 1 Probation for excessive tardies and later in the year is given Level 2 Probation for a cheating violation, the student would then be placed on Level 3 of the discipline system, with a 45-day probation. A Level 2 violation plus a Level 2 violation would result in a recommendation for a student to return to his/her home school.

 

Any student receiving a Level 4 Placement has a right to request an Appeals Hearing. This hearing consists of the student, Parent/Guardian, and Contract Committee members.  The student who has been given a recommendation to return to their home school may address the committee with an appeal to remain at Rodriguez PREP Academy. If a student is allowed to stay, their probationary period will be a minimum of 90 days, with any future Contract infraction resulting in an immediate return to the home school. The granting of a Level 4 Probation is at the discretion of the school and is not a right.

 

EXAMPLES OF BEHAVOR RESULTING IN DISCIPLINARY LEVELS:

 

Level 1

A student is placed on Level 1 of the discipline system and is put on probation for 10 instructional days when referred to the Contract Committee because of repeated or less serious offenses (e.g. excessive violations for disruptive behavior, defiance, plagiarism or forgery, stealing, cyber bullying, not being picked up from school and/or extra-curricular activities at the designated pick up time, loitering after school, “out of bounds” or not under the direct supervision of a teacher without permission, unacceptable language, lying, first offense cheating, inappropriate behavior with a substitute teacher, 10 unexcused tardies, or an HLR clothing violation). A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian.

 

Level 2

A student is placed directly on Level 2 of the discipline system and is put on probation for 30 instructional days for serious offenses (fighting, repetitive cheating or forgery, truancy, excessive defiance, excessive cyber bullying, damaging property, tagging, stealing, drugs, physical harm or endangerment of others, sexual harassment, egregious behavior with a substitute teacher, continuous unacceptable behavior) or an at home suspension. This action necessitates a conference with the Parent/Guardian, student, and an administrator. A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian.

 

Level 3

A student is placed on Level 3 and is put on probation for 45 instructional days for egregious continued misbehavior. This action necessitates a conference with the Parent/Guardian, student, and an administrator. A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian. Students who reach level three or higher will be exempted from end of the year events.

 

Level 4

A student is placed on Level 4 for continued misbehavior or for a further serious offense. This results in cancellation of the student’s Contract and the student returns to the home school. Parents have the right at this point to have a conference with a panel consisting of the Contract Committee and the grade level team to appeal the Contract cancellation. The Parent/Guardian and student may present the student’s case for staying at Rodriguez PREP Academy at that time. If the appeal is granted, the student is placed on 90 instructional days of probation. Once the probationary days are served, the student may participate in all activities again. However, another violation would immediately cancel the student’s Contract.

 Level Progression

The Level system is progressive, at the Contract Committee’s discretion, for a school year (i.e. for a student who has been placed on Level 1, a further offense would place him on Level 2, 3, or 4 depending upon the seriousness of the offense.) Levels will not be reduced during the school year in which they occur.

 

Levels Carryover

A student who is on Level 3 at the closing of school will be reevaluated and may be recommended either to return to his/her home school or to remain at Rodriguez PREP Academy. If the student remains at Rodriguez PREP Academy, he/she must complete any part of his/her probation that remained at the end of the previous school year. Upon completion of probation, he/she will be dropped to Level 1 status with no probationary requirements.

 

Level 4 Carryover

A 6th or 7th grade student who is on Level 4 at the closing of school will be reevaluated and may be recommended either to return to his/her home school or to remain at Rodriguez PREP Academy. A student on Level 4 at the closing of school, who is allowed to return to Rodriguez PREP Academy the next year, must complete any part of his or her probation that remained at the end of the previous school year. Upon completion of probation, he/she will be dropped to Level 2 status with no probationary requirements. If Level 4 is reached a second time, the student is returned to his/her home school. Students are allowed ­only one Level 4 probationary period while enrolled at Rodriguez PREP Academy.

 

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY/HONOR CODE:

At Rodriguez PREP Academy, we want every student to become a caring and productive citizen. Students are expected to achieve academic excellence and develop a strong character. The faculty, staff, and administration expect each and every student at Rodriguez PREP Academy to follow principles of honesty and integrity. Cheating undermines learning and character. Therefore, cheating allegations are taken seriously and, if proven, may result in a referral to the Contract Committee and penalizing of the test or assignment grade.

 

Students will be considered to be cheating if they:

 

  • Copy another person’s homework, class work or project.
  • Obtain papers, reports or projects from another source, such as the internet or a sibling, and turn them in as their own. (Plagiarism)
  • Copy another person’s test or quiz answers.
  • Use unauthorized information on an exam or quiz. For example: use a crib sheet, notes, an assignment or a book.
  • Give permission or allow others to knowingly copy their homework, project, quiz or test answers.
  • Change grades or answers on an assignment or test by giving unearned points to another student or by changing answers on work after the work has been graded.
  • Turn in another person’s work as their own.

 

CITATIONS:

In order to preserve a safe and orderly campus, Rodriguez PREP Academy and the SBCUSD do not condone fighting, drugs and/or weapons. Any student, who participates in a fight, brings a weapon to school or is in possession of drugs or alcohol, may be suspended from school, referred to the Contract Committee and/or cited by SBCUSD Police. Students who are cited must appear in Juvenile Traffic Court. The court judge may assess a fine, assign community service or require enrollment in a rehabilitation program. If any student has a conflict on campus, observes a weapon or finds/sees drugs or alcohol, it is that student’s responsibility to report the problem before he/she becomes involved as an accomplice.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

 

ASB ACTIVITIES:

Rodriguez PREP Academy Associated Student Body (ASB) offers a variety of activities for students, including dances, skating parties, assemblies, pep rallies, and theme days. Fundraising events support these activities, reward incentive programs, and the team field trips. Students and parents are invited to participate in the fundraisers. Prizes and incentives are given to encourage participation, but no student is denied participation due to financial hardship.

 

Students are required to follow the school dress code when attending ASB events and are held responsible for their behavior according to the Rodriquez PREP Academy contract standards.

 

SPORTS PROGRAM:

Rodriguez PREP Academy has boys and girls teams for volleyball, softball, basketball, football, and soccer. These teams compete against the other middle schools for city championship and league championship. Additionally, Rodriguez PREP Academy offers cheerleading and pep squads. Tryouts are open to all students who meet the SBCUSD athletic eligibility list and who are not on probation. Students must be in class for all periods to compete on game day.

 

Students who participate in sports and/or cheerleading will be provided with a school uniform. Students are responsible for damaged, lost or stolen uniforms.

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:

Through Intensive Instruction and CAPS, a variety of tutoring classes, sports, music, and academic enrichment are offered. Special field trips are planned for afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays to provide cultural opportunities and college visitations.

 

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AFTER-SCHOOL EVENTS:

Although we supervise all school activities, during the afternoons, evenings and Saturdays, parents are expected to pick up students within 15 minutes of the time the event ends or the time students are told to have their parents arrive. Teachers and administrators who are responsible for supervising these events have agreed to work beyond their regular workday for these activities, but have not volunteered to stay indefinitely.

 

Students, who are not picked up within fifteen minutes, may be excluded from participation in future events.

RODRIGUEZ PREP ACADEMY GUIDELINES

Welcome to Rodriguez PREP Academy, School of Engineering and Design. The following guidelines have been established in order to support a safe and respectful learning environment.

DRESS CODE: The board policy regarding dress states, “…that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear cloths that are suitable to the school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process”. The following guidelines apply:

 

  • CLOTHING: Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited. Pants should be worn at student’s natural waistline (no sagging). Clothing, jewelry and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
  • SHOES: Shoes must be worn at all times. High heals, and backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable.
  • HEAD WEAR: Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn.
  • JEWELRY, BELTS, ETC.: No long or lose hanging jewelry, belts, chains, etc. This is a safety issue. No handkerchiefs or bandanas that are commonly used as gang affiliation. Facial piercings must be limited to studs that are flush on the face.
  • HAIR: Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed and not a distraction.
  • BACKPACKS & BAGS: Backpacks, bags, and large purses are not permitted in order to reduce the clutter in our small classrooms. Girls may bring a small purse that is no larger than 5.5” x 4.25” x 2” (same size as a half sheet of paper) to carry feminine products. Students participating in the Rodriguez PREP Academy sports program are allowed to carry their team’s designated sports bag during the season.
  • BADGES: Lanyards with the student’s badge must be appropriately worn at ALL times with the EXCEPTION of PE and lunchtime activities where lanyards could pose a hazard.
  • SPECIAL NEEDS DRESS CODE: Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports, activities, and/or classes.
  • We recognize that styles change; therefore we reserve the right to ban any clothing styles which indicate gang affiliation or drug use, or any other items which may cause disruption to the educational process or is a safety hazard.

SAFETY ITEMS: Rodriguez PREP Academy has established guidelines in order to create a safe environment.

 

  • BIKES: Bikes must be walked onto and off campus and students must wear a helmet. Skateboards, scooters, skates, and shoes with wheels ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME ON CAMPUS!
  • ALCHOHOL, TOBACCO, & DRUGS: Tobacco products (e.g., lighters, matches, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew and snuff) alcohol, and/or drug items are prohibited.
  • WEAPONS & DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS: Weapons, real or look-alike, are forbidden. The administration reserves the right to determine whether something is a weapon or is not a weapon.
  • ITEMS: Gang style writing is not allowed. Student may not carry permanent markers, liquid white out or etching tools.
  • MONEY: Students should be not bring more money than is needed for the day (ex. the cost of a basic lunch). Fees for other activities are announced in advance.
  • ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES: Students may have personal electronic signaling devices while at school as long as it’s not a safety hazard and/or distraction that interferes with the educational process.
    1. Must be turned off and kept out of sight during instructional time.
    2. May not be used for illegal or unethical activities.
    3. No student shall use the device with camera, video, or voice recording function in a way or under circumstances which infringe the privacy rights of others.
    4. May be confiscated and stored in a secure location if not meeting the expectations.
    5. The District and its employees will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen electronic devices.

 

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE: Violation(s) of any of these guidelines will result in progressive disciplinary actions including but not limited to warnings, referrals, confiscation, etc.


Rodriguez PREP Academy Grade Report Sheet

 How to calculate your GPA: Each grade for each class gets a point-value. A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0. Add the points from each class and then divide by the number of classes you have. 

In order to remain at RPA, a student must earn a minimum of 15 points, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 1.86 each quarter. A student’s contract will be canceled, resulting in that student returning to his/her home school, if one of the following occurs.

  • The total quarter GPA is less than 1.86
  • There are three or more F’s on the quarter report in any subject areas.

 

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