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THE FOUNDATION ACADEMY SCHOOL POLICIES

School Academic Expectations

  1. Students will achieve a grade (or its equivalent) of “B-” or better for promotion. Summer School will be required in order to make up a lower grade.  No credit, NC will be assigned.
  2. Students will complete all homework and class work at designated times.
  3. Students will complete required assignments on designated “Home School Days.”
  4. Students will read a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
  5. Students will use proper language at all times.
  6. Make up Work:
    1. Individual student make up work may be placed in a make up folder on the student wall.
    2. Individual student work should have the student’s name on the work, and then be placed in the folder on the student wall. Group work need not apply.
    3. Students will know where the folder is, and will quietly go to where the folder is find their work, retrieve it, complete their work at home and return the next day.
    4. Make up work may also be found on Edline.
  7. If a student is expelled for poor grades, the following apply:Academic Redemption is a plan implemented at the discretion of the teacher.  To qualify for the Academic Redemption process, a student must demonstrate a minimum of four of the traits listed below consistently for nine weeks.  The first two traits are prerequisites that the student must meet in addition to at least two of the six other traits.A student who qualifies for Academic Redemption will:
    1. Express a desire to change.
    2. Reflect on the need to change and set goals for a course of recovery.
    3. Meet current deadlines.
    4. Meet workplace standards.
    5. Manifest a cooperative attitude toward teachers and classmates.
    6. Involve parents in the process.
    7. Go to tutoring.
    8. Contribute to the school community.In addition to completing current work according to plan, the student must remedy past failure through appropriate work on a project agreed upon with the teacher.

TFA POLICIES OUTLINED

Electronic Device:

  1. Electronics may not be used for personal use anytime at school.
  2. The first time a student is caught with an electronic device, the device is taken away by the teacher/administrator.
    1. The device will be labeled with the students’ name and the date device was taken.
    2. The device will then be given to administration.
    3. The device may be picked up by the student at the end of the day.
    4. Administration should keep a log of the names of the students who have phones taken away.
  3. The second time the student is caught with an electronic device, the device is taken away by the teacher/administrator.
    1. The device will be labeled with the students name, date device was taken.
    2. The device will then be given to administration.
    3. The device must be picked up by the parent at the end of the day.
  4. If a student decides to bring a laptop to school – they do so at their own risk. The student alone is responsible for his or her personal laptop. The Foundation Academy is not liable for any personal property.

The School is NOT liable for any electronics.

Tardy:

  1. Students will lose work place standard points for being tardy.
  2. Teacher discretion determines when a student is tardy. However, the start of classes will be announced. In most cases, once a classroom door closes, the student will be considered tardy.
  3. The tardy count will re-start every 9 weeks. However, the lower work place standard grade remains.

Skipping:

  1. Student will be given an absent mark. Students will lose points on their work place standards grade.
  2. Attendance must be turned in on time by classroom teacher. The office will handle skipping procedures after class attendance has been sent.
  3. The length of time between a tardy and skipping is open to teacher discretion.
  4. Once a teacher determines the student was skipping class, the teacher will write a referral for the student, email Independent Study, and send the student to Independent Study with his or her referral.
  5. Parent is notified every time student is skipping.
  6. Parent must accompany the student to school for re-admittance.

Appointments/Need to leave class early:

  1. Students must provide written documentation from parent or appropriate adult to office on the morning of the appointment.

Late Afternoon Pickup:

  1. Parents are expected to pick up their student(s) promptly at the completion of the school day. Any pick ups occurring after an established grace period is subject to applicable late fees. If there is an emergency, parents must advise the school as soon as possible so alternate arrangements can be made.

Absent from school:

  1. Student must have note or parent call to front office
  2. Students must report to their teacher(s) or check Edline to get make-up assignments
  3. Consequences for Unexcused Absences (Explained under “Skipping”)
  4. Absences:
    1. Excused: These must be approved by the principal and teacher. Student ill still be marked as absent in the attendance record
    2. Unexcused: After 5 unexcused absences in a marking period, the school will report the student as truant to the state.

TFA SEVERE CLAUSE POLICY

The following will result in immediate consequences:

  1. Acts of Violence Against Teachers or Students, includes fighting or ANY unsolicited physical contact.
  2. Verbal Abuse and/or Threats Against Teachers or Students
  3. Theft
  4. Vandalism – includes Academy property, Teacher’s and Student’s personal property.
  5. Unexcused absence from class
  6. Leaving campus without permission: includes lunchtime, break, field trips, and any class or school activity that has not been cleared with the teacher(s) by parent and/or school administration.
  7. Use of drugs or alcohol at any time
  8. Sexual Harassment, sexual talk
  9. Cyber bullying

Severe Clause:

  1. Student will be immediately suspended for a period, or immediate expulsion will be applied, as determined by administration.
  2. Parents will be notified and  required to attend a meeting before student is admitted back to school.

Dress Code:

The dress code of The Foundation Academy is based upon teaching modesty and appropriateness in an educational environment. It is the intention of the dress code to enable the students to learn in an acceptable academic environment.

  1. Bottom of the shorts/skirts must be no more than three inches above the knee.
  2. No Cleavage.
  3. No Midriff.
  4. No tank tops.
  5. No drug related material on clothing or accessories.
  6. No curse words / or offensive materials on clothing or accessories.
  7. No visible undergarments / or lack there of.
  8. No sunglasses indoors.
  9. No Shoes with wheels.
  10. Must be able to see eyes (no hoodies or hats covering the face).
  11. No sharp objects on clothing or accessories.
  12. No nudity of any degree / No inappropriately placed holes.
  13. Inappropriate body art must be covered up.
  14. No gang flags (bandanas) / no gang related material.
  15. No wearing hoods in class.
  16. There is teacher discretion as to what constitutes disruptive or distracting clothing

All of these rules are subject to teacher’s discretion.

If student violates dress code, that student will be sent to Independent study for the rest of the day.

 THE FOUNDATION ACADEMY SCHOOL-WIDE PROCEDURES

 

Entering the classroom at the beginning of the period:

  1. Enter class only if teacher is present
  2. Walk quietly into classroom place books, bags and belongings in designated area
  3. Sharpen pencils if needed
  4. Take assigned seats, take out homework and Student Planners
  5. Write the day’s assignments / information / homework in your planner as posted by your teacher and begin the warm-up work on the board as assigned by your teacher

Planners:

  1. Student comes in with the planner signed on Monday. Planner will be checked in Advisory.
  2. In Advisory on Monday, announcements will be written into the planner for the week/month.
  3. In class, planners are used for warm ups, objectives, bible verses, etc.
  4. Planners can be replaced for $5.

Restroom:

For everyone’s convenience students are expected to use the rest room before or after class. If student needs to use the rest room during class:

  1. Student Raises Hand in “R” form
  2. Teacher Nods Head “yes”, or Shakes Head “no”
    1. Student then knows that he/she can go – or that they need to wait for the next person to come back (to keep an eye on the door)
  3. Clip Board for sign in/out sheet
  4. Bathroom Pass
    1. Student must have the pass in order to leave to go to the restroom. If they do not have the pass on campus, the student will be sent to the Independent Study room. Teacher will be notified.

Getting Student Attention: HIGH FIVE

  1. Teacher or Facilitator raises hand
  2. All verbal and non-verbal activity ceases
  3. Students raise their hands, all eyes on the speaker

Pencil Sharpening:

  1. Teachers will have nubbies in a cup ready for students who need  pencils or have broken their tips. The students will get up quietly to get their nubbies to use for the class period. Student does not need to ask to get a nubby, or explain how a pencil broke (or a lack of pencil or pen).

Paper Heading:

  1. All students need to include a proper heading on the top right hand side of their paper.
  2. An Example Heading:
    1. Student Name
    2. Subject
    3. Assignment
    4. Date
    5. Teacher Name

The TFA Senior

Literacy

  1. Able to interpret information
  2. Use of multimedia for research and writing
  3. Able to write effectively
  4. Comprehensive reading
  5. Good oral and written communication skills
  6. Develop an interest and love for other cultures
    1. And languages
  7. Produce an exhibition that displays academic
    1. And creative proficiency
  8. Scientific thinking
  9. Capable of public speaking
  10. Use previous knowledge to build on new knowledge

Ethics/Values/Morals

  1. Solid work ethic Leadership skills
  2. Work in a team environment
  3. Respect for self and others
  4. Spiritual understanding
  5. Morally and ethically sound
  6. Able to accept constructive criticism
  7. Socially conscious
  8. Environmentally conscious
  9. Self-confident
  10. Responsibility / Ownership
  11. Importance of connecting to global situations

Personal Proficiency

  1. Basic Life Skills
  2. Proper hygiene and dressed for success
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Work in a team environment
  5. Proficiency in the essential skills
  6. To accept and create short term and long term goals with a resulting action
  7. Realistic expectations
  8. Self-starter
  9. Self-disciplined
  10. Think critically

15 Essential Skills and Definitions

Habits of the Mind

Comparing To examine for likeness and differences.
Abstracting Breaking up a whole / creating a whole from pieces Summarize / skeletal Venn diagram Webbing
Analyzing Perspective Examining the elements and parts of something in its relationship to the way you view it or someone else views it.
Philosophizing Lover of wisdom To reason To bring into conformity with a philosophical point of view A search for general understanding of values and reality by chiefly Speculative rather than observational means
Discriminate Insight and perception to see what is not evident Stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true, appropriate or excellent
Evaluating Measurement / to determine the significance or worth by carefully appraising or study
Organizing To form something into a clear structure so that it can be systematically followed
Analyzing Complex to simple Break down a complex whole to its parts

Communication Skills

Paraphrasing a restatement giving the meaning in another form
Sequencing A continuous and connected series united by a theme
Arguing showing proof
Listening To pay attention in order to hear and understand
Questioning To subject to analysis
Clarifying To be free of confusion, to make under stable
Storytelling Narrating or give an account of what happened