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International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other

Contact Information

Attendance

Absences (Parent/guardian to call day of absence)
A – L457-2797
M – Z457-2898
Extra help line457-2795

 

Academic Counselors

 9th and 11th grades10th and 12th grades
A-GGina Sandoval       457-2841Tess Seay            457-2847
H-PStephanie Martin  457-2844Chie Moua          457-2895
Q-ZBoun Xiong             457-2843Maribel Trevino 457-2840
Head CounselorJimi Rodgers           457-2846 

 

Vice-Principals

A-GMs. Elisa Messing457-2845
H-PMr. Mike Rivard457-2882
Q-ZMs. Heather Kuyper457-2885
 Mrs. Linda Laettner457-2907

 

Other Important Contacts

Activities DirectorMs. Melissa Bangerter457-2829
Athletic DirectorMr. Dave Barton457-2873
AVID CoordinatorMs. Amber Finegan457-5122
Bus Tokens/Lost & Found 457-2786
Financial SecretaryMs. Amber Pizarro457-2782
 Annual bill, fees, purchases, P.E. clothes 
Home School Liaison

Ms. Janie Frantz

(English + Spanish)

457-2795
Home School LiaisonMr. Lu Cha    (English + Hmong)  457-2783
International Baccalaureate Coordinators

Ms. Cate Dossetti

 Ms. Kyra Orgill

457-2793
Nurse/Health Questions               Kathy Davis457-2857
Office ManagerMs. Rosalie Gunn457-2781
Fresno PoliceOfficer Terri Teklemariam457-2853
Fresno Co. Juvenile ProbationOfficer Sonjia Brusellas457-2852
Registrar/Student RecordsMs. Rosemary Borrego457-5142

 

Connect with Fresno High

Atlas – check grades, attendance and test scoresm.fresnou.org/parents/
Facebook – announcements, pictures and videos of our Warriors in action www.facebook.com/fresnohighschool
Twitter  – announcements and updatestwitter.com/The_FHS_Daily

 

 

Fresno High School Attendance Policy

Make Every Day Count!

Attendance Procedures

A-L457-2797
M-Z457-2898
Extra Help Line457-2795

 

  • All absences become unexcused if not cleared within 5 days.
  • Any attendance clearance (e.g. teacher, coaches, parents, fieldtrip, extra-curricular activities) requests will be updated on Atlas within 48 hours. 

Any absent student:

  • Is not eligible for extra- or co-curricular activities on the day of the absence.
  • May not work at a place of employment under a work permit on the day of the absence.

 

Consequences for Absences

Attendance Contract - Excessive class cuts may result in the student being placed on an

Attendance Contract.  If the student does not abide by the contract, the student may be referred to an alternative education program.

SARB - Students who establish a pattern of excessive absenteeism will be referred to the

Student Attendance Review Board. The Fresno County District Attorney's Office will continue to be involved with parents of students who are truant and fail to meet the attendance requirements of the State of California. EDUCATION CODE SECTIONS 48291 AND 48293 PROVIDE THAT PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WHO FAIL TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL SHALL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AND, UPON CONVICTION, PAYMENT OF A FINE.

Failure due to Attendance - A total of seven unexcused absences in a high school class may

result in the student receiving an "FA" attendance grade and no credit for the class for the duration of the semester. This is a Board of Education policy.

 

ATTENTION TO ATTENDANCE Program (A2A):

Starting in 2012, Fresno Unified District implemented a computerized intervention program called A2A (Attention to Attendance). The system sends out automatic letters

 

Unexcused DaysLetter TitleParent Action Required
At 3+ unexcused daysFirst Notification of Truancy Follow instructions in letter
At 6+ unexcused daysSecond Notification of Truancy Following instruction in letter and attend an A2A meeting.
At 9+ unexcused daysThird Notification of Truancy Letter, Habitual Truant ClassificationFollow instructions in letter
At 7+ excused daysFirst Excessive Excused Letter Follow instructions in letter
At 14+ excused daysSecond Excessive Excused LetterFollow instructions in letter

 

Closed Campus

Fresno High School is a closed campus during the entire school day. All students must receive a permit to leave from the Attendance Office which includes contact with a parent/guardian on the emergency card.

Independent Study Contracts 

If a student will be gone from school for 5-15 days, then a parent/guardian can request an independent study contract:

  • Parent/guardian meets with counselor two weeks before the expected absences.
  • Independent study contract approved and work picked up by student before the expected absences.
  • Student returns all assignments upon returning to school for attendance and grade credit.

Senior Lunch Permit to Leave

Seniors may be afforded the privilege of leaving the campus at lunch if they satisfy the criteria established by the Board of Trustees. Criteria includes: maintaining a 2.0 GPA, staying on track for graduation, no unexcused absences, and no serious violations of the Behavior Code, and no outstanding financial obligations. Applications will be processed through the finance office. Passes will not be issued until ID cards are distributed (Approximately the 3rd week of school). Senior off-campus lunch pass privilege may be revoked at any time.

Tardy Policy

As with any job, students are expected to be in class on time. Excessive tardies may result in class detention, lunch detention, or Thursday School.

If a student is late to school for a reason other than illness, doctor appointment or funeral, the tardy will be unexcused. The student will be required to sign a detention slip noting the time and reason the student is tardy. 

Academic Honesty Policy

Integrity is one of the most highly regarding of the IB attitudes and is expected of all students who attend Fresno High. The concept of academic honesty extends from the belief that all students must be responsible for their own learning as the learning process demands our own, unique efforts. Fresno High expects that students will not cheat, lie, plagiarize, or commit other acts of academic malpractice.

 

The student who is academically honest produces their own original work through their own efforts and abilities. Though a student may receive help on an assignment from a tutor, family member or peer, integrity demands that the work presented as the final product be the student's own creation.

 

At FHS promoting academic honesty is the responsibility of the total school community. Only when there is a commitment on the part of all concerned can a school's academic environment facilitate a healthy respect among students for the value of academic honesty. In such an environment, students will know that teachers will not ignore or condone cheating, plagiarism, or other acts of academic dishonesty. Students will also know that teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians will hold them accountable for any act of academic dishonesty.

 

Key Terms

Plagiarism, simply put is when a student represents someone else's writing; work, or ideas as his or her own.  Even someone else's ideas paraphrased into one's own words without proper citation is a violation of the academic honesty policy.  This definition includes writing obtained from a commercial source (such as the internet), passages copied word for word from books without acknowledging the original source, phrases taken from another source without proper citation, or simply copying the work of another student. Plagiarism is also utilizing an expert's ideas or research without proper citation and credit, even if it has been rewritten it in new language.

Cheating is both an extension of plagiarism and its own offense. It is the practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit.  While "cheating" typically occurs during tests/quizzes/examinations, this definition is not limited to testing situations but extends to include the following:

  • Using a "cheat sheet"
  • Claiming participation in a group project when no contribution was made
  • Getting test questions in advance of the test
  • Turning in another person's work for credit/grade
  • Text messaging in a testing situation
  • Using cell phones as a calculator when no aides are allowed
  • Submitting work done previously for a different class but claiming it as original for the assignment in question
  • Copying the work of another student (see plagiarism)
  • Having someone so heavily revise/edit a piece of writing that it no longer represents the work of student in question
  • Stealing or, in some fashion, obtaining the "key" for grading a test/assignment

    For class assignments, copying from another student's paper (will result in an "F" for all students involved on the specific assignment).Using any electronic device to give the student an unfair advantage over the other students. If a student copies the work of another student with their permission, both students will be subject to discipline.

    Disciplinary action: Any student(s) caught plagiarizing/cheating is subject to the following discipline:

    1st offense-
  • Student(s) receive an "F" or "zero" grade on assignment
  • Suspension from all field trips/extra-curricular activities for a 2-week period
  • Parent contact/conference
  • If student drops the class for any reason s/he will receive a W/F
  • Copy of assignment is kept by appropriate party (VP, Coordinator)
  • Offense becomes part of permanent record/portfolio

    2nd offense-
  • In addition to 1st offense disciplinary action:
  • Possible suspension from school time spent in the
  • Suspension from all field trips/extra-curricular activities for 9 full weeks
  • "F" for the semester in the class
  • Parent conference with teacher and counselor
  • If the assessment is an official IB assessment, the assessment will not be submitted and student will receive an "N" grade for the subject area.

 

Assessment Policy

General Expectations of Assessment

Assessments are hereby defined as any activity that allows a teacher to determine a student's current understanding and anticipate next steps for instruction. Assessments can be both formal, such as exams, essays and projects, or informal such as classroom discussion, response to direct questions, class polls, etc.

Assessment at Fresno High is utilized to ensure students master content and skills, are able to apply their learning in new contexts, develop connections between subject areas, orient their knowledge to authentic real-world experiences and become accurate judges of their own strengths and areas of growth.

We assess students not to grade or sort them, but to create indicators of instructional need. Through assessments, further instruction is designed based on student needs. Additionally, students will use assessments to refine their skills, hone their understanding and extend their own learning in the subject areas.

In order to achieve these aims, formative and summative assessments, criterion-referenced rubrics and the student's best consistent effort will be used to determine success in a course. Students' own reflections are a meaningful part of this process. Teachers and students will work together to create an accurate picture of a student's progress. 

Assessment will also reflect the core belief that learning is an application of higher-level thinking skills, not rote memorization or a series of disconnected tasks. Through the use of rubrics, both internal and those of IB, teachers will balance the content area knowledge necessary for mastery of the subject and the skills necessary for the demonstration of this knowledge. As such, we recognize that all teachers are teachers of literacy.

To ensure students are successful in all courses, classroom assessment will reflect the practice and principles of the formal assessment administered by IB or model performance-based tasks. These practices will be supported by the use of criterion, aims, and objectives agreed upon through collaboration by subject area Accountable Communities (AC).

 

Recording and Reporting of Grades

The process of grading a student and recording the grade as part of their permanent record will be done with great contemplation and care. Final marks will reflect our school-wide belief that all students have the ability to learn and achieve at a high level. A student's final mark in a course will be based on multiple measures of their learning and reflect their overall attainment in the subject. Teachers will convert rubric scores into points which will then be used to create the letter grade required by the state of California.  Teachers will move away from pure averaging of grades, working to include holistic measures of attainment.

Grading Schedule

Students at Fresno High will receive eight official grade notices: four progress reports and four end-of-quarter reports. Progress reports will be issued approximately five weeks into each quarter. Students will be given these reports to take home for their parent or guardian's signature.  End of quarter reports in second quarter and fourth quarter will be recorded as end of semester transcript grades and be maintained as part of the student's final, permanent record. These report cards will be mailed directly to the address on file. For ongoing progress and to keep track of a student's attendance, parents should use the Atlas system at http://m.fresnou.org/parents/. Parents may also choose to have their students' grades and attendance text to them on a daily basis with the EduText system. This is done through the Atlas Parent Portal to sign up.

Grade Scale and Grade Point Average

Generally speaking, students can expect a standard grading scale in their classes overall with those scores linked to criterion based rubrics. Any teacher not using the standard grading scale will note it in their course syllabus and include an explanation of the scale and their grading practices.

Standard Grading Scale

A = 90 – 100%     B = 80 – 89%      C = 70 – 79%      D = 60 – 69%      F = less than 60%

Calculating GPA

A student's grade point average (GPA) will be calculated at the end of each quarter, with the semester GPA becoming the final mark on the transcript. GPA points are calculated as follows: A = 4 pts.  B = 3pts C = 2pts D = 1 pt  F = No points

To calculate a GPA, points are added and then divided by the number of courses. GPAs in IB, AP and Honors courses receive a .04 augmentation in the final calculation of their GPA, but only for 8 semesters, per district policy.

Middle Years Classes (All Classes Grades 9-10)

Performance-based student work in the Middle Years Programme classes will be assessed using the subject guide rubrics provided by IB.  Scores will reflect students' ability to achieve the grade descriptors for each rubric band. 

Diploma Classes

Unlike the standard grade scale described above, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme used the following numerical scale in each individual subject area:

7 – Excellent  6 – Very good  5 – Good   4 – Satisfactory   3 – Mediocre  2 – Poor   1 – Very Poor

Additionally, the assessments for the Theory of Knowledge course as well as the Extended Essay follow a letter grade system as seen below:

A – Excellent         B – Very good      C – Satisfactory     D – Mediocre       E – Elementary

 

Athletics             

Sports at Fresno High

FALL                     Boys- Cross Country, Football, Water polo.

                              Girls- Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Water polo

 

WINTER             Boys- Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer

                              Girls- Basketball, Soccer

 

SPRING              Boys- Baseball, Golf, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

                              Girls- Badminton, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming/Diving, Track and Field

 

Athletic Agreement

All student/athletes must have a signed Athletic Agreement and a health screening on file prior to participating in his/her first inter-scholastic event of the school year. Athlete Handbooks are available from the Athletic Director in the front office.

 

Sports Insurance

Assembly Bill 2684 requires students participating in sports activities must have proof of health insurance. This bill informs parents of the availability of low or no cost government supported health insurance programs. Please see Athlete Handbook for more details.

 

Athletic Events

At all times students must respect officials, coaches, players, and guests of Fresno High.

  • Bells, whistles, or noisemakers of any kind are not acceptable at athletic events.
  • Students are to obey all school officials, game management staff, and police at all athletic events.
  • Students must be in FUSD Dress Code

 

Dress Code

The Standard Dress Attire Policy of the Fresno Unified School District applies to both sexes on school campuses and at school-sponsored functions and will be enforced consistently and fairly by all members of the school staff.  Fresno High School, in concurrence with the School Site Council, has developed additional guidelines which are stricter than the district's minimum Standard Dress Attire policy and regulations.

Reference: FUSD Administrative Regulation 5132

 

Any apparel, hair style, cosmetic or jewelry, even if not specifically mentioned below, which creates a safety concern, draws undue attention to the wearer, or tends to detract from the educational process is prohibited.

 

FUSD Dress Code Board Policy

  • Body piercing (eyebrows, nose, lips) are not permitted.
  • Hair styles which draw undue attention detract from the educational environment and not acceptable; i.e. unusual designs, colors, mohawks, tails, or unusual razor cuts.
  • Non-prescription sunglasses worn indoors:
  • Head coverings other than caps/hats with school logos (must be removed in school buildings).
  • Non-school logos (other than for own school).
  • See-through clothing, clothing that reveals a bare midriff or chest, or clothes that expose the body in a sexually suggestive manner are not acceptable.
  • Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, tube tops, halter tops and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.
  • Sagging or baggy pants that do not fit the waist or that are drastically altered or frayed are not acceptable.
  • Skirts, shorts, and dresses that are more than 4 inches above the knee, or are form-fitting or tight around the body (such as bike shorts).
  • Attire that may be used as a weapon may not be worn, including steel-toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs.
  • Thongs, flip flops, backless sandals/ shoes are not acceptable.
  • Any fashions that draw undue attention to the wearer, or detract from the educational environment, including exotic clothing, extreme make-up, body piercing, military, or camouflage attire.
  • Gang-related tattoos must be covered.

Fresno High School Specific Dress Code

  1. Gang-related symbols/insignias are prohibited.
  • The following solid colors are prohibited on any attire or accessories (ex. backpacks, shoes, shoe laces, etc.):   Blue, Burgundy, Red, Light Blue, Maroon, or Royal Blue.
  • No logos or mascots on any attire or accessories (ex. hats, beanies, lanyards, etc)

Attire or accessories that depict guns, drugs, violence, sexually suggestive themes, alcohol, tobacco, vulgar language, profanity, discrimination, or promote criminal behavior are prohibited.

See-through or sexually suggestive attire is prohibited and includes, but is not limited to:

    1. Attire which exposes any part of the midsection or bosom
    2. Undergarments should not be visible at any time
    3. Dresses, shorts, and/or skirts must be six (6) inches from the knee (as measured from the crease behind the knee)
    4. Sleeves/straps on blouses or tops must be at least 2½ inches wide

According to District Policy AR 5132

    1. First Violation: Home contact and the violator will be required to change clothing, hair style or cosmetic.
    2. Further violations: Home contact, correction of the violation and additional disciplinary action (i.e. lunch detention, Thursday school, etc.)

 

Earning Credits

No schedule changes will be made after two weeks in the semester.

Semester Periods of Credit:  Credits are granted on a semester basis.  A student receives 5 semester units of credit for every class in which he or she receives a Grade of "D" or better. Earning a "C" or better is the Warrior Way and part of being college and career ready.

Enrolled In a Class For Less Than a Semester:

 A number of circumstances may cause a student to enter a class after the semester has started: illness, work, program changes, attendance at another school, etc.  In these instances, the following regulations will apply (note that truancy is not one of those acceptable reasons for late enrollment):

  • A student entering any class up to 2 weeks late shall be given the opportunity in all classes to make up work and to earn full credit.
  • A transfer student who has been enrolled in the same subject in another school shall be given the opportunity to earn full credit his/her grade in the subject from his/her former school shall be averaged with the grade earned at Fresno High.
  • A student who withdrawals from a class before the end of the semester, may not receive credit for the class.  Teachers are to indicate the grade the student earned to the date of the student's withdrawal on the student's withdrawal form.

Earning Credits for Transfer Students:  Semester Grades

  • When a student transfers in with grades, those grades will be computed using standard policy.
  • If no transfer grades are available (student has not been in school), the issue then becomes the date of arrival in the semester.
  •  If the student is enrolled in a class less than a quarter, the semester grade of "No Credit"

Incomplete.  An incomplete grade must be made up by the fifth week following the grading period.  If work is not satisfactory, the incomplete grade is turned into an "F".

 

Dances                                                                                        

School policy dictates that all students are to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful. In order to attend dances, all Fresno High Students must have:

  1. No more than six unexcused period absences in the six week prior to the bid sales
  2. No outstanding debts or fines
  3. No suspensions in the six weeks prior to the bid sales

A non-privilege list will be generated based on the above criteria. Students on the non-privilege list will not receive a dance bid.

To maintain safety of our students, FHS has developed the following policies and procedures for dances:

  • Each student and guest must show some current student ID at the door.
  • Each student and guest must show a valid ticket at the door.
  • Students who leave during the dance will not be readmitted.
  • Sexually suggestive dancing is prohibited.
  • The FUSD standard dress attire policy and school dress code will be enforced.

Formal Dances 

The Request for Formal Dance Bids may be picked up at the Financial Secretary window 3 weeks prior to the dance. All outstanding school debts must be cleared before purchasing the bid.

 

Ladies:  (Winter Formal, Prom) 

Formal/Evening dresses are required and may be strapless or off the shoulder if they meet the other criteria listed below:

  • Dresses cannot be too revealing in the front/back or slit too high.
  • Dresses cannot be "seen through" or have exposed midriff.
  • Dresses cannot be casual skirts or pants.
  • Only appropriate jewelry may be worn, excluding spiked, studded jewelry, nose rings etc.

Gentlemen:

  • Tuxedos, suits and sport coats with tie and dress slacks are required.
  • All clothing must be in good repair, clean and pressed. 
  • Jeans of any type or color are not allowed.

Guest Pass Procedure

Guest passes are available from the finance window two weeks prior to the dance.

Any student who wishes to bring a guest from another school or a non-student to a FHS dance must follow the procedure outlined on the form. No one over 21 will be accepted.

IF CLEARANCE AT THE DOOR IS NOT VALID, THE COUPLE MAY NOT BE ADMITTED.

 

Student Services

Bus Policy

Bus riding privileges may be revoked if there is disruptive behavior on the bus.

A note is required for the bus driver if a student will be riding a school bus other than his own.

Bus TokensBus tokens are given out at the first of each month at the finance window to students who have been approved for passes by Students Services. All students living over 2 miles from the Fresno High area and need transportation home MUST ride on the FUSD transportation system (yellow buses). Students present a cur­rent photo ID to receive their tokens. Bus tokens MAY NOT be sold or exchanged, to do so could result in the loss of bus token privileges. Bus tokens cannot be replaced.
Crime Stoppers

Have You Been the Victim of A Crime? Do You Have Information About A Crime That Was Committed? Let Crime Stoppers Know About It.  You are encouraged to let a trusted staff member know about your information. You will be kept anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $100.

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT WEAPONS OR DRUGS

CALL 498-STOP (7867)

WE WANT THEIR NAMES NOT YOURS!

Emergency Telephone MessagesIn accordance with School Board Policy, we do not deliver messages to students.  Only emergency calls from parent or legal guardian will be accepted for students.
Health Service
  • The Nurse's Office is located in the Fresno High Administration Building.
  • Students must report to class and request a yellow transfer slip.
  • Repeated visits to the nurse's office will result in a medical referral so that the problem may be resolved.
  • PE Medical Excuse: Students with medical excuses from Physical Education must be cleared by the nurse before a program change can be made. For more than three days, a medical excuse from a physician will be requested. Students will be provided an alternative assignment from their PE teacher until they are cleared for physical activity.
  • Accidents involving injuries to students at school are to be reported to the nurse for first aid and referral for medical care if necessary.
  • Pink Eye or Rash: Students and parents are encouraged to be alert for any signs of communicable disease, such as "Pink Eye" or rash, and are advised to keep the student at home until well or upon obtaining a release from the physician.
  • Medication: Prescriptions cannot be administered at school without a written note from both the physician and parent.  All medication is to be kept in the nurse's office
  • Students with chronic absences due to illness will be contacted by the school nurse to assist the student in obtaining medical. Pregnancy in itself does not qualify for Home Instruction or Independent study unless there is a medical complication.
Library

The library welcomes all students and staff and we offer many services such as word processing, photo copying, inter-library loans, assistance with production of papers, and information searches.

  • The library is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. All students must have passes to use the library during class time.
  • Students MUST have a STUDENT ID CARD to check out a book or use the computers.  Books may be checked out for three (3) weeks and may be renewed.
  • Computers are available for student use and require a student ID card.
  • References and magazines may not be checked out.
  • Textbooks checked out to students are the students' financial responsibility. Students will be charged for any lost, stolen, or damaged books.
Medical InsuranceFresno Unified School District does not carry medical insurance on students.  However, they make it available, strictly as a service, at minimum rates and recommend that parents take advantage of the opportunity to secure excellent medical coverage.  Insurance applications are distributed when students pick up their class schedules. FHS & FUSD do not cover loss of personal property.
Student AssistanceFHS has a Student Assistance Program. The program provides assistance and counseling services to students with school, peer, or family problems. If you feel the need to see this counselor, please contact your academic counselor.
Work PermitsStudents less than 18 years of age wishing to work part time must apply for a work permit in the Counseling and Career Center.

 

 

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual Harassment- of and by Students BP 5145.7 (a)

The Governing Board prohibits sexual harassment of or by any student. This policy applies to conduct during and relating to school and school sponsored activities. Sexual Harassment is inappropriate and offensive.  All students have a right to be educated in an environment free from sexual harassment.  All School District employees have a right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment.

 

Definition of Sexual Harassment

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 when:    

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of a student's academic status or progress;
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student.
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student's academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment for students or School District employees;

Examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment and would therefore be prohibited include:

  • Unwelcome leering, staring, sexual flirtations or propositions;
  • Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions;
  • Unwelcome graphic verbal comments about an individual's body or overly personal conversation;
  • Unwelcome sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures or gestures;
  • Unwelcome spreading of sexual rumors;
  • Unwelcome teasing or sexual remarks about student enrolled in a predominately single-sex class;
  • Unwelcome touching of an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way.
Nature of Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment may occur:

  • Student to student
  • Staff to student
  • Student to staff
  • Male to female
  • Male to male
  • Female to male
  • Female to female

     
Discipline/ ConsequencesAny student who engages in the sexual harassment of anyone in the school setting may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

 

Miscellaneous Information

Drug-Detention Canine Searches

Non-aggressive trained canines* may be used to sniff the air around lockers, desks, bags, vehicles and other personal property of a student. Canines may not sniff students directly or items while in possession of students. Sniffing by trained canines may be done without reasonable suspicions and is deemed non-intrusive and reasonable. If a trained non-aggressive canine has alerted on identified personal property, such alert constitutes reasonable suspicion which supports a search of the student's property. Parents will be notified if their student's personal property is searched.

*Canines are non-aggressive retrieving breeds such as golden and Labrador retrievers. They are trained to identify specific scents of contraband items and indicate the area where the scent is detected.

Electronic Equipment

Electronic devices brought to school are at your own risk. Students may use devices before school, lunch, and after school only. If used during class without permission they may be confiscated.  The administration reserves the right to return all confiscated materials to parents only.  Lost or damaged confiscated material is not the responsibility of the school administration.

The school assumes no risk of loss or theft of electronic devices. School personnel will not investigate possible theft of personal electronic devices. The administration reserves the right to return all confiscated materials to parents only.

Eligibility

Students who want to run for student body office must maintain a 2.00 or better grade point average as well as satisfactory citizenship in all classes. Before a student can represent Fresno High School as a member of an athletic team, s/he must meet the FUSD requirement of at least a 2.00 G.P.A. and pass 20 credits in the previous 10-week grading period.

Filming at School

 

Use of video or photo equipment (including any electronic device with such capabilities) may not be used without permission of the administration. Such items will be confiscated and may be viewed. Any inappropriate filming may result in suspension.
GamblingGambling or gambling type activities (coin matching, pitching, devices, etc.) will not be allowed on campus.  Even if there is no visible or obvious exchange of money, these activities are not acceptable.
Hall PassesStudents who are out of class must possess an authorized hall pass.  Students are not allowed to loiter in the bathrooms during class time.  No students are to be out the first or last ten minutes of class.
ID CardsStudent Body ID Cards are issued free of charge to each student enrolled in Fresno High School.  These cards must be used for identification purposes and for admission to all school activities.  A five-dollar fee is charged to replace lost cards.  Students are required to always carry identification cards.  For school services to be provided, students are required to present their ID cards. 
Motor Vehicles

Driving to school and parking on campus is a privilege that is closely monitored by FHS.

Due to neighborhood parking problems, students should only use the school parking lot. 

  • The speed limit in the parking lot or school grounds is 5 mile per hour.
  • Students may not use the interior roads of the campus at any time
  • The school cannot assume responsibility for loss due to theft, fire or accident. 
  • Reserved parking stalls are NOT to be used by students under any circumstances.
  • The only time students may be in the parking lot is when they are parking their cars or when they are taking their cars from the lot.
  • Cars parked improperly will be towed from the premises at owner's expense.
  • Cars may be searched at any time if school officials feel student safety is in jeopardy.
School Publications
  • The Owlet, Fresno High School's newspaper, is published and distributed monthly.
  • The Owl, Fresno High School's yearbook, is published yearly and is given out during the last month of the school year. Students may purchase the yearbook from the Owl staff during announced sales.
  • The Smoke Signal is a quarterly publication that is mailed home for both student and parent updates.

Skateboards

Roller Blades & Skates

Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, or scooters are not to be used on campus at any time. Skateboard lockers are available by the administration office.  If a student is in possession of any of these items on campus, it will be confiscated and a parent/guardian will be asked to pick it up (1st offense).  Any further violation can result in a suspension or an alternative to suspension.
VisitorsParents who are interested in coming to the Fresno High campus must register with the receptionist in the main office. Any parent who would like to shadow their student needs to contact the student's counselor prior to the visit. Student visitors are not allowed as per District Policy.

 

Student – Teacher – Parent Compact

Effective schools are a result of families and school personnel working together to insure that children are successful in school.

The Students Will Be Responsible For:

  1. Showing respect and cooperating with all adults in the school;
  2. Coming to class on time and prepared work;
  3. Respecting the rights of others to learn without distraction and disruption;
  4. Showing respect for people and property by not using profanity, stealing or vandalizing;
  5. Abiding by the Zero Tolerance Contract and school rules;
  6. Completing all assignments to the best of my ability;
  7. Spending the time at home to study and read daily.

    The Teacher Will Be Responsible For:
  1. Establishing clear classroom expectation;
  2. Providing every student and parent a copy of the class syllabus (including expectations, instructional goals, grading system and study skills calendar);
  3. Providing a strong curriculum, that encourages problem solving and risk-taking;
  4. Providing a safe and positive learning environment for students;
  5. Explaining the conduct code to students and parents;
  6. Contacting parents as needs arise concerning behavior and/or academic progress;
  7. Supplying clear evaluations of student progress and achievement to both students and parents.
  8. Participating in home visits and monthly community meetings;
  9. Receiving training in strategies to effective communicate with parents.

    The Parent Will Be Responsible For:
  1. Seeing that the student is punctual and attends school regularly and notifying the school of absences and tardies in the appropriate time frame;
  2. Supporting the school in maintaining proper discipline;
  3. Attending school events, including Back-To-School Night, open house and other school functions;
  4. Responding promptly to communications sent home by the school that requires a parent signature.
  5. Providing a quiet place and time each day for study without distractions (television, stereo etc.);
  6. Helping the student to meet his her needs;
  7. Helping the student understand an education only comes with hard work and dedication.
  8. Participating in district opportunities for parent training;
  9. Supporting all elements of the district Parent Involvement policy.  (Board Policy 602)

 

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