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Parent/Student Handbook

(Revised 2010)

“Maxima Puero Reverentia Debetur” — “To the Child Is Due the Greatest Reverence”


Educational Philosophy
Admission/Attendance
Academic Information
Dress Code
Conduct and Discipline
Policies
Prayers Before Classes

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Mission Statement

St. Michael's Academy educates its students to become industrious, moral and intellectual leaders who enhance society by the example of their Catholic lives.

Founded on Christian ethical principles, instruction emphasizes fundamental academic skills and perpetuates the legacy of western tradition.

Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual, the academy challenges its students to perfect their characters, cultivate their talents and pursue their full potential.

St. Michael's Academy's emphasis is pre-eminently spiritual, assisting students to cooperate with Divine Grace, become true and perfect Christians, effecting transformation into Christ.

Goal Statement

St. Michael's Academy is a place where parents and students must be committed to Catholic education and must become involved in the process of forming Christians. The academy is a dynamic school that is about the ever-challenging and eternal business of knowing, loving, and serving God.

The specific goals of St. Michael's Academy are first and foremost, to gain a deep understanding of and commitment to the Roman Catholic Faith; second, to learn and appreciate the traditions and values of a Catholic culture and the means whereby these may be preserved in the modern world; third, to develop solid academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, arithmetic, speaking and critical thinking; fourth, to gain an appreciation of the fine arts; finally, to develop motor coordination skills.

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ADMISSIONS AND ATTENDANCE

Only those children will be admitted to kindergarten who have reached their fifth birthday by August 31st, and to the first grade who have reached their sixth birthday by the same date.

Any students admitted will be expected to observe the following conditions:

Any student seeking admission to St. Michael's Academy may be required to take a placement test.

Children qualified for special education needs in any category, including learning disabilities, speech and/or language impairments, mental illness/retardation, behavior disorder, visual/hearing/ physical and/or other health impairments, will be admitted only at the discretion of the administration. At any time the administration may revoke admittance for students considered inappropriate for the setting.

Furthermore, children who are experiencing difficulty in learning will be admitted on probation; parents will be expected to cooperate in remedying the difficulty according to the Academy's policy and at the direction of the administration. If the requirements are not fulfilled, the child will be dismissed.
Children already admitted who are experiencing difficulty in learning will also be subject to the above probation and/or dismissal.

Attendance

Class participation and regular attendance are basic to learning. Attendance is required of all students to support the academic climate of the school. When a student is frequently absent or tardy, he undermines the education of himself and his peers. The teacher (K-6) or the registrar (7-12) will keep a record of tardiness and absences.

In accordance with State Law (WAC 180-40-010), an excuse from a parent or guardian is required for all absences and tardies.

If a Student is absent or tardy, this procedure is to be followed:

  1. A parent/legal guardian must call the Registrar's office by 9:00 am at (509) 467-0986 x100 to explain the reason for the absence. Telephone calls from students are not acceptable.
  2. St. Michael's Academy is required to keep on file a note signed by a parent/legal guardian for every student absence and/or tardy. Upon return to school after an absence, a student must report to the Registrar's office with a written note from a parent/legal guardian. The excuse must contain date(s) of absence or tardy, and must state the reason for the absence and/or tardy. Students who fail to bring a written note upon return will report to the Principal or Dean and the absence or tardy will be recorded as unexcused.
  3. Detention may be earned & recorded if the absence is unexcused or if notification does not follow the above requirements.
  4. Students will be expected to make up assignments missed (as designated by their teachers) due to absence. Academic credit for make-up work will be allowed for absences if the student returns to school with an acceptable written excuse from the parent/guardian. Credit will not be allowed for work missed if it is an unexcused absence.

    If a student has to leave school prior to the end of the day, he/she shall notify the principal and check out with registrar, bring a written request from home stating the reason and signed by the parent or guardian.

    Students who arrive late must bring a note signed by parent/guardian explaining the reason of the tardiness, and report to the registrar's office (K-12).

    Students (gr. 7-12) will incur academic consequences and may receive disciplinary consequences for unexcused or chronic attendance (absence) and tardiness problems. The following are the attendance limits and corresponding consequences: (An illness or serious circumstance requiring an absence of several days or weeks, if uninterrupted, will be treated as 1 (one) absence for the purpose of this attendance policy.)

    • 4 non-consecutive absences - student cannot achieve higher than "B+" in any subject for that grading period.
    • 6 non-consecutive absences - student cannot achieve higher than "C+" in any subject for that grading period.
    • 8 non-consecutive absences - student cannot achieve higher than "D+" in any subject for that grading period.
    • 10 non-consecutive absences - failure for that grading period.

    Absence or tardiness, which occurs as a result of participation in school-sponsored or related activities, are excluded from consideration in this attendance policy.

    Any student missing thirty (30) days or more during one school year will be retained at his present grade level unless he has a doctor's certificate explaining the cause of absence.

    Tardiness

    Students are required to be present at roll call when the school day begins and on time for each class period during the day. A student is considered tardy if they arrive at the designated area after the school bell rings or the time appointed for the school day or class to begin. Students will incur academic and disciplinary consequences for unexcused tardies.

    Reasons for Excused Absences & Tardies

    1. Personal illness (Doctor's note and verification required after three days or more)
    2. Personal illness less than three days (REQUIRES a written note from parent)
    3. Personal medical, dental, optometry, orthodontist or chiropractic services rendered appointment (REQUIRES a doctor's note)
    4. For the purpose of attending a funeral service of a member of the immediate family (Limited to one day in the state and 3 days out of state)
    5. Personal court appearance (REQUIRES verification)
    6. Principal or Dean's approval (at the Principal or Dean's discretion)

    A detention will be earned and recorded for each unexcused tardy. (Please refer to the detention policy).

    Three or more unexcused tardies in a quarter will result in an automatic letter grade reduction for the class period in which the student is tardy. In order to solidify a student's standing and academic record at St. Michael's, parents are asked to support the Academy's attendance and tardy policy.

    Late arrivals or early dismissals will be counted towards attendance/absence as follows:

    • Absent for 4 or fewer periods = half day absent
    • Absent for more than 4 periods = full day absent

    Planned Absence

    The principal must approve planned absences in advance. Families should avoid scheduling vacations on school days, particularly during quarter or semester exams. In cases where an extended absence of 2 or more days is planned, the student is required to pick up an Extended Absence Form (EAF) from the Registrar's Office, which requires signatures from the parents and each of the student's teachers. The EAF must be returned to the Principal's Office for approval at least 3 scholastic days prior to the absence. Failure to complete the form will have academic consequences and the student will not receive credit for that period of work missed.

    Truancy

    A student absent without the knowledge and consent of his parent or absent from school without the knowledge and consent of the school is truant. Truancy shall be cause for disciplinary action, suspension or expulsion. A student is truant if he:

    • Leaves the school without signing out with the principal
    • Is absent from school without prior permission of parents
    • Is absent from class without permission
    • Comes to school but does not attend class
    • Falsifies parental notification

    Students will receive "no credit" for all work missed during the period of truancy.

    Withdrawal From School

    Students withdrawing from school must have this confirmed (in writing or in person) by their parents/guardians. After obtaining a withdrawal form from the registrar, the student must obtain all the necessary signatures to show that all obligations on books, equipment and fines have been met and then return the form to the registrar. Withdrawal grades, end-of-year report cards, transcripts and diplomas will be withheld for those students who have not returned books or have any kind of debt to the school.

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    ACADEMIC INFORMATION

    Organization

    The school year is divided into four quarters. Report cards are issued quarterly.

    Parental conferences with K-8 homeroom teachers are scheduled at the end of first semester. Additional conferences may be requested with the teachers as needed.

    Homework Policy

    Homework is assigned every night and should take high school students no more than two and a half hours to complete and grade school students no more than one hour to complete (not including studying for tests and long-range projects).

    Students are expected to observe the following guidelines when completing homework assignments:

    • All assignments will be completed.
    • Students are responsible to make up homework missed due to absence.
    • Homework will be turned in on time.
    • Students will turn in work that is neatly done.

    If students choose not to do their homework, the following consequences may occur:

    • Students will complete assigned work.
    • 'No credit' will be given for work that is not submitted on time.
    • Students may be assigned one detention period.
    • Parents may be asked to sign completed homework each night.

    In exceptional cases, if there is a legitimate reason why a student is not able to finish homework, the parent must send a note on the day the homework is due stating the reason it was not completed. The note must be signed by the parent.

    Academy Honesty Policy

    Honesty is part of the character code of a student of St. Michael's Academy. Academic honesty includes doing one's own work and attributing the proper credit when researching the work and ideas of another. Plagiarism is the presenting of another's ideas or words as if they were the writer's own, without acknowledging the source. To prepare students for what lies ahead in college and to help them develop promptness, honesty and original thinking in their papers, the following policy will be helpful:

    Students in St. Michael's Academy will achieve an understanding of plagiarism in papers and research. Teachers and students can develop schedules previous to the due dates of research papers and projects so as to get the papers in incrementally. All research, including Internet research, must be credited with a "Works Cited" or bibliography. Any research that is not properly credited will merit an "F" for that assignment. '

    All research work assigned is due on the date assigned even if a student is absent. A student absent on the due date of a research assignment will receive an "F" for that part of the assignment unless he/she makes arrangements to hand in the assignment on that date.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Students and parents must remember that academics are the student's first and foremost priority. Parents must exercise great caution in allowing extra-curricular activities to infringe upon the time students require for study.

    Students involved in extra-curricular activities must maintain a passing grade in all subjects and an over-all grade average of 2.0. Failure to meet these requirements will result in probationary status. Probationary eligibility is governed by the criteria outlined in the athletic policy.

    Students holding part-time jobs must maintain a passing grade in all subjects (on the quarterly report) and an over-all grade average of 2.0.

    Grades and G.P.A.

    Grade ranges and grade points awarded:

     100-96 A4.00
     95-94 A-3.75
     93-92 B+3.50
     91-88 B3.00
     87-86 B-2.75
     85-84 C+2.50
     83-79 C2.00
     78-77 C-1.75
     76-75 D+1.50
     74-72 D1.00
     71-70 D-0.75
     69-0 F0.00

    Graduation Requirements

     Theology4 credits
     English2 credits
     Social Studies4.5 credits
     Math2 credits/3 years
     Science2 credits
     Social Science2 credits
     Foreign Language2 credits
     Physical Education2 credits
     Occupational Education2 credits

    1 cr. = min. 150 instructional hrs.(1 yr.)
    Transfer students must meet Washington State Requirements.

    St. Michael's Academy cannot apply "home school" credits toward WA. State required graduation credits unless:

    a) The credits are verified by a recognized home school program (e.g. Our Lady of Victories, Mother Seton etc.); or

    b) The credits are verified by a state certified teacher.

    Verified/Official transcripts must be presented at the time of application.

    Retention Policy

    Students in gr. 1-6 who receive 4 quarter F's or 3 F's in math and/or reading will be retained at the current grade level.

    Students in grades 7-8 who receive 3 semester F's in any subject will be retained at the current grade level.

    Students in grades 9-12 who receive any semester F must make up the required credits in order to graduate.

    G.O.A.L. Program

    The GOAL Program (Great Opportunities for Assistance and Leadership) will help foster responsibility to and pride in both school and community. Each student in grades 6-8 is required to perform 20 hours of service and each student in grades 9-12 is required to perform 30 hours. High School Honor Society students must complete 40 hours of service each GOAL year (June 1-May 31). At least half of these hours must be done at Mt. St. Michael's; the other half may be done at school-approved organizations in the community.

    GOAL hours must be turned in within one month of completing them or they will not be counted. Seniors must have all GOAL hours completed and recorded by May 15th in order to graduate.


    HONORS AND AWARDS

    Junior Honor Roll (gr. 3-6)

    • A honors: All A's
    • A-B honors: more A's than B's (no C's)
    • B honors: more B's than A's (no C's)

    Honor Roll (gr. 7-12)

    • 1st honors: 3.80--4.00 G.P.A.
    • 2nd honors: 3.50--3.79 G.P.A.
    • 3rd honors: 3.20--3.49 G.P.A.

    The Honor Roll will be presented each quarter in grades 3-8, and each semester in the high school. Even if the grade point average is maintained, the highest honor available to anyone who receives one "C" is Third Honors.

    National Honor Society (Gr. 10-12)

    St. Michael's Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed by the faculty on worthy students upholding scholarship, leadership, character and service. To be nominated a student must:

    • Be a sophomore and complete two semesters at St. Michael's Academy.
    • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.
    • Complete 40 GOAL hours per year.
    • Epitomize the Mission and Goal Statements of St. Michael's Academy as found in this handbook.

    Members may be excused from two semester exams in subjects in which they have maintained an "A" average.

    End-of-the-Year Awards

    Individual subject awards will be given to the high school student who maintained the highest grade point average in the first honors range.

    Honor Roll award will be presented to those students who maintained the designated honors all year.

    Perfect Attendance award will be given to students with no more than three days excused tardiness.

    Other awards may be given at the discretion of the faculty.

    Graduate Awards

    The Academy Honor Award will be presented to the graduating student who maintains a high grade point average and exhibits exemplary conduct.

    Laude Awards will be given to those graduating seniors who maintained the designated cumulative grade point average all years of high school:

    • Summa Cum Laude: 3.80--4.00
    • Magna Cum Laude: 3.50--3.79
    • Cum Laude: 3.20--3.49

    The Valedictorian shall be that graduating student who has maintained the highest grade point average for all four years of high school (at least a 3.5 average).

    The commencement address shall be given by a member of the senior class chosen by the faculty. This representative shall be a student who has maintained a high grade point average and exhibited exemplary conduct befitting the ideals of the Academy.

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    DRESS CODE

    Students must be modestly attired at all times both at school and at school activities.

    Every student must come to school in his/her proper uniform, which shall be neat, clean, and presentable.

    This uniform must be worn during the entire time that the students are at school and at all designated functions. Students not in conformity with the dress code are subject to detention.

    A note is required each day the student is out of uniform. If for any reason a student cannot be in complete uniform, he/she shall dress in Academy Team Wear.

    Students of St. Michael's Academy shall not alter their hair color, including but not limited to dying, bleaching, highlighting, streaking etc…Students who do chose to alter their natural hair color will be required to remain at home until the altered hair has been trimmed off, removed or changed back to its natural color. No credit can be earned for classes or work that is missed during this time.

    Coats or jackets worn over the school uniform (in the classroom or chapel) will button or zip up the front. They may not be pullovers or have hoods and may only be solid navy in color.

    Academy Team Wear:

    • Navy polo or white shirt/blouse
    • Navy St. Michael's T-shirt
    • Loose-fitting black dress slacks/skirt
    • Socks and dark shoes
    • Navy jacket (see guidelines above)

    BOYS:

    Hair shall be conservatively cut and neatly trimmed. It shall not be dyed or bleached. Hair shall not be over the ears or collar and no side burns below the base of the ear. Students for whom shaving has become a necessity should shave on a regular basis so as to appear clean-shaven in the classroom at all times. Earrings and pierced ears are not permitted. No visible jewelry, except for class rings, will be allowed

    Complete School Uniform:

    • White dress shirt
    • Uniform navy blue tie
    • Uniform navy blue sweater or vest
    • Uniform gray slacks
    • Belt (except elastic-waist pants)
    • Black or navy socks (no ankle socks)
    • Black polishable dress shoes
    • Gym uniform (7-12)

    Formal Non-Uniform Code:

    • Suit or dress shirt with tie
    • Sweater/sports jacket
    • Dress slacks
    • Socks
    • Dress shoes, (no tennis shoes or boots)

    Informal Non-Uniform Code:

    • Shirts (tucked in and free of inappropriate insignia)
    • Pants (neat; no holes or frayed edges)
    • No blue-jeans or T-shirts
    • Socks
    • Shoes (clean and neat)

    GIRLS:

    Hair should be neatly and conservatively styled, brushed and arranged away from the face. Make-up is not allowed before 9th grade. Ladies in gr. 9-12 will be instructed to wear make up minimally and tastefully. Excessive eye make-up is not permitted.

    One pair of earrings, no larger than 1/2 inch in diameter, is permitted on the ear lobe; hoops or dangling earrings are not permitted. The school ring is permitted for the juniors and seniors; all other costume jewelry is prohibited. Only clear nail polish is permitted.

    Complete School Uniform:

    • Uniform white blouse
    • Uniform plaid jumper (K-5); skirt (6-12)
    • Uniform navy cardigan sweater (K-5)
    • Uniform navy sweater or vest (6-12)
    • Uniform navy socks
    • Uniform navy beret
    • Gym uniform (7-12)
    • Black polishable feminine dress shoes (heels not to exceed 2 inches)
    • NO flat, ballet type shoes permitted

    Formal Non-Uniform Code:

    • Apparel shall be neat, clean and presentable. Skirts and sleeves shall be the same length as the uniform skirt and blouse.
    • Tops:
      Should not be tight-fitting accentuating the form.
      No sweatshirts or tight-fitting pullovers
      Blouses may not be sheer
      Necklines - not lower than 2-3 finger spaces beneath the pit of the throat.
      Should be long enough to cover the abdomen when arms are raised.
    • Skirts/dresses
    • Must be full with no slits. One should be able to pinch inches of fabric on either side of hips (may not fit tightly around the posterior.)
    • Slips must be worn.
    • Feminine footwear must be worn. No athletic shoes or flip-flops.
    • Jewelry:
      One pair of delicate earrings is allowed.
      A minimum use of jewelry is permitted for 9-12 grades only.
    • All hair and make-up rules apply.

    Informal Non-Uniform Code:

    • Refer to formal dress code for tops.
    • Pants must be loose-fitting and lady-like with no holes or frayed edges
    • No blue-jeans or T-shirts
    • No low-ride or hip-hugger styles

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    CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

    Conduct Towards God

    Students shall keep a proper reverence during Mass, by kneeling up and using a missal. While in chapel, students shall maintain a spirit of piety and reverential silence.

    Towards Superiors

    Students shall respect and obey parents and teachers whether at school, school-related functions or non-school events. Students shall stand whenever a teacher, priest, religious or guest enters the classroom. The students shall greet them with the appropriate salutation ("Good morning," etc.) followed by the appropriate title (Father, Sister, Sir, Ma'am). The students shall use the same greeting upon meeting a priest, religious or any other adult.

    When addressed by a teacher, students shall respond respectfully, using the correct religious or lay title.

    Students shall observe common courtesy toward teachers and adults: excusing themselves when having to pass in front of them, stepping aside for them, offering chairs to them, not listening to their private conversations, etc.

    Towards Peers

    Students shall treat one another with Christian charity at all times. In their interactions with one another they shall include others rather than exclude them.

    Students shall not date. This includes but is not limited to exclusive friendships, frequent personal attention toward the same individual and frequent one-on-one boy/girl association(s).

    There shall be no physical contact or displays of affection between students on the academy grounds or at school-related functions.

    Students shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause injury to persons or property at any time, on or off school property at any school function or activity.

    In General

    Students shall behave in an orderly manner inside the school building - no eating or drinking outside of designated areas or times; no running, playing, or bouncing balls.

    When outside the classroom during school hours a hall pass is required of K-8 students. 9-12 students late to class must have a note of excuse.

    Anyone who defaces, damages or steals school property or another's personal property at school will be liable for damages as provided by law. They will also be subject to appropriate school disciplinary action including suspension and/or expulsion.

    Obscene or vulgar language, writing, pictures, signs or acts will not be tolerated.

    Students shall neither use and/or possess tobacco, alcohol, or any controlled substance (without doctor's prescription) on school grounds or at any school-related function or event. Students present in these situations are subject to the same consequences.

    A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any object that can be reasonably considered a weapon on the school grounds at any time whatever, off the school grounds at any school function or event, or while en route between home and school.

    School rules and regulations shall be applied at school-sponsored, off-campus events. Disciplinary action in this area will be severe since the good name of the school is involved.

    Usually the school does not involve itself in students' conduct apart from the school or school events.

    However, there may be an occasion when a student's conduct, even though separate from the school, will be of such a nature as to reflect on the school and will call into question continuance as a student in St. Michael's Academy.

    Since a great deal of modern music ("rock" or "rap") is detrimental to spiritual, emotional and psychological development, students shall not subject themselves to such music.

    Students shall not subject themselves to movies, videos, television programs, websites or chat rooms that offend decency or Christian morals. Any media that is offensive, if brought to school, will be confiscated and/or destroyed.

    St. Michael's Academy reserves the right to dismiss any student who fails to exhibit the cooperation, courtesy and Catholic morality promoted by the administration.

    Students, who, in the judgment of the school administration, evidence a belligerent attitude or obstinate refusal to abide by school rules, are subject to immediate suspension and/or expulsion.

    DISCIPLINE

    It is impossible for learning to take place in a classroom unless good order is maintained. Students are reminded that they must adhere to a code of good behavior, not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well. Students are responsible for their own actions and are held accountable for all rules and responsibilities within this handbook. Students not adhering to any of the above will be subject to after-school detention, referral, suspension, or expulsion.

    After-School Detention

    Detention is required of a student as a consequence of choices that a student made to act inappropriately. Students will be required to remain after school for a period of time. It is expected that the student will complete the detention period on the detention day it is assigned.

    A student may be assigned detention as a consequence for:

    • Violations of school or classroom rules
    • Violation of the uniform code
    • Unexcused absence from school or class
    • Unexcused tardiness for school or class
    • Failure to complete assigned homework
    • Chewing gum
    • Eating outside designated times and areas

    The following are specific guidelines for detention (Gr. 7-12)

    • Detention days are Tues. and Thurs.
    • The teacher will notify parents when a student must serve detention.
    • The student will serve a 30-minute detention for each infraction.
    • If a student does not serve a detention, an additional detention will be given.
    • Every 6th detention within a calendar month will result in a referral.

    Referrals

    When a student is referred to the principal as a disciplinary consequence of the violation of school disciplinary policy, the following disciplinary procedure shall be observed:

    The principal shall speak separately with the staff member initiating the referral and the student. If the principal finds that the student did in fact commit the infraction of the disciplinary policy and that the staff member followed the proper disciplinary procedure, he shall take the following action:

    1st Referral: The principal will counsel and/or verbally reprimand the student. Parental notification is at the option of the principal, with option to suspend for one day depending on the gravity of the offence.

    2nd Referral: The principal will counsel and/or verbally reprimand the student. The student shall be suspended from classes for one day. Parental notification is mandatory. The student's homeroom teacher will be notified.

    3rd Referral: The principal will counsel and/or verbally reprimand the student. The student shall be suspended from classes for three school days. A parental conference shall be mandatory. The student may not attend nor participate in any extra-curricular activities for fourteen days.

    4th Referral: The principal will counsel and/or verbally reprimand the student. The student shall be suspended from classes for five school days. A parental conference shall be mandatory. The student may not attend or participate in any extra-curricular activities for fourteen days. The student may not apply for admission to the academy for the following school year without faculty approval.

    5th Referral: Expulsion from St. Michael's Academy.

    Certain offenses will generate referrals, of which the following are examples:

    • Violations of school or classroom rules which are referred to the principal
    • Possession of materials such as tapes, CD's, books, magazines, drawings or pictures which portray the names or symbols of any alcoholic beverage or drug or which are sexual, violent, or anti-Christian.

    More serious or repeated violations of the rules render the student liable to immediate suspension or expulsion.

    Emergency Removal

    If the infraction is serious but details are unclear, the principal may place the student on emergency removal while the administration studies the situation. Within 24 hours it will be determined if disciplinary measures are necessary.

    Suspension

    A student given "suspension" may not attend school or any school-related functions or activities during the period of suspension.

    Students on suspension are responsible for contacting their teachers for assignments missed in virtue of suspension. Work shall be submitted on the day the student returns to school.

    A suspension is automatically counted as a disciplinary referral.

    Students shall be immediately suspended from school for the following infractions of academy policy, and while on suspension, can incur additional suspension by any commission of the following:

    • Truancy or "cutting class"
    • Use or the possession of tobacco products at any time on the academy grounds or at any school-related function or event
    • The violation of the Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy
    • Possession of a pocket knife, squirt gun, paint ball guns or other look-alike weapons, on the academy grounds, at any school functions or school related events
    • Use of vulgar or crude language
    • Destruction of property valued at less than $50.00
    • Fighting or striking another student
    • Belligerent attitude or obstinate refusal to abide by school rules
    • Violation of rules governing the boarding facilities

    Expulsion

    Generally, students expelled from the academy may not be readmitted for one calendar year. In exceptional cases, a student may be readmitted by the administration. Students expelled from the academy may not attend school-related functions or events.

    Students shall be expelled from the academy for the following infractions of academy policy:

    • The 1st or 2nd violation of the Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy
    • Use of language or gestures which are obscene
    • Possession of or viewing books, magazines, pictures or other literature which are immoral or suggestive while on the Academy grounds
    • Destruction of property valued in excess of $50.00
    • Theft
    • Violation of rules governing the boarding facilities
    • Possession of a dangerous weapon (as defined by RCW 9.41.250 and RCW 9.41.280) on school grounds, at school functions or school related events

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    POLICIES

    Alcohol and Controlled Substances

    Students shall not possess or consume alcohol or any controlled substances (without a doctor's prescription) on school grounds or any school-related function or event. Students in grades 7-12 are subject to a random testing for drug/alcohol use.

    For the 1st offense, the student shall be suspended or expelled from the academy. Continued attendance requires successful completion of an approved substance abuse program within 90 days of suspension.
    For the 2nd offense, the student shall be expelled from the academy.

    Students in the presence of minors in possession of alcohol or any controlled substance are subject to the same consequences.

    Students who consume alcohol under the supervision of their own parents are not subject to these consequences.

    Boarding Facilities

    Any student who enters the boarding facility during school hours without the permission of the boarding supervisor will be suspended.

    Any student who enters the boarding facility of the opposite sex without the specific permission of the boarding supervisor will be expelled.

    Students shall respect the rules of the boarding facilities. Students who have contact with boarders of the opposite sex without the approval of the boarding supervisor are subject to suspension or expulsion.

    Bullying

    Bullying (AKA harassment, intimidation) is any intentional written, verbal or physical act that:

    • Physically harms a student or damages a student’s property;
    • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
    • Is so severe, persistent, pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment;
    • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school;
    • Is motivated by physical appearance, clothing or property, mental disability, individual idiosyncrasies, etc.

    Bullying will result in a disciplinary action. False reporting or unwarranted retaliation for bullying, harassment or intimidation can also merit a disciplinary action.

    Fines

    Fines will be levied for the following:

    • Damaged/lost books: price of the book
    • Uncovered books belonging to the school: $1.00 (G.7-12); $.25 (G.1-6)
    • Damage to school property: equivalent to damage
    • Gum: $2.00 (G.7-12); $1.00 (G.1-6)

    Gun/Weapon-Free School

    St. Michael's Academy is a weapons-free zone. It is a violation of Washington Law to possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon on school property or at school functions.

    Dangerous weapons are defined by Washington State Law:

    "Any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as sling shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a sprung mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement; who shall furtively carry with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol or other dangerous weapon; or shall use any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm." (RCW 9.41.280)

    "Any firearm; any device commonly known as 'nun-chu-ka' sticks consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope or other means; or any device commonly known as 'throwing stars,' which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle to propel a BB pellet, or other projectile by discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide or other gas. (RCW 9.41.280)

    Firearms or Dangerous Weapons: Any student who brings a firearm or other dangerous weapon (as defined by RCW 9.41.250 or RCW 9.41.280) to school or to a school-related activity shall be expelled from the academy for not less than one year.

    Any student who brings a firearm or other dangerous weapon to school or school related functions shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

    The parent/guardian of any student who brings a firearm or other dangerous weapons to school or school related functions shall be immediately notified by the academy.

    The administrator of the academy shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

    Look Alike Weapons: Any student who brings a pocketknife, squirt gun, paintball gun or other look-alike weapons to school or to any school related function shall be referred to the principal for disciplinary action.

    The parent/guardian of any student who brings a pocketknife, squirt gun, paintball gun or other look-alike weapons to school or to any school related function shall be immediately notified by the academy.

    Medical Procedures

    The school is permitted to administer limited types of medication only on condition that certain Washington State requirements and specific written protocols are met. These must be met on an individual basis working directly through the school registered nurse before any type of medication or pain reliever can be administered. Students who feel that they are unable to continue in class will be asked to call parents.

    Health information and emergency medical forms are required of each student. Should statistical information change (i.e., parent/guardian, doctor, phone number, contact person); it is the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian to provide the school office with the information necessary to make that change. The medical information will remain on file as long as the student is enrolled.

    Any accident on school property shall be reported immediately to the principal and an accident form filled out (including date, nature of accident, witnesses, action taken and any pertinent information).

    Recreation and Physical Education

    In order to develop true Christian sportsmanship, disrespect of any nature (arguing, talking back, using vulgar language, swearing and cursing, un-Christlike behavior, or fighting) will not be tolerated.

    Any student arguing, fighting or acting in a disrespectful, or un-Christian manner may lose recreation privileges.

    Students shall participate in recreation. Students are required to bring proper outerwear for the cold months.

    Search and Seizure

    For purposes of general health and safety, searches of student property may be conducted at any time by appropriate school authority. The following rules shall apply to the search of the student's person, the student's possessions, and of the school property assigned to students (locker, desk, etc.) and the seizure of items in their possession:

    • Search of an area assigned to a student shall be in the presence of at least one witness.
    • Illegal items or other possessions reasonably determined to be a threat to the health and safety of others may be seized by the school administration.
    • Items, which are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process, may be removed from student possession.

    Transportation

    In accordance with State Law (RCW 28.67.100 and WAC 180-40-040), school authorities are empowered to supervise and control private transportation of students on the way to and from school.

    Drivers shall observe posted speed limits.

    Loud or raucous music (i.e.: if it can be heard outside the car and bothers others) shall not be played on the Academy grounds.

    For the first violation of these rules the student shall receive a warning and the parents shall be notified.

    For the second violation the student's driving privileges shall be revoked for thirty days. For the third violation the student's driving privileges shall be suspended for 90 days.

    Valuables/Personal Belongings

    Students, not the school, are responsible for valuables brought to school. Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money to school. Students are not allowed to bring radios, CD players, I-Pods or other media devices to school. Cell phones will not be used during the school day without permission and will be confiscated if they are seen or heard.

    Lockers may have locks only on condition that the combination or a duplicate key is given to the teacher or the principal.

    Permission from the teacher should be obtained before toys, games, etc., are brought to school.

    Materials that are incompatible with Catholic philosophy are forbidden, including but not limited to tapes, CD's, books, magazines and other items, which are immoral or suggestive. Designs, drawings, pictures or stickers which portray celebrities, the names or symbols of alcoholic beverages or drugs or which are sexual, violent, or anti-Christian, are not allowed and will be confiscated and destroyed. This pertains to lockers, binders, book covers, clothing, personal belongings, etc.

    Visitors

    As a rule, only enrolled students are allowed on campus during school hours. Visitors are required to check in with the principal and get a visitor's pass from the registrar's office.

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    PRAYERS BEFORE CLASSES

    Morning Offering: O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered this day throughout the world, in reparation for my sins for the intentions of all my associates and in particular for the intentions of Holy Mother Church. I desire to gain all the indulgences attached to my prayers and works this day. Amen.

    Pledge to the Cross: I pledge allegiance to the Cross of Christ and to the Faith for which it stands: one Church, holy, Catholic and apostolic, with grace and salvation for all.

    Act of Faith: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy divine Son became man and died for our sins and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths, which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

    Act of Hope: O my God, relying on thy Almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the help of thy grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Redeemer.

    Act of Charity: O my God, I love Thee above all things with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee, I forgive all who have injured me, and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

    The Angelus: (Midday; before Easter)

    The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
    And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
    Hail Mary…

    Behold the Handmaid of the Lord.
    Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
    Hail Mary...

    And the Word was made flesh (genuflect)
    And dwelt amongst us.
    Hail Mary...

    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Let us pray. Pour forth we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    Regina Caeli: (Midday; after Easter)

    Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
    For He Whom Thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia.
    Hath risen as He said, Alleluia.
    Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

    Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
    For the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

    Let us pray. O God, Who by the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary His Mother, we may obtain the joys of eternal life, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    Hail Holy Queen / Salve Regina: Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae. Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens: O pia: O dulcis Virgo Maria.

    Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother. To Thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

    Invocation to BVM: My Queen! My Mother! I give thee all myself, and, to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my entire self. Wherefore, O loving Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, defend me, as thy property and possession.

    An appropriate prayer will be selected by the Theology teacher.

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