JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENT ASSEMBLY 2015-2016
Purpose of this Assembly
• Bore you...but to
• Inform you.
• Be the change in this school.
Change this school…but to
• Teach you something new or • Remind you of what you
already know about.
add more school rules…but to
• Force everyone into
following the rules…but to
• Encourage everyone to create
a respectable, responsible,
and safe campus.
What is the purpose of high school?
Ask one hundred people and you will likely get
100 answers. In fact, one teacher did just that. A
teacher asked 300 people both inside and outside
of public education to answer that question in 30
words or less and published her findings in the
July 22, Huffington Post.
What is the purpose of high school?
The top 5 answers were in the following categories:
1. Teach the skills for passionate advocacy.
2. Prep the students for their future participation in our
3. Educate them with future skills to function in the future
4. Grant equal access and opportunity to the same high-level
5. Develop skills to have options in life.
What is OUR purpose?
Our purpose is to graduate ALL students
prepared to be successful in any
Maverick Core Values
• High Expectations for all.
• Excellence in teaching and learning.
• Respect for the individual.
• Ownership & shared commitment.
• Encourage one another.
• Support student needs.
Who can help you?
Mrs. Stelter, A- BH (Lead Counselor)
Mrs. Bailey, BI-DE
Ms. Torres, HAM-MAK
Mrs. Ptasnik, Curriculum AP
Mr. Williams, A-COF
Dr. Joiner, COG-GOF
Mr. Herrera, GOG-LIL
Mrs. Gatlin, LIM-PAR
Ms. Scott, PAS-SF
Mr. Brooks, SG-Z
Mrs. Kampe, DF-HAL
Mrs. Garcia, MAL-PERA
Ms. Barnes, PERB-SH
Mrs. Ridings, SI-Z
Mrs. Suarez, STAN Counselor
will be taken the first
week of school.
missing a class, already
passed a class, or a
level change. Elective
change of mind will
NOT be made during
the first week of
Elective Change of Mind
will be Sept.1st-Sept. 2nd
from 8:00am to 8:30am
and 4:05pm to 4:30pm in
the main foyer. If you
need to speak with your
counselor at any time
other than before or after
school, please complete a
green “Call Slip” in the
WE ARE A “NO PLACE FOR HATE” CAMPUS
Do not be a bystander #UPSTANDER
• Closed Campus – Students cannot leave campus
during the school day (even for lunch), unless
checked out by parent/guardian or have early
• Cellphones/Electronics – Must be turned off and
used only during teacher or administrator directed
activity, NOT in hallways, common areas, or
•Attendance Requirement - Attendance will affect the ability to earn credit
in all courses. (Must be present 90% of class time).
•Academic dishonesty - if you make a poor choice could result in grade
reduction and/or discipline consequences.
•Exam Exemptions - Grades AND Attendance will determine your eligibility.
You will be able to “opt out” of up to 3 exams if you keep your grades up
and have near perfect attendance.
•EOC - End of Course Exams are only a part of your academic portfolio.
Take advantage of Prep Classes that are announced.
•UIL Eligibility - You must pass to play. Find balance so you do not fall
• Attendance Requirement - Student will receive a noncredit (NC) after the 9th absence.
• 90% Rule - Student must attend class 90% of the time it
is offered to receive credit for the class.
• Texas Compulsory Attendance - State law requires
school children (age 6-18) to attend school each day
that instruction is provided.
• Excused Absence - A student has two days to turn in a
note to the attendance office upon the day they return
to school regarding any absence.
•Tardy vs. Absence - Tardy after the bell rings.
Unexcused absence AFTER 5 minutes (at the 6 minute
•Exemptions- Will allow students with good attendance,
behavior and academic performance to exempt up to 3
semester exams in any subject for each semester.
•Verification Of Enrollment (VOE) Requirements- Must
be in compliance with the 90% rule in order to receive
• Clean up all trash and put away trays.
• Make sure your student account always has money.
(Max charge is $5.00).
• Must present ID to use accounts(even with cash).
• Cannot leave the cafeteria or courtyard area without
• Students will follow ALL classroom/hallway expectations
and policies in the Student/Parent Handbook.
• Move quickly/orderly and get to class on time. Make it a
habit. Walk and talk. No standing around in the circle.
• Follow classroom expectations reviewed by each of your
• Listen to and respect all staff members and their
• Treat students and adults with respect and keep
Madison hallways friendly and safe.
•Students will move quickly to next class and
not loiter/congregate in outside areas.
•Students may not “hang out” in the outside
areas during class time.
•Utilize the nearest restroom when given a
•Must have a pass when exiting the
•When visiting the library you must have a
Madison ID and you must sign in.
•All school rules apply while in the library
regardless of the time of day.
•Tutoring hours Tuesday & Thursday 4:146:00pm.
Dress Code Highlights
• Hats may not be worn in the building.
• Holes in pants will not be visible above the knee.
• No sagging.
• No spaghetti straps or tube-tops.
• IDs must be carried at all times and produced upon
request. (requirement for cafeteria lines, library and
to leave the classroom)
• No pajamas or house shoes.
• Your clothes should not be revealing your
• Refer to Student/Parent Handbook for more details.
• Cellphones/Electronics – Must be turned off and used only
during teacher or administrator directed activity, NOT in
hallways, common areas, or classroom (student is responsible
for the safety of their own items). This includes texting and
• Music must be played with Earbuds/Headphones. NO LOUD
• Earbuds/Headphones are not to be used during passing periods.
• ALL School rules and policies are in effect.
• Expectations for students at off-campus school
related activities is the same as if students are on
• ID’s should be in your possession at ALL school
• All Madison students (and especially those who
participate in extracurricular activities) are held to a
higher standard & must also be in compliance with
their organization’s code of conduct.
• All medication intended for students shall be kept in
the school clinic.
• Administration of medication will take place in the
clinic and requires written parent permission.
• All medications must be in the original prescription
• Children may NOT carry any medication on their
person. Parents must deliver the medication to the
school nurse in the clinic.
PARKING ON CAMPUS
Parking is a privilege not a right.
Decal must be displayed and readable at all times.
Must park in assigned student lots.
Leaving campus without permission will result in loss of parking
privileges—permit will be confiscated immediately.
If all students in vehicle do not have permission to leave campus,
owner of vehicle will lose parking privileges.
Driving reckless or violating parking regulations could result in loss of
Duplicating, forging, or using another student’s parking decal will
result in loss of parking privileges.
Permits are NOT transferable and cannot be shared.
ALL NEISD High Schools are closed campuses.
Students may be subject to disciplinary actions for being in
possession of prohibited items such as (but not limited to):
any bladed instruments
- guns of any kind
ammunition of any type
- laser pointers
drugs (all drugs)
- pornographic materials
medications (over the counter or prescription)
dice, cards, & trading cards associated with illegal
• It is expected that our students are good digital citizens
and abide by the rules and guidelines set forth by NEISD.
• Students are responsible for compliance with the current
Student/Parent Handbook which is online:
• Violations involving the misuse of electronic devices
and/or social media will result in disciplinary actions.
• Stay connected in a positive way:
Student ID Expectations
• Secondary students are required to obtain a school
identification badge and have it in their possession at all
times, ideally on a lanyard.
• Cannot alter the ID (marker, stickers, pictures over
• Lost/Damaged/Defaced ID replacement--$5.00
in AP Office.
YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW ID FOR THE FOLLOWING:
•Purchase items in the cafeteria
•Purchase a parking pass
•Pass to leave class
What can get me in ‘trouble’?
Dress Code Violation
No Student ID
Tardy to Class
On Campus Truancy
Off Campus Truancy
Drugs (under the influence/in possession)
• Physical Contact (push, shove, kick, slap, grab, etc.)
• Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with injury
or to damage property.
• Any action or behavior, that is, or could be, dangerous or
harmful to another person.
• Physical contact with another when the person knows or
should reasonably believe that the other will regard the
contact as offensive or provocative.
• ALL fights WILL result in DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCE. A
ticket for disorderly conduct—fighting may be issued.
• School officials may search a student and/or their vehicle if
there is reasonable suspicion.
• Students shall be responsible for any prohibited item found
in their lockers or vehicles while on school property or at
school-sponsored or school-related activities.
• Inspections of lockers may be conducted by school
authorities for any reason at any time, without notice,
without student consent, and without a search warrant.
• Students caught in unauthorized areas or entering/leaving
campus without permission are subject to being searched.
• IF YOU ARE “HOLDING” OR “STORING” ANYTHING FOR
ANOTHER STUDENT, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT ITEM.
Any violation on school property, at school
sponsored events and within 300 feet of school
property—WILL result in disciplinary actions that
•Alternative High School
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
• Class Sponsors: Ms. Acosta & Ms. Harrison
• Administrators: Mr. Herrera & Ms. Gatlin
• Senior Parent Meeting is Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm in the
• Panoramic Picture is Wednesday, November 18th at 10:30am.
• Cap and Gown Presentation is January 27th at 10:30am in the PAC
• Graduation is Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm at the Freeman Coliseum.
• @JMHSSeniorClass - stay connected on the Senior Class Twitter.
• Class Sponsor: Ms. LeNoir
• Class Administrator: Mr. Brooks
• Class Ring presentation is September 23rd at 10:30am in PAC.
• Some Highlights: We plan and organize Homecoming (October 2nd) and
Prom (April 16th)!
• Class Sponsors: Ms. Moran
• Class Administrator: Ms. Scott
• We are in the process of organizing some fun activities for
this year! Stay tuned, more information to come!
• Freshman Class Sponsors: Ms. Urias & Ms. Wittman
• Class Administrators- Dr. Joiner and Mr. Williams.
• The Freshman Class Organization is a wonderful way to get involved
with making plans for the freshman class as a whole throughout the
year! Please pay attention to the morning announcements in regards to
meeting dates and class election information.