Handbook

 

 

ACADEMIC STAFF

2017-2018

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

ADMINISTRATOR                                    Rodney Wilhelm                  BS University of Wyoming

                                                                                                                 MA N. Arizona University

ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATORS            Mark Glesinger  (5-8)           BA Kearney State College

                                                     Julie Weems  (K-4)               BS Chadron State College

 

FACULTY

 

KINDERGARTEN                                  Carolyn Farritor                      BS Chadron State College

FIRST GRADE                                        Madeline Girard                    BS  University of Phoenix

SECOND GRADE                                  Pam Cyza                                BS University of Nebraska

THIRD GRADE                                      Maureen Smith                     BS Chadron State College

FOURTH GRADE                                 Julie Weems                           BS Chadron State College                   

FIFTH GRADE                                        Christy Jelinek                       BS Chadron State College

SCIENCE 5-8, RELIGION 7                   McKinley Backous                 BS Chadron State College

LANG. ARTS 6-8, RELIGION 6               Laurie Gould                        BS Chadron State College

MATH 5-8.                                                                              

SOC. ST. 6-8, REL. 8, P.E. 7-8              Mark Glesinger                       BA Kearney State College

MUSIC K-8, ART 3-4                            Laura Higgins                          BS Chadron State College      

P.E. K-6, ART 4-8                                 Terri Burke                               BS Kearney State College

PRESCHOOL                                        Jenell Martinez                        BS Chadron State College

LIBRARY ASSISTANT                            Angela Kaping

PARA-PROFESSIONAL                          Cheryl Kusek

PARA-PROFESSIONAL                          Jennie Burri                             BA Chadron State College

                                                           

 

STAFF

 

SECRETARY/ BOOKKEEPER            Jane McGhehey                           BS Chadron State College

COOK                                                Theresa Broad

BUILDING MAINTENANCE            Charlie Krantz

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ST. AGNES ACADEMY

2017-2018

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

 

Fr. Timothy Stoner, Pastor                                                                Rodney Wilhelm, Principal

916 Cheyenne Ave                                                                            1224 Duncan Ave

762-2009 or 762-1418                                                                      928-210-2111

 

Kevin Oligmueller, President                                                           Chris Seebohm, Treasurer         

1019 Duncan Ave                                                                              1406 Buchfnck Ave

762-7203                                                                                           763-1506

 

Raquel Oligmueller, Secretary                                                         Teresa Sanders

824 Black Hills Ave                                                                           4775 310th Trail

303-993-9717                                                                                    970-271-9131/762-3797

 

Tom Burke                                                                                        Justine Devlin

1012 Mississippi Ave                                                                      644 E 9th St

760-8357                                                                                          970-420-6355

 

                                                                            

 

 

PARENTS INC.

OFFICERS

 

 

Teresa Sanders                                        Co-Presidents

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970-271-9131/762-3797                                                                           

                                               

Tabetha Dexter                                                                              Kris Boyer, Treasurer

760-5652                                                                                        760-6098

 

Katie Childers

760-4829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

 

            St. Agnes Academy aims to develop all facets of a student’s life, including his/her spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional development, so they may become mature, effective members of the global community and minister as leaven among the people of God.  St. Agnes Academy strives to form a mature, Catholic Community, illuminated by faith and impelled to responsible action by a deep love of God, of self and of neighbor.

 

            The entire purpose of St. Agnes Academy is to provide a center for learning for students who wish a contemporary, holistic education that is Catholic in its orientation.  Everything will focus on the development of a positive learning climate.

 

HISTORY

 

            St. Agnes Academy was established in 1908 with an initial enrollment of 88 students.  Until 1925, the high school enrollment was limited to girls.  Since the Fall of 1961, the Academy has been limited to day students.  In 1963, Holy Rosary Church assumed the sole obligation of financial support of the school and its direction and control.  The Sisters of St. Francis have served at St. Agnes Academy since 1908.

 

SCHOOL COLORS:       Blue and white

 

SCHOOL MASCOT:      Crusaders

Agnes, Patron Saint of St. Agnes Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCHOOL POLICY - GENERAL INFORMATION

 

ATTENDANCE

            Regular attendance is the responsibility of the student and parents.  Frequent absenteeism may jeopardize the student’s continuation at St. Agnes or may cause retention in a grade for the coming year.  When students are unaccounted for and we are unable to contact parents, a Resource Officer from the Alliance Police Department will be called.

 

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

            If you student is absent, please call the school office between 7:45 AM and 9:00 AM. If the school is not notified by 9:00 AM the parent is called.  In order to assure the safety of all, St. Agnes faculty want to account for each student.  If the school office cannot reach a parent, a Resource Officer from the Alliance Police Department will be called to check on the student.  The student is to check in upon his/her return with a note signed by the parent stating the date and reason for the absence.

 

TYPES OF ABSENCES

            1.  Excused absence:  Absence excused by the parent and approved by the  administration, such as                    personal illness, death in a family, funeral of a close

            friend or professional appointments.  Please attempt to make appointments                                             for after school hours.

            2.  Unexcused absence:  Absence not approved by the administration, such as truancy, leaving school             without permission, suspension, forgery of signature on excuses, work, shopping or beauty             appointments, oversleeping.

            3.  Pre-arranged absence:    Absence for which a student has received prior permission

            from both parents and administration at least 24 hours in advance.

            4.  Extended absence:  Consult the principal.

 

            If a pattern of unexcused absences develops and the parents are not working with the school, one or             more of the following may occur to correct this pattern:

            1)  Request for the withdrawal of the student from St. Agnes.

            2)  Involvement of Child Protection Services to help assure that the child attends

                        school regularly.

            3)  Involvement of the Board of Education and/or the Pastor of Holy Rosary Church.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Announcements are read over the intercom during first period.   Students may contribute to the announcements with the approval of a faculty member.

 

BICYCLES

            Bicycles and scooters may be ridden to and from school. They may not be ridden on the playground at any time.  It is suggested that they be locked during school hours for security.  They are to be parked near the building in the bike racks.  They are not to be parked at the entrances.  St. Agnes is not responsible for any stolen bicycles or scooters.

                                                                        

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BUILDING HOURS

            The building is open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The school is responsible for the students from 7:55 AM to 3:20 PM. No supervision is provided after school.  The students are to go home immediately after dismissal.

 

CIVIL AUTHORITY

            No student may be questioned on school premises by anyone other than a staff member, including civil authorities, without full knowledge of the parent and the school administration except when the student’s safety is in question.  If questioning does take place at St. Agnes, it is done in the presence of the administration.

 

CLASSROOM VISITS

            Parents are always welcome at St. Agnes.  Please notify the teacher and school office of your wish to visit.  Check in at the school office prior to visiting the classroom to obtain a visitor’s pass.  If you should enter on the Parish side, please sign in there.  During visits parents are not allowed on the playground during recesses.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

            Any student, teacher, or other staff member having a communicable disease is dealt with on a case by case basis in accordance with the guidelines for the disease issued by both state and local Health Departments, as well as the Center for Disease Control.

                                                                                   

DAILY SCHEDULE

            Morning bell rings at 7:55 AM for all students.

            Classes begin at 8:05 AM for all students.

            Morning recess for K-4 is from 10:00 AM. to 10:25 AM

            Lunch Hours:               Kindergarten at 11:40 AM to 12:10 PM

                                                            1-4:      11:45 AM to 12:10 PM

                                                            5-8       12:15 PM to 12:45 PM

            Noon Recess:                        K-4       11:25 AM to 11:45 AM

                                                            5-8       12:00 PM to 12:15 PM

            Dismissal Time:                     K-8       3:20 PM

           

DANCES

            The sixth, seventh and eighth grade students may have school mixers with the approval of the class moderators and the administration.  No dates are permitted.  There is an 11:00 PM limit and the mixers may not be held on a school night.  One faculty member and three other adults must be present as chaperones.  Guidelines for chaperones are provided to them prior to the dance.

 

DRESS CODE

            All students must be clean and well-groomed.

 

 

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EVERY DAY DRESS CODE

            NO:  Spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts (1.2. Basketball jerseys), midriff shirts, thin

                        strap T-shirts, shirts with suggestive messages or drug/alcohol advertisements.

            NO:  Flip-flops.  All sandals must have an ankle strap.

            Shorts may not be worn after October 15th or before April 16th.

            Shorts, skorts, skirts or dresses will not be shorter than fingertip length (when arms

                        are extended at your sides while standing, your shorts, etc. should be no

                        shorter than where the tips of your fingers touch your leg).

            Leggings, yoga pants and tights must be worn with fingertip length tops.

            Clothes will be appropriate size for the student wearing them--no over-size T-shirts,

                        baggy or sagging pants, no midriff-showing T-shirts. 

            Tear-away pants/shorts must be snapped at all times.

 

WEDNESDAY OR DRESS-UP DAY DRESS CODE

            This will be expected of every student every Wednesday.  There will be a few  exceptions, as in the first week of school.  The Tuesday letter will notify you of any additional dress-up days such as All-School Masses that don’t fall on Wednesday, special programs, May Crowning, etc.

                        NO:      Blue jeans

                                    Jean Shorts

                                    Sweat pants or sweat shirts

                                    Hooded Sweat shirts

                                    Tear-away pants

                                    T-shirts with any writing or advertising (small pocket emblems on a

                                                plain colored shirt are permissible)

                                    Wind suits

                                    Athletic shorts (mesh, bike shorts, sweat shorts)

                                    Overalls

                                   

WHAT CAN BE WORN:

            Girls:    a) skirts or dresses                 Boys and Girls:   a) dress pants or khakis

                         b) skorts                                                                b) sweaters, vests

                         c) jumpers                                                            c) solid color shirts/blouses

                                                                                                       d) collared shirts/blouses

                                                                                                       e) dress shorts

 

          If there is a question, the final decision remains with the principal.  Should students

attend school dressed in inappropriate attire, clothing will be provided by the principal.

Students will be asked to go to the restroom and change into appropriate attire.

 

EARLY DISMISSALS

*****  If a student needs to be dismissed early, the parents must send a note or call the school

office prior to the dismissal time so that teachers may be informed.

 

 

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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

            Accidents:  All serious accidents are reported to the parents immediately.  Accident

                                                forms will be provided to instructors to complete in the event that

                                                a significant accident occurs on campus.  Copies of these forms

                                                will be kept in the school office.

 

            Fires:   Fire drills are held periodically during the school year.  Evacuation

                                                procedures are posted in each classroom.

 

            Tornado:  Drills are conducted periodically.  All students go to ground level.

 

            Other:  Bomb threats, intruder alerts and other types of emergency procedure

                                                practices will occur occasionally during the school year.

 

ENTRANCES

            All students gather on the blacktop at the Northwest corner of the school each

morning.  The morning bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  Both the North door and the middle West

door are used by students entering the building.

 

FIELD TRIPS

            Field trips are arranged with the permission of the administration.  All field trips will

be educationally based and will reflect curriculum goals.  Teachers will notify students and

parents of any and all field trips being planned.  Field trip experiences are made at the

teacher’s discretion.                                                               

            Overnight field trips and school related trips must be approved by the Board of

education.  Parents may be asked to drive, but only a driver who has furnished the school

with their signed approval slip, safe environment training and drivers license number will

be allowed to drive.  Field trip expenses will be covered by the parents of participating

students.

 

GIFT EXCHANGE

            Students may draw names at Christmas and exchange one gift at the party.  Students

may spend up to, but not exceeding, $5.00.  Students must have their parents permission to

participate.

                       

GRADUATION

            Graduation is celebrated in Holy Rosary Church.  The entire tone of graduation is in keeping with the Church environment.  Student and staff speeches and presentation are to be in good taste, which includes sensitivity and respect, and may also include a healthy sense of humor.

            Students must dress appropriately for graduation.  The pastor of Holy Rosary Parish and the principal have the authority to require a student to change clothing in order to be dressed appropriately and/or refuse a student’s participation in the Mass and the graduation ceremony if the student is not dressed appropriately.

           

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This dress code is mandatory for any other students participating in or attending the graduation ceremony.

            A reception will be provided by the 7th grade class for the graduates, their families and friends following the graduation.

                                                           

HOT LUNCHES

We have a hot lunch program that is served five days a week.  All students are encouraged to use it.  Lunch prices are $3.00 for students and $4.00 for adults.  Meals meet federal guidelines. Meals may be purchased daily, weekly or monthly.  They should be purchased from the school secretary in the school office.  Seconds of the main meal may also be purchased for $1.00.

            We participate in the National School Lunch Program.  Applications for free/reduced lunches are available for everyone. Students will be allowed to charge for one (1) week only.  Parents will be notified of the charges.  The student will not be able to eat hot lunch until the bill is paid in full.

            Fast food is not allowed into the lunchroom for students, i.e. Taco John’s,

McDonald’s, etc.  Parents are encouraged to take their child out for lunch instead or send a sack lunch.  Parents are asked to check in at the school office before entering the lunchroom.

 

                                                             Nondiscrimination Statement

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

      1400 Independence Avenue, SW

      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

 

(2)  Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 

(3)  Email: program.intake@usda.govThis institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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MILK PROGRAM

            Milk may be purchased for $.40 at lunch time or milk tickets may be purchased from the school secretary for $4.00 for ten milks.  Milk is provided for Kindergartners at snack time.                                               

                                                                   

ILLNESS

            If a student becomes ill at school, he/she will be asked to go to the school office and have the secretary call the parents to pick them up.  No student is allowed to go home without a parent or guardian’s knowledge.

                                                                                   

LEAVING THE BUILDING

            No student may leave the premises during school hours unless he or she is with a parent or guardian, including lunch time.  Prior arrangements must be made.  If there is a question about who can or cannot pick up your child, please see the school secretary about filling out a notification form which indicates your special situation and who is authorized to escort your child.                            

 

LOST AND FOUND

            If something is lost, students may check for it at the school office.  It is

recommended that articles of clothing, backpacks and lunches be clearly marked with the student’s name.

 

MEDICATIONS

            No medications, including non-prescription medication such as Tylenol, may be administered by any school personnel without parent permission.  A form describing the medications to be given should be filed with the school secretary at the beginning of each year.  All medications are to be kept in the school office.  Students may be excused from classes to go to the office for their medication.

 

ASTHMA PROTOCOL

            The Regulations for School Health and Safety Rule 59 has a new regulation for the protocol to follow for emergency treatment for asthma or systemic allergic reactions.  This protocol will be followed by trained personnel.

 

MONEY

            Students are not to bring large amounts of money or valuable articles to school.

 

 PARTIES

            Room parties for K-4 are scheduled for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Room mothers ask for volunteers and contributions to help with the parties.  Please do not send personal invitations for parties to school unless the whole class is invited.

 

 PLAYGROUND

            The playground is supervised at 7:45 AM, at recess and at noon by staff members. Staff members work diligently to maintain the safety of all students and must sometimes make decisions based upon student behavior.  The decisions are based upon safety issues and are made with the children’s best interests in mind.  Parents are not allowed on the playground during school hours.

 

 

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ELECTRONIC DEVICES

            TVs, radios, CD or tape players, cellular phones or electronic games are not permitted at school unless under teacher request for class purposes.  If any of these items are brought to school and confiscated by the staff, the items will be kept until a parent can reclaim them.

 

RECESS

            If a parent wishes a student to stay in from recess due to a cold or recovery from a serious illness, or any other just reason, a written note must be submitted each day that this exception is requested.  If a student brings an excessive number of requests, in the judgment of the teacher, a doctor’s order may be requested by the teacher or principal.

 

SCHOOL HOURS

            Teachers are available from 7:55 AM until 3:45 PM  each day.  Students are not to be on the playground before 7:45 AM.  School hours are from 7:55 AM to 3:20 PM.  Occasionally, there are “late starts” or “early dismissals”.  These are announced well in advance in the letters home and on the School Messenger Call System. 

 

SCHOOL NURSEs

            There two RNs available to the school.  They maintain the health of the students and administer various check-ups during the year, such as eye, teeth and ear tests.

 

SCHOOL PICTURES

            School pictures are usually taken in September by one of the local photographers.  There are also group pictures of the class taken at this time.  Purchase of the pictures is optional.

 

SERVERS FOR MASS

            Boys and girls are trained to be altar servers beginning with the fourth grade.  Occasionally the servers are asked to serve at a funeral during school hours.  Only members of Holy Rosary or St. Bridget’s Churches can be servers.

 

SKATE BOARDS, ROLLER SKATES AND ROLLER BLADES

            Skate boards, roller skates and roller blades are forbidden at all times including before and after school.

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

            Social events are adequately supervised and adjusted to the level of maturity of the students.  They are scheduled to avoid conflicts with family or religious obligations of the students and maintained at a reasonable expense.  St. Agnes Academy is considered responsible for the behavior of the students at any social event sponsored or sanctioned by the school.  Parents are fully informed as to the time and place of events, the rules governing them and the limits of the school’s supervision.

 

TARDINESS

            The morning tardy bell rings at 8:05 AM.  Students are considered tardy if they are not in class by 8:05 AM.  Students arriving after the tardy bell must check in at the school office before entering the classroom.  Chronic tardiness can be viewed as a reason for expulsion should the problem not be resolved in a reasonable period of time.                                                               11

 

 

TELEPHONE MESSAGE AND USE

            Students are to use the phone in the school office only, with the permission of a faculty member.  Students may not use any other phones.  Phone calls are limited to those of an emergency nature such as illness.  Students are not to call home for forgotten school items or to make personal after-school arrangements.  Students are not called from class to answer phone calls except in an emergency.  Messages may be left.

 

TRANSPORTATION

            There are no school buses to transport students to and from school.  It is the parent’s responsibility.  Use of crosswalks will be enforced as will the yellow areas marked for drop-off and pick-up only.  Also, for safety reasons, driving through the northwest entrance from 12th Street to the parking lot (also called the blacktop), is prohibited.  Parents are encouraged to park in the Parish Center parking lot to pick up students, but may not park on the blacktop at any time.

 

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS

            On days when storms develop during the night, the Principal will place a School Messenger call to inform all families.  Please do not call faculty members to inquire about school closings.  If school must be dismissed early, the Principal will also place a School Messenger call to inform families.

            Parents may use their own judgment in sending students to school on stormy days.  Parents may call for their students before regular dismissal time on stormy days, but the principal is responsible for permitting students to leave only with the parents or with another adult known to have been authorized by the parent.

 

RELIGIOUS FORMATION - CURRICULUM

 

            KindergartenThe students become aware of their faith through spiritual and social experiences.  They also strive to develop a healthy attitude toward themselves and others in accordance with the Catholic faith.

 

            First Grade:  The students learn about God the Father, who cares for them through the people who love them.  They learn about Jesus’ family, Mary and Joseph.  The students are helped to see that Jesus is human like them, as well as Divine.  They also learn beginning prayers, songs, and Scripture verses.

                           

            Second Grade:  The Students prepare for the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Their development centers around learning about God, the loving Father, and His gifts to us.                                                                               

They also learn about Jesus who teaches us of this love and His gifts to us, especially the Eucharist, and the ways in which the Church fulfills the calling from God to impart the teachings of Jesus.

 

            Third Grade:  The students learn about the role of the Holy Spirit and the interaction of each member of the Church in helping to build up the Body of Christ.

 

            Fourth Grade:  The students review their first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and center their lessons around the Ten Commandments, learning their role as forgiving and forgiven people of God.

 

           

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            Fifth Grade:  The students study the Sacraments.  Opportunities are provided for the students to be present at the administration of sacraments they may not yet have received.  Opportunities are also provided for participation in Eucharistic Liturgies, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other prayer services.  They also study the Sacramental, the Church and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

 

            Sixth Grade:  The students are given a sense of their roots in the covenant God made with the Jewish people, fulfilled and renewed in the covenant made through Jesus Christ, and lived today in the community of the Church.

 

            Seventh Grade:  The students review the seven Sacraments, the Beatitudes, the Commandments and various prayers.  Special emphasis is on the story of Jesus, including His public ministry, the four Gospels and Jesus the Model.  Next in emphasis is family, the life we celebrate, entering into the community of believers, and celebrating our freedom to serve.                                                                            

           

        Eighth Grade:  The students explore their emerging adult Catholic values and are helped to integrate these values into their lives.

 

LITURGIES

            All school liturgies are usually celebrated on major feast days such as the Feast of St. Francis (October 4);  All Saints (November 1);  Immaculate Conception (December 8); Catholic Schools Week (last week of January); Ash Wednesday and at the end of the school year.  These are celebrated in the Church.  Liturgies may be celebrated on certain other days of the year as the occasion arises.

          All classes take turns participating and in planning the weekly liturgies held in the Chapel. Penance services are usually at the school sometime during Advent and Lent.

 

RETREATS

            Seventh and eighth grade students may have a “Day of Recollection”.  These are held locally and plans must be approved by the administration.

 

                                                          ACADEMIC POLICY

 

ADMISSION

            Admission to St. Agnes Academy is based on the successful completion of the preceding grade in the school previously attended.  Priority is given to Catholic students who reside in the parish, then to non-parish Catholics and then non-Catholics.  Students are accepted in this order.

            Students wishing to enter St. Agnes Academy may do so under the following conditions:

              1.  The principal of St. Agnes Academy has a current transcript of the new student’s

                    academic record.

               2.  The preceding grade was successfully completed by the new student.

               3.  The new student and his/her parents or guardians meet with the principal prior

                    to registration.

              4.  The school must be able to meet the academic, spiritual, and social needs of the

                   student as judged by the principal.

             

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              5.  The new student must furnish a current health record.

              6.  Kindergarten students must furnish a state-issued birth certificate.

  7.  Students who have formally withdrawn from St. Agnes Academy and wish to

                    return, follow the above procedure.

              8.  No student suspended or expelled from another school will be admitted without board approval.

              9.  Students suspended from another school for possession of weapons, possession

                   of or intent to sell drugs, sexual harassment or abuse of another student or

                   physical violence will not be considered for enrollment in St. Agnes without

                    board approval.

            10.  Acceptance or rejection of any new student is the responsibility of the principal.         

            11   Parental involvement through volunteerism is necessary.  By faithful volunteerism from all                                     parents, tuition costs can be maintained at a reduced level.  All parents will be called upon to                             volunteer throughout the year.

            12. No one is admitted to St. Agnes Academy unless that person and his/her parents

                  agree to abide by the philosophy, educational policies, and regulations of the school.                            

                                

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY

            The following requirements are necessary for a student to participate in extra-curricular activities:

            A.  The student must be turning in completed assignments and must be participating

                        in a positive manner in all classes, according to teacher discretion.           

            B.  Incomplete Grades:  To be eligible, a student must replace incomplete grades

                        with passing grades and the credits recorded on the records of the school.

            C.  Attendance:  To be eligible a student must attend school on the day of the

                        contest in order to participate in the extra-curricular event of that day.  If any

                        further clarification is needed, the student contacts the principal.

            D.  Parents must sign a form giving permission for their student to participate in

                        interscholastic athletics.

            E.  In addition to the above rules, a student may be withheld from competition for

                        discipline reasons or breaking the contract signed by all athletes.  This

                        decision is made by the Administration and the Athletic Director using the

                        sports guidelines

                                                                                 

SPORTS GUIDELINES 

            The following requirements are necessary in order for a student to participate in St.

Agnes Athletic activities:

            A.  The student must be turning in completed assignments and must be participating

                        in a positive manner in all classes.  Parents will be notified when the student’s

                        eligibility is in jeopardy. 

            B.  The student will dress up on game days, whether traveling, home or scrimmage

                        games.

            C.  Locker rooms, equipment and other St. Agnes property will be treated with care.

            D.  The student will, at all times, show good sportsmanship, proper conduct, and

                        respect for themselves and others.

           

 

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            E.  Transportation:  Coaches will arrange rides for team members with parent drivers.

                        Non-team members are not included as passengers with these rides.

            F.  All participants will sign and abide by the Diocesan Code of Conduct.  Any

                        student not honoring this code will be dealt with accordingly.                         

            G.  All locks used in the lockers at St. Agnes Academy will be provided by the

                        School.

                                                                                            

HOMEWORK/GRADE POLICY

            Students receiving failing grades or not showing effort in their work (no handing in assignments or giving incomplete assignments) will, along with their parents, be notified of the problem.

            The student will be given reasonable time to show improvement.  Student participation in extra-curricular activities will be at the discretion of teachers and the principal.  Should a student develop a habit of not turning in assignments, parents will be

notified and a conference will be scheduled.  An academic improvement plan will be developed.  Students may be asked to leave St. Agnes if they do not follow the plan.

 

STUDENT ASSISTANCE TEAM

            Should a student show no progress over a period of time, teachers may implement the Student Assistance Team process in order to receive support from staff and parents in helping the struggling student.  Parents will be notified of the meeting and invited to participate.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

            Special Education services are provided to St. Agnes students by Alliance Public Schools.  Students identified for Special Education services are identified through a lengthy Procedure requiring parental involvement and parental permission.

 

DYSLEXIA

            If a student continues to struggle academically and various causes have been ruled out, teachers may indicate a concern for a learning challenge called Dyslexia.  If this becomes a concern, teachers will call for a special S.A.T. meeting.  Parents will be provided with current research concerning Dyslexia.  Parents will also be provided with evaluation resources available for their use.  Should a student be evaluated and found to have Dyslexia, the staff, with help of the parents, will develop a 504 plan for the student.  Tutoring options

may be discussed, but hiring a tutor will be the responsibility of the parents.  All tutors must be approved by the School Administration and classroom teacher.  The tutor is also expected to follow and agree to the tutoring format.

                                                             

CURRICULUM

FIRST AND SECOND GRADES:

                        Religion                                                           Music

                        Reading                                                           Art                              

                        Spelling                                                           P.E. (Physical Education)

                        Math                                                               Science

                        Language Arts                                                 Social Studies  

 

 

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THIRD AND FOURTH GRADES:

                        Religion                                                           Reading

                        Math                                                               Social Studies

                        Spelling                                                           English            

                        Music                                                              Art

                        P.E.                                                                  Science

                        Nebraska History -- 4th only

 

FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADES:

                        Religion                                                           P.E.

                        English                                                             Reading

                        Social Studies                                                  Spelling

                        Math                                                               Music

                        Science                                                            Art

                        Computer -- once a week

 

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADES:

                        Religion                                                           Social Studies

                        Literature                                                        Music

                        English                                                             P.E.

                        Technology -- once a week                             Art

                        Science

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

            Progress reports are mailed to parents to inform them that a student is receiving a “D” or possible failure.  These reports may also be sent when a student is showing improvement.  These notifications are sent at the mid-point of a quarter or whenever a teacher thinks it is necessary.

 

FAILURES / RETENTION

Parents are generally notified in writing at least three (3) weeks in advance of aprobable failure on the nine (9) week report.  However, when a student fails to complete or turn in assignments in the last three weeks of the quarter, advance notice of failure may not be possible.

 

GRADING PROCEDURE

            Grades are based on scholastic achievement only in course work and examinations. Report cards are distributed every nine (9) weeks.

            When failure in a particular grade seems certain, parents are notified not less than eight (8) weeks prior to the close of school.

            Grades K-3 receive a progress report with marks consisting of the following and grades 4 to 8 may be graded with the same in some subjects:

 

            E = Excellent                                                   N = Needs improvement

            S  = Satisfactory                                              NC = Not Covered

            + and - may also be used

           

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Grades 4 to 8 receive a progress report with grades given as letters.  Equivalent Percent grades and GPA (Grade Point Average) weights are as follows:

 

                                                94 -100            =          A          =          4.0

                                                93                    =          A-         =          3.7

                                                92                    =          B+        =          3.3

                                                86 - 91 =          B          =          3.0

                                                85                    =          B-         =          2.7

                                                84                    =          C+        =          2.3

                                                79 - 83 =          C          =          2.0

                                                78                    =          C-         =          1.7

                                                77                    =          D+        =          1.3

                                                71 - 76 =          D          =          1.0

                                                70                    =          D-        =          .07

                                                69 - 00 =          F          =          0.0

            The teacher informs the students at the beginning of the year of the work that has to be done to achieve specific grades with emphasis on class work, homework, tests, attitude and participation.

 

HEALTH RECORDS

            Current health records are required for a student who registers for the first time. Nebraska State Law requires that all students entering into Kindergarten and 7th grade must furnish the school with a current physical exam record, with Kindergartners also required to have an eye exam.  State Law also requires that each student, before being admitted to school, be immunized as follows:

 

                        3 doses of DPaT, Dpt, DT of Td                                   3 doses of Polio vaccine

                        2 doses of MM. vaccine                                              3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine

                        2 dose of  Chicken Pox Vaccine or written documentation from the parents

                                                                     

Exact dates for each of these shots must be on the immunization record.  If a parent or guardian does not want the student immunized, he/she must provide the school with a written statement or a signed waiver of immunization.  This will become part of the student’s record.

 

HOMEWORK

            Homework serves two purposes.  Students gain valuable skills by practicing at home what has been presented to them during the school day.  Also, through consistent homework, students develop a strong work ethic.  This work ethic will serve them well throughout their lives.  Homework is assigned as the teacher determines.  Students are expected to complete assigned homework by the prescribed time, which is determined by the teacher.

 

PRINCIPAL’S LIST, HONOR ROLL

            A student must be enrolled as a full-time student in order to qualify for the Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll is announced and published at the end of each quarter and the end of each semester.  A student must receive all “A’s” to be on the Principal’s List.  To be on the Honor Roll, a student must have a “B” average, including

 

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“A’s” and B’s”.  No “C’s” are allowed to be on the Honor Roll.  A student who receives an incomplete in a

course for the quarter or semester is not eligible for the Honor Roll for that grading period.  The grades participating in this recognition process include 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

            Kindergarten round-up is usually held in March.  All five-year olds, as of July 31, are invited to attend.  It is an opportunity to meet other students and to meet the staff and other parents. Rules & screening procedures for special/early enrollment will be determined by the principal.

 

LIBRARY

            The school library is for student use according to the library regulations.  There is a fine of twenty-five (25) cents per day for each overdue book.  If a book is lost or damaged, it is the responsibility of the family to pay for the book to be replaced.  This amount will include all additional costs incurred by St. Agnes Academy to complete the replacement.

                                                                       

MAKE-UP WORK

            All students are allowed 2 days per day of absence to make up their work.

 

PROMOTION

            A student is promoted each year on the basis of his/her academic progress.  When evaluating the student’s progress, the teacher includes the social, emotional, physical and moral development of the student, as well as his/her number of absences in addition to academic progress.

 

RECORDS OF STUDENT:  ACCESS

            The student’s parents have the right to inspect all of their student’s records in the presence of the principal or his/her delegate.  In cases of parent separation or divorce, the non-custodial parent has the same access to student records as the custodial parent unless restricted by an order of the court.

 

REGISTRATION

            Prior to the opening of school in August, final registration is held.  Every student must register and make the necessary financial arrangements, and when necessary, finalize class schedules.

 

REMEDIAL HELP

            Government remedial programs are available for qualifying students.  Students are recommended by teachers for the Chapter I and Resource programs conducted at the Alliance Middle School.  The Special Education Director determines who qualifies, based on test results.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

            St. Agnes Academy does not have an official summer school program.  Occasionally the building is used by other programs.

 

 

 

 

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TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

            All teachers at St. Agnes Academy are graduates of a recognized college or university

in good standing and certified by the State of Nebraska Department of Education.  They are under the same educational requirements as the public school teachers.

                                                            

TESTING PROGRAMS

            Terra Nova tests by McGraw-Hill are administered to grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 to aid teachers in meeting student needs.  Criterion referenced tests are also given in Math and Writing to grades 2 through 8.

 

TEXTBOOKS

            Textbooks are purchased on a rotating basis to keep the curriculum materials up to date.  Parents are invited to review the books used by the students in their various classes. If students bring the books home, parents are asked to help keep them in good condition. Students are responsible for the textbooks and must replace them if they are lost, destroyed or stolen due to negligence.  Students in grades 5-8 are required to have their books covered throughout the year.  Pre-made, fabric textbook covers are not allowed.  Textbooks will be checked in by classroom teachers at the end of the school year.  The principal may assess fines if textbooks are returned in poor condition.

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

            A student who transfers must submit an academic record from his/her former school. A conference must be held with the student, parent and principal prior to registration. Acceptance is based upon satisfactory evaluation of the student.

 

WITHDRAWALS

            If a parent wishes to withdraw a student from St. Agnes Academy, the principal must be notified.  The parents should indicate the reasons for the withdrawal and the date of the withdrawal.  A form for the release of transcripts to the school of transfer must be signed.

                                                                  

                                                                        DISCIPLINE POLICY

 

DISCIPLINE

            The purpose of school discipline is the training and strengthening of the student’s character in accordance with Christian principles and the promotion of order within the classroom and school.  The goal is a rich, bully-free, atmosphere of learning and religious virtue.  All disciplinary action is administered only as a deterrent for non-Christian action and to prevent disruption of the learning atmosphere.

                         Maintaining discipline is the responsibility of each classroom teacher.  Consequences for not following classroom rules will be set by the teacher.  Students may be required to spend up to 45 minutes after school the day after the incident that results in detention.  Parents will be notified via a phone call or a note home if the parent can’t be reached by phone the day of the incident.

 

 

 

 

 

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IN-SCHOOL DETENTION

            Chronic discipline problems may be referred to the principal.  In-school detention, spent with the principal during the school day, may occur for the following reasons:

 

            *  Discourteous or disrespectful behavior.

            *  Failure to attend class without a valid excuse - truancy.

            *  Failure to stay after school when asked by a teacher to do so.

            *  Any physical act with intentional contact that could cause harm to another person.

            *  Any destruction of school property.

            *  Three (3) unexcused tardies during pass time between classes.

            *  Six (6) excused or unexcused tardies in the morning (after 8:05 a.m.).

            *  Cheating.

            Parents will be notified when a student has been assigned to in-school suspension.

 

SUSPENSION

            Suspension is a temporary withholding of the privilege of attendance.  The principal may suspend a student from school when a student’s conduct or behavior necessitates suspension after other means of correction have failed, or when keeping the student in school is detrimental to the general welfare of the school and it students.

            If possible, the principal will meet with the parents or guardians and the teacher if necessary to explain the need for suspension.  Suspension may also involve the loss of the right to participate in any school activities or sports for a period of time to be determined by the principal.  The student may be required to sign a “contract” stating the behaviors that need to be modified and improved.  The student may be asked to help write the contact.If the student fails to fulfill the terms of the contract, he/she may be referred to the school board for possible expulsion.

            The student will be marked absent during the suspension and if his/her suspension is lifted, he/she must make up the time.  The student will receive no credit for his/her classes during the time of his/her suspension.  Suspension will not last more than three (3) days.

            Suspension may occur for any of the items mentioned for in-school detention as well as the

Following:

            *  Smoking

            *  Fighting or continuously disruptive behavior in the school community.

            *  Open and persistent defiance of authority.

            *  Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and/or a hazardous substance

                on school property or any time at any school-sponsored function.

            *  Sexual misconduct; includes verbal sexual harassment, inappropriate touch and

                 voyeurism.

 

EXPULSION

            Expulsion is the final and irrevocable dismissal of the student from the school. Expulsion is incurred by misconduct of a very serious nature calling for immediate dismissal without suspension.  Such misconduct would include, but is not limited to:

            *  Firearms or knives brought to school.

            *  Bomb threats made by student, either written or verbal.

           

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*  Threats sent via electronic devices such as computers or cellular phones.

            Expulsion may also result after repetition of undesirable conduct leading to one or more suspensions.

            The administration reserves the right to deal with any other serious matter not covered by these regulations.

                                                                                     

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

TUITION COLLECTION REGULATIONS

            Sending students to St. Agnes involves the commitment to a binding, legal contract. This contract requires that all families pay in full for services rendered.

            Monthly tuition payments begin in July and end in June as the fiscal year for the school budget is from July to June.  Parents also have the option of paying their child’s tuition in one lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year.

 

            Tuition payments for the year 2017-2018 are as follows:

                        In-Parish                      Per Month                               Per Year

                        One Student                $265.00                                   $3,180.00                               

                        Two Students               $477.00                                   $5,724.00

                        Three Students            $636.00                                   $7,632.00

                        Four Students              $795.00                                   $9,540.00

 

                        Out-of-Parish              Per Month                               Per Year

                        One Student                $315.00                                   $3,780.00

                        Two Students               $527.00                                   $6,324.00       

                        Three Students            $686.00                                   $8,32.00                     

                        Four Students              $867.00                                   $10,140.00

 

            To qualify for in-parish tuition, families are required to donate $500.00 per fiscal year to Holy Rosary Church, beginning with at least their Kindergarten year, unless they are new to the parish.

            Contracts are sent for the ensuing school year by June 20, and the first payment must be received on or prior to July 20, with all payments due by the 20th of each month.

            Families may pay more than one month’s tuition if they want, but tuition must be paid in advance.  July and August tuition is paid prior to registration in August.  Monthly bills will accrue.  A 1.5% or $3.00 minimum late fee will be charged to all delinquent accounts.

            If a family becomes two months delinquent in tuition payments, two options are available.  The parents may request a meeting with the Principal of St. Agnes Academy and the Pastor of Holy Rosary Church to discuss payment alternatives or the parents may withdraw their child from St. Agnes Academy.  If no contact has been made when the payment has become 60 days delinquent, the account will be turned over to a collection agency.

 

FEES

            There is a $75 book fee, per family, that is billed September 1.

            Parents Inc. dues are $10.  Individual teachers may have book fees, especially for Literature or Art.

           

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Each family is requires to purchase $2400 worth of Scrip per year.  A $1000 increase in tuition, per year,  is applied if not purchased.

            Each family is required to purchase/sell 10 lottery/calendar tickets.  Each ticket is $25 for a total of $250.

 

FINES

            Students are personally financially responsible for any school property destroyed or marred.  All fines, such as library overdue charges, must be paid before final report cards are issued.

 

FUNDRAISING

            Any fundraising project sponsored by Parents Inc., Student Council, or any other organization or class must be approved by the Administration and by the Board of Education.  Expenditure of funds raised must also be approved by the Administration and Board.  Student contracts will include requirements for buying scrip and selling St. Agnes Academy Calendar lottery tickets.

 

INSURANCE

            St. Agnes Academy does not provide any form of supplemental health insurance.  All students attending St. Agnes are required to have health insurance.  Please contact the school administrator it you have problems finding coverage for your student.

 

SCHOOL AND FAMILY

 

PARENTS  INC.

            Parents Inc. is open to all parents of students at St. Agnes.  The purpose of the organization is to help with social, academic and athletic activities of the school as requested by the administration and to provide supplemental funds for the needs of the school as specified by the Board of Administration.  This organization is under the authority of the Board of Education and Administration of St. Agnes Academy.

 

CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT

            Nebraska statute 28-710 requires the reporting by school personnel of suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to the appropriate county department of local law enforcement agency.                                  

 

CONTACTING TEACHERS

            Faculty members may be contacted at school during school hours.  Except in an emergency, they are not to be contacted at home.  If the faculty member is unavailable at the time of your call, they will return the call during their planning period.  If you wish a conference, please call and make an appointment.

            As a school founded on Catholic ideals, we believe that every person deserves respect.  St. Agnes Academy expects students to demonstrate kindness, courtesy and respect toward the school and fellow students, parents, teachers and staff.  SAA holds its parents and other adults to the same high standards.  All adults involved with the school are expected to follow our behavior policy.

 

 

 

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BEHAVIOR POLICY

            The basic ground rules and organizational values at SAA are Be Kind, Be Gentle and Be Safe.  To support these values, we require our parents to abide by its policies on ethical, safe and respectful conduct.  We expect each adult to speak to and not about an individual or group, and take responsibility for his or her own actions and statements.  This is consistent with the SAA philosophy that states that freedom to choose an action means there is responsibility for the consequences of the outcome.  Disrespectful conduct such as inappropriate or profane language, disruptive behaviors, threatening behavior, verbal abuse or physical violence will lead to consequences imposed by the school.  In addition, such conduct as breaching the confidentiality or privacy of staff, children, families or compromising the business of the school in any way through actions such as slander, spreading rumors or gossip or disrespecting established lines of communication and grievance, will also lead to having consequences imposed by the school on the offending parent(s) or adult(s).  When anyone at St. Agnes Academy finds it difficult to follow the school’s expectations about interpersonal conduct, we have consequences for any adults, including parents, who violate these policies.

            First Occurrence:  A meeting with the Principal will be arranged to discuss appropriate communication and action.  A verbal warning may be given.  If a meeting is not possible, a letter will be issued to the adult, explaining the school’s ground rules and or policies, and what is acceptable behavior.  The adult will be asked to discontinue the disruptive behavior.

            Second Occurrence:  The adult will be asked to leave the premises.  Any staff member who witnesses or is the subject of inappropriate behavior has the authority to ask the adult to leave.  This applies to the premises of off-campus school sponsored activities as well as on campus.  If the adult refuses to leave, the police will be called to have the person removed.  In the case of gossip, slander or defamation, legal action may be initiated.

            Third Occurrence:  The adult will be banned from further contact with SAA.  If it is a parent with enrolled children, the adult will be issued a letter of termination of their child’s enrollment in SAA.  Further legal action may be taken to prohibit any contact with theschool and its employees.  The family will be responsible for any fees or tuition due  for 30 days after the termination date.  

            Extremely Harmful Behavior:  In the case of extremely harmful behavior or disruptive behavior such as, but not limited to, verbal abuse, physical violence, entering the campus under the influence of alcohol or drugs, jeopardizing a child’s safe, etc., SAA reserves the right to terminate contact with the family and bypassing all the steps listed above.

 

NEWSLETTERS HOME

            Letters containing the calendar items for the coming week(s) and other information, are generally sent home each Tuesday for the parents.  Please read these carefully and ask your student(s) for them weekly.  The letter is also read on KCOW 1400 AM and 105.9 FM Radio each Wednesday morning after the news report.

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

            A conference between parents and teachers is held at the end of the first and third quarters.  Report cards are distributed at this time.  Conferences may be held at other times with arrangements made with the teacher(s).

 

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PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS

            Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter which are approximately at nine week intervals.  First quarter reports are given at parent - teacher conferences.  Second, third and fourth quarter reports are sent home with the students.  Parent-teacher conferences are announced in advance.

 

ROOM PARENTS

            Room parents serve as liaisons between homeroom teachers and other parents.  They generally make all arrangements for the classroom parties, including Fall Celebration, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  They contact parents for help in providing treats, games, etc.  Room parents also arrange rides for field trips and other activities for which the teachers may need assistance.

 

SCHOOL MESSENGER CALL SYSTEM

            In 2013 the School Messenger Call System was added as a means of contacting all families to inform them of emergencies, snow days, change of schedules and other important information. 

 

VISITORS

            Visitors are welcome.  We ask that prior arrangements are made with the teacher you wish to visit.  We also request that you do not bring small children or pets without the teacher’s permission as they can be a distraction for the students.

           

ALL VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE BEFORE VISITING A CLASSROOM, REGARDLESS OF WHICH ENTRANCE IS USED.                                                  

                                                                  

REGULATIONS/PROCEDURES FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFLICT/GRIEVANCE.

STEP ONE:  Parent contacts the teacher first to discuss and to attempt a resolution of the conflict.  If the                                     conflict is not resolved:

STEP TWO:  Parent contacts and meets with the principal, who in turn arranges a meeting with the parent,                              teacher and principal present.  If the conflict remains unresolved and the parent wishes a                                   meeting with the Board of Education:

STEP THREE:    Parent puts the matter of the conflict/grievance in writing and sends it to the President of the                                Board of Education and also sends a copy of the written grievance to the pastor of Holy Rosary                         and the principal.

STEP FOUR:  The President of the Board of Education calls a meeting with the Boardmembers, the pastor, the                       principal and the aggrieved parents.

          The student of the aggrieved parents may or may not be in attendance at the meeting or any of the steps of the procedure.  Having the student present is at the discretion of the parties involved in the procedure.

                                                                                     

GUIDELINES FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ABSENCES

            Illness, death in a family or a school function are excused absences.  Any other absence must be cleared with coach.  The student must have a note of explanation from a parent to be given to the coachThe coaches are to present a list of absences to the principal.

                                                                   

 

 

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ELIGIBILITY

            See “Extra Curricular Eligibility” on page 14.

                                                                      

EMERGENCY CARDS

            The emergency cards are used by the coaches in the event of an injury or cancellation.  The cards are to be completed in detail.  If there is a change in information, please notify the principal.

                                                                   

INJURIES

            A student who has been injured and has had to miss practice may not return without a doctor’s permission.

 

INSURANCE

            St. Agnes Academy does not provide any form of supplemental health insurance.  All

Students attending St. Agnes are required to have health insurance.  Please contact the school administrator if you have problems finding coverage for you student.

 

PHYSICALS

            Any student who wants to participate in the sports program at St. Agnes must present a statement of standard physical form signed by a licensed physician prior to the student’s participation in any practice or game.  There are no exceptions.  The physical is for all sports for the year.  All physicals must be turned in to the principal or coach at the beginning of the school year or prior to the first practice, whichever comes first.

                                                                                   

SPORTSMANSHIP

            St. Agnes Academy seeks to maintain a good reputation among the schools with which we compete and with sports officials.  We encourage our athletes and fans to demonstrate courtesy, respect, appreciation and overall sportsmanship toward our opponents, officials and coaches.

 

TRANSFERS STUDENTS

            A student who transfers to St. Agnes must be declared eligible by the principal or coach before he/she can compete in any game.

 

UNIFORMS

            Athletes are responsible for the equipment and clothing issued to them.  The uniforms and warm-ups are NOT to be altered in any way.  Proper care is requested in washing the garments.  If a uniform is lost or returned in unusable condition, the athlete will be charged the current cost for replacement.  All uniforms are to be returned clean within a week following the conclusion of the season.  Fines may be levied for late returns.

 

                                                                             

 

 

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