- Why was the Presidents Award (for 8th graders) discontinued (Koda) without any input from parents ? Many students aspire to earn this distinction and replacing it with a school level award is a huge disappointment. Most other districts have this award in place. Will Shen reconsider this decision ?
A. All three Middle schools replaced the President’s award with the Superintendent’s award.
In an effort to improve communications the district has created this format to provide people with a place to get answers to questions and to address rumors and inaccurate information that sometimes circulates through the community.
NOT ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED. For individual or private concerns, you should contact the school or district office by phone. We will not answer comments about specific individuals by name.
Questions are e-mailed to the district’s public information office. The PI Officer determines who could best answer the question and directs the question to that person. Once the PIO receives the answer it is posted.
Latest Grapevine Posts:
- Is there anywhere I can get a list of songs that played at the 8th grade graduation by the Gowana jazz band?
A. “Jungle Boogie” “Africa” “On Green Dolphin Street”
- What is the procedure to creating a club at Shen? PLEASE ANSWER ASAP!!
A. First step is to talk to the principal.
- As the parent of an incoming Acadia 6th grader, when should we expect to get a class schedule/assignment? Is that typically the first day of school?
A. Elementary teacher assignments will be posted on the portal August 24. Middle school schedules will be posted August 25. High School schedules will be posted August 26.
- I need to find out how to get them registered for school and know how to be best prepared. I will be in the area almost every weekend until we move in but would love to be able to meet with some staff to help with the transition.
A. All of the information to register can be found on our website at: http://www.shenet.org/registration/
- I am concerned because my daughter’s coach has invited her to showcase her athletic abilities at her party. Isn’t this illegal? What is your policy on this?
A. Your question requires more information. Please contact the athletic director.
- I think it is important, as a staff member, to set examples for those around us. To the man in the Jeep who is also a staff member on campus, please remember there is a sign that states “No turn on red during school days from 7am-6pm” on Route 146 coming on to school drive. It is setting a bad example to sit there and beep at someone and flail your arms for simply following the rules of the road.
A. Thanks for the feedback and for following the rules.
- I don’t particularly care for the new grapevine view. The old view allowed the reader to scroll backwards and therefore “catch up” on grapevine posts much further back in time than the current view. Currently I can only view “Latest Grapevine Posts”. How can I access posts further back in time?
A. Thanks for the feedback. We changed the setting to allow for more Grapevines to be viewed on this page. To view older Grapevines, please see the archive pages.
- I’m going to be a junior this upcoming school year. I looked at the requirements for the junior citizenship pass and I pass all of them. When do I fill out the sheet to get the pass and who do I give it to? Was I supposed to do this before this school year is over? Or is it a fall thing?
A. Junior Citizenship applications will be available at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year and are usually approved for use starting the second week of school.
- Hello, I was wondering what happens if a student fails a regents exam? Sometimes it’s not the students fault but rather the student simply doesn’t understand the teachers teaching methods. It’s simply my opinion, I don’t always think it’s the students fault for failing an exam, I’m not implying it isn’t always but sometimes the student can study and study and get nervous and simply blank out!
A. Students must pass certain Regents exams for graduation or to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma.
- My daughter went to regents review and was constantly asked by hall Monitors where is she going, what room, who is the teacher, what is the review for. She said she felt like she did something wrong. I understand asking once by why treat my child like a bad kid when all she is doing is going to review? Im sure most kids wouldn’t just walk around the high school for fun. She said once they started asking her what room with who and all those questions she felt like she was in trouble. shouldn’t the hall monitors know their is review and instead of just asking my child tons of questions about this review just ask her where is she going
A. Thanks for the feedback. When Regents exams are being administered, the high school must maintain a certain level of security so as not to compromise the test. When students are in areas of the building that are “restricted”, monitors will ask them why they are there.
- Has Shen ever thought about doing away with the valedictorian and salutatorian and instead present the the top ten students in the graduating class?
A. Yes, it has been discussed several times.
- Is there a dress code for classroom teachers?
A. There is an expectation of professionalism and appropriateness. For instance, it is not uncommon to see a staff person wearing shorts or other summer attire this time of the school year, particularly teachers who are proctoring exams or participating in field day activities. However, in the same way we expect that students’ attire meet a […]
- Can the public start using the pool for just swimming during the summer? How much is it? When is it open? Do shen students get in for free? Thank you for answering my questions.
A. The pool is not open for public swim. The primary purpose of the Aquatic Center is for student physical education and athletic events. There are various programs that run through community education and through summer camps. Information and can be found on the community education website.
- Just out of curiosity why can’t show their shoulders I mean let’s face it no guy is going to go up to a girl and go “hey you have sexy shoulders you wanna go out?” Not trying to be funny or rude just inquiring.
A. The dress code doesn’t prohibit showing shoulders.
- Why did you take away the physics field trip to six flags I was so excited for it
A. There was a scheduling conflict that prevented the trip this year. It was an unfortunate circumstance. The trip has not been cancelled permanently.
- Is there a 7th and 8th grade boys modified soccer team?
A. Yes, we will be fielding a Gr. 7/8 boys soccer team.
- Are there cuts in modified field hockey.
A. With two teams we have tried to avoid cutting. We generally keep around 40 students in grades 7-8 between the two teams.
- Is it true Mr.Flynt is retiring next year? One of the faculty members mentioned it.
A. If and when Mr. Flynt decides to retire, it will be announced.
- Are staff members properly trained to report sign of abuse? Do they take classes?
A. All staff are trained in reporting of child abuse as per district policy.
- Why are schedules already out? And I’ve found that a lot of them have many mistakes (wrong classes, empty periods, etc.)
A. The district rolled to next year’s calendar and during that transition people could see incomplete schedules for a short period of time until the transition was completed.
- I wasn’t sure I heard this correctly, though it was the answer on the grapevine. The atheletes get luxury charter busses? Which athelets? These busses are in the parking lot year round, and there are more than 2 each day. Which atheletes get to ride these?
A. It varies. Due to the bus driver shortage, athletic teams often need to use charter busses to get to away games and then get picked up by a district bus. This is not an ideal situation, however, our teams have an obligation to get to their scheduled games and contests.
- What is the policy of bringing peanut products to lunch, for example a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
A. Students may bring what they want to eat. There are designated seats for students with peanut allergies. If your child was to bring in a peanutbutter sandwich they would not be allowed to sit with or near a child with a peanut allergy. Please refer to BOE Policy 7521 for more information.
- How much do finals count towards a student’s final grade for middle school?
A. Final exams will count towards a student’s final average as listed below: 6th Grade – 5% of the final grade 7th Grade – 10% of the final grade 8th Grade – 10% of the final grade Courses with High School weight – 20% of the final grade
- Why does Okte have so many air conditioners in the classrooms?
A. Okte is a two-story school building and there is no central air conditioning in the classrooms. Air conditioners are provided in the front, upper classrooms because they become excessively hot during some of the early summer and fall days. At times, air conditioners are also provided in classrooms for specific students with disabilities.
- If a high school student is not in school during the day are they allowed to participate in a concert that evening? What about a sporting event? Is it true that there were a number of seniors out Monday after prom who seemed to have gotten better that evening for their choir concert.
A. It is true and students should not be able to participate in activities in the evening if they were absent from school. The high school administration will do a much better job in reviewing this next school year.
- Many students and parents are unable to understand the difference between final exams and regents in high school. Too, they find it hard to understand how the testings figure into the grade equations for the quarter, or the overall grading of the year. Would you be so kind as to spell that out here in this forum? Thank you!
A. This school year high school faculty members will be spending much time looking to become more consistent when calculating grades using final and regents exams. While each course may be different, about 10-20% of a student’s grade is made up of the final or Regents exam.
- In your response regarding summer HW for honors students, you said it is assigned to “maintain skills” and to “review skills” during the summer. I understand the pace is faster, leaving less time to review in September. To not require or see the importance for regents and AIS students to “maintain skill” and “review skills” over the summer doesn’t make sense! The benefit to them would be even greater. HW should be assigned to these students as well. Assigning it only to honors is unfair.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- So another day without enough substitutes. Shen needs to rectify the situation. Students are losing instruction days. Shen’s substitutes are either retired teachers or young people looking for “a foot in the door”. Word has reached local colleges that Shen does not hire it’s substitutes, so recent graduates look elsewhere to get their foot in the door. The current subs who try applying for jobs are told they do not have enough experience, they are too loyal to Shen and to go to charter and urban schools to get experience. Shen’s administrators need to take a chance on some of these young teachers. Watch them teach while they are a substitute. Ask the students their opinions of subs because they are the ones who are interacting with them the most. Ask the teachers what they think of the substitutes and then take their opinions seriously. If you like what you see and hear, hire them regardless of a predetermined amount of experience. Good teachers are also good learners. Maybe once word gets out that Shen does occasionally hire its subs, then you will have more substitutes.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- My son is attending Shatekon in the fall. Is there any other way to stay connected with PTA and school events other than Facebook? I would really like to get involved with activities, but dont want to have a social media account.
A. Please refer your question to the PTA president or principal.
- When is homecoming 2016?
A. 2016-17 dates are on the website calendar at: https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shen-calendar-of-events/
- Every day afternoon route 412p shows up late to pick the kids up. Has this driver been reprimanded or has any action been taken to improve this situation?
A. We have never received a call from anyone about this. Our GPS and live Onscreen program doesn’t indicate a problem for that bus. Please call the transportation department to address any transportation concerns.
- Could you please explain the significance of the cords, gold tassels and medals at high school graduation?
A. Cords are for being a member of an Honor Society. Gold tassel is for a GPA of 85% or above. Medals are for GPA of 95% and above.
- I was told you get a gold tassel by getting the advanced regents diploma. I earned my advanced regents diploma but no gold tassel. did I hear incorrectly or was there a mistake?
A. Gold tassel is for 85 or above GPA for 4 years.
- I have a senior who will be graduating shortly. He still has money in his lunch account that he won’t be needing. How do I get this money back?
A. Contact the food service department. 881-0630.
- It is so difficult to figure out when the sports teams are playing. Why do we not have a central athletics calendar that parents and the community can see when and where the games are? The sports websites are usually not up to date! It is very frustrating!
A. Use this web site to find games http://22.214.171.124/sportspak/oecgi3.exe/O4W_GAMES_SCHEDS . If you still have a question about a particular game, you can always call the Athletic Office at 881-0396
- why is there not a modified team for girl’s tennis?
A. Because the Suburban Council does not offer Modified Tennis.
- It would be great if there were the ability to filter the calendar on the webpage by school.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- Is there a dress code for elementary school. Can my daughter wear a tank top because it is school appropriate
A. The district has a dress code of all students in the Code of Conduct: https://drive.google.com/a/shenschools.org/file/d/0ByBDshT1lZueM3I0WGE1Yk1UNW8/view
- Hello, I was at the Great Escape on Friday 6/3 with my son who is in 5th grade at Queensbury. I was disgusted at how the students from Koda Middle School (I could tell by the shirts) were acting. They cut entire lines, left garbage all over the place, and were making from of the Queensbury students. Is there anywhere this can be addressed?
A. Not now. It could have been addressed that day with the chaperones.
- I am a senior and is it okay if my parent(s) don’t call in my absence to the attendance office for senior skip day?
A. No, that is an unexcused absence.
- I am the parent of an Acadia Middle Schooler who has always joined PTA and supported their fundraiser. It was very upsetting that our kids were the only middle school that did not get tshirts for the Great Escape trip. The Acadia kids have gotten them in previous years and it is upsetting that PTA dropped the ball for the class of 2020!
A. If you have a concern about the PTA, please contact the PTA.
- How often are cars towed because they don’t have a parking pass at the high school? Thanks
A. Towing is our last resort.
- Why do the elementary schools not follow the same policy as the middle schools regarding notifying someone of their interview status? The middle schools notify candidates either way, whether they have made it to the next round or not. The elementary schools should show the same amount of respect and professionalism to their candidates.
A. With the number of applicants that we receive for elementary positions, the process takes a bit longer than at the secondary level. All candidates who were invited for a screening process are notified by the building administrator. Candidates who participate in first and second round interviews, will be contacted when the process is completed […]
- Is there a rule of not carrying a backpack in middle school?
A. Students are not allowed to carry backpacks until the last period of the day.
- Will students taking AP Calculus AB have a summer assignment? If so, where can I find it?
A. All summer math assignments are posted on the math department page: http://www.shenet.org/academics/math-department-k-12/
- Why are there so many dumb questions on this blog?
A. Because they are asked.
- There has been some discussion lately in regards to the “teacher leader” positions for next year. Since this sparked my interest, I decided to speak to my academic administrator. After speaking to my “AA,” who is also a building level administrator, I was angry to learn these assignments were added to building leaders without any type of payment or stipend. These administrators have an incredible amount of responsibility and then to add academic departments without any type on compensation seems extremely unfair and sets the tone of taking advantage of hard working employees. Personally, as busy as schedules are, my AA made time for us even if it meant late night phone calls or text messages. So, I have a few questions for the DO. 1) If there’s money in the budget for teacher leaders, why haven’t these administrators been compensated? (Tech, FACS, Health, Business— PE– but rumor is the PE AA was compensated). 2) Is there a plan to compensate/recognize these people for going above and beyond for absolutely nothing? 3) If someone is interested in the teacher leader position, how do we know we will not be taken advantage of and have more and more added to our plates (beyond the reasonable expectations of the role)? And finally, I was very careful not to give away who my AA is in this message, however, I want the building level administrators who are AA’s to know that the teachers know what they are doing and we are grateful.
A. Any administrator with an issue or concern about work load or responsibility needs to speak to the superintendent directly.
- Can you please tell me if the passing grade on the Regents Exams – which currently is a 65% is going to be raised beginning next year? I have heard that the new standard beginning next year, a student will have to achieve a 75% on the English Regents and 80% on any of the Math Regents. Please advise.
A. No. That new benchmark is not set to be implemented until the class of 2022.
- Is there a Shen apparel store?
A. The district is launching an apparel store in the next few weeks.
- I graduated from Shen last year, and my shenschools gmail account has since been disabled. How can I have this reactivated? I have important files on my drive, and we were not notified beforehand that our accounts would be removed.
A. Sorry, but it can not be reactivated. A student’s shenschools account is disabled when no longer a student at Shen.
- What is the homework policy for the 2016-2017 school year? One of my teachers advised us that homework will no longer count as a grade in the classroom, is this true?
A. No. The revised policy can be found here: https://drive.google.com/a/shenschools.org/file/d/0ByBDshT1lZuebVpreC1uZ0ZITEE/view
- At HSE every once in awhile when I’m running late for homeroom and the pledge starts, monitors will force me to stop walking and stand until the pledge is completed. Considering that district policy and New York State law both state that students do not have to participate in the pledge of allegiance, shouldn’t this not be allowed?
A. Yes, that is allowed. You just can’t be forced to say the pledge.
- There is a teacher at Acadia that gives us a lot of big assignments and they are due in 1-2 weeks. What should we do about this?
A. If you are having difficulty completing an assignment in the time provided, either you or your parent should discuss it with the teacher and come up with a solution.
- how come Karigon is not allowed to play tag, go on the playground without sneakers, play soccer or do flips on the bars?
A. Anytime school implements certain rules for playground activities, it is typically to improve the safety of students.
- What will Shen do to further protect the safety of our children? I know some schools have placed metal detectors, I was wondering if we will be implementing metal detectors in the future?
A. Over the years, Shenendehowa has implemented a number of initiatives to improve safety including ID badges, buzz-in systems, video surveillance, drills and much more. There are no plans to implement metal detectors.
- What is the credit multiplier for taking honors classes rather than regular ones?
A. The information you are looking for is in the Board Policy 7223 – Weighted Class Rank: https://drive.google.com/a/shenschools.org/file/d/0ByBDshT1lZueX01kcEhhM2dGeUU/view
- I was recently in the parking lot of HSW to pick up my child. You have mentioned in a previous post that the dress code is enforced by all staff. Based on what I saw, that is absolutely 100% false. I am pretty sure that shorts not covering butt cheeks and half shirts are not within the dress code.
A. If it is brought to the administrators attention, it is addressed.
- Where can I apply for working papers?
A. All the information that you need is posted here: http://www.shenet.org/shen-high-school/working-papers/
- I also agree with the post critical of how Shen makes a bigger celebrating the scholarships earned by athletes over those in academics. Don’t think the person responding GETS IT. They should be treated the same. Why aren’t those receiving athletic scholarships just recognized at one of the “multiple award nights” along with those receiving academic scholarships? To have a special ceremony in the library where just a few students and their coaches and parents who received athletic scholarships are recognized and always seems to be covered in the local press with pictures is treating them differently and does make it seem that they are more special than someone who earned a scholarship for academics or the arts. My child received a substantial scholarship award for her artistic skills but it was never recognized at any of the “multiple award nights” when she was a senior. Including a link on the Shen website to a list of awards earned for academic excellence is different than posting a picture on the site showing students who earned athletic scholarship. Where are the pictures of students who earned academic scholarships at these award ceremonies? A picture is worth a thousand words.
A. If you are concerned about your child not being recognized for a scholarship at the award ceremony, you should contact the principal. More than likely he was unaware of it. As for the signing ceremony for athletes, that is done by the athletic department. They also do the press release. We can’t control what the […]
- A Koda student submitted a question about bathroom safety and defacing of school property. The response, “Talk to your principal” was inadequate and dismissive. As a parent, I expect a higher level of concern when a student expresses concern about safety in one of our district buildings. I encourage my own children to report safety issues promptly, but I don’t know this student’s comfort with speaking with school administrators or support from parents. Perhaps this student felt more comfortable submitting an anonymous report. A more appropriate response would be to encourage the student to talk to the principal but also offer a safe, alternative method of alerting administration to detailed concerns. Students have been exposed to illegal drug use, bullied, and assaulted is school bathrooms in various schools. Don’t assume this student is merely observing minor occurrences.
A. The purpose of the Grapevine is to provide information about how to address these issues (i.e. who to talk to), not solve them. An anonymous Grapevine does not allow for questions or follow up…what bathroom, what behavior, who is doing it, etc. There are some things that just require a conversation.
- 100% agree with the past post asking why Shen doesn’t publically celebrate its academic scholarship students, but chooses to focus on the athletic scholarship students. Continual emphasis on athletics programs that only support a small percentage of Shens student body destroys the academic integrity of a district. The reputation of the overall “Shen” experience is devalued. Supporting and recognizing a small percentage of the schools student body on a continual basis creates negativity. Shen will loose out to other districts in the competition to attract students and families interested in academic excellence.
A. There are multiple award nights to celebrate academic success, including academic scholarships. Just like the athletic accomplishments, they are posted on the district’s website and social media.
- Does school really start in August during the 2016-17 School year?
A. No. https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shen-calendar-of-events/
- Why did 8th graders in Acadia and Koda get to go on multiple field trips, while Gowana students only get to go on one? This seems kind of unfair, especially since one of my friends whose mom is involved in the PTA funds for Gowana told me that there is enough money to pay for all of the eighth graders to go on the Great Escape field trip for free. Why have sixth and seventh graders, who are not graduating, get to go on more field trips to farther away places?
A. Specific concerns about field trips should be addressed with the principal.
- I cannot seem to find the Regents Exam schedule on HS or district site. Please advise where to locate it. Thanks so much!
A. Regents exams are posted on the district calendar: https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shen-calendar-of-events/
- You recently answered a question about a Math tutor incorrectly. The district DOES maintain a list of tutors for a variety of subjects.
A. That is for district-provided tutors (i.e. for suspensions). We do not provide list of tutors for parents to pay for extra support.
- Is there an awards ceremony for Junior High like they have in the HS or is it done at the individual graduations or moving up ceremonies (not sure the terminology)? Do they even have awards in Jr. High? Academic or otherwise.
A. Awards are presented at the Gr. 8 Moving Up Ceremonies.
- I hope the English and math departments reconsider their policy on summer HW for high school students. The current policy penalizes students taking honors English or Math. Students in honors ELA are required to read books from a specific list over the summer. For everyone else, it is SUGGESTED they read something over the summer but it is not required. Isn’t this a backward policy? The honors students are more likely to read for enjoyment over the summer. Being forced to choose from a specific list leaves my daughter with less time to read for pleasure. She is bombarded with HW throughout the year. Why not a compromise and let the students select books they enjoy? The same backwards policy applies to the honors math students. Honors students have math HW and regents students do not. Wouldn’t students not in honors receive more of a benefit from summer HW?
A. Thank you for sharing your thinking about summer reading expectations for students. Teachers provide summer assignments to help students entering honors courses maintain their skills and prepare for the school year. Each year we consider the merit in each assignment, what is expected, and the impact on students. The goal is to ensure students read […]
- When do we find out who gets into the SFA Senate for the 2016-2017 school year? I am in 8th grade and the elections were a few days ago and I’m just wondering when we get the results.
A. Senate elections in the junior high schools took place on Friday May 6. We had a brief delay in sharing results because paper ballots were found in Gowana so we waited to add these and double check the other two schools. Junior high election results and congratulations were sent to all participants early Wednesday […]
- I couldn’t find any tryout information for the fall on the website. Am I Just too early? Where I can I get the packets and information, or when?
A. Any information available is posted on the athletic page: http://www.shenet.org/athletics/
- What happened to the Orenda/Karigon parking spots? We share that parking lot during school, at pickup and after school with two elementary school and two middle schools
A. There are no MS parking spots at the North Elementary building. That parking lot is for elementary staff and parents. There is a large, underused parking lot for the MS to the North of Gowana.
- What exactly is the Underclassmen Awards scheduled on May 19th? How are these different than the Green and White Awards? Have letters already been mailed to those invited to this award night?
A. Underclassmen Awards are special awards per grade level, as well as those for effort and achievement nominated by the faculty. Green and White are for GPAs of 95% or better in the previous year or service to a club.
- How/when will students be notified that they are to receive an award at the upcoming HS awards nights?
A. Students receiving awards are notified by mail.
- When will you find out you got a award for koda 8th grade graduation? And how do you get a award for hug grsdes
A. Some at moving up rehearsal, some from teachers prior to moving up, and a few not until the night of moving up for Koda.
- Room 47 at HSW is always very hot in the afternoon (7th period), and I am sweating. Can something be done about this?
A. Talk to your teacher, he/she can put in a work order to have it looked at.
- I would like to complain about the high school west lunch aids. They yell at kids for the smallest things and when the students try to defend themselves they yell even more and tell them to shut up. Students have the right to defend themselves without getting in more trouble. They dress code girls for showing their shoulders is pointless and unnecessary. Boys should be mature enough to handle girls shoulders..
A. Thanks for the feedback. We will review expectations with the aides.
- The lunch AIDS in hsw dress coded a girl who was showing her shoulders, is this allowed, even teachers do this
A. Yes, the dress code is to be enforced by all staff.
- Why are the highschoolers forced to get out of bed so early? In order for me to get the correct amount of sleep for my body, i would have to go to bed an hour before i get home. and that leaves no time for me to do the buckets of homework that we’re assigned every night. if you look around at the students, it will be difficult to find one who doesnt have dark circles under their eyes.
A. High schoolers also need time after school for homework, extracurriculars, sports, work, etc.
- How long is graduation going to take
A. It typically takes approximately 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
- I would be grateful to see a comprehensive calendar for the rest of the school year. It is difficult to navigate the calendar with so little information other than the headline/topic. The high school east and west exam/regent schedule is confusing, as is the music/orchestra/choral information. There are no links to assist or back up the information. Thank you for your help.
A. I am not really sure what you mean. Whether you use the monthly calendar at https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shen-calendar-of-events/ or the calendar that is on the home page or school pages…the events are links. When you click on the event it tells you date, time and place.
- Can you give some details on the revised homework policy for the 2016-17 school year.
A. All policies that are up for review at a board meeting are posted with the agenda/presentation materials at https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/shenboe/
- Are there make up or alternative dates for finals?
A. That may be able to be arranged with individual teachers.
- When will the information for the summer session of drivers education be made available on the website? It makes it very difficult to make plans for the summer when I don’t know what days and times I’ll have to be in the classroom or driving.
A. The information was posted on the Driver Ed webpage several weeks ago. Registration forms were available to download on May 24th and registration began on May 31st. https://sites.google.com/a/shenschools.org/community-services/community-education/driver-s-education
- President Obama said that schools that do not have public facilities for transgender people will lose government funding. What is Shenendehowa going to do in response to the statement?
A. The district has already addressed this matter via BOE policies and will continue to monitor the situation, both student needs and legal requirements.
- I personally think the conditions for qualifying for prom should be altered in future years. While it’s true that grades are a determination of character, they should have nothing to do with that decision. Prom is a cherished event that every student should have the right to celebrate, as it’s a symbol of their high school career coming to an end. I know one student in particular who has put no effort whatsoever into his senior year, only taking the courses required to pass. He has six free periods and does absolutely nothing every single day. That student can go to prom. I also know of another student, one who is sincerely pushing himself in his classes, taking difficult courses and having almost no free periods, all while balancing other things in his life such as college and his family. That student may not be able to go to prom, because he’s (just barely) failing his two hardest courses. Who goes to prom should be decided strictly on attendance and behavior. Does it sound right for someone with a completely clean record and perfect attendance, but struggling in his/her classes to be forcibly held out of one of the most important high school traditions in American history?
A. While prom is a cherished event, graduation from high school is our goal. Exceptions are made for students whose situation you have described. The prom guidelines are a great motivator for students to stay focused on the goal…a good education.