Tag: Policies

Children at Shen are currently being taught gender identity concepts such as pansexual and gender fluid. Can you post all the gender identities children are being taught? Two days of HIV instruction used to be the only NY State mandated part of sex ed and parents could opt their children out no questions asked. When did gender identity become mandated?

Written by on November 3, 2017 in Grapevine

Everyone has a gender identity, whether or not that gender identity is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.   The terminology that the high school reviews is to assist the school district in fostering an educational environment for all students that is safe and free from discrimination […]

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Why can’t we dress as clowns at Gowana?

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The district’s dress code prohibits clothing (or costumes) that are distracting to the district’s primary mission which is the education of our students. For that reason, most of our schools are moving away from costumes in school on Halloween, instead opting for after-school activities. Many of the Halloween costumes are violent or inappropriate for […]

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Can Shen send out a reminder to the high school teachers about the homework policy? Please, correct me if I’m wrong. I was under the impression that homework, for every subject was graded on effort, completeness, and if it’s in on time. I did not think any other factors went in to the grading of homework. If that was the policy, I would not be having trouble with my homework grades. Let me explain, I noticed I’ve been getting a few points off of my weekly homework. I asked my teacher what I could do to improve, and I was told that I was getting points off because some of my peers were writing more than me. (Side note: I was not aware that our homework grades were based on other peoples work in the classroom, that doesn’t seem fair. Everyone works differently. if a child is putting in 100% effort, and handing it in complete and on time that’s all that should count) Anyway, so every week since that, I’ve made sure to add lots of details, accurate details, to each homework assignment. In fact I’ve never worked harder on a homework assignment, yet I’m still not getting 100s. I’m wondering if my teacher is even reading my responses at all, or if they are just too scared to give out 100s in October. It’s just frustrating getting high 90s on my tests, but then getting 1 or 2 points off my homework each week, which is adding up and bringing down my grade. Ive asked around and I know this is also a concern for other people too so that’s why I wanted to bring it to attention. Thank you

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The homework policy addresses the conditions under which homework may be assigned.  It does not address how or whether homework should be graded.  Students should receive feedback on their work, however, this may come in many forms such as in-class review.  All grading of student work should be against an established grade level (or […]

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Why have we instituted a new grading policy at Shen, without notifying parents? Why are tests/quizzes weighted more? Is this policy in the best interests of ALL students at SHEN? This is an important issue, and should be addressed. With this new grading policy you are not giving the below and average students a fighting chance to be successful at SHEN.

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Student grades are a measure of their acquisition of course content and skills.  The grading policy supports student achievement and also provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning over time through redos/retakes.  While grades are often viewed as most important, the reality is that grades need to reflect the student’s ability to apply […]

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Who instituted the new weighted average changes? As a parent I am beyond frustrated with this new policy. My kids work really hard in school to perform well on all test/quizzes but their hard work sometimes results in a score in the 80’s. Now a grade in the 80’s, your average could drop by 10 points. Forget it, if you score in the 70’s you are pretty much done trying to raise you average in the 7 or 8 week quarter. My kids have great support at home, we work really hard with them to be successful at SHEN, but with this new weight system, it’s getting more and more difficult to be successful. This new system does not benefit all students at SHEN. How do the teachers feel about this new weight system? What is administration really trying to accomplish with this new system? School is going to be a up hill battle for some students at SHEN.

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The policy supports grading based on student achievement of course content and skills.  The policy also expands opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning over time such as through use of redos/retakes.  Your child is encouraged to speak with her/his teacher to discuss any concerns about how their learning is being measured and work […]

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I do not have a problem saying the Pledge of Allegiance, however whenever I come to school a little late and we have to say it and I am trying to get where I need to go, I am aggressively yelled at to say it by monitors if i continue walking to homeroom, and I have seen other students being treated the same way. I am a 12th grader in HSE and ever since 9th grade when i was in HSW this has been an issue. I have not addressed this earlier because I did not know how to do so. I saw somebody comment asking if they were forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance or not and the response was no. So therefore, my question is, Are the monitors in the wrong for taking those precautions? If they are, can they please be reprimanded. Thank you

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Students are not compelled to say it, verbally, but students are asked not to be disrespectful or distracting during the pledge.

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what is our dresscode on confederate flag clothing

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. According to the dress code in the Code of Conduct: “In order to promote and foster a culturally proficient school environment preserving respect, dignity, and civility, students shall not wear or display racially or ethnically provocative or divisive symbols or items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others because of race, color, religion, […]

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if you go on a college visit on a school day, is that considered an excused absence?

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes. According to the BOE Policy/Regulation 7110R: The reasons and applicable documentation deemed acceptable for an excused absence when school is in session, include, but are not limited to, the following: Personal illness; Illness or death in the family; Impassable roads or weather; Required court appearances; Quarantine; Attendance at health clinics; Approved college visits; […]

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I’m writing to you about your contradiction on ” pets on school grounds ” signs. Your signs all start with ” No pets on school grounds “, but then you go on about ” having your pets on a leash”, ” cleaning up after your pet”, and so forth. I personally own pets, but I would never think about bringing them to school events. I’m really getting annoyed with pet owners letting there dogs urinate on bleachers, fences and corners of buildings along the sports fields. When your cleaning up after your dog, your not getting all of it! This needs to be addressed!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Thanks for highlighting that contradiction. We will certainly review relevant policies and signage to ensure a consistent practice. 

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What is with this “no dairy” policy? My child’s snack is not allowed to have milk in it (kindergarten) If the school is going to get strict about food allergies then the school should provide the snacks

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Our district does not have a dairy-free policy. It may be classroom specific due to the needs of the classroom. Please contact your principal with concerns.

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