Tag: Policies

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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so I’m sure you get a lot of complaints about the dress code but I would just like to ask why the guys can wear whatever they want without being dress coded and the girls are told to change and they get a dress code…? this is completely unfair and it is body shaming all the girls who get dress coded. many students and people in general suffer from anxiety and depression from bulling and stress from school but they should be able to wear the clothes they feel comfortable in. I just wanna speak up as a student because I believe this is a problem and we should be able to fix it. Thanks for your time

Written by on September 5, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The dress code is pretty comprehensive covering both boys and girls. The main goal is to make sure students are safe and not distracted from the educational process.

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It is my understanding that the high school principal and other administrators initiated a meeting with an imam seeking advice on how the school could be more tolerant and accommodate Muslim students in fulfilling their cultural and religious obligations. Based on this meeting, Ramadan prayer rooms were made available to Muslim students to fulfill their religious obligations privately, during the school day on the Shen campus. Did these same administrators meet with religious leaders from other faith communities and implement their suggestions in the same manner? If not, the school district is favoring one religion above all other. Unconstitutional. The reasonable solution is to allow all students permission to leave campus to fulfill their religious obligations at home or within their faith community.

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Actually yes. Several years ago the district brought together a number of religious leaders to help create the Religious Observances and Instructional-Related Activities policy 8630 and regulation 8360R

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Hello, I’m a Catholic student who goes to High school west and I have some questions about the room set up for praying. Is the school paying for it? If so, then isn’t it a violation of separation of church and the state? I understand that the room is there already but it costs money to maintain it and I was wondering where that money is coming from. I also understand that I am able to use it, but I’m against it if it’s coming from tax payer dollars, and I’m not sure how people can considerate it hateful to be against supporting the prayer room if it’s open for everyone. Thank you

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The room is not set up for praying. There are no religious anything in the room. It is currently an unused office space that we are allowing students to use if they need a private spot to fulfill their religious obligations. We have a Christian prayer group that prays around our flag pole that […]

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Are teachers allowed to touch students? I have had many cases where lunch aids touched me without consent, and one of those cases ended up in some of my hair being torn out. I feel this is a violation of some kind, but I would like some feedback on whether this is allowed, or not. as I would like to report the aids, but I am not sure if they are violating any policy

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  It depends, in terms of the intent and familiarity. Clearly, any and all inappropriate touching is prohibited and will be severely addressed.  We strongly urge you to bring the matter directly to the attention of the building principal. See BOE Policy https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K0QueY_TiwPw7bXhcYo1BmT0y1NgqYsmKecqzP-4H0Y/view

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