To Students and Parents:
Welcome to school year 2012–2013! Education is a team effort, and we know that students, parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this a wonderfully successful year for our students.
The Weatherford Independent School District Secondary Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort to make it easier to use, the handbook is divided into two sections:
Section I—PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES—with information to assist you in responding to school-related issues. We encourage you to take some time to closely review this section of the handbook.
Section II—OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS—organized alphabetically by topic for quick access when searching for information on a specific issue.
Please be aware that the term “the student’s parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or any other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.
Both students and parents should become familiar with the Weatherford Independent School District Student Code of Conduct, which is a document adopted by the Board and intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. That document may be found as a separate document posted at www.weatherfordisd.com, or available in the principal’s office.
The Student Handbook is a general reference guide only and is designed to be in harmony with Board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Please be aware that it is not a complete statement of all policies, procedures, or rules that may be applicable in a given circumstance.
In case of conflict between Board policy (including the Student Code of Conduct) and any provisions of the Student Handbook, the current provisions of Board policy and the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed.
Also, please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy or other rules that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or other communications. The district reserves the right to modify provisions of the Student Handbook at any time, whenever it is deemed necessary. Notice of any revision or modification will be given as is reasonably practical under the circumstances.
Although the Student Handbook may refer to rights established through law or district policy, the Student Handbook does not create any additional rights for students and parents. It does not, nor is it intended to, create contractual or legal rights between any student or parent and the district.
After reading through the entire handbook with your child, keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact Mrs. Lynn Pool at Weatherford High School (817-598-2858), or Mrs. Kristy Dowd at the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center (817-598-2847).
Also, please complete and return to your child’s campus the following required forms included in this handbook:
Parental Acknowledgment Form;
Student Directory Information and Release of Student Information Form;
Release of Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education Form; and
[See Obtaining Information and Protecting Student Rights on page 4 and Directory Information on page 12 for more information.]
Please note that references to policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current Board policy. A copy of the District’s policy manual is available for review in the school office or at www.weatherfordisd.com .
SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This section of the Weatherford Independent School Secondary Student Handbook includes information on topics of particular interest to you as a parent.
Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is good communication and a strong partnership between home and school. Your involvement in this partnership may include:
Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides.
Ensuring that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects and comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.
Becoming familiar with all of your child’s school activities and with the academic programs, including special programs, offered in the District.
Discussing with the counselor or principal any questions you may have about the options and opportunities available to your child.
Reviewing the requirements of the graduation programs with your child once your child begins enrolling in courses that earn high school credit.
Monitoring your child’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed. [See Academic Counseling on page 21 and Academic Programs on page 16.]
Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, counselor, or principal, please call the school office at 817-598-2858 for an appointment. The teacher will usually return your call or meet with you during his or her conference period or before or after school. [See Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences on page 48.]
Becoming a school volunteer. [For further information, see Policy GKG and contact Vonie Davis at 817-597-1685 or Sherri Turner at 817-343-7784 for WHS. At the NGC you may contact Dawn Guthrie at 817-694-8103 (e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Candy Jones at 817-692-6605 Participating in campus parent organizations.
Parent organizations include:
1. All sports booster clubs (football, track, softball, volleyball, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, baseball, etc.
2. Band booster club
3. Choir booster club
4. Blue Belle dance team booster club
5. Cheerleader booster club
6. PTA – Parent Teacher Association.
Serving as a parent representative on the District-level or campus-level planning committees, assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve student achievement. For further information, see Policies BQA and BQB, and contact WHS Principal, Mrs. Lynn Pool, at 817-598-2858, or NGC Associate Principal, Kristy Dowd at 817-598-2847.
Serving on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), assisting the District in ensuring local community values are reflected in health education instruction. [See Policies BDF, EHAA, and FFA, and information in this handbook at School Health Advisory Council on page 40.]
Being aware of the school’s ongoing bullying and harassment prevention efforts.
Attending Board meetings to learn more about District operations. [See Policies BE and BED for more information.]
Parent Involvement Coordinator
The Parent Involvement Coordinator, who works with parents of students participating in Title I programs, is Mr. Darryl Cross and may be contacted at 817-598-2800, ext. 3010.