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10 months ago

This handbook is an attempt to provide information concerning the processes, procedures, and rules in place at Donegal High School for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents and students should take the time to read the booklet and the District Code of Student Conduct. If you have any questions, please call the High School office at 653 - 1871.

Parents and students are required to sign the acknowledgement form provided in the summer mailing and/or when a new student arrives at Donegal High School. Signing the form acknowledges that you have reviewed the online student handbook and code of student conduct and are aware of the contents of both documents.

Cooperation among all school participants will result in the best education for the students.

John L. Felix, Jr., Principal

School Information

10 months ago

Alma Mater

Hail, Alma Mater! Donegal is our school,

Onward to knowledge-victory is our goal.

Truth, love, and honor, making our lives complete.

Inspiration may we gain from our Donegal.

Dear Alma Mater, Donegal we'll recall;

After we've left thee, ambitions for us all.

Into our future, memories we will take.

Last till all eternity, our dear Donegal.


The Pledge of Allegiance

 

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


School Colors

Kelly Green and White

 

 

School Mascot

Indians

Donegal School Board

4 months ago

Oliver C. Overlander, III - President
Timothy G. Markovits - Vice-President
Stephen A. Gault - Treasurer
Eric C. Beck
Benjamin T. Kling
Ron Melleby
Patrick Mitchell
Debra L.  Sturgis
Steven Tregea
Dr. Michael Lausch, Superintendent
Amanda Hann, Dir. of Secondary Education
Greg Kiehl, Dir. of Elementary Education
Dana Blair, Dir. of Special Education and Pupil Services
Michelle Kendig, Business Administrator
Stephanie Manuel, Recording Secretary
 

High School Faculty

4 months ago

Administration

Guidance

Mr. John L. Felix, Jr., Principal

Mrs. Adrianne Lindeman (A-G)

Mr. John Haldeman, Associate Principal 

Mrs. Danielle Kuhn (H-O)

TBD, Assistant Principal

Mr. William Rosengrant (P-Z)

Mr. Ronald Kennedy, Athletic Director

 

Art

Music

Mrs. Breanna Alba

Mrs. Meagan Caterbone

Mrs. Nichole Marsh

Mr. Dale Sellers

Mrs. Hannah Schock

 

Science

Business Education

Mr. Robert Baronak

Mrs. Robin Bessick

Mr. Stephen Clarkin

Mrs. Renee Flory

Mr. Seth Dougherty

Mrs. Joan Gorlaski

Mr. Benjamin Ebersole

Mr. Justin Hill

Mr. Jeffrey Fuhrman

 

Mr. Michael Jan

English

Mrs. Patricia Nolt

Mrs. Amanda Baker

Mr. Chad Risberg

Mrs. Moriah Berringer

Mr. Christopher Talbert

Mrs. Audra Brackbill

Mrs. Kasy Lee

Social Studies

Mr. John Paul

Mr. Timothy Bradley

Mrs. Colleen Paternostro

Mrs. Amy Brengel

Ms. Leslie Stokes

Mr. David Dunsavage

Ms. Heidi Witmer

Miss Megan Hull-Burg

 

Mr. Brett Kirkpatrick

Fitness/Wellness

Mr. Justin Neideigh

Ms. Gretchen Colwell

Mr. Donald Seibert

Dr. David Eichler

Mr. Derek Nissley

Technology Education

Mrs. Jessica Shellenberger

Mr. Matthew Deller

 

Mr. Robert Swisher

Gifted

Mr. Christopher Thompson

Mrs. Susan Heydt

 

World Language

Special Education

Mrs. Karen (Joy) Damstrom-Barria

Mr. Brian McCreary

Mr. Alexsandar Radovic

Mrs. Erin Martin

Mr. Andrew Whitlock

Mrs. Patricia Peterson

Ms. Leah Yingling

Mrs. Jennifer Rittenhouse

Mrs. Crystal Schaeffer

Others

Mrs. Carol Witman

Mrs. Sara Frazier, Librarian

 

Mrs. Christina Helfrick, Social Worker

Mathematics

Mrs. Lesley Kubisiak, School Psychologist

Mr. Ryan Butt

Mrs. Christina Simmons, ESL

Mrs. Michelle Daggett

Mrs. Donna Stadel, Nurse

Mr. William Graber

 

Mr. Jeffery Fuhrman

Mrs. Marilyn Kline

Mr. Matt Nolt

Mr. Brent Peiffer

Mr. Jeffrey Polites

Mrs. Amanda Shaffer

Mrs. Angela Warner


Philosophy of Donegal High School

about 1 year ago

The purpose of Donegal High School is to prepare each student for meaningful and successful participation in an ever-changing society. Realization of this goal is dependent upon a cooperative atmosphere among all members of the school community, a broad curriculum, and a diversified extra-curricular program. These elements, along with effective leadership, provide the opportunity to obtain a quality education by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and self-discipline required for responsible citizenship.

The development of each student's potential in the use of communication and vocational skills, mathematics, and science and technology is of prime importance. Furthermore, appreciation for and contribution to the arts and humanities are essential. Fundamental to the learning process are the awakening of intellectual curiosity through analytical and logical thinking, debate and discussion, experience and observation, group and individualized instruction, creativity and innovation, research and study, and questioning and answering procedures. Ultimately, comprehension of the significant interrelationships of the disciplines is a necessity. Although scholarship is our priority, we promote and support active participation in the extra-curricular programs as well.

Additionally, awareness of one's owns cultural heritage and appreciation for other cultures is imperative. Moreover, consideration for race, religion, and socio-economic and cultural differences is an integral part of the cultivation of positive attitudes and values.

Elemental to our philosophy is our concern for the emotional, mental, physical, and social well-being of each student. We also recognize that self-esteem is basic to the many aspects of personal growth.

The successful culmination of the school community's effort will be realized when each student accepts the responsibility of becoming an enlightened citizen, contributing intelligently and selflessly to society.

Mission Statement

about 1 year ago

The Donegal High School Mission is: 
(1)  To develop high academic achievement based on the individual ability of each student to achieve success; 
(2)  To provide a comprehensive program which focuses on affective and cognitive development.

Expectations for All Students

about 1 year ago

The following characteristics or qualities are what we are looking for from you on a daily basis. These qualities should be evident in both your work and classroom demeanor. It is only through your personal commitment to strive for these that we can accomplish the goals set before us.


Excellence

Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.


Quality

Countless, unseen details are often the only difference between mediocre and magnificent.


Attitude

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results. 


Persistence

The power to shape the future is earned through persistence. No other quality is as essential to success. It is the sandpaper that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles. It is the ability to move mountains one grain of sand at a time.


Achievement

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

School Day

10 months ago

The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Once the students have arrived to school, they may not leave school property without permission from the administration. All students must sign out in the office before leaving on an early dismissal. Students who become ill during the academic day must sign-out via the school nurse or the dismissal will be coded as unexcused and the appropriate disciplinary action will be imposed.

 

Bell Schedules
2017-2018

Daily Schedule
Homeroom7:50-7:57 am
Tribe Time8:01-8:31 am
Period 18:35 - 9:56 am
Period 210:00 - 11:21 am
Period 311:25 am - 1:20 pm
Period 41:24 - 2:45 pm

 

Lunch Schedule

A
11:25 - 11:55   Lunch          
11:58 - 1:20  Class           
B
11:25 - 12:06   Class          
12:09 - 12:39   Lunch        
12:42 - 1:20   Class           
C
11:25 - 12:47   Class       
12:50 - 1:20   Lunch          
                
*Morning announcements will be shown during Homeroom

Curriculum Offerings

10 months ago

Donegal High School provides a variety of curriculum offerings so that each student is able to plan a high school program suited to individual needs. Students planning to attend a post secondary institution of any kind are urged to consult with the counselors and check the entrance requirements for the school which they plan to attend. Students and parents should also review the College and University Planning Guide which is available in the guidance office. Careful consideration to a planned high school program will enable students to follow a post-secondary course of study. Please check the Educational Planning Guide, available in the guidance office, for further information on this subject.

Graduation Requirements & Promotion

10 months ago

In order to receive a Donegal High School diploma, students must successfully complete a minimum number of courses during grades 9-12 as outlined below:

Credits

 

Course Area

4.0

 

English***

4.0

 

Mathematics**

3.0

 

Science**

4.0

 

Social Studies**

2.0

 

Fitness*/**

1.0

 

Wellness

2.0

 

Arts/Humanities***

1.0

 

Personal Finance

.5

 

Informational Literacy

6.5

 

Electives

 

*Four Fitness classes are required for graduation.

** Must include required courses

***Courses that satisfy the Arts and Humanities requirements may be selected from these areas.

 

English (beyond the four required units)

Business Education

Social Studies (beyond the four required units)

Technology Education

Art

Career & Technology Centers

Music

Other Career Experiences

World Language

 

Successful completion of Personal Finance and Informational Literacy is a requirement for graduation as a student of Donegal High School


Promotion

Donegal High School students must successfully earn the following number of credits in order to be promoted to the next grade:

                                    9th to 10th grade................................................ 5 credits

                                    10th to 11th grade.............................................. 12 credits

                                    11th to 12th grade.............................................. 20 credits

                                    Graduation from DHS....................................... 28 credits


 

Grading

about 1 year ago

Percent

Weighted Value

Applicable Letter Grade

100

99

98

4.33

A+

97

96

95

94

93

4.0

A

92

91

90

3.66

A-

89

88

87

3.33

B+

86

85

84

83

3.0

B

82

81

80

2.66

B-

79

78

77

2.33

C+

76

75

74

73

2.0

C

72

71

70

1.66

C-

69

68

67

1.33

D+

66

65

64

63

1.0

D


Sample Course Weights

Course Weight

Courses at this Weight

1.0 (Courses where modifications such as, the amount of time to cover the content in the 1.1 course, have been made)

203141 Algebra II

1.1 (Courses that are at grade level)

202831 Academic Algebra I Part A

1.2 (Courses that are at an honors level)

202621 Honors Algebra II

1.3 (AP courses)

201111 AP Calculus AB

Work Ethic Grades

about 1 year ago


Work Ethic Level

Descriptors


Honorable (H)

Students who merit an "H" for work ethic are those who consistently show interest in and enthusiasm for learning and who exhibit a desire to maximize their learning potential as exhibited by the following types of behavior:


Attendance: Has a good attendance pattern and comes to class on time;


Dependability: Turns in assignments on time; monitors own progress on projects and timelines;


Initiative: Comes to class well-prepared and may come to class with material or questions that demonstrates an attempt to relate classwork to other topics or domains, does "extra credit" work;


Participation: Participates in class actively, spontaneously and/or to the best of his/her ability; Takes full advantage of all learning opportunities, resources and aids available in the school;


Cooperation: Cooperates well with teacher and peers; sets a good example for peers;


Behavior: exhibits very good behavioral self-control


Satisfactory (S)

Students who merit an "S" for work ethic are those who maintain a positive attitude towards learning and who exhibit an understanding and acceptance of their responsibilities as students, as exhibited by the following types of behavior:


Attendance: Has acceptable attendance pattern and comes to class on time and prepared;


Dependability: Turns in all assignments and make-up work;


Initiative: Seeks extra help when needed or takes advantage of extra help when offered;


Participation: Participates in class to the best of his/her ability;


 

Cooperation: Cooperates almost all of the time with teacher and peers;


Behavior: Remains on-task and does not disturb others in class


Needs Improvement (N)

Students who merit an "N" for work ethic are generally those whose attitude towards learning may be inconsistent and who occasionally fail to assume their full responsibilities as students. They exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

AttendanceOccasionally does not come to class, comes late or comes to class unprepared;

Dependability: Submits missing assignments only after being prodded by the teacher or fails to submit one or two daily or make-up assignments;

Participation: Participates in class but not always to the best of his/her ability;

Initiative: Reluctantly takes advantage of or has to be prodded to take advantage of extra help when offered.;

Cooperation: Occasionally is uncooperative with teacher or peers;

Behavior: Occasionally exhibits off-task behavior


Weak (W)

Students who merit a "W" for work ethic are generally those who exhibit a negative, passive or recalcitrant attitude towards learning as exhibited by the following types of behavior:


AttendanceOften fails to come to class, comes late or rarely comes to class prepared;


Dependability: Regularly fails to submit assignments, is habitually late submitting them, and/or neglects to complete make-up work;


Participation: Rarely participates in class;


Initiative: Rarely takes advantage of extra help when offered;

Cooperation: Often is uncooperative with teacher and/or peers;

 

Behavior: Frequently exhibits disruptive behavior in class

 

Report Cards

about 1 year ago

Grades are a way of evaluating what a student has learned. They become a part of the student's permanent record. Institutions of higher learning, employers, and the various military services are all interested in a student's high school record.

Subjects will be graded twice each semester. Grades will be issued at mid semester and at the end of the semester. The school year has two semesters. Most courses are a semester in length.

Parents may make an appointment with teachers, counselors, or the administration by telephoning the high school office at 653-1871 or by emailing the individual directly.

Progress Monitoring

about 1 year ago

Students and Parents are encouraged to monitor their progress in PowerSchool. Student grades and attendance are updated regularly at this online site. Any questions regarding a student's progress should begin with the classroom teacher. If you do not have access to PowerSchool, please contact your child's counselor.

Student Assistance Program

10 months ago

SAP or commonly called "CARES" is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, staff, administrators, nurses, and counselors). This team has been trained to understand and work on the issues of adolescent chemical use, abuse and dependency. The team will play a primary role in the identification and referral process of students coming to their attention through the procedures outlined in this policy. Brochures outlining the purpose and work of this committee can be obtained from the counseling office, administration, and the school nurse.

Career and Technical Centers

about 1 year ago

The Career and Technical Centers (CTC) in Lancaster County are located at Brownstown, Mount Joy and Willow Street. The centers are considered a department or an extension of the home school and provide an opportunity for students to receive specialized training for entry into technical, skilled or semi-skilled occupations.

Students who elect this program will attend their senior year at the area CTC campuses to receive specialized training. Detailed course information is available in the Counseling Office.

Students electing to attend a CTC their senior year must meet the following requirements:
 
1. All academic graduation requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to beginning CTC in the fall of senior year.

2. A firm commitment to attend CTC is mandatory.

Guidance and Counseling

10 months ago

One of the most important aspects of school life is the participation in the guidance and counseling program, coordinated by the guidance counselors and the principal.

The guidance office is open throughout the school day. Parents should contact the guidance office secretary (492-1209) to make an appointment to meet with a counselor or contact the counselor directly using the numbers below. A complete file of college, technical and business schools is housed in the guidance office as well as access to online and web-based programs to provide career assistance.

The guidance counselors are:

Ms. Adrianne Lindeman

(A-G)

 

Phone: 492-1207

Email: adrianne.lindeman@donegalsd.org

Mrs. Danielle Kuhn

(H-O)

 

Phone: 492-1208

Email: danielle.kuhn@donegalsd.org

 

Mr. William Rosengrant

(P-Z)

Phone: 492-1204

Email: william.rosengrant@donegalsd.org

 

Honors List

10 months ago

Requirements/Information for students to make the Summa and Magna Honor Lists.

1.  Summa Honor List - a student must obtain a G.P.A. of 4.0 or higher and have no grade below a B.

2.  Magna Honor List - a student must obtain a G.P.A. of 3.50 to 3.99 and have no grade below a B.

3.  Subjects graded P or F -The P can only be equated as a passing grade: hence, it is not considered in determining qualification for honor roll. 

4.  Advanced Placement Courses - AP courses are weighted at a value of 1.3.

Withdraws

about 1 year ago

Before withdrawing from school permanently, a student must:

1. Have parent(s) meet with the administration and/or appropriate counselor.

2. Complete a withdrawal form, which must be signed by a teacher when he/she returns his books and materials.

3. Be 18 years of age to withdraw without a parent's signature.

Attendance Policy

10 months ago

REFERENCE THE DONEGAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SPECIFICS

Early Dismissals


A student must present an early dismissal request signed by his/her parent or guardian to the office before 7:45 a.m. These forms are available in the office.


Early dismissals must be approved by the administration before the student is permitted to leave school. The mere fact that the early dismissal is approved does not necessarily mean the absence will be coded excused.

A student who is granted an early dismissal must sign the sign-out sheet located in the office.


Eighteen-year-old students who are not considered independent and self-supporting must still have a parent's signature on early dismissal, absence, or tardy notes.


Students who become ill during the academic day must report to the nurse and sign out through the nurse's office or the student may be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Failure to follow proper early dismissal procedures may result in a violation of the discipline code.

Discipline and Code of Student Conduct

about 1 year ago

The District Code of Student Conduct is a document that explains policies, procedures, and outlines the overall discipline approach and structure for students while attending any school within the district. The Code of Student Conduct is available on the high school webpage for you to review. The following items are specifically addressed in the Code of Student Conduct, and you should be familiar with them:
 
  • Academic Dishonest/Cheating
  • Attendance
  • Bullying
  • Bus Transportation
  • Controlled Substances
  • Dress Code
  • Lockers
  • Medication/Nurses Office
  • Possession/Use of Tobacco
  • Unauthorized Devices
  • Weapons (Pocket Knives)

In-School Suspension Program

about 1 year ago

In-School Suspension (ISS) is an intervention program designed to reform both behavior and attitude of the students assigned. When present in the ISS program, the following rules and guidelines will apply at all times:
 
1.) Be on time. You must be in the room by the late bell.

2.) Be prepared. Bring all the necessary materials with you at the beginning of the day.

3.) No talking. If there is a problem, raise your hand and the teacher or monitor will respond.
 
4.) Stay in your seat. You may not leave your seat unless you have permission from the monitor.
 
5.) No sleeping. You are to sit up in your chair, with both feet on the ground. 
 
6.) No passes will be given out during the day.
 
7.) No food or drink (including candy or gum). 
 
8.) No headphones, games, cards or electronic games.
 
9.) Computer use for school work only.
 
10.) Make-up, perfume and deodorant are not allowed to be applied in the room.
 
11.) All reading material other than school issued book must be approved.
 
12.) Students must sign in daily when assigned to ISS.
 
13.) Students are not permitted to participate in any extra-curricular or co-curricular events while suspended.

14.) Misbehavior in ISS may result in additional day(s) of ISS or possible Out-of-School Suspension (OSS).

15.) All other rules listed in the Code of Student Conduct are in effect while you are in ISS.

16.) Persistent violations leading to suspension may result in further disciplinary action and/or a referral to our CARES team.

Cafeteria Procedures

about 1 year ago

1. Students shall report to the cafeteria only during their assigned lunch period.

2. All food and flavored beverages must be consumed in the cafeteria. Any unfinished food/drinks should be discarded or placed in a backpack prior to leaving the cafeteria.

3. Students should report to the lunch line upon arrival in the cafeteria and stay in line.

4. Handle trays and silverware with care. Abuse will be treated as a discipline infraction which could lead to a detention or ISS placement. When you have finished, carry your tray and all debris to the appropriate disposal units.

5. Food/beverages can be purchased with cash or by using cash "on account". We do not allow "loans" to make purchases. All students are assigned a cafeteria account number in order to place money on account. Students will be verbally advised when their account gets low. See the Cafeteria Manager if you do not know your access number or have issues or concerns regarding your account.
 
6. Students placing money on account should provide checks ( payable to Donegal School District Food Service Dept.) to the cafeteria in the morning upon their arrival to school. Checks should not be provided to the cafeteria personnel during the lunch periods (only in the morning).
 
7. Theft in the cafeteria will be treated as a discipline infraction which will lead to restitution, detention, ISS and/or a police citation.
 
8. National School Lunch Regulations include mandatory offering of milk with school lunches. Juice cannot be substituted unless a special medical condition warrants this substitution - a written order from a physician must be provided to make the substitution.
 
9. When students have finished eating lunch and discarded their debris they should:
A. remain in the cafeteria.
B. not go to their lockers during lunch without permission.
C. not be in the parking lot without permission.
D. use the lavatories adjacent to the cafeteria.
10. Cafeteria Monitors possess the same authority as any other faculty member in the building. Their directives should be adhered to without question or discussion. Failure to follow the directives of a faculty/staff member during the lunch period will result in one of the following: lunch detention, an assigned seat, or ISS placement.
 
11. Students are able to purchase cafeteria items from 7:15 am until 7:40 am each day. At no time should students be in the cafeteria after this time period. Students should remain in homeroom. On a related note - students should not be consuming food or beverage items in the classroom unless proper documentation has been filed in the nurses office indicating the need to do so. Students will be asked to put items away, if you fail to do so - the items will be confiscated and discarded.
 
12. Students may carry water during the school day.

Driving to School

about 1 year ago

Students are permitted to drive to school and are required to obtain a driving permit in the office. At the beginning of the year drivers will be asked to register for a parking sticker for $10.00.

1. Students must be licensed drivers.
2. Students must have parental permission.
3. Students must present evidence of liability insurance coverage.
4. Students must complete the required Donegal High School Registration materials.

Students may park in the student parking lot adjacent to the high school. Students may not park in identified staff, visitor or handicapped spots. Failure to park in the proper lot will result in the loss of parking privileges. All student drivers must display a permit from their rearview mirrorIf space becomes unavailable in the lot adjacent to the school upon arrival in the morning, then the driver must use the overflow lot below the track. Students should allot for this when preparing to come in the morning - parking will not be an excuse for being tardy. Students must also notify Mr. Miller or the main office personnel if, for whatever reason, a permit will not be displayed in a vehicle. It is the student's responsibility to keep the permit displayed and to notify the previously mentioned individuals. It is not the school's responsibility to seek out individuals not displaying a permit.Violators will receive a sticker attached to the side window of the vehicle. Persistent parkiing violations will result in the loss of parking privileges.
 
Students who accumulate disciplinary infractions in school may be subject to loss of driving privileges. Driving and/or parking on school property is a privilege. Please read the expectations on the back of the green application form.

Any driver who exhibits careless or reckless driving will be reported for reckless driving to local law enforcement and lose driving privileges. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the grass. Minibikes, snowmobiles, all-terrain vechicles, skateboards for travel, to, from, or on-school property are prohibited. Students are reminded that it is illegal to pass a parked school bus while it has its red lights flashing.

CTC students enrolled in a full-time program will be permitted to drive. Driving permits must be acquired at the appropriate CTC School

Off-Limits

about 1 year ago

There are several areas where students are not permitted to be during the school day. Students must be with a staff member or have permission from an administrator to enter these areas during the day. 

1)  Students may not be in the auditorium, on stage or back stage without supervision.

2)   Students may not be in the gymnasium without supervision. 

3)   Students may not be near the student parking lot without supervision or permission from an administrator. 

4)   Students may not be in the courtyard without permission

Lost and Found

about 1 year ago

Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the office. The lost-and-found storage area is located in the main office. Students may check the lost and found at the beginning of the day, between classes, during their assigned lunch period or at dismissal. Those articles, which are not claimed within a reasonable time, will be given to charity.

Visitors

10 months ago

Student visitors must meet the following conditions:

The student is visiting DHS for the purpose of investigation. They are either planning to enroll or conducting a study through their home school (i.e. Graduation Project). Written permission must be submitted to the principal's office from the parents of both students a day in advance. Parents must acknowledge that they are aware that their son/daughter is visiting and/or hosting a visitor.

The visitor and the host check into the high school lobby reception area the morning of the visitation. Student must secure and wear a visitor's ID badge at all times.

Alumni of DHS are welcome to visit faculty and staff following the 2:45 PM dismissal time or by a scheduled appointment with the faculty/staff member. Alumni must check in at the lobby or office prior to the visit.

Fire Drill

about 1 year ago

Donegal schools are required by law to have at least one fire drill per month. When the alarm bell rings, students are expected to follow the assigned routes and exits from the building in an orderly manner without talking. Two fire marshals will be appointed for each class of the day. Their responsibilities will be to lead the class to the proper exit, to close windows, to shut the door, and turn the lights off.Upon leaving the building, the class should form a line, and roll will be taken. When the signal is given, students should enter the building in the same manner as they exited.

Working Papers/Employment of Minors

about 1 year ago

Minors under eighteen years of age must have an employment certificate to engage in allowable types of work. Application for such certificates may be obtained at the high school guidance office.

Vacation employment certificates may be obtained by minors who are fourteen years of age or older. Those certificates permit work that does not interfere with school attendance.

Conditions regulating work under these certificates and permits are contained in the Child Labor Law.

Minors must present a birth certificate when applying for a permit. School officials are required by law to see each applicant's birth certificate before issuing a permit.

Telephone

about 1 year ago

Office phones are available for student use during the school day, between class periods and by permission of the administration. Students must document their calls in a log book adjacent to the office phone.

Obligations

about 1 year ago

Any obligations owed to the school or a faculty member will result in the holding of the student's records or report card until the obligation is met. Obligation letters are sent out at the end of each marking period and students/parents may check in the main office with Mrs. Flowers (492-1232) to see if an obligation exists. If a student has an outstanding obligation both parents and student will have their student information system (Powerschool) portal privileges removed. As a result, students and parents will not be able to check grades or have access to report cards if outstanding obligations exist at the end of each marking period. A student may also be denied the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities and athletics. Students will not be permitted to attend school dances or the prom with school obligatons. Once the obligations have been rectified, the student information system portal will be restored, access will be granted, and extra-curricular participation will be permitted. Seniors who do not rectify all obligations prior to graduation will not be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies

Homework Guidelines

10 months ago

Homework has been identified as a vital factor in increasing student achievement in almost all national and state reports on education. Homework - assigned by teachers to be completed by students - is to enhance and support student learning.

 

Philosophy
Homework is an essential part of the total education of the student. It is direct outgrowth and a continuation of the learning process developed in the classroom and carried out independently by the pupil.


Objective
1. To increase retention through the practice, application, integration, and/or extension of knowledge and skills.
2. To prepare students for upcoming material.
3. To assist students in experiencing success and to receive rewards for their efforts.
4. To teach responsibility and accountability as a life skill.
5. To stimulate home-school communication
 

Homework Should:
1. Increase the retention of school learning by necessary practice, integration, or application.
2. Be graded or evaluated through the use of summative assessments.
3. Be assigned on a regular basis.
4. Be relevant and congruent to the stated learning objectives.
5. Have structure and purpose.
6. Is independent practice to reinforce/review concepts previously presented to the students.
7. NEVER BE ASSIGNED AS A DISCIPLINARY MEASURE. It will build deep resentment toward the subject matter, toward school and toward the teacher. It may lead to copying and to more serious discipline problems than it was designed to remedy. It often results in extreme dislike of intellectual activity. It also defeats the purpose of writing across the curriculum and helps the students to learn to devalue writing. Please refer to School Board Policy #213 for further information.
8. Be qualitative not quantitative.

Homework has been identified as a vital factor in increasing student achievement in almost all national and state reports on education. Homework - assigned by teachers to be completed by students - is to enhance and support student learning.

Philosophy
Homework is an essential part of the total education of the student. It is direct outgrowth and a continuation of the learning process developed in the classroom and carried out independently by the pupil.


Objective
1. To increase retention through the practice, application, integration, and/or extension of knowledge and skills.
2. To prepare students for upcoming material.
3. To assist students in experiencing success and to receive rewards for their efforts.
4. To teach responsibility and accountability as a life skill.
5. To stimulate home-school communication
 

Homework Should:
1. Increase the retention of school learning by necessary practice, integration, or application.
2. Be graded or evaluated through the use of summative assessments.
3. Be assigned on a regular basis.
4. Be relevant and congruent to the stated learning objectives.
5. Have structure and purpose.
6. Is independent practice to reinforce/review concepts previously presented to the students.
7. NEVER BE ASSIGNED AS A DISCIPLINARY MEASURE. It will build deep resentment toward the subject matter, toward school and toward the teacher. It may lead to copying and to more serious discipline problems than it was designed to remedy. It often results in extreme dislike of intellectual activity. It also defeats the purpose of writing across the curriculum and helps the students to learn to devalue writing. Please refer to School Board Policy #213 for further information.
8. Be qualitative not quantitative.

Substitute Teachers

about 1 year ago

Our school is fortunate in having capable people to help us whenever our regular teachers are absent from school. A substitute teacher is an important guest whose impressions of our school will be carried into the community. Students should be respectful, helpful, and considerate of the substitutes. Failure to comply with this request will result in disciplinary consequences.

Student Council

10 months ago


Student Council
2017 - 2018

The Student Council plays an active role at Donegal by sponsoring assemblies, dances, movies and other activities, which are beneficial to the well being of the student body. Its purpose is not to govern the students, but to serve as a medium between the student and the administration. At its meetings, problems and questions arising from either the students or the administration can be presented for discussion and consideration. The Student Council's objectives are to unify student activities, to promote all activities, to provide input regarding the school to the principal, to teach the values of working in a democracy, and to voice the opinion of the entire student body.

 

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Megan Hull-Burg

President


Vice-President


Secretary

Treasurer:


School Board Representatives:


Senior Class Representatives

Carli Garrett
Emma Hudson
Chrysten Hynes
Nick Ketner
Cameron Kurtz
Grace Miller
Kyra Olweiler
Rachael Overlander
Avery Walker

Junior Class Representatives

Janelle Brinser
Morgan Creek
Aliza Johns
Cheyenne Livelsberger
Catherine Moran
Lyla Naqvi
Joey Piatt
Lauren Stwalley
Mackenzie Shirk
Ella Warburton

Sophomore Class Representatives

Kiera Baughman
Remy Kanegene
Sarah Leidich
Lydia Miller
Tara Shelton
Erica Shonk

Freshman Class Representatives

Chelsea Halterman
Claire O'Neil
Jordynn Park
Ainsley Staie

 

Clubs & Organizations

10 months ago

Clubs & Organizations
2017 - 2018

AEVIDUM

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Leslie Stokes

ARCHERY

Faculty Advisors

Mr. Derek Nissley

Dr. David Eichler

AV CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Fuhrman


BAND

Band Director

Mr. Dale Sellers


BOOSTER CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mr. David Dunsavage

President

Lauren Redcay

Vice-President

Rachel Overlander

Secretary

Sydney Skirboll

Treasurer

Erin Slattery

 

CHESS CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Moriah Berringer


CHORUS

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Megan Caterbone


DEBATE CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Susan Heydt


DONEGAL PERFORMING ARTS (DPA)

Faculty Advisors

Mrs. Audra Brackbill

Ms. Bowers



DNN TV STUDIO

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Robert Swisher


ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Marilyn Kline




FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA (FBLA)

Faculty Advisors

Mrs. Joan Gorlaski

Mr. Justin Hill



GERMAN CLUB (Die Deutschgruppe)  

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Andrew Whitlock


KEY CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Susan Heydt


LINK CREW

Faculty Advisors

Mrs. Danielle Kuhn

Mr. David Dunsavage

Mr. Christopher Talbert


MATHEMATICS HONOR SOCIETY

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Marilyn Kline


NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Nicole Marsh



QUIZ BOWL

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Seth Dougherty


SKI CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Robert Swisher


TRI-M (MODERN MUSIC MASTERS)

Faculty Advisor

Mr. Dale Sellers



VARSITY CLUB

Faculty Advisors

Ms. Gretchen Colwell
Mrs. Jessica Shellenberger


VIDEO GAME CLUB

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Marilyn Kline

YEARBOOK

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Hannah Schock






 

Music and Performing Arts

10 months ago

Music & Performing Arts
2017 - 2018

MARCHING BAND


Marching Band Director

Mr. Dale Sellers

Marching Band Assistant Director

Ms. Nichole Witman

Marching Band Color Guard Director

Ms. Kami Dugan

Marching Band Color Guard Assistant

Ms. Lindsey Ward

Marching Band Percussion Director

Mr. Matthew Smoker

Marching Band Assistant

Mr. Stanley Tucker

Marching Band Assistant

Mr. Justin Neideigh










CONCERT BAND

Concert Band Director

Mr. Dale Sellers


JAZZ BAND

Jazz Band Director

Mr. Dale Sellers

CHORUS

Chorus Director

Mrs. Meagan Caterbone


RHYTHM SINGERS

Rhythm Singers Director

Mrs. Meagan Caterbone


STRINGS

Strings Director

Ms. Margaret Kramer


PERFORMING ARTS


Director

Mrs. Audra Brackbill









National Honor Society

10 months ago

Faculty Advisor:.............................................................................................................. Mr. Seth Dougherty

President:............................................................................................................................. Charlotte Garner

Vice President: ....................................................................................................................... Sydney Skirboll

Secretary: ................................................................................................................................ Grace Wheeler

Treasurer: ........................................................................................................................ Hannah Breedlove

Historian: ..................................................................................................................................... Erin Slattery


The Donegal Chapter of the National Honor Society was established to recognize and foster academic achievement as well as character, service, and leadership. Members inducted in the National Honor Society will engage in numerous community and school service activities.

Faculty input concerning the character of each candidate who is academically qualified will be solicited and considered. All students who receive faculty approval in regards to character and qualify academically will be invited to submit an application. This application will be reviewed by the faculty committee of the National Honor Society with respect to leadership and service. Students exhibiting scholarship, character, leadership and service worthy of NHS membership will be inducted annually in the spring.

Any NHS member who fails to maintain the standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character will be reviewed.

As in the past, membership will be an honor bestowed upon students who possess outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The definition of each of these qualities as per the DHS Handbook is:

Scholarship: Will be announced and articulated to the school community in September.

Leadership: The student who exercises leadership:

  • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
  • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school activities
  • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
  • Is able to delegate responsibilities
  • Exemplifies positive attitude
  • Inspires positive behavior in others
  • Demonstrates academic initiatives
  • Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently, and effectively, and is reliable and dependable without prodding
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school activities
  • Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
Service: The student who serves:

  • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
  • Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor or disadvantaged; family duties
  • Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
  • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
  • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and interscholastic competition Does committee and staff work without complaint
  • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students

Character: The student of character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, and stability)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment

Yearbook

10 months ago

"The Emerald," the yearbook of the Donegal High School, , is published by our Yearbook class. This yearbook is sold in the fall and distributed during the spring of the school year."The Emerald" contains pictures and articles about seniors, the administration, and the underclassmen, snapshots of the school life, and the school's organizations and activities.

Athletics

10 months ago

A. Athletic Philosophy


It is our conviction that the interscholastic athletic programs should be regarded as integral parts of the total educational program in the Donegal School District. The purpose of this program is to provide students with a broad range of opportunities to develop athletic skills and also positive character traits which will be carried over to their adulthood. It is the position of the school district to encourage students to participate in an activity each sports season and to discourage specialization.

Further, participation in the athletic program is a privilege which each student should realize carries an increased responsibility for exhibiting good sportsmanship as well as good citizenship in both the school and the community. Athletes must realize that they are one of the most visible representatives of the school and their actions are a direct reflection on the school.

Finally, the school must exercise leadership to develop the qualities of fair play and courtesy in all aspects of interscholastic athletics. All students, faculty, and fans participating in athletic events should recognize that it is an integral part of the school program.



B. Important Information


1. Physical examinations are required for all athletes. 
2. Either school insurance or a sufficient family insurance policy must cover athletes.
3. Athletes are responsible for all equipment issued to them. Failure to return equipment will result in the athlete being billed for lost or stolen equipment.
4. Each athlete signs a copy of the Code of Conduct. Athletes should go over this code with parents prior to the start of a sports season.
5. Each participating athlete must be passing four credits in order to be eligible to participate in the athletic program. The Athletic Department conducts weekly academic eligibility checks.

Class Advisors & Officers

10 months ago

Class Advisors & Officers
2017 -2018

Class of 2018

Advisor

Mrs. Michelle Daggett

President

Andrew Erb

Vice-President

Kyra Olwelier

Secretary

Grace Miller

Treasurer

Rachel Overlander

Historian

Emma Hudson

 

Class of 2019

Advisor

Mrs. Amanda Baker

Mrs. Sara Frazier

President

Mackenzie Shirk

Vice-President

Lauren Stwalley

Secretary

Morgan Creek

Treasurer

Lyla Naqvi

Historian

Jessica Melhorn

 

 

 

 

Class of 2020

Advisor

Mrs. Marilyn Kline

President

Taylor Barton

Vice-President

Aedan Wilkinson

Secretary

Emily Ashley

Treasurer

Emma Shelly

Historian

Erica Shonk

 

 

 

 

Class of 2021

Advisor

Mr. Seth Dougherty

President

Myra Naqvi

Vice-President

Taj Younger

Secretary

Claire O'Neil

Treasurer

Collin Arntz

Historian

Milli Straub

 

Coaching Staff

10 months ago

Var(Asst)

2017-2018

Athletic Trainer

D. Nissley


 

 

Football

Soccer (Boys)

Mr. Jeff Polities

Var(Head)

Mr. Andrew Wagner

Var(Head)

Mr. Scott Barrick

Var(Asst)

Mr. Rich Murren

Var(Asst)

Mr. Chad Risberg

Var(Asst)

TBD

J.H.(Head)

Mr. Shawn Maxwell

Var (Asst)

TBD

J.H.(Asst)

Mr. Ryan Boccagno

Var(Asst)

Mr. Todd Travitz

J.H.(Head)

Mr. Kevin Calnan

J.H.(Asst)


 

 

 

 

Field Hockey

Girls Tennis

Mrs. Jess Shellenberger

Var(Head)

T. Hoffmaster

Var(Head)

Ms. Kayla Waldrup

Var(Asst)

Ms. Adrienne Gorman

J.H.(Head)

Ms. Draye Mowrer

J.H.(Asst)

 

 

 

 

Cross Country

Cheerleading

Mr. Matt Werner

Var(Head)

Ms. Debra Persun

Var(Head)

Mr. Terry Mumma

J.H.(Head)

Ms. Lisa Hawbaker

Var(Asst)

 

 

Ms. Tanya West

J.H.(Head)

 


 

 

 

 

Basketball (Boys)

Basketball (Girls)

Mr. Kevin Dolan

Var(Head)

Mr. Thomas Baughman

Var(Head)

Mr. Ryan Boccagno

Var(Asst)

Ms. Morgan Kibler

Var(Asst)

Mr. Guy Linebarger

J.H.(Head)

Mr. Terry Mummau

J.H.(Head)

Mr. Steve Hawk

J.H.(Asst)

TBD

J.H.(Asst)

 

 

 

 

Wrestling

Track & Field

Mr. Barry Van Scoten

Var(Head)

Ms. Gretchen Colwell

Var(Head)

Mr. Julius DiRisio

Var(Asst)

Mr. Justin Hill

Var(Asst)

Mr. Scott Goodwill

J.H.(Head)

Ms. Pam Kolp

Var(Asst)

Mr. Trent Hoffmaster

J.H.(Asst)

Mr. Eric Schuck

Var(Asst)

 

 

TBD

Var(Asst)

 

 

 

 

Baseball

Soccer (Girls)

Mr. Jeff Hartman

Var(Head)

Mr. Scott Summers

Var(Head)

Mr. Tom Hartman, Sr

Var(Asst)

Miss Katlyn Scheuing

Var(Asst)

Mr. Tom Hartman, Jr

Var(Asst)

Mr. William Rosengrant

J.H.(Head)

Mr. Doug Nolt

J.V.(Head)

TBD

J.H.(Asst)

Mr. Adam Frey J.H.(Asst)

 

 

 

 

Softball

Boys Tennis

Mr. Wayne Emenheiser

Var(Head)

T. Hoffmaster

Var(Head)

Mr. Michael Grey

Var(Asst)

Mr. Terry Mumma

J.V.(Head)

Mr. Matt Pogue

J.V.(Asst)

 

 

 

 

Swimming

Ms. Alison Kreider

Var (Head)

 

Cell Phone Expectations & Electronic Devices Policy

10 months ago

Cell Phone Expectations


Students are permitted to use their cell phones during the times indicated. Any use outside of these times will be considered a violation of the high school cell phone expectations.

Cell Phone Expectations:

  • Students may use their cell phones before homeroom and after dismissal.
  • Students may use their cell phones between classes and during lunch.
  • Students may not use their cell phones in class without the teacher's permission.
  • Students may not use their cell phones in the hallways during instructional time while going to the restroom/guidance/nurse.
  • Cell phones will be collected during common assessments.

Consequences or Disciplinary Actions:

  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to ask students to put away their cell phones if observed during inappropriate times.
  • If the student puts the phone away without incidence, the teacher may move forward without further action.
  • If the student does not comply, have a conversation privately with the student after class out of earshot of peers and remind them of the expectations.
  • If he or she exhibits the same behavior again, contact home and submit a discipline referral for insubordination. Be sure to document any/all interventions taken before submitting a discipline referral.

Electronic Devices Policy


All students are expected to read and review the district Electronic Devices Policy and be familiar with its parameters. Negligence, disobedience, or failure to abide by this policy may result in disciplinary action. The policy is explained below:

237. ELECTRONIC DEVICES


Authority 

The Board permits the use of personally owned electronic devices by staff and students during the school day in district buildings; on district property; on district buses and vehicles; and during the time students are under the supervision of the district under the guidelines established by the Superintendent or his/her designee.


 Purpose 

The Board believes that electronic devices have the ability to enhance learning and promote active, real-world applications and ultimately become powerful tools in learning. However, consistent with past philosophy, the Board supports the premise that students should have an educational environment free from unnecessary disruptions, distractions and threats. With this policy adoption (Policy 237) the Board has determined that the presence of personal electronic devices in schools have the potential to distract students from their primary purpose of receiving education and that all parties need to exercise good judgment in utilizing these devices at all times in the school environment. 


Definition 

Electronic devices shall include all devices that can take photographs; record audio or video data; store, transmit, or receive messages or images; or provide a wireless, unfiltered connection to the Internet. Examples of these electronic devices include, but shall not be limited to: CD players, iPods, MP3 players, DVDs, players, handheld game consoles, e-Readers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), “smart” cellular telephones, Blackberries, iPads and other tablets, and laptop computers, as well as any new technology developed with similar capabilities. 


Guidelines 

Building principals may authorize the use of personal electronic devices in their buildings, for instructional and non-instructional purposes. In buildings where such use is authorized, students may use personal electronic devices in the classroom during the school day for instructional purposes, only if they have the prior permission of the teacher to do so.

 If the building administrator has authorized common area use in that particular building, students may also use personal electronic devices during non-instructional times during the school day, which include homeroom, study halls, lunch periods and the time between classes. Students shall not use personal electronic devices in locker rooms, lavatories or the nurses’ office. Students shall not engage in the unauthorized audio or video recording of another person during the school day. 

Per Board policy, students shall not use personal electronic devices to bully, harass or threaten another person in violation of school policy and rules, or local, state or federal law. Students shall not use personal electronic devices to take, display or transfer video images depicting nude or partially nude individuals (sexting). Students who have received such images, and who are not otherwise involved in the taking or distribution of such images, may report such activity to school officials without violating this policy.

 Taking photographs of or recording students or staff members without their permission is not allowed. 

Students may use personal electronic devices outside of the school day, on school property, including school buses, so long as such use does not: 

  1. Disrupt school activities. 
  2. Violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this policy.
  3. Violate state or federal law.
  4. Violate any other Board policy or directive associated with a student’s participation in interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities or school-sponsored trips.

There shall be no prohibited use of electronic devices where there has been prior administration approval for the device(s) in the following cases: 

  1. A student who is a member of a volunteer fire company, ambulance or rescue squad that requires the device to perform his/her duties.
  2. A student who has a need for a device due to a medical condition or an Individual Education Program (IEP).
  3. Other reasons determined to be appropriate by the Superintendent or his/her designee in cooperation with the building principal.
Students and staff are solely responsible for safe storage and maintenance of personal electronic devices that they bring to school. Donegal School District will not be held responsible for any physical damage, loss or theft of personal devices or for data loss. The district is not responsible for providing power to personal devices on the Guest Wireless Network.


Responsible Use 

All students and employees are required to use electronic devices in accordance with the district’s acceptable use policy (AUP), anti-bullying (cyber bullying) and other pertinent district policies. Any violations may lead to prohibited use of devices as well as the district network, arrest, and fines subject to the law.

 No electronic devices may be tethered to the district’s wired or wireless network infrastructure without prior approval of the IT Department. The Board prohibits the taking, storing, disseminating, transferring, viewing, or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or other means, including but not limited to texting and emailing. Because such violations may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law, the district may report such conduct to local, state and/or federal law enforcement agencies. 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish discipline guidelines to enforce this policy.