Welcome to Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. The following is a summary of Dock’s policies and programs, designed to support positive relationships within the school community. Complete policies are available in Detweiler House.
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Acceptable Use of Technology
Letter grades are based on the following scale:
B-Above Average 86-93
D-Below Average 70-76
F-Failure Below 70
WP/WF Withdrawn Passing/Withdrawn Failing
Report cards, issued after the close of each grading period, should be examined by parents. They will be distributed on dates designated in the parents’ newsletter, Newsline, which is available on the web site.
Student Academic Progress
Access to student academic information is provided to all students and parents. Your online account should be checked regularly for homework and grade updates.
Recognition is given to students who earn a “B” average (3.0 GPA) with no grade lower than C.
The Christopher Dock community values integrity in all aspects of the learning process. Teachers design activities and projects that promote critical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity, and personal investment in learning. Students are expected to demonstrate honesty, respect, and responsibility in all their work. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are considered violations of the Covenant Statement. (See the Academic Integrity Policy in the Curriculum Guide for more detail.)
Schedule changes must be made within the first week of the school year.
Regular school attendance is expected. Students who attend regularly make the most of their educational opportunities. Those who are absent miss classroom activities, which cannot be duplicated.
When a student is absent, an excuse card signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to Detweiler House upon returning to school.
Legal or Excused Absences
Requests for educational trips, college visits, family trips, mission trips, etc. are to be submitted in writing to Detweiler House five days in advance and must be approved prior to the absence. Leaves shall not exceed five days for the year. In all cases, arrangements for work that will be missed must be made prior to absence. Students with leaves of three or more days are required to submit an educational project.
Illegal or Unexcused Absences
Pennsylvania law requires Dock to report students with more than three illegal absences to local school authorities. Parents may then be subject to a fine before a magistrate.
Attendance records are maintained at Detweiler House and by each teacher. Students absent from a given course for more than 15 percent (7.5 classes per quarter) of the class sessions shall not receive credit for the course. Exceptions for illness, when verified by a doctor’s statement, will be reviewed by the Administrative Council upon a written request from parents.
Students arriving late to school must first report to Detweiler House to obtain an admission slip. Students arriving after the close of the first period are recorded as absent for one-half day. Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence.
When a student is tardy for class—is not seated when the tardy bell rings—the teacher will record the tardy. A record of tardies will be maintained at Detweiler House. Over the course of the school year, discipline will be sanctioned as tardies accumulate.
Parents who wish their child to be excused before the regular time must submit a written request at least one day in advance to Detweiler House, stating the reason for the dismissal.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact each teacher to receive assignments missed during an absence. If the student knows of an absence coming up, arrangement for make-up work must be made prior to absence.
If tests need to be given apart from the regular testing time because of an unexcused absence, the student needs to take the test after school hours. No opportunities will be given for make-up work after the last day of school, except for absences because of illness or by special arrangement with the teacher and assistant principal.
Students must report to Detweiler House with a pass from their teacher if feeling ill. In case of severe illness, or once the student has missed two consecutive periods, parents will be notified and arrangements made for the student to be sent home. For information on absences due to illness, see Attendance.
Standards for Guiding Life Together
Each person must accept responsibility for his/her behavior, attitude, and conduct. Students should sense a direct responsibility to aid each other in upholding standards of behavior and
character, in keeping with Christian commitment. It is the responsibility of school, home and church to be supportive of students, seeking clear communication of expectations.
Campus boundaries include the area encircled by buildings on campus and exclude the parking lots. No student may leave the school grounds during the school day without written
permission from Detweiler House. This policy is in effect from the time the student arrives on campus in the morning until he/she leaves in the afternoon.
1. Form a single-file line at one of the two food distribution locations.
2. Permit faculty members to move to the head of the line as soon as they arrive.
3. Students are encouraged to give thanks before eating.
4. Avoid boisterous conduct.
5. On leaving, clear off all dishes, trays, and trash.
6. Do not take food or drink from cafeteria. Note: Significant fines will be assessed for throwing food.
Students shall be well-groomed and shall avoid extremes in dress, hairstyles and makeup. When selecting clothing for school, these Christian principles should be followed:
A. Our bodies are temples of God.
B. Dress is an expression of God’s creativity, done to please Him.
C. We are to be good stewards of resources, supporting a lifestyle based on an
awareness of world need.
D. Practice modesty.
Footwear must be worn.
Dresses or skirts must be modest and no more than 3” above the knee
Denim or dress shorts may be worn in May, June, August and September, and should be no more than 4” above the knee.
D. The following shall not be worn:
1. Sleeveless attire
3. Clothing with indecent, suggestive, or unsavory words and/or slogans, pictures or symbols
4. Tight or revealing attire (including mini skirts/dresses)
5. Frayed/worn/torn clothing
6. Hats/caps, bandannas
7. Clothes that resemble or advertise the armed forces
9. Chains and loose-hanging pants
10. Distracting hairstyles/color
11. Distracting piercings and tattoos
E. See Student Appearance Code for clarification of appropriate attire.
Guidelines for Chapel Services
To provide an environment suitable for worship, students are asked to:
1. Enter the auditorium in a spirit of reverence, avoiding loud or boisterous behavior.
2. Cease talking and take your assigned seat before the bell rings to begin chapel.
3. Avoid sitting or standing in the rear of the auditorium or in the aisle.
4. In case of late arrival, take your seat at an appropriate time, i.e. end of song,
following prayer, etc.
5. Be attentive. No sleeping, studying, or other distracting activities.
6. Whenever possible, avoid bringing books or papers to chapel. School materials shall be placed under the pew.
Parents will be notified when a student’s behavior is unacceptable. Flagrant or repeated offenses will lead to various in-school sanctions, including disciplinary probation. Unsatisfactory behavior while on probation may lead to suspension, which may be in or out of school. Suspension will continue until a satisfactory parent-student conference is held with administration. Students will then continue on disciplinary probation for a period of nine weeks, at which time behavior will be reviewed. Failure to make satisfactory progress may lead to expulsion.
Suspension and Expulsion
The following conduct may lead to immediate suspension or expulsion. Fines noted where they apply:
1. Possession or use of weapons, fireworks, tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
2. Defacement of school property. Fine assessed.
3. Tampering with fire extinguisher or pulling fire alarms. $50 minimum fine.
4. Physical violence.
Searches and seizures related to weapons, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs may occur when there is suspicion of student possession or use. Areas of search include a student’s vehicle, locker, personal effects, and person. An administrator and/or his/her designee will be with the student when a search or seizure occurs. Effort will be made to communicate with the student’s parents. Failure to cooperate is cause for immediate referral to local police and expulsion.
Throwing of objects in buildings or across sidewalks is not permitted.
Throwing snowballs on campus is restricted to athletic fields.
Public displays of affection are inconsistent with campus expectations.
Food may not be consumed in the classroom buildings except by special arrangement.
Students are asked to use the sidewalks and to refrain from cutting across lawns.
Study Hall Regulations
Students shall take their assigned seat on arriving at their designated classroom for study hall. School work or reading material shall be in hand. Studying shall be done individually, with conversation permitted only when granted by the teacher in charge. Permission for small group study may be granted sparingly. Passes to the library are for work that cannot be done in the study hall, or for checking out books.
Open Study Hall
Open Study Hall is an earned privilege that provides an option for juniors and seniors to spend study time outdoors. A list of eligible students is sent to study hall teachers.
After reporting to study hall, those who earned grades of “C” or higher on their most recent report card and have missed fewer than five days of school the preceding quarter may sign out for one of three designated Open Study areas: the pond patio, Longacre Commons, or the Longacre Center patio (lower level). Students must report back to study hall before the end of the period.
Privileges of Open Study Hall may be immediately suspended for: not staying in designated areas, poor classwork, disturbing other classes, receipt of a detention, class suspension, or absences of five days or more (regardless of reason). In addition, withdrawal from a class will remove the student from Open Study Hall for the following quarter.
Driving to School
The school encourages students to ride school buses. When use of a car is necessary,
carpooling is encouraged to reduce the number of cars on campus and to promote fuel
conservation. The following regulations apply to student drivers:
1. Park in the parking lots beside the auditorium.
2. Avoid returning to or moving cars during the school day (see campus boundaries).
3. Observe speed limits of 15 mph in the area between parking lots and 25 mph in lanes.
Violators of the driving code will normally be warned after a first offense, although a
significant fine may immediately be assessed for flagrant violations. If necessary, driving privileges will be revoked.
Acceptable Use of Technology
Acceptable use of technology means technology will be used for academic purposes only within the school’s mission, curriculum, and the letter and intent of board policy as reflected in the Christopher Dock Covenant Statement. Dock is implementing a 1:1 iPad program in 2013-14. Contracts for students and parents found on the Dock website provide further detail as to how the Acceptable Use Policy relates to iPad use.
Electronic devices [radios, CD players, MP3 players (iPods), pagers, cell phones, computer games, etc.] may not be used during school hours unless directed by the teacher.
Cell phones may not be used during class time for calls or texts. Cell phone use is permitted before and after school, between classes and during lunch. Cell phones may not be used during study halls.
Locker decorations must be in good taste, not permanent, not in conflict with school values, and limited to the interior of the locker. Offensive decorations will be removed. Damage to lockers must be paid for by the student responsible or by the person to whom the locker was assigned.
Students are expected to speak truthfully and kindly, avoiding profane language.
Skating/Fishing on School Pond
When the office announces that the ice is safe, students may skate before and after school and during lunchtime. Plans to skate in the evening (until 10 p.m.) must be arranged with the assistant principal before 5 p.m. Student groups have first priority. Approved chaperones are required. Fishing privileges apply to daylight hours only and are extended to students, teachers, and other members of the campus community. Persons 16 and older must have a state fishing license. Swimming is not permitted. The school cannot assume responsibility for pond-related accidents.
Students are to return in good condition all textbooks issued to them.
Participation in co-curricular activities requires a satisfactory academic record as well as positive school citizenship. Unsatisfactory conduct or poor grades may serve to revoke eligibility.
The Schul Andenken (school yearbook) is published each August.
Coed sports (boys and girls) include cross country, bowling and track and field; boys’ sports are soccer, golf, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and baseball; girls’ sports are field hockey, tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, and cheerleading.
Athletes must have: 1) a current physical exam (to be scheduled through a family physician); and 2) a signed parent permission form for each sport. See the school web site for details and doctor’s forms.
Spring and fall all-school dramas are performed each year.
Numerous choral and instrumental opportunities are provided. All groups participate in public programs.
Each year, a fine arts competition includes class performances in music, drama, and other performances appropriate for stage. In addition, competition is held in the culinary and visual arts, and writing.
The Campus Senate, composed of 13 students and three faculty members, directs various aspects of campus life. Students and faculty are encouraged to submit to the Senate proposals and ideas reflecting any campus issue. All Senate actions are submitted to the Ad Council for approval or veto.
Senate subcommittees work with the following areas: Activities, Spiritual Life, and Service.
In the spring, each class elects a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Freshmen elect officers in the fall.
National Honor Society
Sophomore, junior and senior students who exhibit standards and performance in
scholarship, service, leadership, and character are elected by the faculty to the Dock Chapter of the National Honor Society each fall.
Guidance services, provided to help students experience a wholesome and more successful high school career, include counseling, as well as remedial and tutorial services. Students may come to the guidance office to:
receive help in selecting courses.
discuss coursework and grades.
get help in improving study habits.
check on graduation requirements.
discuss future career plans.
plan for college admission.
discuss standardized test results.
ask for remedial or tutorial help.
get help in applying for college financial aid.
apply for taking college entrance tests.
discuss personal problems.
discuss spiritual and Christian life concerns.
seek professional counseling resources.
Conrad Grebel Library
The Conrad Grebel Library of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, working as an instructional partner with the faculty, seeks to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information, therefore creating a foundation for life-long learning. This is accomplished by
providing access to a wide variety of materials, providing instruction in their use, and working with students to improve their information access skills.
Printers and a copier are available in the library for student use. Copies may be made of relevant resource material. If classroom sets of handouts are required, students should submit originals to their teachers at least one day in advance for copying.
The library is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days. In addition to books, periodicals and Internet access, the library subscribes to several research databases. The library is also a member of Access Pennsylvania, which allows for Interlibrary Loan.
On graduating, students become members of the Christopher Dock Alumni Association. Numbering over 4,000 members, the Alumni Association assists with fundraising and campus events.
Dock has the services of a school nurse from the North Penn School District. Services include an annual eye test, annual height and weight check, and a hearing test for juniors.
Juniors are required to have a physical examination by a family physician. Forms for the physical will be supplied to all sophomores. Students must follow Pennsylvania Department of Health immunization requirements.
Students are encouraged to enroll in the school insurance program. Athletes must be covered by school insurance or sign a waiver statement.
Students must obtain written approval from the assistant principal and the Advancement Office for sales of any kind.
Emergency School Closing
Notices about emergency school closings are posted on the school’s web site. Closings are also broadcast over WNPV (1440 AM) or the Philadelphia Storm Center, which broadcasts over KYW (1060 AM) and other Philadelphia radio and television stations. The school’s emergency closing number is 371.
On school days, school buildings are available for use from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes begin at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m. each day.
All student visits must be set up in advance with the Admissions Office. Visiting students should report to Detweiler House when they arrive. Visitors are asked to present evidence of school vacation or written permission from their principal or parent to visit classes. Visitors are expected to cooperate with school policies. Visitors are limited to prospective students.
Visiting adults must register at Detweiler House.
Lost and Found
Items found on campus are to be turned in to Detweiler House. Persons who have lost items should check with the receptionist at Detweiler House.