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Ot Gorman High School 2016-2017 3201 SOUTH KIWANIS AVENUE SIOUX FALLS, SD 57105 www.sfcss.org IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Activities Activities Fax Attendance Academic Services Administration Business Counseling Counseling Fax Development Food Service OGHS Fax SFCS President Tuition / Financial Aid 575-3300 575-3398 575-3310 575-3321 336-3644 335-6557 575-3320 575-3303 336-6354 575-3338 336-9272 336-6241 575-3367 Property of: __________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ Phone #: ________________________ Email: ____________________________ In case of emergency, please notify: Name: __________________________ Phone #: __________________________

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OUR MISSION … … to form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and academic excellence. Oh, Cheer for the White and the Blue; Cheer for those brave, valiant Knights of O’Gorman So noble, so gallant, so true For O’Gorman’s glory sing. We’ll fight till the battle is won. And our flag over all is proudly flying. With fanfare of bugle and drum, O’Gorman Knights, O’Gorman Knights, To victory riding. 3

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FACULTY Alex Anderson ..................................... Academic Services ............................................. aanderson@sfcss.org Doug Basche ....................................... English/Yearbook .............................................. dbasche@sfcss.org Jeff Baustian ........................................ Theology ................................................................ jbaustian@sfcss.org Julie Benson ........................................ Science .................................................................... jbenson@sfcss.org Jane Bradfield...................................... Business/Social Science ................................... jbradfield@sfcss.org Kelly Brose .......................................... World Language ........................................................kbrose@sfcss.org Nancy Carpenter ................................. Math .................................................................... ncarpenter@sfcss.org Jessica Fauteck ................................... Social Science/World Language .......................... jfauteck@sfcss.org Teresa Fester ...................................... English/Performing Arts ............................................. tfester@sfcss.org Patrick Frankman ................................ Photography ....................................................... pfrankman@sfcss.org Jeff Gordon .......................................... Social Science ......................................................... jgordon@sfcss.org Sophia Hermanson .............................. English ..............................................................shermanson@sfcss.org Jordan Huska ...................................... Computer Science/Technology ................................. jhuska@sfcss.org Patricia Irvine ....................................... Theology .................................................................... pirvine@sfcss.org Mary Johnson ...................................... Librarian ................................................................ mjohnson@sfcss.org Kelly Jones .......................................... Counselor ............................................................ kjones@sfcss.org B.J. Keppen ......................................... Mathematics ...........................................................bkeppen@sfcss.org Katie Kerkvliet .................................. Academic Services ........................................... kkerkvliet@sfcss.org Ben Koch ............................................. Instrumental Music...................................................... bkoch@sfcss.org Kent Kolsrud ........................................ Physical Education ................................................. kkolsrud@sfcss.org Jonathan Konz..................................... Campus Minister ....................................................jkonz@sfcss.org Rachael Kramer................................... Vocal Music ............................................................. rkramer@sfcss.org Steve Krier ........................................... Social Science .............................................................skrier@sfcss.org Tyone Kruse ........................................ Science .......................................................................tkruse@sfcss.org Kristin Kuchenbecker........................... World Language .......................................... kkuchenbecker@sfcss.org Rochelle Lauret ................................... Athletic Training ......................................................... rlauret@sfcss.org Chad LeBrun ....................................... World Language .......................................................clebrun@sfcss.org Ken Lindemann ................................... Mathematics ...................................................... klindemann@sfcss.org Doug Lindner ....................................... Social Science .........................................................dlindner@sfcss.org Leo Lorang .......................................... Theology ....................................................................llorang@sfcss.org Angela Lynch ....................................... FACS/Social Science............................................ alynch@sfcss.org Rick Lynch ........................................... Mathematics ............................................................... rlynch@sfcss.org Sheila McQuade .................................. Mathematics ...................................................... smcquade2@sfcss.org Heather Nohrenberg ............................ English ............................................................. hnohrenberg@sfcss.org Beth Odenbach.................................... Science ...............................................................bodenbach@sfcss.org Xavier Pastrano ................................... English ..................................................................xpastrano@sfcss.org Jayson Poppinga ................................. Science ................................................................. jpoppinga@sfcss.org Shannon Poppinga .............................. Academic Services .............................................. spoppinga@sfcss.org Brian Rasmussen ................................ Show Choir ....................................................... brasmussen@sfcss.org Crystal Richter ..................................... Mathematics .............................................................crichter@sfcss.org Jane Schnell ........................................ Science .................................................................... jschnell@sfcss.org Debbie Schulte .................................... Theology ................................................................. dschulte@sfcss.org Michelle Shields................................... Theology ................................................................ mshields@sfcss.org Gary Siska ........................................... Art/Drafting .......................................................... gsiska@sfcss.org Gwen Skar ........................................... English .........................................................................gskar@sfcss.org Bob Stevens ........................................ Debate ................................................................... bstevens@sfcss.org Lynn Thomason ................................... World Language .................................................. lthomason@sfcss.org Nick Tunge .......................................... Science ..................................................................... ntunge@sfcss.org Jason Van Engen ................................ English/Knight Scroll ....................................... jvanengen@sfcss.org Ed Whiting ........................................... Social Science/Industrial Arts ............................. ewhiting@sfcss.org 4

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ADMINISTRATION Kyle Groos ........................................... Principal .....................................................................kgroos@sfcss.org Joan Mahoney ..................................... Assistant Principal ................................................ jmahoney@sfcss.org Art Hagg .............................................. Assistant Principal/Counseling Director..................... ahagg@sfcss.org Steve Kueter ........................................ Activities Director ......................................................skueter@sfcss.org Fr. Shaun Haggerty ............................. Chaplain ................................................................shaggerty@sfcss.org SUPPORT STAFF Jackie Shotkoski .................................. Administrative Assistant........................................jshotkoski@sfcss.org Darlene Dunn ...................................... Math Support ............................................................. ddunn@sfcss.org Nick Fischer ......................................... Chemical Dependency Counselor ........................... nfischer@sfcss.org Pam Gordon ........................................ Attendance Coordinator .......................................... pgordon@sfcss.org Sue Knight ........................................... Counseling Assistant/Registrar ................................ sknight@sfcss.org Aaron Strand ....................................... Activities Coordinator/Rentals ................................. astrand@sfcss.org 2016-2017 OGHS CALENDAR August 17 ........................................ Personnel Pre-Service August 22 ................................... First Day of School – Orientation/FUD September 5 ............................... No School – Labor Day September 22 ................................. Fall Reporting Period #1 October 10 ...................................... No School – Teacher In-Service October 26 .................................. Fall Reporting Period #2 October 27 .................................. No School – PK-12 Conferences October 28 .................................. No School – Vacation Day November 23 .............................. Early Dismissal (noon) November 24 .............................. No School – Thanksgiving November 25 .............................. No School – Vacation Day December 22 .............................. End of Fall Semester December 23 .............................. No School – Christmas Break Begins January 3 ................................... School Resumes January 13 ...................................... No School – Teacher In-Service January 16 ...................................... No School – Martin Luther King Day February 3 ...................................... All SFCS Mass – Early Dismissal February 15 .................................... Spring Reporting Period #1 February 16 ................................ No School – PK-12 Conferences February 17 ................................ No School – Vacation Day February 20 ................................ No School – President’s Holiday March 16 ......................................... No School – Teacher In-Service March 17 ......................................... No School – Vacation Day April 3 .............................................. Spring Reporting Period #2 April 13 ....................................... Early Dismissal (noon-Holy Thursday) April 14 ....................................... No School – Good Friday April 17 ....................................... No School – Easter Monday May 19 ....................................... End of Spring Semester (No School) May 20 ....................................... OGHS Graduation @ 7 pm – Elmen Center 5

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Important Phone Numbers ............................................ 1 2016-2017 OGHS Calendar ......................................... 5 General Information ...................................................... 8 Right To Amend ............................................................ 8 Access / Visitors............................................................ 8 Activities Classification ................................................. 8 Asbestos Compliance ................................................... 8 Bulletin Boards / Posters / Signs .................................. 8 Cafeteria / ID Card ........................................................ 8 Campus Ministry ........................................................... 9 Communication ............................................................. 9 Concern / Complaint Procedure ................................. 10 Closed Campus .......................................................... 10 Dispensement Of Medication...................................... 10 Faith Community ......................................................... 11 Guardianship............................................................... 11 Guests Of Students .................................................... 11 Insurance / Liability ..................................................... 11 Library ......................................................................... 11 Lockers ....................................................................... 12 Parent Advisory Board ................................................ 12 Parking And Vehicles .................................................. 12 Purchases For Student Activities ................................ 12 School Closings & Late Starts (Weather Related) ..... 12 Security Cameras ....................................................... 12 Service Hours ............................................................. 12 Student Council........................................................... 13 Supervision (After-School) .......................................... 13 Telephone Calls / Announcements ............................ 13 Tuition And Fees Policy.............................................. 13 Financial Assistance................................................... 14 Past Due Tuition ......................................................... 14 Volunteers .................................................................. 14 Academics .................................................................. 14 Academic Progress .................................................... 14 Academic Services ..................................................... 14 Achievement Academy............................................... 15 Activities And Eligibility ............................................... 15 AP / Dual Credit .......................................................... 15 Couseling Program ..................................................... 15 Course Requirements For Graduation ....................... 15 Dual Enrollment .......................................................... 15 Early Graduation ........................................................ 16 Graduation .................................................................. 16 Incompletes ................................................................ 16 National Honor Society............................................... 16 President’s Education Awards ................................... 16 Program Planning ....................................................... 16 Release Of Student Information To Military Recruiters .............................................................. 17 Reporting Periods (6-Week) / Report Cards / Transcripts ............................................................. 17 Requirements For College Entrance .......................... 17 School/Student Records............................................. 18 Senior Work Release/Internship ................................ 18 South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship ...................... 18 South Dakota Regents Scholars ................................ 18 6

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Weighted Grading Option ........................................... 18 Attendance .................................................................. 18 Attendance Policies .................................................... 18 Absences .................................................................... 19 Appointments .............................................................. 19 Extended Absences .................................................... 19 Excessive Absenteeism / Loss Of Credit.................... 19 Field Trips ................................................................... 19 Illness .......................................................................... 20 School Related Absences ........................................... 20 Tardiness .................................................................... 20 Truancy / Unexcused Class Absence......................... 20 Student Conduct ......................................................... 20 Expectations Of Conduct And Citizenship .................. 20 Acceptable Use Policy: Technology .......................... 21 Blogs, Social Networks & Virtual Reality Sites ........... 22 Conduct And Activities ................................................ 22 Code Of Conduct ........................................................ 22 Harassment / Bullying Policy ...................................... 23 School Safety: ............................................................. 24 Appropriate / Inappropriate Behavior .......................... 24 Alcohol / Illegal Drugs ................................................. 24 Cell Phones................................................................. 24 Electronic Devices (Other Than Cell Phones) ............ 24 Falsifications ............................................................... 25 Marriage ...................................................................... 25 School Dances ........................................................... 25 School Property .......................................................... 25 Theft - Vandalism ....................................................... 25 Threats Of Violence .................................................... 25 Tobacco ...................................................................... 25 Weapons .................................................................... 26 Consequences / Interventions .................................... 26 Behavior Contract ....................................................... 26 Detention .................................................................... 26 Expulsion .................................................................... 26 Hall Passes................................................................. 26 In-School Suspension ................................................ 26 Out-Of-School Suspension......................................... 26 Academic Integrity ...................................................... 26 Academic Integrity / Plagiarism .................................. 26 Uniform Policy ............................................................ 27 Hairstyles .................................................................... 27 Pants .......................................................................... 27 Shirts .......................................................................... 27 Shoes ......................................................................... 28 Special Events Wear .................................................. 28 Overall Appearance .................................................... 28 Alternative Dress Opportunities ................................. 28 Respect & Protect ...................................................... 29 Schedules ................................................................... 31 7

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GENERAL INFORMATION O’Gorman High School honors the memory of Bishop Thomas O’Gorman; a man dedicated to the cause of Christian education. He was Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD from 1898 to 1921. During this time, he encouraged the building of eighteen parochial schools. OGHS is a co-educational Catholic High School providing instruction in grades nine through twelve. It was established in 1961 under the direction of Bishop Lambert Hoch, to provide an opportunity for those who wish to add a faith dimension to their education. It is financed by student tuition and fees, donations, and the nine Catholic parishes of Sioux Falls. RIGHT TO AMEND This handbook will serve as a general reference for school information. It is not exclusive in content, and is subject to interpretation by administration. For additional clarification or questions, check with your principal. The Administration of O’Gorman High School reserves the right to amend the student handbook when necessary. ACCESS / VISITORS The school will be locked during school hours. All visitors must check in at the Administration Office. School hours are 8:05 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. ACTIVITIES CLASSIFICATION Sioux Falls Catholic School’s activities consist of four categories: SFCS Activities (Athletic / Performing Arts); SFCS Clubs & Organizations; Club Sports; & outside organizations in which SFCS students participate. Each category is different in how it receives approval, budget, fundraising, supervision, use of facilities, insurance and requirements for volunteers (safe environment training). For more information please contact our Activities Office. Clubs and Organizations must be school approved. These groups are responsible for funding themselves as they are not part of the SFCS Operating Budget. If students qualify for nationals, parents are expected to pay for the trip. Any fundraising that occurs must be approved by SFCS. The registration fee and coach/supervisor fee are the only items that can be fundraised. Any contracts for event expenses may be negotiated in the name of SFCS and signed by approved designated SFCS employees only. Facility use must be approved by the administration and must have an SFCS staff member present during the use of the facility. ADMISSIONS Sioux Falls Catholic Schools (SFCS) strives to educate students who desire a Catholic education within the parameters of our general and college prep curriculum. O’Gorman High School i s committed to providing education services to all students as deemed appropriate through a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). SFCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color or national origin. SFCS does not discriminate on the basis of disability, if the student can meet the academic and behavioral requirements of O’Gorman High School with reasonable accommodations and/or modifications. ASBESTOS COMPLIANCE As required by federal law and in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, all SFCS school buildings are examined by a state approved asbestos inspection company. All schools are in compliance with applicable safety regulations. Copies of inspection reports and management plans are on file in school offices. Questions or concerns can be directed to the President’s Office where the SFCS master plan is on file. BULLETIN BOARDS / POSTERS / SIGNS Before being posted, all materials must receive approval from Administration CAFETERIA / ID CARDS The SFCS system provides a well-balanced, nutritional hot lunch program for students, staff and guests, and adheres to the SFCS Wellness Policy and USDA requirements. Students and adult visitors may bring their own lunch from home, and milk is available for purchase. Fast food is not allowed in the cafeteria. Students will not be allowed to leave school for lunch without parental permission. We encourage parents to find a time outside the school day to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions with friends. Students will utilize activity cards throughout the school year to make cafeteria purchases for breakfast, lunch, and/or ala carte. If an activity card is lost; a new card can be purchased for $5 in the Counseling Office. Money may be deposited into a student’s lunch account from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria or online. The 8

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student‘s activity number must be marked on the check or cash deposit envelope. Breakfast items are served from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., and lunch is served over four lunch periods from 10:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. on a regular schedule day. All students must eat in the cafeteria; no food or beverages other than water are permitted outside the cafeteria, including classrooms, with the exception of the Family/Consumer Science room and/or students with eight full class periods. Locker rooms will be locked and off limits during the lunch periods. Free and Reduced Price Lunches: Instructions and the application for free and reduced price lunches are available on the SFCS website, at the central office, or your school office. Parents may apply at any time during the year if the household size increases, income decreases, or if the family qualifies for SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF. If parents are temporarily laid off or temporarily disabled and cannot work, children may be able to receive free or reduced price meals during that time. Special Diet Request: SFCS will make reasonable accommodations for students whose allergies restrict their diets and parents are asked to be cooperative and supportive of any needed adjustments to ensure the safety of students. Parents of children with food intolerances/allergies must complete the Health Services Request Form C – Food Intolerance/Allergy Action Plan, available in the school office or on the SFCS website. An updated form signed by the student’s physician is needed each school year. At the end of the school year, a student’s remaining lunch account balance will remain in the account until the next school year or transfer to a sibling. If the student leaves SFCS, a balance of $5 or greater will be refunded. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 7202600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 6329992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax:(202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. last Published: 11/19/2015 CAMPUS MINISTRY Our faith community has its foundation in Theology classes and education, prayer and spirituality, liturgy and sacraments and service as a way of life. Our goal follows the philosophy of O’Gorman High School in implementing the statement of the US Catholic Bishops on Education; “To Teach as Jesus Did”. The fourfold purpose is to know the message of hope revealed by God, to experience fellowship in community based on the message, and to celebrate the message through worship and service. Retreats: A day of retreat is scheduled each spring for all classes. Each grade level will meet at a separate location and focus on a different topic related to their spiritual growth. Mass is celebrated and our parish priests as well as the entire staff participate in the retreats. Senior Leadership Day is a voluntary retreat that encourages the senior class to embrace their role as Christian servant leaders for their senior year, beginning with Freshman Unity Day. We want them to recognize and appreciate that they are the face of O’Gorman and that they have a responsibility to inspire our freshman to greatness. Spiritual Formation Opportunities are available to the student body through a number of small group activities such as Guys Group, Endow, and Catholic Culture. These vary from year to year. COMMUNICATION We seek to actively involve parents in the education of their children. As partners in education, the school will communicate with parents and students through conferences, e-mails, written and oral reports, electronic newsletters and Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) during the school year. Parent Portal can be accessed at 9

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www.sfcss.org. Parents should immediately contact the school or teachers with questions, concerns and suggestions regarding their children or the school program. For the safety and well-being of your child, please notify the school of any changes that might affect his or her life at school (i.e., change of address and/or phone number, death of a loved one, change in family status, parents out of town, etc.). We are a team, and we can work best when we keep each other informed. If you wish to contact a staff member, you may call the school office and leave a message, and the staff member will return your call. You may also e-mail staff members. E-mail addresses are listed in the front of the handbook or are available on our webpage. CONCERN / COMPLAINT PROCEDURE In keeping with the school-parent partnership, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools attempts to address concerns in a confidential, informed and timely manner. How concerns are communicated is important to building a true faith community. Respect for students, parents and school personnel, as individuals made in the image of Christ, is paramount. We come together to resolve issues, not to win or lose. SFCS has a process in place based on the law of subsidiary (i.e., address a concern or resolve the difference first at the level of origin). The following steps should be applied. • A parent should first discuss the concern with the teacher/coach with the objective of resolving the concern informally. • If the concern is not resolved with the teacher/coach, the concern may be communicated to the school principal/activities director with the objective of resolving the concern informally. A written response will be furnished to the parent if requested. • If the concern is still not addressed, the parent may communicate the concern to the president’s office . During the course of a school year, administrators and staff members receive numerous written correspondences either by e-mail or mail. As a school we will only respond to communication that is signed and/or in person. School administrators will decide if circumstances warrant a different response. Our goal with regard to the above referenced steps is to provide an opportunity to resolve issues in the most responsive way while ensuring that SFCS students, families and employees are represented in an honest and fair way at every level. By maintaining timely and effective communication, we hope to build on your trust. Trust evolves from each attempting to discern, in a safe manner, what is best for everyone while maintaining confidentiality and respect. CLOSED CAMPUS O’Gorman High School is a closed campus. Once students arrive, they are to remain in the school building. The only exceptions to this are certain opportunities during the magazine drive and senior open campus. Senior open campus is offered to qualifying seniors during the last nine weeks of the school year. During the fall & spring semester exam schedules, all students are allowed to utilize open campus. DISPENSEMENT OF MEDICATION Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine should, whenever possible, be dispensed by a parent or guardian. Sioux Falls Catholic Schools acknowledges that its personnel have limited or no knowledge of administering medications to students. Sioux Falls Catholic Schools can refuse to dispense medications to students. First aid materials can be found in the Administration Office. Students with a medical condition requiring a medical care plan or who depend on medication in order to stay in school, and whose parents cannot be present to dispense it, will follow this procedure: • Parents requesting that staff be aware of a specialized medical care plan for their child which does not require staff to administer medication, complete the Health Services Request Form A – Student Medical Care Plan. • Parents requesting that staff administer medication during the school day for their child need to fill out Health Services Request Form B – Administration of Medication during the School Day. • Parents, of students who have both food intolerances and/or food allergies with a specialized diet prescription, will be requested to attend a conference session to discuss specific procedures and instructions following the completion of the Health Services Request Form C – Food Intolerance / Allergy Action Plan. NOTE: If you need one of these forms, please contact the school office. • Prescription medication must be brought to the Administration Office in the morning, and the student should return when it is time to take the medication. • Non-aspirin products will be dispensed to students upon request, provided permission has been granted 10

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• as indicated on the parental permission form. Students prescribed an inhaler for asthma are able to carry it with them throughout the school day. FAITH COMMUNITY To be a faith community is our call and our mission at O’Gorman High School. Students, parents, teachers, pastors and parishioners are called to be in a relationship rooted in the Gospels. We do this through teaching theology, nurturing community, promoting service, and by providing multiple prayer and liturgy opportunities. See “Campus Ministry” or “Service Hours” for more information on those activities. The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of our Catholic Christian life and is central to our life at O’Gorman. Liturgies invite us to celebrate the events in our lives and God in our midst with one another. Daily mass is celebrated in the Chapel. A schedule of masses and prayer services is posted. Large group liturgies are celebrated each week, usually on Wednesdays, at which time no classes are in sessions. Freshmen are required to attend this weekly mass. All other students may choose to participate in the liturgy or to study in a supervised study situation, but are not allowed to leave the building. The all-school liturgies with faculty and students in attendance are celebrated once a month and on occasions such as Homecoming, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Ash Wednesday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated communally during Advent and Lent. This sacrament is also available during other regularly scheduled times during the week as well as by appointment. Students assist in the preparation and planning of Mass and communal reconciliation. Students are also encouraged to participate through the many roles in the liturgy such as lector, prayers of the faithful, cantor, altar servers, and gift bearers. GUARDIANSHIP Students must be living at home with a parent or legal guardian in order to attend O’Gorman High School. Any situation, which deviates from this guideline, must be brought to the attention of school administration so determination can be made regarding the school status of the student. Action could include removal from school. GUESTS OF STUDENTS Students are allowed to have guests visit O’Gorman High School with prior administration approval. The host student must seek permission from the Administration Office. The request must be made in writing and completed by the visiting student’s parent/guardian and the host student’s parent/guardian. It should be returned to the Administration Office prior to the visit. The visiting student must be dressed in accordance with school dress code and must comply with all policies as outlined in this handbook. The school retains the right to deny this request. It is recommended that guests be invited only in special circumstances and not as a social event for students. INSURANCE / LIABILITY Parents are advised that students are not covered and or provided with insurance through SFCS for injuries (including dental) caused by accidents while at school or attending a school activity. Parents may seek private accident insurance, if they wish, through an insurance company of their choosing. Parents are responsible for all medical expenses for their child (including ambulance calls, if warranted during the school day). Prior to their child’s participation in a field trip or special activity, parents may be required to sign a consent/liability waiver form (agreeing to hold harmless SFCS with regard to any claim in connection with any illness or injury or cost of medical treatment arising from or as a result of their child’s participation or attendance at the event). LIBRARY The library facilities provide the necessary materials for reading, reference, Internet and computer work. The library is open each school day at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Library use is a privilege. The following guidelines apply when checking out library resources: • All library materials needed for use outside the library must be checked out at the librarian’s desk. • Books may be checked out for a period of up to two weeks. Kindles may be checked out for two weeks. E-books and audio books may be checked out from the Digital Library for one or two weeks. Students can renew them if they are not in demand. • Online databases are available for research and may be accessed from school and home with the school’s login and password information. This information is available through the school librarian . • Periodicals are generally available for checkout for up to two weeks. Newspapers are available for use in the library only. 11

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• • Overdue notices will be sent to students on a regular basis, and as a reminder to turn in their books before the end of the year. Fines will be charged at the end of the school year for full replacement of lost or damaged material. Students who do not return library materials and/or pay their fines will not be allowed to take their semester exam finals until their account is in good standing. LOCKERS Each student has an assigned locker in which to keep books and outdoor garments. Each student will be responsible for the cleanliness of his/her locker. Each locker has a special combination. Student should not reveal the combination to others. Generally, lockers should be used only between periods with a minimum of noise and disturbance. Lockers remain the property of the school. Administration reserves the right to remove inappropriate postings on lockers. All lockers at O’Gorman High School are subject to search. PARENT ADVISORY BOARD O’Gorman’s Parent Advisory Board (PAB) consists of three parent representatives from each parish, and two at-large non-Catholic representatives. The focus of each monthly meeting is to discuss various topics & events, provide input, and to be a “sounding board” to the principal. The PAB is a non-policy making board. Representatives are chosen by their parish priests. Additional information, including meeting minutes, is available on the OGHS website. PARKING AND VEHICLES Driving and parking on school grounds is considered a privilege. Students are expected to operate their vehicles in a safe and cautious manner. Actions contrary to this expectation could result in revocation of driving privileges. Students are to park their vehicles in student designated areas and leave them immediately. Loitering and littering on school grounds or reckless driving are not allowed. Students who park in areas other than student designated parking will receive a $25 fine for a first time offense and a $50 fine for each subsequent offense. Cars parked illegally (fire lane, handicap, etc.) will be ticketed by the School Resource Officer. Any/All vehicles parked on the campus of O’Gorman High School are subject to search. PURCHASES FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES No student shall purchase any item for or in the name of O’Gorman High School, or charge anything to the school. SCHOOL CLOSINGS & LATE STARTS (WEATHER RELATED) O’Gorman High School will announce any school closings and/or late starts due to weather through the local media and by way of the School Messenger notification system. School Messenger is an automated calling system that allows administrators to communicate important or urgent messages to designated parent phone numbers and/or emails. It is our goal to have a decision made by approximately 5:30 a.m.; however, a decision might be made later if the weather forecasts are not clear. Sioux Falls Catholic Schools will notify local radio and television stations. SECURITY CAMERAS O’Gorman High School believes that the safety of students and staff is a top priority. Security cameras are placed in the building to assist with this goal. SERVICE HOURS Purpose: The purpose of the service program for students at O’Gorman High School, by virtue of their baptismal call, is putting faith into action, words into deeds and reinforcing the gospel message that Jesus, our model, came not to be served but to serve. It is our hope that our students learn that love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbor, and that the habit of service will last a lifetime. The following service program is required of all freshmen, sophomores, juniors & seniors who are enrolled in a Theology course. Program Options: The goal of the service program is to highlight the good stewardship already happening in our lives, emphasize the corporal works of mercy and to encourage our students to consistently continue service as a way of life. To earn service hours, parents/guardians and students could consider options such as: • Parish activities • School activities (School provides supervision) • Diocesan activities 12

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• Volunteering at agencies that assist the poor in our community (e.g. The Banquet, St. Francis House, etc.) • Volunteering at a nursing home or hospital • Other areas (Students are required to get approval from their Theology teacher prior to completing any questionable service opportunity to ensure that it will qualify). Expectations: Aside from being a core Gospel value, serving those within our community is part of what it means to be Christian, and part of who we are as a Catholic educational institution. For these reasons, parents/guardians and students will abide by the expectations and guidelines established by O’Gorman High School. Parents and students are responsible for verifying both the location of the service and the level of safety and supervision provided by the supervisor, the type of Christian service being performed and transportation for their student outside of school sponsored service opportunities. Guidelines: 1. Students will track their service hours by recording the date, location, hours of service, description of work, phone number and a signature of the supervisor for that particular service opportunity. Parents are required to sign the Christian Service verification form prior to the beginning of any service. (Someone other than parents/guardians must serve as the supervisor.) Students will be required to earn 10 hours of service per semester. Each semester the service hours will constitute 10% of the Theology grade. 2. Service means that you receive no payment for your services for non-profit organizations. Service to student’s immediate family will not be accepted. No more than two hours per semester may be counted toward extended family service. 3. O’Gorman High School will post school-sponsored & outside service opportunities on the O’Gorman website under the “Faith” section. The service opportunities page provides the guidelines & expectations, a list of service opportunities & downloadable forms. 4. Because we want to encourage a variety of activities, service should not exceed four hours per event. 5. For freshman, service hours may be started anytime after the first day of school. Summer hours will not be accepted. 6. For sophomores, juniors & seniors, 5 hours of summer service may be applied to the fall semester. STUDENT COUNCIL The OGHS Student Council consists of two committees – Activities and Principal Advisory. While both come under the umbrella of the Student Council, each committee has its own unique goals and objectives. Each committee is made up of approximately fifteen members and has a committee chair. Student Council elections are held in the spring semester. SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL The school day begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Exceptions to these times may occur due to staff meetings, special events, or inclement weather. At the conclusion of our school day, high school students who are not involved in an activity need to have a plan for leaving campus. This is unstructured time and can create issues if not addressed. Students who are not in activities and remain in the school building after 4:00 p.m. must remain on the steps in our front lobby located outside of the Administration Office. Our school facility is too large to allow unsupervised students to wander throughout the building. Students who find themselves in this situation will be expected to adhere to our expectations. They may leave this area only when their ride arrives. No supervision will be provided after 5:00 p.m., and students will be expected to leave the school building. TELEPHONE CALLS / ANNOUNCEMENTS Telephone messages for students will be delivered from the Administration Office throughout the school day. Messages will be delivered at the end of the class period to minimize disruptions. Students will be called from class only in emergencies. General school announcements will be made at the beginning of Period 7. TUITION AND FEES POLICY Families confirm next year’s registration by completing the online SFCS enrollment and tuition agreement through their TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) account for each child in their family attending SFCS. Tuition payment arrangements are set up through the TADS account. 13

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Tuition and Class Fees  Catholic student registered at one of the nine Sioux Falls parishes $4,885  Catholic student from other than the Sioux Falls parishes $5,275  Student of other faiths and denominations $5,750  International students $8,000 Tuition is the minimum amount that must be paid towards the total cost of educating each student. If it is within your capability to contribute more, you are encouraged to do so. Any amount contributed above the designated tuition rate is tax deductible. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Families may apply for financial assistance, including the Work Program, by completing the Financial Aid tab in the TADS family account. High school students who qualify may participate in the Work Program; students who work may further qualify for additional grant dollars. Numerous scholarships are also available through the SFCS Foundation. The deadline each year to apply for financial aid and scholarships is April 15. If you are experiencing a financial difficulty, contact the Admissions Office at 575-3358 to discuss assistance options. PAST DUE TUITION Delinquent accounts may be charged late fees, accrue interest, and may impact continued enrollment and restrict participation in academic and/or extra-curricular programs, testing, special ceremonies, and access to report cards, diplomas, transcripts and Infinite Campus student portals. Students with past due balan ces of tuition or other fees (textbook, library books, activity equipment/clothing, fines, etc.) at the end of each semester will not be allowed to continue enrollment in SFCS until arrangements have been made with the SFCS Business Office for full payment of past due tuition and fees. Families who experience financial hardship are encouraged to contact the school office or the SFCS Business Office. A detailed list of all payment policies is published on the Tuition Agreement. VOLUNTEERS Parents wishing to volunteer should contact the school office to complete appropriate paperwork and the volunteer orientation process, which includes a background check, completing a sexual misconduct form and online training, and information regarding responsibilities. Volunteer drivers will also need to submit insurance information and complete the driver’s form. Volunteers must sign in and out in the administrative office for their safety (evaluations, emergencies, fire drills, etc.) and the safety of students. Parents volunteering once do not need to complete the volunteer paperwork. ACADEMICS ACADEMIC PROGRESS Class grades and grade points are issued based on percentage ranges listed as follows: Grade Percent Grade Points A 93 - 100 4.0 B 85 - 92 3.0 C 77 - 84 2.0 D 69 - 76 1.0 F 00 - 68 0.0 Class grades and grade points include mathematical rounding based on the percentage ranges listed above. Special considerations may be made for students under specialized individual programs. ACADEMIC SERVICES O’Gorman High School is committed to providing educational services to students with diagnosed learning challenges. To the extent that it is possible, O’Gorman High School is committed to accommodating/ modifying coursework as deemed appropriate through a student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Individuals identified as needing accommodations or modifications will usually be instructed in a regular classroom setting, with adjustments made to meet the students’ needs and abilities. A meeting will be conducted with parents, administration and appropriate school personnel to determine if the student will receive accommodations or modifications. 14

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ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY The Achievement Academy is a supplemental academic program for SFCS students PK-12 that offers families enrichment or remedial options to broaden and strengthen student achievement, skills, knowledge and success. The program utilizes well-researched assessment, extensive resources, proven methods of instruction and a dedicated staff to design and implement individualized learning programs for each child. The program’s goal is to assist parents and schools in educating students to their highest potential. Because this program is supplemental, these services are not covered under normal tuition plans. The Achievement Academy Director oversees and/or coordinates all programs. Services available through the Achievement Academy: • Tutoring: SFCS has developed a school year and summer tutoring program staffed by SFCS faculty members. Families seeking the additional assistance of a tutor for their child should visit with their principal or Achievement Academy Director. Tutoring takes place in the schools at times arranged between the tutor and the family. Tutoring may focus on (1) curriculum content (supporting classroom assignments), (2) specific skills (reading, writing, phonics, math) or (3) time management/work completion. • Special Assessments: A variety of testing tools are available to identify individual student’s academic or developmental areas that would benefit from additional remediation and/or enrichment. ACTIVITIES AND ELIGIBILITY • Students must have passed at least four subjects in the semester preceding an activity to be eligible for the activity. If this South Dakota High School Activities Association regulation is not met, the remainder of this policy is not necessary. • If a student has passed four subjects in the previous semester, he/she must continue to pass at least four subjects AND not be failing in more than one subject at each of the reporting periods to continue participating in an activity. • The activity eligibility reporting periods will be at the completion of each six-week reporting period. The Counseling Department will provide the Activities Director & Principal with an eligibility list. The list will be reviewed by the Administration Team, and appropriate action will be recommended. • The student will have three days to comply with the academic eligibility rule. If the student does not comply, he/she will be ineligible in the activity until the teacher(s) of the failing course(s) notifies the Administration/Activities Director of the student’s passing status. At the end of each semester, the state rule will apply. • Junior high eligibility requirements are determined by the O’Gorman Junior High Petitioning Up proc edures. (See Procedures) • Transfer Rules (Athletics) — Any student requesting to transfer to or from O’Gorman High School is subject to the Open Enrollment requirements of the SDHSAA (South Dakota High School Activities Association). Contact the Activities Office or Counseling Office for more information. AP / DUAL CREDIT Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit courses are available for interested students. Specific information on these courses is found in the Course Description Book, which is available on the SFCS website. Student interest, past performance, and appropriate placement are primary considerations to enroll in these courses. COUNSELING PROGRAM The counseling program aims to make a vital contribution to O’Gorman High School. Guided by the needs of the students and the objectives of Christian education, it strives to provide maximum benefits to the students, school administrators, counselors and all staff members. Student-oriented service is the primary aim of the counseling program. The major service areas of information, student appraisal, counseling and placement are coordinated in order to help the individual student. COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION See the course description book or Counseling Office for more detailed information. Additional information can be found on the OGHS website. DUAL ENROLLMENT On occasion students attending O’Gorman High School may make arrangements to attend, part -time, a second school (Roosevelt, Washington or Lincoln High Schools, CTE Academy, technical institutes, or a local college or university). Dual enrollment must be coordinated through the Counseling Office prior to enrolling. Students enrolled under the Dual-Enrollment program are subject to the regulations of both O’Gorman High 15

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