Passing periods are four minutes long. Students should move quickly and quietly to avoid tardies. After the bell, students must have a pass to be in the halls. No passes are given the first nor last ten minutes of every period.
Log in using your child’s CPS ID number as well as your unique school-issued personal identification number (PIN). Please come to school to obtain your PIN. To ensure the security of your child’s records, PINs will not be issued over the phone. This information and more can be found at www.cps.edu.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Twenty-four credits are necessary for a general high school diploma. Specific requirements are: Twenty-six credits are required for students to earn a CTE diploma. Note: Graduation requirements are subject to change.
ACC ACADEMY 2016-2017 ASSESSMENT POLICY AND GRADING AND PERFORMANCE SCALE
The School-Wide Parameters Are Specified Below:
Grade Point Averages (GPA): The GPA is a measure of a student’s performance across all credit bearing courses taken by the student over a period of time factoring in the grade earned and the potential credit for each course taken. For the standard GPA calculation, a grade value is assigned to each letter grade earned according to a 4.0 point scale (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0). For the weighted GPA, the calculation occurs in the same manner as a described in above except that weighted grade values are assigned to each letter grade based on the applicable course level designation as follows: college level courses, (AP courses) are weighted, carrying an additional 2.0 points. Honors courses are weighted and carry an additional 1.0 point. Grade Reporting: To provide students with optimum opportunities to be successful, students and parents must always have access to current information about assignments and grades. To this end, grades are updated in Gradebook by Monday of each week. Course grades for all classes are reported to students and their parents/guardians on an on-going basis through the combined use of printed report cards and Gradebook. Using the password-protected tool of Gradebook, students and parents may access the student’s grades in any current course at any time. In addition, formal report cards are reported at the end of each semester according to the Chicago Public Schools reporting schedule and format. Please note:
All modified grading scales listed in IEPs will be honored.
Final exams will be given on designated dates provided on the assessment calendar.
“Anticipated Zeros” are not allowed. Missing grades will be designated as such in Gradebook and will not be entered as “0”.
Major projects will be broken down into constituent parts to give students on-going feedback about their progress.
All grades are based on content and skills that are explicitly taught.
Manufacturing in Career and Technical Education Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. Many programs offer the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications, which can be used to gain employment, help pay for college, or start a career straight out of high school.
Pathway Certification: Industry-recognized certifications are credentials that students can earn as a way to distinguish themselves as a qualified and competent worker. To earn a pathway certification, students must demonstrate competency in a skill or a set of skills and pass an examination or have a certain amount and type of work experience or training. Please meet with the Program Director for Manufacturing Connect for information on admission and program expectations
ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY In all academic matters, ACC Academy Students are expected to “act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities [and to] take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them” (from the IB Learner Profile definition for Principled).
DEFINITIONS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Plagiarism: the representation of the ideas or work of another person as your own. This includes:
Directly quoting or copying and pasting from a source without the customary or proper citation.
Paraphrasing or summarizing another’s work without acknowledging the source.
Collusion: supporting misconduct by another student. This includes:
Allowing your work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another student.
Working with another student(s) on any assignment when the instructor has required independent or unaided effort.
Providing specific information about a recently given or future test, exam or other assignment to another student who thereby gains an unfair advantage.
Collaboration vs. Collusion: Students will frequently work in pairs and teams in all disciplines. During group work, answers and solutions may be freely shared, but all members are expected to contribute. Simply copying the answers from another’s report, homework, etc. without having helped to produce the product is plagiarism and will be treated as such. Students working in groups will often use the same software to generate graphs, charts, data tables, papers, note cards, outlines, labs, etc. and it would be expected that partners will have common data and similar conclusions, but interpretation, manipulation and presentation of information and ideas is done individually.
1Definitions of Academic Dishonesty are taken from the IB Academic Honesty Policy.
Duplication of work The presentation of the same work for different assignments or classes without teacher permission. Misconduct during an examination Using material or equipment not authorized by the teacher during a test, exam, or other academic evaluation, such as notes, information, study aids, a calculator, or any electronic device (including phones), this includes copying work from another student’s exam. Consequences for Academic Dishonesty Teacher conference, parent notification and loss of credit for the assignment.
ACC Academy Rules and Expectations Student ID must be worn and visible at all times. Students must dress and behave according to the CPS Student Code of Conduct. Students must use appropriate language and behavior toward peers. No outside food or drinks permitted. Authorized food and drinks may ONLY be consumed in the lunchroom. Electronics must be used for educational purposes in classrooms.
CPS STUDENT RIGHTS To receive a free high-quality public education, To be safe at school, To be treated fairly, courteously, and respectfully, To bring complaints or concerns to the school principal or staff for resolution, To tell his/her side of the story before receiving a consequence, To be told the reason for any disciplinary action verbally and in writing, To be given information about appealing disciplinary actions, and To express opinions, support causes, assemble to discuss issues, and engage in peaceful and responsible demonstrations.
CPS STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES To read and become familiar with this policy, To attend school daily, prepare for class and complete class and homework assignments to the best of his/her ability, To know and obey school rules and instructions given by the school principal, teachers, and other staff, To tell the staff about any dangerous behavior or bullying that occurs at school, on the way to and from school, or in the school community, To bring to school only those materials that are allowed, To treat everyone in the community with respect, and To respect school property, community property, and the property of others.
ATTENDANCE Students are expected to be in school every day, attend all classes, and be on time. Not attending class is directly linked to poor academic achievement. If a child must be absent then the parent/guardian must provide a signed note to the Attendance Office. The Attendance Office will provide the student with a reinstatement form to be signed by each teacher. The form must be dropped off to the Attendance Office to be marked excused in the computer and filed in the student’s attendance record. Excused absences are not to be held against the student. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to make up the work within the prescribed time.
Unexcused Absences The CPS Board of Education expects that students should not exceed more than nine (9) absences in a school year. Nine or more unexcused absences per semester may result in an F! Cutting Class Cutting class is a willful act of disobedience and defiance. Cutting class is considered an unexcused absence from class and will cause a student’s grade to be lowered.
Tardiness to School Each child must swipe into the building with his/her school I.D. each day. Any student arriving after the first class starts is considered tardy to school. Tardiness to Class There is no excuse for being tardy to class while in the school building. Students are given five minutes to pass from class to class. Tardiness disrupts the classroom environment, shows lack of respect and will not be tolerated. Early Dismissals In order for the attendance office to grant an early dismissal, the legal guardian must come to the school to pick up the child. An authorized adult, who is listed on the student’s emergency form and is designated by the parent/guardian, may pick up the student instead provided that the parent/guardian is contacted by a school official and consent is given beforehand. No student will be given an early dismissal until the parent/guardian is contacted.
Field Trips Parents/Guardians must field trip forms for each field trip. Students approved to go on a trip will have no loss of attendance for the day. Students attending the field trip are responsible for any missed work during their absence. Any student in school, not approved for the trip, must attend all classes.
FIRE AND DISASTER DRILLS When these occur, cooperation will prevent injury and/or loss of life. Students who pull a fire alarm will be suspended and arrested. Classroom teachers will give instructions to all students. The following rules must be observed: Don’t run. No shouting or rowdiness during the drill. Teachers should be the last person to leave the classroom and close the door. Students should know where to wait outside the building (see sign in each classroom). Teachers take attendance once outside. Everyone waits at least 500 yards away from the building.
Entrances and walkways leading to the building are to be kept clear to enable firemen to enter the building.
We follow ELSA: Evacuation, Lockdown, Shelter, All Clear. At the beginning of each year, teachers and students should review procedures listed on posters in each classroom.
LUNCHROOM The lunchroom is a place where respect for fellow students and their right to eat and gather in a clean and wholesome atmosphere should be recognized by everyone. The lunchroom is open for both breakfast and lunch. All are to obey the following rules and regulations:
Those who are purchasing food are expected to be in line, wearing their ID, at the beginning of their lunch period. Students are given 10 minutes to go to the lockers, use the washrooms, get their food and be seated. The aisles in the lunchroom must be kept clear. Passes are issued in emergency cases only.
DRESS CODE We believe that there is a correlation between appearance and behavior and that requiring proper dress and grooming is good preparation for the world of work. An individual’s dress, appearance, cleanliness, and behavior demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for others. Students’ attire and grooming should be appropriate for school. The following items of attire are NOT permitted: Any shirt other than an ACC Academy shirt/sweatshirt Any clothing that references gangs or gang related activity Inappropriate and/or offensive slogans on buttons, bottoms and belts (displaying and/or flashing offensive words pants hanging below the waist) and No hats/head coverings of any kind.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS (ID Cards) Students must wear their official ACC Academy identification cards at all times. Students are required to give this card to any school official or authorized representative of the school upon request. Failure to do so will result in suspension from school. Permanent IDs cost $5. Temporary IDs cost $1. Lanyards cost $1. A new ID will be generated after ten consecutive temporary IDs have been issued. Students must swipe in to the building with their ID or they are considered trespassing!
Get Involved! ACC Academy offers several after school sports and student activities. If you are interested in participating, please see the website for further information.
Senior Activity Policy Seniors need to maintain an 92% attendance rate (subject to change) in order to attend the following senior events: Senior Prom, Senior Luncheon, Senior Awards Night, and the Graduation Ceremony.