1. Table of Contents
  2. A Message from the Administration…
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  3. What We Want For Our Kids!
    1. Pleasant Valley School District Performance Expectations
    2. What We Believe
  4. PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
    1. EQUAL RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
    2. CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS
    3. GRADUATION HONORS
    4. GRADING POLICY
    5. GRADES 8-12 DROP/ADD POLICY
    6. HONOR ROLL
    7. HIGH SCHOOL PROMOTION POLICY
    8. MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CODE
      1.  A. Type of Infraction B. Disciplinary Action
    9. CHEATING/PLAGIARISM
    10. ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR COMPUTERS AND RELATED TECHNOLOGY
    11. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA
    12. PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT
    13. TRUANCY
    14. ACT 29
    15. 11/17/95
    16. PENALTIES FOR TRUANCY
  5. ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
    1. NCAA Division I
    2. NCAA DIVISION II ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
    3. NCAA DIVISION III ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
    4. CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    5. Providing a Core Course Listing
    6. ATHLETIC PRE-SEASON REQUIREMENTS
    7. EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY
    8. Military “Senior Information” Access:
    9. PLEASANT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
      1. LIBRARY RESOURCES
      2. LIBRARY ACCESS
      3. LIBRARY POLICIES
      4. PROCEDURES FOR USING THE LIBRARY
      5. LIBRARY DISCIPLINE POLICY



 


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Table of Contents
 
   
Page
Administrative Message  
2
     
Parent/Student Understanding Tear-Off  
2
     
PVSD Performance Expectations  
3
     
PVSD Belief Statements  
3
     
District Information  
4
     
Equal Rights Statement  
4
     
Curriculum Developers  
5
     
2008-2009 School Year Calendar  
6
     
Graduation Honors  
7
     
Grading Policy  
7
     
Drop/Add Policy  
7
     
Honor Roll  
8
     
Promotion Policy  
8
     
Honor Code  
8
     
Cheating/Plagiarism  
9
     
Acceptable Use Policy (Technology)  
9
     
Compulsory Attendance Law  
9
     
Provisions for Enforcement (Attendance)  
10
     
Truancy (Act 29 of 1995)  
10
     
NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements  
11
     
NCAA Core Course Requirements  
12
     
Athletic Pre-Season Requirements  
13
     
Extracurricular Eligibility  
13
     
Military Senior Information Access  
13
     
PVHS Library Resources  
14
     
PVHS Library Access  
14
     
PVHS Library Policies and Procedures  
15

 

 

 

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A Message from the Administration…
 
August, 2008
 
 
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:
 
We welcome you as a member of our school community. As we begin another year of school, we are looking forward to providing our students with an exciting and challenging educational program. We ask each student to engage our program with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
 
This handbook contains a great deal of the information you need to know about our practices, and regulations. It has been prepared to familiarize you with the many aspects of our practices and procedures. We encourage parents and students to discuss, with each other, the School Rules and Regulations and the policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities. Additional copies of the School District Policies that are referenced throughout the handbook are available at all buildings and the District Office, as well as on the district website www.pvbears.org .
 
It is both the students’ and parents’/guardians’ responsibility to be aware of the relevant contents of this handbook, and we would like you to read through the handbook and sign the first page indicating that you understand it. The signed statement must be returned prior to beginning of the cyber academy classes. We would appreciate any comments or suggestions concerning the handbook and its contents.
 
We hope that our parents and students will always do their best to help one another, support our School District and our policies, and take advantage of all the opportunities the Pleasant Valley School District has to offer.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Pleasant Valley Principals
 

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What We Want For Our Kids!


 
Pleasant Valley School District Performance Expectations
The Pleasant Valley School District educational program is focused upon school and community-determined academic outcomes for its young men and women upon graduation. All graduates are provided the instructional and extracurricular experiences and opportunities to enable them to meet our expectations to:
* Demonstrate effective communication skills including listening, speaking, writing and reading for understanding;
* Demonstrate the use of mathematical processes and applications to formulate and to solve problems;
* Demonstrate technological and informational literacy skills;
* Demonstrate responsible citizenship and ethical behavior;
* Apply understanding of the social sciences to the challenges of the present and the future;
* Demonstrate knowledge of healthy behaviors that will lead to the development of physical, mental and social well being;
* Demonstrate active care-taking of the earth and its finite resources;
* Produce, perform or exhibit their work in the arts;
* Demonstrate positive self-esteem and respect for others, and;
 
* Use critical thinking skills, including problem solving and decision making, both individually and  collaboratively.


What We Believe
 
The seven belief statements are the synthesized results of community and school input provided through the strategic planning process. They stand to remind us constantly of our focus in educational decisions by confronting us with the question, “Is what we are doing what we believe?”
      
* We believe that education is a partnership among students, parents, educators and the community to develop the “whole” student to become a productive member of a strong, culturally diverse nation and a changing global society.
* We believe that everyone can learn in a safe student-centered environment through a variety of learning opportunities and life experiences that support and engage individual differences.
* We believe that the school community should model and promote wellness, honesty, integrity, self-reliance, accountability, acceptance of diversity, and a positive work ethic as values essential to responsible citizenship.
* We believe that all school community members have the responsibility to insure a safe, positive and respectful environment.
* We believe that high expectations, a challenging curriculum, quality differentiated instruction, and an engaging learning environment develop a healthy lifestyle, foster greater student achievement, and promote self-esteem.
* We believe students have the responsibility to put forth their best effort to achieve their individual potential.

* We believe that education is a lifelong process and key to a successful society.
 

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PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
 

 
District Website
www.pvbears.org
 
District Main Phone #
570-402-1000

 
 
SCHOOL COLORS
Royal Blue & White
 
 

NICKNAME
The Bears”
 
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Ms. MiChelle Palmer, President
Mr. Thomas Murphy, Vice-President
Mr. Russ Gould, Treasurer
Mr. H. Charles Hoffman
Ms. Susan Kresge
Ms. Linda Micklos
Mr. John Sabia

Mr. Ryan Hinton
Mr. Harvey Frable
 
 
CYBER ACADEMY ADMINISTRATION
 
Mr. Robert Hines,
Associate Principal
 
Mr. Douglas Palmieri,
Cyber Academy Coordinator

 
 


 
EQUAL RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

To comply with Federal Laws (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Amendments of 1974 State laws, and State Department of Education regulations concerning equal rights and opportunities, and to assure those within the Pleasant Valley School District, the district declares itself to be an equal rights and opportunities agency. As an equal rights and opportunities agency, it does not discriminate against individuals or groups because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or non-relevant handicaps and disabilities as defined by law. The Pleasant Valley School District's commitment to non-discrimination extends to students, employees, prospective employees, and the community. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Mr. Anthony A. Fadule, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, at the Central Administration Office, Pleasant Valley School District, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania 18322 or by telephoning (570) 402-1000, ext. 1209. Handicapped persons may also contact Mr. Fadule regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible.
 
 
**The Pleasant Valley School District will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification.
 
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator at Pleasant Valley School District Administration Building, Rt. 115, Brodheadsville, PA 18322. Telephone: 570-402-1000, ext. 1209.
 

 
 



CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS
 
 
Course
Teacher
 
Course
Teacher
Grade
8  
Grade
9
Pre-Algebra Mr. D. West   Algebra 1 Mr. D. West
Physical Science Mr. R. Rimple   Earth Science Mr. M. Allison
Social Studies Mr. P. McCrone   American History II Mr. J. Goff
English 8 Ms. D. Dudak   English 9 Ms. V. Skrba
Reading 8 Ms. K. Catina      
         
Grade
10  
Grade
11
Geometry Ms. J. Bruch   Algebra II Ms. S. Liddic
Biology 1 Ms. S. Mackes   Chemistry Mr. J. Smith
World History Mr. D. Dangler   20th Century History Mr. K. Hess
English 10 Ms. K. Fuls   English 11 Ms. B. Fierro
         
Grade
12  
Additional
Courses
Trigonemetry Ms. S. Liddic   Health/Wellness Ms. B. Brodt
Physics Mr. R. Partington   Foundations of Art Ms. B. Cortese
American Government / Economics Ms. C. Castone
/Mr. J. Azarovich

Intro to Music
Intro to Business
Ms. L. Mann
Ms. J. Laubscher
English 12 Ms. P. Reduzzi   Spanish 1 Ms. L. Lear
      Spanish 2 Ms. J. Vukson
      Word Processing Ms. M. Ruschak
      Computer Literacy Ms. T. McDermott
         
  
 
   



GRADUATION HONORS
 

 
1. Three categories of academic honors recognition for graduating seniors are provided based on their mark averages for all grades earned at Pleasant Valley High School (9, 10, 11, and first semester and first marking period of the second semester of 12). Special honor seals will be affixed to the diploma of those graduates who have earned such overall averages as shown below, and will be recognized during the annual commencement exercises and by special regalia.
 
      Summa Cum Laude: 96 - 100 Magna Cum Laude: 92 - 95.99 Cum Laude: 85 - 91.99
2. National Honor Society graduates will also be recognized during commencement by special regalia.
  
3. The top two (academic averages) graduates in the area of higher learning will be valedictorian and salutatorian. The "top" student in each area will be determined based on mark averages of all four grades (9, 10, 11, and first semester and first marking period of the second semester of 12th grade). The student considered for each area will have specialized in the curriculum areas as defined in the "Pleasant Valley High School Course of Studies." The criteria are available in the Guidance office.



GRADING POLICY
 

The following information pertains to the numerical grading policy.
1. Any grade average below 65 will be considered a failing grade.
2. During the 1st marking period, the lowest failing grade given to a student will be a 50.
3. During the 2nd marking period of all courses, teachers may award a numerical grade below 50 by petitioning the principal.
4. Any student who is absent on the day of a final exam must produce a doctor's excuse for the absence. Otherwise, a grade of "0" will be recorded for the exam.
5. Each one (1) credit course final grade will be determined by averaging the 1st and 2nd marking period grades and the final exam, where the final exam represents 20% of the final average.
6. Each half (1/2)-credit course will be determined by averaging the marking period grade and the final exam, where the final exam represents 20% of the final average.
 
7. Alphabetic and numeric grade equivalents are listed below:
                 Alpha Equivalent      Quality Points       Numeric Marks        Definition
A 4.00 92-100 Excellent
B 3.00 83-91 Above Average
C 2.00 74-82 Average
D 1.00 65-73 Below Average
F 0.00 0-64 Failure
P Pass
 
I Incomplete
    


GRADES 8-12 DROP/ADD POLICY
Students wishing to make course changes will be allowed to do so under the following conditions:
 
 
         1.A class, which is required, does not appear on schedule.
 
NO CHANGES WILL BE PERMITTED FOR ANY OTHER REASONS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR unless approved by the parent, counselor, teacher and administration. Said withdrawal could be given as a failing grade, which will affect the overall accumulative average of the student. Changes made after the date of the first progress report will receive a withdrawal failure.


  
HONOR ROLL
The following criteria shall be used in determining eligibility for the honor rolls:
1. A Distinguished Honor Roll student will be a student whose average of all marks is 93 or higher and who has not attained a grade lower than 79 in any one subject.
2. A Regular Honor Roll student will be a student whose average of all grades is 85 or higher and who has not attained a grade lower than 74 in any one subject.
3. A student must carry a minimum of six (6*) credits (*High School).
 
Determination of academic honor standing will be made by the Guidance Department and Administration at the end of each Marking Period. Honor standing announcements will be sent to the parents of each recipient at the end of each Marking Period.



HIGH SCHOOL PROMOTION POLICY
 

The issuance of a graduation diploma is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of credits as outlined by the Department of Education and the Pleasant Valley School Board. The promotion from grade to grade is contingent upon the student completing enough credits in each grade to be on target for graduation at the completion of one year in grade 12.
 


    
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CODE
It is the belief in the Pleasant Valley School District that the honest pursuit of academic excellence will lead to self-satisfaction, awareness, image and integrity. The belief in self-actualization through the learning process stems from the student responsibility to pursue knowledge. This honor code represents the belief that all students are capable of the honest pursuit of academic knowledge through research, homework, class-work, testing, and all other methods used by the faculty to assist and assess student progress.
Unfortunately, some students feel the pressure and need to circumvent the learning process by using the work of others and submitting this work as their own. In this regard, learning has not taken place, and in fact, a serious deterioration of the learning environment, student assessment, and the student's own principles have been violated.
Students who violate the Honor Code subject themselves to the following actions:


A. Type of Infraction B. Disciplinary Action
 
1. Cheating by copying answers on a marking period1. Teacher conference, parental contact, guidance
test, homework, or other assignment. counselor informed, a zero for all or part of the
                              assignment.
2. Cheating by gaining access of a test or assignment 2. Same as #1
distribution by the teacher.        Notification of the incident to Cyber School
Coordinator.       
3. Cheating by plagiarism, a major research paper 3. Same as #2.
*stealing a test or other assignment, or multiple Parental conference arranged through guidance,
     infractions of the Honor Code. notification of incident to Cyber School Coordinator and possible failure of the marking period.
4. Cheating by use of cell phone text messaging. 4. Same as #2.
      
  
*The teacher will conference with the student and counselor to determine if plagiarism or a mistake in format was made.*

See also “Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and Related Technology”.
 


   
CHEATING/PLAGIARISM
Cheating or plagiarism of any type will definitely result in failure of the evaluation or paper/project of the person cheating and possibly the person providing the information voluntarily. Failure of the course for the marking period is possible. In extreme cases, failure of the course for the year with no chance for make-up in summer school/tutorial may result.
(Also, see SUSPENSION PROCEDURES and HONOR CODE).


 
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR COMPUTERS AND RELATED TECHNOLOGY
  
Users of individual computers, computer networks and related equipment, subsequently referred to as hardware, in the Pleasant Valley School District must understand that this equipment as well as the programs and date that reside on the equipment, subsequently referred to as software, is the property of the Pleasant Valley School District and VLN Partners.
District/VLN Partners hardware and software is available for its students and staff to be used for educational purposes. Any other uses must receive permission from the administration. This use is a privilege and may be revoked at any time for disruptive or improper use of the hardware and/or software.
 
Students are expected to exercise responsible behavior and to abide by school policies and local, federal and state laws when using computers, networks, and Internet/telecommunications systems of the Pleasant Valley School District/VLN Partners. Demonstrating unacceptable behavior in using this equipment is considered a serious offense. Offenders will be subject to loss of computer, network and Internet/ telecommunications usage and any other appropriate disciplinary options, including criminal prosecution (SCHOOL BOARD POLICY #815).
 


      
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAW OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA
The "Compulsory School Age" in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is that period of the child's life from the time the child's parents/guardians elect to have the said child enter school, which shall not be later than the age of eight until the age of seventeen. Any child past sixteen years of age who holds a certificate of graduation from an accredited senior high school is not subject to its provisions.
Irregular attendance at school is one of the most common causes of failure. Even though a student may try to "make up" what has been missed, it is almost impossible to duplicate the experiences which occurred as the class discussed the lesson.
The State Law is very strict in regard to children's absence from school. Sickness of the child, death in the family, and extreme emergency reasons are the only reasons for absence that the state will accept as legal excuses.
It is a regular practice of the school to call the home of students who have accumulated absences. This is to fulfill the responsibility of monitoring attendance as well as opening the line of communication between the school and parents/guardians regarding attendance irregularities. Parents/guardians can help the school monitor attendance by calling the school if they know their children are going to be out for an extended time period.


   
PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT
FIRST OFFENSE (State School Code 1354)
A first offense consists of three or more days of student absence without legal excuse. Upon three days of illegal absence, it is the responsibility of the school to provide a written notice to parents/guardians. This reminder, the school district's official notice of violation, will be delivered by mail.
SECOND OFFENSE (State School Code 1333)
After the first offense is closed, the next day during the school year that the child is unlawfully absent becomes a second offense and requires the serving of a citation on the parent/guardian through the office of the magistrate resulting in a fine and court costs. The serving of the citation closes the second offense. Each succeeding day of unlawful absence by the same pupil becomes another second offense.


 
TRUANCY



ACT 29



11/17/95



PENALTIES FOR TRUANCY
 
 

 
Act 29 extensively revises provisions for truancy. The law raises fines placed on parents for truancy up to $300 per incident and requires the parents to pay court costs, be sentenced to complete a parenting education program, or the parents/guardians may be sentenced to five (5) days in jail. Under the Act, both the parent/guardian and the child would have to appear at the hearing by the Justice. If the parents/guardians show that they took reasonable steps to ensure the attendance of the child, the child will be fined up to $300 or be assigned to an adjudication program.
 
Other provisions allow a District Justice to suspend a sentence given to the parent/guardian or child if the child is no longer habitually truant. A District Justice may order the parents/guardians to perform community service for up to six months. The new law also grants the state, municipal, port authority, transit authority, housing authority, or school police officers the same arrest powers as attendance officers.
  
If a child of compulsory age cannot be kept in school in compliance with the provisions of the Act on account of incorrigibility, truancy, insubordination, or any other inappropriate behavior, or if the student is detrimental to the welfare of such school, the school may proceed against said child by petitioning for an adjudication of dependency.
In addition, Act 29 removes from the truant juveniles, their vehicle operating privileges: Ninety (90) days for the first offense, six (6) months for the second offense, and while juveniles are under the age of sixteen (16), they are prohibited from applying for their learners permit for the same periods of time after their sixteenth birthday. Finally, parents/guardians involved in home schooling are exempt from the act.

 
 
 


 

 

The most demanding academic eligibility requirements are found in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) which encompasses over 1200 institutions. These requirements help prepare student-athletes for the rigorous academic schedule they will encounter in college. The best preparation is a solid foundation at the high school level. Remember, the odds of a high school athlete making it to the professional level are astronomical! What really matters in the long run is receiving a good college education.
 
Each NCAA member institution has its own admission requirements and meeting the NCAA minimum academic requirements does NOT guarantee admission into a particular college.
 

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ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 

Each division in the NCAA determines its policies regarding academic eligibility requirements for financial aid, practice and competition. For a student-athlete to receive an athletic scholarship they must meet the academic eligibility requirements for that particular division.
 



NCAA Division I
 
Student-athletes, who plan to enroll in a Division I college between 2005 and 2007, and wish to participate in athletics, or receive an athletics scholarship, must meet the following academic standards:

· Graduate from high school
· Complete the 14 core courses in the following academic areas:
Ø Four years of English
Ø Two years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher level)
Ø Two years of Natural or Physical Science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
Ø One extra year of English, Mathematics or Natural/Physical Science
Ø Two years of Social Science
Ø Three years of extra core-courses (from any category above, or Foreign Language, Non-doctrinal Religion or Philosophy)
· Present a minimum required grade-point average in the core courses and

achieve a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course
grade-point average according to the NCAA Qualifier Index.
 

***Computer Science courses can be used ONLY if your high school grants graduation credit in mathematics or natural/physical science and the courses appear on your high school’s core course list as a math, or science course.***
 

Student-athletes who plan to enroll in a Division I college in 2008, or later, and wish to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship, must meet all NCAA requirements for 2005-2007, and must have completed two additional core courses (new total of 16) as shown below:

 
· Four years of English
· Three years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher level)
· Two years of Natural or Physical Science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
· One extra year of English, Mathematics or Natural/Physical Science
· Two years of Social Science
· Four years of extra courses (from any category above or Foreign Language, Non-doctrinal Religion or Philosophy)



NCAA DIVISION II ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 

Student-athletes, who plan to enroll in a Division II college in 2005, or later, and wish to participate in athletics, or receive an athletics scholarship, must meet the following academic standards:

· Graduate from high school
· Complete the 14 core courses in the following academic areas:
Ø Three years of English
Ø Two years of Mathematics (Algebra I or higher level)
Ø Two years of Natural or Physical Science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
Ø Two extra years of English, Mathematics or Natural/Physical Science
Ø Two years of Social Science
Ø Three years of extra courses (From any category above or Foreign Language, Non-doctrinal Religion or Philosophy)
 
· Present a 2.0 grade-point average in the core courses, and
· Achieve a combined SAT score of 820 or a sum score of 68 on the ACT

***Computer Science courses can be used ONLY if your high school grants graduation credit in mathematics or natural/physical science and the courses appear on your high school’s core course list as a math, or science course.***
 



NCAA DIVISION III ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 

Student-athletes who plan to enroll in a Division III college should contact the administrative offices regarding its policies on eligibility for financial aid, practice and competition.
 



CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 

A Core Course is a course that meets the following criteria:
 

 
· A course defined as a recognized academic course that qualifies as a high school graduation credit in one of the following areas or a combination thereof: English, Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, and Non-doctrinal Religion/Philosophy.
· The course must be considered college preparatory by the high school. College preparatory is defined for these purposes as any course that prepares a student-athlete academically to enter a four-year college upon graduation from high school.
· The course must be taught by a qualified instructor as defined by the appropriate academic authority (e.g. high school, school district or state agency with authority of such matters) and at or above the high school’s regular academic level (i.e. remedial, special education or compensatory courses shall not be considered core courses).



Providing a Core Course Listing
 
Each high school has a list of courses that have been identified as “NCAA Approved Core Courses.” Keep several of these lists available for student-athletes or inform them how to obtain a listing from the internet Core Course Database at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net . The procedure below provides directions on obtaining a core course listing from the Clearinghouse website.
 
Using an internet browser access the site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net . The illustrated page should appear.
 
 

 



ATHLETIC PRE-SEASON REQUIREMENTS
 

 
All candidates for interscholastic sports must have a physical examination prior to the start of each sports season. Pleasant Valley School District always provides free examinations in school. They are usually given one day during the first week of August for fall sports, the last week of October for winter sports, and the last week of February for spring sports. In addition to the examination, PV requires an athlete's code, a health survey and a PIAA card, all of which must be completed by the parent and candidate prior to the physical examination.
 



EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY
 

  
Participation in extracurricular activities is dependent upon the student's maintaining an appropriate academic standing in his/her class work. Any student not passing two (2) or more credits per semester will be declared ineligible for further participation until passing averages have been re-attained. Participation in athletics requires the students passing a pre-season physical examination also. Student-athletes are reminded that they may not participate in the same sport during the same season as an individual or as a member of the team outside of the school program (PIAA, Article VIII, Section IA).
Academic eligibility will be monitored on a weekly basis. Any student who has been deemed academically ineligible may be at practice only for the purpose of maintaining proper conditioning or the like. He/she may not participate on any team, in skill work, in concerts/performances, or in competition during the period of ineligibility. Said ineligibility period will last for one full week (Monday through the following Monday morning).

It must be emphasized that students involved in extracurricular activities carry a great responsibility in representing the school wherever they are. The manner in which they carry themselves determines, in good measure, the reputation of our programs. All student conduct shall be in accordance with all applicable school rules, regulations, procedures and/or policies.
 

 
  


Military “Senior Information” Access:

Reminders to all students that according to statute, military recruiters have access to all students, addresses, and telephone numbers if published. If you do not wish military recruiters accessed to your information, please indicate in writing to the Guidance Office by October 3, 2008.
 

 
 
         


 
PLEASANT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY

Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning
<http://webpages.pvbears.org/hslibrary >
 
 



LIBRARY RESOURCES
 
The Pleasant Valley High School Library affords students, teachers, and staff access to a rich collection of reading and reference materials through traditional books, audio-visual materials, and electronic resources. In addition to the high school’s local collection, students can search the catalogs of over 3,000 libraries on the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA database at http://accesspa .state.pa.us and request library materials through interlibrary loan at no charge.
 
The library web site offers access to quality information resources to support our curriculum for the entire school community. Users will find selected links to all subject areas as well as links to recommended book lists, MLA guidelines, copyright information, web site evaluation, search tools, and research strategies. The web site also includes research guides in PDF format for the term paper, career project, literary criticism, and graduation project as well as the Library Handbook.
 
The library online catalog can be accessed via the library website. Students can search the library collection by conducting a basic search, an advanced search, or a visual search. Students can view information about their own library account, including checkouts, due dates, reserves, and fines.
 
In addition, a variety of online subscription services provide current, authoritative, and comprehensive coverage via the Internet. The high school subscription services are selected to support all areas of the curriculum. Students may printout, download to disk, or email full-text articles to a personal account. Passwords are available for remote access.
 
The State POWER Library project provides Internet access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials. Home access to the POWER Library resources is available to all valid public library cardholders through Western Pocono Community Library at http://www .wpcl.lib.pa.us. You must enter your 14-digit public library card number. If your library card does not have 14 digits, you must go to Western Pocono Community Library to get a new card.
 
 



LIBRARY ACCESS
 
The library is open each school day, Monday through Thursday from 7:05 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.; and on Friday until 2:30 p.m. A flexible open schedule provides access to the library when needed by individuals, groups, and/or classes. Subject area teachers schedule class time in the library for students to learn the skills and resources necessary to begin research assignments.
 
Through joint planning, the librarian(s) and subject area teacher(s) will determine the number of additional research periods a student may need to complete an assignment. During the school day, students must present a signed library pass to use the library on their own. Students are encouraged to use the library during study hall period, during lunch, and after school to continue work on their research. They are responsible for planning their time and are expected to follow all library rules and procedures.
 
 
 
 
 



LIBRARY POLICIES
 
No materials may be taken from the library without being checked out. Students must present acceptable ID to check out library materials. Students may not check out books for other students.
 
Students may borrow three (3) books for two (2) weeks. Materials may be renewed as long as there are no holds pending. Note: During heavy research paper usage only one book per topic may be checked out.
 
Reference books, reserved books, periodicals, software, audio-visuals (with the exception of books on tape) may not be borrowed for home use. Blue-dot reference books may be checked out for one week.
 
Students are responsible for all items until they are returned. Students who lose library materials should report the loss immediately and are required to pay for the REPLACEMENT COST OF THE ITEM PLUS A $2.00 PROCESSING FEE by the last day of the marking period. Students who lose interlibrary loan books are required to pay the charges determined by the lending library. Students who fail to clear their library obligations will lose the privilege of borrowing materials.
 
Note: As per Pennsylvania Statute 4426, whoever retains library materials beyond 30 days after receiving written notice, will be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $25.00 to the district magistrate.
 
Overdue/fine notices are distributed every two (2) weeks and are included in report cards and progress reports each marking period. Students may view their library account information at any time from the library online catalog at school or at home. Note: All obligations must be satisfied before a graduation diploma is issued.
 
A charge of 5¢ per day will be made for each overdue book. A 25¢-per-day fine is applied to all One-Week Reference (Blue Dot), Career (Green Dot) and Criticism (Orange Dot) books. A charge of $1.00 per day, plus any lending library fees, will be made for overdue interlibrary loans. Removing the Interlibrary Loan Strap will result in a $1.00 fee.
 
A coin-operated black & white copier with a bill acceptor is available for student use at 10¢ per copy. Black & white computer printouts cost 5¢ per page. Graphics and color computer printouts cost 25¢ per page. All photocopies and printouts must be for school assignments and are made under provision of Section 108 of the Copyright Act of 1976.
 
Students are expected to use library materials and resources for research or reading. A quiet, academic atmosphere will be maintained at all times. Computers are for ACADEMIC USE ONLY. Students who attempt to download files, access non school-related email or blogs, or visit inappropriate sites will lose computer privileges.
 
Students may not eat, drink, or use cell phones in the library.
 
A Library Handbook, containing library services, policies, and MLA research guidelines, is distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year. Lost Library Handbooks may be replaced for a $2.00 fee, or may be downloaded from the library’s web site.
 
 



PROCEDURES FOR USING THE LIBRARY
 
1.  Students must secure a library pass to use the library during study hall or lunch prior to that period. Preferably, students should come for the pass before first period or the previous day after school.
2.  Students may not sign up for other students. Passes are non-transferable.
3.  Once a student has signed up for library time and is given a pass, it is expected that the student will report directly to the library from study hall or cafeteria within three (3) minutes of the time indicated on the pass by the teacher/monitor.
 
Students must report to the cafeteria and eat lunch before visiting the library. Once in the library, students must remain in the library until the end of the lunch period.
Students must notify the library if they are unable to use the pass; otherwise they will be written up for a class cut.
 
4.  Upon arrival students must:

 
a. sign in and deposit pass in the pass box;
b. gather all needed materials for research;
c. work quietly for the entire period;
d. checkout materials within the last five minutes of the period;
e. return all materials to their proper location;
f. gather all belongings and remain seated until the end of the period.

Students who choose not to follow the library procedures will lose the privilege of using study hall and lunch research passes.
 
 



LIBRARY DISCIPLINE POLICY
 
The library is in an academic setting. Its purpose is to support and enrich the academic program of the school. All of the general school rules stated in the student handbook apply in the library. Specifically, when using the library, students are expected to:
 

 
· Come to the library with a purpose and be prepared to work.
· Follow directions and cooperate with the librarians and library staff.
· Be respectful of other people, the facility, the equipment, and materials.
· Speak quietly and use appropriate language.
· Return materials on time and fulfill obligations such as payment of fines and damages.

Students who violate the rules will be given a warning; if the inappropriate behavior continues, a discipline referral will be made. Students who repeatedly violate the rules will lose their library privileges, and will only be allowed into the library while under the direct supervision of a teacher who is conducting a class activity.
 
 
 
 

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