Hoover High School Learning Compact
At Hoover High School, we are committed to preparing students for college and career. Our school’s instructional plan focuses on the development of skills and habits of mind that will serve them not just during their time at Hoover, but well beyond. We promote a “growth mindset” at Hoover—the belief that our students can do anything, provided they are willing to put in the effort, not give up, and learn from their mistakes. Metacognition, perseverance, communication, critical thinking, and study skills are also embedded in our instructional plan, as we recognize that these are the lifelong tools for meaning-making.
In order to achieve our collective goals, we must also promote positive attendance, responsible/respectful behavior, and a “ready to learn” attitude amongst our students. The table below highlights the important role that students, parents and Hoover staff play in promoting these student outcomes.
· Arrive to school on time every day, and be in your seat when the bell rings.
· Ensure that absences are cleared and missed assignments are completed.
· Monitor attendance through PowerSchool, and stay off of LOP list by participating in after-school tutoring, or other academic activities.
· Create an expectation that attendance is important.
· Track attendance through PowerSchool.
· Phone school whenever your child is out of school for any reason.
· Connect with counselors and Student Support staff if you or your child need assistance.
· Take attendance during first 10 minutes of class.
· Incentivize timely attendance (i.e. extra credit points for warm-up, perfect attendance, etc.)
· Communicate with students, parents and Student Support staff as soon as concerns arise.
Responsible, Respectful Behavior
· Treat yourself, each other, school personnel, our school, and our neighborhood with respect, and behave responsibly (online and off).
· Demonstrate academic integrity by submitting your own work (not someone else’s) as evidence of your learning.
· Use personal electronics responsibly. Silence phones and keep all electronic devices and headphones safely stored, unless they are an approved part of the learning.
· Treat your child, and school personnel with respect, and expect the same in return.
· Talk to your students about their day, and encourage them to share more than “yes” or “no” answers.
· Reach out to teachers via PowerSchool, and provide updated address and phone numbers to the school.
· If you are providing your child’s electronic device, make sure they understand that it’s your expectation that they are using the device responsibly.
· Treat your students, their parents, and each other with respect, and expect the same in return.
· Talk to your students early on about the appropriate use of electronics in your classroom. Help them develop their ability to be responsible users.
· Communicate with parents and Support Staff when issues arise.
· Work with Support Staff to implement Restorative Practices in your classroom, in an effort to solidify a classroom culture of respect and responsibility.
A “Ready to Learn” Attitude
· Come to class prepared with all necessary materials. Leave potential distractions at home.
· Stay organized to insure timely completion of assignments, and be ready to contribute in class daily.
· Respect instructional time by being engaged and allowing others to do the same.
· Dress in a manner that is appropriate for a school setting.
· Help your student manage their time, such that they are able to balance school work with extracurricular commitments.
· Support your student by insuring that they wear appropriate clothes to school.
· Monitor assignments and grades through PowerSchool, help your student manage their time, and communicate with teachers regularly.
· Promote and support the use of calendars/organizers to keep track of important dates related to your class.
· Confer with students regarding dress code issues, and refer as necessary.
· Make reviews of upcoming assignments a daily practice.
· Communicate with parents, counselors, and Support Staff when issues arise.
Skills for Success
There will be many obstacles to navigate on your route to high school graduation, but following this short list of recommendations can help you avoid getting tripped up by some of the most common ones.
Academic Integrity: Another habit that we want you to develop at Hoover is that of academic integrity. Basically, doing your own work. Teachers work hard to develop learning experiences that will provide you with an opportunity to construct meaning in their content area. Nothing will upset a teacher more quickly/thoroughly than you holding up someone else’s work as evidence of your own understanding. On a related note, this is also a transferable skill, as many colleges and universities have a zero tolerance policy regarding academic integrity. Copying, plagiarizing (using someone else’s words as your own), or cheating of any kind in college can result in some pretty serious (and expensive) consequences, including expulsion. Don’t do it.
Attendance: Missing school, coming late, or failing to remind your parents call in to attendance when you’re out, will result in a “loss of privileges”, which means that, until you clear your name off of the LOP list, you are not eligible to do any of the cool stuff that other students do: Academy field trips, athletic and club participation, dances, and senior activities.
Make a habit of coming to school on time, and keep a close eye on your attendance, and the bulletin, for opportunities to improve your attendance (i.e. after-school/Saturday tutoring in the library, and weekend community service events).
Dress Code: Rather than giving you a laundry list of clothing items that are prohibited, we’d like to simply encourage you to dress in a way that helps keep the focus on learning in your classrooms. Clothing that disrupts from teaching and learning could result in you sporting some “loaner” clothes, or waiting in the front office for someone to bring you an entirely new set of clothes—neither situation is a good use of your time.
For example, clothing or graphics that promote inappropriate products/topics (i.e. alcohol, drugs, or weapons), or which depict sexually suggestive graphics simply have no place in school. If it’s possible that someone is going to be made to feel uncomfortable (a fellow student, staff member, or your teachers), then let’s agree to keep that clothing item out of the rotation when it comes to school clothes.
In a nutshell, wearing clothing that distracts from teaching and learning is ultimately going to result in you missing out on some valuable class time. Don’t risk it—be yourself, but wear clothing that is comfortable, and appropriate for school.
Electronic Device Use: We get it—your phone is your social lifeline, but part of preparing you for the transition to college and beyond is helping you learn how and when to access your phone (and your headphones, for that matter). In short, there may very well be times during the school day when it’s OK for you to use your phone, but those times are determined by individual teachers. Unless your teacher has given permission, your phone and other electronic devices should be silenced and stored during class time. Headphones too.
Follow these simple guidelines to avoid separation anxiety related to the temporary loss of your phone:
· Keep your phone silenced and safely stored during class time.
· When you get to school in the morning, put your headphones away. (After all, nothing says “I’m not that interested in what you have to say” quite like having a pair of ear buds dangling over your ears, right?)
· If you slip up, and a teacher asks you to surrender your phone, do it. Don’t argue or attempt to negotiate. Your best shot at being reunited with your phone in a timely fashion is to simply apologize, and hand it over. If you make a big deal out of things, and get sent to the office, your phone will need to be picked up by a parent.