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A. ACT PROGRAM

WHAT IS A.C.T.?

Achievement through Caring & Transformation (A.C.T.) is a program that supports the school's mission to prepare students for postsecondary pursuits in the arts and academics. The main purpose of A.C.T is to create a culture of perseverence and excellence as a Scholar, Citizen, Professional, and Artist. Each SDSCPA student is expected to

  • Receive Cs or above in all classes at the semester report card
  • Have less than 20 cumulative tardies and absences for the semester
  • Maintain a 2.5 or higher in citizenship each semester

Students in Good Standing

Students who meet these expectations are considered in good standing. A.C.T. acknowldges these students through Honor Roll, Student of the Month, Perfect Attendance, and end-of-the-year awards. Students in good standing are able to freely participate in school events, like ASB dances, pullouts, and field trips.

Students in Not Yet in Good Standing/Probation

Students who do not yet meet these expecations are placed on probation for the duration of the following semester. (For example, a student who has a D or F on the fall semester report card will be placed on Spring semester probation.) Students on probation are encouraged to return to good standing by attending tutoring at lunch or after school, clearing illness/excused absences through the finance office, attending Core Academy (Saturday School) or Study Tables to clear unexcused tardies/absences, and communicating with teachers and counselor about struggles they may be facing that are impacing their success. Students must pass an appeal before they are eligible to participate in school events, like ASB dances, pullouts, and field trips.

Determining Status

At each grading period during the semester, the school runs a report which identifies which students are meeting and not meeting the school’s academic, attendance and citizenship standards. Students who are not yet meeting the school's expectations are given an "at-risk" warning. These warnings are meant to inform students that they need to make changes to their citizenship, academic, or attendance behaviors to ensure that they are in good standing at the end of the semester. Some steps that students who are at-risk can take are as follows:

  • Attend Study Tables or individual teacher tutoring in order to raise a poor grade and possibly clear tardies.
  • Speak with the teacher about opportunities to turn in missing work, retake tests/quizzes, or redo assignments that received a poor grade
  • Attend Core Academy (Saturday school) for tutoring and to clear up to four period absences and eight tardies and to recoup ADA for illnesses.
  • Speak with teachers about period absences.
  • Parents call, send a note or email attendance office if you child is ill. You can report an absence on the home page of SCPA's website following the link "Report and Absences

At the end of the semester, a final report is run which determines good standing or probation status for the next semester. Students who are on probation will need to appeal to participate in activities (please see appeal process). Students are notified if they are on probation and given information on how to appeal. All appeal forms are located in the counseling office.

Appeals

Appeals are a way for students to demonstrate their improvements to make them eligible to participate in activities during the semester they are on probation. Students meet with an appeal panel of staff and students and argue their case to participate.

How does one appeal?

Paper Appeal Process

If a student is eligible to complete a paper appeal, they have been informed of thThe month prior to the activity, you will need to get an appeal paper and complete all tasks (you can get the appeal paper from Ms. Strasser in room 301 or the counseling office).

In order for you to pass your appeal, you should have

    • Cs or better in ALL classes
    • No more than 10 attendance infractions (no more than 10 period absences and/or tardies)
    • Approval signatures from all teachers and counselor

Directions

  1. Pick up an appeal form from your counselor or Ms. Strasser in room 301
  2. Fill out your information: name, grade, major, counselor, activity/activities you are appealing for and the date(s).
  3. Printout your current “Grades and Attendance” from PowerSchool and staple to appeal form
  4. Get the necessary signatures
    • All teachers
    • Counselor
  1. Turn in your appeal form and get final approval from one of the ACT Coordinators, Ms. Strasser in room 301 OR Mrs. Hatfield in the front office.
  2. If you have been given a final approval, you are able to
    • Use your appeal form to purchase your dance ticket at the finance office
    • Turn in your appeal form with your permission slip for a field trip
    • Give your appeal form to your director/producer of your show to participate in a pullout

Panel Appeal Process

If a student is eligible to complete a panel appeal, they have been informed of this. The month prior to the activity, you will need to get an sign up for their appeal and get the appeal form and complete all tasks. The month prior to the acitivty, you need to sign up for an appeal and complete the appeal form. In order for you to pass your appeal, you should have

    • Cs or better in ALL classes
    • No more than 10 attendance infractions (no more than 10 period absences and/or tardies)
    • Approval signatures from all teachers and counselor
    • made efforts to improve standing and are in the process of returning to good standing at the end of the semster

Directions

  1. Sign up for a panel appeal via the website and complete your appeal form (you can get this form from Ms. Strasser in room 301 or the counseling office)
  2. Fill out your information on the appeal form: name, grade, major, counselor, activity/activities you are appealing for and the date(s).
  3. Printout your current “Grades and Attendance” from PowerSchool and staple to appeal form
  4. Get the necessary signatures on the appeal form
  5. Attend your appeal panel on the date and be prepared to present your case. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR APPEAL FORM COMPLETED IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR APPEAL.
  6. Your panel will determine your outcome: Yes, Conditional, or Not yet
  7. If you have been given an approval or when you have met your conditions, you are able to use your approval form to
  • purchase your dance ticket at the finance office
  • Turn in your approval form with your permission slip for a field trip
  • Give your approval form to your director/producer of your show to participate in a pullout

 

What happens on the day of the appeal panell?

    1. Student and Advocate arrive at the location and time of appeal
    2. Student and advocate are introduced to the appeal panel
    3. Student explains why he/she is on probation and what activity/activities he/she is appealing for. 
    4. Student and Advocate have four minutes to state the case of why the student should be able to participate in the activity/activities desired. 
    5. Q & A between committee and student & advocate (approximately 5 minutes)
    6. Student and Advocate are dismissed and panel discusses the appeal. A vote is made and the decision is ratified. (approximately 5 minutes)
    7. Student and advocate return to the meeting and are informed immediately of the decision and the rationale. No further discussion occurs. Appeal decisions are as follows:
  • Yes: The student is granted eligibility to participate in activities. The panel feels that the student has demonstrated growth, care, and transformation already. If a student maintains good standing (is not given at-risk notices during the semester) they may not need to appeal again. They can use the completed and approved appeal form immediately to participate 
  • Conditional: The student may participate as long as they complete the conditions outlined by the appeal panel. The panel feels that the student is heading towards growth, care, and transformation, but they need more to see demonstration of it. A student must meet the conditions before they are able to participate in the activity/activities. Once the conditions are met, the appeal panel contact will sign off final approval and the student will be able to use the appeal form to participate.
  • Not Yet: The student cannot participate in the activity/activities. The panel feels that the student has not demonstrated enough growth, care, or transformation. The student can still appeal for future events and should use the panel's feedback as a guide for how to improve for the next appeal.