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A. ACT PROGRAM

WHAT IS A.C.T.?

A.C.T. means Achievement through Caring & Transformation. The main purpose of A.C.T is to create a culture amongst our students to strive for excellence as a Scholar, Citizen, Professional, and Artist. The standards of all SCPA students are as follows:

  • Maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA each semester
  • 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

A.C.T includes Honor Roll, Student of the Month, and other positive endeavors; it is also a redesign of the Loss of Privilege and appeal process which monitors students' grades, attendance, citizenship, and GPA. Ultimately, we want all students to have the opportunity and skill to attend a four-year university, should they so choose and A.C.T. is a way to work towards that goal.

At Risk

During the semester at each grading period, we will run a report which identifies students who are not meeting the school’s academic, attendance and citizenship standards. Both parents and students will be informed of this.  At-risk does not mean that a student has consequences. It is a method to notify the student that they need to improve their grades, citizenship, and/or attendance because they are at risk for being on probation at the end of the semester. This early warning is a way to encourage students to fix issues prior to the end of the semester. 

How does one improve if they are at-risk to avoid being on probation at the semester?

  • Attend Study Tables or individual teacher tutoring in order to raise 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

Probation

At the end of semester, we will run a report which identifies students who have not met the school’s academic, attendance and citizenship standards. If a student does not meet the criteria, they are on probation for the semester. Probation means that 1) the student did not meet expectations and needs to work on improving themselves as a Scholar, Citizen, Professional, and Artist and 2) the students is ineligible to participate in activities like dances, field trips, pullouts, and auditions unless they appeal. Parents and students will receive communication notifying them of the probation status.

What does one do if they are on probation?

  • Probation is for the entire semester, so one cannot "get off" probation. Students need to work on the area that caused them to be on probation to begin with: attendance, grades, GPA, and/or citizenship. Students should work towards getting back into good standing at the end of the semester.
  • Probation is not punitive. Students can still participate in school sponsored activities--such as field trips, pull outs, dances, and auditions--during the semester, but they need to appeal to do so. 
    • Students are able to appeal for activities each month. Instructions on how to appeal are located below.
    • Appeals are usually held during lunch and after school on a specific day. 
    • If a student has already appealed and been granted their appeal, they may not need to appeal again for future activities as long as they remain in good standing for the semester.

What if one is on probation a second time?

We hope that students have learned from their mistakes and improved their attendance, grades, GPA, and/or citizenship. If a student is on probation for a second consecutive semester, they are ineligible to appeal and cannot participate in any activity for the semester. The only exception is for students who are on probation a second time for GPA only and no other reason. Students who are on probation a second consecutive semester for GPA only are able to appeal as students may not have had the opportunity yet to improve their GPA or are currently in a course to do so. They will need to show that they are in the process of improving their GPA at their appeal.

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.