PITTSBURGH CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS | THREES PROGRAM- 8TH GRADE
Values Based Education
The Bible is very clear about the importance of discipline in a person’s life. To receive discipline means we are loved [If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Heb. 12:8]. The Lord always disciplines out of love [ “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Heb. 12:5-6]. It is our goal at Greater Works Christian School to discipline out of love and relationship rather than fear and intimidation. The Bible says that out of a loving relationship will flow obedience to what we are called and expected to do. “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15
We would expect both parents’ and students’ full support as we seek to educate here at Greater Works Christian School. Any student who is demonstrating an unwillingness to cooperate will be removed from the school at the discretion of the administration.
Disciplinary action will be taken after prayerful consideration of what the most appropriate response to the student’s misconduct should be. Parents will be informed on any and all decisions made regarding their student’s behavior . Parents are asked to speak directly to the faculty member(s) involved for the best possible communication.
We at Greater Works Christian School will not administer corporal punishment. However, reasonable force may be used by administrators/faculty/staff for the following reasons:
Possible disciplinary actions include the following:
POLICY & PROCEDURES
Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.” Here, the Lord differentiates between obedience and submission. The difference is that we can be obedient to what we are asked to do and yet not be submitted. Obedience deals with our actions and submission deals with our attitude. The Lord is seeking both, as are we here at Greater Works Christian School. Complete obedience is done with the right actions and attitude. If a student is demonstrating a counter-productive attitude and is showing no signs of progress, that student may be asked to withdraw from our school.
1 Peter 2:17 says, ” Honor all men .” It is pivotal for a student to learn to submit and honor all branches of authority in order to obtain maturity in Christ. How is it possible to submit to our Heavenly Father if we cannot honor and submit to our earthly father or the appointed authorities? Honor and respect for God, others, and ourselves is a foundational Biblical principle the Lord asks us to demonstrate. If a student repeatedly is disrespectful to others and is showing no signs of progress, that student may be asked to withdraw from our school.
Titus 2:7 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.”
The Bible teaches us that we cannot compartmentalize our lives. In other words, what we do privately affects what we do publicly. Therefore, in order to maintain Christian integrity, if any information is brought to the attention of the administration concerning the immoral activity of student(s) outside of school, we reserve the right to dismiss said students from Greater Works Christian School.
Academic integrity is a character trait involving truth, honesty, and trustworthiness in the educational as well as the spiritual realm. A violation of academic integrity is a misrepresentation of one’s actual achievements. Examples of misrepresentation include but are not limited to plagiarism, cheating, and deception, where students take ideas from another person or source and offer them as their own.
Plagiarism is an attempt to pass off someone else’s work as his or her own, by copying the work of an outside source (published or non published) or paraphrasing without the benefit of proper documentation. The result is a 1-day out of school suspension (with forfeiture of any make-up work) and a zero on the assignment.
Cheating is defined as fraudulently deceiving or acting in a manner that violates the rules in a dishonest fashion. The result is a 1-day out of school suspension (with forfeiture of any make-up work) and a zero on the assignment.
BACKPACKS & BOOK BAGS
Backpacks and book bags are not permitted in the classroom for the safety and security of all students and staff. Students are to use their lockers for storage. We highly recommend that middle school students use locks on their lockers, as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
BOMB THREATS & FALSE FIRE ALARMS
Any student who furnishes false information to any other student, teacher, administrator or other employee of the school concerning the placement or setting of a bomb or other explosive, or sets off an alarm, knowing the same to be false, shall be subject to expulsion .
All students are expected to follow the rules put in place by their busing authorities. There should be no standing or moving of seats while the bus is in motion. In addition, students should use a ruler voice and face the front of the bus. There is NO place for misconduct on the bus; it is unsafe, distracting to the driver, and puts everyone’s life at risk. It is also a poor reflection of the school and the Name of Christ. We will be in support of the busing company/driver that wishes that a student’s busing privileges be revoked. Any infraction may result in a temporary or permanent bus suspension. Point System: 15 points: 1 day bus reward, 20 points: 2 day bus reward, 45 points: permanent
Cell phones are to be turned off and left in the student’s locker. They are not to be seen, heard, or used before school or during school hours . Cell phones are permitted after school has been dismissed. Cell phones confiscated will be kept in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian. The result will be a 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will be a 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will be a 3-day out of school suspension.
Students are required to attend all classes, study periods, lunch etc. according to their schedule. Each teacher will record attendance at the beginning of each period and verify class cuts. Class cuts are not subject to verbal warnings or administrative reprimands. First offense results in an after school detention . Second offense is an immediate 1-day out of school suspension. Third offense is an immediate 2-day out of school suspension. Students who cut class forfeit make-up work privileges and receive a zero for all work completed and/or collected during class.
If a student skips a day of school it will result in an immediate 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will result in an immediate 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will result in an immediate 3-day out of school suspension. Students who skip school forfeit make-up work privileges and receive a zero for all work completed and/or collected during class.
DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection are not permitted on school grounds. Students must maintain a ruler distance between one another. Sexual harassment or reading/viewing obscene material are grounds for suspension and/or expulsion.
A student shall not use violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, fighting, passive resistance, profanity, obscene gestures or any other conduct not keeping with good morals or Biblical values. Neither shall he/she urge other students to engage in such conduct. Any of the above infractions will result in a detention, suspension or expulsion depending on the severity.
Teachers are expected to maintain order in the classroom and govern their classroom as they see fit, using their best judgment and discernment. Teachers are also expected to communicate with the parent(s) whose children are causing classroom disruptions. If the student continues to be a disruption, the teacher will submit the student’s name to the Dean of Students and disciplinary action will follow.
DRUGS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA & ALCOHOL
Greater Works Christian School has a NO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to anyone who sells, shares, possesses, uses, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The result will be an automatic expulsion and the occurrence will be reported to the local law enforcement agency.
Greater Works Christian School reserves the right to search a student (within reason) if there is any suspicion or reasonable cause. The school also reserves the right to require a test for substance abuse if any student is suspected of such activity. The parent/guardian is responsible for the cost of the test.
Students may request to be dismissed early from school for medical, dental or other approved appointments that cannot be scheduled after school hours. These request are limited to six per year and should be directed to the School Office. Early dismissals are considered excused when the student follows the guidelines listed below.
• The student presents a written parental request to the School Office prior to the start of the first period (8:05a.m.) on the day of the dismissal.
• The request includes the full name of the student, the full name of the parent/guardian, the requested time of the dismissal, and the signature of the parent/guardian.
• The school secretary will contact the parent/guardian prior to the discmissal time to verify the request.
• Students report to the School Office prior to the dismissal time and signs out.
• Early dismissals in excess of six will require a doctor’s excuse in order to be considered excused.
Radios, CD’s I pods, Walkmans, gameboys, etc…shall not be permitted on school premises as they are a distraction and can take away from the educational and spiritual environment. A teacher for class projects may grant special permission. Items confiscated will be kept in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian . The result will be a 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will be a 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will be a 3-day out of school suspension.
FAILURE TO ATTEND ASSIGNED DETENTION
If a student fails to show up for an assigned detention, a 1-day out of school suspension will be given.
FOOD & DRINKS
Food and drinks are ONLY permitted in the cafeteria. There is to be NO food or drink in the hallways, classrooms or gymnasum. Anyone in violation of this will receive disciplinary action. Permission may be granted with a medical excuse.
FLAG SALUTE & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
All students are required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance as it honors our country, our freedom and our God. Failure to do so will result in an immediate discipline action and a parent meeting.
HALLWAY, CLASSROOM & CAFETERIA CONDUCT
Code of Conduct describes hallway, classroom and cafeteria rules. The rules are must be signed by parent/student before the school year starts for re-enrolling students, as well as, new students.
LOSS OF PRIVILEGES
Students who engage in misconduct will forfeit their rights to participate in extracurricular activities, both athletic and non-athletic as follows:
If a student, while participating in a school sponsored event or activity, violates civil or school rules, the student will be subject to disciplinary consequences, which may include suspension from future events/activities, suspension from the activities or from school, and/or expulsion from school.
No student is allowed to possess medicine of any kind.
All medication MUST be checked into the school secretary.
There must be written medical inquiry from a physician to the parents or school for approval.
Medications prescribed for an individual student shall be kept in the original container bearing the original pharmacy label, which shows the prescription number, date filled, physician’s name, direction for use, and student’s name. Medications will only be given to the studnets for whom they are prescribed.
Non-prescription medications should be kept to a minimum. They need to be brought to the school office in the original container with the student’s name on it and with written instructions signed by the parent/guardian. (Cough drops are considered a non-prescription medication).
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS
It is mandatory that all students participate in Physical Education class. A written medical excuse is the only means for non-participation. For students who feel ill but have NO medical excuse, a written assignment will be completed and returned by the end of the class period for a grade. All students (6 th – 9 th grade) must change for gym class. (Please see Dress Code for accepted Gym Class Attire)
If there is a student who is having an academic/behavioral problem, he/she will be placed on probation for at least one complete nine-week period.
Academic Probation for a student comes when he/she has less than a 2.0 grade point average. While on academic probation the student, will be removed from any and all extracurricular activities. The student will not be reinstated until he/she receives a 2.0 or higher. Also, if a student is participating in a sport and has a 64% or less in any particular classs, he/she will be placed on academic probation and will be unable to participate (in games or practices) until the grade is brought up to a 65% or higher.
Social Probation is a critical testing time of the student’s behavior with close supervision. While under social probation the student, will be removed from any and all extracurricular activities. If there is an incident of any magnitude while under social probation the student may be removed from the school. When a student has completed one 9-week period without an infraction or incident, he/she may be removed from probation pending administrators’ discretion.
For the protection of every person at this school, we reserve the right to search a student, a student’s locker, a student’s purse/book bag, or a student’s automobile on school property. A teacher or school official of the same sex with another adult present if feasible will conduct the search in private.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, a student may be suspended for 1 to 10 days depending on the administration’s discretion. No tests, projects, assignments, or make-up work of any kind can be submitted for credit for the day(s) missed. However, any an all future homework assignments, study guides, etc. that were handed out during the missed period of time can be obtained from the teachers.
TARDY TO CLASS
Students are required to report to scheduled classes, lunches, chapels, study periods, etc. prior to the late bell. Students who have a pass signed by a school official may gain entry to class after the bell at the teacher’s discretion. Students arriving after the late bell without a pass are considered tardy to class.
After the third tardy the teacher will write up a Behavior report and handle the issue in-class at their discretion . After three more times of being tardy (totaling six) the teacher will write up a Behavior Report, submit it to the Dean of Students and an after school detention will be assigned. After three more times of being tardy (totaling nine) the teacher will write up a Behavior Report, submit it to the Dean of Students and an in-school suspension will be assigned.
Any student possessing or using tobacco in our on school property, in or around buses, or during after school activities will receive a 3-day out of school suspension.
VIOLATION OF PENAL LAWS
Any pupil of Greater Works Christian School who has violated any federal or state law while on school grounds, or while traveling to or from school, including extra curricular activities or events at home or away, will be subject to immediate suspension from attendance at school, after a thorough investigation is conducted by school administration.
A pupil suspended under the provisions of this policy may be reinstated in good standing or reinstated with limited privileges upon recommendation by the school administration.
Greater Works Christian School has a NO TOLERANCE policy for weapons. The result is an immediate expulsion.