SHS 2016-2017 Student Handbook


1954 Riverbend Rd
Dalton, Ga 30720

School colors: Maroon and silver
Mascot: Raiders
Member, Region 7AAAA for all Athletic and Literary Competitions

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Table of Contents

Alma Mater 4
Statement of beliefs 5
Board of Education 5
WCS Administration 5
Southeast Administration 6
Southeast Faculty and Staff 7
Welcome from the Principal 8
Whitfield County School Calendar 9
FERPA (English) 10
FERPA (Spanish) 12
PPRA (English) 14
PPRA (Spanish) 14
Parent Rights under 504 16
Parents Right to Know 19
Title I 20
Parent Involvement 21
Complaint Procedures 22
Reporting Inappropriate Behavior 25
Release of Directory Information 26
Student Use of Internet 27
Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Corruption 27

Apprenticeship Program 27
College Information 28
WCS graduation requirements 29
Finals and Georgia Milestones 30
Georgia Milestone Test Out Policy 31
Student Learning Objective 32
Gifted Program 32
Georgia Virtual School 33
Grade/Unit Recovery 34
Move on When Ready 35
ESOL Program 36
Exceptional Student Services 38
Grade Point Average 39
Grading Policy 40
Honors and AP Courses 41
Graduation Exercises 41
Honor Graduates 42
Awards Day and White Robe 43
Valedictorian/Salutatorian 44
HOPE Scholarship 47
Georgia Scholar 47
Whitfield County Scholar 48
Financial Aid 49
Promotion and Graduation Requirements 49
Repeating Courses 50
Searches 50
Career and Technology Department Academy 50
College Admission Tests 51
AP Tests 51
GA 411 52
Textbooks 52
Transcripts 52
Attendance 52
Driver's License 59
Joshua's Law 59
Absences 60
Check in and Check out 60
Final Exams 61
Hospital/Homebound 61
Tardy to School 61
Tardy to Class 62
Withdrawal from School 62

Academic Courses 63
Elective Courses 63
Honors Courses 64
Scheduling Conflicts 64
Counselors 65

Buses 66
Student Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medication 66
Zero Tolerance Weapons 67
Student Dress Code 68
Student Parking Policy 74

Athletics 75
Bell Schedule 77
Hours 78
Insurance 78
Safe Schools Information 79
School Closings 80
Visitors 80

Clubs and Activities 82
Sports/Concussions 87







Let us stand with love and honor;
Lift her banners high.
Here's to thee, our alma mater,
Southeast Whitfield High.

Strength and valor be her symbols;
Let her spirit soar.
Lead us on with hope and courage
Found within her door.

Loyal always be our motto;
Hear our heartfelt cheers.
Onward march, Maroon and Silver
Brave the coming year.

Never will our friendship falter,
Bound by silver ties.
We will love and long remember
Dear old Southeast High.

We are proud to be the Raiders;
Let our voices swell.
Sing of praise to our dear high school.
Southeast High. All Hail!

By: Rusty Wilson


Southeast Whitfield High School
Statement of Beliefs

1. We believe the needs of students, personnel, families, and the community are best met with a unified direction.
2. We believe our purpose is to lead students to success by engaging them in challenging and meaningful work.
3. We believe teachers are leaders who design learning experiences for students.
4. We believe our personnel, families, and community members are vital to the education of
our students.
5. We believe in creating and maintaining a safe, inviting, and inclusive learning
environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Whitfield County Board of Education

Mr. Thomas Barton
Mr. Tony Stanley
Mr. Louis Fordham
Mr. Rodney Lock
Mr. Bill Worley -Chairman

Whitfield County Schools Administration
Dr. Judy Gilreath - Superintendent
Ms. Karey Williams - Assistant Superintendent
Audrey Williams - Assistant Superintendent
Mike Ewton - Assistant Superintendent



Southeast High School Administration

Denise Pendley - Principal
Mark Lentych - Assistant Principal
Jenny Lock - Assistant Principal
Mandie Jones - Assistant Principal










Southeast High School Faculty and Staff
Language Arts (9) Social Studies (8) ESS (11) Registrar
Anne Childers* Debby Barto Tanya Carraway Jeanette Rogers
Emily Dunn Ethan Dempsey Melissa Dobbins
Carol Herndon John Hammond* Taylor Dodds SRO
Emily Justice Philip King Dennis Hoskins Jared Hayes
Arianna Kim Leigh Ann Noll Rhonda Kelley
Hannah Oliver Derek Roper Kevin Kettenring
Will Queen Aubrey Shields Brad Lofton Custodial
Ginger Ramsey Shawn White Wendy Miller Mitchell Farmer
April Williams Darline Richards* Jeanette Cochran
Health/PE (6) Phillip Thompson
Mathematics (9) Carrie Bishop* Amie Wood Parapros
Cassie Bartley* Todd Close Anna Albertson
Jared Fowler Sean Gray ESOL (5) Jimmy Bethune
Suzanne Harrington* Todd Murray Wade Jones* Tammy Cantrell
Nicole Hayes Amanda Ramfjord Michelle Morris Leslie Dean
Lori Lyn Hicks Michael Durham Michael Powell Chasity Ingle
Matt Hickman Brittany Sines Kelly Scroggs
Bethany Kenemer Foreign Language (4) Terri Vest
Brad Ogle Roschelle Bautista Cafeteria
Travis Taylor Collette Fields Counselors Terri Bailey
Naomi Schindler Jennifer Carmack Lisa Elliott
Science (8) Mayra Smith* Anne McGaughey Meshell Elrod
Ryan Ferrell Kristin Spoon* Lilia Galvan
Kayla Gass CTAE (9) Anita Holsomback
Anthony Hall* Rhonda Carty* Media Maria Lopez
Jericka Holcomb Shane Conger Shannon Cole Ann Marie Mulkey
Alison Hunt Zach Lumpkin Heather Painter Robyn Newton*
Jason Moore Maggie Lyles Keyanna Page
Sherry Reece* Ben Oliver Secretaries Myra Reeves
Jason Tucker Robyn Rhodes* Wendy Bailey Tara Wood
Beverly Sissom Tracy Duvall
Fine Arts (3) Jeff Storey Karlene Green
Kristi Harvey* Brandy Trammell Lori Johns
Warren Mahan Susie Rodriguez
Alana Sane


Welcome from the Principal

I hope each of you had a great summer and are ready to return to school to meet the challenges of your new classes, participate in athletics and clubs, and re-connect with friends.

We believe that we have in place at Southeast all you will need to make good choices. We have an outstanding faculty and staff whose job is to create learning experiences that will engage you; we have facilities that are conducive to learning and exploring as you move toward graduation, and we have a supportive community that sees Southeast High School as a launching pad for the hopes and dreams of young people.

Southeast offers Dual enrollment classes through Dalton State on campus, Advance Placement, honors, and college preparatory courses. We are proud to offer many educational opportunities for our students. The Whitfield County Career Academy, a 9th - 12th grade school is available to Southeast students full or part-time. Students may also access online learning through Georgia Virtual High School. In addition to the instructional programs, various extracurricular offerings at Southeast provide many avenues for success.

Our goal at Southeast is to provide engaging work so that all students work at maximum levels of performance. We want to build within each student the strength of character that will become the foundation of our community and our nation's future.

Best wishes to each of you as you begin a new year at Southeast. Work Hard, Play Fair, Dream Big, Make a Difference, Be Proud of who you are, Make Wise Decisions and Have a Good Day. You will do well and we will be cheering you all the way!

Deni Pendley, Principal
Southeast High School



Whitfield County Schools Calendar
Tuesday-Friday, August 2-5 ..................................... Pre-Planning for Teachers
Monday, August 8 ...................................................... First Day of School for Students
Monday, September 5 ................................................ Labor Day Holiday
Monday, October 10 ................................................... Staff and Student Holiday
Wednesday, October 19 ............................................ Early Dismissal (Parent Conference/Professional Learning)
Monday-Friday November 21-25 .............................. Thanksgiving Holidays
Friday, December 16 .................................................. Early Dismissal (Parent Conferences/Professional Learning)
Monday, December 19-Friday, Dec. 30 .................... Christmas Holidays for Students and Staff
Monday, January 2 ..................................................... Professional Learning Day for Staff Only
Tuesday, January 3 .................................................... Students Resume Classes after Christmas Holidays
Monday, January 16 ................................................... Staff and Student Holiday (Martin Luther King Birthday)
Monday-Friday, February 20-24 ............................... Student Holiday
Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 20-22 .............................. Staff Holiday
Thursday-Friday, February 23-24 .............................. Professional Learning Days for Staff (No students)
Wednesday, March 8 ................................................. Early Dismissal (Parent Conference/Professional Learning)
Monday-Friday, April 3-April 7 .................................. Spring Holidays
Friday, April 14 ................................................ Student Holiday or Inclement Weather Make-up Day
Friday, April 14 .............................................................. Professional Learning Day or Inclement Weather Day for Staff
Friday, May 26 ........................................................... Early Dismissal (Last Day of School for Students 180 days)
Monday, May 29 ......................................................... Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31 ............................. Post-Planning for Teachers
Thursday, June 1 ....................................................... Makeup Post-Planning for Teachers
In case Inclement Weather Days are used

Report Cards
Semester Ends Progress reports Semester Report Cards

December 16, 2016 Thursday, Sept. 22
Thursday Nov. 3 January 6, 2017

May 26, 2017 Thursday February 16
Thursday April 13 End of school year


FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain
rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review, within 45 days of a request, the education
records of a student who is your child, or in the case of a student who is eighteen (18) or older, your own education records. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Superintendent a written request identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Superintendent or designee will make arrangements for access and provide notice of such arrangements.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure
that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. To request the school district to amend a record, parents or eligible students should write the school principal, specify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. If the district decides not to amend the record, it will notify the parents or eligible students of the decision and inform them of their right to a hearing. Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided with the notification of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information
contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA and its
implementing regulations authorize disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including school nurses and school resource officers); a member of the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a specific task (such as attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist); a contractor consultant, volunteer, or other party to whom the school district has outsourced services; or a parent or student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee) or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student's enrollment or transfer.
(4) FERPA requires the school district, with certain exceptions, to obtain written
consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the student's education records. However, the district may disclose appropriate designated "directory information" without written consent, unless the parent or eligible student has advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information from the student's education records in certain school publications, such as the annual yearbook, graduation or sports activity programs, and honor roll or other recognition lists.

The School District has designated the following information as directory information:

(a) Student's name, address and telephone number;
(b) Student's date and place of birth;
(c) Student's e-mail address;
(d) Student's participation in official school activities and sports;
(e) Weight and height of members of an athletic team;
(f) Dates of attendance at schools within the district;
(g) Honors and awards received during the time enrolled in district schools;
(h) Photograph; and
(i) Grade level.
Unless you, as a parent/guardian or eligible student, request otherwise, this
information may be disclosed to the public upon request. In addition, two federal laws
require school systems receiving federal financial assistance to provide military recruiters,
upon request, with students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers unless parents
have advised the school system that they do not want their student's information disclosed
without their prior written consent. You have the right to refuse to allow all or any part of
the above information to be designated as directory information and to refuse to allow it to
be disclosed to the public upon request without your prior written consent. If you wish to
exercise this right, you must notify the principal of the school at which the student is
enrolled in writing within 30 days after officially enrolling in school or within 30 days of
the date of the release of this notice.
(5) You are also notified that from time to time students may be photographed,
videotaped, or interviewed by the news media at school or some school activity or event; unless you, as a parent/guardian object in writing to the principal to your student being photographed, videotaped or interviewed. You must notify the principal of your objection by the date specified above. The principal will take reasonable steps to control the media's access to students. However, your submission of a written objection does not constitute a guarantee that your student will not be interviewed in circumstances which are not within the knowledge or control of the principal.
(6) You have the right to file with the United States Department of Education a
complaint concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA or the regulations promulgated there under. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-8520.




FERPA (por sus siglas en inglés) permite a los padres y estudiantes de 18 años o más, ("estudiantes elegibles") ciertos derechos con respecto a los expedientes educativos del alumno. Estos derechos son:
(1) El derecho a verificar y revisar, dentro de los 45 días a partir de la fecha en que la escuela reciba una petición, el expediente educativo de su hijo, o en el caso de un alumno que tiene dieciocho (18) años o más, sus propios expedientes. Los padres o alumnos autorizados deben presentar su petición por escrito a la Superintendente señalando los expedientes que desean revisar. La Superintendente o su designado harán los arreglos para su acceso y les notificará la hora y lugar donde podrán examinar los expedientes.
(2) El derecho a solicitar la enmienda al expediente educativo del estudiante para asegurar que no esté incorrecto, erróneo, o que de alguna manera viole la privacidad u otro derecho del alumno. Para pedir que el distrito escolar enmiende un expediente, los padres o alumnos autorizados deben redactar una carta al director de la escuela, identificando claramente la parte del expediente que desean cambiar, y explicando por qué es inexacto, equívoco, o que de algún modo viola la privacidad o derechos del alumno. Si el distrito decide no enmendar el expediente, notificará su decisión a los padres o alumnos autorizados, y les informará sobre su derecho a una audiencia con respecto a su solicitud. Se enviará más información con respecto a los procedimientos de una audiencia cuando se le notifique del derecho a tener una audiencia.
(3) El derecho a dar consentimiento para que se divulgue información personal identificable incluida en el expediente educativo del alumno, excepto en el caso en que FERPA autorice su divulgación sin consentimiento. Una excepción que permite divulgar información sin consentimiento, es divulgarla a los funcionarios escolares con legítimo interés educativo. Un funcionario escolar es una persona empleada por el distrito como un administrador, supervisor, instructor, o miembro del personal de apoyo (se incluye al personal médico o de salud y al personal policíaco); una persona que ejerza funciones en la Junta de Educación; una persona o compañía que ha sido contratada por el distrito para desempeñar una tarea específica (tal como lo sería un abogado, auditor, asesor médico o terapista); un contratista, voluntario, u otra persona a quien el distrito escolar ha contratado: o un padre o alumno que sirve en un comité oficial (tal como en el comité disciplinario o de quejas) o que ayuda a otro funcionario escolar en el desempeño de sus deberes. Un funcionario escolar tiene un legítimo interés educativo si el oficial necesita revisar el expediente educativo para poder cumplir con sus responsabilidades profesionales. A pedido, el distrito divulga sin consentimiento los expedientes educativos a los funcionarios de la escuela donde el alumno busca o intenta matricularse, o donde ya está matriculado si la divulgación es para la matrícula o transferencia del alumno.
(4) FERPA exige al distrito escolar, con ciertas excepciones, que obtenga consentimiento escrito antes de divulgar información personal identificable de los expedientes educativosdel estudiante. Sin embargo, el distrito puede divulgar "la información de directorio" designada sin el consentimiento escrito, a menos que el padre o estudiante autorizado haya informado al distrito lo contrario de acuerdo con los procedimientos distritales. El propósito principal del directorio es permitir que la escuela incluya este tipo de información de los expedientes educativos del estudiante en ciertas publicaciones escolares, tales como el anuario, los programas de graduación o de deportes, listas de honores o de otro tipo de reconocimiento.
El distrito escolar ha designado la siguiente información como información de directorio:
(a) Nombre, dirección y número telefónico del alumno;
(b) Fecha y lugar de nacimiento del alumno;
(c) Correo electrónico del alumno;
(d) Participación del alumno en clubes y deportes oficiales de la escuela;
(e) Peso y estatura del estudiante si él/ella es un miembro del equipo atlético;
(f) Fechas de asistencia en las escuelas dentro del distrito escolar
(g) Honores y méritos recibidos durante el tiempo que estuvo inscrito en las escuelas del distrito.
(h) Fotografías
(i) Grado
A menos que usted, como padre/tutor o estudiante autorizado, pida lo contrario, esta información se puede divulgar al público cuando así lo solicite. Además, dos leyes federales exigen que los sistemas escolares que reciben ayuda financiera federal den a los reclutadores militares, a pedido, los nombres, direcciones, y números telefónicos de los estudiantes a menos que sus padres hayan informado por escrito al sistema escolar que ellos no desean que la información de sus hijos sea divulgada sin su previo consentimiento. Si desea ejercer este derecho, debe notificar por escrito al director de la escuela donde su hijo está matriculado dentro de 30 días después que se haya inscrito oficialmente en la escuela, o dentro de 30 días de la fecha de la publicación de este anuncio.
(5) Además, a usted se le comunicará que, de vez en cuando, los estudiantes podrían ser fotografiados, grabados, o entrevistados por los medios informativos o por el personal del sistema escolar en la escuela o en algún evento o actividad escolar; a menos que usted, como padre/tutor, informe por escrito al director que se opone a que su hijo sea fotografiado, grabado o entrevistado. Usted debe notificar al director de su objeción no más tarde de la fecha indicada en el párrafo anterior. El director tomará las medidas necesarias para controlar el acceso de los medios de comunicación a los alumnos. Sin embargo, su solicitud escrita de objeción no garantiza que su hijo no será entrevistado en circunstancias que no estén dentro del conocimiento o control del director.
(6) Usted tiene el derecho a presentar una queja ante el Departamento de Educación de los EE.UU. por presunto incumplimiento del distrito escolar en cuanto a los requisitos de FERPA o a las regulaciones promulgadas en virtud de ella. El nombre y la dirección de la oficina que administra FERPA es la siguiente:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20202-8520


PPRA affords parents and eligible students (18 or older or emancipated minors)
certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for
marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
• Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or
more of the following protected areas ("protected information survey") if the survey
is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
• Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of -
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a
condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not
necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for
hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening
permitted or required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information
obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the
information to others.
• Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -
1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the
above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
Parents and eligible students will be notified at the beginning of the school year if the
school district has identified the specific or approximate dates during the school year when
any of the activities listed above are expected to be scheduled. For surveys and activities
scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of
the planned activities and surveys and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of
such activities and surveys. The Board of Education has developed and adopted policies, in
conjunction with parents, regarding these rights as well as arrangements to protect student
privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure,
or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The
district will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each
school year and after any substantive changes. The district will also directly notify parents
of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below
and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of
the specific activity or survey.
The school is required by federal law to give this notice to parents. However, the school does not have scheduled any such activities as are described above. If any such activities are initiated during the school year, parents will be notified accordingly and will be afforded all the rights described herein.

PPRA (por sus siglas en inglés) permite a los padres y alumnos autorizados (de 18 años o mayores de edad o a los menores emancipados) ciertos derechos relacionados con el modo en que se realizan las encuestas, se recopila y se utiliza la información para propósitos de mercadeo, y ciertos exámenes físicos. Estos incluyen el derecho de:
▪ Conseguir consentimiento antes de que a los estudiantes se les pida participar en una encuesta que tenga que ver con una o más de las siguientes áreas protegidas ("encuesta de información protegida") si la encuesta es financiada en su totalidad o en parte por un programa del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos (ED, por sus siglas en inglés) -
1. Afiliaciones políticas o creencias del alumno o sus padres;
2. Problemas mentales o psicológicos del alumno o de su familia;
3. Comportamiento o actitudes sexuales;
4. Conducta ilegal, antisocial, auto incriminatoria, o degradante;
5. Evaluaciones críticas de otros con quienes los encuestados tienen relaciones familiares cercanas;
6. Relaciones privilegiadas reconocidas legalmente, tales como con abogados, doctores, o ministros;
7. Prácticas religiosas, afiliaciones, o creencias del estudiante o de sus padres; o
8. Ingresos, aparte de lo requerido por la ley, para determinar la elegibilidad a un programa.
▪ Recibir aviso y la oportunidad de no tomar parte en -
1. Cualquier otra encuesta con información confidencial, sin importar el financiamiento;
2. Cualquier examen físico o evaluación médica invasiva, no de urgencia, necesario como condición de asistencia, administrado por la escuela o su representante, y no necesario para proteger la salud y seguridad inmediata de un alumno, excepto para el examen auditivo, de visión, o de escoliosis, o cualquier otro examen físico o evaluación permitida o requerida bajo la ley estatal; y
3. Actividades que impliquen la recopilación, divulgación, o uso de información personal obtenida del alumno con el propósito de mercadeo o para vender o distribuir la información a otros.
▪ Examinar, bajo petición y antes de la distribución o uso de -
1. Encuestas con información confidencial del alumno;
2. Instrumentos utilizados para recopilar información personal de los alumnos para cualquier propósito de mercadeo, venta, u otra distribución mencionada anteriormente; y
3. Material de enseñanza utilizado para el currículo.
Al comienzo del año escolar, a los padres y alumnos elegibles (18 o mayores o menores emancipados) se les informará si el distrito ha definido las fechas específicas o aproximadas durante el año lectivo cuando esperan que alguna de las actividades mencionadas anteriormente se programen. Para encuestas y actividades programadas después que el año escolar haya comenzado, a los padres se les avisará de las actividades y encuestas programadas y se les dará una oportunidad para que opten por excluir a sus hijos de una actividad o encuesta específica. La Junta Educativa ha desarrollado y adoptado políticas, conjuntamente con los padres, con respecto a estos derechos así como también ha tomado medidas para proteger la privacidad del alumno en la administración de las encuestas con información confidencial y la recopilación, divulgación, o uso de información personal para propósitos de mercadeo, venta, u otra distribución. Por lo menos una vez al año, el distrito notificará directamente a los padres de estas políticas al comienzo de cada año escolar y después de cualquier cambio sustancial. Además, el distrito notificará directamente a los padres de los estudiantes elegidos para participar en actividades o en encuestas listadas a continuación, y dará una oportunidad para que los padres opten por excluir a sus hijos de una actividad o encuesta específica.
Conforme a lo requerido por la ley federal, la escuela debe notificar a los padres. Sin embargo, la escuela no ha programado ninguna de las actividades descritas anteriormente. Si alguna de dichas actividades se inicia durante el año escolar, se informará a los padres al respecto y se les otorgarán todos los derechos mencionados en este documento.

Notice of Rights of Students and Parents Under Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as "Section 504," is a nondiscrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of Section 504 is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
For more information regarding Section 504, or if you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact your local system's Section 504 Coordinator at the following address:
Wanda Phillips
201 East Tyler St.
Dalton, GA 30721
The implementing regulations for Section 504 as set out in 34 CFR Part 104 provide parents and/or students with the following rights:
1. Your child has the right to an appropriate education designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students. 34 CFR 104.33.
2. Your child has the right to free educational services except for those fees that are imposed on non-disabled students or their parents. Insurers and similar third parties who provide services not operated by or provided by the recipient are not relieved from an otherwise valid obligation to provide or pay for services provided to a disabled student. 34 CFR 104.33.
3. Your child has a right to participate in an educational setting (academic and nonacademic) with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate to his or her needs. 3CFR 104.34.
4. Your child has a right to facilities, services, and activities that are comparable to those provided for non-disabled students. 34 CFR 104.34.
5. Your child has a right to an evaluation prior to a Section 504 determination of eligibility. 3 CFR 104.35.
6. You have the right to not consent to the school system's request to evaluate your child. 34 CFR 104.35.
7. You have the right to ensure that evaluation procedures, which may include testing, conform to the requirements of 34 CFR 104.35.
8. You have the right to ensure that the school system will consider information from a variety of sources as appropriate, which may include aptitude and achievement tests, grades, teacher recommendations and observations, physical conditions, social or cultural background, medical records, and parental recommendations. 34 CFR 104.35.
9. You have the right to ensure that placement decisions are made by a group of persons, including persons knowledgeable about your child, the meaning of the evaluation data, the placement options, and the legal requirements for least restrictive environment and comparable facilities. 34 CFR 104.35.
10. If your child is eligible under Section 504, your child has a right to periodic reevaluations, including prior to any subsequent significant change of placement. 34 CFR 104.35.
11. You have the right to notice prior to any actions by the school system regarding the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child. 34 CFR 104.36.
12. You have the right to examine your child's educational records. 34 CFR 104.36.
13. You have the right to an impartial hearing with respect to the school system's actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, or educational placement, with opportunity for parental participation in the hearing and representation by an attorney. 34 CFR 104.36.
14. You have the right to receive a copy of this notice and a copy of the school system's impartial hearing procedure upon request. 34 CFR 104.36.
15. If you disagree with the decision of the impartial hearing officer (school board members and other district employees are not considered impartial hearing officers), you have a right to a review of that decision according to the school system's impartial hearing procedure. 34 CFR 104.36.
16. You have the right to, at any time, file a complaint with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights

Georgia Department of Education
Dr. John D. Barge, State School Superintendent
February 13, 2011






Aviso a los Padres de Estudiantes Discapacitados de sus Derechos Legales Bajo la Sección 504 del Decreto de Rehabilitación de 1973
El Decreto de Rehabilitación de 1973, conocido generalmente como la "Sección 504," es una ley federal legislada por el Congreso de los Estados Unidos. El propósito de esta ley es prohibir la discriminación en contra de los estudiantes discapacitados y asegurar que tengan oportunidades y beneficios educativos tan adecuados como los de los estudiantes sin incapacidades.

Para más información con respecto a la Sección 504, si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda adicional, favor de comunicarse con la Coordinadora de la Sección 504 de su sistema local a la siguiente dirección:
Wanda Phillips
201 East Tyler St.
Dalton, GA 30721

Los reglamentos federales que dan efecto a la Sección 504 los cuales se encuentran en el Título 34, Parte 104 del Código Federal de Reglamentos, o CFR otorgan a los padres y a los estudiantes discapacitados los siguientes derechos:
1. Su hijo(a) tiene el derecho de una educación apropiada diseñada para satisfacer sus necesidades educativas individuales tan adecuadamente como las de los estudiantes sin incapacidades. 34 CFR 104.33.
2. Su hijo tiene el derecho de recibir servicios educativos gratuitos, con la excepción de costos que normalmente se les cobran a los estudiantes sin incapacidades o a sus padres. Las compañías de seguros y otras terceras partes similares no son libres de sus obligaciones normales de proveer o pagar por los servicios proporcionados a un estudiante discapacitado. 34 CFR 104.33.
3. Su hijo(a) tiene el derecho de participar en un ambiente educativo (académico y no académico) que permita el máximo contacto y relación con los estudiantes sin incapacidades a menos que sus necesidades educativas no puedan ser satisfechas en ese ambiente. 3CFR 104.34.
4. Su hijo(a) tiene el derecho a las facilidades, servicios, y actividades comparables a las que son proporcionadas a estudiantes sin incapacidades. 34 CFR 104.34.
5. Su hijo(a) tiene el derecho a una evaluación antes de determinar la elegibilidad bajo la Sección 504. 3 CFR 104.35.
6. Usted tiene el derecho de no darle su consentimiento al sistema escolar para que evalúen a su hijo(a). 34 CFR 104.35.
7. Usted tiene el derecho de asegurarse que los procedimientos de evaluación, los cuales pueden incluir exámenes, se ajusten a los requisitos de 34 CFR 104.35.
8. Usted tiene el derecho de asegurarse que el sistema escolar considerará la información de diversas fuentes apropiadas, las cuales pueden incluir exámenes de aptitud y logros, calificaciones, recomendaciones y observaciones del maestro, condiciones físicas, trasfondo social o cultural, expedientes médicos, y recomendaciones de los padres. 34 CFR 104.35.
9. Usted tiene el derecho de asegurarse que las decisiones de ubicación se realicen por un grupo de personas, incluyendo personas que conocen la situación de su hijo(a), el significado de los datos de la evaluación, las opciones de ubicación, y los requisitos legales para ambientes educativos menos restrictivo, que permita el máximo contacto con estudiantes no incapacitados y facilidades comparables. 34 CFR 104.35.
10. Si su hijo(a) es elegible bajo la Sección 504, tendrá derecho a ser evaluado periódicamente, incluyendo antes de cualquier cambio significativo de ubicación subsiguiente. 34 CFR 104.35.
11. Usted tiene el derecho a que el sistema escolar le avise antes de tomar cualquier acción en relación a la identificación, evaluación o ubicación de su hijo(a). 34 CFR 104.36.
12. Usted tiene el derecho de examinar los expedientes de educación de su hijo(a). 34 CFR 104.36.
13. Usted tiene el derecho a una audiencia imparcial si no esta de acuerdo con las acciones del sistema escolar en relación a la identificación, evaluación, o ubicación educativa de su hijo(a), con la oportunidad de participar personalmente en tal audiencia y de ser representado por un abogado. 34 CFR 104.36.
14. Usted tiene el derecho de recibir una copia de este aviso y de solicitar una copia de los procedimientos de una audiencia imparcial del sistema escolar.
34 CFR 104.36.
15. Si usted no esta de acuerdo con la decisión del oficial de audiencia imparcial (los miembros de la junta escolar y otros empleados del distrito no son considerados como oficiales de audiencia imparcial), usted tiene el derecho de pedir una revisión de esa decisión de acuerdo a los procedimientos de audiencia imparcial del sistema escolar. 34 CFR 104.36.
16. Usted tiene el derecho a, en cualquier momento, presentar una queja ante la Oficina de Derechos Civiles del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos.

Departamento de Educación de Georgia
Dr. John D. Barge, Superintendente Escolar del Estado
13 de febrero de 2011

Parents Right to Know

Required Notification: Right to Know (ESEA Sec. 111(h)(6)(A-B)
Parent's Right to Request a Teacher's and a Paraprofessional's Qualifications
By law, LEA's are required to notify parents that they may request information regarding the teacher's or paraprofessional's qualifications, including the following:
• Whether the teacher/paraprofessional has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements for the grade level and subject area(s) in which the teacher provides instruction.
• Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
• The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher
• Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualifications.
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Pendley , principal at Southeast High School at 706-876-7000.

Aviso obligatorio: Derecho de los padres a ser informados (Ley ESEA Sección 111(h)(6)(A-B)
El Derecho de los padres de saber la capacitación profesional de los maestros y para-profesionales

Por ley, la Autoridad Educativa Local debe informar a los padres que pueden solicitar información sobre la capacitación profesional y las credenciales de cualquier maestro o para-profesional, incluyendo lo siguiente:
• Si el maestro/para-profesional ha cumplido con los requisitos de la Comisión de estándares profesionales de Georgia para obtener el certificado para el grado y la asignatura en la que brinda instrucción.
• Si el maestro está enseñando bajo una situación de emergencia u otra condición provisional (dispensa), a través de la cual se han exonerado las aptitudes o criterios de certificación de Georgia;
• Qué títulos de pregrado y posgrado tiene el maestro, y la(s) especialización(es) o área(s) de concentración.
• Si su hijo recibe servicios por parte de para-profesionales (persona que asiste al maestro), y si es así, saber cuál es su capacitación.

Si Ud. alguna pregunta, por favor comuníquese con Denise Pendley, al Southeast High School at 706-876-7000.


Title I

Purpose and definition:
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) is amended to read as follows:

The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This purpose can be accomplished by -
1. ensuring that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with challenging State academic standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement;
2. meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children in our Nation's highest-poverty schools, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children, and young children in need of reading assistance;
3. closing the achievement gap between high- and low-performing children, especially the achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students, and between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers;
4. holding schools, local educational agencies, and States accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, and identifying and turning around low-performing schools that have failed to provide a high-quality education to their students, while providing alternatives to students in such schools to enable the students to receive a high-quality education;
5. distributing and targeting resources sufficiently to make a difference to local educational agencies and schools where needs are greatest;
6. improving and strengthening accountability, teaching, and learning by using State assessment systems designed to ensure that students are meeting challenging State academic achievement and content standards and increasing achievement overall, but especially for the disadvantaged;
7. providing greater decision making authority and flexibility to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance;
8. providing children an enriched and accelerated educational program, including the use of schoolwide programs or additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
9. promoting schoolwide reform and ensuring the access of children to effective, scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content;
10. significantly elevating the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development;
11. coordinating services under all parts of this title with each other, with other educational services, and, to the extent feasible, with other agencies providing services to youth, children, and families; and
12. affording parents substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

School Level Programs Schoolwide (SWP) or Targeted Assistance (TA)
School Wide Programs:
A Schoolwide Comprehensive program is designed to upgrade the entire educational program in order to improve the achievement of the lowest-achieving students.
A schoolwide school must have a poverty percentage of 40-percent or more.
A schoolwide school must be an identified Priority or Focus school, even if that school does not have a poverty percentage of 40-percent or more.

Targeted Assistance Schools
• Services must be targeted to specific at-risk students
• Only eligible students may participate in Title I funded activities
• Use of funds must be consistent with Title I statutes and regulations

Whitfield County Title I Schools
In Whitfield County, we have a total of twenty Title I schools. Thirteen elementary schools and five middle schools operate school wide Title I programs. Two high schools are identified as Title I and operate targeted assistance programs.

Parent Involvement

Districts and schools are required to set aside 1% of their budget for activities for building the capacity of parents to help their children succeed academically. The district has one parent involvement coordinator to coordinate activities at the district level. Each school has a parent involvement coordinator that helps to facilitate the relationship between school and families. Parents are asked for input at the district level on our district Title I plan , the parent involvement plan, Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan ( CLIP) and 1% parental involvement set aside funds.

At the school level, parents are asked for input on the school wide Title I plan, school improvement plan, parent involvement plan, school compact, and 1% parent involvement set aside funds.

Complaint Procedures
Board Policy GAE describes the complaint and grievances procedures for certified personnel. Parents and school communication is described in parent handbooks posted on school websites. Parents are expected to address complaints or grievances beginning at the school level with the teacher first and then the administration. Central office personnel should be contacted next should parents feel the issues have not been resolved. If still unsatisfied, the superintendent should be contacted. Parents have the right to speak to the Board of Education through public participation at a Board of Education meeting. Conferences forms, notes, and minutes are kept on file as documentation of the issues. Complaint procedures are described and a form for documenting complaints is located in the administrative handbook. The complaint procedures describe grounds for complaints, federal programs for which complaints can be filed, filing and investigation of a complaint, as well as rights to appeal. The GADOE address to which complaints should be filed is included in the procedure.

Complaint Procedures under the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965

Grounds for a Complaint
Any individual, organization or agency ("complainant") may file a complaint with the Whitfield County School District Board of Education if that individual, organization or agency believes and alleges that a violation of a Federal statute or regulation that applies to a program under the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965 has occurred. The complaint must allege a violation that occurred not more than one (1) year prior to the date that the complaint is received, unless a longer period is reasonable because the violation is considered systemic or ongoing.

Federal Programs for Which Complaints Can Be Filed
1. Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
2. Title I, Part C: Migrant Education Program
3. Title I, Part D: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
4. Title II, Part A: Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund
5. Title II, Part D: Enhancing Education Through Technology
6. Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
7. Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1: Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities
8. Title IX, Part E, Subpart 1, Section 9503: Complaint Process for Participation of Private School Children

Filing a Complaint
A formal complaint must be filed in writing to the Whitfield County School District superintendent or his/her designee.
The complaint must include the following:
1. A statement that the LEA has violated a requirement of a Federal statute or regulation that applies to an applicable program;
2. The date on which the violation occurred;
3. The facts on which the statement is based and the specific requirement allegedly violated (include citation to the Federal statute or regulation);
4. A list of names and telephone numbers of individuals who can provide additional information;
5. Copies of all applicable documents supporting the complaint's position; and
6. The address of the complainant/s.

Investigation of Complaint
Within ten (10) days of receipt of the complaint, the Superintendent or his/her designee will issue a Letter of Acknowledgement to the complainant that contains the following information:

1. The date the Department received the complaint;
2. How the complainant may provide additional information;
3. A statement of the ways in which the Department may investigate or address the complaint; and
4. Any other pertinent information.

If additional information or an investigation is necessary, the Superintendent will have sixty (60) days from receipt of the information or completion of the investigation to issue a Letter of Findings. If the Letter of Findings indicates that a violation has been found, corrective action will be required and timelines for completion will be included. Either the 30-day or the 60-day timelines outlined above may be extended, if exceptional circumstances exist. The Letter of Findings will be sent directly to the complainant.


Right of Appeal
If the complaint cannot be resolved at the local level, the complainant has the right to request review of the decision by the Georgia Department of Education. The appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the Superintendent's decision and include a complete statement of the reasons supporting the appeal.

The complaint must be addressed to:

Georgia Department of Education
Office of Legal Services
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
2052 Twin Tower East
Atlanta, GA 30334

Reporting of Inappropriate Teacher to Student Behavior

Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of suspected inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school system employee is urged to make and oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor, or administrator at his/her school. For more details, please see the Student Discipline brochure.
Georgia HB 1321 addresses the issue of falsifying reports of alleged inappropriate behavior by teachers or school personnel stating it is an offense "falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school employee toward a student."

Esta es la declaración del reporte que necesita estar en el manual para el año escolar
Reporte sobre un comportamiento inapropiado: Cualquier estudiante ( padre o amigo de un estudiante) que ha sido victima de una sospecha de comportamiento inapropiado por parte de un maestro, un administrador, o cualquier otro empleado del sistema escolar se le pide que haga un reporte oral del acto a cualquier maestro, consejero, o administrador de su escuela. Para más detalles, favor de ver el folleto de disciplina del estudiante.
Georgia HB 1321 señala que es un delito (ofensa) el asunto de falsificar reportes declarando por supuesto comportamiento inapropiado de un maestro o personal, "falsificación, tergiversar (representar deshonestamente a alguien), Omitir (pasar por alto), o reportar erróneamente información relacionada a las circunstancias por alegado comportamiento inapropiado de un maestro, administrador, u otro empleado de la escuela hacia un estudiante

Release of Directory Information

The Board of Education designates the following information as "directory information." Unless a parent or eligible student makes a timely request to the principal of the school where the student is enrolled that such information not be designated directory information on the individual student, such information will not be considered confidential and may be disclosed upon request:
1. Student's name, address and telephone number
2. Student's date and place of birth
3. Student's email address
4. Student's participation in official school clubs and sports
5. Weight and height of student if he/she is a member of an athletic team
6. Dates of attendance at schools within the school district
7. Honors and awards received during the time enrolled in the district's schools
8. Photograph
9. Grade level

Parents are further notified that students may be photographed, videotaped, or interviewed by the news media or school system personnel at school or some school activity or event. Parents wishing that the above information be denied release must notify the school principal in writing within 30 days of the first day of a school year or the date of enrollment.


All students have access to the internet. Acceptable use and internet safety guidelines are available on the Whitfield County Schools website at Parents may request a written copy of these guidelines by contacting the school. The school district cannot provide an absolute assurance that students will be prevented from accessing inappropriate materials or sending and receiving objectionable communications but the district will ensure that all practical precautions will be taken to keep students safe from illegal and/or inappropriate material. Students are instructed in acceptable use and internet safety and their internet use is monitored as closely as possible. If a parent does not wish their child to be allowed on the internet, they must notify the school principal in writing within the first week of each school term.


In compliance with White House Executive Order 12731, the Whitfield County School System provides all employees, clients, vendors, and individuals with confidential channels to report suspicious activities. The Whitfield County School System shall not tolerate fraud, waste, abuse or corruption of any kind and has an established system for the reporting and investigating of suspicious activities.

All employees sign that they have received both the Whitfield County School System Employee Handbook and the Georgia Code of Ethics. Both documents address expectations for all employees. Copies of employee signature for receipt of both the Georgia Code of Ethics and Fraud, Waste and Abuse polices will be provided for documentation in federal program files. The System Employee Handbook is updated regularly and is available to all staff on the system email and private side of the WCS website. Additionally, schools will be provided technical assistance by the Director of Title I, Title IIA and Professional Learning the Leadership Institute each year on how to ensure that all staff members are aware of the District's fraud, waste, and abuse policy/administrative regulations, code of ethics and procedures for reporting fraud, waste and abuse.


Section One: Academics

Youth Apprenticeship is a structured combination of school-based and work-based learning. Through a coordinated effort involving business and industry, Youth Apprenticeship addresses the dual of preparing students for the world of work and providing Georgia with a highly skilled, technologically competitive workforce. A student participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program receives an education that is both academically challenging and relevant to employment in today's economy. The program enables a student to receive a high school diploma, a post-secondary certificate or degree, and certification of industry-recognized competencies applicable to employment in a high-skilled occupation.

College Fair is an information session on colleges held for students each fall. This affords an opportunity for students as well as parents to meet college representatives from Georgia and neighboring states. It is a good time to get booklets and brochures from various colleges as well as information answered concerning cost, financial aid, admission requirements, and other pertinent data. Announcements are made school-wide regarding time and date of the College Fair.
In addition, representatives from many colleges come to the Southeast campus during the school year. Students make arrangements to meet with these representatives through the counseling office. Announcements of each visit are made to students so they may have an opportunity to talk with the representative.

The Freshman Index (FI) is calculated as follows:
FI=(500 x High School Grade Point Average) + SAT Reading + SAT Math
FI=(500 x High School Grade Point Average) + (ACTx42) + 88

There are differences in admission requirements for different Georgia public colleges and universities. For regular admission to a University System of Georgia college or university, students graduating high school in 2012 or later must complete a total of
17 academic units, consisting of 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, 3 social science and 2 foreign language. Go to the "Staying on Course" document by the Board of Regents at for more information.

Additional requirements (beyond the 17 academic units):

Research Universities (Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Georgia Health Science University, University of Georgia)
+4 additional academic units
Minimum Freshman Index of 2500

Regional Universities (Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University)
+2 additional academic units
Minimum Freshman Index of 2040

State Universities and Colleges (Albany State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Fort Valley State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Kennesaw State University, North Georgia College & State University, Savannah State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, State University of West Georgia)
+2 additional academic units
Minimum Freshman Index of 1940
State and Two-Year Colleges (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Bainbridge College, College of Coastal Georgia, Dalton State College, Darton College, East Georgia College, Floyd College, Gainesville State College, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Highlands, College, Gordon College, Macon State College, Middle Georgia College, South Georgia College, Waycross College)
Minimum Freshman Index of 1830*
*not required by all state and two-year colleges. See for more information.

Whitfield County Graduation Requirements

Course State required System required

English 4 units 4 units
Math 4 units 4 units
Science 4 units 4 units
Social Studies 3 units 3 units
Health/PE 1 unit (1 must be health/personal fitness) 1 unit
CTAE / Fine Arts / World Language 3 units 3 units
Electives 4 units 4 units
Total 23 units 23 units

****Students planning to enter or transfer to a University System of Georgia institution or other postsecondary institution must take 2 units of the same foreign language****
Final Exams
A final assessment must be given in every class. The Final Assessment must count as 20% of the course grade excluding classes that have state mandated Georgia Milestones (EOC). In classes that have Georgia Milestones (EOC), the Georgia Milestone grade will count as 20% of the course grade. If an additional Final Assessment is given in a Georgia Milestones course, the Final Exam is to be counted as a Regular Test grade.

End of Course Assessments are given in the following courses:

Algebra 1
Analytic Geometry

Social Studies
United States History
Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

Physical Science

English Language Arts
Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
American Literature and Composition

Any student regardless of grade level enrolled in the EOC course for credit must take the appropriate EOC to earn credit. For a course requiring an EOC, a student enrolling from a non-accredited program must take and pass the corresponding EOC. The EOC is the final exam for the course and will count as 20% of the student's final course grade for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
The dates of the EOC and make-ups will be announced and posted in advance. It is the student's responsibility to make up any EOC that he or she misses. Students should report to the posted make-up testing site at the designated period or see their counselor. If a student does not make up an EOCT by the last day of the semester, the student will receive an incomplete for the course.



Georgia Milestone (EOC) Test Out Policy

• Beginning in school year 2013‐2014, a student may demonstrate subject area competency by testing‐out of any course that has an associated Georgia Milestone (EOC).
• A unit of course credit is awarded to students who reach the performance level of Exceeds on an EOC prior to taking a specific EOC course.
• Students have only one opportunity per course to test‐out.
• At this time, a student may only earn up to three credits by testing‐out.
• Students must meet the following requirements for earning course credit through testing‐out:
• Not currently or previously enrolled in the course;
• Have earned a grade of B or better in a content area course that is the same content area of the course for which the student is attempting the EOC;
• Received a teacher recommendation from a teacher in the same content area
• Received parent/guardian permission as stated by the Local Board of Education
• Students who do not reach the performance level of Exceeds when attempting to test‐out must enroll in and complete the associated course and retake the EOC even if the students makes a passing grade on the EOC during the testing‐out attempt.
• Students who are currently enrolled, or who have previously been enrolled, in a higher‐level course are not allowed to earn credit by later attempting to test‐out of a lower level course. For example, a student already taking AP Physics may not earn credit for Physical Science by testing‐out.
• Course credit of students who test‐out of a course is reported in the same way as the course credit earned through completing courses.
Local boards of education may develop policies relating to utilizing grade equivalent scores in the calculation of the student's Grade Point Average (GPA).

• Whitfield County School System Grade Equivalent from EOC to GPA

• EOC 90 = Grade 93
• EOC 91 = Grade 94
• EOC 92 = Grade 95
• EOC 93 = Grade 96
• EOC 94 = Grade 97
• EOC 95 = Grade 98
• EOC 96 and above = Grade 100

Under NCAA requirements, units of credit earned through testing‐out using the EOC will not count as a core course credit for athletic aid for any student seeking NCAA Division I or II athletic scholarships.



Student Learning Objective

A vital component of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System is Student Growth and Academic Achievement. For teachers of tested subjects, this component consists of a student growth percentile measure. Tested subjects include those assessed by Georgia Milestones in grades 4-8, and all high school courses for which there is an End-of-Course Test (EOCT).
Non-tested subjects include all courses not listed as tested subjects. Approximately 70-75% of all teachers teach non-tested subjects for at least some portion of the instructional day. For teachers of non-tested subjects, this component consists of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)-approved) "Student Learning Objective Assessments (Pre and Post-Tests for all non-state assessed courses.)" utilizing district-identified achievement growth measures.
District developed Course Pre-Tests and Course Post-Tests are content-specific, and comprised of grade level learning objectives that are measureable, focused on growth in student learning, and aligned to prioritized curriculum standards. As a measure of teachers' impact on student learning, these measures give educators, school systems, and state leaders an additional means by which to understand, value, and recognize success in the classroom.

Purpose of Student Learning Objectives (Course-Pre and Post Tests)

The primary purpose of Student Learning Objectives is to improve student achievement at the classroom level. An equally important purpose is to provide evidence of each teacher's instructional impact on student learning. The process of setting and using Course-Pre-Tests and Course-Post- Tests requires teachers to use assessments to measure student growth. This allows teachers to plan for student success by ensuring that every minute of instruction is moving students, teachers, and schools toward the common vision of exemplary instruction and high levels of student academic growth.

Southeast Whitfield High School provides services for intellectually gifted students through honors, advanced placement, collaborative, Study Skills and Test Preparation. Students identified as gifted and whose participation has received parental consent shall receive at least five segments per week (or the yearly equivalent) of gifted education services, as described in Appendix A of the Georgia Department of Education Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services. A copy of this manual is on file in each elementary, middle and high school and at the Central Office building.
Students in grades K-12 in Whitfield County Schools are eligible for consideration for the gifted program, ALPHA (Accelerated Learning Program for High Achievers.) Students may be referred for consideration in the spring of each school year. The referring party may be a teacher, parent, administrator, counselor, peer, or self-nomination. To be eligible for gifted education services, a student must meet the criterion score on a nationally normal test and either have observational data collected on his or her performance or produce a superior product. A student must meet the criteria in three of four areas: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and/or motivation. Information shall be collected in each of the four data categories for all students who are accepted as referrals in the gifted program. Any data used in one area to establish a student's eligibility shall not be used in any other data category. Any test score used to establish eligibility shall be current within two calendar years.

Georgia Virtual School

The Whitfield County School System recognizes the importance of putting technology into the hands of students, and one aspect of this goal is allowing students to work through classes in the online forum of Georgia Virtual School. Recognizing that our students are technological learners with a growing need for flexibility, and that the business community, colleges, and universities seek graduates whose high level digital skills match their ongoing professional and learning needs, the school system offers Georgia Virtual classes as an option for students who desire this technological platform for learning. The rigor of the Georgia Virtual School courses mirrors the high level of expectation and quality that students are held to within the Whitfield County School System.
In compliance with Senate Bill 289, online Whitfield County courses can be accessed through Georgia Virtual School. Interested parents or students should see a guidance counselor for more information.
Recognizing the need for students to be ready for this type of learning, students interested in taking a course through Georgia Virtual should adhere to these procedures:
1 - Read the information on the Georgia Virtual website, Pay close attention to deadlines in the Georgia Virtual process as well as the list of courses offered. Check this website often, as the information may change as semester's progress.
2 - A technology survey must be completed. If you participated in the Grade 8 Technology Assessment, you may use that score. If you have not yet completed a Grade 8 Technology Assessment, please see your school counselor for more information.
3 - Make an appointment for a meeting with the school counselor. Parent attendance at this meeting is encouraged.
4 - In order to remain enrolled in Whitfield County Schools, a student must take at least one WCS course on a WCS campus. Any student who chooses to take 100% of the course work through Georgia Virtual Schools, cannot remain enrolled in Whitfield County Schools.
5 - If all parties agree to the Georgia Virtual setting, the Enrollment Agreement is signed, and the student then registers for the Georgia Virtual class.
The Georgia Virtual class can be taken at home through the timeframe of first or last period. In addition, there may be a limited number of seats available at each high school for students to take a Georgia Virtual class at school during the school day, and students may need to bring their own technology in order to take the course on the high school campus.

Other Important Details

• The Whitfield County School System stresses the importance of communication with the student's counselor, since not all courses offered through Georgia Virtual would meet an individual student's graduation plan.

• At all Whitfield County high schools, with the exception of Phoenix High School, students are required to enroll in a minimum of seven classes each year. The Georgia Virtual classes that students take can be a part of these seven required classes. It is the expectation that students will remain enrolled in all seven classes each year, whether these classes are delivered through the local high school or through Georgia Virtual School. Please direct any questions to your school's counselor.

• The school system incurs fees for Georgia Virtual classes that are not passed on to the student. In the event of an extenuating circumstance where a student might be given special permission to drop a Georgia Virtual class, the parent must provide to the district the reimbursement of all costs associated with the course.

• If the Georgia Virtual School online course is taken in lieu of any of the regular school day instructional periods, then the school will pay for the course. If a Georgia Virtual School online course is chosen in addition to the regular school day instructional periods, the parent will pay for the course.

Requests for courses through other online vendors must be evaluated on an individual basis. A list of approved Georgia Online Clearinghouse providers can be found at . See your guidance counselor prior to registering for consideration of credit. Courses taken through vendors other than Georgia Virtual School will not be funded by Whitfield County Schools and must be paid by the parent.

Grade/Unit Recovery in Required Classes that students have not completed

The following is the procedure we will follow for students who are failing a required class and have not completed the class. Whitfield County does not award ½ credits in these classes, therefore credit recovery is not an option. The options are:
• Unit Recovery on Edgenuity - The teacher will design unit for the student to recover assignments from the failing areas. The grade they receive for the Unit Recovery will replace the previous unit grade.
• Initial Credit on Edgenuity - Student will drop the required class and take the complete course on Edgenuity. It is suggested that the student be given at least one period of their schedule to work on the course.
• Phoenix High School -
o Options
 They can take current grade and transfer it to be completed at Phoenix. The grades will still be averaged as follows:
• First Semester - 40%
• Second Semester - 40%
• Final Exam - 20%
 They can take the full class.
o Any student who enrolls in Phoenix High School before the fourth mini-mester will graduate from Phoenix High School.
• Retaking the course at their home school the following year.

Move on When Ready

Move On When Read is Georgia's new dual enrollment program that allows high school student (9th-12th grade) to ear college credit while working on their high school diploma. Move on When Ready replaces Accel, HOPE Grant for dual enrollment and the previous Move On When Ready program. The new Move On When Ready program now covers tuition, mandatory fees and provides a book allowance. To participate in Move On When Ready, students sign an advisement form with their high school or home study program, meet the admissions requirements at the postsecondary institution of their choice and make satisfactory academic progress.

Withdrawing from a Move On When Ready (MOWR) class

Students are required to meet with their home school's Curriculum Assistant Principal before withdrawing from a Move On When Ready (MOWR) course. Students withdrawing before the MOWR College's drop date and receiving a "W" will have the opportunity to enroll in the high school equivalent course with no penalty. The grade received in the high school course will appear on the student's transcript. Students not reporting a "W" or withdrawing after the MOWR College's drop date will receive a score of 69 for the course on their transcript.

Interested students should see their high school counselor and visit for program information and the application.

ESOL Program

ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12.The program is designed to help ELs develop academic and social English language proficiency. Given that GA is a member state of the World-Class Instruction Design & Assessment (WIDA) Consortium, ESOL teachers integrate the WIDA English Language Development Standards (ELDs) with the ELA and Math Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) as well as with the Science & Social Studies GPS. Using state-approved ESOL delivery models (Push-in, Pull-out, & Sheltered Courses) ESOL teachers collaborate with regular education teachers to differentiate standards-based instruction and provide proficiency-appropriate scaffolding and language supports that will help ELs develop communicative confidence and skills in each of the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Regular education teachers also accommodate these student's instructional and assessment needs, providing a culturally-responsive classroom environment where ELs first language and culture are valued and where they feel safe to participate in and can take full advantage of all learning opportunities.

Criteria for Program Eligibility:

• Initial Eligibility -
The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is administered to students who meet the following criteria on a Home Language Survey:
1. First language is not English.
2. A language other than English is spoken in the home.
3. The language used most often is not English.
The W-APT score determines if a student qualifies for ESOL services (See detailed eligibility flowchart on website).
• Continued Eligibility -
From January to February, all English Learners take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® test to measure their academic listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency levels and growth. A student's ACCESS Composite Proficiency Level and Literacy Level together determine continuation or termination of ESOL services. ACCESS proficiency levels are also used to assist schools leaders and teachers in grouping ELs for instruction, scheduling ESOL services, informing RTI determinations, and guiding the Testing Participation Committee (TPC) in the choice of accommodations.


ESOL Program Beliefs & Goals:

The mission of Whitfield County Schools is to increase student learning by providing students and staff with meaningful, challenging, and engaging educational experiences in a safe and supportive environment. We believe that staff should have a unified focus and that our students are the ultimate beneficiaries of our common effort. We also believe that teachers are instructional leaders and designers of learning experiences which are tailored to the unique learning and motivational needs of our particular group of students. Parents and community personnel also are a vital part of our work and we believe that all students deserve a safe, non-threatening learning environment where they are treated with dignity and respect. English Learners are certainly among the beneficiaries of this conceptual framework.
The education of ELs is a shared responsibility among the regular education teacher and ESOL teachers. Collaboration among teachers and administrative support/leadership are all necessary ingredients for student success. In order to provide high quality and effective instruction to English Learners, we believe that both their English development needs and academic content needs must be considered by effectively scaffolding instruction. Program effectiveness is based on a continual improvement model where current practices are evaluated in response to student achievement data. Program improvements incorporate those practices deemed most effective in the professional body of research. For this reason, on-going professional learning opportunities are essential for all educators who interact with ELs. Since 2008, WCS teachers have received training in the SIOP Model, a three-year professional learning and job-embedded coaching program focused on increasing teachers' pedagogical skills to strategically target students' academic language learning needs.
The district complies with all state and federal guidelines related to the education of ELs. While we understand that compliance is a necessary factor, we consider such compliance to be the minimum expectation. We seek continual improvement because we invest in the lives of students and wish to offer the best practices available to ELs because we believe that their education leads to increased opportunities in the future.
While it is possible that some districts might view English Learners as being deficient in language skills, we take the additive view that ELs enrich the curriculum for all students by adding a global perspective to classroom discussions and learning tasks. Though ELs sometimes lack the prior knowledge that we expect based on our own cultural perspectives, they offer a rich dialogue regarding experiences that bring our curriculum to life. The presence of ELs also challenges our teachers to continually improve their instructional methodology and by doing so, all students benefit from the research-based methods in place.
The goals of the ESOL Program are to value and build upon students' academic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds; provide a supportive learning environment; assist students in reaching their full academic potential; build connections between ESOL and school-wide instructional programs; encourage participation of students and their families within the school and community; and to foster understanding and appreciation of diverse populations within the school and the community.
Additional ESOL information is available at the GA Department of Education website: and on the "ESOL Program" tab at the Whitfield County website

Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Based at the Whitfield County Student Services Center, the Department for Exceptional Student Services includes Children's Assessment and Preschool Services (CAPS), school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, assistive technology specialists, highly qualified teachers serving all exceptionalities, paraprofessionals, special needs transportation staff, due process facilitators, clerical staff, Coordinators for Exceptional Students, and the Director.

All students with disabilities, ages three through 22, residing in Whitfield County, are offered a free and appropriate public education designed to meet their unique educational needs. While the entire continuum of services outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is offered to students with disabilities in Whitfield County, services are delivered in the general education setting to the maximum possible extent. This requires general and special education teachers to work closely together, using effective co-teaching models. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) with goals to address areas of weakness are developed for each eligible child and require the participation of the entire IEP team in order to help students make progress and ultimately be prepared for graduation, employment, post-secondary education, and independent living.

Local procedures developed in accordance with state rules and the IDEA may be accessed in the Special Education Handbook found on Sharepoint under the Special Programs tab. Additional information can be provided by the Coordinators for Exceptional Students assigned to each school



The grade point average, or G.P.A., is computed cumulatively or by the semester.
Some colleges or post-secondary schools consider the student's G.P.A. for core academic courses. The G.P.A. reflects the average grade earned in courses taken. It is based on the following scale, with 4.0 representing all A's:

Grade Quality Point
A 4
B 3
C 2
F 0


The school year consists of 180 class days divided into two semesters of approximately 90 days(or eighteen weeks) each. For each course passed with a final grade of 70 or above at the end of the year, students earn one (1) unit of credit for a total of seven (7) units per year. Grades in each course are determined according to Whitfield County Board of Education Policy as follows:

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade

1st Semester - 40% of total grade

2nd Semester - 40% of total grade

Final Exam/EOC/ SLO - 20% of total grade

1st and 2nd semester grades are independent of each other
• An EOCT score will be used instead of the Final Exam (20%)
• Final exams will emphasize material from the last 4 ½ weeks of the course

***Please note that students may lose course credit for excessive unexcused absences***




The Whitfield County Board of Education recognizes that it is both the right and the responsibility of the teacher to assign grades to students for work completed as required by the teacher in connection with a specific educational setting, activity, and/or course. The Board further recognizes no justification for reducing a student's grades to penalize the student for misbehavior or for upgrading for non-academic reasons. The misrepresentation of achievement by upgrading or downgrading is improper and unethical.

The Whitfield County Board of Education recognizes that the responsibility to make grade corrections for clerical errors rests with the teacher. The written request by a teacher to correct a previously assigned numerical grade requires the written approval to the school-level administrator.

Exceptions exist when the teacher is unavailable to request needed grade corrections due to extenuating circumstances. When such conditions exist, the school-level administrator is responsible for authorizing in writing needed grade corrections. Any grade corrections after one year from the date the grade report was issued will require the written approval of the Superintendent.

All Courses Fourth through Twelfth Grade will receive a Numeric Score as a Final Grade
The letter grade equivalent is shown below

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F Below 70

High School Calculation
• Yearlong Courses with Georgia Milestone EOC will be calculated using the following formula: 40% of Semester 1 + 40% of Semester 2 + 20% Georgia Milestone EOC
• Yearlong Courses without Georgia Milestone EOC will be calculated using the following formula: 40% of Semester 1 + 40% of Semester 2 + 20% Final Exam
• Semester Courses with Georgia Milestone EOC will be calculated using the following formula: 80% Semester + 20% Georgia Milestone EOC
• Semester Courses without Georgia Milestone EOC will be calculated using the following formula: 80% Semester + 20% Final Exam

When determining which students will be named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, the numeric average used is calculated differently.


Both honors level and Advanced Placement courses are offered in the four core academic areas. Honors level classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects on all grade levels.
Advanced Placement courses are available in areas of Biology, Environmental Science, Statistics, Calculus, English Language and Literature, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History and Psychology. Other Advanced Placement courses can be taken through Georgia Virtual High School.

Requirements for Honors/AP Courses:
The Honors and AP programs at Southeast are open to any student who shows high achievement and motivation to excel in a rigorous learning environment. For upcoming freshman, CRCT scores and grades are used to determine enrollment in honors courses. For current students wishing to enter Honors courses, a 90 or better grade is suggested in previous content courses for consideration. In order to be promoted to the next honors grade level course, students should maintain an 85 or better in the current course. Students who do not have these scores may schedule a parent meeting with their teacher, counselor, the gifted coordinator and an administrator to discuss promotion to the next level.

Graduation Exercises

Students may complete requirements for graduation at the end of any semester. Formal graduation exercises are held at the end of spring semester and students who have completed requirements any time during the previous year may participate.
Any students who have met graduation requirements at any time during the school year are encouraged to participate in graduation exercises, but are not required to do so. If they do choose to participate, they are required to attend the graduation practice sessions. All financial obligations should be cleared by each graduating senior by the final day of school.


Honor Graduates (Seniors 2017 ONLY)

Entered 9th grade prior to 2014-15
Grade Point Averages (GPA) for senior awards are calculated at the end of the 1st semester of the senior year using the same criteria as Valedictorian/Salutatorian. (See Valedictorian)

Highest Honor Graduates: Students who have an overall numerical average greater than or equal to 95 using the above criteria.

High Honor Graduates: Students who have a numerical average greater than or equal to 90 but less than 95 using the above criteria.

Honor Graduates: Students who have a numerical average greater than or equal to 85 but less than 90 using the above criteria.


Freshmen entering the 2014/2015 and subsequent school years

(Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors the 2016/2017 school year)
A numeric average for senior awards is calculated at the end of the 1st semester of the senior year using the same criteria as Valedictorian/Salutatorian (See Valedictorian).
Only numerical grades from academic classes, in the content areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages in grades 9-12, will be used to find the numeric average.

Honor with Distinction Graduates: Students who have a numeric average for senior awards greater than or equal to 94.5 and have taken at least three AP or Dual Enrollment classes. Final grades are not to be rounded.

Honor Graduates: Students who have a numerical average greater than or equal to 89.5. Final grades are not to be rounded.



Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements can be found at the links below

Any student who enrolls in Phoenix High School before the fourth mini-mester will graduate from Phoenix High School.


During the 2016-2017 school year, each grade level will honor students' academic achievements during a school day in May.


Requirements for wearing a white robe during commencement exercises will be as follows:
• Top 10 % of your class based on weighted HOPE GPA (same requirements for determining Valedictorian/Salutatorian will be used)

• Never received a failing grade in any course taken

• Students may lose their white robe status because of attendance or discipline issues. A student who is sent to a tribunal hearing, is assigned to attend Crossroads or is placed in OSS will not qualify for white robe status.



Grade point averages used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian are calculated at the end of the first semester of the senior year.

Guidelines for Selection of Valedictorian and Salutatorian (Seniors 2017 ONLY)

1) The Valedictorian shall be the student who has earned the highest grade point ranking in the graduating class, earned a college prep diploma, and met the residency requirements as specified in section H.
2) The Salutatorian shall be the student who has earned the second highest grade point ranking in the graduating class, earned a college prep diploma, and met the residency requirement as specified in section H.
3) Valedictorians and Salutatorians shall be selected based on grade point average (GPA) using the following criteria:

A. Only numerical grades from core classes, in the content areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages in grades 9-12, will be used in GPA calculations for Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

B. Numerical grades earned in Honors, AP, ACCEL, and Move-On-When-Ready classes will be multiplied by a factor of 1.05.

C. Numerical grades earned in all other core classes will be multiplied by a factor or 1.00.

D. Numerical grades earned in classes taken in middle school will not be counted.

E. Numerical grades earned in classes taken in the spring semester of a student's senior year will not be counted. A completed fall senior course will be counted according to the credit given (ex: 0.5 for semester high school classes, 1 credit for completed college course). For year-long senior courses, the numerical grade from the first semester will be used with a weight of 0.42 (0.4 x 1.05) for weighted classes and 0.4 for non-weighted classes for computing the GPA. When totaling credits, all yearlong senior classes will count as 0.4 credits.

F. Students taking ACCEL classes must have the college submit a numerical grade for each course. If a numerical grade is not received, the following scale will be used: A=90.0, B=80.0, C=70.0, D=70.0, F=60.0.

G. Transfer grades from other school districts must be submitted using a numerical score based on a 100 point grading scale. If a numerical grade is not received, the following scale will be used: A=95.0, B=85.0, C=75.0, D=70.0, F=60.0.

H. Students must meet the residency requirement by being enrolled and attending class a portion of the day at the same high school during both semesters of their junior and senior year. However, Move on When Ready students can meet the residency requirement by being enrolled and attending class a portion of the day at the same high school during both semesters of their freshman and sophomore year.

I. In the event of a tie in the grade point average for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, the following criteria, in the order presented, will be used to break the tie in class ranking:

1. Numerical grades earned in all core and elective courses in grades 9-12 will be used to calculate the GPA.
2. Number of Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and ACCEL courses taken in grades 9-12.
3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.

Freshmen entering the 2014/2015 and subsequent school years
(Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for the 2016/2017 school year)

Grade point averages used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian are calculated at the end of the first semester of the senior year.

Guidelines for Selection of Valedictorians and Salutatorians

4) The Valedictorian shall be the student who has earned the highest grade point ranking in the graduating class and has met the residency requirements as specified in section I.
5) The Salutatorian shall be the student who has earned the second highest grade point ranking in the graduating class and has met the residency requirement as specified in section I.
6) Valedictorians and Salutatorians shall be selected based on a numeric average using the following criteria:

J. Must complete or be enrolled in three or more Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment academic classes.

K. Only numerical grades from academic classes, in the content areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages in grades 9-12, will be used to find the numeric average for Valedictorian and Salutatorian. These courses, according to Georgia Department of Education classification, must be able to be used to satisfy a Core curriculum graduation requirement.

L. Numerical grades earned in an academic Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes will be multiplied by a factor of 1.05.

M. Numerical grades earned in all other academic classes will be multiplied by a factor of 1.00.

N. Numerical grades earned for middle school Courses will not be counted.

O. Numerical grades earned in classes taken in the spring semester of a student's senior year will not be counted. A completed fall senior course will be counted according to the credit given (ex: 0.5 for semester high school classes, 1 credit for completed college course, or completed the course at the Career Academy). For year-long senior courses, the numerical grade from the first semester will be used with a weight of 0.5 for computing the numeric average. When totaling credits, all yearlong senior classes will count as 0.5 credits.

P. Students taking Dual Enrollment classes must have the college submit a numerical grade for each course. If a numerical grade is not received, the following scale will be used: A=90.0, B=80.0, C=75.0, D=70.0, F=69.0.

Q. Transfer grades from other school districts must be submitted using a numerical grade based on a 100 point grading scale. If a numerical grade is not received, the following scale will be used: A=95.0, B=85.0, C=75.0, D=70.0, F=60.0.

R. Students must meet the residency requirement by being enrolled and attending class a portion of the day at the same high school during both semesters of their junior and senior year. However, Dual Enrollment students can meet the residency requirement by being enrolled and attending class a portion of the day at the same high school during both semesters of their freshman and sophomore year.

S. In the event of a tie in the grade point average for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, the following criteria, in the order presented, will be used to break the tie in class ranking:

1. Number of Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and Dual Enrollment courses taken in grades 9-12.
2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score (Highest combined score in CR+M+W).
3. Numerical grades earned in all academic and elective courses in grades 9-12 will be used to calculate the GPA.



HOPE - Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally - is Georgia's unique scholarship program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. Since the HOPE Program began in 1993, more than $3 billion in HOPE funds has been awarded to more than 900,000 students attending Georgia's colleges, universities, and technical colleges.


CRITERION ONE: A student must earn at least 22 Carnegie Units of credit for graduation and have taken:
4 Units in English Language Arts
4 Units in Mathematics, including one unit in Algebra II
3 Units in Science, including one unit in Physics or Chemistry
3 Units in Social Studies, Including Economics, Citizenship, World History, and U.S. Studies
2 Units in a single Foreign Language
1 Unit in Fine Arts, chosen from Visual Arts, Music, Dance, or Dramatic Arts

CRITERION TWO: A student must have a minimum combined score of 1360 (math and verbal ONLY) on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) at one test administration; a minimum combined score of 1360 on the critical reading and mathematical reasoning skills sections of the SAT Reasoning Test at one test administration; or, a composite score of 31 at one test administration on the American College Test (ACT).

CRITERION THREE: A student has a non-weighted, cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, where A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, and D = 1 in core courses.

CRITERION FOUR: Registered to vote if a United States citizen and 18 years of age on or before March 1, 2010

CRITERION FIVE: A student shows evidence of self-esteem and concern for others in day-to-day activities

CRITERION SIX: A student has participated in at least three (3) different competitive interscholastic activities (e.g., athletics, music and literary events, fairs, and exhibits).

CRITERION SEVEN: A student has been appointed by school official or elected to positions of leadership in a minimum of two (2) different activities sponsored by the school.

CRITERION EIGHT: A student has shown evidence of leadership in a minimum of two (2) different youth activities outside the school, including being appointed by an organization sponsor or elected to a position of leadership or role of responsibility in a minimum of one (1) of these activities. Note: This does not include paid positions.

Whitfield County Scholar Requirements

• The student has a minimum of 1650 on the SAT at one test administration or a score of 26 on the ACT.
• The student will have earned 23 Carnegie units of credit for graduation including:

- 4 units in science, including 1 unit in chemistry or physics.
- 4 units in mathematics, including 1 unit in Algebra 1.
- 3 units in social studies.
- 4 units in English language arts.
- 2 units of single world language.
- 1 unit in fine arts.
• In all work taken in grades 9-12 the student has maintained a non-weighted, cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in core courses or an average of 95 or above in core courses.

• During grades 9-12, the student has participated in a minimum of one interscholastic activity.

• The student has been appointed by a school official or elected to a position of leadership in a minimum of one activity sponsored by the school.

• The student has shown evidence of leadership in a minimum of one activity outside of school.

• The student is registered to vote if he or she is 18 years old and is a citizen of the United States.

• The student shows evidence of self-esteem and concern for others in day-to-day activities.


Many grants, loans and scholarships are available for post-secondary work in both colleges and vocational schools. Some local funds are made available through various civic clubs. Please see your guidance counselor for assistance in applying for these funds.


The Post-secondary Options Program provides for students who are at least 16 years of age or older or who are classified as juniors or seniors in Georgia public schools, and who meet other specific requirements, to take courses full-time or part-time at Georgia public colleges, universities, or technical institutions, Move on When Ready. Students must have been accepted by the higher institution and may, under this program, receive high school Carnegie unit credit(s) and post-secondary credit hours. For further information please consult your guidance counselor.


Promotion Requirements

Students are assigned to a grade level based on accrued units at the beginning of each school year. Summer school credits are included. Students may be moved to the next grade level after the first semester provided that they meet the requirements for promotion. Promotion/placement shall be made on the following basis:

For 9th grade students who entered high school in the 2010-2011 school year or later

To be promoted to the 10th grade - 5 units to include, 1 unit in English, and 1 unit in
To be promoted to the 11th grade - 11 units to include, 2 units of English plus 2 units of
math, 2 units of science, and 1 social studies credit.

To be promoted to the 12th grade - 17 units required to include, 3 units of English, 3 units of math, 3 units of science and 2 units of social studies.


Registration for the next full school year occurs in the spring of the preceding year. Students have opportunities to discuss their programs of study with an advisor and their parents in a meeting arranged by the school. Students are urged to register with careful consideration for their program of study in order to make sure the courses for which they register reflect the final decision of students and their parents.


Credit may not be earned for the same course twice. Students should take care they do not repeat a course for which credit has already been earned. However, a student may be given permission to retake a course in order to make a higher grade in that course. Students should be aware that state guidelines make it mandatory to average in the lower grade even when a higher grade is earned. More information may be obtained on this subject from the guidance counselor.


Desks, lockers, and storage spaces provided to students and teachers are the property of the school district. The principal or designee may have general inspections on a periodic basis, including unannounced searches, and may open desks, lockers, and storage spaces and examine the contents. Other searches will occur when there is reasonable suspicion to believe there has been a violation of state or federal laws, local codes, or School Board Policy. Searches may include personal belongings of students. Additionally, law enforcement officials may randomly conduct unannounced canine searches.



In January/February of each year a Scholarship Workshop is scheduled for parents and students. A representative for the Georgia Student Finance Commission usually makes a presentation.



At Southeast High School, we value the importance of preparing our students to be productive citizens in an ever changing world. In our Career & Technology Department at Southeast, we realize that research indicates 90% of the fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education. For this reason, our department offers classes in Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education and Agriculture and Engineering.
Within each of these four areas, we offer related/specialty classes which form a pathway or field of study. In addition, our students have the opportunity as upperclassmen to enroll in work based learning classes in which they can receive high school credit while actually working at a paid job for part of the school day.
Another capacity in which we serve students is to act as a link to the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy. We offer students many of the foundations level Career & Technology courses at Southeast and encourage them, if interested, to pursue more specialized Career & Technology courses at the Career Academy.


The American College Test (ACT) is accepted as an admission requirement by the colleges in Georgia. A fee is charged. The test is given approximately five times as year. Southeast is an official test site for all the ACT test dates.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is also accepted as an admission requirement by the colleges in Georgia. A fee is charged. The test is given approximately five times a year. Southeast is a test center for the SAT. See your counselor for additional information.


PSAT/NMSQT is administered in October. A fee is charged unless students are sophomores. All sophomores will be administered the PSAT free of charge. It is recommended that students working toward completion of the college preparatory programs take this test. It is designed to help prepare juniors for a college board entrance examination. This test also serves as the first step in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship program. To qualify as a National Merit Scholar, students must take the PSAT during the junior year.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement tests are offered in May of each year in the subject areas in which A.P. classes have been taught during the year. We also offer virtual classes for those who wish to take these classes. Advanced Placement courses are usually offered in the areas of mathematics, social studies, English, science, and foreign language.


The ASVAB is administered in the fall to juniors. This is an optional career aptitude test.



Career interest surveys are available for any student at website. A computer resource (GA 411) is available for students to access the career inventories offered by the State of Georgia.


Textbooks can be issued to the students by the classroom teacher. All textbooks are the property of the Whitfield County School System. Each student is responsible for the textbooks issued to him or her. Care should be taken to keep books in good condition, as they are public property to be used again by other students.

Transcripts are electronically uploaded to colleges upon written request to the school Guidance Office. Students desiring transcripts sent to colleges or other post-secondary schools should fill out a form in the counselor's office. One transcript will be sent without charge.


Section Two: Attendance


Students may be excused during the school year for school-sponsored events they attend at the request of the school. Class work for these days should be completed prior to the absence.
In addition, seniors are allowed two visits to a college during the school year (taken before April 1), which are not counted as absences. Again, class work should be completed prior to the absence. Approval by the principal is required prior to the date of absence.


Whitfield County Schools
Attendance Procedures

Students are expected to be in school each day unless excused for one of the reasons listed below.

1. Personal illness that would endanger the student's health or the health of others.
2. Serious illness or death in the student's immediate family.
3. Special and recognized religious holidays observed by the student's faith.
4. Mandated absence by order of governmental agencies, e.g., court order or pre-induction physical for the armed forces.
5. Conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to health or safety.
6. A period not to exceed one day is allowed for registering to vote or voting in a public election.
7. Approved college visitation in accordance with high school regulations.
8. Working at an electoral poll site during an election.
9. Student trips deemed educational by the Assistant Superintendent.

Parent notes may be accepted for up to 10 absences in a school year and must be turned in 5 days after the absence. After 10 absences, parents will be required to provide written medical excuses or documentation. However, in cases when a student's absences become excessive and are addressed through an attendance intervention (i.e. Attendance Review Team, Educational Improvement Team or School Social Work Referral) absences will only be excused by written medical documentation.

Students shall be counted present when they are serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly and/or while representing the school in an activity approved by the school and/or Board of Education. Students in foster care shall be counted present when they attend court proceedings relating to their foster care.

A student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service in the U. S. armed forces or National Guard, and such parent has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting will be granted up to 5 days of excused absences per school year to visit with his or her parent prior to the parent's deployment or during the parent's leave.

Individual students who have emergencies to arise that necessitate their absence from school for a portion of the school day must have been present for one half of the instructional day in order to be included in attendance counts.

An unlawful (unexcused) absence is one not permitted under the Compulsory School Attendance Law (20-2-690) and policies of the Whitfield County School Board.

Any combination of (5) five unexcused tardies / late check-ins or unexcused early checkouts will be considered one (1) unexcused absence. If a student has excessive absences or tardies, the school social worker may refer the student and parent(s) to the Department of Family and Children Services, Educational Improvement Team (EIT) or the appropriate court when sufficient legal causes for these absences or tardies do not exist. Corrective measures may be taken against the student and/or parent(s).

When a high school student has more than (6) six unexcused absences per semester in a class meeting fewer than 90 days (6 block days), the student will not receive credit for that course. If a high school student has more than (10) ten unexcused absences a class meeting more than 90 days (year long courses) the student will not receive credit for that course. Any student who is absent one half day is considered absent the full day. The student must be present for at least l/2 of the high school class period to be considered present for the class. The student and/or parent/guardian may request the school principal or designee to review the case if there are extenuating circumstances. Upon denial, it can be appealed to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee.

According to the State Board of Education rules, a student is truant who during the school calendar year has more than five unexcused absences.

• The school will contact you in writing by mail when your child has 5, 10 and 15 total absences each school year.
• Parents may be requested to attend an Attendance Review Team (ART) meeting when students reach 5 unexcused or 10 total absences. Parents who do not attend the ART meeting will be referred to the school social
worker. Parents may also be asked to provide a written medical documentation to excuse future absences due to illness.
• Upon review of the student's attendance, the social worker may refer the student and family on to the community Education Improvement Team (EIT), the Department of Family and Children Services or the Whitfield County Juvenile or Magistrate Court.
• The ART and EIT process is ongoing and may not start over each year. If the intervention was held the previous school year, the family may not attend an ART or EIT the following year. However, the family will be notified by the school social worker of the continued attendance concerns.

Georgia Compulsory School Attendance Law

CODE SECTION --20-2-690-1.
(a) Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state having control or charge of any child or children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program that meets the requirements for a public school, a private school, or a home study program;

(b) Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both, at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day's absence from school in violation of this part shall constitute a separate offense.

I have read and understand the Whitfield County Schools Attendance Procedures:


Student (Age 10 or older)_______________________________________

Escuelas del Condado de Whitfield
Procedimientos de Asistencia Escolar

Se espera que los alumnos asistan a la escuela todos los días a menos que estén excusados por alguna de las siguientes razones.

1. Enfermedad personal que pondría en peligro la salud del estudiante o la de otros.
2. Enfermedad seria o muerte de algún familiar inmediato del estudiante.
3. Días especiales o fiestas religiosas observadas por las creencias del estudiante.
4. Ausencia por orden de alguna agencia gubernamental, por ejemplo: orden judicial o examen antes de la inducción a las fuerzas armadas.
5. Condiciones que hagan imposible la asistencia a la escuela o que sería peligroso a la salud o seguridad del estudiante.
6. Se permite que se ausente por un período que no exceda de un día para registrarse para votar o para votar en una elección pública.
7. Visita aprobada a un colegio universitario de acuerdo con las reglas de la escuela preparatoria.
8. Trabajar en un lugar de votación durante una elección.
9. Paseos educacionales de los estudiantes con el previo consentimiento de la Asistente del Superintendente.

Se aceptarán hasta 10 excusas escritas por los padres durante el año escolar y deberán ser entregadas dentro de 5 días después de la ausencia. Después de las 10 ausencias, será necesario que los padres traigan una excusa o documentación médica para que la ausencia del alumno sea justificada. Sin embargo, en caso de que las ausencias lleguen a ser excesivas y hubiera la necesidad de que se hiciera una intervención (por ejemplo: el Equipo de Revisión de Asistencia, Equipo de Mejoramiento Educacional o referido al trabajador social), entonces las ausencias serán excusadas solamente con documentación médica.
Los estudiantes se contarán presentes cuando estén representando a la escuela en la Asamblea General de Georgia y/o en una actividad aprobada por la escuela y/o la Junta Directiva de Educación. Los estudiantes que estén bajo cuidado tutelar deben ser contados presentes cuando tengan que asistir a procedimientos de la corte relacionados a su custodia tutelar.
Un estudiante cuyo padre, madre o tutor legal está en el Servicio Militar de las Fuerzas Armadas de los E.U. o en la Guardia Nacional, y que tal padre, madre, o tutor haya sido llamado al servicio, o está de salida para el extranjero a una zona de combate o enviado a apoyar un combate, se le concederá hasta 5 días de ausencias por año escolar para visitar con su familia a su padre, madre o tutor antes de la partida, o durante la salida del padre, madre o tutor.
Los estudiantes que tengan alguna emergencia, y necesiten estar ausentes por alguna razón parte del día escolar tienen que haber estado presentes por lo menos la mitad del día escolar para ser contados como presentes.
Una ausencia injustificada no está permitida bajo la Ley de Asistencia Compulsoria (20-2-690) y la Política de la Junta de Educación de las Escuelas del Condado de Whitfield.
Cualquier combinación de cinco (5) tardanzas o salidas tempranas injustificadas será considerada como una (1) ausencia injustificada. Cuando un estudiante tiene excesivas tardanzas o ausencias injustificadas, la trabajadora social de la escuela podrá referir al estudiante y a sus padres al Departamento de Servicios de Familia y Niños, Equipo de Mejoramiento Educacional o a la Corte apropiada cuando no existan suficientes causas legales para estas ausencias o tardanzas. Se podrán tomar medidas correctivas en contra del estudiante y/o padres.
Cuando un estudiante de la escuela preparatoria tiene más de seis (6) ausencias injustificadas por semestre en una clase que se reúne menos de 90 días (días de 6 bloques), el estudiante no recibirá crédito por la clase. Si un estudiante de la preparatoria tiene más de diez (10) ausencias injustificadas en una clase que se reúne más de 90 días (cursos de todo el año escolar), no recibirá crédito por la clase. Cualquier estudiante que esté ausente la mitad del día será considerado ausente el día completo. En la escuela preparatoria, el estudiante debe estar presente por lo menos la mitad del período de la clase para que se le considere presente en la clase. El estudiante y/o padres/tutores pueden solicitarle al director de la escuela o a su designado que revise el caso cuando haya circunstancias atenuantes. Si el caso es denegado, usted puede apelar al superintendente o a su designado.

De acuerdo a las reglas de la Junta de Educación del Estado, se clasifica a un estudiante en la categoría de ausentismo habitual cuando tiene más de cinco ausencias injustificadas durante el año escolar.
• La escuela se comunicará con usted por escrito cuando su hijo tenga un total de 5, 10 y 15 ausencias cada año escolar.
• Se les pedirá a los padres que asistan a una junta con el Equipo de Revisión de Asistencia (ART) cuando el estudiante alcance un total de 5 o 10 ausencias injustificadas. Los padres que no se presenten a la junta con el Equipo de Revisión de Asistencia serán referidos al trabajador social de la escuela. También, se les pedirá que presenten una excusa del doctor debido a enfermedad para futuras ausencias.
• Al revisar la asistencia del estudiante, el trabajador social podrá referir al estudiante y a su familia al Equipo de Mejoramiento Educacional (EIT), Departamento de Servicios de Familia y Niños, a la Corte Juvenil o del Magistrado del Condado de Whitfield.
• El Proceso de ART y EIT es continuo y puede ser que no vuelva a comenzar cada año. Si la intervención se llevó a cabo el año escolar anterior, puede ser que la familia no tenga que asistir a un ART o EIT al año siguiente. No obstante, la familia será notificada por el trabajador social de las inquietudes que se tiene en cuanto a la asistencia.

Ley de Asistencia Escolar Compulsoria de Georgia

(a) Cada padre, tutor u otra persona que resida en este estado teniendo control o a cargo de un niño o niños entre su sexto y décimo sexto cumpleaños, debe matricular y enviar a su hijo o hijos a la escuela pública, a la escuela privada, o al programa de estudio domiciliario que llene los requisitos de una escuela pública, escuela privada, o el programa de estudio domiciliario;
(b) Cualquier padre, tutor u otra persona que resida en este estado teniendo control o a cargo de un niño o niños y viole esta sección del código, será culpable de un delito menor y puede ser convicto del mismo, estará sujeto a una multa que no exceda $100.00 o encarcelamiento que no exceda 30 días, o ambas, a discreción de la corte que tiene jurisdicción. Cada día de ausencia de la escuela en violación de esta parte, constituye una ofensa separada.

He leído y comprendo los procedimientos de asistencia de las Escuelas del Condado de Whitfield:


Estudiante (10 años de edad o mayor)_______________________________________



If a student must be absent the parent should call the school between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. (phone 706-876-7025) regarding the reason for absence. If parents do not call the school, calls will be made to parents at work or at home to check absences.

Within five (5) days upon returning to school students should bring a written note from the parents. This is in addition to the telephone contact regarding the absence. This note should be given to the attendance office secretary or other designated attendance clerk. The note from the parent should include:
student's first and last name;
dates of the absence;
specific reason for the absence;
parent's full signature and phone number.

* Absences of three or more consecutive days require a doctor's note. Unexcused absences changed to an excused absence must be corrected within five days of return to school.
Absences are excused for the following reasons:
• personal illness;
• doctor or dentist appointment (verified by note from doctor or dentist);
• death in the immediate family;
• specified religious observances (prior approval required);
• absence mandated by governmental agency; court-ordered.

When a high school student has more than (6) six unexcused absences per semester in a specific semester-long class, the student will not receive credit for that class. If a high school student has more than (10) ten unexcused absences in a year-long class the student will not receive credit for that class.

Driver's License

Please see Mrs. Rodriguez in the attendance office and fill out paper work to receive either learner permit or driver's license.

Effective July 1, 2015, schools will simply have to certify that a student is enrolled in and not under expulsion from a public or private school to be eligible for a driver's license or learner's permit.

After July 1, 2015 students will no longer have their driver's license or learner's permit suspended for excessive unexcused absences or discipline infractions. However, driver's license suspensions that occurred prior to July 1, 2015, will continue to be effective through the one-year suspension period.

Joshua's Law

Effective January 1, 2007 there will be new requirements for class D driver's licenses
Are you familiar with Joshua's Law? It is a bill that changes the requirements that teen drivers must meet in order to obtain a Class D driver's license starting on January 1, 2007.
To get a Class D driver's license at age sixteen (16):

• You must have completed a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services and
• You also must have completed a cumulative total of at least forty (40) hours of other supervised driving experience, including at least six (6) hours at night.

If you have not completed an approved driver's education course, you cannot get your Class D driver's license until you reach age seventeen (17). Remember, forty (40) hours of driving experience, including six (6) hours of driving at night, is always required for a Class D driver's license.




Arrangements for making up class work missed due to excused absences must be made with the teacher within five (5) days of the absence. In all cases it is the student's responsibility to ask for make-up work, assignments, and/or extra help and to make arrangements to fulfill all responsibilities missed during the excused absences.

Upon returning to school following an absence the student should bring a written note from a parent or guardian. Notes to change an unexcused absence to an excused absence must be brought to the attendance office within five days of the student returning to school. All class work missed during the absence may be made up following an excused absence.

Class work missed due to in-school suspension may also be made up. This work should be done during the period of suspension, and should be completed by the time the student returns to his class.


A combination of (5) five unexcused tardies or unexcused checkout will be considered one unexcused absences for perfect attendance.


Late check-ins or early check-outs may only be excused for the same reasons as absences. (See page 32)

Checking in late to school or checking out early should be done in the attendance office.

When checking in after a doctor or dental appointment a written notice should be brought from the physician's or dentist's office as the excuse. When checking out to go to a doctor or dental appointment a note from the office should be brought the following day to verify the excused absence.

Parents should call the school prior to first period to notify the school of an anticipated late check-in or to notify the Attendance Office of a planned early check-out. We must hear from a parent before students are allowed to check out. If a note is sent, we will need to verify by phone with the parent/guardian before the student is allowed to leave campus.
Any unexcused late check-in or early check-out will be dealt with as an unexcused absence from the classes missed.

** Please Note: NO CHECK OUTS AFTER 3:10PM **

A final semester examination must be given in every class. No exams are to be given prior to the assigned time or date unless prior written permission is given by the principal personally.
Students need a doctor's excuse for illnesses during exam days in order to be allowed to make up their exams. Any absences on exam days for any reason need to be approved through the principal in order to make up the exams


A Hospital/Homebound Program is offered to students who must be absent from school for a minimum of ten or more consecutive school days due to medical reasons or absent excessively due to chronic health condition. The program is designed to help such students keep up with schoolwork. Students receiving this service may be counted as present for daily attendance purposes.

Applications for the Hospital/Homebound Program may be obtained through the Attendance Office. These include sections for both the physician and the parent to complete and sign.
Students accepted for the program must receive three hours of instructional contact per week. The parent must be present at all times during the visits by the homebound teacher.

We believe all students and staff should ARRIVE TO school on time each day. First period begins at 8:25 a.m. Any student who is late once first period begins must report to the attendance office. Disciplinary action for students who are late to school will be administered through the Attendance Office. Students must bring a note from their parents if they are late to school; however, it is still considered to be an unexcused tardy to school. Students who arrive to school late because of a doctor's appointment must have a signed doctor's note. This tardy to school will be excused.




We believe all students and staff should be at school and in class on time each day. We also believe that there are situations that are unavoidable that cause one to be late to school or to class. We do not intend that such tardies be a violation of the policy.
"TARDY" is defined as arriving in class after the tardy bell.
Unexcused tardies to class or to advisement will be treated as follows:
1st - 3rd offense teacher warning
4th offense and after office referral


Five (5) unexcused tardies to school or early checkouts will equal 1 absence for county perfect attendance certificates.

The teacher will warn the student verbally and record the tardies on Infinite Campus. On the 5th, 10th, 15th, etc., a discipline referral is to be sent by the teacher to the Attendance Office on Infinite Campus and discipline will be assigned. Late buses are excused tardies and will not count toward tardy accumulation. Reasons for excused tardies are:
1. Medical/dental appointments
2. Administrators will reserve the right to excuse tardies under special circumstances.


When a student desires to withdraw from school, he/she must have the written permission of his/her parents or guardian if under the age of eighteen prior to withdrawing. Prior to accepting such permission, a school administrator or counselor will have a conference with the student and parent/legal guardian within two school days of receiving notice of the intent of the student to withdraw. The purpose of the conference is to share with the student and parent/guardian educational options available and the consequences of not earning a high school diploma.
Student will need to report to the attendance office to set up the conference and receive the proper forms.

Each spring you will register for courses for the next school year. Each year you will take a total of eight courses.


"Academic courses" are those courses in the five main, or "core," curriculum areas: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign language.


Elective courses provide you with some choices and flexibility in your high school program. They do count toward your graduation. Each program of study leading to a diploma has a certain number of credits which must be earned by "Additional Courses." This means you must earn the credits, but you do have some choice in which courses you select, so they are called "electives."
Some electives may be required for one program of study, but not for another. Other electives may be required for all students, but you are offered flexibility in which year you decide to take the course. Other electives are "true" electives - that is, students take them due to an interest or to learn more about that area of study.

Southeast offers a very wide selection of elective courses from which to choose. Students should use the elective courses to create a schedule each year that is personal and adapted to individual interests, talents, and career goals.


Courses are offered in varying degrees of difficulty: college preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. We encourage students to choose rigorous courses. All levels are open to all students.


A prerequisite is a course which must be successfully completed with a passing grade in order to take another course. A concurrent course is one which must be taken at the same time as another course.


Honors classes are designed to require not only more work and assignments than college preparatory classes, but to challenge students on higher levels of thinking with abstract concepts and analytical reasoning skills.

There is no limit to the number of honors level courses a student may take. However, due to the more difficult nature of these courses, as well as the adjustments and demands of the freshman year of high school, parents and students are urged to consider the selection of these courses carefully.

The following is a list of guidelines and characteristics to assist parents and students in selection of the honors level courses.

The student...

• has the following personal characteristics:
• shows an interest in and like for the subject.
• has the initiative to get started on and follow through assignments to
• completion.
• works well independently.
• does homework and outside reading as assigned.
• studies for tests.
• has an uncomplaining attitude.
• has permission from and support of parents for taking the honors level class



Academic courses receive priority in scheduling, and electives choices therefore receive secondary consideration. If the student's elective choice cannot be scheduled then another elective course as similar as possible to the first choice is scheduled, or the student's list of alternate choices is consulted. Graduation requirements and needs of seniors are given priority.
Students should choose Alternate elective courses during registration, but not for academic courses (language arts, science, math, and social studies.) Alternate selections should also be indicated for foreign languages.

Students will be permitted only one schedule change. No schedule may be changed after the first 10 days of school.

Students are assigned to counselors based on the first letter of the student's last name. These counselors are:

A-F Kristin Spoon
G-O Anne McGaughey
P-Z Jennifer Carmack
After ninth grade, students keep the same counselor throughout high school, which enables each to come to know the other well. Conferences may be scheduled at any time by the parent, the student, a teacher, or the counselor. In addition, counselors are always available if the student would like to discuss a problem or concern even without a scheduled conference.

You will receive assistance and instructions from many people as you consider your choices for high school. Southeast counselors, administrators, and teachers will provide information, advice, and answer your questions. Your teachers who know you will advise you on the best level of academic course for you and possible electives which you might wish to consider. You should discuss with your parents all of the information which you have received and consider all of your options. It is very important that you and your parents consider your future career plans and goals as you think about your high school program, including your extracurricular plans for the next school year. Your decisions for courses for each year are very important, as your program each high school year thereafter builds on these courses. The final decision should be made by you and your parents together. The approval of your parents is essential. Please make sure that you have discussed all options thoroughly, and that the courses for which you register represent the final decision of you and your parents.

The principal of Southeast is Denise Pendley. Her office is in the main school office, and she welcomes the opportunity to talk with parents or students at any time about their needs and concerns. The assistant principals are Mark Lentych, Jenny Lock, and Mandie Jones.

Special education students will work closely with their teacher/advisor to register for classes.


It is the policy of the Whitfield County School District that racial, sexual, or other forms of harassment or discrimination are strictly forbidden. Any student, employee, applicant for employment, parent or other individual who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or discrimination by other students or employees of the school district based upon his or her race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sex should promptly report the same to the principal of their school or the appropriate coordinator, who will implement the board's discriminatory complaints or harassment procedures. The Title VI and Title IX Coordinator is Wanda Phillips, the Section 504 contact is Chris Parker, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator is Sarah Hoskins. Students and employees will not be subjected to retaliation for reporting such harassment or discrimination. A copy of the discriminatory complaint procedure of the Whitfield County School District (GAAA/JAA) is located in the school district policy manual, which is available in either the school office or the central office.
State law prohibits discrimination based on gender in athletic programs of local school systems (Equity in Sports Act, O.C.G.A. 20-2-315.) Students are hereby notified that the Whitfield County School System does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its athletic programs. The sports equity coordinator for this school system is: Chris Parker, 201 E. Tyler Street, Dalton, GA 30721, 706-876-3910. Inquiries or complaints concerning sports equity in this school system may be submitted to the sports equity coordinator.

Bus transportation is provided by the Whitfield County School System for every student living more than 1 ½ miles from his/her school. Safety of all students is the primary goal in bus transportation.
Students are expected to care for the buses, exhibit respect, courtesy and consideration for bus drivers and other bus riders, and behave appropriately on the busses. Abuse of any of these may result in the loss of the privilege of participation in the bus transportation program.
No food or drinks are permitted on school buses.


From time to time students must bring to school prescribed and/or over the counter medication to take on a timed basis. Students should bring all such medication to the front office for safekeeping. Students will be allowed to leave class to come to the office to take their medication. For their own safety and the safety of all students, no medication should be kept in the possession of a student or in a locker during the school day.

The state zero-tolerance weapons law was passed by the Georgia legislature. The law applies to students of all ages, as well as to all visitors on school property, or within 1,000 feet of school property, school provided transportation, or school functions. Weapons include guns and knives or any other item that is used menacingly. The law requires that we notify law enforcement authorities and the district attorney of any offense involving weapons or violence. Please be aware that our schools do not allow students to bring "look-alike" guns, toy weapons, or water guns to school.


It shall be unlawful for any person to carry or to possess or have under control any weapon within a school safety zone or in a school building, school function, or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school.
The term "weapon" means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of three or more inches, straight-edge razor, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental
dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in O.C.G.A. §16-11-106.
PUNISHMENT: A fine of not more than $10,000; imprisonment for not less than two or more than ten years, or both. A juvenile who violates this shall be subject to the provision of O.C.G.A. §15-11-3









The Whitfield County Board of Education believes that an appropriate dress code will support a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. A committee of board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and students will review this student dress code each year. The Board of Education intends for this dress code to continually adapt to changing styles, reflecting the needs and opinions of our schools and our community.


1. SHIRTS/BLOUSES (All colors and color combinations are acceptable.)
• Styles - all styles which conform to rules concerning fit
• Fabric - all except sheer, see-through, and unlined lace, etc.
• Fit
o Sized appropriately, fitted modestly, (no cleavage showing), sleeveless with material extending from collarbone to end of shoulder bone
o Buttoned properly
o Long enough to cover midriff at all times (no skin showing at midriff)
2. SKIRTS/DRESSES/JUMPERS (all colors and color combinations)
• Length - no shorter than knee length when standing
• Fabric - all except sheer, see-through, and unlined lace, etc.
• Fit
o Sized appropriately, fitted modestly, (no cleavage showing), sleeveless with material extending from collarbone to end of shoulder bone
o Skirts properly fitted and secured at the waist
o Jumpers must be worn with blouse meeting the dress code
o No splits above the knee in skirts or dresses
• Styles - dress, chino, denim (jeans), cargo, sweatpants, etc. (no overalls, pajama pants, or similar styles)
• Fabric - all except sheer, see-through, unlined lace, etc.
• Leggings, yoga pants, any form-fitting pants must be worn with an appropriately sized covering that comes to mid-thigh while standing and made of a material that meets the dress code
• Fit
o Sized appropriately (no baggy or oversized pant legs)
o Shorts at the knee when standing
o Shorts may be dress, chino, denim (jeans), or cargo, gym, athletic, and basketball shorts are acceptable (must be at least knee length)
o All styles fitted and secured at the waist
• Must be properly fastened (tied, buckled, laced, etc.)
• Flip flops are acceptable
• No shoes with wheels

• All dress code rules will apply to sweaters/jackets/outerwear when worn inside the school building
• Hoodies must fit appropriately and not be oversized
• No trench coats


The following fads, styles, types of clothing, accessories, and appearances are deemed inappropriate:
• If clothing is worn with rips, holes, tears (above the knee), all holes must be permanently patched with fabric meeting dress code standards. Underwear, leggings, or shorts under pants with holes do not meet dress code requirements.
• Baggy and oversized clothing
• Pajamas or similar styles
• Revealing, immodest
• Clothing or tattoos with writings, numbers, pictures, graphics, monograms, symbols or drawings, that promotes:
o Gang/cult memberships or activity
o Trademarks, slogans, or advertising advocating the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or other unlawful activity
o Discrimination based upon cultural, religious, racial or sexual orientations
• Clothing or jewelry deemed a safety risk or unlawful (see Discipline Code)
• Pants, shirts, coats, or clothing of any kind touching the ground
• Hair of any style that is disruptive to the learning environment
• Headwear (caps, scarves, bandanas, sunglasses, hoods, etc.) at anytime inside the building
• Any objects in pierced body parts other than the ear. Spikes, gauges, etc. are not allowed.
• Writing on rear of pants or shorts

The administrator's decision will stand as to the accepted judgment in the preceding examples of inappropriate dress.

• During the first five days of attendance within the school year, a student in violation will be asked to correct the infractions.
• Enforcement as to the progressive discipline procedures in the "Student Discipline Code" will begin on the sixth school day for any student.

No student shall be considered to be out of compliance with this policy in the following instances:
• When the student's parent/guardian has secured an exemption from the policy as set forth in the procedures outlined in the exemptions section below
• When the student wears a button, armband, or other accessory to exercise the right of freedom of expression, unless the button, armband, or other accessory is related to gangs, gang membership, or gang activity
• When the student wears a uniform of a nationally recognized youth organization such as Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts on regular meeting days
• When a student is wearing an approved form of dress for a school sponsored activity
• When the school administration waives the dress code policy for physical education classes or any class where the dress code is not conducive to the learning environment
• When the school administration waives the dress code policy for school spirit wear (clothing that is affiliated with school clubs, organizations, athletics, etc.)


In order to qualify for an exemption, the following procedure must be followed:

1. Request by mail, email ( or in person from the school an "Application For Exemption Form".
2. Complete the application in full and submit it to the designated administrator at the student's school.
3. Meet with the designated school administrator to discuss the reasons and goals of the policy and the objection to the policy.
4. Receive formal approval/disapproval by the designated district administrator.








La Junta Educativa del Condado de Whitfield cree que un código de vestir apropiado apoyará un ambiente escolar seguro que propiciará el aprendizaje. Miembros del comité de la junta, los administradores, maestros, padres y estudiantes revisarán este código de vestimenta cada año. La Junta Educativa intenta por medio de este código adaptarse constantemente a los cambios de estilos, reflejando así las necesidades y opiniones de nuestras escuelas y comunidad.


6. CAMISAS/BLUSAS (Se aceptan todos los colores y combinaciones de colores)
• Estilos - todo estilo que cumple con las reglas concernientes a medida y talla
• Tela- toda clase de telas excepto transparente, encajes, etc.
• Medidas (tamaño)
o Talla apropiada, que no le quede ajustada, (sin escotes), sin mangas con material que se extiende de la clavícula hasta el borde del hombro
o Abotonados apropiadamente
o Suficientemente largo para cubrir el abdomen superior todo el tiempo (que no se muestre la piel del abdomen)
7. FALDAS/VESTIDOS/JUMPERS (todos los colores y combinaciones de colores)
• Largo - no debe ser más corto de las rodillas cuando esté de pie.
• Tela - toda clase de telas excepto transparente, encajes, etc.
• Medidas (tamaño)
o Talla apropiada, que no le quede ajustada, (sin escotes), sin mangas con material que se extiende de la clavícula hasta el borde del hombro
o Faldas que tengan la medida apropiada y bien sujeta a la cintura
o Jumpers se deben usar con una blusa que cumpla con el código
o No aberturas arriba de las rodillas en faldas o vestidos
• Estilos - de vestir, chino, mezclilla (jeans), cargo, pantaloneras, etc. (no overoles, pantalones de pijamas, o estilos similares)
• Tela - toda clase de telas excepto transparente, encajes, etc.
• Mallas, pantalones para yoga, cualquier otro tipo de pantalón ajustado se debe vestir con una blusa/playera que llegue a la altura del muslo cuando se ponga de pie y que sea de un material que cumpla con el código de vestimenta
• Medidas (tamaño)
o Talla apropiada (que no sea exageradamente grande)
o Pantalones cortos que le lleguen a la rodilla cuando esté de pie
o Los pantalones cortos deben ser de vestir, chino, mezclilla (jeans), o cargo. Los de gimnasia, atléticos, y de baloncesto son aceptables (deben ser por lo menos hasta las rodillas)
o Todos los estilos deben estar apropiadamente arreglados y asegurados en la cintura
• Apropiadamente amarrados (atados, abrochados, encordonado, etc.)
• Sandalias de goma/playa son aceptables
• No se aceptan zapatos (tenis) con ruedas
• Todas las reglas de vestir se aplicarán a suéteres, chaquetas, abrigos cuando se lleven dentro de la escuela
• Las capuchas deben tener la talla apropiada y no una talla demasiado grande
• No se permiten gabardinas

Las siguientes modas, estilos, tipos de ropa, accesorios, y apariencias son consideradas inapropiadas:
• Ropa rasgada, con huecos, rota, y deshilachada (por arriba de la rodilla), todos los huecos deben estar parchados con tela que cumpla con las normas del código. Ropa interior, mallas, o shorts debajo de pantalones con agujeros no cumplen con los requisitos del código de vestimenta.
• Pantalones y ropa demasiado grande
• Pijamas o estilos similares
• Ropa ceñida, pegada, reveladora, de forma inapropiada
• Ropa o tatuajes con emblemas, números, dibujos, gráficos, monogramas, símbolos o dibujos, que promuevan:
o Membrecía o actividad en pandillas/cultos
o Marcas, lemas, o anuncios que promuevan el uso de alcohol, tabaco, drogas, parafernalia de droga, u otra actividad ilícita
o Discriminación basada en la cultura, religión, racial u orientación sexual
• Ropa o joyería considerada como un riesgo a la seguridad o que sea ilegal (vea el Código de Disciplina)
• Pantalones, camisas, abrigos, o ropa de cualquier tipo que llegue hasta el suelo
• El cabello de cualquier estilo que pueda perturbar el ambiente de aprendizaje
• No se permiten gorras, pañuelos, pañoletas, lentes de sol, capuchas, etc. en ningún momento dentro de la escuela
• Aretes sólo en las orejas, no deben llevarse en ninguna otra parte del cuerpo. No se permiten aretes de pico, aretes de estilo gótico
• Escritura, símbolos o signos en la parte trasera de los pantalones o shorts

La decisión del administrador será aceptada en los ejemplos anteriores del atuendo inapropiado.

• Durante los primeros cinco días de asistencia dentro del año escolar, a un alumno en violación se le pedirá que corrija las infracciones.
• Cumplimiento en cuanto a los procedimientos disciplinarios progresivos en el "Código de Conducta Estudiantil" comenzarán el sexto día de clases para cualquier estudiante.

A ningún estudiante se le considerará estar fuera del cumplimiento de esta política en las siguientes circunstancias:
• Cuando el padre/tutor del estudiante ha asegurado una exoneración de la norma como se establece en los procedimientos descritos en la sección de exoneraciones listadas a continuación.
• Cuando el estudiante lleva una insignia, brazalete, u otro accesorio para ejercer su derecho de libertad de expresión, a menos que la insignia, brazalete, u otro accesorio se relacione con pandillas, membrecía o actividad con pandillas.
• Cuando el estudiante lleva un uniforme de una organización juvenil nacionalmente reconocida como por ejemplo, los Boy Scouts o las Girl Scouts en los días que se reúnen.
• Cuando un estudiante lleva un tipo de atuendo aprobado para una actividad auspiciada por la escuela.
• Cuando la administración de la escuela dispensa la norma del código de vestimenta para las clases de educación física o cualquier otra clase donde este código no facilite un ambiente propicio de aprendizaje.
• Cuando la administración de la escuela dispensa la norma de vestimenta para llevar ropa que muestre su afiliación a algún club, deporte, organización, etc.


Para calificar para una exoneración, se debe seguir el siguiente procedimiento:

5. Presentar una solicitud por correo, correo electrónico ( o en persona desde la escuela llenando la solicitud para pedir una exoneración "Application For Exemption Form".
6. Completar toda la solicitud y presentarla al administrador designado de la escuela del estudiante.
7. Reunirse con el administrador designado de la escuela para conversar sobre las razones y metas de la política y su objeción a ella.
Recibir una aprobación/desaprobación formal por parte del administrador







Driving personal automobiles or motorcycles to school is a privilege extended to students.
Students who choose to drive must have a valid driver's license, valid license plates, register their cars with the school authorities, have proof of liability insurance, and obtain a school parking permit. Vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed or towed at driver's expense.

Parking spaces are not assigned and will be on a first come basis. Students are expected to park in marked spaces only. Students are prohibited to park in any of the teacher parking lots; including the teachers' square located adjacent to student parking.

Forms to apply for student parking are available from the Attendance Office. Each student who qualifies will be given a parking decal which is to be placed on the rearview mirror. The decal number must be visible. The parking decal is valid only for the approved vehicle and for the student whose name appears on the application. The parking permit is $10.00 per year. If a student drives a vehicle with no decal visible, he/she will be ticketed, even if a current decal has been purchased.

A deputy with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department is assigned to Southeast Whitfield High School. Students are encouraged to see the officer or Mrs. Jones regarding any problem involving a vehicle.

Students must leave their cars immediately upon arrival at school. Students are not allowed to return to the parking lot during the school day without the express written permission of the principal or an assistant principal unless driving to the Career Academy. Students attending the Whitfield County Career Academy part-time will purchase a Southeast High School parking decal which will be honored at the Career Academy. All rules concerning parking at Southeast High School will apply at the Career Academy.
Students are to obey all parking and driving regulations to ensure safety and care of other persons and of property. All drivers must observe a maximum speed of 15 m.p.h
Noisy mufflers, or radios, reckless driving, and any other procedures which may affect the safety, convenience, or well-being of the student body at Southeast High are prohibited. All rules are in effect for 24 hours - not just during the school day.

Failure to abide by rules regarding use of the automobile or abuse of the driving privilege may result in a loss of the privilege or other penalty. Fines for illegal parking: 1st Offense - $10; 2nd Offense $10.00 and loss of driving privileges. It is the responsibility of the student to lock his/her car and remove valuable possessions. The school is not responsible for personal property.
Cars are subject to be searched if there is reason to believe there is any illegal activity taking place. Cars may not contain alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or weapons, including pocket knives or any other weapons described in Whitfield County Discipline Code, Section 1.
Cars are subject to be searched randomly.



Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school office. An accident form will be completed. The school will make every effort to inform the parents of any accident or illness occurring at school which may need care or observation at home. However, no student will be sent home unless a responsible adult is there to receive the student.


The athletic program consists of varsity, junior varsity, and ninth grade competition. The sports program includes cross-country, football, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball, girls' softball, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading. Any student with an interest in athletics is urged to participate in one or more sports. Mark Lentych is the Athletic Directors at Southeast.
The success of any sports program depends upon the total support of the student body and its attendance at the sporting events. All students and their parents are encouraged to support the athletic, band, and cheerleading programs by attending as many school events as possible.
For further information see Sports in Section Five


In compliance with the Equity in Sports Act, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-315, no student in the Whitfield County School System shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be treated differently from another student, or otherwise be discriminated against in any interscholastic or intramural athletics offered by the school system, nor shall the school system provide any such athletics separately on such basis, except as specifically authorized by the Act itself.
As a part of achieving this goal, the School System annually shall notify all of its students of the name, office address, and office telephone number of the equity in sports coordinator. This notification shall be included in a student handbook containing the code of conduct and distributed to all students.
An equity in sports grievance procedure will be developed by the superintendent, consistent with the requirements of state law and designed to implement the purposes of this policy. The grievance procedure will provide for prompt and equitable resolution of written student complaints, including those brought by a parent or guardian on behalf of his or her minor child who is a student, alleging any action which would be a violation of the Act.
The school system shall comply with all the requirements of state board rules concerning gender equity in sports, including records retention and the filing of any and all reports.
All donations of services or items, including booster club support, to any athletic program, shall be accepted or rejected in accordance with Whitfield County Board of Education Policy DFK concerning donations to the school system.


Before a player can play or practice in a sport, he or she must have had a physical during that school year with a Georgia High School Association form filled out and signed by a doctor and on file with the Athletic Director. Students must provide verification of insurance before they practice or participate in athletic events. A player may get a physical with their team at a reduced cost or go to their physician for a physical in accordance with their insurance coverage.








1st 8:30-10:03 1A 1B 1A 1B

2nd 10:08-11:41 2A 2B 2A 2B

3rd 11:46-1:49 3A 3B 3A 3B

1st lunch 11:51-12:16
2nd lunch 12:21-12:46
3rd lunch 12:51-1:16

4th (skinny) 1:54-2:41 4A 4A 4A 4A
4th (SRT) 2:45-3:30 Study hall Adv/literacy Study hall Adv/Literacy

Friday Schedule:
A1 8:30-9:14
B1 9:18-10:02
A2 10:06-10:50
B2 10:54-11:39
A3 11:43-1:06
1st lunch 11:43-1:06
2nd lunch 12:12-12:37
3rd lunch 12:41-1:06
B3 1:09-1:53
A4 1:57-2:41
B4 2:45-3:30


The building is opened at 7:00 a.m. All students should report to the commons area or the gym upon arriving at school.
The building closes at 4:00 p.m. Any student or group of students in the building after 4:00 p.m. must be supervised by a faculty/staff member.


There are three lunch shifts at Southeast, each approximately thirty minutes long. The cafeteria offers a choice of lunch items. Meals at Southeast are delicious, nutritious, and attractively prepared. Ms. Robyn Newton is the lunchroom manager. We ask that fast food not be brought into the building for students' lunches by adults.


After arriving at school students are expected to remain on the school grounds for the remainder of the day. Exceptions include students authorized through the work-study program to go to work, students in the Joint Enrollment Program at Dalton State College, students checking out by the proper procedures through the attendance office, fifth-year seniors attending partial day schedules, or students attending the Career Academy part-time.
Students are not allowed in parking areas during the school day except with written permission from the principal or an assistant principal. All other areas outside the building (such as behind the gym, for example) are unauthorized for students during classes or lunch breaks, with the exception of the senior courtyard where seniors may eat lunch.


School day and 24-hour insurance, as well as football insurance, is offered to all students at the beginning of the school year. Students in athletic programs and those who take vocational shop classes are required to carry some form of insurance. Parents who carry insurance through non-school affiliated carriers may sign a waiver in order to meet this requirement.

Any person who finds a lost or misplaced article should take it to the attendance office. Students looking for lost possessions should check with school personnel in this office.


There is much students can do to help create safe schools. Talk to your teachers, parents, and counselor to find out how you can get involved and do your part to make your school safe. Here are some ideas that students in other schools have tried:
• Listen to your friends if they share troubling feelings or thoughts. Encourage them to get help from a trusted adult - such as a school psychologist, counselor, social worker, leader from the faith community, or other professional. If you are very concerned, seek help for them. Share your concerns with your parents.
• Create, join, or support student organizations that combat violence, such as "Students Against Destructive Decisions" and "Young Heroes Program."
• Work with local businesses and community groups to organize youth-oriented activities that help young people think of ways to prevent school and community violence. Share your ideas for how these community groups and businesses can support your efforts.
• Organize an assembly and invite your school psychologist, school social worker, and counselor - in addition to student panelists - to share ideas about how to deal with violence, intimidation, and bullying.
• Get involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating your school's violence prevention and response plan.
• Participate in violence prevention programs such as peer mediation and conflict resolution. Employ your new skills in other settings, such as the home, neighborhood, and community.
• Work with your teachers and administrators to create a safe process for reporting threats, intimidation, weapon possession, drug selling, gang activity, graffiti, and vandalism. Use the process.
• Ask for permission to invite a law enforcement officer to your school to conduct a safety audit and share safety tips, such as traveling in groups and avoiding areas known to be unsafe. Share your ideas with the officer.
• Help to develop and participate in activities that promote student understanding of differences and that respect the rights of all.
• Volunteer to be a mentor for younger students and/or provide tutoring to your peers.
• Know your school's code of conduct and model responsible behavior. Avoid being part of a crowd when fights break out. Refrain from teasing, bullying, and intimidating peers.
• Be a role model - take personal responsibility by reacting to anger without physically or verbally harming others.
• Seek help from your parents or a trusted adult - such as a school psychologist, social worker, counselor, teacher - if you are experiencing intense feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, or depression.


In the event of severe inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, Whitfield County Schools may be closed, may delay starting time, or may advance dismissal time. Decisions regarding school closings will be made by Central Office personnel and will be announced over radio stations as well as Chattanooga television stations. Blackboard Connect, a student/parent calling system will also be employed to inform parents of some closings. If no announcement is made by approximately 6:30 a.m., it should be assumed that school will be in session. Please do not call the school or Central Office, as lines need to be left open for emergencies.

The school office is not to deliver telephone messages to students nor will a student be called out of class for a call. A message can be taken and an e-mail sent at the end of the day to the student's teacher. Emergency messages will be dealt with, as the situation requires. Telephones in the school offices and classrooms are for use by faculty and staff members for school business only.

All visitors of both teachers and students should report to the ATTENDANCE office immediately upon arrival on campus to receive a visitor's pass and permission to move around the building.
Students are allowed no visitors except parents or guardians during the school day. Parents must sign in at the attendance office for information or assistance upon entering the building.








Students nominated for the following honors must meet attendance and discipline standards.

HOMECOMING ( Friday October 14th)
Homecoming activities occur in the fall of every year and the date is set by the football schedule. Homecoming representatives and queen candidates are elected through grade level advisement. A Homecoming assembly is held on the week of the game and presents the Homecoming candidates and their court. Sponsor is Hannah Oliver.

PROM (at Southeast High School)
The annual Junior-Senior Prom is held each spring in honor of the current graduating class at Southeast High. The ticket sales finance this special night of fellowship, dancing, and camaraderie among the students. Tickets begin being sold before Christmas at a low price and the price gradually increases up to prom time. All students and their dates attending the prom must purchase tickets. The Prom is planned by the Junior Prom committee and is fully supported by the administration, the faculty, and the parents of the students. Leigh Ann Noll is the Prom chairperson.

Senior Field Day is a day set aside in late April or May to honor the graduating seniors with lunch and a day of fun in the sun. Each advisement competes as a team through a series of academic and athletic events, culminating with the famous "Tug-O-War."


School sponsored clubs (excluding competitive interscholastic activities or events) are those under the sponsorship, direction and control of the school that organize and meet for common goals, objectives, and purposes. State law requires that parents have the right to withhold permission for their students to participate in any school sponsored club or organization designated by them. A list of school sponsored clubs can be found in the front office. If you would like more information regarding the name of each club, its purpose, faculty sponsor and a description of past or planned activities, please contact Mrs. Pendley at 706-876-7000. You, as the parent/guardian, have the right to withhold in writing your permission for your student's participation in any club or organization.

Clubs meet once a month during school hours.

Book Club is designed for students who enjoy reading and like to talk about what they have read. Books to be read and shared are chosen by the group. Individuals are responsible for getting a copy of the book to read by the next club meeting. Recently the group has focused on books by John Green and other YA fiction, but other genres could certainly be explored if enough individuals show an interest
Sponsor: Debby Barto/April Williams

Drama Club's goal is to bring our creative students together to work on acting skills by creating improvisation as well as to form a group that will support the Drama program with productions throughout the year. Dues are $12 and include a Southeast Whitfield High School Player t-shirt.
Sponsors: Alana Sane




FCCLA is a co- curricular student organization that focuses on the family. FCCLA provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation for students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Sponsors: Brandy Trammell and Beverly Sissom



Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a club all about building and enjoying community with other Christians. Our club includes outreach to our athletic teams, prayer, Bible study and community service. FCA is open to any student who is interested in these things. There are no dues- students will pay for club t-shirts and activities as needed.
Sponsors: Ben and Hannah Oliver

The French Club will be open to all current and past French students who wish to continue practicing French. We will use the club to practice French conversation and discuss French culture. There will be no club dues this year.
Sponsor: Naomi Schindler

Family Career Community Leaders of America; FCCLA is a co- curricular student organization that focuses on the family. FCCLA provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation for students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Sponsor: Brandy Trammell and Beverly Sissom


FFA is a dynamic student-led leadership development organization for students of agricultural education. The FFA changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
Sponsor: Zack Lumpkin

The Key Club is a service club for high school students of all grade levels. Participation in Key Club activities helps students develop initiative, leadership, and good citizenship. The projects and activities provide service to the school and community. Members must maintain a strong academic record.
Sponsors are Wade Jones

The Knitting Club is open to anyone, experienced knitters and beginners. We will teach you the basic stitches and help you complete whatever project you are working on. If you have yarn and needles, bring them. If not, we will let you borrow what you need to learn the basics.
Sponsor: Debby Barto

National Art Honor Society is intended to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. Annual dues are $3.00 per student and members must maintain a minimum grade of 90 in art classes
Sponsor: Kristi Harvey


The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility, and is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. The main determining criteria for membership is GPA of 89.5 or higher. Students selected for membership are expected to continue to demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character that were the basis for their selection for membership in the Society. Members are to attend meetings and to perform both individual and chapter service projects during the year. The chapter will conduct a chapter service project in addition to a major school project. Each member is expected to contribute to those projects. Members also have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute.
Sponsor: Anne Childers

The Outdoor Club provides you with a chance to experience the outdoors without leaving the campus. Test the equipment used in various outdoor sports like biking, kayaking and climbing. Learn skills that will help you whether you are in wilderness or stuck on the side of the road. ($5 membership fee)
Sponsor: Anthony Hall

Project Success Club is open only to students in Success classes grades 9-12. It promotes student fellowship and participation in service opportunities. SkillsUSA is a CTSO open to the same students, but a $20 membership fee is required for those who plan to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta in March.
Sponsors: Rhonda Carty


Prom Committee is responsible for planning the Junior/Senior Prom each year. It is open only to Juniors in good academic standing. The primary responsibility of members is to sell prom tickets during lunch and work with Mrs. Noll in planning the prom.
Sponsor: Leigh Ann Noll

Students will have the chance to design and construct rockets. At various points throughout the school year, rockets will be launched to determine how design affects flight. ($10 fee for materials)
Sponsor: Anthony Hall

Spanish Honor Society
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese founded the Spanish Honor Society in 1953 for students of North American secondary schools. The name of the chapter is La Sagrada Familia and our motto is "Sí se puede."
In addition to monthly meetings, the Spanish Honor Society plans and carries out various activities each year. Possible activities may include:
• Restaurant Night
• Movie night
• Scavenger Hunt
• Induction Ceremony
• Immersion Nigh
• Service projects
Opportunities for leadership are also available. Each year members elect a President, Vice-President, and Secretary who direct and help carry out the monthly meetings and various activities in cooperation with the club members and advisor.
Sponsor: Mayra Smith


The Ultimate Frisbee club is for people who want to try a new sport, have a fun way to exercise, or want to make new friends. All you need are clothes to run in, soccer cleats if possible (otherwise tennis shoes), and a good attitude.
Sponsor: Jason Moore

Yu-Gi-O Club
Yu-Gi-Oh! Is a card game that deals with strategic placement of cards and fighting (kind of science fiction/ Fantasy). Anyone is welcome to come and learn and play.
Sponsor: Tanya Carraway


Southeast Whitfield High School is a member of the Georgia High School Association, an affiliate of the National High School Federation. We are in Region 7AAAA. Our fellow region members are:.
To be eligible to participate in GHSA activities, a student must meet all eligibility requirements, including having passed a minimum of five (5) classes during the semester preceding the activity in which he/she desires to participate. A student must also be on-track having accumulated the required number of Carnegie Units.
No student is to try out for any athletic or related activity until he/she has submitted a completed physical examination form. No student is to try out for any athletic or related activity until he/she has completed, secured the signature of parents/guardian, and returned the medical release, insurance liability and travel permission form. The original of all these forms should be turned in to the athletic director or athletic secretary.


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You can't see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians
• If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

• Headache or "pressure" in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Confusion
• Ensure that they follow their coach's rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
• Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity. Protective equipment should fit properly and be well maintained.
• Wearing a helmet is a must to reduce the risk of a serious brain injury or skull fracture. However, helmets are not designed to prevent concussions. There is no "concussion-proof" helmet. So, even with a helmet, it is important for kids and teens to avoid hits to the head.

• SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities, including sports.
• KEEP YOUR CHILD OUT OF PLAY. Concussions take time to heal. Don't let your child return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional says it's OK. Children who return to play too soon-while the brain is still healing-risk a greater chance of having a repeat concussion. Repeat or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.
• TELL YOUR CHILD'S COACH ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS CONCUSSION. Coaches should know if your child had a previous concussion. Your child's coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

School sponsored clubs (excluding competitive interscholastic activities or events) are those under the sponsorship, direction and control of the school that organizes and meets for common goals, objectives, and purposes. State law requires that parents have the right to withhold permission for their students to participate in any school sponsored club or organization designated by them. The following school sponsored clubs will be in operation during this school year, for which information is provided regarding the name of each club, its purpose, faculty sponsor and a description of past or planned activities. You, as the parent/guardian have the right to withhold in writing your permission for your student's participation in any club or organization. For your convenience, a form is included in this handbook, if you do not wish for your student to participate in the club you have designated on the form. If a club is added during the school year, you will be provided information on the club and your written permission will be required prior to your student's participation.

Clubs need to be listed with purpose, description and sponsor.

I do not wish for my child __________________________________to participate in

__________________________Club at ___________________________School.







Los clubes auspiciados por la escuela (excluyendo las actividades o eventos interescolares competitivos) son aquellos que están patrocinados, bajo la dirección y control de la escuela que organiza y comúnmente logra reunir las metas, objetivos y propósitos. La ley del estado requiere que los padres tengan el derecho de retener el permiso (no darle el permiso) en cualquier escuela que patrocine un club u organización designada por ellos. Los siguiente clubes patrocinados por la escuela van a estar en funcionamiento durante este año escolar, por lo cual se provee información con respecto al nombre de cada club, su propósito la facultad que lo patrocina y una descripción de las actividades pasadas o planeadas. Usted, como padre/tutor tiene el derecho de retener con un permiso (no darle permiso) por escrito la participación de su estudiante en cualquier club u organización. Para su conveniencia, le incluimos este formulario o manual, si usted no desea que su estudiante participe en el club que ha designado/nombrado en la forma podrá indicarlo. Si se añade un club durante el año escolar, se le proveerá la información del club y se requerirá su permiso antes de la participación de su estudiante.
Los clubes necesitan estar en una lista con el propósito, descripción y patrocinador.

Yo no deseo que mi hijo ___________________________________________ participe de

Club en la Escuela_________________________________ .


Firma del Padre/Tutor_________________________________