Student Handbook

Manual High School Student Handbook
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2016-2017 Academic Year

T-Bolt Way
Being a Manual Thunderbolt is an honor, and we expect all T-Bolts to uphold the T-Bolt way at all times. The T-Bolt Way is:
T – Timely
B – Be Engaged
O – Organized
L – Listening and Learning
T – Talk with respect and dignity

Academic Probation
Students who are failing two or more classes will be placed on academic probation. When a student is placed on academic probation, he/she is required to attend College Prep 101 after school until the student can prove that he/she has improved a grade in at least one class.

Academic Honesty
Manual High School expects its staff and students to be honest in all their behaviors and decision making. Manual High School asks that all individuals abide by the following guidelines:
Infractions of the academic honesty expectation would be:

  1. Looking on another’s paper during a test/quiz.
  2. Allowing someone to look at your paper during a test/quiz.
  3. Copying, using text-messages, verbally sharing, or using a cell phone camera to share any ideas or items on a test, quiz, or assignment.
  4. Using any kind of notes or information to complete a test or quiz without the instructor’s permission.
  5. Turning someone else’s work as your own.
  6. Allowing another to turn in your work as their original work whether in part or as the whole assignment.
  7. Misrepresenting information from another source as your own whether it’s a phrase, sentence, or paragraph.
  8. Sharing/showing another student a test, quiz, or assignment that another student has not completed.
  9. Asking another student to show you a test, quiz, or assignment you have not completed.
  10. Turning in work done with others when the assignment was to be completed independently.
  11. Buying, stealing, or borrowing someone else’s work and claiming it as your own work. For example, using/accessing someone’s server file to copy that person’s work.
  12. Selling any portion of your work for another student to use.
  13. Hiring someone to write your paper or do your assignment.
  14. Seeking credit for work that is not your own.

Definition: Any uncredited (whether intentional or unintentional) piece of work that has been presented as the individual creation of the student. This is including, but not limited to photography, music, and drawings, as well as written work.

NOTE: If you need additional information regarding this definition of plagiarism, please refer to the MLA HANDBOOK and the Manual High School Writing Style Guide. Faculty and staff at MHS will help you eliminate plagiarism and dishonesty as an accident or a practice in your school experiences. DON’T TAKE ANY RISKS!

A student who does any of these identified behaviors is violating the Manual High School Honesty Code. The consequences of the behavior will be as follows:

a) A zero on the assignment, test, or quiz with no opportunity to make up the work for credit
b) Referral by an MHS Faculty member to the Dean of Students and documentation into the Infinite Campus conference log.
c) A conference with your parent/guardian and the teacher(s) involved.

Continued dishonesty will be handled as willful disobedience.

Dress Code

Business casual is preferred for all students and staff at Manual High School. The following clothing and/or styles are prohibited and will result in a referral to the Dean’s office:

  • No underwear/shorts showing (no excessive sagging)
  • Hats
  • Solid blue or red shirts (except on Friday Spirit Day)
  • Bandanas
  • Midriff showing shirts (no shirts above the belly button)
  • Low cut shirts
  • Any clothing items with profanity, references to drugs or alcohol, weapons, comments or photos of a sexual nature, or violence.
  • Anything else that is deemed to be detrimental to the school environment by the school administration.

Students will be asked to wear a Manual High School shirt or to remove the item for the remainder of the day if a dress code violation is taking place.

Theme Days will happen weekly and we will have contests between advisories.
-College Day Monday

-Dress Up Wednesday
-look will change every month: Example: Bowties and Necklaces, Swag Dress Socks

-Friday is Manual Spirit Day
students should wear Manual gear or Manual colors (columbia blue, royal blue, and red)
On all field trip days, students are required to dress up in business casual.

Scholar Sessions

Free tutoring is offered daily at Manual from 8:00-8:45 and from 4:00-5:00 in the library. Due to individual student need around credit recovery, academic probation, socioemotional supports, or other needs, some students may be assigned mandatory Scholar Sessions before or after school.

College Prep 101
Students who do not turn in homework or assignments will be assigned College Prep 101 after school per teacher discretion. This is mandatory until a student completes the necessary assignments. Please see the bus schedule below.

Discipline Ladder and Procedures

Discipline Systems at Manual High School
In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, it is occasionally necessary for Manual faculty to refer a student to the Manual High School Dean of Students for more intensive behavioral interventions. In order to minimize these instances, all Manual Faculty are expected to:

  1. Use the school wide reinforcement procedures on the classroom behavior support plan to redirect unwanted student behaviors
  2. Develop and use a classroom management plan.
  3. Know your top behavioral triggers and have a plan in place to handle them in the classroom.
  4. Accurately diagnose problematic behaviors and develop classroom-based interventions that target specific unwanted behaviors.
  5. Attempt several different Level 1-7 behavior interventions to see which is most effective for specific student.
  6. Consult with the grade-level team to determine what strategies they have used that have proven effective with particular students.
  7. Call student’s parent/guardian for support and insight.
  8. If necessary, meet with the student, and your grade level team and any relevant student support specialists (SPED, ELA, Social Worker, Dean) and co-create an “intervention contract”. Monitor progress for one week and report out at following week’s team meeting.

discipline infographic
Referral Ladder


Level 1


A.   Issues verbal warning to student; conferences with student regarding deficient behavior/academics


Speak to the student about the change you want to see. (Mindful of tone, framing, and body language)

A.   Considers behavior and academic progress and, ideally, takes action to improve/correct behavior

Level 2


Refocus Seat A. Student moves to refocus seat to concentrate on classroom learning.

Level 3


A.   Ask the student to take a minute to Refocus in the hallway.


Check in with student in hallway in a nonconfrontational manner.

A.   Student reflects on behavior and necessary changes within class period, communicates with teacher.

Level 4


A.   Teacher calls Alex at 36303 to have student removed from class.

           -Alex will direct Don to remove student from class and take to Daniel’s office.


B.   Teacher sends summary of incident to Daniel and Duritsa as immediately as possible.


C.   Parent phone call from teacher within 24 hours.

A.   Student leaves classroom for the remainder of period, spends the rest of the period with Daniel in ISS.
B.   Student completes My Side of the Story reflection sheet.
C.   Daniel or Cortney will follow up with a summary of student identified next steps.
Automatic Removals
Pushing, shoving or uninvited contact

  • Verbal intimidation and/or threats
  • Physical intimidation, gang behaviors, or bullying
  • Hitting, punching, kicking
  • Harassment (Behaviors intended to target, harm, or intimidate an individual or group)
  • Spite or revenge directed at an adult
  • Cursing at an adult
  • Verbal threats, hostile or aggressive confrontations to an adult
  • Assault with intent to harm

Level 5


4 Level 4s within a quarter

Full Day in ISS

A.  Parent phone call to schedule Parent Conference
B.  Student is placed on an academic and behavior contract
C.  Parent Conference within the week to review contract, next steps.

A.   Participates in Parent Conference
B.   Reviews and signs Academic & Behavior Contract
C.   Full participation in required ISS activities/essay.

Level 6


One Full Day of OSS
Refocus SeatA.  Parent phone call/schedules second Parent Conference (parent conference must be had before student can return to classes)
B.  Revises Academic & Behavior Plan prior to Parent Conference
C.  Parent Conference within the week to review contract, next steps.
D.  Assigns student Friday Detention
E.  Schedules Parent Shadowing for 1 FULL SCHOOL DAY
A.   Collaborates with parent(s) and teachers to plan Parent Shadowing
B.   Participates in Parent Conference
C.   Reviews and signs revised Academic & Behavior Plan
D.   Meets with parents, admin and dean to discuss student progress and expectations
E.   Participates in Friday Detention
F.   Collaborates with parent(s) and teachers on Parent Shadowing for ONE FULL SCHOOL DAY

Level 7


A.   Issues referral to Manual High School’s Dean of Students

A.   Student and parents meet with teachers, Dean of Students, and Counselors to address declining academics and behavior, as well as administrative-level consequences (in- or out-of-school suspension; extended Saturday-School Tutoring, expulsion)

Attendance Line
To excuse a student from school, parents or guardians should call 720-423-6335 and leave a detailed message or send an email to Students can also bring in a signed doctor’s note to the main office. We ask that students minimize their absences as much as possible.

Absence Policies
Excellent attendance is an expectation at Manual High School. Because excellent student attendance is correlated to high levels of student learning, we encourage students to be in every class, on time, every day of the school year.

The school will contact parents regarding student attendance problems and will respond with the appropriate consequences when non-attendance becomes problematic. Parents can request their student’s attendance report in the Main Office and an attendance report can be obtained from the student’s Infinite Campus account.

To excuse an absence:

Leave a message at on the Manual Attendance Voice-Mail at 720-423-6335
Email the Manual Attendance Office at
Write a paper note within two days of the absence, to be delivered to the Manual Attendance Office
When possible, it is best to communicate excused absences to the Manual Attendance Office prior to the absence or the day of the absence. Absences will remain “unexcused” if the request for an excuse is not accepted within two days of the absence.

All “excuses,” either written or verbal must include:

  1. parent/guardian’s name
  2. the name and ID number of the student
  3. the dates(s) of the absence
  4. the reason for the absence
  5. a telephone number where the parent can be contacted during the school day.

The absence will remain unexcused if the request for “excused” status is not accepted within two days of the absence.

Absences are approved by the principal for these reasons:

Doctor’s Appointments
School Event
Requests for any other reason must be approved by the principal or his/her appointee. Requests for continued excused absences may require a note from a doctor.

Excessive Absences


When a student has five or more excused days of absence (35 periods) during a six-week time period, the Attendance Secretary shall complete an Attendance Referral the student’s Dean.


An Attendance Referral may be made for one or more periods of unexcused absence (truancy), and will always be made in response to more than seven periods of unexcused absences in any six weeks period. Continued absences will result in the activation of the Attendance Concern Response Process, identified below.

Late to Class

Three unexcused tardies in one class equals one unexcused absence. A student will be considered tardy if he or she is not in class when the tardy bell rings.

Attendance Concern Response Process

1-7 unexcused periods of absence in a six week period

Automatic Phone call and e-mail from IC for unexcused absences
Possible referral to Dean with appropriate consequences
8 or more unexcused periods of absence in a six week period

After the initial referral to the Dean of Students, successive unexcused absences will result in an increase in the level of consequence

Referral to Dean of Students
Student Conference with Dean and/or Counselor (including parent contact)
Development of Attendance Contract
Loss of Off-Campus Privilege (including lunch and all other periods)
Lunch Detention
Assignment to Saturday School
In-School Suspension or Alternative (Community Service)
Parent Conference/Home Visit
Loss of Privilege to Attend School Athletic and Social Functions
Assignment of Attendance Mentor
Referral to Student Intervention Team (S.I.T.)
Referral to Alternative Educational Setting
Referral to Appropriate Agency for Support
Truancy Notice
Filing in Juvenile Attendance Court
•· When the truant student is under 16 years of age and has accumulated 20 “unexcused” absences during the school year the School Social Worker will automatically evaluate the initiation of judicial proceedings under the Compulsory Attendance Law.

•· Students who are 16 years and older, who have been absent from school 20 or more consecutive days and who cannot be located, and students who are enrolled in an alternative placement such as day treatment, may be withdrawn from Manual High School.

•· Any student who is found off campus while their privileges have been denied will be required to attend the I.S.S. room for the remainder of that day. The parent will be contacted and the Dean may decide to revoke the student’s off-campus privilege for the following six-week period.

Hall Sweeps

Hall Sweeps will be scheduled by the dean/administrative team randomly each week to inspire the culture of readiness to learn. Each week, the deans will send out an email to all staff indicating when the Hall Sweeps will take place. During the designated time, all teachers will close their doors as soon as the bell rings which will allow the Student Support Team (SST) to sweep the students in the halls to one location. Students caught in the halls during a sweep will be assigned lunch detention if the sweep is prior to lunch or after school detention if the sweep is after lunch.

Students who are caught in Hall Sweeps will be escorted into the cafeteria and written a pass to return to class. All passes will be tracked in the Behavior Google Form.

Students who receive three hall sweep tardies will receive lunch detention. Six hall sweeps will receive a day in ISS.

Partial-Day Absences

Students may not leave school early without parent/guardian communication to the Attendance Office prior to leaving. Students must check out of school with approval from the Attendance Secretary. If this is not done, students will be marked with unexcused absences for the class periods that they are out of school. Partial-Day Absences for illness will be handled through the Nurse, or the Dean’s Office when the nurse is not available.

Parental Notification of Absences

A computerized “auto-dialer” will place calls to the home of parents when a student has been marked absent. We cannot guarantee that a parent will be the person who answers the telephone when this call is made. To get a specific date and period of absences, parents can call the attendance office at 720-423-6335, or view the student’s Infinite Campus page.

Homework Requests

Requests for homework assignments for a student whose extended absence results from illness should be addressed to the Main Office at 720-423-6300. Requests should be made if the absence will be for more than three days. Absences of a shorter duration can be made up by seeing the teachers when the student returns.

At Manual High School, all students are required to complete:

4 years of language arts (40 credits)
4 years of math (40 credits)
4 years of science (40 credits)
4 years of social studies (40 credits)
At least 1 year of Fine Arts or Career Technical Education courses (10 credits)
At least 1 year of Physical Education, 1 semester of this must be Swimming (10 credits)
1 semester of Speech and Debate (5 credits)
2 years of foreign language (20 credits)

Students can petition to have an off period in their schedule as a study hall if they are enrolled in an honors, AP, or concurrent enrollment course. Students can only have an off period if they are on track to graduate.

Off Campus Lunch Policy
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors who maintain 90% attendance and are in good standing academically (not on academic probation for two consecutive weeks) are eligible for open campus lunch. All freshmen (including those by credit) will have on-campus lunch only. Students must also return the Off Campus Lunch Permission form in order to receive their off-campus lunch privileges. We will update the Off Campus Lunch eligibility monthly, and students will be expected to show their IDs in order to leave campus.

Any student caught off-campus during lunch who does not have off-campus lunch privileges will serve lunch detention.

Grading Policies
All courses at Manual High School are graded on the A-F scale. Honors and AP courses are weighted when calculated into a student’s GPA. Each grade at Manual is calculated according to this scale:

Essays, Summative Assessments, Quizzes, Projects, Finals, etc. 50%
Classwork, Formative Assessments, in class assignments, etc. 30%
Homework, practice towards mastery, take-home assignments, etc. 20%

Unexcused late work will be reduced 10% automatically.

Homework Policy
Homework is expected to be completed per individual teacher assignments. Independent reading is stressed across all classes and students should be reading 45 minutes per night. 9th grade has a separate homework policy which is detailed below.

For all 9th grade core classes (social studies, science, and math), homework will be treated as an enrichment activity. All core classes will support reading logs and students will be expected to independently read 45 minutes minimum per night to be collected by the language arts teacher.

Locker Policy
All students will be given their own locker and are responsible for maintaining cleanliness and appropriate use throughout the year. Manual High School is not liable for any stolen or lost items that are stored in lockers. Lockers can be searched with probable cause at all times by any member of the school administrative team, the deans, or DPS Safety and Security/DPD. Students will be held responsible for damage (graffiti, broken lock, etc.) and could be fined. Students should not share lockers or locker combinations with any other students. All students must fill out a locker agreement before receiving their locker combination during the first week of school.

All students must have a Manual paper hall pass at all times when they are outside of the classroom. Students should use the restroom, drink water, and take care of any other business during their passing periods. Students will only be excused from class for emergencies. If students are found outside of class without a pass, they will be assigned lunch detention that day. Students who are consistently abusing pass privileges will be assigned to the schoolwide no pass list and will no longer be granted passes from class.

Electronics Policy
Students should follow individual teachers’ instructions in class for the appropriate use of technology and electronics. All teachers will post a “Technology On/Technology Off” sign in the front of the classroom that will be used to communicate student use of technology during the class period. If a teacher instructs a student to stop using an electronic device and the student refuses or if a student is misusing technology in any way, disciplinary actions can and will be taken.

Bell Schedule

Monday – TBolt Day Tuesday – Blue Day Wednesday – Red Day Thursday – Blue Day Friday – Red Day
Period 1: 8:45-9:27 Period 1: 8:45-10:12 Period 2: 8:45-10:12 Period 1: 8:45-10:12 Period 2: 8:45-10:12
Period 2: 9:31-10:13 Period 3: 10:16-11:43 Period 4: 10:16-11:43 Period 3: 10:16-11:43 Period 4: 10:16-11:43
Period 3: 10:17-10:59 Lunch: 11:43-12:24 Lunch: 11:43-12:24 Lunch: 11:43-12:24 Lunch: 11:43-12:24
Period 4: 11:03-11:45 Period 5: 12:28-1:55 Period 6: 12:28-1:55 Period 5: 12:28-1:55 Period 6: 12:28-1:55
Class/Whole School Meetings
Advisory: 1:59-2:29 Advisory: 1:59-2:29 Advisory: 1:59-2:29 Advisory: 1:59-2:29
Lunch: 12:15-12:56 Period 7: 2:33-4:00 Period 8: 2:33-4:00 Period 7: 2:33-4:00 Period 8: 2:33-4:00
Period 5: 1:00-1:42
Period 6: 1:46-2:28
Period 7: 2:32-3:14
Period 8: 3:18-4:00

Student ID Requirements
All students will be given a Manual student ID and a Manual lanyard at the beginning of the year. All students will be expected to wear their student ID at all times during the school day. If a student loses or breaks their student ID, they can pay $2.00 to replace it. All card replacements should be requested through Daniel Esquivel during lunch or after school.

Manual Calendar

Bus Schedule


he College Prep 101 shuttle arrives at Manual daily at 5:30 pm.

  • Manual HS Bus Arrival 5:30 PM / Bus Departure 5:40 PM
  • Cole Arts & Science Campus 5:46 PM
  • Garden Place 5:58 PM
  • Swansea 6:09 PM
  • Bruce Randolph 6:18 PM
  • Barrett 6:28 PM
  • DC-21 at Wyman 6:41PM

School Dances
To be eligible to attend our school dances and major events, students must have 90% overall attendance, be in good academic standing (cannot be on academic probation for two or more weeks in a row), and have no recent behavior incidents. Student eligibility will be calculated one week prior to the event.

Food in Classrooms
Students should not eat or drink during class – water bottles are welcomed. Breakfast is available daily and should be consumed before entering class at 8:45 am.

Home Visits
All 9th graders will receive a home visit from a member of the Manual High School team. Other students will receive home visits throughout the year to address attendance or academic concerns. These visits are opportunities for staff to build strong relationships with students and their families.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences happen each semester and parents are highly encouraged to attend. Please see the calendar and the Manual High School website for more details.

School Building Hours
Manual High School opens daily at 8:00 am for Scholar Sessions (see above). The building closes at 4:30 pm for all students who are not involved in after school sports, College Prep 101, or adult-sponsored activities.

PE Dress Out Policy
Students are required to dress out in the Manual PE uniform or swimsuit as provided by the YMCA. Refusal to do so may result in disciplinary action or a lower grade in the class.

Manual has worked hard to guarantee that every student at Manual has access to their very own Chromebook device, closing the digital divide for our students. Students with a turned in contract, completed iLicense class, and 85% attendance will be allowed to take their device home and use it throughout the school year. To receive your device or to answer any questions, please see Kammy Anderson in the library.

Community Resources
On Site at Manual High School




Phone Number


Serina Montoya

Manual HS

School Social Worker


Contact for resources and social emotional support.


Britni Mushrush

Manual HS

School Counselor


Students with Last Name M-Z

Kendrick Friendly

Manual HS

College Success Coordinator


Students with Last Name A-L

Douglas Clinkscales

Manual HS

Assistant Principal/Director of Athletics


Information on all student athletic activities and resources

Jen Bruner

Manual HS

School Psychologist


Social emotional support. Wednesdays

Lucy Roberts

Manual HS

School Nurse


Health care management for students and families. Referral resources and support for insurance coverage for most health care needs. Referrals for Pupil Assistance Fund.

Kat Brand

YMCA Community Programs Branch


Site Coordinator



Housing/rental assistance, employment resources/job searching, community classes, food/clothing banks, baby items, education resources (GED, ESL), medical, legal, public benefits, and more.

Brittany Bouffard

Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD)

School-Based Community Therapist


Individual and group therapy. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. See Serina Montoya for referrals.

Shaunay Vafeades


Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Regional Coordinator


Energy Outreach Colorado/utility bill assistance, parent trainings. Career Connect support. Community projects and parent trainings.

Christina Maples


Family & Community Engagement Education Corps. Intern


Energy Outreach Colorado/utility bill assistance, attendance support, Career Connect support and service projects.

Diana Madriz

Denver Scholarship Fund

College Advisor


College applications, scholarships, financial aid and post-secondary options.

Kisty Stephens


Professional Counseling Services (PCS)

Counselor, CAC III


Substance/drug/alcohol use prevention services. Thursdays by appointment. See Serina Montoya for referrals.

Thia Gonzales/Liz Medina

Denver Health School Based Clinic

Health Professionals


On site health care for all DPS children.

Gillian Grant

Denver Health School Based Clinic

Health Educator


Healthy relationships, effective communication, abstinence planning, and safe sex options. Monday by appointment.

Izzy Clarke

City Year

Senior Impact Manager


6 CityYear core members providing students with attendance, behavior and academic support. Tutoring.

Isabel Luna

Denver Health

Community Health Care Advisor


In Denver Health Clinic. Friday from 8am-4pm. Se habla Español.  

Lainie Hodges

Board Chair

Friends of Manual High School


501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the academic achievement and overall high school experience of students at Manual

Sarah McGill

Colorado Youth at Risk (CYaR)

Program Manager


Empowers teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their future through community-based mentoring

College Readiness Center

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Tutors for all subjects


Monday-Friday in the Library 3:30-5:30PM

Community Resources




Phone Number


Shant’a Johnson

DPS: Homeless Education Network (HEN)

Homeless Liaison for Near northeast


Housing, food, clothing, school supplies, transportation and more.


Denver Health Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Unit

700 Delaware Street 80204


Children between the ages of 2 and 17 can be seen for a wide variety of behavioral and emotional issues.

Dahlia Campus For Health & Well-Being (MHCD)

3401 Eudora Street 80207


Mile High Behavioral Health

4242 Delaware St 80216



Counseling, housing and other resources.

Emerson Street (MHCD)

1610 N. Emerson St. 80218


Providing a community to support mental health and well-being for young people

Second Wind Fund, Inc.

13701 W. Jewell Ave. #251 Lakewood, 80228


Counseling focused on depression and suicide prevention

Closest Food Bank Resources:

Macedonia Baptist Church

3240 Adams St. 80205


Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm. Call day ahead to make appointment

Epworth United Methodist Church

3401 High Street 80205


Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am-1:30pm (or until food runs out)

Salvation Army/Red Cross

2915 High St. 80205


Food bank, activities and other resources

Metro CareRing

1100 E. 18th Ave. 80203


9:30 AM to 3PM Monday – Friday, 6PM to 8PM Tue Only

Denver Rescue Mission  

5725 E. 39th Avenue 80207


Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am (first come first served)

Clothing Resources:

Clothes To Kids


Provides a wardrobe of clothing for Preschool-­ 12th grade students. Open from 9am -12pm Tuesday through Friday. See Serina Montoya for referrals.

Serina Montoya
School Social Worker
Office: 720-423-6356
Britni Mushrush
School Counselor
Office: 720-423-6305
Kendrick Friendly
College Success Coordinator
Office: 720-423-6306
Kat Brand
Site Coordinator
Office: 303-292-2281
YMCA Community Programs Branch
Brittany Bouffard
School-Based Community Therapist
Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD)
Manual Office#: 720-423-6446
Thia Gonzalez/Liz Medina
Denver Health School Based Clinic
Office: 720-423-6435
Kisty Stephens, CAC III
Professional Counseling Services
Substance use prevention services
Office: 720-423-6356
Shant’a Johnson
Homeless Liaison
DPS Homeless Education Network (HEN)
Office: 720.424.2994
Email: shant’
Tamika Gorman
Youth Employment Academy,
1401 Mariposa St., Denver, CO 80204
Denver Housing Authority
Career Advisor
Office: 303-592-7865

Field trips
To be eligible to attend a class field trip, students must be in good academic standing (cannot be on academic probation for two or more weeks in a row) and have no recent behavior incidents. Students must return any necessary permission slips at least three days prior to the field trip to the teacher/leader to be eligible to attend.

CHSSA and Athletic Requirements

Manual High School Athletics

Athlete’s Code of Ethics Contract

As an athlete, I understand that it is my responsibility to:

  1. Make academic achievement my highest priority.

  2. Represent myself and my school well, knowing that I am setting an example for others to follow.

  3. Display good sportsmanship and exhibit courtesy, fair play and proper conduct on and off the playing field at all times.

  4. Respect myself, my team, my school, opponents, coaches and game officials.   Always obey by the judgments and directions of coaches, officials and other staff members.

  5. Refrain from profanity and any offensive language or gestures.

  6. Attend all practices and games. Communicate with my coach if I must miss a practice or game.  I understand that failure to attend a practice may result in reduced game time.

  7. Notify my coach before an away contest or have my parents talk to the coach after the game if I have traveled with the team to a game, but will not be returning with the team.

  8. Return all athletic equipment clean and on time. I am responsible to pay for lost, stolen or damaged equipment and for late fees.

  9. Refrain from hazing other students or athletes, including any ceremony, punishment, initiation, or other act which risks physical or emotional harm.

Any violation of the above responsibilities will be handled by the coach and the athletic director. Parents may be notified. The severity of the consequences will be determined by the coach and the athletic director.  Consequences may include, but are not limited to, suspension from games or the team, extended practices, study tables or school disciplinary referrals.

I also understand the following rules of the Manual Athletic Program:

1.     All day school attendance on game day is a requirement for participation in the game.

2.     Fighting during an athletic activity will result in suspension for the remainder of that game and for the following game.

3.     The use of any illegal chemicals (such as alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco) during an athletic activity (including travel associated with athletics) will result in suspension from the team for the remainder of the season and possible expulsion from the athletic program.

4.     Serious disciplinary violations or criminal acts, even if not associated with the athletic program, may result in suspension from the team or athletic program at the discretion of the coach or athletic director.

5.     Students may earn P.E. credit for satisfactory completion of an athletic season in a sport.  Students who are suspended from the sport, or whose participation is unsatisfactory, will not receive credit.

6.     Students are subject to all school rules and disciplinary policies while participating in athletic activities, including travel.

Student and Parent Consent

I have read and understand the “Athlete’s Code of Ethics Contract.”  I understand and support these expectations.  I also understand that students may not participate athletics until this signed form is received by the Athletic Director.

Student name: ____________________   Signature ____________________   Date ____________

Parent/guardian name: ____________________   Signature ____________________   Date ____________

Manual High School

2016-2017 Enrollment and Handbook Agreement  

Scholar’s last name:                                                      Scholar’s first name:

Scholar’s grade:

Congratulations as you begin your journey at Manual High School, home of the Thunder-bolts!  As a scholar at Manual High School, you are expected to follow some specific guidelines.  As a community we require commitment to each other to support your success at Manual.

The faculty and administrators of Manual High School pledge to you, the student, to create a safe and stimulating learning environment. We will do everything in our power to help you achieve your goals, including preparing you for college and career success. We promise to respect and support you as we all strive, daily, to live up to the T-Bolt Way (Timely, Be engaged, Organized, Listening & Learning, Talk with respect & dignity)

As a Manual High School student I accept the following expectations and responsibilities for excellence and commitment:

  •       I understand that enrollment in Manual is a privilege and that I will faithfully attend all of my classes and perform to the best of my ability.
  •       As a student I will be responsible for my education, including my progress toward graduation and college.
  •       I will meet any eligibility requirements necessary to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, field trips, and social events.  
  •       I will maintain at least C’s in all of my classes and understand that any grades of D’s or F’s will result in academic probation, as well as required participation in College Prep 101.
  •       I will do my part to make this school a safe place to learn and grow.
  •       I will follow all school and district policies regarding academics and behavior.
  •       I will seek understanding of others’ perspectives and use restorative strategies to problem-solve.
  •       I will follow Manual’s dress code requirements and present myself in a professional manner.
  •       I understand that Manual core values and policies leave no place for bullying and fighting.
  •       I will remain drug free at Manual and understand any involvement with drug use will jeopardize my enrollment in Manual.
  •       I understand that assessments are an important measure of my learning and a tool for improving my achievement.  I agree to participate fully and give my best effort on any assessments designed to help measure my learning progress; this includes: classroom, district, and state tests.
  •       I will treat myself, my teachers, my fellow students, my parents, my community, and the environment with respect.
  •       I acknowledge that I am an ambassador for Manual when I am in and out of school.  I am a member of a global community and I proudly to represent my school and family.
  •        I commit to reading at least 45 minutes per night every night.
  •       I have read and understand the Manual High School Student Handbook for 2016-2017.

Student’s pledge:  I pledge, first to myself, but also to my family and the faculty and administrators of Manual, to do my personal best everyday to fulfill these expectations and requirements.  I understand that there are consequences if I do not live up to my word.  I understand that I will make mistakes and I promise to learn and grow from the experiences.  I pledge to honor and practice the Manual T-bolt Way every day.  I will represent myself and my

school as a proud Thunderbolt.

Student Name (please print):_______________________________

Student signature ____________________________________________   

Date __________________________

As a Manual High School parent/guardian: I accept the following expectations for excellence and commitment:

  •       I understand and will support the time commitment needed by my child to be successful at Manual.
  •       I will support my child in taking responsibility for regular attendance, completing homework, graduation requirements, appropriate behavior and dress, and collaboration with other students and staff.
  •       I will partner with Manual leadership, teachers, and other staff to support my child’s academic and personal success.
  •       I will encourage my child’s full participation in all academically-focused activities, including all classroom, district, and state assessments. Should I decide to opt my child out of state assessments, I will follow district guidelines, including: completing appropriate forms on DPS Parent Portal at least one month prior to test date; and meet with a Manual administrator regarding my decision at least one month prior to test date.
  •        I commit to supporting my student in reading at least 45 minutes per night every night.
  •       I have read and understand the Manual High School Student Handbook for 2016-2017.

Parent’s pledge:  As your parent or guardian, I pledge to you to create a safe and supportive environment at home. I will do everything in my power to provide a quiet and consistent place for you to study, in order to grow and succeed in school and life. I acknowledge that you are being held to high academic and personal standards and I promise to support you in living the Manual T-Bolt Way every day.

Parent signature __________________________________________   

Date __________________________