Classroom Expectation & Scholar Session

Student in class

At Manual the classroom is sacred space so the expectations are simple.  Be timely, engaged, organized, learn and respect yourself and others.  Any behavior outside of those simple expectations is not appropriate and a student cannot interrupt the sacred space of a classroom and will be asked to leave as to not be an obstacle to others’ learning.

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 grades are improved.

Academic Honesty

Manual High School expects its staff and students to be honest in all their behaviors and decision making.

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.


Merriam Webster Definition: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own:  use (another’s productions) without crediting the source.  This includes writing, but not limited to photography, music and drawings.

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!

CONSEQUENCES of Plagiarism

Students who do 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) Parent notification

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.

Homework Policy

Homework is expected to be completed per individual teacher assignments. Independent reading is stressed across all classes, 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. Major assignments for 11th and 12th Grade students will not be accepted late as identified in the syllabus. Extensions will be allowed per teacher discretion.

Scholar Session

Tutoring is available to all Manual students from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the library. Mandatory tutoring will be assigned to students based on academic probation, and credit recovery.

Discipline Ladder and Procedures

  1. Relationship: Teacher and student will work together to form a strong, personal and transcendent relationship.
  2. Refocus #1: Verbal reminder of classroom and academic expectations.
  3. Refocus #2: Student has a conference with teacher in the classroom or outside of the main door.
  4. Removal: Student is removed from class and spends the remainder of the class doing academic work in the L.I.G.H.T. Center.