Minico High School
292 West, 100 South
Rupert , Idaho 83350
Mrs. Suzette Miller
436-5355 ext. 100
Mr. Kelly Arritt
436-5355 ext. 202
Mr. Kevan Vogt
436-5355 ext. 103
Mrs. Dawna Reddington
436-4707 ext. 102
Mrs. Jodi Nye
436-5355 ext. 163
436-5355 ext. 149
436-5355 ext. 150
436-5355 ext. 151
FOR A COMPLETE PHONE DIRECTORY LIST CALL 436-5355.
Welcome to Minico High School. We hope this will be a rewarding, successful
year for you. The faculty and staff at Minico are always available to support
and assist each of you.
This handbook has been designed to help you become more familiar with
Minico’s school policies and guidelines. Please carefully read and refer to
the handbook throughout the school year.
We are looking forward to a very rewarding school year.
HAVE A GREAT YEAR!
Minico High School , Principal
District Mission Statement
The mission of the Minidoka County Joint School District is to ensure
academic excellence, ethical behavior, and personal responsibility
in a caring environment.
Minico High School Mission Statement
Learn from yesterday, succeed today, excel tomorrow.
Come on and fight, Spartans fight.
Come on and let's win this game.
Let's go on to victory,
Let's fight 'em fair and play 'em square.
So fight, Spartan's, fight!
Come on and let's win this game.
Just one more score, and then the
game is ours. Let's win this game!
M - I - N - I - C - O
Oh, when those mighty Spartans fall in line,
We’re going to score every time.
Let's go on to victory, And we will yell, yell, yell, for Minico,
Our Alma Mater. We will sing our praises high
And when they go, go, go for another score,
We will cheer, cheer, cheer, them all the more.
For we are Spartans of the red and gold,
Red and gold, fight team fight!
DAILY BELL SCHEDULE
First Bell ......................... 8:10 a.m.
Period 1 .......................... 8:15 a.m.
End Period 1 .................. 9:24 a.m.
Period 2 .......................... 9:29 a.m.
End Period 2 .................. 10:38 a.m.
First Lunch .................... 10:38 a.m. - 11:09 a.m.
Period 3 ..................... … 11:14 a. m.
End Period 3 .................. 12:23 p.m.
Period 3 .......................... 10:43 a.m.
End Period 3 .................. 11:52 a.m.
Second Lunch ............... 11:52 p.m.-12:23 p.m.
Period 4 .......................... 12:28 p.m.
End Period 4 .................. 1:37 p.m.
Period 5 .......................... 1:42 p.m.
End Period 5 .................. 3:06 p.m.
Students will not have flowers, plants, or other gift deliveries brought to
individual classrooms. Students will be notified at noon or at the end of
the day if such items are waiting for them in the main office.
Balloons are not allowed with delivery at any time!
All visitors to the school must sign in at the main office and be assigned a
The library/media center opens at 7:45 a.m. and remains open until
3:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to use the library before school, at lunch,
and after school. Students may also use the library during class time if there
is room available and if they receive a pass from their instructor.
Books and most library materials are checked out for a 6 week period.
Magazines and periodicals can be checked out on a weekly basis. Fines
are assigned for overdue materials. Internet access is available to all
students who have returned a signed Internet Policy agreement.
Binding is available for reports and other materials.
Individual users of the Internet have the ultimate responsibility to use
Internet resources appropriately. Students accessing any computers at
the high school must sign a district Internet Usage Agreement and follow
rules specifically outlined in the student handbook. Violation of network
security or any school/district rules may result in the following disciplinary
Students may lose all access to computers in the district for one
calendar year from the date of the infraction.
If enrolled in a computer class, the student may receive a failing
grade in that class.
Students may be subject to school disciplinary action.
A complete copy of the student handbook is located on the internet at
the Minico High School home page (http://www.minidokaschools.org/minico).
At registration time, students may pay an activity fee ($35.00) which
entitles them to attend all activities and assemblies sponsored by the
student body. The fee includes all home events, as well as national school
assemblies held during the school year. This fee does not cover specified
dances during the school year. All students involved in any extra-curricular
activities are required to purchase this activity card. Students who do not
buy an activity card will have to pay the regular admission fee to all activities.
Activity .................................... 35.00
Annual .................................... 45.00
Driver Ed .............................. 125.00
Dual Credit Classes ............... TBA
Health Occupations ............... TBA
Students who enroll at Minico High School must present proof of immunization
before being enrolled. Legal guardianship must also be shown if they do not
reside with their parent(s). Students may be required to provide proof of
residence if there is a question of resident status. Students who reside outside
of District 331 must provide their own transportation and complete an open
enrollment form, which must then be approved by the Board of Trustees.
Students shall be allowed to register two times during the course of the
year unless the student has moved outside of the district and then moved
back into the district during the school year unless approval is given otherwise
by the school administration.
A nonpublic student shall be subject to all the same policies, regulations and
school rules as any regularly enrolled student during the times that the
nonpublic student is present at school. Such policies, regulations and rules
will include but not be limited to, those relating to attendance, grades,
prerequisites, classroom conduct, discipline, and involvement in extracurricular
Minidoka County School District requires that prior to consideration of a request
for transfer, an Open Enrollment application must be submitted by the
student’s parent/guardian or appropriate designee if such is required.
A partial schedule, which must be completed by the first day of the trimester,
must be for three consecutive classes during the trimester and to which all
school rules will apply. Furthermore, such student with a partial schedule
cannot be on campus during the time they do not have scheduled classes or
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Minico High School students are required to meet the following grade level
requirements in order to advance to the next grade. Students that do not
meet these requirements will remain in that grade until they do so.
Freshmen classes that need to be completed to become a SOPHOMORE:
In order to be considered a Sophomore, 7 of 9 required classes and
12 credits must be completed:
Speech (1 credit*)
Must be completed by end of Freshman grade:
English (2 credits*)
U.S. History (2 credits*)
Strategies for Success (1 credit*)
Must be completed by end of 9th grade:
Math (1 credit*)
Science (2 credits*)
Humanities (1 credit)
Electives (2 credits)
Sophomore classes that need to be completed to become a JUNIOR:
In addition to the Sophomore requirements, in order to be considered a
Junior, 5 of 7 required classes and 24 credits must be completed:
English (2 credits*)
Math (1 credit*)
Science (2 credits*)
Health (1 credit*)
P.E. (1 credit*)
P.E. Elective (1 credit)
Humanities (1 credit)
Electives (3 credits)
Junior classes that need to be completed to become a SENIOR:
In addition to the Sophomore & Junior requirements, in order to be considered
a Senior, 5 of 6 required classes and 36 credits must be
English (2 credits*)
U.S. History (2 credits*)
Math (1 credit*)
Humanities (1 credit)
Economics (1 credit*)
Electives (5 credits)
*indicates required classes
Minico High School students also have the following options available to
complete the grade level requirements:
Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA)
Students that have met the requirements throughout the trimester, can
petition to their counselor to have their classification status updated.
C-CORE POLICY REQUIREMENTS
Students should have a minimum of 70% in core classes. (English, Math,
Science, Social Studies, and Speech).
Students who achieve less than 70% (“D”) will not be given core credit.
Instead they will receive elective credit.
If a C-core course is a prerequisite for another course, the student will
not be allowed to take the next course until he/she has achieved a 70%
or better in the pre-requisite course.
Students normally will not be allowed to repeat a failed class from the
same teacher during the same school year.
Students will not be allowed to retake C-core classes more than one time
at Minico unless approved by administration.
Student must have a 70% in all classes.
Grades will be checked every 3 weeks.
Probation – check grades weekly until a satisfactory grade report is achieved.
In order to encourage students who might otherwise not be allowed to participate, and to provide incentive for improvement, students who are unable to meet the 70% requirement in the above circumstances may be allowed to practice, participate, or compete under the following circumstances:
The student must meet with administration and teacher to determine if the student can be placed on academic probation.
If approved, the student will remain on academic probation each week thereafter until a satisfactory grade report is achieved at which time they will be declared eligible to participate until the next three week grade check.
A student who has an unsatisfactory grade report or is declared ineligible to participate must continue to meet weekly with the administration to discuss current grades and an improvement plan.
Failure to meet the guidelines set forth in the improvement plan set by teacher, student and administrator will result in the student being declared ineligible to participate.
Students must attend all required practices and perform all required training activities during the period of ineligibility. Students who have been declared ineligible for the remainder of the sport season will not be allowed to practice or participate following the declaration of ineligibility.
Activity advisors will be responsible for grade check and eligibility requirements.
Students not meeting grade requirements will not participate in activities .
All school activities will be under policy.
Only administration may waive requirement.
Parents should be notified (phone call, e-mail, letter, etc.) when the student
has earned two zeros in the class.
Parents should be notified (phone call, e-mail, letter, etc.) when the student
has earned two zeros in the class.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS & DIPLOMAS (Policy # 601.00)
Students will need to meet one of the following two
Begins with the Class of 2013
DIPLOMA LEVEL (s)
Individual Standard Diploma Honors Diploma
English 8 English 8
Including Algebra I and Math 5 Math 8 Geometry standards.
**2 credits must be taken the last year of high school.
Speech 1 Speech 1
Science 4 must be lab credits Science 6
9th US History 2 9th US History 2
U S History 2 U S History 2
Economics 1 Economics 1
American Government 2 American Government 2
Health 1 Health 1
Coed PE 1 Coed PE 1
Academic Humanities 2 Academic Humanities 2
Performing Humanities 2 Performing Humanities 2
Electives 14 Electives 12
ACT, SAT or COMPASS by end of grade 11
**Students must meet ISAT requirement.
Total 50 Total 50
No failing or NC grades
15 honors/dual credit 5 taken during the senior year
State of Idaho Graduation Requirements
Minidoka School District Requirements
Strategies for Success 1
Math 6 (Algebra I and higher)
9th US History 2
CO ED PE 1
Science 6 (4 must be labs)
Elective PE 1
US History 2
Performing Humanities 2
American Government 2
Humanities 2 (Foreign Language, Philosophy, Art History etc.)
29 core credits and a minimum of 17 elective credits
SELECTION OF VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN
The following requirements shall be considered in the selection of
Valedictorian and Salutatorian:
Complete all requirements of the Honors Diploma
Earn four (4) credits of foreign language (all the same language)
Highest overall GPA in grades nine through twelve, including third
trimester of the senior year, and highest ACT score
Students being considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian must
have attended Minico High School full time for all three trimesters
of the senior year
Students being considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian shall
not have repeated any classes
Students shall be notified at the end of the second trimester of
their senior year if they qualify for top ten, valedictorian, or salutatorian
If more than one valedictorian, there will be no salutatorian
Seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher will be recognized at
graduation with an honor cord.
The Idaho Department of Education authorizes individual high schools to
grant credit for each subject a student takes and passes in the public
schools. At Minico High School, credit will be granted on a trimester basis.
This means that the grade a student earns at the end of a twelve-week
period (trimester) will be placed on his/her permanent record.
Percentage Letter Grade GPA Rating
93 - 100% A 4.0
90 - 92% A- 3.67
87 - 89% B+ 3.33
80 - 82% B- 2.67
77 - 79% C+ 2.33
73 - 76% C 2.00
70 - 72% C- 1.67
67 - 69% D+ 1.33
63 - 66% D 1.00
60 - 62% D- 1.00
Below 59% F 0.00
Students transferring into Minico High School will receive the equivalent grade
from their previous school. Students with weighted grades shall receive a
one-grade increase from the listed grade if this does not exceed the weighing
given by the previous school. EXAMPLE: A student transfers into Minico from
a school that gives a 20% (two grade) increase. This student shall receive a
one grade increase. A student transfers in from a school that gives a 5%
increase. The student shall receive a 5% increase. At no time shall the
student receive more than a 100% for a credit.
The Renaissance Program at Minico High School will recognize students who
are making positive choices and excelling in academics. Students who achieve
a trimester GPA using the following criteria and have purchased an activity
card will receive a sticker that will entitle them to benefits at local businesses:
Gold: 3.75-4.0 (all A’s); Silver: 3.25-3.74; White: 2.75-3.24.
In addition, they will receive coupons that may allow them to retake exams,
redo assignments and exempt assignments. Use of the coupons is up to the
discretion of the teacher.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
National Honor Society is the front runner of organizations that promote
appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments
in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service. Thousands of
schools are chartered in the U. S., and the Minico Chapter is the second oldest
in Idaho. Instead of fund-raising activities, NHS concentrates on public service,
school, and social activities.
College admissions offices often look for National Honor Society membership as
a valid indicator that the applicant will succeed at the collegiate level. Students
with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher are invited to join.
Non-resident credit will be accepted as listed:
If a student has attended secondary school (grades 9-12) four years and is
short 1-4 credits for graduation.
Credit will be accepted from any accredited college, university, or high
school independent study course.
Credit will be accepted for a summer school and/or high school program
at an accredited college, university, or high school.
Workshops and seminars approved by the State Department of Education
will also be accepted.
Resident credit will be accepted upon receipt of an official transcript from the
previous school. Credit will be accepted for work completed in grades 9-12.
SENIOR COLLEGE VISITS
Senior students with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better may take one day from
school to visit the college, university, or military organization of their choice,
as long as the student's grades remain with an overall GPA of 2.0. No penalty
for this absence will be applied under the 90% attendance policy. Students
requesting this privilege must get a pre-excused form from the counselor in
charge of seniors. This form must be filled out, verified by the counselor, and
signed by each individual teacher at least twenty-four hours in advance. The
completed form must be returned to the attendance secretary before the
student leaves school for the visit.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PARTICIPATION POLICY
Students who have met the necessary academic and attendance requirements
required for graduation and do not owe a fine are eligible to participate in
commencement exercises. Students who have not completed all graduation
requirements for the current school year will be allowed to participate in the
commencement exercises of the following year provided they meet all the
requirements for graduation at that time and they have filed a graduation
request on or before November 1 of the school year in which they intend to
participate in the commencement exercises.
GRADUATION DRESS CODE
Girls will wear dresses and dress shoes (NO tennis shoes or casual
Boys will wear dress shirts and ties with dress pants and shoes
(NO sandals, tennis shoes, or Levi's).
NO additional decorations to cap or gown.
NO party items (silly string, beach balls, water guns, fire crackers, etc).
All other school rules will be in effect.
MINIDOKA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Minidoka County School District has implemented a scholarship program
aimed at rewarding students who excel in various areas of student
achievement. Students will be eligible to compete for scholarships for
achievement in Science, Math, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Vocational
Education, and General Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to the first
and second place winners in each of these areas. Students interested in
competing for these scholarships should contact their counselors for details.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
The school counselors work with students as they make plans for the present
and future. The counselors evaluate educational and vocational information
and relate that information to the student's abilities and interests. They also
help students to evaluate study time and techniques in the organization of
Students are to discuss vocational and scholastic problems with their assigned
c ounselor, but may talk with any of the three counselors for help dealing with
personal problems. Student-counselor conferences are kept in the strictest
confidence. When a student desires to see the counselor, he/she must make
an appointment and secure a pass, clearing the absence with their classroom
teacher in whose class will be missed BEFORE going to see the counselor.
Violations of this procedure will lead to the student being considered truant
from classes missed while in the counseling center.
A student/parent may request a change of classes one time each trimester.
Make sure you address all concerns.
All student/parent schedule change requests need to be done on a drop/add
slip. These slips are found in the counseling center. Complete the slip with the
class name you want to drop and the class name that you would like to add. A
list of available classes for each hour will be posted in the counseling center.
Parents must agree to any academic class changes that are requested by
calling the counselor after the request has been turned in. If the changes
jeopardize the student’s educational progress, the counselor may need to
discuss the issues with the student and/or parent.
If parents are requesting a teacher change, a meeting with an administrator
is necessary before turning in the drop/add slip to the counseling center.
Once the drop/add slip is completed, the student is to place it in the
appropriate box in the counseling center. The counselors will work on the
requested changes and return the revised schedule to the student. If the
schedule cannot be changed because of full classes or conflict with other
requirements, the original schedule will be returned to the student.
Only junior and senior students may be a teacher aide one time per trimester.
All other circumstances must be approved by administration.
CLOSED CAMPUS FOR FRESHMEN
Freshmen will not be allowed to leave the Minico campus during school hours
without parental permission. Violation will result in truancy.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
If it becomes necessary for students to withdraw from school, they must
obtain a "student withdrawal" form from the attendance office. The
withdrawal form, textbooks, class materials, etc. must be presented to
each teacher for clearance signatures. This form is to be returned to the
Attendance Office for final approval. Students who withdraw from school
are not to be on school grounds at any time without permission or they will
be considered trespassing.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
There are two types of school absences:
School Business: Students who are legitimately away from school
during the day because of school sponsored activities must give teachers
prior notice of the upcoming absence. These days will not be counted
toward the 95% attendance policy.
Upon return to school, a student must obtain an admit slip from the
Attendance Office. Students who have been absent due to school business
do not need an admit slip.
Truancy: This is an absence that is not authorized or legitimate in the
opinion of the administration. Students who are out of their assigned
classroom/area without a hall pass may be considered truant. Any
absence which is not pre-cleared or of an emergency nature is considered
to be a TRUANCY.
Any student who is absent from school without the knowledge
and/or permission of his/her parent and the school administration
will be considered TRUANT, and will be disciplined accordingly.
CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL
If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school during the day,
he/she must check out through the attendance office with parental/guardian
permission BEFORE leaving school grounds. Students who fail to follow this
procedure will be considered truant.
EXTENDED ABSENCE REQUEST
Students leaving for an extended period of time will need to fill out a form
listing the days they will be gone, along with signatures from their teachers
and get administrative approval. This form must be returned to the
attendance office prior to leaving. Students who intend to be absent from
school for 10 or more school days will be withdrawn from Minico High School
and may enroll in the MCOC for the remainder of the trimester. Students who
wish to return to Minico the following term will need to make arrangements
with the school administration before the start of the new trimester.
Habitually truant shall be defined as receiving four truancies during the
course of a single school year. (If a student receives their 4th truancy, they
may be issued a check-out-of-school sheet and recommended to attend the
alternative school). This absence may occur with or without the knowledge
of the parents. Students who are habitually truant may be expelled and will
be referred to Juvenile Court for further action.
MAKE UP WORK
Excused Absences: Students will be allowed two days to make up any
homework given on the day(s) of absence. Assignments, test, quizzes,
and/or projects assigned before the day(s) of absence are due when the
student returns to school or on the assigned due date.
TARDY VIOLATIONS PROCEDURES
A student is tardy if he/she comes to class during the first five minutes of
class. Students who are more than five minutes late to class will be
Every third tardy, in any given class, a student will receive an unexcused
absence that will be added to the student's regular absences in each class
the tardies accumulate. Absences due to tardy accumulation can be appealed
to the appeal committee.
Classroom teachers are responsible for disciplinary action for their student's
first three tardies in their particular class.
A fourth tardy in any class will result in an after school detention that
will be assigned by the teacher.
A fifth tardy in any class will result in one Saturday School.
Six or more tardies will result in two Saturday Schools or suspension.
Additional tardies will be referred to the assistant Principal and will result in
additional consequences, which may include suspension, and/or expulsion.
ABSENCE VERIFICATION PROCEDURE
Parents should notify the school of a student’s absence by phone at 436-4707
or by written notice.
Students who come to the attendance office after 8:20 a.m. and are late
for class shall be marked tardy by the teacher.
Upon return to school, a student must obtain an admit slip from the
Extenuating circumstances may be defined as one-time occurrences, absences,
or needs for absences which would not normally occur on any type of regular
basis. In order to be considered for extenuating circumstances, please contact
the Minico High School office for conditions and guidelines.
EXCEPTION: Serious illness or accident for an extended period of time
STATE OF IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION "HOMEBOUND" PROGRAM
Students who are out of school for extended illness or accident may petition
for HOMEBOUND status so that the days absent will not affect their credit.
In order for a student to be considered for the HOMEBOUND program, they
must be absent from school for ten (10) consecutive days and apply through
the Special Services director (436-7415) so that a HOMEBOUND teacher can be a
Students who are absent more than ten percent of the instructional days in a
subject matter area may file a written appeal to the school attendance
committee through the office of the assistant principal for credit and/or
exemption from the District’s 95% percent attendance policy, due to
extraordinary circumstances. In order for a student to be eligible to appeal
for credit, they must have a 2.0 GPA. Eligible students have the right to appeal
at the end of the trimester and will receive an appeal letter at that time. An
appeal letter must be completed and returned to the assistant principal. The
letter must include reasons for the excessive absences, along with justification
of why the student believes he/she should receive credit. Any notes from a
physician must be attached and returned with the appeal for consideration.
The appeal letter must be returned by the stated deadline or credit will be
denied. If the request for credits is denied by the attendance committee, the
student has the right to appeal the decision to the superintendent of schools
and, if not satisfied with the decision of the superintendent, be placed on the
agenda at the next meeting of the board of trustees. The decision of the board
Students officially appealing for credit, who in the opinion of the administration
justify their absences, could have:
Opportunity to make up hours for credits. If this is the case, students will
receive a letter stating that they need to make up hours through the Plato
Program. Students have the next trimester (12 weeks) to complete their
hours and regain their credits. Students that do not make up their hours
within the 12 weeks will need to retake that course for credit. (See District
PLATO TUTORIAL PROGRAM
The Plato Tutorial/Computer Program is a way to provide students with
additional learning opportunities and accommodate different learning styles
for junior high and high school students. Students will receive academic credit
upon completion of 70 hours and a passing score on the mastery test portion
of the module.
Minico High School students who exceed the 90% attendance policy and need
to make up hours in order to receive credit may be required to make up
attendance by completing the module in the curriculum area they have missed.
Minico High School students also have the following options available to
complete grade level requirements: Summer School, Idaho Digital Learning
Academy (IDLA), Correspondence Classes, and Independent Study.
Students who miss all or any of the last day(s) of the trimester for any excuse,
with the exception of illness verified by a valid physician's statement or death
in the family, will be responsible to take any required trimester exams after
they return to school. Only those students who have a medical reason, as
verified by a physician's statement, or have a death in the family will be
allowed to make up exams or take exams prior to the specified trimester test
dates assigned by the school administration. Students who do not meet these
requirements will receive a grade of zero for each of the required exams until
the student comes back to school and takes the examinations. It shall be the
responsibility of the student to contact the teacher immediately upon returning
to school for any/all work that needs to be made up. Students who do not meet
the standards stated above may take the trimester examination, but the
highest grade the student may receive is 75 percent.
It is the intent of the Minico High School administration to support teachers
in the area of classroom behavior and student discipline. It is our belief that
students must be responsible for all their actions while in attendance at school
and school activities.
Students referred to the office for violation of school rules will receive
appropriate consequences, which may include detention, in school or out of
school suspension, community service, restitution, and /or expulsion. Any
action by a student which violates any law or statue will be referred to law
enforcement authorities for further action.
A hierarchy of consequences will apply to frequent or repeat offenders.
NOTE: Many teachers assign students to serve detention at lunch or after
school for minor violations of classroom rules. Students who are assigned
detention of this nature are expected to serve the assigned time. Teachers
may assign detention to students up to and including one hour of after school
detention. All behaviors that need further discipline are to be dealt with by
the principal or assigned assistant principal.
Each teacher has a set of classroom rules that are necessary to maintain a
positive learning environment. Students who violate these rules may be
assigned detention at lunch or after school or sent to the vice principal’s
office. Detention may be assigned up to one hour per teacher’s discretion.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Saturday School: Students who are in violation of school policy leading
to the assignment of Saturday School will be assigned as follows:
A minimum of 48 hours notice will be given.
Saturday School will run from 7:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Students
must arrive promptly at 7:00 a.m. as doors will be locked at this
time. There will be no exceptions for employment inconvenience,
prior commitments, etc.
The first failure to attend an assigned Saturday School will result in two
days of in-school suspension (PASS Room).
Additional failures to attend Saturday School will result in a one
day out of school suspension.
3. In-house Suspension/Positive Alternative to Student Suspension (P. A. S. S.)
Minico High School maintains an in-school suspension program which may be
used by the administration to remove a student during a class if there is a
need. The administrator may also assign with cause, a student to in-school
suspension for a single period or a full day.
4. Suspension: Students who are suspended are not to be present at or be
on the school grounds for any reason whatsoever, including all evening
activities, until after the day following the completed suspension. Students
who violate this rule will be subject to additional suspension from school.
Major discipline problems are referred to assistant principal, principal or
designee for possible warning, detention, suspension, referral to the District
Hearing Committee, and or referral to Minidoka County School Board for
expulsion. The procedure for handling major discipline problems is stated
below; however, any step(s) may be skipped and action initiated at a
subsequent step or suspension invoked if the seriousness of the problem
warrants. Such is the instance of fighting. Upon the second offense of
fighting, the student will be referred to the District Hearing Committee.
Step 1 Offense or first major offense
The assistant principal, principal or designee will hold a personal conference
with the student. This will result in a verbal warning or further disciplinary
Step 2 Offense or second major offense
Step one will be repeated and appropriate disciplinary action will occur.
Step 3 Offense or third major offense
The student will attend a Saturday School.
Step 4 Offense or fourth major offense
The student will be assigned two Saturday Schools or an in school
suspension. Parents will be contacted for conference with assistant
Step 5 Offense or fifth major offense
The previous steps may be repeated. Student could have up to 5 days
of in school or out of school suspension. Parents will need to come in
for a conference. At this time the student will be put on a one major
Step 6 Offense or sixth major offense
A student will be assigned 5 days out of school suspension and will be
referred to the District Hearing Committee.
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR MAJOR VIOLATIONS OF SCHOOL RULES
MAJOR violations of school rules are dealt with severely. Offenses of a MAJOR
nature stay on the student's discipline record the entire school year and are
not wiped clean at the conclusion of each trimester.
Two occurrences of major violations (with the exception of unexcused
absences) in a single school year constitute grounds for expulsion from
Minico High School.
Due Process will be utilized to address these serious problems:
POSSESSION OF WEAPONS: Minico has zero tolerance for students who
bring weapons, including laser pointers, to school, or have in their possession
at school, on the way to or from school, on school property, in school
transportation vehicles, or at any school sponsored activities weapons or
other objects/substances which are a threat to the health and safety of other
students, staff members or visitors, or are a disruption to the educational
The possession of a firearm of any sort on school property is prohibited by
Gun Free Schools Act. Students found in possession of a firearm on property
or at any school-sponsored activity, will be immediately suspended from
school for those days permitted by law and referred to the District Expulsion
Committee for expulsion. Students expelled under the Gun Free School Act
will not be allowed to return to school for a period of 365 days from the date
Additionally, any person found in possession of a weapon will be referred to
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, or handicap
are inconsistent with the fundamental values of the educational environment.
The activities of such groups and their members are prohibited on school
property and at all school sponsored functions.
Bullying, Coercion, Cyberbullying, Discrimination, Gang Activity, Harassment, Hazing & Intimidation District Policy No. 502
Bullying, coercion, cyberbullying, discrimination, gang activity, harassment, hazing and/or intimidation of students and/or employees is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Bullying, harassment and/or intimidation is generally characterized by aggressive or intentionally harmful behavior carried out over time in an attempt to exercise control over the victim. It may Cyberbullying is a digital form of bullying that utilizes any electronic communication device to convey a message in any format (audio, video, text, graphics, photographs, or a combination of these) that intimidates, harasses, or is otherwise intended to harm another individual. Coercion is using force or control to get another person to do something against their will that involves negative outcomes , behaviors, or emotions. Hazing is any act that is intended to cause humiliation, embarrassment, intimidate, demean, or endanger the mental or physical health of a person as a condition of membership to any district-sponsored group or organization. Gang activity includes wearing, possessing, using, distributing, banging, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol sign, gesture, codes, or other things that suggest gang membership. Behaviors that are prohibited under District Policy No. 502 include, but are not limited to,
intentional gestures or any intentional written, verbal or physical acts or threats against another that causes harm, damage to property, fear of har m or fear of damage to property
inappropriate touching (patting)
implied sexual favors
suggested sexual activity
verbal harassment, or
abuse that is gender oriented
Anyone who believes he or she has been a victim of bullying, coercion, cyberbullying, discrimination, gang activity, harassment, hazing and/or intimidation should report the alleged acts immediately to a teacher, counselor, supervisor, principal or the superintendent. Complaints will be investigated following the procedures of District Policy No. 502.
DANGEROUS & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR (District Policy No. 502.18)
Students will receive up to 5 days suspension for bullying, fighting, gang activity, harassment, or any other dangerous or anti-social behavior, including hazing or initiations. Any further violation will be grounds for expulsion from school. If it has been determined that a criminal act has been committed the incident will be referred to law enforcement.
threat, intimidation, harassment, bullying, hazing, cyber bullying, discrimination, passive resistance, or/and other similar conduct. Students found in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to, and including Expulsion.
property of the school including defacing property of the school or of others,
or steal or attempt to steal property of the schools or of others. Restitution
may be sought under the laws of the State of Idaho.
intentionally behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury
to a school employee, student, or any other person at the school or at any
narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana,
alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind at school or at any school
NOTE: Idaho State law prohibits the use of tobacco on public school
property. This includes students, visitors, and school personnel, whether
or not school is currently in session. Minico High School complies fully with
to the safety of the pupil transportation program.
Each passenger will maintain appropriate behavior while loading, riding,
and/or permission of his/her parent and the school administration will be
considered truant. Students who are out of their assigned classroom/area
without a hall pass may be considered truant.
of teachers, teacher assistants, principals, or other persons of authority during
school or a school sponsored activity.
Throwing rocks, ice, snowballs or other projectiles that might injure
others or damage property may result in suspension from school.
Under no circumstances is there to be hazing or initiation of students at
Minico High School. This shall also include 'bushing' of students.
Violations may result in suspension from school.
Students are not to bring articles to school that are not deemed
appropriate for a school setting. Articles such as cell phones, beepers,
water guns, lighters and/or matches, etc. are prohibited during school
hours. Violations of this policy may result in loss of the article and
possible suspension from school.
STUDENT USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES (ECD’s) (District Policy No. 503.00)
The use of any electronic communication device (ECD), such as cell phones, pagers,
Students need to know that:
ECDs are allowed at school.
ECDs must be kept out of sight, turned off or silenced, and may not be used during instructional time.
The school will not take responsibility for damage to or the loss of any ECD.
School authorities will not investigate lost or stolen devices.
Students who choose to bring them for use before or after school take sole responsibility for those devices.
The use of ECDs for communication and/or entertainment during instructional time is prohibited in all District schools.
At no time will an ECD be used at school to participate in illegal activities, disrupt the educational process or climate of the school or cause harm to another individual.
Any use of electronic devices which involves bullying, intimidation, threats, sexting or other like activity while at school will result in investigation, possible loss of the use of the ECD at school and discipline up to expulsion.
The person responsible for taking away the ECD will turn the device over to the principal.
The principal will inform the student’s parent or guardian that the ECD has been taken away and whether it will be turned over to police.
The ECD will be returned to either the parent or guardian.
Consequences for the Possession or Misuse of ECDs:
First Offense: ECDs will be confiscated and given to the principal. Only the student’s parent or guardian may pick up the ECD with the student present. Prior to receiving the ECD, the student shall sign that he or she has read District Policy No. 503.00 and understands the consequences for future violations.
Additional Offenses: ECD will be taken away and given to the principal. The principal will hold the ECD until a conference has occurred with the parent/guardian and student. Further discipline will be at the discretion of the principal.
Students need to be respectful of those around them and act responsibly.
Use of profanity is unacceptable and students will be disciplined accordingly.
The Minidoka County School District recognizes that the use of alcohol and
other drugs and the problems associated with it are becoming increasingly
commonplace in our society. The school district recognizes that, in many
instances, a person’s use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to
the illness of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies.
The Minidoka County School Board is committed to meeting its legal and
moral responsibilities to safeguard the health, character, citizenship, and
personal development of students. It is recognized that certain offenses,
including those of alcohol and drug abuse, are barriers to the positive
development of the citizenry.
Therefore, the district will establish intervention teams within our schools
for the purpose of helping those in need of assistance with drugs and/or
alcohol problems. Seeking help from or referral to an intervention team for
drug or alcohol abuse assistance shall not constitute a violation of school
The board of trustees hereby notifies all employees and students of Joint
School District No. 331 that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale,
possession, consumption or use of any illicit drug or alcoholic beverage at
the work place, on the Minidoka County School District premises, or on school
assignment and/or activities is absolutely prohibited. The board further
notifies all employees and students that to be under the influence of alcohol,
drugs, or any intoxicating substance at the work place, on the school district
premises, or on school assignment and/or activities is absolutely prohibited.
Violation of these policies by any employees or student will be cause for
disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.
All employees and students are further notified that as a condition of
employment or enrollment they are required to abide by this policy.
Compliance with this policy is mandatory
All employees and students must notify the Minidoka County School District
of any arrest and/or conviction concerning a violation covered by this policy
not later than five days after such arrest and/or conviction.
Disciplinary action for employees and students:
All employees and students in violation of this policy will be referred to local
law enforcement authorities. Students’ parents or guardians will be notified
Employees and students will be suspended from employment or school until
a formal hearing before the local school board is held.
The local school board will make the final decision following the formal
The district will establish a drug- and alcohol-free awareness program to
inform employees and students about the following:
The dangers of illicit drug and alcohol use.
The availability of drug and alcohol counseling and drug and alcohol
rehabilitation and assistance programs.
The possible disciplinary actions for employee or student violations
up to and including termination or expulsion.
Attendance and satisfactory participation in drug and/or alcohol
rehabilitation programs may be required at the person’s own expense.
Administrators and supervisors are to review this policy with employees and
Minico High School students shall be required to show proper attention to
personal cleanliness, neatness, and conservative standards of dress and
appearance for the safety and education of the student and all others in
the school. In order to ensure academic excellence, ethical behavior and
personal responsibility, dress will be of a nature that sets a school wide
tone of caring about personal pride, school pride, and the courteous customs
of the society in which we live. The purpose of this policy is to model and
promote a safe, productive, and professional environment for students, staff
and the community. This policy will apply equally and without bias based on
race, color, religion, national origin, disability, and/or age. This policy will
apply equally to female and male.
size and in good taste. Clothing including shirts, book bags, backpacks,
accessories (including notebooks and binders) with messages, writing,
graffiti, and or insignia which advertise, endorse, and/or promote drugs,
tobacco, alcohol, profanity, illegal activities, racially derogatory or hate group
references, Satanism, death or destruction, violence, shock-rock, sadism,
gangs, racial separatism, and sexual innuendo are not permitted at any time.
but if worn, must be in loops and are not to hang down. Pants that cannot be
held up without a belt are forbidden. Bib type overalls/coveralls shall be worn
in an appropriate, safe, fastened manner. No extreme tight-fitting clothing will
be worn. Clothes must conceal undergarments at all times. Shirts must have a
modest neckline (no cleavage) and be long enough to cover the midriff (front
and back). See-through, mesh, and/or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, spaghetti
straps, off-the-shoulder or low cut tops, bare midriffs, and skirts and shorts
shorter than finger-tip length are prohibited. Clothing which is unduly revealing,
or attire which detracts in any way from the educational mission of the schools
instructional program, is unacceptable.
symbols, messages, styles or gang symbols, logos, emblems which degrade
gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, ethnic values, obscene symbols,
signs, and slogans. Examples include, but are not limited to: Bloods, Crips,
Sur 13, South Side, West Side, Tongs, Klan, Happy-Sad Faces, Roll of the Dice,
Homies, Skin heads, Fighting, Nazis, White Pride, Brown Pride, Cigarettes,
Alcohol, Drug Paraphernalia, 8-balls, Tobacco Products, and Marilyn Manson.
unacceptable for all students with the exception of head coverings for
medical purpose or religious observance.
Belts must be in the belt loops and are not to be hanging from the
Accessories having studs or spikes (including metal) are prohibited.
All pet paraphernalia is prohibited.
Chains, including wallets which have a chain attached are prohibited.
Jewelry, which could inflict bodily harm, used for drug paraphernalia, or
construed as a weapon is prohibited. No jewelry is to be worn that has
references to sex, drugs, alcohol, gangs, or any other insignias etceteras
as outlined in Sections A and C.
Shoes must be worn at all times.
Jewelry that could inflict bodily harm to self or others is prohibited.
No gang-related, profane or vulgar language, symbols or insignias etc.
(See Sections A and C above) are to be cut into hair or tattooed or cut
into skin. All permanent marks must be covered.
Bandannas are prohibited as attire in the school building.
** Violation of the dress code is subject to suspension.
The Board of Trustees believes that students and employees of the Minidoka
County School District #331 have the right to learn and work in an atmosphere
which is conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. Sexual
harassment of students or employees whether verbal or physical and whether
engaged in by employees of the District or students, is prohibited and will not be
The School District will investigate all complaints of sexual harassment whether
the complaint is formal, informal, verbal or written, and discipline any student or
employee who sexually harasses a student or employee of the School District.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct
or communication of a sexual nature.
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment
should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate teacher, counselor,
supervisor, principal or superintendent.
will not be tolerated. Examples would be hugging, kissing, etc. that would
offend other people. Violation could result in detention and/or suspension
Any student giving or receiving help in any exam, quiz, written work, or
classroom project, will receive the minimum of a zero for that assignment.
This student may also be referred to the administration for further disciplinary
action, including detention or suspension.
Any repeated offenders in the course of a trimester grading period shall receive
a failing grade for that trimester.
Driving to School/Parking Lot Regulations
The Minidoka County School District assumes no responsibility for the theft or
damage to vehicles parked on school grounds. In an effort to protect your car
and other possessions, we ask the following of our students:
Do not be in the parking lot during any class period unless you have a hall pass
from a member of the faculty or administration. Students found in the parking
lot during class time without permission will be considered TRUANT from
class and disciplined accordingly.
Do not loiter in the parking lot when your school day is completed.
Students who are not parking within the lines of a regular parking space may
have on-campus driving privileges revoked. License numbers will be recorded
for each vehicle in violation. Once this occurs, the following steps will be
1st offense: verbal warning and car wheel may be locked
2nd offense: parent contacted, parking contract signed, and vehicle may
3rd offense: loss of parking privileges
4th offense: vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense
All visitors to the school must report immediately to the office for
approval to be on the school grounds, and to identify the vehicle driven.
Students are expected to drive carefully and responsibly on school property.
Inattentive, reckless, or irresponsible driving on school grounds will not be
tolerated. Violations of rules concerning parking lot and driving behavior may
result in the loss of privileges for a period of time.
Pop, Candy, & Food in School
No food or drink is allowed in the halls. Students are to keep the hallways,
outside lawns, and parking lots clean at all times. Due to recent health
concerns and problems in the past, students are not to bring mugs, glass,
plastic bottles or squeeze bottles to school with liquids in them.
Search & Seizure
While on school grounds, the administration and resource officers reserve
the right to both search and seize any materials in violation of school policy.
This search and seizure can include a student's personal vehicle, locker,
backpack, gym bag, purse, etc.
This can be done at any time there is reason to believe a student may be in
violation of school policy. No prior warning is needed. Search warrants are
not necessary to perform this action in a school setting. Any violation of
school policy found during any such search will be disciplined accordingly.
Thefts/Reporting a Loss
Students are reminded to secure vehicles, valuables, and lockers--BOTH
hallway and PE lockers. In case of theft, the school accepts no responsibility
for personal articles and property left in the building or on school grounds.
Internet Policy for Students (District Policy No. 502.97)
Individual users of the Internet have the ultimate responsibility to use Internet resources appropriately. All Internet users are expected to use the network for purposes appropriate to the educational environment at all times. Users must refrain from any use that is not consistent with the policies, purposes, or objectives of the Minidoka County School District. Minico requires every student and parent to sign for Internet use in accordance with District Policy No. 502.97.
Behavior at Extra-Curricular Events
All students who attend extra-curricular events are expected to show the
best citizenship and sportsmanship.
Any student spectator expelled from an event by the administration,
police department, or game official may be suspended from school up to
five days and may not be allowed to attend any other extra-curricular
function for a period of six weeks.
A second violation of this sort during the course of the school year will
result in expulsion from all school activities for the remainder of the school
year and suspension from school for five days.
The administration expects all students to show class and sportsmanship at
all activities during the course of the year. Vulgar language toward anyone,
including officials, will not be tolerated!
Any student who is released from any sport or club because of failure to
follow the club rules/regulations/grade requirement may have his/her name
deleted from any pictures or other recognitions. Any student who becomes
physically unable to participate but meets all other requirements shall
remain part of the organization.
Rules & Regulations governing ALL
Improper behavior (including before, during, and after the event) may
result in loss of participation in school activities. Proper behavior while
in competition representing the well being and reputation of Minico High
School is expected and required.
Training Rules and Substance Abuse Policies
Extra-curricular activities are a privilege extended to the students of this
school. Students participating in activities shall not use or possess tobacco,
alcohol, or drugs. Students doing so will be subject to the following
disciplinary action in addition to administrative discipline from a school
Participants of extra-curricular activities caught using or possessing
these items are subject to disciplinary action by the sponsor or coach
in addition to action taken by the administration.
A student/sponsor/administrative conference will be held immediately
to discuss the future of the student as far as activities are concerned.
Extra-Curricular Attendance Rules and Regulations
Students must be in attendance one-half of the day of an activity or they
will not be permitted to participate in that activity.
If the student is attending a doctor's appointment during the course
of the day, in which case a doctor's note must be shown to the
attendance office upon return to school.
If the student must stay home because of a serious illness in
their family which has been pre-excused through the attendance
A death in the family.
Personal reasons or illnesses that are cleared by the administration
in advance of missing school.
Students who are assigned in-school suspension can compete that day
if their activity takes place after the assigned detention. In-school
suspension will not be scheduled around extra-curricular activities under
Those students participating in any extra-curricular activity come under the
jurisdiction of the Idaho High School Activities Association regulations.
In addition to these requirements, the participant must meet the following
regulations outlined in the Minidoka School District policy:
Students participating in any activity covered by the I.H.S.A.A. must have
and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. The grades will be calculated
initially from the previous trimester, or semester grades for students
transferring to Minico from other schools. Grade point averages figured
from the previous trimester grades will determine eligibility for the following
No student is to take part in interscholastic athletics unless the student
has had an annual physical examination approving participation and a permit
signed by the parents.
No student is to take part in interscholastic athletics unless the student
has taken out athletic insurance through the school or is able to show proof
that he or she is covered by a family policy.
Students participating in extra-curricular activities must purchase an activity
card. This includes participation in competitive events as approved by the
Idaho High School Activities Association. (A complete copy of the Spartan
Pride Athletic Handbook is located on the internet at the Minico High School
Any person needing special accommodations to participate in school
activities should contact Minico High School one (1) day prior to the
activity at 292 West 100 South, telephone number 208-436-4721.