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    14400 Pebble Hills Blvd.

    El Paso, Texas 79938

    (915) 937 – 9400

    (915) 851 – 7912 (fax)

     

    2019-2020

    Student Handbook

     

     

    Mission Statement

     Within a respectful, safe, and supportive environment, Pebble Hills High School will provide relevant, rigorous, and blended learning experiences built on a foundation of high expectations and critical thinking to prepare students to compete in and positively contribute to a global society.

    Administrative Team

     

    Ignacio Estorga                        Principal

    David Herrera                          Assistant Principal

    Rosa M Jimenez                       Assistant Principal

    April Ortega                             Assistant Principal

    Gerardo Talamantes                 Assistant Principal

    Bridgett Valenzuela                  Assistant Principal

    Steven Warren                        Assistant Principal 

     

    Student Responsibilities

    1. Be prepared for each class with appropriate materials (including laptop if applicable) and assignments.
    2. Be aware of all the rules, regulations, and standards for student behavior as stated in the District Student Code of Conduct.
    3. Respect other individuals and property.
    4. Assist the school staff in operating a safe school.
    5. Help keep our campus clean by throwing your trash in the proper recycling containers or trash cans.

     Dress Code

     

    Unacceptable Attire:

    1. Clothing with satanic messages, obscenities, or alcohol/tobacco/drug advertisement to include any clothing or accessories/tattoos which indicate any gang affiliation
    2. Hats (to include males and females), caps, hairnets, scarves, handkerchiefs, hoodies covering heads, doo rags or sunglasses are not to be worn inside the building
    3. No spandex or leggings are to be worn as pants
    4. No fishnet shirts, spaghetti straps, off the shoulder, low-cut shirts/blouses, tube-tops, see-thru or translucent clothing and no open back tops
    5. Tank top straps must be wider than 2 inches and all tank tops must have standard arm holes
    6. No bare midriffs (exposed stomachs)
    7. Underwear or any other undergarments or skin should not be visible thru clothing
    8. Excessively baggy pants must be worn at the waist and should not expose undergarments
    9. Excessively long shirts must not cover baggy clothes
    10. Gentlemen must wear a sleeved shirt or tank top with 2 inch straps and standard arm holes
    11. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be no higher than 2 inches above the knee. No short shorts with leggings will be allowed.  Leggings/tights can only be worn if the dresses, skirts and shorts meet the required length.
    12. No long key chains, chains on pants, and wallet chains of any length. Belts must be tucked all the way in pant loops.
    13. Do not wear any clothing affiliated to another high school. Only clothes from PHHS feeder pattern will be allowed.
    14. No pajamas unless on an approved School Spirit Day.
    15. All shoes must have a back strap. No house slippers, flip flops or athletic sandals.
    16. No distracting features: facial piercing with spikes, inappropriate tattoos, accessories.

    Anything deemed inappropriate by administration will also result in a violation of the dress code.

    ID Cards

    All students are  provided with a picture I.D. card and a lanyard at registration. Students must wear their I.D. on the lanyard at all times while at school and at any school functions. There is no charge for this initial card and lanyard. The card is property of Pebble Hills High School. There is a $5.00 replacement charge for any lost I.D. cards.

    Dress Code/ID’s

    After the student’s third dress code/ ID infraction in a  9-week period, AP clerks will write an office referral and administrators will administer discipline.

     

    2019-2020 Bell Schedule

    1st Lunch

    Bell Schedule

    2nd Lunch

    Bell Schedule

    3rd Lunch

    Bell Schedule

    7:45-8:30

    0 Period

    7:45-8:30

    0 Period

    7:45-8:30

    0 Period

    8:30

    First Bell

    8:30

    First Bell

    8:30

    First Bell

    8:40-9:30

    First Period to Include Annou

    8:40-9:30

    First Period to Include Annou

    8:40-9:30

    First Period to Include Annou

    9:34

    Warning Bell

    9:34

    Warning Bell

    9:34

    Warning Bell

    9:36-10:21

    2nd Period

    9:36-10:21

    2nd Period

    9:36-10:21

    2nd Period

    10:25

    Warning Bell

    10:25

    Warning Bell

    10:25

    Warning Bell

    10:27-11:12

    3rd Period

    10:27-11:12

    3rd Period

    10:27-11:12

    3rd Period

    11:12-11:47

    Lunch

    11:16

    Warning Bell

    11:16

    Warning Bell

    11:51

    Warning Bell

    11:18-12:03

    4th Period

    11:18-12:03

    4th Period

    11:53-12:38

    4th Period

    12:03-12:38

    Lunch

    12:07

    Warning Bell

    12:42

    Warning Bell

    12:42

    Warning Bell

    12:09-12:54

    5th Period

    12:44-1:29

    5th Period

    12:44-1:29

    5th Period

    12:54-1:29

    Lunch

    1:33

    Warning Bell

    1:33

    Warning Bell

    1:33

    Warning Bell

    1:35-2:20

    6th Period

    1:35-2:20

    6th Period

    1:35-2:20

    6th Period

    2:24

    Warning Bell

    2:24

    Warning Bell

    2:24

    Warning Bell

    2:26-3:11

    7TH Period

    2:26-3:11

    7TH Period

    2:26-3:11

    7TH Period

    3:15

    Warning

    3:15

    Warning

    3:15

    Warning

    3:17-4:02

    8th Period

    3:17-4:02

    8th Period

    3:17-4:02

    8th Period

    In addition to the items mentioned in the Student Code of Conduct, the following items are not permitted on campus:

    1. Illegal drugs of any kind
    2. Alcoholic beverages
    3. Fireworks
    4. Slingshots
    5. Knives, sharp objects or sticks, whistles, and noisemakers
    6. Firearms (guns)
    7. Spray paint, permanent markers, or other graffiti paraphernalia
    8. Rollerblades or skateboards must be checked into the front office at the beginning of the school day.
    9. Anything deemed inappropriate by the administration

    Possession of any of these items will be considered a serious violation of school rules. Pebble Hills High School is not responsible for the loss or theft of any personal property from classrooms or book bags.

    Cell phones and electronic devices such as laptops, iPods/iPads, tablets and mp3 players may be used in the appropriate instructional setting under teacher supervision. Improper use of cell phones and electronic devices will result in the confiscation of the device. Devices must be put away when not being used instructionally. Phones may be picked up only by parents daily after 4:00 pm daily.  Parents may also pick up phones before 8:30 the day after the phone has been confiscated. A $15 retrieval fee will be charged after a documented first warning.

    Health Services

    Our school nurse will handle all problems of health within the school. She is the only person who may excuse a student from school due to illness. In case of an accident, the student should not be moved until the nurse is contacted. In case the nurse is not on campus, you should notify an administrator. The nurse is on duty from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Cafeteria

    Students are required to have their I.D.s in order to eat lunch in the cafeteria. All food consumed at school or at school functions must comply with Texas Department of Agriculture Guidelines. Students are not allowed to sell food at any time during the day.  If students are caught selling food, administration will confiscate the items. Fast food deliveries will not be accepted from parents or delivery people and will be turned back at the front office.

    Honors Policy

    Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the rules and regulations of this institution, and is therefore, subject to administrative review. This shall include, but not be limited to cheating, plagiarism, or collusion.

    Cheating on a test shall include:

    1. Copying from another’s paper.
    2. Using test materials not authorized by the test administrator.
    3. Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during the test period without permission.
    4. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting, in part or in whole, the contents of an unadministered test.
    5. The unauthorized transporting or removal, in part or in whole, of the content of an unadministered test from a room, computer, website, or other secured area.
    6. Substituting for another student or permitting another student to take a test with a false identification.
    7. Compromising the integrity of the testing environment in any way in violation of the teacher’s specific instructions. This includes, but not limited to, talking, sharing materials, or failure to keep answers covered.

    Plagiarism shall be defined as the appropriating, copying, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means other than independent individual work, the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it as one’s own work. This shall include pieces available through computerized sources.

    Collusion shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

    If a student violates the Honors Policy teachers will:

    1. Call and conference with student’s parents.
    2. Give student a zero for the assignment or test. The student may be retested and the final grade will be the average of the zero and the second grade.
    3. A discipline referral will be given to the student if the incident involved violation of other rules in the Student Code of Conduct or Pebble Hills High School Student Handbook.

     

    Grading Policy

    In averaging nine weeks grades, the following weighting procedure will be used: 

    50% -    Daily Work

    30% -    Major Grades

    20% -    Nine Weeks Test

    Reteach/Retest Policy

    School personnel shall maintain effective communication with the parent or guardian. The District shall give written notice to parents or guardians of students’ grades in each subject or course at the end of each grade-reporting period as specified by the District calendar. The notice shall provide for the signature of the parent or guardian and shall be returned to the District. If the notice is not returned, the District shall mail notice to the parent or guardian.

    Progress reports shall be sent home to the parents or guardians at the end of the third and sixth week of each grading period. The notice shall include information concerning the availability of interventions relating to the subject area(s) in which the student is not meeting the grade level or subject area standards.

    Teachers shall provide a written copy of their grading procedures to students and parents to include opportunities to redo a failing assignment or test.

    It shall be the student’s responsibility to seek the opportunity to redo an assignment or test for which he or she received a failing grade within five school days of receiving notification of a failing grade.

    The grade earned when redoing an assignment or test shall be averaged with the grade earned on the first attempt, and the averaged grade shall replace the failing grade.

    Students shall be given a minimum of one opportunity to redo a failed assignment or test.

    Students will have two days for each day absent to make up work missed.

    Parents are to be informed by a student’s teacher as soon as evidence exists that a student is not making sufficient progress for promotion to the next grade (when the student’s grade falls below 70 at any time). Communication is to be by phone or through conference. Parents are to be given every opportunity to assist the school in a timely manner to ensure the student’s successful completion of the assigned grade.

    Excused and unexcused absences shall be recorded in the teacher’s gradebook.

    Student work shall be graded on a scale of 0-100 for all assignments. Numerical grades shall be used on the report card, as well as on the academic achievement record for all subjects and courses. Students must receive a grade of 70 or above to pass the course.

    Conduct grades shall be reported for each subject area using the following scale:

    S=Satisfactory

    N=Needs Improvement

    U=Unsatisfactory

    Attendance Policy

    The state law requires that students be in attendance 90% of the time the class is offered to receive credit. Students between the ages of 6 and 17 must attend school. In order for the absence to be excused, the parent or guardian must call the attendance office at 937- 9400 the day of the absence. For every day a student is absent, the parent must provide a note stating the reason for the absence. If a student is absent three consecutive days, a doctor's note from a U.S. licensed physician is required upon return to school. Any student who has been absent from school for five consecutive days without notifying the school may be automatically withdrawn. If the student returns following a withdrawal, the student must bring a parent or guardian. Students who do not comply with the 90% attendance law will have a Loss of Credit, but may be allowed to attend tutoring to regain credit. Credit must be granted by the attendance committee.

    Excused Absences

    An excused absence is one resulting from:

    1. Personal illness, doctor's appointment, death in the immediate family, weather which makes travel dangerous, or approved school-sponsored activities.
    2. Religious, holy days when a parent submits a written request in advance.
    3. Other excused absences must be approved by the principal in advance of the absence.

    Following an absence, the student must report with a note from his or her parent or guardian to the attendance office between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to get an absence slip.

    Unexcused Absences and Tardies

    Students whose parents do not provide an excuse to the attendance office within 3 days of the absence will receive an unexcused absence. Truancy is defined as student absence from school without the permission of the parent or guardian, or absence from classes without the permission of the administration. Each of the following is considered an unexcused absence in every instance and will be noted as such. Truancies will be considered a severe discipline offense.

    1. “Ditching” any class.
    2. Absences from school, even if ill, if the parent is not aware of the absence.
    3. Leaving campus during the day without a pass from the attendance office.
    4. Misuse of a pass from a teacher. Any student given a pass by a teacher who is found to be in noncompliance with the provisions of that pass will be considered truant.

    Tardies

     After the student’s third tardy in a 9-week period, teachers will write an office referral and administrators will administer discipline.

    Credit Averaging

    In accordance with SISD policy, students who fail a semester may be eligible to earn credit for the entire year. This can be accomplished by achieving a 70 average for the two semesters within the same course.

    Credit

    Unless credit is awarded by the Attendance Committee, a student shall not be given credit for a class if the student is not in attendance for 90% of the time.  On the 8th – 10th absence in a specified semester, the student will lose credit.  Once a student has exceeded the number of absences to comply with the 90% rule, he or she will meet with the Assistant Principal and the Attendance Committee. At that time, a decision will be made regarding tutoring to make up for class time.  Tutoring will be before school, after school, Saturdays, during intersessions, and during summer. The attendance committee requires the tutoring in the subject area in which the student is in danger of losing credit or an EOC-tested subject area.

    UIL Eligibility

    UIL dictates that all students must pass all classes with a 70 or above.  UIL participants who fail a Pre AP course can maintain eligibility if their grade does not go below a 65. Since Pre AP and Pre IB earn an extra 5 points due to the rigor, these students are still UIL eligible if their grade drops 5 points below passing = 65.

    Student Insurance

    The school does not carry insurance on students; however, parents may buy accident insurance for their children through the school. Information will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.

    Textbooks

    Textbooks are loaned to students each year by the school and those books are the responsibility of the student to whom they are checked out to. Students must pay if textbooks are destroyed, damaged, or lost.  Fines will be determined by the bookroom clerk. All textbooks must be covered at all times.

    Deliveries to Students

    Instruction is an essential part of a student's day and deliveries to the classroom disrupt this necessary instruction. Therefore, no deliveries will be accepted at the front office unless a parent is bringing money for a student to purchase lunch.

    Parking

    Students may park only in designated parking areas and must have a driver’s licenses, insurance and parking sticker.  Parking stickers can be purchased on campus for $10.00 each year.  Students who park in the designated areas, without a parking sticker, will result in the car being booted and a $40.00 removal fee. 

    Leaving Campus During the Day

    Pebble Hills High School is a closed campus.  Parents must check out students with the attendance office before leaving campus for any reason. Leaving school without proper permission is considered an unexcused absence or truancy.  Students who are ill must be sent home by the nurse.  Leaving campus without going to the nurse will be unexcused. The nurse will contact parents to pick up their child.

    Transportation

    Buses are available for all students who live two miles or more from school. A special ID will be used in order to use bus transportation.  An activity bus will also be available after school for those students involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, tutoring or LOC. Students are expected to wear their I.D. cards on his or her lanyard around their neck prior to entering the bus. Students must behave appropriately while on the bus. Discipline problems will be referred to the appropriate administrator.

    Education Code Section 4.34, Disruption of Transportation, states that any person who intentionally disrupts, prevents or interferes with the lawful transportation of children to and from school activities sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by a county or independent school district shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

    Picking up Electronic Devices

    Electronic devices may be picked up only by parents daily after 4:00 pm.  Parents may also pick up phones before 8:30 the day after the phone has been confiscated.  Student and parent must show I.D. to get the electronic devices back.  The parent must pay a campus fine of $15.00 on further offenses.  After the 3rd offense, a referral will be issued to the student for each offense.

    Silent Evacuation

    An administrator or school employee will go to their designated rooms and inform them to evacuate.  The process will continue until the building is evacuated.  Security will help with the orderly evacuation of the school.  In case of an evacuation, the campus will notify the Ed Center at 937-0000, the El Paso Police Department at 564-6900, and security at 937-4357 (HELP).

    Lockdown

    If the words “LOCK DOWN” are heard three times over the intercom, all teachers must lock their doors, move students away from the doors and windows turn off the lights, and sit the students on the floor.  Administrators will take their silent evacuation stations. Students must remain quiet and refrain from talking during a lockdown. Cell phones must remain off.

    Blackout

    In the event of a power outage, students will remain in the current room.  Teachers will not release students or issue hall passes until the problem is solved.

    Discipline Policies

    1. Follow directions given by teachers, substitutes, security, monitors, aides, and administration.
    2. Be in appropriate places at appropriate times.
    3. Keep our campus clean.
    4. Take appropriate care of all the facilities.
    5. Destruction of school property will not be tolerated (Severe Clause).
    6. Use only appropriate language and gestures and do not use profanity.
    7. Refrain from public displays of affection (PDA) – kissing and hugging.
    8. Have a pass to be in the hallways during class.
    9. Have your I.D. card on the lanyard around your neck at all times.
    10. Threats, taunting, gang signs, gang style writing, gang graffiti on person, belongings or school property will not be tolerated (Severe Clause).
    11. Gang activity is not permitted (Severe Clause).
    12. Fighting is not permitted (Severe Clause).
    13. Possession of prohibited items is not permitted (Severe Clause).
    14. Follow all rules regarding the Internet and Email policy (Severe Clause).

    Consequences

    1. Discipline referral warning on file.
    2. Discipline referral to assistant principal. Discipline Plan explained to the student. Parent will be notified and disciplinary action will be taken.
    3. Discipline referral and parent notified. Disciplinary action will be taken.

    Severe Clause

    Any severe behavior problems will result in a student-administrator-parent conference and removal pending satisfactory parent conference and may result in placement in the District Alternative Education Program (DAEP).

    Possible Discipline Consequences

    If a student breaks any rule in either the Student Code of Conduct or the Pebble Hills High School Student Handbook, he or she will face several possible consequences.  These consequences are designed to help correct the problem(s) that interfere with his or her progress in school.  These may include, but are not limited to: 

    1. Detention during lunch, after school, or on Saturday.
    2. Community Service: date, time, and place will be assigned.
    3. Special Assignment Class (SAC): a student may be assigned to the SAC program for repeated violations of school rules or for a major offense.
    4. Suspension: a student may be suspended from school 1-3 days.
    5. Expulsion: a student may be expelled from school; as a result, the student may be placed in the alternative school, KEYS Academy.
    6. KEYS Academy: KEYS Academy is a long-term alternative academic setting that allows a student to stay in school and continue school work while being closely supervised. Placement will depend on the offense, and the minimum stay will be 9 weeks. Parents must provide transportation for their child to KEYS.

    Fights

    Any student involved in a fight at Pebble Hills High School may be given a citation for assault, issued by the corresponding authorities. The student will also have to appear in court and the justice system will decide guilt or innocence and assess the fine.

    Tobacco Use

    All students are prohibited from possessing or using tobacco products including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, or chewing tobacco on school or within 1,000 feet of the premises.  A citation will be issued for this infraction.

    Technology

    All students must have a signed Socorro ISD Student Acceptable Use Policy document on file before using the school’s technology.  The use of technology (shall include, but not limited to, iPads, laptops, computer labs, etc.) is encouraged in the curriculum.  Students are responsible for treating the technology with respect and will be held responsible if the technology is damaged while in their possession.  Administration will determine if the technology was damaged intentionally or unintentionally and the proper disciplinary action will be taken and this will include having to pay for the damage.

    Laptops will be issued to all 9th-grade students after the $25 fee has been paid.  Laptops are the responsibility of the student to whom they are checked out through the library circulation system. Students must pay a yearly maintenance and usage fee of $25 cash for the use of the laptop. This $25 fee will help cover the cost of laptops that may become damaged while in the possession of the student.  If laptops are destroyed, damaged, or lost, the student/parent must immediately follow the appropriate procedures.

    Procedures for Lost/Stolen Laptops

    1. When any laptop is lost or stolen, the student must contact the police department to file a report.
    2. If the incident occurs on district property, the report must be filed with the SISD Police Department. All other incidents should be reported with the appropriate, local police department. Once the police report is provided to school administration, a fee of $100 will be required before another laptop is issued to the student.
    3. A discipline referral will be given to the student if the incident involved violation of other rules in the Student Code of Conduct or Pebble Hills High School Student Handbook.

    Procedures for Broken/Damaged Laptops

    1. Student must report the damage to the campus librarian.
    2. Campus librarian will file a technology work order to determine the severity of the damage.
    3. Once the damage has been assessed, the campus librarian will make arrangements to have the laptop repaired or replaced. 
    4. The student will receive a “loaner” laptop in the meantime to continue their schoolwork.
    5. A discipline referral will be given to the student if the incident involved violation of other rules in the Student Code of Conduct or Pebble Hills High School Student Handbook.