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New York City Department of Education
“Learning Beyond the Classroom”
1619 Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10460
Susana Hernandez, Principal
Robert Drach, Assistant Principal
(718) 893-6439 Fax
The mission of Explorations Academy is to prepare all students to take on the challenging opportunities of college and career. Our students will grow to be reflective thinkers and gain the skills to become productive members of the society.
Applications for free or reduced price meals can be obtained from the Main office throughout the school year. Remember that it is very important that each student at Explorations Academy complete a School Lunch Form. You can find this form in the Main Office, Room 302. Each student is entitled to a lunch period – the time and location may differ. If you have questions about the lunch form, procedures or processes, please contact Kenia Rodriguez in the Main Office.
Applications for free or reduced price meals can be obtained from the Main office throughout the school year. Remember that it is very important that each student at Explorations Academy complete a School Lunch Form. You can find this form in the Main Office.
Improving attendance is one of Explorations Academy’s priority. To help us achieve our goal of above 90% attendance, please provide accurate address, home and work telephone numbers. Policies and procedures for attendance are as follows:
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ALL CLASSES DAILY.
Anticipated absences: Students should bring a note to the teachers or main office at least 24 hours prior to the absence.
Cutting Class: A student who is absent from any class without a legal excuse is considered to be cutting class. Cutting class will result in an unexcused absence and will result in parental contact and disciplinary action.
Excuse notes. Students may bring in an excuse note within 3 days of their absence.
- Illness of student
- Religious holidays, pre-approved
- Court summons (copy of summons required)
- Death in the immediate family (parent, sibling,
A physician’s note is required for any absence of five (5) or more days due to illness. Immediately inform the office if the student fails to present a doctor’s note.
Early Departure Procedures: Students will be excused for early departure only by presenting a note to the Attendance Office. No student will be excused without a note. Telephone calls requesting early departure will not be honored. Students will not be permitted to leave without confirmation of note. Students must be 17 and older to beto leave by themselves.
Late arrival: Students arriving late must sign in at the Attendance Office. A note from a parent/guardian or physician/dentist citing an excusable absence is required to excuse any tardy.
Make-up Work: Upon returning from an absence, students have three days to make-up work missed during the period of absence. Teachers are obligated to assist students in making up work when the absence is excused; however, they are not obligated to accept missed work when the absence is unexcused. It is the students’ responsibility to find out what work they missed and to make arrangements for completion within the three-day time period following their return to school. Teachers are not obligated to accept missed work when the absence is unexcused.
Students participating in interscholastic sports and co-curricular activities must be enrolled in and attending class in at least five subjects, one of which may be physical education. The Department of Education and the School Administration reserve the right to remove, suspend or restrict from participation in a co-curricular activity any student who does not act responsibly in compliance with school and societal standards. This in accord with the “Bill of Rights and Responsibilities of Students,” the student Code of Conduct, and other Department of Education policies and procedures.
The school recognizes the fact that extra-curricular activities are a vital part of a well balanced educational program. Only those extra-curricular activities that provide educational value will be offered. The extra-curricular program shall be reviewed periodically by the Principal with reports of recommendations.The extra-curricular activities should not cause interruptions of instructional time in the classroom. Therefore extra-curricular events, practices, and travel for such activities outside of the regular school day when possible. Some of the extra-curricular activities are:
The Step/Dance Team
Volleyball, Soccer and Softball Clubs
Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are a great way to meet other students with the same interests and learn something new about a subject/interest area that is an extension of a class or is not taught as a class.
Every student is assigned to a guidance counselor who will be available to conduct individual, group and family counseling. Guidance counselors are available to help students with personal, social, or educational issues and are responsible for advising students regarding course selection and scheduling for progress toward graduation.
Mr. Raul Garcia is the guidance counselor for our school. Students will need to make an appointment with their counselors by completing an appointment request form.
Mr. Garcia is also the Explorations Academy College Advisor. He will help students obtain information about colleges and careers and provide information about college testing programs and part-time summer employment. Mr. Garcia will also assists students with obtaining work permits.
Explorations Academy views the Dress/Uniform Code as an important aspect of our program. The nature of such a code is that it develops a sense of personal pride and responsibility. It reinforces the attitude that school is a serious place in which to work and learn. The dress/uniform code was also established to promote appropriate grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption to the educational process, learning environment, activity or performance and avoid safety hazards.
Dress Pants/Skirt: Either black or khaki worn at the waist with a belt. The following is unacceptable; all jeans, patch pockets (cargo pants), work pants, warm-up pants or extremely rumpled oversized, baggy pants, flagging belts, or visible boxer shorts.
Uniform Shirt: 9th & 10th grade burgundy or gray polo shirt worn with a black or khaki pair of pants or skirt. 11th & 12th grade black or navy blue polo shirt. The students will wear the uniform everyday.
Students are to be in dress/uniform code attire when they arrive at school and at dismissal.
Appropriate undergarments are to be worn but may NOT BE EXPOSED.
Clothing or items of clothing that are worn for the purpose of establishing and/or identifying gang membership is prohibited.
The New York City Department of Education provides breakfast and lunch which is served daily in the cafeteria. Each student is entitled to a lunch period – the time and location may differ. Lunch is a period of relaxation for all students. Students must always remember that they are in school and that all rules of courteous behavior must be observed. Teachers are present to ensure good order. All directions concerning behavior, seating, and maintaining cleanliness are to be followed. A lunch application must be on file, each year, for every student.
Applications for free or reduced price meals can be obtained from the Main Office throughout the school year. Remember that it is very important that each student at Explorations Academy complete a School Lunch Form. If you have questions about the lunch form, procedures or processes, please contact Mrs. Kenia Rodriguez in the Main Office.
If you are interested in learning about the kinds of meals that are served at our school, you can visit the Office of School Food website for lunch menus at
www.opt-osfns.org/osfns/. You can also find the menus in the cafeteria.
WHO’S WHO ?
All students in high school are required to meet the New York State graduation requirements – which include earning 44 credits of required courses and passing State tests known as Regents Examinations. You should consult your child’s guidance counselor to discuss your child’s ongoing credit accumulation and his/her diploma path.
The law states that the majority of students who receive special education services should be prepared to earn regular high school diplomas. An IEP diploma option is also available to some students. An IEP diploma certifies that a student attended school and completed IEP goals. You should consult your child’s guidance counselor to discuss your child’s diploma path with regard to his/her special education needs.
Students need to pass 5 Regents Examinations with a score of 65 and above to graduate with a Regents Diploma. The Regents Examinations are:
U.S. History & Government
*Students who obtained a 75% or better in the Math or English Regents will be able to register for college classes at Lehman College through the “College Now Program.” Students will be able to register for up to sixteen “free” college credits that can be used for college or High School credits.
Students interested in receiving an Advanced Regents Diploma need to pass with a minimum score of 65 and an additional:
Foreign Language Regents
The average of two marking periods will be included in the final grade. For all IEP students, progress toward meeting annual goals should be included in the their final grades
Each marking period will be a standalone grade. The final grade is an average of two marking periods
All failing students will meet with the teacher and Guidance Counselor one week prior to the end of the marking period to make up the work for that marking period that will help them pass the class
Special Education students can do the makeup work during SETTS with the Special Ed Teacher
Students can do the make-up work during tutoring after school or Saturday
In CTT classes, the grades for IEP students must be determined in collaboration with the Special Education teacher
Three major assessments per trimester
IEP and ELL students will be provided with all testing accommodations as per State regulations
If the class terminates in a Regents, all assessments must monitor students’ progress towards proficiency of CCLS State Standards as measured by Regents and other standards-based assessments
Mock Regents must be given for all courses that terminate in a Regents. Questions related to topics not covered should be for diagnostic purposes only
All exams will follow standardized Regents format for the course given
General Education students who score 55 or higher in the mock Regents, and IEP students with 45 or higher, will be recommend for the Regents
Students who do meet the requirements to take a Regents will be recommended to attend summer school or additional Regents prep
All students that have taken a course sequence that terminates in a Regents must sit for the exam
All assessments, projects and classwork for student with disabilities will be modified by the Special Education teachers, in collaboration with the content teacher according to the student’s IEP goals
IEP students classified as Alternate Assessment, will be assessed by New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) guidelines
All assessments must reflect the standards, curriculum, content and instructional styles used in the class
Checkpoints to inform parents and students of progress
Progress reports will be shared with parents mid-way through each marking period
A mandatory conference with the parents and students that are failing after the second progress report should be conducted
A plan of action will be developed to help parents and students understand the work they need to complete to pass the class. The plan should be signed by both the student and parent.
Report cards are distributed to each student and sent home each marking period and/or Term. There are 2 marking periods in each term.
The report card provides information on the student’s ongoing progress in his/her classes, shows the student’s grades for each of the marking periods in a semester, notes any final examinations and Regents examinations that are completed and may include comments from the teachers.
Parents should note that in the physical sciences (Living Environment, Earth Science and Chemistry), the report card will show the grade for both laboratory and class work. Students must pass the laboratory class in order to take the Regents examination in the subject.
The report card also shows how many times a student is absent or late during each marking period, as well as the number of times a student is absent for a particular class. It is important that parents/guardians note any attendance habits that your child may demonstrate with regard to a particular class.
Parents should consult with their child’s guidance counselor or parent coordinator regarding the particular Report Card policy and procedures for Explorations Academy.
Reports cards can be translated into 8 languages. Contact your Parent Coordinator to make this request.
We have three terms, Fall Term (September—November) and Winter Term (December—Mid-March) and Spring Term (Mid-March-June) Each term students have the opportunity to accumulate up to 7 credits.
A transcript will list every final grade, the number of credits earned as a result of satisfactorily completing a course and the cumulative number of credits within a subject earned over an academy year. Every course is identified and the grade for that course is recorded. In addition, the course designation is listed – which indicates whether it is honors, advanced placement, etc.
Note that Physical Education (Gym) courses typically list 0.60 as their credit value, standard courses generally list a credit value of 1.00 and courses that meet more than one period in a day may have a credit value greater than 1.00.
Parents should save every report card to cross-check with the grades on the transcript. Parents should also save report cards to cross-check them at the end of the year.
Parents and students should take the opportunity to review the transcript with the student’s guidance counselor at least once a year.
clarification or parent coordinator to schedule an appointment to meet with the guidance counselor.
Student Progress Reports will be mailed home. Teachers will send Deficiency Reports to all parents whose child is experiencing academic difficulty or are in danger of failing the marking period.
OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
On the first day of school, September 7, 2017 your child will be given a class schedule. Students attending Explorations Academy will follow different time schedules for a variety of reasons. Your child is part of an educational campus which has several small schools. Each school will have its own starting time.
One thing that remains consistent from school to school is the necessity that your child arrive on time each morning. Punctuality develops good habits. When your child is on time every day, he/she will not miss any work in his/her classes. Remember that when your child misses class, it could impact his/her grade.
Period Begins Ends
1 8:00 8:58
2 8:59 9:57
3 9:58 10:56
4 10:56 11:53
5 11:54 12:52
6 12:53 1:51
7 1:52 2:50
8 2:51 3:50
You should expect your child to be given homework, classroom assignments and special projects on a regular basis. Even though your child is in high school, you need to be clear about what your expectations are for homework and studying. The following should help you help your child:
Assist your child with establishing a routine
Ask your child about his/her homework assignments on a daily basis.
Remind your child to bring home the necessary books and materials so that homework assignments can be completed.
Emphasize that your child should ask questions if something is unclear to him/her regarding the homework assignment.
Differentiate between daily homework assignments and long term projects or papers.
For long term projects or papers, discuss the timeline with your child – when the project is due and what has to be completed. Don’t let it slip – ask periodically about the progress.
Emphasize the idea for your child that by completing
all assigned tasks such as homework assignments, book reports and science projects by the designated date, he/she demonstrates commitment and a high level of responsibility.
Determine if your child is having trouble with
his/her class work and/or homework.
If you feel that your child might be having trouble with class work and/or homework, it is important to encourage him/her to reach out to the teacher for help or to his/her guidance counselor regarding any tutorial opportunities available in the school.
Parents need to learn about the school-based opportunities available at Explorations Academy for tutorial or extra support. Explorations Academy has a variety of opportunities for tutoring which may be conducted by teachers or by peers, after-school or before-school tutoring sessions or sessions during the school day.
COURSE OF STUDY
Academic Honors are awarded each semester to students who achieve:
90% & Above
80% to 89%
75% to 79%
School trips, regardless of length or distance, are extensions of the school day. Any disciplinary infractions will be handled according to the school regulations given in this handbook upon the return to school. Major infractions will result in a student leaving the trip immediately. Participation in any school trip is a privilege, not a right and is subject to the approval of the school administration. Any decision made by the administration to not allow any student to go on a school trip will be final. The school dress code is in effect during field trips. Exceptions to this are made only with administrative approval. Any student who is going on a field trip must have a permission slip for that trip signed by a parent and/or guardian submitted to his teacher before the trip.
GUIDELINES FOR FIELD TRIPS
Explorations Academy provides students and faculty with access to the Internet. The Internet is a rich resource of information and is fundamental to the preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources. Students will be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suited to the curriculum and the learning objectives. Students will conduct their Internet work in a supervised environment in their classes and the school library. Access to the Internet has the potential to be abused and become inappropriate for a learning community. Just as students are responsible for their behavior away from a computer, they are responsible for their behavior while working with one.
Violations may result in school suspension or revocation of network access and privileges. All students must have on file in the main office a signed Acceptable Use of the Computer/Internet Contract before they may use any school computers. The school has an Internet Acceptable Use Policy which each student, along with a parent or guardian, must sign before a student can access the Internet at school. The Internet Acceptable Use Policy governs the conduct and responsibilities of each student while they are at school and/or utilizing school computer facilities, codes or sites. It is the expectation of this school, however, that student behavior when using
the Internet will be exemplary both on and off school grounds. An Explorations Academy student always represents his school and the school community. Accordingly, students will be subject to disciplinary action by the school for acts such as, but not limited to, harassment or any other type of threatening, sexual or otherwise inappropriate communication that is conveyed via the Internet or other technological medium or device regardless of the time of day or the student’s location. Such misconduct could result in any number of punishments including the possibility of suspension or expulsion. Additionally, any student who is found to have authored or contributed to a website or blog that is of a nature which is threatening, profane, obscene, sexual, illegal or contrary to Exploration Academy’s mission of the school, will be subject to the disciplinary action by the school.
LOST & FOUND
Any “found” articles should be brought to the Main’s office room 302 . Students who have lost an item should go to room 302 to claim lost items. Any unclaimed goods will be held for no longer that one month before they are donated to charity.
Prompt and regular attendance is expected of all students unless there is an important and legitimate reason to be absent. Explorations Academy is a NYC Department of Education school and follows the calendar governing public schools in NYC. Parents and students are advised to refer to the DOE calendar provided to determine school holidays and early dismissals.
Attendance is important to academic development and successful completion of required classes. Excessive or unexcused absences from school and specific classes can be detrimental to the students’ academic success.The school will develop a plan of action when a student has five (5) unexcused absences for which the parent has provided no documentation.Absent or tardy students must present a written excuse from a parent/guardian to the school stating the reason for excessive absences. The school will notify the parents/guardians of the need to develop a corrective action plan for attendance.
The following procedures must ALWAYS be followed:
On the day of absence, a PARENT/GUARDIAN must report the absence and the reason for the absence to the school’s Main Office by 8:00 AM. The school phone number is (718) 893-6173. This call can be made the night before or at any time during the morning by 8:00 AM. Calls from the student or his brother or sister are NOT acceptable.
On returning to school, the student must bring a note written and signed by a parent or guardian stating the reason for his absence and the dates of the absence. The student must present this note to the Pupil Accounting Secretary, Mrs. K. Rodriguez before school begins. The student may not enter any class without a pass from Mrs. Rodriguez.
If a student is absent and the school does not receive a phone call, an attempt will be made to contact his parents at home. If there is no answer, the student can be considered truant for the day. In order for the student to be considered legitimately absent, a parent must call the school with an explanation and must send a note on the student’s return.
Finding out about missed assignments due to an absence is a student responsibility. School policy does not require teachers to permit students to make up exams. Teachers will inform students at the beginning of the year of their policy regarding make-up exams.
If a student is absent five (5) times in a semester, a warning letter will be sent to his parent/guardian.
If a student is absent ten (10) times in a semester, a letter will be sent informing the parent/guardian that an appointment must be made with the appropriate Guidance for a conference.
Credit is awarded in New York State for the number of hours a student has spent in a classroom. Explorations Academy reserves the right to award credit only to those students who have completed the time requirement. Excessive absences could result in a student not receiving credit for a course. This would also apply for a student who is absent from his first period class due to chronic lateness.
The administration and staff of Explorations Academy believe that punctuality is one of the cornerstones of successful people. We also believe that if a student is not in school/class on time, the continuity of the learning process is interrupted. A student arriving late to school/class interrupts a teacher from teaching as well as the learning process for the rest of his classmates.
All students are required to be on time for all classes during the day. A student who is late for class will suffer academically. If a student has a reason for his lateness to class, he should have it in writing from the teacher or staff member with whom he was detained. A pattern of lateness to class may result in a disciplinary action and a call home. Lateness may lead to failing a class due to lack of class participation.
LATENESS TO CLASS
Students are not permitted to leave the school building until his program is completed for the school day. If a student is sick, or has forgotten to bring their lunch from home, or has some other problem, they should come to the Main Office for help. No student may leave the school without checking out at the Main Office and obtaining administrative and parental/guardian approval.
LEAVING THE SCHOOL
Each student must carry his I.D. card with him at all times while in school. It must be presented to any teacher or staff member upon request. If an I.D. card is taken by any teacher during the school day, it must be claimed at dismissal that same day from the Dean of Students.
9th Grade House
English 1, 2 & 3
Global Studies 1, 2 & 3
Common Core Algebra
Beginning Spanish 1 & 2
11th Grade House
Chemistry or AP Environmental
English 7 & 8
English AP Language
American History 1 & 2
AP US History
Classes @ Lehman College
Spanish Literature 5 & 6
10th Grade House
Earth Science or Chemistry
English 3, 4 & 5
Global Studies 4 & World History
Advance Spanish 3 & 4
French 1 & 2
12th Grade House
AP Biology or AP Psychology
Government & Economics
Classes @ Lehman College
1.In High School, we have three terms, Fall Term (September—November) and Winter Term (December—Mid-March) and Spring Term (Mid-March-June) Each term students have the opportunity to accumulate up to 7 credits.
2.Students receive six report cards a year; two for each term. The minimum passing grade is 65%. There is a parent and teachers conference following the first report card each term.
3.Eligible Students take NYS Regents examinations at the end of each course that culminates in a Regents Exam. This may be in January or June. Another opportunity to take Regents Exams is also provided in August. Scheduled students will receive individual Regents invitations.
4.Students must come to school prepared every day. Students wear their uniform and bring their program card, ID card, MetroCard, book bag, notebook, pen, and pencil to school every day.
5.Students must come to school every day and remain in the building until the end of their programmed day. All absences will appear on your report card, as well as your permanent record. Please remember, official attendance is taken during your 3rd period subject class. Attendance is also taken in each subject class to record cutting.
6.Your parents will be contacted each time you are absent, late and/or cutting.
7.If you get sick during school, we will call your parent and ask that they come to school and pick you up. In extreme emergencies, you will be taken to the hospital, accompanied by a Staff Member. Under no circumstances are students to leave the building on their own before the end of their school day.
8.There are many teams and clubs for all students [students in good standing are eligible to participate in all PSAL sports offered at Adlai E. Stevenson High School]. Participation can help make your High School experience more meaningful.
9.Students should memorize their OSIS number (nine digit NYC student ID number) for morning sign-in, program changes, exam registration, etc.
Welcome Letter 3
Mission Statement 7
Who’s Who at Explorations Academy 8
Course of Study 9
Graduation Requirements 11
Regents Examinations 12
Academic Honors 13
Academic Dishonesty (Cheating) 14
Examination & Grading Policy 15
Report Cards 16
Progress Report 18
Daily Schedule 19
Breakfast/Lunch Program 20
Guidelines for Field Trips 21
Lost & Found 24
Guidance Services 25
Attendance Policy 26
Absence Procedures 27
Excessive Absences 28
Lateness Policy 29
Leaving the School 30
Discipline Guidelines 31
Electronic Devices 34
Identification Cards & Uniform Code 35
Extra-Curricular Activities 37
Letter from our Parent Coordinator 40
Parental Involvement 41
Parent Coordinator Responsibilities 42
Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) & School Leadership Team (SLT) 43
Office of Family Engagement & Advocacy (OFEA) 44
Clinical Staffing & Emergency Contacts 45
Access of Student Records & Fire/Emergency Drills 46
Explorations Academy DOE Calendar 47
Table of Contents
Welcome Letter from Our Principal
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
We are pleased to provide you with this copy of Explorations Academy’s Student & Parent Handbook. This informative handbook contains information about the school’s mission and regulations that your child and you will need for academic success. Our goal is to foster a safe and respectful environment and provide our students the best opportunity for academic success.
I encourage you to spend time reading this handbook with your child. Please discuss the importance of understanding and following the school rules and regulations. If you have any questions about the handbook please contact our parent coordinator Ms. Erica Martinez at (718) 893-6173.
Parents are our partners and with your support we can help our students achieve academic success. We thank you for your participation and hope you find this school year to be productive and exciting for your family. Remember “Parental Involvement + Teacher Dedication = Student Success”
New York City Department of Education
EXPLORATIONS ACADEMY GRADING POLICY
Susana Hernandez, Principal
Marta Colon, Principal
Robert Drach, Assistant Principal
Jake Hobson, Assistant Principal
Dolmo-Bruno, Mirza – Social Worker
Migdalia Gonzalez, Parent Coordinator
Robert Burton, Algebra
Abdoulay Ba, Algebra
David Weiss, Geometry/Algebra 2
Jennine Brown, Geometry
Bret Bisgrove, 12th Grade-
Kristen Wynn, 9th Grade
Laura Payano-Ortiz – 11th Grade
Social Studies Department
Marina Jimenez, Global History
Kerry Eck, Global History
Dr. Charles Edwards, US History
Cesar Barreto, –303–Ext. 3030
Stephanie Simmons, Chemistry – 325- Ext. 3250
Keva Adams, Living Env. -307- Ext. 3070
Lisa Smith, Earth Science 313- 3130
Quanesha Anderson, ICT