Student Handbook

This handbook contains current policies and procedures of St. Mark School. The school may change any of its policies and procedures and apply them as circumstances dictate. If you have a question about a particular policy or procedure, please contact the principal.

MISSION STATEMENT

St. Mark Catholic School forms Catholic students to be full and practicing members of the Church. St. Mark School is a center of evangelization that calls all to live fully the message of Jesus Christ. It is a center of academic excellence that rigorously prepares students to be life-long learners, and contributing members of the global community. Our mission is to work together with parents and guardians to reinforce positive values and provide a wholesome and pleasant environment.

DISCIPLINE CODE

The essence of Christian discipline is self-discipline.  The rules of the school aim to safeguard a student’s liberties rather than curb them.  The observance of rules ensures that each person’s freedom and rights are protected.

Correct training in discipline means that a student learns to accept rules and regulations presented by lawful authority.  Students are expected to exhibit demeanors, which reflect favorably on themselves and the school.  They are expected to show respect and consideration for one another and their teachers, thus creating a harmonious atmosphere within the school.  All students must recognize their responsibilities and obligations and discharge them in accordance with school regulations.  Students who fail to comply with school policies and regulations must accept the consequences.

The discipline code applies to students and to parents/guardians both in school and at school-sponsored events.  This also applies to the school/parish community and outside the school/parish community where behavior is contrary to Catholic teaching or could bring disrepute or embarrassment to the school.

SELF-DISCIPLINE

Self-Discipline Includes:

1.  Respect for and consideration of others.

2.  Obedience to and respect for school authority and school rules.
Students will:

  • Cooperate with proper participation in celebrations, prayer experiences, assemblies, etc.
  • Refrain from activities and speech contrary to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Not leave school property at any time without permission.
  • Remain in assigned areas at all times.
  • Respect school property and the property of others.

3.  Obedience to and respect for civil law.
Students will not:

  • Possess or use a weapon or potential weapon.
  • Engage in violence of any kind.
  • Engage in the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Threaten another’s safety or physical well-being.

Ordinarily, discipline problems are dealt with by the teacher and/or parents/guardians.  The principal is the final recourse in disciplinary situations and has the right to add or waive any disciplinary rule or consequence for just cause at his/her discretion.

DEMERITS

Demerit slips will be issued at a teacher’s/principal’s discretion for offenses that do not warrant suspension or the intervention of the administration.  The demerit slip will be sent home to the parent/guardian to sign.  The signature indicates that a parent/guardian has seen the demerit, not that he/she agrees with it, therefore, signing it is mandatory.

After the accumulation of 6 demerits, a meeting will be held with the student and teacher(s).  The teacher will help the student construct a plan for improvement of behavior.The accumulation of 9 demerits will warrant a meeting with the student, parents, and teacher(s); parental intervention to improve the student’s behavior is mandatory at this point.

If a student should accrue 12 demerits, the principal will meet with the student, parents and teacher(s) to determine the course of action to be taken based on the individual situation.

Any student who accumulates 15 demerits will receive an in-school suspension as the final course of action.

CONDUCT VIOLATIONS

The following, though not all-inclusive, is a list of conduct that violates the Discipline Code.  The following infractions may warrant at least one demerit.  The number of demerits may be adjusted accordingly by the teacher/principal.

Disrespect– any improper attitude displayed toward a teacher, staff member, volunteer parent, administrator or another student
5 demerits will automatically be issued for:

  • Disrespect to a faculty or staff member
  • Blatant defiance in word or action
  • Bullying– aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power
  • Cyber-bullying– bullying by e-mail, IM, or transmission on other electronic devices
  • Unprepared for class–   repeatedly not having the proper supplies or books for class after one warning
  • Improper behavior– disturbances in class, the lunchroom, yard, etc.; i.e. note passing, slamming books, unnecessary noises, any disruption deemed by the teacher to interrupt the educational process
  • Cheating– the taking or giving of schoolwork that is not one’s own or if the teacher has probable cause to suspect such an action
  • Abusive language–   any inappropriate language used on school premises
  • Forgery– handing in a paper signed or written by anyone other than a parent/guardian
  • Invading the privacy of another’s desk– teacher or student
  • Gum chewing/eating in class– gum is not permitted in school.  Snacks may only be eaten at the designated time
  • Dress Code Violation– any infraction of the dress code after one warning (see dress code below)
  • Damaging any school, church, or personal property
  • Failure to return a signed demerit slip– within two days
  • Failure to return signed test/marked papers– within one day
  • Out of Bounds– being in the wrong place at the wrong time
  • Other– any behavior that warrants attention not specified on the above list

DRESS CODE

Neatness and cleanliness in personal attire is expected.

  1. Summer Uniform (Boys and Girls)To be worn until September 30th (Optional in October/ Optional in April/Must be worn beginning May 1st through the end of the year)
    • Cuffed, khaki shorts (no cargo shorts)
    • Black or brown belt
    • Navy short-sleeved polo shirt, embroidered (must be tucked in)
    • Socks (white ankle socks)
    • Sneakers  (predominantly white, no colored laces)
    • No “hoodie” or non-regulation sweatshirt/sweater of any kind may be worn during class.
  2. Girls
    A. Hair Styles and Grooming

    • No outlandish haircuts are permitted
    • Nail polish or artificial nails are not permitted
    • No makeup is to be worn

    B. Jewelry

    • A necklace with a cross or religious medal
    • A watch
    • One pair of small post earrings or small hoops (no dangling or cartilage earrings)

    C. Winter Uniform
    Grades 1-5

    • “Black Watch Plaid” tunic with belt (Must be knee length)
    • long or short-sleeved white blouse, Peter Pan collar
    • V-neck or cardigan navy blue sweater, embroidered
    • Navy blue knee socks or navy blue tights
    • Dark blue, black, or brown shoes with a rubber sole (no colored laces)
    • No “hoodie” or non-regulation sweatshirt/sweater of any kind may be worn during class

    Grades 6-8

    • “Black Watch Plaid” kilt skirt (Must be knee length)
    • Long or short-sleeved white oxford blouse
    • V-neck or cardigan navy blue sweater, embroidered
    • Navy blue knee socks or navy blue tights
    • Dark blue, black, or brown shoes with a rubber sole (no colored laces)
    • No “hoodie” or non-regulation sweatshirt/sweater of any kind may be worn during class.
  3. Boys
    A. Hair Styles and Grooming

    • Hair must be neatly trimmed and cut above the shirt collar, ears and eyebrows
    • No outlandish styles, hair color or haircuts are permitted

    B. Jewelry

    • A necklace with a cross or religious medal
    • A watch
    • Boys may not wear earrings

    C. Winter Uniform

  4. Grades 1-5
    • Khaki slacks (no cargo pants)
    • Long or short-sleeved white embroidered polo shirt
    • Brown or black belt
    • V-neck or cardigan navy blue sweater, embroidered
    • Brown, white, or navy socks
    • Dark blue, black, or brown shoes with a rubber sole

    Grades 6-8

    • Khaki slacks (no cargo pants)
    • Long or short-sleeved white oxford button down shirt
    • Uniform tie
    • Brown or black belt
    • V-neck or cardigan navy blue sweater, embroidered
    • Brown, white, or navy socks
    • Dark blue, black, or brown shoes with a rubber sole (black sneakers are not allowed)
  5. Kindergarten Uniform
    Kindergarten students will wear the summer or winter gym uniform each day.
  6. Gym Uniform (Boys and Girls)
    A. Summer

    • Solid navy blue mesh shorts
    • Gray T-shirt with silk-screened logo
    • White socks
    • Predominantly white sneakers/no colored laces
    • No jewelry may be worn on gym day

    B. Winter

    • Dark blue sweatpants
    • Sweatshirt with silk-screened logo
    • Socks
    • Predominantly white sneakers only/no colored laces
    • No jewelry may be worn on gym day
  7. Dress Down Days
    • Appropriate clothing must be worn.  Inappropriately dressed students will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothing.  (Spaghetti strap tank tops, short shorts, see-through shirts, and backless shirts), are just a few examples.
    • No leggings or tights may be worn unless worn under a skirt or appropriately long shirt.
    • Sneakers or flats only, no flip-flops or slides may be worn.