IMPORTANT: Updates to the handbook are always available here on the TCS website. Changes are made regularly and the web version is the only official version. All students are held responsible for knowing and abiding by the regulations in the Student Handbook.
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Temple Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Application for Admission – Submit the online application. Please read the handbook completely.
Testing Fees and Records – The testing fee and registration fee are paid online. Your child's immunization record, a copy of a state issued Birth Certificate and a copy of your child's last school report card or transcript to the administration office. Students will not be permitted to attend classes until file is complete.
Entrance Testing – All enrolling students must be tested. You will be contacted to schedule a date for your child to take the entrance test. Student interviews are given the same day as the entrance exam for 6-12 grade students. A parent and the student would attend this interview.
Teacher Recommendation from Former School – All transfer students must submit a recommendation completed by a former teacher or a letter to the school board explaining why this cannot be done.
Letter of Recommendation – All students (grades 6-12) are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor or church official. Parents and students (grades 6-12) must sign the Temple Christian School Standard of Student Conduct and the "Eagle Honor Code".
Probation – All new students are admitted for a nine-week probationary period.
Student Agreement to Attend – Temple Christian does not admit nor retain teen-age students who do not want to attend this school.
Financial Contract – All families have a contract with the TCS indicating the amount and due date of tuition. According to contract, neither report cards nor transcripts will be issued to families whose accounts are in arrears. This includes accessing grade via Renweb. Accounts of seniors must be paid in full prior to release of transcripts and diplomas.
Re-enrollment – Each student at TCS is evaluated for behavior and academic compatibility after each semester. If the administration determines the student is lacking in either of these areas, he or she will not be allowed to re-enroll. Continued enrollment at TCS is contingent upon a student demonstrating a commitment to the mission, values, and principles of Temple Christian Schools. Re-enrollment is not necessarily guaranteed to any student who simply completes an academic year or to students who register early. If a student is not permitted to re-enroll, any early registration fees paid will be refunded.
Any student cheating in any form will receive a "0" for the assignment and disciplinary penalty. The second offense of cheating may result in disciplinary action.
(Dismissal times may be staggered to facilitate traffic flow. Please follow published schedules.)
Note: Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:30 a.m. except for zero hour classes. All students must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. unless they are involved in an after-school activity or in Homework Remediation. Students picked up after 4:00 who are not participating in co-curricular activities or in Homework Remediation will incur additional charges.
- Grade 6 (must have completed fifth grade)
- Grade 7 (must have completed sixth grade)
- Grade 8 (must have completed seventh grade)
- Grade 9 (must have completed eighth grade)
- Grade 10 (must have completed 8 units of 30 necessary for graduation)
- Grade 11 (must have...15 of 30...)
- Grade 12 (must have...22 of 30...)
DROPPING OR ADDING SUBJECTS
Schedule Changes –Students may not drop, discontinue or add subjects without the permission of the guidance counselor. They are subject to the following conditions:
- Schedule changes at mid-semester will be made only with written permission from the parents, teachers involved, and the guidance office.
- Students will be allowed to arrange for an approved change of schedule during the first week of each semester.
- Students must have approval of parents.
- Classes cannot be added after the second week of a semester.
- A schedule change will not be permitted if it means undue disturbance of the class size balance between sections that are in place at that time.
- All class changes must be made through the counseling office.
Any high school student who fails any class with a final semester average below 70 will be considered deficient in that subject. Such failure may result in a student being placed on "Academic Probation". Academic probation is designed to give the student encountering such academic difficulties the opportunity to correct any problems that may exist. By complying with the conditions of their particular probation, the student may restore his/her status as a student in good standing at Temple Christian School.
- Must not receive any failing grades on the next nine week grade report.
- Must complete and turn in on time all work required in his/her courses.
- Must schedule a conference with an administrator after every 9 week grading period.
- Must adhere to any additional provisions tailored to the individual student's situation.
Should a student on Level 1 Academic Probation fail to adhere to the requirements listed above they may be placed on Level 2 Academic Probation. Students on Level 2 Probation have the possibility of repeating a grade, required remediation work during the summer or not being eligible for re-admission to TCS.
For students on either level of Academic Probation, repeating the failed semester before the start of the next academic year will be required. A high school deficiency must be repeated through a recognized institution whose transcripts are accepted by TCS. Each high school semester is treated as a separate unit. In summer school Temple Christian offers many subjects for those students who desire to complete their deficiencies on campus. Failure to complete a deficiency may result in a repeat of a grade level or denial of readmission to Temple Christian School for the next academic school year. A senior must have all deficiencies completed before going on the senior trip or graduating from Temple Christian School. (In middle school similar evaluations are made with the exception that they are based on full year’s grades.)
Grading of students is a complex and very individual process. The grading philosophy at TCS is that students are graded upon individual achievement asmeasured by their performance against an established norm, not in direct comparison with peers.
The administration reserves the right to require any student to repeat a course if mastery of the material is not demonstrated (even if the student has a passing grade) and that course in a prerequisite for a future course.
Grade Reports are available on Renweb at the end of each 9-week grading period.
Student Grades are available on Ren Web.
Unsatisfactory Progress Notices may be sent on major tests.
Temple Christian School requires 30 credits for graduation. (Includes 4 credits in Bible. Students enrolling after their 9th grade year will not be required to make up missed Bible credits). Seniors must have satisfied the requirement for 80 hours of community service during their 4 high school years at Temple and meet all graduation requirements to participate in graduation ceremonies. (Transfer students are required to complete 20 hours of community service for each year they are enrolled at Temple.)
Every student enrolled in Temple Christian Schools is expected to complete community service hours every year in attendance. For elementary, these hours will be coordinated and directed by each individual teacher. For Middle school, drives will be organized and the students will participate by bringing selected items for donations. For high school, these hours will be organized by the Community Service Coordinator. These hours will be completed by performing services on and off campus. Community service hours will be recorded by the secondary office.
Realizing that service to our community is vital, Temple encourages students to participate on their own and with the school to serve others as Christ served others: unconditionally.
Temple Christian School Diploma Choices
Temple Christian School offers four levels of diplomas: the Distinguished with Honors Diploma, the Distinguished Diploma, the Recommended with Honors Diploma, and the Recommended Diploma. The type of diploma earned by students will be indicated on their TCS transcript upon graduation.
Temple Christian School Honor Graduates
To graduate with honors at the completion of high school, TCS students must have minimally met the following stipulations:
- Student must meet the requirements of the Selected Distinguished Diploma Plan in addition to Bible every year while in attendance at TCS (30 credits) and:earned at least 10 credits with Honor's Status including: Bible 11, Bible 12, and Spanish III with honors designations
- maintained an overall 3.5 average in all classes throughout their high school career demonstrated consistent adherence to the TCS Code of Conduct.
TCS Honors Designation for the Recommended Diploma
- earned at least 6 credits with Honor's Status.
- maintained an overall 3.5 average in all classes throughout their high school career demonstrated consistent adherence to the TCS Code of Conduct.
The TCS Distinguished Diploma Plan:
- Bible – 4 credits (1 credit per year of attendance for students entering after 9th grade)
- Math – 4 credits (including Algebra 1, Algebra II, and Geometry)
- History – 3 credits (Geography, World History, and American History)
- English – 4 credits (English 9, 10, 11 and 12)
- Government/Economics – 1 credit
- Science – 4 credits (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- Foreign Language – 3 credits (same language)
- Fine Arts – 1 credit
- Physical Education – 1 credit
- Health – ½ credit
- Speech – ½ credit
- Electives – 3½ - 5 credits
The TCS Recommended Diploma Plan:
The same as the Distinguished Plan except only two credits of the same foreign language are required.
To qualify for valedictorian and/or salutatorian the student must have been enrolled for their entire junior and senior year at TCS. The senior class valedictorian and salutatorian will be selected from those students who successfully meet requirements for graduating with distinguished honors with the highest and second highest numeric averages. Additionally, potential valedictorian or salutatorian candidates must have consistently adhered to the TCS conduct expectations during their tenure at Temple Christian School (refer to the Student Handbook for more information).
Valedictorian and Salutatorian must provide, to the headmaster, a copy of their graduation speeches four days prior to Graduation Day.
Temple Christian Secondary Schools believe that homework is an integral part of the secondary school experience. The teacher is at liberty to give homework to aid the students in advancing their studies. Each student is required to complete his homework assignments on time.
Failure to hand in assignments the day due will result in 6th- 8th grade students being required to attend “Homework Remediation” from 3:10 until the missing homework is completed. Students will be allowed to notify parents of the required late stay as soon as an incomplete assignment is noted. If the assignment is not completed by 5:00, the student will be required to submit it upon arrival at school the following morning or be placed in “In School Suspension” until it is completed. The student will receive 80% credit for the assignment if it is turned in the next day and 60% credit if it turned in two days late.
Students may be placed on Academic Probation if homework problems persist. Students scheduled for “Homework Remediation” period who do not report as required may receive detention, suspension or expulsion. Students will be excused from required Homework Remediation only in the case of extreme emergencies and only with prior approval of the Principal. Homework Remediation is intended for incomplete homework only. It is NOT intended for projects, long term papers, etc. Incomplete is defined as having enough work not finished which would cause a failing grade.
High school students will be sent to Homework Remediation but will receive 50% credit instead of 80%. Any work later than one day for high school students will not be given credit but will still be required to finish. Freshmen will follow junior high Homework Remediation procedures the first semester of the year, but will then fall under high school rules the second semester.
- Reinforcement – most students require review to master material essential to their educations progress.
- Practice- Following instruction, homework may be given so the material will be mastered.
- Remediation-As weak areas in a student’s grasp of material become evident, homework may be assigned to overcome such difficulties.
- Special Projects – book reports, compositions, research assignments, etc. are given as homework.
Homework for secondary students should average no more than 20 minutes per subject each night for the average student. Special projects may occasionally require additional time. There will be no Wednesday night homework and no tests scheduled on Thursday so students are not tempted to stay home from church. Exception to this may be during 9-week and semester testing periods when Thursday testing may be necessary. Dual Credit students do not fall under the above homework or testing policies. Instructors will inform these students of specific requirements.
Students may qualify for selected honors classes. Space is limited and access to these classes is not guaranteed. Seven points will be added to The numeric average of students taking these classes. GPA in these classes is calculated on 5.0 scale.
To be admitted to an Honors Class, a student must have earned at least a 90 year average in the subject the prior year. To continue in honors courses, students must maintain a minimum of an 85 average.
FAILED REGULAR TEST POLICY
Secondary students who fail a regular test (3 or 6 week tests) may be given the opportunity to raise the failing grade to no higher than an "70" by doing a re-test or project which shows mastery. Test corrections or tutoring will not be allowed to raise a test grade. Retests will be graded as all regular tests - deducting points beginning at 100 - but no grade higher than a "70" will be recorded for a retest on the student's record. Grades may be raised by retesting, once during a quarter. Should a student fail a retest, the higher of the two failing grades will be recorded. Students are not required to avail themselves of the opportunity to raise their grades through this means.
- The student is allowed one (1) day to make up work from a one day excused absence. If a test had been previously assigned on the day of absence, the student must be prepared to take the test on his/her return to school. Time allowed for make-up work for multiple absences will be determined on the basis of need.
- A student who is absent from school for any reason other than those listed under "Excused Absence" may not be able to make up work and may receive "0's" for classes missed. Exceptions can only be granted by the Academic Committee.
- Students should go to their teacher and ask for make-up work as soon as they return from an illness. In case of an extended illness, the parent may view the assignment on TCS’s Renweb internet site. Parents without internet access may call the office to request make-up work for a student before 10:30 a.m. Assignments may then be picked up in the office after 3:00 p.m.
- Exception to above policies: Major research projects, papers, assignments assigned at least 3 weeks ahead of due date shall have the following deductions if handed in late:
1 day late – credit for 80% of regular grade
2 days late – credit for 60% of regular grade
3 days late – credit for 50% of regular grade
4 or more days late – projects will receive a "0"
Report cards will be emailed at the end of each nine weeks period. Students entering school after the school year has started must be in school at least 4½ weeks prior to the date report cards are issued to be entitled to receive a report card.
At the end of the fourth quarter parents may pick up hard copy report cards in the school office after final statements are paid. Final records, includes diplomas, will be available for pick up after June 1.
SEMESTER TEST EXEMPTION POLICY
Exemption from semester testing is a privilege, not a right. math, English, science and Bible are core courses at TCS and students are not allowed to be exempt in these classes. Students may be exempt only from semester tests, not from mid-term (9 week tests.) Students in grades 6-12 will be exempt from any or all non-core subjects semester finals if they meet the following requirements:
To be considered for semester test exemption all of the following criteria must be met:
- A minimum of 85 average semester grade (average of 1st and 2nd 9 week grades) in all non-honors classes. A minimum of 90 average in all classes labeled as "Honors" and receiving the extra Honors grade points (+7).
- May not have received more than 5 "Homework Remediation" assignments considering all classes together during the semester.
- May not have received more than 5 assigned fines during the semester.
- May not have received more than 5 unexcused tardies to any one class during the semester. (More than 5 to any one class disqualify a student from exemptions for all classes.)
- May not have more than 5 absences per class during the semester or the test for that class must be taken.
- May not have received ISS or OSS during the semester.
Semester tests will be given over three days as scheduled by the administration. Testing periods will be 60 minutes in length.
Students exempt from any test are not required to attend school during that subject’s testing period.
If it is deemed necessary, the administration may exclude any student from test exemption due to disciplinary action.
STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS
Honor Rolls – Students who make an "A" grade in every subject will be listed on the "A" Honor Roll. Students with all "A" or "B" grades will be listed on the "B" Honor Roll. Because of the scheduling of award recognition ceremonies before school the final day of school, last quarter grades will be evaluated, and included in determination for this recognition, before the end of the 4th quarter. Conduct grades will not be considered in determining honor roll students.
Perfect Attendance – Any student who is in attendance each school day and is tardy no more than two times will receive a certificate of perfect attendance. Family days do count against a student's perfect attendance record.
Citizenship Awards – These are presented to students in grades 6-12 who display outstanding citizenship throughout the year. Students will be selected by the faculty and administration. Students must attend all year to be eligible for these awards.
Academic Awards – Awards are presented in the different academic areas to the students who excel in those areas. Students must have attended Temple Christian School for the entire year to be eligible for major awards.
Honorary Awards – These awards are the most coveted awards to be received by students at Temple Christian School. Outstanding boy and girl students are chosen secondary class. In addition, the staff chooses the School Award winners-the top boy and top girl at TCS. These awards are given to the upper grade boy and girl who most accurately picture the ideal Temple Christian School student. Such things as academics, athletic participation, school support, extracurricular activities, and spiritual interest will be considered in the selection of the winner.
Athletic Awards – Participation certificates are awarded for students in each sport. Special awards are given by the coaches to students who excel in a particular sport. The Eagle Awards are given on the varsity level to one boy and one girl who best exemplify a Christian athlete.
Secondary students (6th -12th grades) are required to purchase their own textbooks. Books may be purchased through any vendor you choose. MBS Direct is a vendor that the school works with directly. A link to their online store is available on the TCS website under Academics. All students are required to have their books on the first day of classes. E-Books are allowed unless noted on the Curriculum List. If you have questions about this list, please contact Mr. Miller at email@example.com.
Please be sure to read the Calculator Information, this information pertains to all Math classes. Please remember that all secondary students must purchase their own textbooks.
All Temple Christian School secondary students must submit any written assignment of 3 pages or more to “Turnitin”. (www.turnitin.com) Turnitin is leading academic plagiarism checker technology used by teachers and students. This service provides online plagiarism detection, and grammar check. In an era where pirating or theft of another’s work is quite common, Temple Christian School wishes to stress the importance of original work and academic integrity.
A student may only submit work through this plagiarism checker service one time within a 24 hr. period. It is wise for students to complete assignment with time to submit the assignment twice: submitting once to check their work to make corrections and the second time for submission of the assignment to the classroom teacher.
Plagiarism Percentages permitted:
8%: 11th - 12th grade “Honors” courses
10%: 11th -12th grade regular courses
12%: 9th -10th grade “Honors” courses
15%: 9th-10th grade regular courses
20%: 6-8th grade course
- Courses will be included in the GPA and course credit shown on the transcripts that are taken at a community college for dual-credit.
- Courses will receive honors credit, including all transferred AP credits (if credits are identified as AP on the transferring transcript).
- Honors classes receive an additional point on GPA value and 7 points on numeric value.
- Incoming transcripts with a non-compatible credit system may limit TCS’s ability to consider all value or provide adequate class rank or may not be put on the TCS transcript.
- Honor math students must take at least four years of high school math.
- TCS students may not take exterior courses to advance beyond their grade level. The only exception to this rule is that the student who is not in the honors math class may, upon the approval of the administration, take classes that will allow him/her to enter honors math.
- TCS does not rank students. The top 5 graduates are identified.
Transfer credit is given only for completed work. Transfer students who maintain an overall "C" average or better during their first semester at TCS will be able to transfer all grades at full value. However, if an overall "C" average or better is not maintained, a "D" will not be transferred.
At TCS we use technology as a tool to better equip students academically, however our classes will always be teacher driven. Temple utilizes a “Bring Your Own Device” program for secondary students in which High School students are encouraged to bring a laptop/tablet to use in the classroom. In our Middle School we leave the decision to bring a laptop/tablet up to the parent’s discretion. All electronic device usage at TCS is at the discretion of the teacher.
GENERAL ATTENDANCE POLICIES
1. Regular school attendance is a vital part of a student's academic success. Students must be in attendance for at least 90% of the days school is in session during a semester in order to receive credit for a class.
- Personal illness
- Sickness or death in the family
- Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
- Days of suspension
- Medical or dental appointments
- Any other unusual cause acceptable to the appropriate school committee.
3. The deadline for making such an appeal is the last day of the semester in question. Alternate ways, such as make up days during the TCS Summer School, may be made available to students who need to make up work or regain time lost because of excessive absences.
When a student is absent from school due to illness, the parent or guardian is requested to telephone or email the appropriate school attendance office on the day of the absence between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. The call/email does not constitute an excused absence.
The parent or guardian must send a note or an email on the morning of the student's return in order for the student to be considered for an excused absence. However, any absences not cleared with written verification three (3) days after a student returns will become unexcused.
Students will be excused for illness, a death in the family, and doctor or dental appointments.
Unexcused absences may result in academic penalty.
- Identify the need for release from school.
- Designate the pick up area for the student to meet the parent.
- Specify the exact time for early dismissal.
- Unanticipated emergencies are dealt with on an individual basis.
Students are considered truant when they are absent from school or any of their classes without following the attendance guidelines. Students without passes who are out of class a portion or all of the period are considered truant. Truancy constitutes an unexcused absence. Disciplinary action will be taken.
- All signing in or out must be acknowledged by the attendance clerk. Students signing in must receive a pass to be admitted to class.
- When signing in after a doctor's appointment, a student is required to bring a note from the physician or parent.
Students are not to leave the school property during the school day, except in cases of early dismissal or after proper procedures are followed for checking out of school. A student who does not sign in or out, or does so without approval of the attendance clerk, will be considered truant from school and will receive an unexcused absence for each class missed. Exceptions to this are seniors and juniors who may periodically be granted off campus lunch privileges.
Family days must be pre-approved by the student's principal. Please email the request. Days may not be used during major testing periods, i.e. 9 weeks tests, semester tests, or finals. BMA must be said before a family day may be taken. These days are counted as excused absences and do disqualify a student from perfect attendance awards.
Seniors are permitted 5 College Days per year. Juniors are permitted 2 college Days in the Spring Semester only. College Days should be pre-approved by the guidance counselor two weeks before scheduled day. Students must bring a note on university letterhead saying they visited that campus on that particular day. College Days may not be taken during 9-week testing or semester examinations.
- The student has written approval from the principal and parents. The necessary form is in the guidance office.
- The guidance counselor has ascertained that the student will have necessary courses and credits for graduation upon successful completion of enrolled courses.
- When a student leaves, he/she cannot return to school that day except for a required, school-related activity or to provide transportation for a sibling.
- Dress requirements must be maintained when leaving campus.
- A student who does not maintain the acceptable academic requirements will be placed on a three-week probation. At the end of the three weeks, his/her progress will be re-evaluated and the early release privilege may possibly be denied.
- When a secondary student is tardy (unexcused) for the third time to the same class during a nine week grading period, a 30 minute detention will be assigned. On the 4th tardy during any 9 week quarter, a 45 minute detention will be assigned. On the 5th tardy, a 1 hour detention will be assigned. The 6th tardy to the same class will result in ISS for 1 day. (Semester test exemption will be lost at this time.) Additional tardies will necessitate a parent conference to determine the student's future status at Temple Christian. This section (a) applies to 2nd–8th period only.
- Five (5) unexcused tardies to first period within a 9-week period will count as one (1) unexcused absence for class missed. Any student tardy to 1st period will also be fined $5.00 for every 5 tardies received in a 9-week period. Any student that receives more than 5 unexcused tardies to any one class during the semester will be disqualified from semester test exemption.
- Students are allowed 3 excused traffic tardies per semester.
- Students tardy to school must report to the attendance clerk to obtain permission to enter class.
Note: According to school policy, five (5) unexcused tardiness or five (5) unexcused early dismissals count as one (1) unexcused absence for the class(es) missed.
Students that have excessive absences may not be able to attend field trips and or community service trips. This will be decided by administration.
WITHDRAWALS AND DISMISSALS
Withdrawals – Withdrawals from school must be made through the administration office. Any account left open will incur additional tuition and fees until a withdrawal is signed in the office. School records will not be released until all financial accounts are paid.
Dismissals-Students will be held out of class if the family fails to keep their financial agreement with the school. A student may be dismissed from school or un-enrolled at any time he/she is found out of harmony with the rules and policies of the school.
IDENTIFICATION BADGE POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students on the campus of Temple Christian School.
EVERY person on the Temple Christian School campus MUST wear a lanyard and ID badge issued by Temple Christian School Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:15 PM (staff must wear them until 4:00). Colored lanyards and ID badges will be utilized to quickly identify the purpose of each person on the campus as follows:
In addition to identification, secondary students’ ID badges will provide access to selected security doors on campus during school hours (e.g. gym, cafeteria). These doors will automatically unlock during passing periods, but will be locked during normal class time. ID badges will be turned into the school at the end of the year.
- The ID Badge must be worn on a school issued lanyard hanging from their neck.
- If a student is wearing a jacket or other outerwear, the lanyard must be on the outside of the jacket or other outerwear and be visible.
- Students who forget their ID badge will be issued a temporary ID from the Secondary Office and may be charged a dress code fine. Students must return the temporary ID to the Secondary Office before 4 pm. Temporary ID’s and lanyards not returned to the Secondary Office may be charged replacement cost. (see below)
- Students are excused from wearing ID’s during classes where they present a hazard to student safety, i.e. during Science labs, SST, or PE classes. They should be properly secured during this time. This should always have principal approval.
- Only school ID badges may be attached to the lanyard – no keys or other ID badges are allowed.
- Lanyards issued may not be exchanged for lanyards of personal preference
- The front and back of the ID Card and lanyard must remain plain and free of pens, stickers, markings, other photos, or other objects.
- The ID Badge must be presented to any Temple Christian School staff member or person of authority with Temple Ministries when seeking student identification.
- If a student checks out a temporary badge for 3 consecutive days they will be required to purchase a new badge.
- If a student fails to return a temporary badge for 3 consecutive days they will be required to purchase a new badge.
Lost, Stolen, Altered, Damaged, and Defaced ID Cards
- Lost, stolen, altered, damaged, and defaced ID Cards must be replaced IMMEDIATELY.
- Replacement cost for the ID Badge is $10.00.
- Replacement cost for the lanyard is $10.00.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
It is the firm belief of Temple Christian School that spiritual growth cannot occur without serving others. This service is modeled from administration down to our youngest classes, and is an integral part of our academic model. High school students must accumulate at least eighty hours of community service hours to graduate and are given multiple opportunities throughout the school year as well as being expected to take initiative on their own. Students may begin accumulating hours the summer after their 8th grade school year. A year is defined as the last day of one school year to the last day of the following school year. (For example, 5/19/2017-5/25/2018)
- Except for Cook Children’s, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, Mission Arlington and Springdale Elementary all other community service hours will be completed outside of school hours.
- Projects will be approved for work through a non-profit community organization. Hours worked for Candy Stripers or working convalescent hospitals may be allowed but must be preapproved.
- A total of 5 hours per year will be accepted for ministering in your church (playing in the band, helping in a Sunday school class etc.) and /or for Temple Christian School if no compensation is given. (Items listed in # 1 are counted separately).
- A total of 5 hours may be earned for each mission trip in which a student participates.
- Community Service hours will not be given for service performed for a parent or relative.
- Hours earned for after school or weekend training or planning sessions may count towards community service when the training results in actual volunteer service towards the community.
- Paid work will not be considered for community service hours.
- Hours worked for an organization that receives compensation will not count as community service.
- Students must have letter head stationery from the non-profit organization and the signed Temple Community service sheet for hours to be applied.
- The agency has the option of not signing the time sheet if the student’s job performance is not satisfactory.
- Students entering Temple may have their community service hours prorated depending on the grade level in which they enrolled. Hours are prorated at 10 hours per year.
- The Secondary Administrative Assistant /Mrs. Hall will document and record service hours.
- Any hours outside of these guidelines must be approved by the academic committee.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVIES POLICIES
Students not in school by 9:00 a.m. on the day of a scheduled co-curricular activity will be restricted from participation in that activity. Exceptions to this policy must have approval from the principal and AD.
Temple Christian School has established an outstanding record in athletic and co-curricular competition throughout its years of existence. Many league, district, state and national championships in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track; softball, cheerleading, academics, computer, music and other activities are part of the TCS heritage. In the past, TCS volleyball won a National Championship, and Fighting Eagles varsity cheerleaders have won national titles. The activities Temple Christian School sponsors are: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, journalism, vocal music, concert band, fine arts, photography, musical drama, academics, and others as demand indicates. The Fighting Eagles compete in TAPPS and various other organizations.
Sports – Athletic teams are available to students in grades 6 through 12. Boys' teams compete against other schools in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball. Girls' teams compete in volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball.
Cheerleading – Cheerleading squads are chosen for junior high school and senior high school each spring. They represent Temple Christian School at athletic events and in cheerleading competition.
Clubs and Organizations – Students are selected for membership in the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and community service. High School students may apply to be a member of the Christian Leadership Club. The members are chosen on the basis of leadership, Christian character, and Christian service.
Youth in Government – High school students may participate in youth and government sponsored by the YMCA. TCS students have received numerous local and state awards in this endeavor.
Class Officers, Honor Society Officers – Secondary classes elect class officers each year.
Christian Leadership Club – The TCS CLC consists of specially selected secondary students who wish to be leaders in the truest sense. The CLC serves the school and students in numerous ways, assuming responsibility for the day to day atmosphere of the school. Members must be willing to aggressively and openly stand for what is right in every situation. The CLC is involved in helping staff in the planning, staging and supervision of school activities for all grades; providing leadership for TCS. Special conditions and agreements are required for CLC members and their parents.
Transportation to and from Activities – Students participating in athletics or other activities are expected to ride the vehicles provided by the school. Drivers are licensed to operate these vehicles. After an activity or game is completed, students may leave to go home with their parents only. Athletic schedules are available at www.tcseagles.org.
Every activity has a two-week grace period before deciding to drop that activity. If a student drops an activity after the two week grace period, the following actions will be enforced: (a) Junior high may not participate in the next activity until the dropped activity has finished. (b) High school may not participate in another activity for a full calendar year from the time they dropped the activity.
Students must show proper respect for the authority set over them (Officials, coaches, directors, etc.). If a student’s attitude becomes unacceptable, his/her participation may be reviewed by committee.
All students must obey parking/driving rules at home or away. Students are never allowed to drive their vehicles down to the playing fields. They must park in the student parking lot.
Any student that is dismissed from or quits an activity forfeits his/her eligibility to receive an award.
All students must maintain a good academic standing in order to participate in an activity. A student with a failing grade for any 9-week period will be restricted from any contest, concert, game, etc. .The exception will be graded activities that have prior approval from the eligibility committee.
A student is considered to be ineligible on the day his/her nine week report or report card is issued with a failing grade on it. A student with failing grades may not participate until three calendar weeks have passed, and the grade has been brought up to passing. (See eligibility requirements.)
If a high school student is participating in the TCS sports program he/she must participate in an off-season class.
Choir and band rehearsals for the TCS Christmas and spring concerts and spring musical dress rehearsal will be on the school calendar. All other concerts and competitions will need to rehearse during scheduled class time or after school, coordinated through the eligibility committee.
All practices for sports and activities must be limited to scheduled rehearsal/practice time. Any variation from this schedule must be pre-approved by the eligibility committee.
The following is a priority ladder in case of conflicts within the school calendar:
Priority #1 — TAPPS
Priority #2 — ACSI
Priority #3 — TPSMEA
Priority #4 — Youth & Government
Priority #5 — All other activity or organizations outside of TCS
Any state or regional level activity takes priority over non-state events. It is the responsibility of TCS to avoid conflicts with sports and other TCS hosted events.
Any conflicts within the TAPPS scheduled events that compete with another TAPPS event must be reviewed by the eligibility committee.
Students that receive more than 3 hours of detention in a 9-week period will be suspended from all activities that occur during the next three calendar weeks.
All students must read the TCS Athletic Handbook and/or TCS Fine Arts Handbook found on the school website, www.tcseagles.org.
CONDUCT AT TCS SPORTING EVENTS
It is important to realize most of us have grown up in an atmosphere of athletic competition different from that in Christian schools such as TCS. As such, it is sometimes difficult to acclimate ourselves to the "strange" atmosphere of Christian athletics. One of our first jobs with new athletes at TCS is to "educate out" some of the attitudes and philosophy instilled in them by professional and other sports. We coach our young people to win and be winners, but, more importantly, to be Christians at all times.
Part of our philosophy of Christian athletics is that no opposing team is an "enemy" to be downgraded or harassed. We also teach that no official is ever doing anything but his best and, as one in authority, deserves our respect and obedience. Our young people must be taught that those in authority are to be respected at all times, not just when we agree with them.
For this reason that we at TCS require, among other things:
No downgrading or yelling at or against the opposing team. Yell for ours but never against the opponent. Players are prohibited from "trash talk" to opponents.
No display of disagreement, at any time, for any reason, with official's decisions and no criticism of officials verbally, physically by expression, or in any way, for any reason, at any time, by any one.
Penalties for players violating these tenets include suspension or removal from the team. Our goal is for TCS teams and fans to be recognized as having the very best Christian sportsmanship. This is the highest tribute possible for the Christian character of our youngsters and the success of our program. It is far more important for the character development of our athletes than whether we win or lose. No athletic event ever played is worth risking a person's Christian testimony. We request from all our many loyal and invaluable supporters that you assume individual responsibility to adhere to the same guidelines as our students do. We request this both because it is the right thing to do; because it sets the right example for our youth; and because the leagues and Christian circles in which we play expect it of our fans and players if we are to continue to participate
FAILURE POLICY/CO-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
One of the primary goals of TCS is to assure all students are progressing academically at a pace which would ensure their graduation with a comprehensive Christian education. Should a student fall behind in school work, the school feels the student’s full attention should be directed to bringing their studies up to satisfactory levels. Because of this the school enforces academic eligibility requirements for participation in all extracurricular activities.
A student must maintain academic eligibility to participate in any competitive athletics at any level; cheerleading; choir competitions or off-campus performances; band competition or performances which are off campus or are conducted in connection with any competitive event (i.e. performing at football games); Spring musicals; Youth in Government or similar competition; and competition or off campus performances or activities by any other extracurricular club, organization or activity (including such groups as NHS, NJHS, CLC, etc.). Eligibility requirements are not enforced on students leading or participating in chapel or worship services conducted on campus or on students attending field trips during the school day. (Managers or helpers in any area must also maintain eligibility).
The grading periods are the first nine weeks, first semester, and third nine weeks. Progress reports do not impact eligibility.
Suspension will begin on the day report cards are issued.
Grades are evaluated by the principal and/or athletic director three weeks after report cards are issued. If the student is no longer failing the class, eligibility is restored.
If, after the three week ineligibility period, the individual is still failing that class, he or she will be ineligible for one additional week. Eligibility will be restored if the student is no longer failing the class. In the event that the student is still failing the class, grades will then be checked at one-week intervals until the student is passing.
Any student who is ineligible due to grades or detentions cannot miss any classes or school days to attend a co-curricular event.
Secondary students attend chapel each Wednesday. All students are to bring Bibles to chapel. Students are to sit in their assigned sections. Students should take care of all restroom and personal needs before coming to chapel.
DRESS CODE/UNIFORMS POLICIES
TCS has contracted with Lone Star Team Gear, 2223 W. Park Row, Arlington, TX 76013, to provide TCS uniforms. (Parker Uniforms may be worn for two more years).
The general rule to follow is that all students are to dress modestly and in a manner appropriate to the academic day. Students are not to wear clothing that promotes rock music, drugs, alcohol, immoral behavior, questionable movies, gangs, or anything using profanity. We appreciate your cooperation and support in these matters. Students or parents visiting during school hours should abide by the general spirit of these guidelines. Realizing no rules can cover all styles, the school reserves the right to evaluate any attire worn by a student. Students coming to school out of uniform may be issued uniform items from the school store or required to return home to change. The items will be billed on the next monthly statement. Parents should send a note if emergency circumstances cause the problem.
Lone Star Team Gear provides the only acceptable slacks and shorts for boys and girls and the only acceptable skirts and skorts for girls. Khaki, black and plaid are available in most garments. TCS long and short sleeve polos, sweatshirts, cardigans, required spandex and required jackets are sold through the school uniform store located in the administration building. Secondary girls must wear TCS spandex underneath all PE shorts and uniform skirts. Spandex must be purchased through the school uniform store.
Parents and students should understand that students arriving on campus out of harmony with the TCS dress and appearance guidelines may be subjected to the following actions: warning, issuance and billing of proper uniform item, detention, requirement to correct the problem while on campus, requirement to return home to change, confiscation of non-approved item, or a fine.
Boys and Girls - All secondary students must wear modest fitting slacks and shorts in khaki or black, purchased from Lone Star Team Gear. Several different styles of slacks are available for girls. (Grabbing the slack material at the hip line, at least 1" of material should be able to be easily pinched away from the body). All shorts and skorts must come within 3” of the knee. All slacks and shorts should be worn at the waist with a solid color black or brown belt, if the garment has belt loops. (No spikes on belt) Students may wear leggings that come below the calf in solid colors which include dark green, black, white, tan or gray.
Girls - Girls may also wear skirts, skorts, shorts, or slacks purchased from Lone Star Team Gear. Skirts must come to the top of the knee. Short and Skorts must come within 3” of the knee. Girls may not wear warm-ups under skirts. Girls may wear tights with feet in solid colors which include dark green, black, white, tan or gray. Skirts must have TCS-purchased spandex shorts worn underneath at all times unless tights or leggings are worn.
Boys and Girls - TCS polo shirts, long or short sleeve, may be purchased from the school uniform store in green, grey or white. All tops, with the exception of the untucked option, must be tucked in. (a $5.00 fine may be issued to secondary students if their shirt tail is not tucked in during the shool day.)
TCS now offers an “untucked” option for secondary students. This shirt may remain untucked throughout the school day. Dark green, black, white, tan or gray undershirts may be worn underneath it, but the undershirt cannot be longer than the uniform shirt.
TCS sweatshirts, cardigans, PE jackets and PE pullovers must have a TCS polo underneath.
During the last week before Christmas break only, sweatshirts or shirts other than TCS may be worn if they are clearly decorated for the Christmas season.
Current TCS Friday Shirts are acceptable for wear any Friday of the school year. Current Friday Hoodies may be worn any day of the week. These shirts feature the school's theme for the current year. Long sleeve shirts may be worn under these Friday shirts but must be solid color dark green, black, white, tan or gray.
Spirit Day - The first Monday of every month, students are allowed to wear any TCS tee shirt which was purchased through the school (ie. band, PE, SST, sports team, etc.).
Jackets and Sweaters - TCS uniform jackets, PE jackets, and PE pullovers purchased from the School Store are the only approved jackets and are to be worn over regular school attire. No sweaters, coats or jackets of any other type may be worn while on campus from 8:10 am-3:20 pm. Other coats and sweaters may be worn to and from school but not during the school day.
Secondary PE Attire - For students in grades six through twelve, the only acceptable PE attire is TCS PE shorts, shirts, sweatpants, jackets and pullovers. These are purchased through the school uniform store. All girls must have the TCS spandex underneath PE shorts at all times.
Girls - All garments should be hemmed and not frayed at the bottoms. No hats of any type, bandannas, etc. are to be worn during the school day (exception is during athletic practice or games when school issued hats may be worn). No visible tattoos. No "designer" contacts which change the eyes to other than a natural color. No pierced jewelry should be worn–except girls may wear pierced earrings. No non-natural or fad hair colors or styles. Shorts and skirts should not be "rolled" atthe waist. No visible tattoos.
Students attending TCS athletic or other school sponsored events are encouraged to abide by general school modesty and decorum standards. Girls should avoid bare midriff attire or excessively short shorts. Students out of harmony with TCS standards at such events will be counseled by an administrator.
Boys - Hair should be cut above the ears and eyebrows and off the collar. Fad hairstyles or unusual colors are not permitted. All boys are to be clean shaven, with the exception of 12th grade boys, who may wear small, neatly trimmed goatees. The following items are not permitted: no sideburns below the ear; sideburns should be neatly trimmed; no pierced jewelry should be worn; no hats of any type, bandanas, headbands, etc.; no visible tattoos; no "designer" contacts which change the eyes to other than a natural color. TCS issued hats are permitted during athletic practice or games when given permission by the coach or supervisor.
Boys and Girls - Shoes and laces should be appropriate for daily wear and not designed to draw undue attention to the wearer. Dress style, athletic or loafer styles with enclosed toe and heel are acceptable. Boots may be worn with the school uniform. For safety reasons – because of stairs and loose surfaces – Flip-flops, house shoes, sandals or shoes with heels over 2" are not acceptable. (Since administrator's judgment determines the appropriateness of any style; if in doubt, it is recommended an administrator be consulted.)
Formal and Semi-formal Dress Guidelines (for school sponsored events)
Before major events, a copy of these guidelines will be sent home. A dress "viewing" by female staff may be scheduled before an event. Students not within guidelines may not be allowed to attend event.
Slits in dresses should not extend above the knee.
The bottom of the dress should come to the knee.
Neckline & bodice should not be revealing or low cut. Halter or “v” cut necklines should be modest and no midriff should be showing. Sheer fabric should not be used to cover areas for modesty.
The back should come to the bottom of the shoulder blades or higher. Sheer fabric should not come below the shoulder blades.
Strapless dresses are acceptable if they comply with all guidelines.
No tennis shoes should be worn. (The only exception is TCS prom where Converse style shoes may be worn.)
- Dress slacks should be worn with a sport coat or suit coat.
- Shirts should have a full button front. Ties are required for formal and are optional for semi-formal, but preferred.
- No tennis shoes, street shoes, or sandals should be worn. (The only exception is TCS prom where Converse style shoes may be worn.)
- Must be clean shaven.
Dress guidelines for Extra-Curricular, Field Trips, Class Trips, Athletic Events, Etc.
Boys or Girls may either wear nice jeans, casual slacks or Lone Star Team Gear uniform shorts. Pants must not have holes, stains, or frayed edges. No baggy pants or shorts.
Boys may wear button-up shirts, collared pullovers, or sweaters. Hats may be worn when outside, but not in buildings. Nice tee shirts or sweat shirts are appropriate.
Girls may wear casual skirts or dresses that come to the top of the knee, nice jeans, or casual slacks. Girls’ tops may be button-up, pullovers, or sweaters. Nice tee shirts or sweat shirts are appropriate. Tops must cover midriff at all times. No low cut tops. Leggings may only be worn under knee length skirts or dresses. Leggings may not be worn as pants.
Free Time in the Hotel - Boys & Girls may wear jeans, jogging pants, sweat pants,tee shirts, sweat shirts and knee length shorts. Leggings may not be worn as pants. Hats are permitted.
Boys or Girls may wear TCS issued sweatpants, PE sweatpants, PE shorts (girls must have TCS spandex shorts underneath PE shorts)
Boys or Girls may wear TCS issued tee shirts, TCS issued uniform tops, or TCS jersey.
Tops must cover midriff at all times. No low cut tops. Leggings may not be worn as pants.
HEALTH ROOM POLICIES
Illnesses: If a student becomes too ill to remain in class, school personnel will reach you by phone and recommend that you come to school and pick up your child. It is very important that the school office have an updated, working phone number on the emergency contact card to reach you. We have some temporary facilities to help comfort the sick child while he/she is waiting. However, transportation cannot be provided for sick children. If your child is ill, please do not send him/her to school. If a Student contacts their parent or guardian directly, concerning an illness or injury, without going through the health room, the student may receive an unexcused absence.
Return to school following an illness: Please follow the following standards regarding students returning to school after a health-related absence. These standards are in accordance with guidelines issued by the State of Texas and may be reported to the Tarrant County Health Department. Please note that these are minimal standards and certain children with certain illnesses may require a longer period of recuperation than what is listed below. Illnesses not on this list will require a doctor’s note before the student is readmitted.
Excused from activities: In order for students to be excused from activities, students must have a signed note from a parent. A doctor’s note is required for more than three days. Parents of students injured or ill to the degree he/she must see a doctor must submit written permission before the student can participate in athletics.
Medicine: TCS health services staff is First Aid and CPR trained. Students are not to have any medication in their possession at school. All medicines are to be turned in to the health room in the morning with instructions as to the proper time and dosage. In accordance with the state laws, a signed doctor's or parent's form is necessary for our school nurse to administer any medication. (This includes any prescription or over-the-counter medication). All medicine, including prescriptions, must be in the original container. Students who become ill at school will be sent home if the nurse deems it necessary or if they have a temperature of or exceeding 100 degrees. Students having head lice will be sent home. They may return to school when the nurse has conducted a satisfactory head check or the problem has been properly treated according to Health Department guidelines.
Student Accident or Illness: Any student seriously injured at school will be taken to an emergency center, or a similar facility, unless the parent advises otherwise. Parents will be called to meet the school official at the center or a similar facility, so that proper permission forms may be executed. Minor injuries will be treated at school by the Health Room personnel. Parents will be called if a student is too ill to remain at school. Students with a temperature of more than 100 degrees will not be permitted to remain at school.
Drills for fire, tornado, and unexpected situations requiring a lock down will be practiced periodically during the school year. Please talk to your children about the reasons for these drills so they will not be anxious when they occur.
Field Trips – Classes at Temple Christian School enjoy the educational advantage of learning away from the school campus. Students enjoy field trips which enlarge their understanding of some phase of their class work. Field trips are designed to be educational, as well as recreational in nature. All students are expected to attend. However, students may be retained at school for disciplinary reasons. It is up to the discretion of the teacher/sponsor whether students will be permitted to take phones or other electronic devices on field trips. Students are responsible for keeping up with their personal devices. The teacher and or the school will not be held liable for lost, stolen or broken electronic devices.
Students that have excessive absences may not be allowed to attend field trips, this will be decided by administration.
Financial Information- Financial information, including tuition refund policies, is explained on a separate form which may be obtained through the office or at www.tcseagles.org.
All accounts must be current for records or report cards to be released or for students to go on major school trips (Senior Trip, etc.), or participate in tryouts for the next school term and to participate in graduation ceremonies.
Insurance-A small accident insurance policy is carried on each student at no additional cost. This is a co-insurance that covers only charges not covered by other private insurance. All areas of school activities are covered by this policy except tackle football.
Money turned in- When sending money to the school office; please place it in an envelope showing the student's name, amount, and reason for payment.
Party invitations-Birthday or party invitations cannot be passed out at school unless they include all the girls or all the boys in the class.
Parties – Parties for grades 6 through 12 will be planned by the students through their class organizations.
Hot lunches, drinks, snacks, and ice cream are available daily, with the exception of Thursday, at an additional cost. Hot lunch may be purchased on a daily basis by students either with cash or an account set up through our commercial lunch provider.
3H Caterer Services
Thursday is pizza day - Students may purchase pizza during their homeroom class. This is a fund raiser for our senior class and is not in conjunction with our commercial lunch provider. Students may purchase pizza with cash or check.
Students may bring lunch from home any day of the week. Note: students do not have access to microwaves or refrigerators.
Communication between the parents and school is of utmost importance. School calendars are posted online. Communication may also be included in special meetings, notices sent home, or emails. The school website is a primary means of communication.
TCS operates a 24-hour online parent information. (www.renweb.com) Parents may access grades, lesson plans, assignments, attendance, discipline, financial information, etc.
Parent-teacher communications may be in the form of written notes, phone calls, or emails. Parents may call the teacher’s voice-mail to set up a conference with the teacher, or may send a note requesting a call, or may email the instructor. All staff has individual email addresses for parents wishing to use this method. Click here for the staff directory.
Parents will receive an email when their child receives a failing or incomplete grade.
Phone Calls – Please feel free to call or email the office at any time. To contact a teacher, please call the office and leave your number on his/her voice mail or email them directly. The teacher will return your call. All TCS staff also have email addresses for ease of contact should a parent desire to use that means. To contact your son/daughter, call the office and the secretary will give the student a message or call for the student to come to the phone. Only parents may contact their son/daughter during the school day. Students are not permitted to use the office phone except in emergencies or to notify parents that they must stay after school for homework remediation.
As in any endeavor, problems may arise. Temple Christian School follows the Matthew 18 and 1 Corinthians 6 principals in regard to problem resolution. Parents should understand and agree that resolution must follow these steps:
Pray about the situation and determine if it seems serious enough to pursue.
Contact the teacher or other individual directly involved for a personal conference.
If unresolved, schedule an appointment with the principal over your child’s grade level.
If necessary, contact the superintendent for a conference. (If the principal or superintendent deems advisable, matters pertaining to student discipline or admissions may be referred to the Admissions or Disciplinary Committees at any stage during the above process. The decisions of these committees are final and binding.)
If a dispute arises out of or relates to any of the services being provided by Temple Christian School or any of its faculty or staff members and if the dispute cannot be settled through direct discussions with teachers and administration, then the parties agree to endeavor first to settle the dispute in an amicable manner by submitting the dispute to one or more individuals who will attempt to resolve the dispute through Christian conciliation. If Christian conciliation is unsuccessful, the parties agree to submit any unresolved controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the services being provided by Temple Christian School or any of its faculty or staff members to mediation under the Commercial Mediation Rules of the American Arbitration Association before resorting to arbitration. Thereafter, any unresolved controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the services being provided by Temple Christian School or any of its faculty or staff members will be settled by arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Association. Decision of the arbitrator will be final and binding on both parties. Any costs relating to the conciliation, mediation, or arbitration process will be equally divided between the two parties.
SASS (After School Care)
Temple’s rapid increase in enrollment created a situation where a considerable number of older students remained on campus after regular staff went off duty at 4:00 p.m. In an attempt to assure adequate supervision for these students, provide as much "homework free" family time as possible for parents and students, provide quality time for completion of homework, and at the request of parents, TCS operates the SASS program (Supervised After School Study).
At 3:30 secondary students will be directed to report to the cafeteria.
Operation of the SASS program will be as follows:
At 4:00 p.m. (30 minutes after school dismissal) any student in grades 6-12 remaining on campus who are not directly involved in co-curricular activities, specific instruction, or tutoring under the supervision of a staff member, or under the supervision of their parent or guardian, will be taken to the cafeteria. Students must go to SASS and not wait in other areas of campus to be picked up.
In the cafeteria, students will be supervised by a staff member while they work on that day’s homework or other activities. During this time, students will have access to drink, snack, and ice cream machines, if they so desire. Students will remain in the cafeteria until picked up by their ride.
Students who are in fifth grade and younger need to be off campus by 4:00 p.m. or go into a daycare situation.
SASS program will operate until 5:30 p.m. Students remaining after 5:30 p.m. will wait in the commons area and will not be directly supervised by a staff member. Parents should be aware of this.
Students entering the SASS program at 4:00 p.m. will sign in at the time they entered and will also sign out when they leave so accurate records may be kept. Billing will be on regular monthly bills.
SASS is not optional to students staying after 4:00 p.m. All students remaining on campus after 4:00 p.m. not involved in other activities must be in SASS. Students dismissed from athletics, music, etc. may wait for rides a maximum of 15 minutes before going into SASS.
The radio stations, WBAP 820 and KLTY 94.9, and TV stations Channel 5 and Channel 8, and Facebook will carry all school closing announcements due to inclement weather or other emergencies by 6:00 a.m., when possible. The most immediate source for school closing information is the school website. When it becomes necessary to dismiss during the regular school day, announcements will be made at once via the same stations. Please do not call staff members for school closing information.
TCS at times sponsors banquets or social events as part of the school program. TCS reserves the right to set acceptable standards of behavior, dress, and activity at any school function, including sporting events, banquets and socials. TCS may also limit visitors and guests to any school function.
Secondary Students will be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance to the gym. Secondary students with elementary siblings are permitted to wait after school in the front of the elementary building. Students are not to leave campus to be picked up at another location. Students picked up after 4:00 may incur additional charges unless they are involved in co-curricular activities. At no time may a student wait to be picked up without faculty supervision.
TCS provides daily bus transportation from Birchman Baptist Church to our campus. There is an extra charge for this bus service to help cover fuel and other costs, which is added to your monthly bill. A bus form must be filled out in order for a student to ride the bus.
Temple Christian School encourages parents to be as involved as possible in their child's education. Visits to the classroom are limited to parents and grandparents of currently enrolled students. Visits by youth pastors and other youth workers are limited to lunch time. All visitors must follow proper check-in procedures at the appropriate offices.
Classroom visits are limited to one hour unless a longer visit is approved by the administration. If you would like to visit your child's classroom, you are more than welcome. Visits must be pre-scheduled and approved by the principal.
Call or talk with the principal, to let them know when you would like to visit. They will check schedules, etc.
Please check in at the school office when you arrive.
Classroom visits should be limited to one hour. Any visits longer than ten minutes should be scheduled one day in advance. Lunchroom visits should be limited to one time per week and are limited to church staff or immediate family members.
Any items (supplies, lunches, sports equipment, etc.) to be delivered after 8:00 a.m. should be left in the office. Please do not interrupt the class.
Identification Badge Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students on the campus of Temple Christian School.
EVERY person on the Temple Christian School campus MUST wear a lanyard and ID badge issued by Temple Christian School Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:15 PM (staff must wear them until 4). Colored lanyards and ID badges will be utilized to quickly identify the purpose of each person on the campus as follows:
All visitors to Temple Christian School must check in with one of the main offices (Administration Office, Secondary Office, or Elementary Office). All visitors to Temple Christian School must present a valid Driver’s License or other government issued ID which may be scanned against national databases. Visitors will be issued a red lanyard and ID badge. Visitors must return the lanyard and badge prior to leaving campus.
Temple Christian School encourages volunteers to assist in many areas of the school program. Some areas of opportunity include: Scripture memory hearers, library helpers, lunchroom workers, fund raiser assistants, concession workers, handyman helpers, etc. Temple Christian School has an active TPA Parent Support Program.
Volunteers are defined as those individuals who are on campus for a defined purpose and have completed Ministry Safe training.
Volunteers will be issued a yellow lanyard and ID badge. Volunteers will be asked to return their lanyard and ID badge to the appropriate office at the conclusion of their service for that school year or at the end of the school year. Lanyards and ID badges will be reissued the following year.
STANDARD OF CONDUCT
(The school follows its discipline procedures contained in this and other handbook sections. However, there are circumstances in which the school administration and/or board may determine, in their sole discretion, that it is appropriate not to follow progressive discipline steps. In cases in which a student has engaged in egregious, immoral, or other unacceptable behavior, the school reserves the right to suspend or expel the student immediately. Parents and students should understand any guidelines contained herein that are applicable to the off campus behavior of the students are expected of enrolled students at all times.)
All 6-12 grade students and parents must sign and agree to this Standard of Conduct before a student will be accepted. The basic underlying philosophy of Temple Christian School is that a Christian School should be Christian in every aspect of the word, including its students. Therefore, the students attending Temple Christian School in grades 6-12 are asked to sign a statement agreeing to basic Christian principles which have proved conducive to spiritual growth and development of young people.
The administration and faculty of Temple Christian School feels that the following activities are important in the lives of teenagers and are vital to well-rounded spiritual growth:
- Regular church attendance at their home church
- Participation in a youth program in church
- Maintain Christian standards of courtesy, morality and honesty
The administration and faculty of Temple Christian School feels that the following activities do not promote the spiritual growth of the students; therefore, each student must refrain from these activities, at all times, as long as they are enrolled in Temple Christian School. Students involved in the following practices may not be permitted to attend Temple Christian School.
Using tobacco in any form
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Using illegal drugs of any type including marijuana
- Involvement in serious moral offenses or homosexuality in any form
- Illegal activities which involve arrest and prosecution (other than traffic violations)
- Involvement in gangs or gang related activity
- Leaving parent or guardian's supervision for an extended period
- Involvement in the occult
Have been married
The restrictions listed on the standard of conduct are not intended to condemn those who disagree, but they point out types of conduct which we feel would hinder the ministry of TCS.
Students are expected to abide by these standards for the entire period of their enrollment at TCS. Students who are not in harmony with TCS may be requested to withdraw. We do not accept or retain teenagers who do not want to attend TCS. All new students are admitted on 9-weeks probation.
During the pre-registration conference with a TCS administrator, students and parents should be prepared to discuss other aspects of applicant's lifestyle and background.
Parents should also understand that parental display of attitude or behavior detrimental to the atmosphere or function of Temple Christian Schools may be grounds for un-enrollment or dismissal of the student. It should also be understood that discipline involving any student except their own child cannot legally or ethically be discussed with a parent. The same legally mandated protection extends to matters involving school staff.
EAGLE HONOR CODE
The “Eagle Honor Code” expresses the basic expectations of all students of Temple Christian Schools. An overview of such expectations follows. Students and parents should understand and agree that these basic principles (further explained in the School Handbook), will be enforced by the TCS Administration and the Christian Leadership Council.
RESPECT: I will at all times respect God. I will adhere to rules established by the school and governmental authorities. I will respect the property of others and do nothing detrimental to it. I will show respect for my instructors and school staff at all times and understand that disciplinary action will and should be taken should I fail to do this. I will respect and treat my body as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and assure my appearance at school and all school functions will not only willingly comply with the dress code of TCS, but also reflect Christian modesty and values.
RESPONSIBILITY: I will assume leadership among my peers in setting an example of Christian responsibility. I will acknowledge the importance of academic work and its timely and accurate completion. I will willingly submit myself to the authority of TCS staff. I will realize my responsibility, as a Christian, to my God. I will strive to discover my God-given talents and use them for others. I understand attendance at TCS is a privilege – not a right, and as such, I will have and develop a spirit of pride in and loyalty to the school.
RELIABILITY: I will practice honesty in all matters of word and action. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I tolerate those who do. I will assure that my spoken word is such that all whom I may contact will come to trust and rely upon it.
RELATIONSHIPS: I will remember at all times that nothing except my relationship with God and my family surpasses in importance my relationship with fellow students and TCS staff. I will avoid harmful or derogatory gossip, name calling, threatening, bullying or hurtful criticism. I will never exhibit any prejudice toward any individual because of his or her gender, ethnicity or nationality, possible sexual orientation, physical or mental condition, or religious background, and will not use slang or other language, nor activities, designed to express prejudicial views. I will endeavor to lift up my fellow students. I will always be mindful of the importance of building a relationship of mutual caring and trust with my instructors.
RIGHTEOUSNESS: I will endeavor to always be a positive example in all areas of morality, service to others and faithfulness in church attendance. I understand morality encompasses, among its many areas; sexual behavior, avoiding profanity or vulgarity, and adherence to the high standards for Christians set by Jesus Christ.
I understand my commitment to these Eagle Honor Code principles is applicable whether at school or away, during vacation times, and in my communication via computer, social networking sites, cell phone or other electronic devices or other means of communication. My goal and desire is to always reflect what a true Christian young person should be. I understand that the TCS Christian Leadership Council may at times be involved in assuring I meet these and other Honor Code goals. I understand these goals are further stated and expounded in the School Handbook and agree to read and abide by all these principles. I understand my responsibility to abide by such rules and regulations. I understand rules and regulations may change from time to time and such changes will not relieve me of the responsibility to abide by all TCS regulations, now and in the future, as long as I am a student at Temple Christian School.
Students may receive a conduct grade on their report cards.
Parents are expected to cooperate with the faculty and administration in the area of student conduct.
Students with a continuing problem of swearing, lying, cheating, stealing, disrespect, or fighting will be considered out of harmony with the school standards and policies and are subject to progressive disciplinary action up to and including suspension and possible un-enrollment or dismissal.
The sale, barter, or trade of any items at school is not permitted without prior written permission from the administration.
Prohibited items - the following articles are not to be brought onto the campus: knives, guns of any type, fireworks, any reading materials or audio or visual media not assigned by the faculty for educational purposes, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, legally prohibited devices, trading cards, chains, or anything that would distract from classes.
Gum - students are not permitted to chew gum on campus from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. Fines are issued for violations.
Romantic physical contact between boys and girls is not permitted at school or at any school function.
Backpacks - All bags and backpacks must be placed in lockers when not being carried by students. Athletic bags may be put in another designated area if approved by coaching staff. Bags and backpacks must be of a size and configuration to fit into the lockers. Locker sizes in the gym are 12” wide 36” tall and 15” deep. Bags and backpacks will not be allowed in the lunchroom, chapel, or left on the gym floor or the gym balcony at anytime. Extra large athletic bags will be stored in locations that will be explained at student orientation.
Publications - Parents and students should understand and agree that the student has no right to publish and distribute a student newsletter or any other publication without permission of the administration. They understand and agree that the school administration has the right, in its sole discretion, to control what is published, circulated, or otherwise distributed to students or staff, and parents will ensure that their child understands this provision.
Facilities and equipment - Students are expected to take care of school facilities and equipment Disciplinary action will be taken when students abuse the facilities or equipment. A student will also be expected to pay for repair or replacement of any facilities, or equipment he/she damages. Every secondary student is issued a locker with a lock. If students do not keep the lock on the locker and the lock locked, the student will be assessed a fine.
Phones and tablets - TCS permits secondary students to carry cell phones during the school day. Cell phones, tablets, and other devices should be used only between classes and during lunch. Middle School students may not have their phones or other devices during lunch. If a teacher sees a student with a phone, tablet, or other device at any other time, he/she should take the device and turn it in to Secondary office.
The office will give the student a fine, keep a log of offenses and submit the fine money to the High School office or the business office. Should such a device be taken from a student by a staff member the student may retrieve the device from the secondary office 7th period or later after paying a $25 fine for the first offense; $35 for the second offense, and $50 for the third and each one thereafter. The only exception to this policy is on school trips (see Field Trip paragraph in the Parent Information section). Other electronic devices used during class require teacher approval.
Head Phones, Earbuds, etc. - Students are not permitted to wear any type of headphone device during the school day. This includes during passing periods, in the classrooms or in the lunch room. The only exception to this is if a student is utilizing the headphones to complete class work and has permission from the classroom teacher.
“Facebook”, “Twitter”, “Instagram”, “Snapchat”, etc. - Information contained on any TCS student’s internet spaces such as “Twitter”, “Facebook” or any other similar public social networking website, or digital communication of any type (even sites blocked by the student) is the ultimate responsibility of the student’s parents. Any information on these websites that is confirmed by the TCS administration to be inappropriate, vulgar, disrespectful, or exhibiting non-Christian like values will be dealt with promptly.
Students should not take or post pictures or videos of TCS students, faculty, or staff without their express verbal or written permission. TCS is not responsible to access the evidence for the parent. However, if it is possible to do so in a timely fashion, the school will cooperate as much as possible if the parent requests it. Penalties for violation of school standards in these areas can involve discipline actions up to and including expulsion.
Conduct Considered as grounds for swift, progressive disciplinary action up to and including suspension, un-enrollment or dismissal:
- Defiance or direct confrontation with school authorities
- Failure to comply with the terms of disciplinary probation
- The possession or use of alcoholic drink
- The possession, use, or dissemination of drugs
- Activities which involve police intervention
- Serious moral offenses. TCS expects students to abide by a personal policy of abstinence before marriage
- Personal misconduct that is deleterious to the good name and reputation of the school
Students will not engage in verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward any person at any time. Such actions may result in immediate disciplinary action and/or prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Sexting may be considered sexual harassment
Sexual harassment may also include any physical conduct, or verbal innuendo-whether implicitly, or explicitly, sexual in nature – which manipulates, intimidates, controls or in any way creates a hostile/offensive environment for another person. Sexual immorality, on or off campus, may be cause for immediate expulsion from TCS.
Right of Privacy
There should be no expectation of, and there is no right of privacy. Temple Christian Schools reserves the right to monitor any computer or electronic device usage or communication on the TCS campus.
Any activity which, in the opinion of the school, jeopardizes the reputation of the school whether on or off campus (at all times) may result in the offending student being subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Such activities specifically include postings on web sites, social networking sites, cell phone or other electronic communication of any type, etc.
Parents should understand that the school will not in any way be responsible for any event that is not officially sanctioned by the School Administration. Parents should check with the administration if they are in doubt as to the sanctioning of any event.
Unfortunately we live in a violent society permeated by drugs, alcohol, and other mood altering substances. We are grateful to the Lord that TCS has had few problems in these areas. However, it is our responsibility to be eternally vigilant. Parents of students should be aware that the school reserves the right to search the student’s person and belongings in the event the school suspects the student possesses an unapproved item or substance. Such a search may be conducted without the student’s or the parent’s permission. Registration of a child constitutes parental consent to such searches. Automobiles, backpacks, purses, pockets, lockers, desks, etc. may be searched if there is reasonable suspicion that any unapproved item or substance may be present. Any student refusing such a search will not be forced to comply. However, refusal is grounds for dismissal from school and/or referral to law enforcement officials. School officials will not conduct "strip searches" but may require access to pockets, etc.
TCS reserves the right to conduct random drug testing of any and all high school students throughout the year. Student and athletic leaders and CLC members are always tested throughout the year. Other high school students are tested on a randomly selected basis.
Any student suspected of using illegal drugs may be requested to undergo specific drug testing for any or all illegal drugs. Parents will always be contacted in such cases. (Parents are not contacted prior to routine random drug testing.) Refusal to undergo said testing is grounds for dismissal from school.
Should the student take and pass the specific test, all costs will be paid by the school. Should the student fail either the random or special drug test and the student or parents question the results, they may request the same sample be re-tested at a medical facility at the parent's expense. Under no circumstances will the student be allowed to submit a new sample for re-testing. Any student testing positive for drug use may be expelled from Temple Christian and may be referred to legal authorities.
We believe it is every person’s right to feel physically and emotionally safe while at TCS. Bullying can take the form of harassment, hazing, or a variety of other acts. Bullying is engaging in written or verbal expression of physical conduct that will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm.
Harassment is threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.
Other acts of bullying or harassment can consist of assault, tripping, intimidation, rumor spreading, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, destruction of another person’s work, name calling, ostracism, taunting, or excessive teasing.
Cyber bulling - involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Cyber bulling is when a child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
Acts of bullying, harassment or cyber bulling will be dealt with by the school administration. Actions may include intervention, warning, detention, suspension, or any other disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
The Administration reserves the right to prescribe any assigned penalty as deemed necessary for a given infraction. Furthermore, the Head Administrator reserves the right to amend any provision in these guidelines at any time when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the educational process and the student.
TCS reserves the right to dismiss, expel, or unenroll any student whose actions, attitude or presence is considered detrimental or brings dishonor to TCS.
Further, students may sometimes be involved together in wrongdoing, and punishment may be more severe for some than for others. Administrators and the Disciplinary Committee carefully consider each student and his or her part in the situation individually. Sometimes, serious behavior may seem to go unpunished or appear to be punished too lightly. In these instances, action may be delayed by insufficient evidence. There may also be an ongoing effort to sift through rumors and hearsay to determine what is indisputably true. When disciplinary action is taken, a student may be put under a strict behavior contract with very serious consequences for breaking it, the details of which are not public information.
Parents should understand that no disciplinary action taken against any student may be discussed with them with the exception of that administered to their own child. This is absolute and in response to legal and ethical requirements.
Students driving to school are not permitted to stay in their vehicles after they arrive on campus.
Upon arriving on campus students are not permitted to leave again until the end of their school day.
Students will not leave campus in their vehicles at any time during the day without permission. (Medical or dental appointments should be scheduled at the beginning or end of the day if possible.)
Students may park only in designated parking spaces in the west parking lot. If these areas prove inadequate, additional spaces will be provided. Do not park on grass, on the opposite (trailer park) side of the gym lot barriers, next to the cafeteria, or in any undesignated space. Observe all signs.
All students and staff parking vehicles on the TCS campus during the school day must apply for and display a TCS Parking Permit. The permit is available in the high school office. A fee of $5.00 will be charged to students for the permit. Any vehicle without a visible permit will receive a fine of $10.00.
Vehicles parked in non-designated areas, parked illegally, or on campus without a permit may be subject to a $25.00 parking fine. Lots will be checked regularly.
Remember, TCS has a closed campus policy. Once you leave your vehicle you may not return until the end of the school day. Athletes should leave their cars parked on the regular lot during practices. Do not drive to athletic areas.
With elementary students around on all areas of the campus, it is important a strict 10 MPH campus speed limit be observed at all times. No "peeling out" or reckless driving will be tolerated.
Violations of speed limit or reckless driving rules will be assessed $10.00 for first violation, $25.00 for second (and a 2-week suspension of driving privileges) and $50.00 for third (and suspension of driving privilege for the remainder of the year).
These regulations are in effect at all hours of the day.
Detentions-Detentions for disciplinary or academic purposes are not designed to be convenient for the student or the student's family. They provide a teaching opportunity for the student to learn that his/her behavior and responsibility affects not only himself but also the family and others. Detentions cannot be served on Tuesday mornings.
Detentions will be assigned for the following morning for secondary students. Elementary detentions will be served after school. Failure to serve an assigned detention may result in a student being withheld from classes.
Detentions may be assigned for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or one hour. The amount of time will be indicated on the detention notice.
Students receiving more than 3 hours of detention in a nine-week grading period may be placed on disciplinary probation and/or be suspended from sports or other co-curricular activities.
- The teacher assigning the detention will also give the detention assignment. The assignment may be:
- Extra work for the class in which the detention was given
- An essay which has been assigned by the teacher
- Disciplinary sentences
Detention is served in the morning before school for secondary students. A student serving a 15 or 30 minute detention must be in detention by 7:30. A student serving a 45 minute or 60 minute detention must be in detention by 7 am.
This handbook does not define all types and aspects of student behavior; however, the Administration has the responsibility to set forth policies, rules, and regulations to help each student.
Additional disciplinary action may include in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, probation, de-enrollment, or expulsion from school.
Fine System-TCS uses a fine system for certain minor violations or problems. All fines are $1.00/$5.00 except those for unapproved possession of electronic devices (phones, IPods, etc.) which begin at $25.
Items brought to the Lost & Found that have a student's name on them will be returned to the student. Your bill will be charged $1.00 per item returned, each time it is returned. Items without names will remain in Lost & Found until Friday. Every Friday, uniform items without a name will be given to the uniform store to be resold. All other non-uniform items will be donated to Eastside Ministries.
Electronic devices will be confiscated if used by a student or it is a disruption of class in any way during school hours (including incoming calls), and fines must be paid for devices to be returned. Habitual violation or disruption during confiscation may result in devices not being returned. This decision will be at the discretion of the administration. Electronic devices may be allowed on certain off campus field trips at the discretion of trip sponsors. Electronic device use may be allowed at other specified time as determined by the school administration. Electronic devices taken up during the school day may not be picked up until the end of the school day. Electronic devices taken up in the elementary department should be picked up from the elementary office at the end of the school day. They may be returned when student pays a $25 fine for the first offense, $35 for the second offense, and $50 for third and any additional offenses. Elementary students may not have cell phones at any time.
Five dollar fines are issued for: dress code violations, chewing gum, excessive tardiness, unlocked lockers/locks not on lockers, hair or haircut violations and certain other violations. (Parking and reckless driving fines are more, see Student Vehicle Policies)
Students receiving more than three fines during any one semester may receive additional penalty. On the fourth offense, a student may receive a one hour detention and an administrator may call the parents. If a fifth fine is received, the student may be placed in in-house suspension for one day. The student may make up work for 80% credit.
Fines are recorded on the parent’s Renweb account. Parents may also be notified by email. Students are required to sign fine forms.
SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS
Serious offenses or continuing problems in one or more areas may result in the following disciplinary action(s):
Probation – Disciplinary probation occurs when a student is suspended for a disciplinary matter, or a student receives three hours of more of detention during any one nine week period. Probationary periods typically last for 9 weeks. Student's discipline records are then evaluated at the end of the probationary period. At that point, the student's status may be lowered, raised, or left at his/her current level. Student's probationary status may be raised at any time should a serious offense occur. TCS uses two levels of probation. Level One is the standard level of probation. Should a student be placed on Level Two Probation, their place in school will be in jeopardy if improvement is not seen. For example, in a situation considered a "fight", the student will usually be immediately placed on Level Two probation. Further problems may then result in dismissal.
In-School Suspension – Students in ISS are separated from their classmates and put in supervised isolation. Students are allowed to do their work being missed in class, but only receive 80% credit for work completed. ISS disqualifies a student from semester test exemptions.
Out-of-School Suspension – Students in OSS are not allowed to attend class on campus, or function in any extra-curricular activity during the suspension period. OSS days are treated as unexcused absences and work missed cannot be made up. OSS disqualifies a student from semester test exemption.
Un-enrollment – A student may be given the opportunity to voluntarily withdraw if the school determines it is not best for the student to continue enrollment at Temple. The school may also take the action of un-enrolling any student at any time. Un-enrolling does not show on permanent transcripts as a disciplinary or academic action.
Expulsion – In serious matters where a student is not voluntarily withdrawn or un-enrolled, the disciplinary committee may take the action of expelling the student. This action is recorded on a student's records.
Depending on the seriousness of the offense, some or all of these steps may be omitted. Suspensions or expulsions may be appealed to the Disciplinary Committee. The Committee’s rulings are final. Students or parents appear in person before the Disciplinary Committee only at the Committee's request.
Administrators, at their discretion, may decide "a disciplinary consequence" without action by any other administrator or group. All administrators reserve the right to dismiss a student.
An exception for one student does not mean an exception for all students.
Students who are expelled or withdraw due to disciplinary action are not allowed on the TCS campus at any time (including all grounds, parking lots, and buildings), nor are they allowed to attend any TCS sponsored event (academic, athletic, social or extra-curricular), either as a participant, guest, or spectator.
TCS reserves the right to bar any person – parent, student, or others – from its campus at any time for any reason the administration deems serious enough to be regarded as a physical, emotional or other threat to any student, parent or staff member.
LOST & FOUND
The Lost & Found is located in the Secondary Office. Items brought to the Lost & Found that have a student's name on them will be returned to the student. Your bill will be charged $1.00 per item returned, each time it is returned. Items without names will remain in Lost & Found until Friday. Every Friday, uniform items without a name will be given to the uniform store to be resold. All other non-uniform items will be donated to Eastside Ministries.