MOST FREQUENTLY CALLED
Area Code 770
8:25 – 9:58 - Periods 1 or 2
9:58 – 10:06
10:06 – 11:36 - Periods 3 or 4
11:44 – 1:44 PERIODS 5 OR 6
minutes/90 minutes class plus 30 minutes lunch)
1:44 – 1:52 PASSING
3:25 PERIODS 7 OR 8
8:25 – 8:45 Advisory
8:45 – 8:53
8:53 – 10:16 Periods 1 or 2
10:24 – 11:44 Periods 3 or 4
11:44 – 11:52
11:52 – 1:52 Periods 5 or 6
minutes/90 minutes class plus 30 minutes lunch)
1:52 – 2:00
3:25 periods 7 or 8
Cobb County School District Manual of Administrative Rules
will be included in a 2007-2008 Parent Information Guide
given to each student along with the student handbook.
Students and parents are encouraged to read this information
carefully. Further information may be obtained at:
Be on time to class and
Leave the walkways clear for
traffic. Stopping to talk on walkways blocks traffic
and makes other students late.
Have your student ID at all times.
Take care of your
textbooks and other school materials. Marking on books,
desks, and walls shows a lack or respect for property.
You are responsible for repairs to any damaged property.
Wait in lines without
pushing and jostling others. Only seniors may move to
the front of lines in the cafeteria.
Eating in classrooms is
not permitted. Only bottled water is allowed for
Be respectful of adults
and other students. Inappropriate language,
inappropriate displays of affection, rowdiness, and
disturbing others are not acceptable behavior on campus
or during school activities.
Get permission in advance when you
need to see the guidance counselor, visit the media
center, or use the restroom.
Ask for help. Fellow students and
teachers can help you when you are unsure of correct
procedures or the proper place to be.
Inappropriate Behavior Consequences
Cut/AWOL over 5 minutes
1st - Teacher calls
parent and teacher assigns a grade of “zero” for missed
work. A disciplinary referral will be submitted –
2nd +. - ISS
Classroom Disruption (depending on severity)
Teacher detention and parent contact OR teacher sends
documentation to administrator – consequence range
detention to OSS
2nd + - Further
disruptive behavior may invoke student removal from
class (Policy JDC)
Student to Teacher
…………………OSS (up to 5 day)
In Classroom .....................................
from Saturday School - ISS
. Other instances
................................. administrative discretion
Fighting (both parties except in rare instances)
10 days OSS minimum
AND referral to proper law enforcement authorities
Inciting or Instigating a Fight (actions, comments, or
written messages intended to cause others to fight or which
might reasonably be expected to escalate or result in a
days OSS minimum
Possible police incident report
Verbal or Physical Altercation
Administrator discretion – up to and including suspension
Specific instances – minimum 2 days OSS:
-Giving false information
-Failure to identify self
-Running from staff member
-Failure to surrender hat/cell phone/CD
player when requested
Discretion and referral to proper law enforcement
Dress Code Violation
The student will be
discreetly referred to an administrator as soon as possible.
will explain the inappropriateness of the student’s
The parent will be
contacted and given an explanation of the violation.
The student will be
allowed to change clothes if clothing is available.
The student will not
be permitted to return to class until the inappropriateness
of the clothing is
On the second and
subsequent violations of the dress code, the student will be
appropriate disciplinary consequences for
depending on offense, including suspension from bus.
Forged Note/Admit Slip/Pass to Class
Parent contact and
“zero” assigned as grade/only doctor’s notes accepted in
future for excused
administrative consequences will vary depending on offense
Students are expected to be
on time to school and classes each day. Each incident of an
unexcused tardy, an administrative referral will be
submitted by the teacher In all cases, students receive a
grade of “zero” on any activity in progress at the time of
NOTE: Tardies are cumulative for ALL classes/advisement
each semester. Tardies to school are excused only with
doctor’s or dentist’s appointment verification, student
illness, or court order.
Parent notification/2 days ISS/absence(s) are unexcused
with no make-up work
2nd - ISS
Failure to Follow Check in/Check Out Procedures
Loss of parking
privilege minimum 45 days for student drivers
3rd - ISS
Failure to Serve Teacher or Administrative Detention
Failure to Serve/Complete Saturday School
Display, Turning on, or Use of Cell Phones, Pagers, Radios,
CD Players, Laser Pointers on
campus and at school-sponsored events
incident - Item will be confiscated and returned to student
outside of school hours provided student cooperates fully.
or more incidents - Repeated instances constitute
insubordination resulting in disciplinary consequences AND
return of item to parent/guardian ONLY.
Damage/Theft/Misuse of Technology Equipment
Possible loss of
computer network access for specified time
Failure to Possess Identification Card when requested for it
Public Display of Affection
Teachers may assign detention for violations of class
rules. Teacher detention is served before or after school.
Know when and where you are to report for detention. If the
student does not serve the teacher detention(s), he/she will
be referred to the appropriate administrator. Failure to
serve teacher detention will result in the assignment of a
Administrators may assign detention for violations of school
rules. Administrative detention is served before or after
school on either Tuesdays or Thursdays of every week.
Failure to serve administrative detention will result in the
assignment of a Saturday School.
Students are assigned Saturday School for a variety of
reasons. Saturday School starts at 8:00am and ends at
12:00pm. Students will be unsupervised if left on campus
after 12:00. Students should report to Dining Hall prior to
8:00am. Saturday School is a supervised study hall, so
students should bring work with them to occupy their time
responsibly and productively. Parents are responsible for
transportation to and from Saturday School. Failure to
serve Saturday School will result in 1 day Out-of-School
In-School Suspension is a program designed to modify
behavior while keeping the student in school with access to
schoolwork. It allows the student to earn grades for
completed assignments and tests rather than a zero for each
item missed. The program isolates the student from his
peers in a controlled environment that makes him consider
the inappropriateness of his behavior. When the student is
assigned to ISS, he/she brings home a contract. The
alternative to ISS is out of school suspension. Students
who cannot behave appropriately in ISS may be suspended. If
a student does not fulfill ISS, no make up work is allowed
during OSS. Since ISS is a form of suspension, ISS affects
participation in extracurricular activities. Students are
responsible for getting assignments for suspension dates
unless instructed otherwise. Students may accrue penalties
for inappropriate behaviors (i.e., tardy, eating, not
working on assignment, not reporting to ISS as assigned
including return to school after absence).
Suspension from school is an alternative to modify student
behavior. A suspended student cannot come on campus, attend
any school function or practice until the day he returns to
school from suspension. Certain behaviors always result in
suspension due to Cobb County policy or local school
policy. For any suspension over 2 days, parents may choose
to have their student attend a Transition Learning Center
(TLC) up to a cumulative maximum of 30 days in a school
year. Transportation to the TLC will be provided by the
school district. See School Board Policies, specifically,
JDD (Long-Term Suspension/Expulsion) and JDDB (Short-Term
EXCLUSION FROM EXTRA-CURRICULAR EVENTS
Depending on the severity or frequency of certain behaviors,
a student will be excluded from participation in
extra-curricular events for a period of time if the student
is suspended out of school. The student would receive an
exclusion from events in addition to the actual suspension
dates ranging from 5 days to 30 days or even more. This
exclusion would prohibit a student from attending
after-school events, such as sports events or performances,
as a spectator. The exclusion would also apply to
participants in these events, such as student-athletes or
student performers. These students would be allowed to
practice with the student group, but they would not be
allowed to attend events, such as games or performances, as
either a spectator or participant.
community of John McEachern High School believes that all
students should wear clothing to school that fits well,
reflects pride in oneself and supports the high expectations
we maintain for our students academically and socially.
McEachern High School respects the rights of our students to
choose his/her dress style and appearance. Certain
guidelines must be observed, however, to insure a wholesome
environment. In summary, attire shall not interfere with
the educational process and shall reflect pride in oneself.
Students shall wear clothing that is not distracting or
disruptive to the classroom or school.
Girls Skirts/Dresses/Tops/Pants Only
and DRESSES must
reach the top of the knee. Students should measure the
skirt before coming to school and be sure that it is of
proper length when standing or walking. Backless or
strapless dresses are NOT permitted. Slits may be no shorter
than three (3) inches above the knee.
2. Tops may have
sleeves or be sleeveless. Girls may wear tank tops;
shoulder straps must be
wider than one inch, and the sleeve curve must be close to
the underarm so that no undergarment can be seen. Tops may
not expose the shoulder blade area. No skin may show at the
waist or back. When a student raises her arms above her
head and the midriff is exposed, the top is not appropriate
for school. No low-cut necklines. Girls shall not wear tube
tops or halter tops..
must fit reasonably and not be excessively baggy. Pants
cannot cover the shoes.
must have sleeves.
1. Headgear: No
head coverings, no hats, no caps, and no headbands inside
any campus building.
must reach the top of the knee. No excessive slits. No
spandex is permitted.
House/bedroom shoe and sleepwear
(i.e., pajama bottoms) are not allowed.
Undergarments should not be
visible (boxer shorts, bras, etc.).
Articles of clothing with tears or
slits that expose skin not normally visible under the other
guidelines of this dress code are not allowed.
Footwear must be worn at all
Clothing and jewelry which
advertise or imply products that would be illegal such as
drugs, tobacco and alcohol products, as well as any clothing
which depicts statements or pictures that would be offensive
to the mores of the Powder Springs community, will not be
permitted (such as gang references, sexual references,
etc.). Clothing recognized as being related to a group or
gang, such as bandanas, shirts with gang references, belts
of excessive length, etc., are strictly prohibited.
IF IN DOUBT, DON’T WEAR
All students are assigned
to advisement groups that meet as needed for distribution of
materials and information sharing. Students may receive
registration information as well as other school
communications through advisement.
-Attendance Office/Freshman Center
school -Attendance Office/Freshman Center
-have a question about
college -Career Center/Russell Hall
address/telephone -your counselor
-apply for free/reduced
lunch -Manager in Dining Hall
something -Freshman Center
or Senior Bldg.
-need a visitor’s
-need Certificate of
Attendance -Russell Hall - upstairs
questions -your counselor
Athletic Director –Jimmy
Boys Lacrosse – Patrick Lynch
Football - Jimmy Dorsey
Baseball – David Joiner
Slow Pitch Softball -
Stacey Ford Boys Golf – Wade Pilgrim
Cross Country - Travis
Gower Swimming – Melissa Alexander
Fast Pitch Softball – TBD
Girls Golf – Wade Pilgrim
Boys Basketball – Nicholas
Chaykowsky Boys Tennis – Patty Craven
Volleyball - Patty
Craven Boys Soccer – Mike
Girls Basketball – Phyllis
Arthur Girls Tennis – Linda Montgomery
Boys Track – Michael
Taylor Girls Soccer – Steve Jones
Wrestling - Tony
VanHorn Cheerleading – Priscilla
Girls Track – Wendy
Truvillion Rifle Team – CDR. E.G. Sudol
Girls Lacrosse – Melissa
John McEachern High School
has established a solid program of extracurricular
activities for our students. Over the past years many clubs
and teams have received state recognition for their
achievements. Students who are involved in extracurricular
activities enjoy high visibility and serve as role models
for younger students in our school and in the lower grades.
Therefore, McEachern High School expects its students to act
in accordance with their positions as representatives of the
school at all on-campus and off-campus activities.
Questions regarding a student’s use and distribution of
drugs and/or alcohol at any time during the year will be
investigated thoroughly by school officials and may result
in disciplinary action and/or suspension from all
extracurricular activities regardless of whether the offense
occurred at a school-related or non-school-related
activity. In addition, the student may be excluded from
future participation in extracurricular activities. (See
Student Eligibility Folder for specific consequences.)
Cobb County Board of Education considers regular school
attendance to be essential for educational success.
Students shall be in attendance in accordance with the
requirements of the compulsory attendance law and for the
number of full length days prescribed by law.
1. You must bring a note
from your parents by the day you return to the class you
missed. If you miss a number of days in a row, one note will
be acceptable for all days missed. The note must include
your NAME, grade, DATE(S) of absence, REASON for absence,
PARENT SIGNATURE, and PHONE NUMBER where a parent can be
reached. Notes without all of the above information will
cause the absence to be considered unexcused.
2. Notes must be
received by the day you return to the class from which you
were absent. No late notes or FAXED notes will be
accepted. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
3. During the first
class, the student must give the note to the teacher. The
absence is coded excused if the absence is a result of the
reasons listed below.
4. An admit slip,
indicating whether the absence is excused or unexcused, will
be given to the student which must be presented to all
teachers in all classes missed. This admit slip must be
presented within three days of the return to school.
State law governs excused
absences to school. A student may be excused for the
1. personal illness
2. serious illness or
death in the family
3. special and
recognized religious holidays observed by his/her faith
4. preinduction physical
examination for service in armed forces
5. court order
6. conditions rendering
school attendance impossible or hazardous to his health or
7. voter registration
After a student has missed
four (4) consecutive days of school due to illness, the
parent may contact the guidance office to request make up
work. Work may be picked up 24 hours after making the
request. Long-term absences may require a homebound
teacher(see Hospital/Homebound). Request for
consideration for extended absences due to family
trips/activities must be submitted in writing to the
grade-level administrator prior to the absences. If
approved, the absences will be considered unexcused, but the
opportunity for make-up work will be offered.
When a student has missed 5 days in any particular class,
the classroom teacher will contact the parent/guardian.
When a student has missed 7 days, the student is seen by a
grade-level administrator/designee and a social worker
referral is sent. At 10 days of missed school, and again at
15 missed days of school, there will be a letter sent from
the school regarding the absences. After 10 days of
unexcused absences, a minor student (14 to 18 years of age)
will have his/her learner's permit or driver's license
suspended for one year or until the minor's eighteenth
birthday, whichever comes first. After 20 days absence, the
student will be required to provide a doctor’s note to
excuse any further absences, including early dismissals. If
no note is provided, the absence will be unexcused. The
ten, fifteen, and twenty-day absence rule is cumulative for
the school year.
Make Up Work
Make-up work is a student’s
responsibility. No make-up work is allowed for unexcused
absences. A student may make up all work missed for excused
absences only if the student presents an excused admit slip
to the teacher within three days of the date he/she returns
to school. A cooperative plan between the student and the
teacher for the missed work must be made within 4 school
days beginning with the date of the student’s return. The
teacher may require scheduled tests/long-term assignments
immediately upon a student’s return. A student suspended
out of school may make up work EXCEPT for students suspended
from In-School Suspension. Make-up work done outside of
school must be returned on the day of the student’s return
to school. Exams cannot be given early.
Long Term Projects: All
long term projects will have a date designated as the last
day the project will be accepted by the teacher for full
credit. Projects may be turned in any time prior to the
designated day, but not after the date.
1. To be excused
for being tardy to school a student must present a doctor’s
or dentist’s official appointment verification, a note
regarding student illness, or a document for a court ordered
appearance at the time the student signs in to school.
Tardies due to missing the bus, traffic, oversleeping, car
trouble, etc. are unexcused.
2. Any student
checking into school after 8:30 a.m. must sign in with the
Attendance Office. If a parent/guardian signs the student
into school, a note must still be presented stating the
reason for the tardy.
NOTE: Tardies are
cumulative for ALL classes/homeroom each semester.
POLICY (EARLY DISMISSAL)
In an effort to provide
parents with access to their children through our check out
procedure during instructional time, the following
guidelines are to be followed:
1. If a student is
planning to check out for a prearranged reason (medical
appointment that could only be scheduled during the school
day, funeral attendance, court appearance) he/she must bring
a note to the attendance office before first block begins
2. All notes from
home must include the student’s name, current date, a brief
explanation identifying the reason for being checked out,
the check out time, phone number where a parent or
guardian can be reached before the check out time and the
3. At the
designated release time, the student must go to the
attendance office to sign out.
Any student who leaves campus
without properly checking out will receive disciplinary
action and may lose his/her parking permit and driving
privileges for at least 45 school days. McEachern
High School is a closed campus. Students must
stay on the school grounds
from the time they arrive, even if school has not started,
Any student leaving the school
grounds must check out through the attendance office.
4. If a student
becomes ill during the school day he/she should notify the
teacher and secure a pass to the clinic.
5. Students must keep
early dismissal passes to present to teachers for excusing
6. The school
reserves the right to require written requests or personal
appearance of parent/guardian and proper identification
before a student is dismissed.
school calendar is set up on an odd/even day rotation. Each
day is organized into four blocks or four periods of
instructional time. A student carries eight classes per
semester. On an odd day, periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 meet, and
on even day periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 meet. This schedule was
instituted to provide teachers and students greater time to
develop a teaching/learning relationship and to provide more
instructional time and opportunities for students to
AND LUNCH PERIOD
behavior in the dining room should be based on courtesy and
cleanliness. This means leaving the area in the condition
in which you would like to live.
Students are expected to properly dispose of their trash and
clean their eating area before leaving the cafeteria.
2. Students will go
through the cafeteria line and pay for their choice of food.
3. Students are not
to break or cut in line or hold a place for another student
in line with the exception for seniors.
4. Students are not
allowed to go into any of the buildings during their lunch
periods without a pass. Students must be in the area
between Russell Hall and the John McEachern bulding on the
center of campus. Failure to obey will result in
5. Students may ONLY
use the restrooms located in the designated building.
6. Fast food is not
to be delivered to the school or eaten in the cafeteria.
7. Students may not
check out of school and return during lunch periods except
for excused reasons.
Students will need to carry their
ID cards for scanning to purchase a lunch.
Food and Nutrition Staff at McEachern High School serves up
several different entrees daily which may include pizza, sub
sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, nachos, wraps, value meals
(an entrée 2 side items, and milk), plus many a la carte
items. You can find current menus and price lists at
students are charged with the responsibility of caring for
school property. Accidental damage when reported
voluntarily will require restitution, but no further
disciplinary action will be taken. Willful and thoughtless
misuse or damage will result in disciplinary action.
Vandalism is a violation of law and may be treated as such.
Career Center is located in Russell Hall and is open daily
to serve students and parents. Resources available in the
career center include the following: College and technical
school catalogs, college applications, SAT and ACT
applications, scholarship information, Graduation Test study
guides, an SAT computer tutorial, job listings, and interest
inventories. Students may visit the career center with a
pass from a teacher or during lunch periods. Appointments
can be made by parents or students to see the appropriate
counselor for post-secondary educational planning.
occurs any time a student solicits, receives or offers
unauthorized help on any assignment. This includes class
work, homework, projects, special assignments, and tests.
Whenever a student is guilty of cheating, the teacher shall
collect the student’s paper, mark a zero for the work, and
notify the parent(s) and the appropriate administrator.
When writing reports, presentations, essays, projects, etc.,
students must give credit to all sources used, including the
Seniors who plan to visit
colleges must make prior arrangements with the grade-level
administrator for trip approval in order to make up missed
in interscholastic/extracurricular activities in public
schools is a privilege. Students and parents will be
required to sign a John McEachern High School Conduct
Statement and Drug/Alcohol Statement. See Policy JHEB
Policy addendum. Eligibility requirements are set by the
state, and all students involved in any GHSA-sponsored
extra-curricular activity must meet state requirements. The
State Board of Education in an effort to encourage students
to stay on track for their graduation requirements has
adopted a policy that regulates student participation in
All students participating
in school activities must meet three criteria:
-Take at least
-Be on track for
On Track Requirement means
that by the end of the year, the student will earn a
specified number of units. Summer school is considered an
extension of Spring semester.
9th Grader earns Four
10th Grader earns Ten Units
11th Grader earns Sixteen
having outstanding financial obligations will not be issued
textbooks to begin a new semester until payment or
arrangements satisfactory to the school have been made.
time a student leaves campus on an official school trip,
signed parental consent must be given. If the trip causes a
student to miss another class, it is the student’s
responsibility to secure that teacher’s permission and
arrange for any missed work to be made up.
A fire drill will be held
at least once a month. Weather drills will be conducted
periodically. Plans have been designed to afford the
greatest ease of escape and safety. It is imperative that
each student cooperates completely when the alarm is
sounded. One of the greatest hazards in emergencies is our
own conduct. Silence and immediate response to adults’
directions is demanded. Further directions are provided in
each classroom. You should be aware of each plan so that
your reaction is appropriate when most needed.
Deliveries of flowers or
gifts to school will not be accepted. These gift items are
distracting and disruptive to students in the classroom.
Any other emergency deliveries of textbooks. lunches, etc.
should be brought directly to the appropriate grade-level
for free and reduced priced lunches are accepted any time
during the year. Applications are available through the
cafeteria manager. Students will follow procedures as
instructed by dining hall staff.
GRADE CHANGES AND
Students who receive an
incomplete grade on a semester report card are required to
resolve the incomplete no later than 14 calendar days after
the end of that semester. Failure to do so will result in
0’s being averaged in for the incomplete work and then the
teacher will determine the final grade.
parents have concerns about their student’s grades or
progress in a class, they may contact the appropriate
teacher and/or counselor.
parents have concerns about discipline, they should contact
the appropriate grade level administrator. If parents have
other concerns, they should first contact the teacher
involved. If the issue is not resolved after speaking with
the teacher, then the parents may contact the appropriate
complete range of guidance services is available to every
student at McEachern High School. Counselors are available
to help with personal, educational, and career counseling.
The staff encourages and invites students, parents and
teachers to visit when resources, services and insights may
be helpful. We want to help our students to plan successful
years during high school and beyond.
The guidance counselors
maintain a collection of current information which
includes: college catalogs and applications, a career
center, financial aid forms, scholarship information,
military and civilian career outlook materials, and much
more. All of this is available to parents, teachers and
students. In addition, the counselors conduct workshops and
seminars of timely interest; for example PSAT preparation,
financial aid sources, and registration information.
Guidance Counselors are involved in a school testing program
Grade: End-of-Course Tests
10th Grade: PSAT;
11th Grade: PSAT, SAT, ACT,
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), High
School Graduation Test, ASSET (Technical College Entrance
Exam); End-of-Course Test
12th Grade: SAT, ACT, ASVAB,
High School Graduation Test, ASSET; End-of-Course Tests
In order to be most
effective, counselors see each student on an appointment
basis. Students may arrange appointments through the
guidance office. Parents may arrange appointments by
calling the appropriate grade-level counselor.
Georgia residents who graduated in 1993 or later, who earned
a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale in core subject areas meeting
the college preparatory program, or a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in
core subject areas in a vocational program are eligible for
HOPE scholarships at a state public college, university, or
state vocational/technical schools. See guidance counselors
for additional information.
should be in the halls or out on campus only at the
beginning of school and close of school and while moving
from one class to another unless they have special
permission. Students in the halls or on campus during class
time must have a pass that is written by the teacher in the
student’s handbook. Students are asked to keep to the right
when moving in the halls or on campus Vending machines
shall not be used during class time. Disciplinary
action will result for using vending machines during class
Students are encouraged to
use a written planner to record homework assignments and
refer to each evening. Parents are encouraged to emphasize
the importance of homework by asking about daily homework
and checking for completeness. Some assignments are
long-range in nature and require planned study or library
time. Parents can support students by helping them plan
ahead and dividing tasks down into manageable parts. This
type of involvement can reduce stress and improve the
quality of work a student produces.
In the event that any
student has a medical emergency that requires hospital
and/or homebound instruction, the student or parent(s)
should notify the appropriate grade level counselor as soon
as possible. Once application for this service has been
completed and the doctor has signed it, the Homebound County
Office shall determine eligibility. Hospital/homebound
students are counted present by exception and are required
to maintain their studies to receive course credit. Please
remember that upon return to school, it is the
responsibility of the Hospital/Homebound student to secure
the remainder of the missed or make up work and to arrange a
timeline for its completion. Failure to pursue this can
result in a loss of grades and/or course credit.
Locker space is provided
free of charge to each student requesting a locker. Each
student is responsible for any item in the locker or any
defacement to the interior or exterior of the locker.
Stickers and posters are not allowed on lockers.
School insurance does not
cover loss of books, materials, or personal possessions
stored in lockers. Giving locker combinations to friends or
sharing a locker with any person other than the student(s)
assigned to the locker can cause problems. Valuables should
never be left in lockers. During P.E. class, store items in
an athletic locker with a lock provided from home. If you
have any locker problems, see your administrator.
Lockers are the property of Cobb County Public Schools and
are subject to inspection and search by school officials.
Students who misplace
personal belongings during the school day should check the
appropriate administrative office.
McEachern’s Media Center
provides a variety of services for students and teachers.
Media Specialists and staff help students to locate and use
print, non-print, computer based and Internet resources. A
quiet atmosphere conducive to individual research and
pleasure reading is maintained. The Media Center is open
from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and
from 7:30 to 3:30 on Friday. A teacher-issued pass is
necessary for admittance to the Media Center during the
school day. Students do not need a pass to use the media
center before or after school hours.
Students use the computer
to access the on-line card catalog, full text magazine and
newspaper indexes, electronic encyclopedia, and atlases.
Internet access is available under teacher supervision with
Computer use in the Media
Center is for research and/or class assignments. Students
whose teachers have signed up classes for research will have
first right to the computers. Internet access is subject to
all Cobb County/McEachern High School policies. Checking
e-mail and personal surfing does not fall within the Cobb
County/McEachern policies. Printing from the computers is
available at the cost of ten cents per page. Students may
use the Cobb Virtual Library (CVL) resources from the media
center or at home. To access at home, access
The password changes quarterly and can be obtained from the
Students may check out
three books for class work and/or pleasure reading. To check
out a book students simply use their student ID card. The
check out period for a book is three weeks. Students who do
not return their books promptly will be contacted through
their advisement group. After a time the book will be
considered lost, and the student must pay for it. Photocopy
machines are available for student use at ten cents per
magazines, and newspapers are for use in the Media Center
only. Personal supplies needed by students for the
completion of class projects are to be brought by the
student for his/her use. All campus rules and regulations
are in effect in the Media Center.
1. A school employee,
or voluntary clinic worker, will with the written permission
from the child’s parent/guardian assist the child in taking
medication. Only medications that have a required dose
during the school hours will be given.
2. Medications must be
brought to the school office/clinic by parents.
3. The school will not
supply over the counter medications.
For further information on
this topic, please review Form JLCD-13 on the school
Limited parking space is
available on campus. McEachern seniors and juniors can earn
premium parking based on cumulative GPA. Local and county
policies govern student parking. McEachern students must
follow all of the procedures outlined on the county
application. In addition, neither students who drive to
school nor students they transport can receive an excused
tardy because of traffic, car or ride problems. Cobb County
policy states that any driver who has six unexcused tardies
will lose parking privileges for the semester. The campus
police officer supervises parking and handles violations and
tickets. To resolve parking problems, see the campus police
officer. Administrators have the right to suspend/revoke
parking privileges. Fees for parking (subject to change by
school district) are: Parking decal - $50.00 for first
car; $5.00 for additional car from same family to use same
MESSAGES AND USE OF PHONES
The school cannot take or
deliver personal messages for students, except under very
special and specific circumstances. These circumstances
will include the following only: 1) notification of death,
serious illness, or disaster in the family, 2) medical
appointments that have changed unexpectedly, 3) an
unexpected change in work schedule for a student enrolled in
the work program.
Phones located in all
Administrative and faculty offices are generally not for
It is very important that
students be present on registration days. Equally important
is the task of carefully selecting courses and returning
completed forms. Once courses have been selected, the
signed registration form becomes a commitment to remain in
the chosen classes. Every effort will be made to
accommodate the selections indicated; however, the following
factors may affect the student’s final schedule:
1. In the event a
student has chosen a course and his/her final grade does not
meet the prerequisite listed in the course booklet, the
schedule must be adjusted accordingly.
2. In the event a
course listed in the course booklet is not requested by a
sufficient number of students, that course will not be
offered, and the student will be placed in an alternate
3. A student who
selects two courses that are offered the same period will be
placed in only one of these courses and an alternate choice.
If the student chooses to withdraw
from a course after 10 days of the semester, the student
will be given an ‘F” for that class. The “F” becomes a part
of the student’s grade point average.
the first 10 days of the semester, schedules may be changed
for the following reasons: needs specific course for
graduation, already passed course, administrative
reassignment, or class balancing to level the size of class
Report cards are issued
every six weeks. Following the first six weeks, progress
reports are given at three-week intervals. Only the 18
week or semester grade is recorded on the permanent
record and receives an earned credit. Report cards are
A student will be retained
in a grade level if he/she does not earn enough credits to
be on track for graduation. To be promoted a
9th grader earns
5 or more credits
grader earns 10 or more credits
grader earns 16 or more credits
Students should make every
effort to use the restroom during the walk time. Restroom
privileges during class time are subject to teacher’s
classroom rules. Any special consideration of a student
regarding this rule must include a doctor’s note detailing
reason for consideration.
Normal school hours shall
be defined as 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
However, reasonable rules of student conduct shall apply at
all times students are on campus and in attendance at any
school related activity on this or another campus or any
public or private property being used for a school related
After normal school
hours, there is no formal supervision of the McEachern High
School campus. Students should arrange for rides based on
this knowledge. Students should plan to leave the campus no
later than 4:00pm on a regular school day unless there is a
planned event involving a staff member that begins by
4:00pm. Remaining after school for an evening event that
begins after 4:00pm is not allowed. No students or outsiders
will be allowed in the school building or on school campus,
including the gymnasium, after normal school hours without
faculty supervision or proper adult supervision authorized
by the school administration.
School insurance is
available to all students. A packet is available for each
student on the first day of classes. Purchase of this
program is optional. Students must have proof of insurance
to participate in extracurricular activities.
All social events implying
any association with McEachern High School must be approved
by the administration. All events must be chaperoned. Only
presently enrolled students and their approved guests may
attend. Appropriate school rules of conduct are in effect
even though the event may be off campus and after hours.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATION
Students and parents should
check the McEachern High School website for updated
club/student organizations and their related events.
All students will be
issued a student identification card which must be carried
at all times.
Student identification cards may be required for admittance
to school activities. Lost identification cards will be
replaced for a fee of $5.00.
PERSONAL INFORMATION CHANGES
All students are to keep
the school current of residence, change of residence and
guardian information and telephone number. In the event a
change needs to be made in this information, the student
should see the clerk in the appropriate grade-level office.
A recognition program is
held near the conclusion of the year to honor students.
Honor graduate status will be awarded to any student earning
a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Grades
are computed through the second semester of the senior
year. An honors recognition ceremony is held in May. Each
department honors exceptional students in each course
offered at McEachern High School. Scholarship recipients and
McEachern Trust Fund scholars are recognized.
AND ADULT DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY ACT
that local school systems certify whether or not a student’s
attendance pattern and discipline record allow him or her to
have a Georgia driver’s permit or license. Forms are
available in Russell Hall (upstairs) and cost $2.00 for
processing. Forms turned in Monday through Wednesday are
ready on Friday; those turned in Thursday or Friday are
ready on the following Tuesday. There are NO same-day forms
processed under any circumstances.
For the purpose of
reporting, a non-compliant student is one who:
1.... has dropped out of
school without graduating and has remained out of school for
ten consecutive school days.
2.... has more than ten
school days of unexcused absences in any semester or
combination of two consecutive quarters.
3.... has been suspended
from school for:
striking or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school
possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property.
possession or use of a weapon on school property.
school cannot be responsible for students’ personal
property. Students should leave valuables and large amounts
of money at home.
Students are not to bring
visitors with them to campus during the school day. Persons
wishing to enter our campus must first report to the
Administrative Office on the first floor of Russell Hall or
Attendance Office to request a visitor’s pass from the
principal or his designee. Parents are always welcome;
however, they must make appointments to see the teachers,
administration or counselors. Instructional time will not
be interrupted for conferences.
(According to Cobb County
Board of Education Policy JV);
A. All persons wishing
to visit a Cobb County School must contact the school
principals or his/her designee prior to or immediately upon
entry of school property. The persons must obtain written
permission to visit any part of the school, and the
principal may grant permission at his discretion in
accordance with school operations. The presence or
visitation of unauthorized persons in and about school
system facilities or properties may constitute trespassing
and may subject visitors to criminal prosecution under the
laws of the State of Georgia.
B. A student or
employee may not have an unauthorized visitor in class.
Legal Reference: OCGA
20-2-50; 20-2-57; 20-2-59
Before students withdraw,
please contact the appropriate counselor and the attendance
office. Students who withdraw from school must have
authorization from the parent. The withdrawal form must be
signed by everyone indicated in order to be cleared of all
If it becomes necessary to
withdraw from school, a withdrawal form should be obtained
from the Attendance Office and taken to each subject matter
teacher and other persons indicated on the form. All
textbooks and library books must be returned and all money
due for lost/damaged books, fines and fees must be paid
before records can be presented.
Students who are of legal
age and want a work permit may obtain a work permit from the
Senior Building. Please allow 3 days for processing once the
completed form is turned in to the office.
Yearbooks are sold in the fall of the year directly by Herff-Jones,
the publisher of the McEachern yearbook entitled The
Jomehan. Order forms are mailed to the home of all
enrolled students; in addition, Herff-Jones supplies a
toll-free number and a website for ordering yearbooks. The
toll free number and the website information are available
in the main office, and they will be posted on the McEachern
website. These services are available in the fall of the
year, so all guaranteed yearbooks must be purchased at that
The State Board of Education offers
four diplomas: College Preparatory, College Preparatory
With Distinction, Technology/Career and Technology/Career
With Distinction. (Courses listed below in the programs
meet the entrance requirements for public post-secondary
institutions in Georgia. Students who are planning to
attend a school other than a Georgia public institution
should check the specific requirements of the school they
wish to attend.) In order to receive a diploma, students
must also pass the graduation exit exam requirement and
obtain a grade point average in the Core Courses of 3.0 or
above on a four point scale.