Together, we will promote a positive and secure learning-centered environment with the educational tools and opportunities to embrace diversity for success as life-long learners.






·          Develop communication, problem solving, and technological skills to prepare students for a variety of situations.

·          Promote accountability for each person involved in the learning process.

·          Develop constructive relationships between students, parents, and community.

·          Foster curriculum as an evolving conceptual framework.




The Hamilton R-II School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


                                                Tim Schieber, Principal

                                                Hamilton R-II School District

                                                P.O. Box 130

                                                Hamilton, Missouri 64644

                                                (816) 583-2136




Penney High School




    Superintendent’s Office – 583-2134

    High School Principal’s Office – 583-2136

    Middle School Principal’s Office – 583-2173

    Elementary Principal’s Office – 583-4811

    Athletic Director’s Office – 583-2174

    Vocational Agriculture – 583-2135

    Kitchen – 583-2441

    Missouri’s School Violence Hotline – 1-866-748-7047

    School web page:



     Classes will begin promptly each day at 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.  The building will be open at 7:30 each morning.  Students are to report to the old gym upon arrival.  A bell will ring at 7:55 a.m. at which time students will have five minutes to go to their lockers and proceed to classrooms.  All students should be seated in their respective classes at 8:00 a.m. and be prepared for class to begin.

     Penney High School staff will be responsible for supervising students from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Students should not arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. unless they have made arrangements with a teacher to receive extra help.  Students are to leave the premises immediately after the 3:00 bell rings unless they have made arrangements with a teacher to receive extra assistance or supervision or are involved in an extracurricular activity with supervised practice immediately after school. 

     The Hamilton R-II School District and Penney High School will not be responsible for supervising students outside the stated times listed above. 


District Website Information Available:

Information available on the Hamilton R-II District website includes but is not limited to:

1.                    Daily Bulletin

2.                    Student Handbook

3.                    School Calendar

4.                    Lunch Menu

5.                    School Contacts

6.                    School Board Policy

7.                    A+ information

8.                    Information on school closings



     Students are expected to be in their assigned classes and ready to go to work when the bell rings.  Students who report to their first block class after the bell rings must have an admit slip from the office to enter class.

     A cumulative record of tardies will be kept in the office.  Our tardy policy is as follows:

4 tardies = 1 hour detention

                                4 more tardies = 1 hour detention (Total of 8)

                                4 more tardies = 1 hour detention (Total of 12)

                                4 more tardies = 1 day ISS (Total of 16)                                                                                 

4 more tardies = 1 Saturday School* (Total of 20)

                                4 more tardies = 1 Saturday School* (Total of 24)

                                4 more tardies = 1 Saturday School* (Total of 28)

                                4 more tardies = 1 Saturday School* (Total of 32)

                                4 more tardies = 1 Saturday School* (Total of 36)

   *Saturday School will be on the day assigned by the principal.  Any student who fails to attend or misbehaves and is asked to leave will be required to come to school the following Monday morning to receive a one-day out of school suspension.  Once the student receives the suspension, they will be sent home.  If a student does not report on that Monday morning, the student will be unexcused and the out of school suspension will not begin until the student reports to school.



     In order for students to gain the maximum knowledge available in a particular subject area, students must attend school regularly and consistently.  When a student is absent, the following will apply:

1.  Excused Absence: personal illness, death in family, and court date.  Out-of-town with family, and emergency help at home if prior approval is received by the parent and/or guardian and from the principal.  (This type of absence should be held to a minimum and no more than five school days will be approved.)  Students will be responsible for obtaining their assignments before the absence occurs and turning them in to their respective teachers immediately upon return if they wish to receive credit for them.

     a.  A note from home or a phone call from the parent is required for an absence to be excused.  The absence will be documented as unexcused until a phone call from the parent or a signed note from the parent is received in the office.  After 24 hours from the student’s arrival back in school, a note or phone call will not be accepted and the absence will be permanently recorded as unexcused.

     b.  After a student misses 4 days in a semester, parents will be notified by mail, and a doctor’s excuse or our school nurse’s excuse will be required; or if the student misses 4 of the same class periods the 5th will require a doctor’s note.  Without a doctor’s/ Connie Dixon’s excuse the absence will be considered unexcused.

     Make-up:  The teacher of the missed class will assist the student in coordinating his make-up work.

     Upon return to school after an absence, students will be expected to participate in physical education as usual unless they have a doctor’s excuse.

2.  Unexcused Absences: Any work that is assigned or completed in class on a day that a student is unexcused cannot be completed by the student for credit.  Homework due on the day of the unexcused absence must be returned to the teacher by the next class.  If a project or paper is due on an unexcused day, the assignment will not be accepted.  Tests taken on unexcused days will receive no credit.

3.  Excessive Absences:  If a student has four unexcused absences in a semester, the student will not be allowed to attend school for the balance of the semester until the student and his/her parent/guardian have attended a meeting with the superintendent and principal to discuss ways of improving the students attendance at school.  At this meeting, further attendance procedures for the semester will be discussed.

4.  Mandatory Attendance: Students are required by law to attend school until their 17th birthday or until they have earned 16 units of high school credit.  Any student who is under 17 years of age and is not attending school on a regular basis places themselves and their parent/guardian in violation of the mandatory attendance law.  The prosecuting attorney will be contacted if a child has an excessive number of absences.  

5.  A+ Students: Attendance policies differ from above policies.  Check the A+ student handbook for details.

6.  College Days: Seniors with no unexcused absences during the current semester will be allowed a maximum of 2 college days per school year and Juniors with no unexcused absences during the current semester a maximum of 1 college day per school year with prior approval from the Guidance Office and appropriate documentation from the college visited.  These must be taken before May 1.


     What To Do In Case Of Absence: Parents/guardians need to call the sick child hotline (583-4864) if your child will be absent from school that day. Please leave a voice mail if no one answers the phone.  You may also call the high school office (583-2136) and ask for extension 229 or 216 to leave a message that your child will be absent from school that day.  If the parent/guardian does not call the school, school personnel will attempt to contact the parent at home and at work to verify the absence of the student.  If no phone contact is made before the student returns to school, the student is to bring a note signed by your parents and/or guardians explaining your reason for absence (doctor or dental appointment cards are also acceptable).  Present this to the proper authority in the principal’s office and you will be issued an admit slip to return to class.  In the event that the school has not been notified by phone or note within 24 hours of the child’s return to school, the absence will be recorded as unexcused and will not be changed. 

     In the event that a student has been absent due to illness for more than two days of school, the student or parent and/or guardian may contact the principal’s office to obtain missed homework assignments.  The office must be contacted before 12:00 noon in order to give teachers time to compile the assignments by the end of the school day.



     In order for students to be eligible for participation in extracurricular activities, they must be present in school at least the last half of the day on the day of the activity, unless arrangements are made in advance with the principal.  The principal may excuse students for doctor or dental appointments, funerals, etc., if arranged prior to the absence.



     If a student must leave school early for any reason, he must either have a note or a call from the parent and/or guardian to the office before leaving school.



     Any student, parent, or other individual may request the addition of a sport (including the elevation of club or intramural teams) in the District’s middle school or high school athletic program by submitting Form IGD-AF to the District’s Activities Director.  Form IGD-AF is available in the Activities Director office.

     The Activities Director (Director), in conjunction with the District Superintendent, will consider the requestor’s application and any supporting documentation, and make a decision about the requestor’s application within 30 days of the date the application is submitted to the Director.  If the Director rejects the application, the Director will provide the specific reason(s) for the rejection in writing to the requestor within 30 days of the decision.

     The requestor shall have 10 days to appeal the Director’s decision to the Board of Education, and must do so in writing to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent will forward the application and any related documentation to the Board of Education.  The Board of Education will consider the appeal and notify the requestor of its decision within 60 days of submission of the appeal.  The Board of Education’s decision shall be final.



     Anytime a student is going on an overnight school supervised activity, luggage may be searched.



     “Directory Information” will be released as deemed necessary by school officials.  The school district designates the following items as Directory Information: student’s name, parent’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, honors, and awards received, most recent previous school attended, and photographs including but not limited to school yearbooks, school website, school-produced videos, and newspapers.  Parents or eligible students will have ten (10) school days after the annual public notice to view the student’s directory information and to provide notice in writing to the school district that they choose to not have this information released.  Unless notified to the contrary in writing within the ten (10) school day period, the school district may disclose any of those items designated as directory information without prior written consent.


*The Hamilton R-2 School District is required by law to release names, addresses, and phone numbers of all Juniors and Seniors to each military branch.



     Students are expected to come to school looking clean, neat, and dressed in a manner, which is accepted as being in good taste.  Students are not to wear:

1.        Blouses or shirts that allow the midriff, back, or undergarments to be visible at any time;

2.        Shirts or dresses that have less than a two inch strap over each shoulder unless covered by a outer shirt that is buttoned;

3.        Fish net shirts;

4.        Shorts, dresses, or skirts that are shorter than mid-thigh;

5.        Clothing that draws undue attention or that disrupts the normal operation        

of school;

   6.      Tee shirts with obscene suggestions, vulgarity, profanity, or

            advertising drugs;

   7       No wearing apparel that is disruptive;

   8.      No caps or head cover.               

Dress code is subject to revision at a later date.



   Obtaining a high school diploma is a significant accomplishment and commencement is a dignified ceremony commemorating the occasion.  Students who wish to participate in the graduation ceremony must dress accordingly.  Students who, in the opinion of the high school principal, are not dressed appropriately will not be permitted to participate. 

   Some examples of appropriate dress for boys include dress slacks or khakis (no denim jeans, shorts, or pants) and a collared shirt.  Ties are optional.  Socks and dress shoes (no sandals or tennis shoes) are required.

   Some examples of appropriate dress for girls include a dress or slacks (no denim jeans, shorts, or pants) and a nice blouse.  Dress shoes (no tennis shoes) are required.

   Some examples of inappropriate dress include, but are not limited to jeans, shorts, sunglasses, tennis shoes, t-shirts, head garments, or clothes with any writing on them.  No casual sandals such as flip-flops or leather casual sandals are permitted.  No writing is permitted on caps and gowns.

   Students or parents who have questions regarding this policy or who require assistance obtaining appropriate attire should contact the high school principal at 816-583-2136.

   Exceptions to this policy will be made as necessary to accommodate students with disabilities.

   Students who do not participate in the graduation ceremony can pick up their diplomas at the high school principal’s office from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. any weekday after graduation.

   This policy was approved by the Hamilton R-2 Board of Education on December 18, 2002.



    1.      Students shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner and, at all times, practice good self-discipline.  Poor conduct not only degrades the student but the student body as a whole.  Disrespect will not be tolerated.  Treat others, as you would expect to be treated.

    2.      By Federal Law, any unauthorized possession of firearms, knives, or other weapons by students on school property or at school-sponsored activities will result in an automatic expulsion of that student from school for a period of not less than 365 days.

    3.      The use, possession or distribution of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or tobacco, in the building, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored activities is prohibited.  This applies to all situations involving use of the following by students or their dates while attending, or before attending, school or any school activity; alcoholic beverages of any type, controlled substances as defined by Missouri Law, uncontrolled medicine and drugs and prescription drugs.  This policy applies equally to local school activities as well as away-from-home events.  Violation will result in suspension as well as notification to the proper authorities.

    4.      The High School student parking lot for Seniors is located on the south side of the school.  The Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior parking lot are beside the softball field.  Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege not right.  The school retains the authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots.  The interior of a student’s automobile may be searched if an administrator has a reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized, contraband, or evidence of a violation of school policy is contained inside the vehicle.  The school also retains the right to have any vehicle towed at the owner’s expense if the vehicle is not parked according to guidelines set by the high school principal.  When arriving at school, lock your vehicle and proceed to the commons area.  Do not loiter in your car or the parking lot.  Students who violate these regulations or rules of safety will lose the privilege of driving their car to school.

    5.      Students are not permitted to leave the school building once they enter it without permission.

    6.      School and school activities are not the place for displaying affection.

    7.      There will be no loud, boisterous conduct in the halls.

8.        Students are to be in their respective places at all times.  Classes are in the classrooms and not in the hallways.

9.        Students remaining after school for practice of an activity must have a teacher present in a supervisory capacity.  Students will not be permitted to remain alone unsupervised for any reason.

10.     Students are not to have cellular phones or pagers in the building.  If a school employee sees or hears a cellular phone or pager, they will confiscate the item and turn it into the office.  If this is the first offense, the phone or pager will be given back to the student at the end of the day.  Any subsequent offenses will require the parent or guardian of the student to come to school and obtain the phone or pager from the principal.

11.     Any items deemed to be a distraction to student learning will be banned.  Students will be notified of this.

12.     See Board of Education Policy 006.2 Due Process.




     All parents or guardians are provided with a complete discipline policy with a signature page on the front that is to be signed and returned at the beginning of the year.  Some specifics on disciplinary actions follow:

    Out-of-school suspension:  Students serving out-of-school suspension are not allowed to attend any school activities while on suspension.  Students receive no credit on work while gone.  However, students may apply to attend Night School.  The principal has the authority to approve or deny the application.  This application must be made at the time the student is given the out-of-school suspension.  Students who attend Night School have the opportunity to make up work missed on a given day by attending school from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the day the out-of-school suspension occurs.  Students who choose to come from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. will receive at the most 75% credit on all work completed.  Students who are planning on attending Night School but are absent will receive no credit.

   In-school suspension:  Students serving in-school suspension will receive 80% credit on all work completed during the suspension.

   Detentions:  Detentions given by the principal can be served on Monday or Wednesday after school from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday before school from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.  Students have one week to serve the detention.  If students fail to serve the detention, they will serve a day of in-school suspension.  Other consequences may follow if students repeatedly fail to serve detentions.



     Students who engage in significant acts of misconduct off campus which materially and adversely impacts the education of district students will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.




In order to promote a safe learning environment for all students, the Hamilton R-II School District prohibits all forms of hazing, bullying and student intimidation. Students participating in or encouraging inappropriate conduct will be disciplined in accordance with JG-R. Such discipline may include, but is not limited to, suspension or expulsion from school and removal from participation in activities. Students who have been subjected to hazing or bullying are instructed to promptly report such incidents to a school official.


In addition, district staff, coaches, sponsors and volunteers shall not permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing or bullying or plan, direct, encourage, assist, engage or participate in any activity that involves hazing or bullying. District staff will report incidents of hazing and bullying to the building principal. The principal shall promptly investigate all complaints of hazing and bullying and shall administer appropriate discipline to all individuals who violate this policy. District staff who violate this policy may be disciplined or terminated.


The superintendent will provide for appropriate training designed to assist staff, coaches, sponsors and volunteers in identifying, preventing and responding to incidents of hazing and bullying. 


The district shall annually inform students, parents, district staff and volunteers that hazing and bullying is prohibited. This notification may occur through the distribution of the written policy, publication in handbooks, presentations at assemblies or verbal instructions by the coach or sponsor at the start of the season or program.



Hazing – For purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as any activity, on or off school grounds, that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student or put the student in a ridiculous, humiliating, stressful or disconcerting position for the purposes of initiation, affiliation, admission, membership or maintenance of membership in any group, class, organization, club or athletic team including, but not limited to, a grade level, student organization or school-sponsored activity.


Hazing may include those actions that subject a student to extreme mental stress including, but not limited to, sleep deprivation, physical confinement, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or criminal activity, or other stress-inducing activities. Hazing may also include, but is not limited to:  acts of physical brutality; whipping; beating; branding; exposing to the elements; forcing consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance; forcing inhalation or ingestion of tobacco products; or any other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health

or safety of an individual.


Hazing may occur even when all students involved are willing participants. Hazing does not occur when a student is required to audition or try out for an organization when the criteria are reasonable, approved by the district and legitimately related to the purpose of the organization.


Bullying – For purposes of this policy, bullying is defined as intimidation or harassment of a student or multiple students perpetuated by individuals or groups. Bullying includes, but is not limited to:  physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft, or damaging property; oral or written taunts, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion, or threats; or threats of retaliation for reporting such acts. Bullying may also include cyberbullying or cyberthreats. Cyberbullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices.  Cyberthreats are online materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide or self-harm.


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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.



A.       Anti-Discrimination Law Compliance


As a political subdivision, employer, recipient of federal funds and educational institution, the Board of Education is prohibited from, and hereby declares a policy against, engaging in unlawful discrimination, including harassment creating a hostile environment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age or use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities and with regard to employment.  The Board is an equal opportunity employer.


Marital, maternal or paternal status shall not affect the rights and privileges of district students to receive an education.  Those students are eligible to participate in all activities and receive all honors the same as any other students enrolled in the school district.


B.       Collateral Prohibitions


As part of this obligation, the Board is also prohibited from, and declares a policy against:


(1)     Retaliatory actions based on making complaints of

          prohibited discrimination or participation in an

          investigation, formal proceeding or informal resolution

          concerning prohibited discrimination;


(2)         Aiding, abetting, inciting, compelling or coercing

discrimination; and


(3)         Discrimination against any person because of such        

person’s association with a person protected from discrimination due to one or more of the above-stated characteristics.


C.       Compliance Officer Appointment


To ensure that these obligations are met, the Board designates the following individual to act as the district’s nondiscrimination laws compliance coordinator, who shall also be the appointee for all laws specifically mandating such an appointment, and who shall have the duty of keeping the superintendent informed of the state of compliance with this policy districtwide:


Tim Schieber, High School Principal

Hamilton R-II School District, Hwy 13 North

Hamilton, MO  64644

Phone – (816) 583-2134, Fax (816) 583-2139


D.       Reporting and Complaint


Complaints and reports regarding discharge of the duties summarized in this policy should be addressed to the compliance coordinator.  Any employee of the district or member of the Board of Education who becomes apprised of a possible violation of this policy must report the matter to the coordinator.  In the event the compliance coordinator is the subject of a report that would otherwise be made to the compliance coordinator, reports should instead be directed to: (Board of Education, Hamilton R-II School District, Hwy 13 South, Hamilton, MO  64644 Phone – (816) 583-2134, Fax (816) 583-2139, who will assume the coordinator’s duties for the purpose of that complaint.


E.       Grievance Procedure and Resolution of Complaints


The administration will establish an effective grievance procedure and take any other actions necessary to carry out this policy, with due regard for the substantive and procedural rights of all parties concerned.


F.       Confidentiality and Records


To the extent permitted by law, any public record held by this school district that is generated or received pursuant to this policy shall be closed and available only to the Board acting as a quorum, a committee appointed by the Board to carry out this policy on a permanent or ad hoc basis, the compliance coordinator and other administrators whose duties require access to the record in order to carry out this policy.  Such persons may share access, on an individual basis, to such records with complainants or participants in a grievance or other resolution, only to the extent such disclosure promotes the purposes of this policy and is not prohibited by FERPA or any other law.  Certain other limited disclosures may be required when material in the records is integral to an action affecting a constitutionally recognized property or liberty interest.


G.      Public Notice and Dissemination


A copy of this policy will be posted in a public area of each building used for instruction and/or administrative offices.  A copy of this policy will also be distributed annually to employees, parents or guardians, and students.  The administration is directed to further publicize this policy and provide for such training or instruction as necessary to ensure districtwide compliance with anti-discrimination laws, including instruction in recognizing behavior indicative of a violation of this policy.


H.      Limitations


Nothing in this policy shall be construed as creating a cause of action.  Neither the proscriptions of, nor actions taken under, this policy shall on that basis estop the Board from fully arguing for or against the existence of any fact and the scope or meaning of any law in any forum.


I.         Disability Harassment


Disability harassment under Section 504 and Title II is intimidation or abusive behavior toward a student based on disability that creates a hostile environment by interfering with or denying a student’s participation in or receipt of benefits, services, or opportunities in the institution’s program.  Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic and written statement, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating.


Range of penalties for violating the disability harassment are as follows:

   First Offense:   Principal/Student conference, detention, in-   school suspension, or 1-10 days out-of-school suspension.

   Subsequent Offense:   Detention, in-school suspension, 1-180 days out-of-school suspension, or expulsion.



Note:  The reader is encouraged to review administration procedures and/or forms for related information in support of this policy area.



(Model Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights

and Privacy Act for Elementary and Secondary Schools

for Distribution in Student Handbooks)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:


1.             The right to inspect and review the student's education records.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal or appropriate school official a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.


2.             The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's privacy.  Parents or eligible students should write the principal or appropriate official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's privacy.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.


3.             The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her responsibility as authorized by the district.  Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.


4.             The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  Complaints should be directed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.


The district has determined that the following information regarding the district's students is not harmful or an invasion of privacy and therefore will release this information without first obtaining parental consent.  If a parent, guardian, person acting as a student's parent in absence of a parent or guardian, or the student (if 18 or older) does not want the district to release the information listed below, they must notify the district in writing within ten (10) days of receiving this handbook.


The following information may be released without obtaining parental consent:


<                     Students in kindergarten through eighth grade -- Student's name; parent's name; date and place of birth; grade level; bus assignment; enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time); participation in school-based activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; honors and awards received; artwork or coursework displayed by the district; most recent previous school attended; and photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound unless such photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound would be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy.


<                     High school and vocational school students -- Student's name; parent's name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; grade level; bus assignment; enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time); participation in school-based activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees, honors and awards received; artwork or coursework displayed by the district; most recent previous school attended; and photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound unless such photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound would be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy.


Pursuant to federal law, military recruiters and institutions of higher education may request and receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all high school students, unless their parents or guardians notify the school not to release this information.  Please notify the district if you do not want this information released.


This form was modified from a version prepared by U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office.


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Note:       The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or procedures for related information in this administrative area.



(Model Notification of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)


The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights pertaining to the district's collection and use of information for marketing purposes as well as how the district conducts surveys and certain physical exams.  These include the right to:


1.             Give consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one (1) or more of the following protected areas (Aprotected information survey@) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education:


a.             Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student=s parent.


b.             Mental or psychological problems of the student or student=s family.


c.             Sex behavior or attitudes.


d.             Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior.


e.             Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships.


f.              Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers.


g.             Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student=s parent.


h.             Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.


2.             Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:


a.             Any other protected information survey, regardless of the funding source.


b.             Any nonemergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law, except for hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings.


c.             Activities involving collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing, selling or otherwise distributing the information to others.

3.             Inspect, upon request and before administration or use:


a.             Protected information surveys of students.


b.             Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales or other distribution purposes.


c.             Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.


These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor.


The Hamilton R-2 School District has adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights and has made arrangements to protect the privacy of student records.  The district will directly notify parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation in the specific activity or survey.  The district will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the district has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time.  Parents will also be provided notification of surveys and activities scheduled after the start of the school year.


If you wish to review any survey instrument or instructional material used in connection with any protected information or marketing survey, please contact the following school official:


Tim Schieber

903 N. Davis, PO Box 130

Hamilton, MO  64644


Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:       


Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C.  20202-5901





(Notice of Nondiscrimination)


The Hamilton R-II School District Board of Education is committed to maintaining a workplace and educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, activities and facilities.  In accordance with law, the district strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities or in employment.  The Board also prohibits retaliatory actions against those who report or participate in the investigation of prohibited discrimination or harassment.  The Hamilton R-II School District is an equal opportunity employer.


The district also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and other designated youth groups in accordance with federal law.


The district will identify, evaluate and provide a free, appropriate education to all students with disabilities in accordance with law.  Anyone who knows or believes that a student may have a disability–regardless of whether the student is currently enrolled in the Hamilton R-II School District–is encouraged to contact the district’s compliance officer listed below.


Anyone who, because of a disability, requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or requires a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact the compliance officer listed below as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.


The district’s nondiscrimination policy and grievance forms are located on the district’s website at or any district office.


The following compliance officer has been designated to address inquiries, questions and grievances regarding the district’s nondiscrimination policies:


Tim Schieber, Principal

Hamilton R-II School District, P.O. Box 130, Hamilton, MO  64644

Phone:  816-583-2136

Fax:  816-583-2319



In the event that the compliance officer is unavailable or is the subject of a grievance that would otherwise be made to the compliance officer, reports should instead be directed to the acting compliance officer:


Troy Ford, Superintendent

Hamilton R-II School District, P.O. Box 130, Hamilton, MO  64644

Phone:  816-583-2134

Fax:  816-583-2139



Inquiries may also be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, or the U.S. Department of Justice if applicable.


Office for Civil Rights

Phone:  816-268-0550

TDD:  877-521-2172



Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Phone:  800-669-4000

TTY:  800-669-6820


U.S. Department of Justice

Phone:  202-514-2000

TTY:  202-514-0716



Missouri Commission on Human Rights

Phone:  800-735-2466

TDD:  800-735-2966

Relay Missouri:  877-781-4236




     Class “A” lunches will be served in the cafeteria each school day.  Regular lunch prices will be announced prior to the opening of school.

     All balances must be paid prior to eating.

     A breakfast program will also be available to students from 7:30 to 7:55 each morning.  Students who arrive after 7:55am will not be served breakfast.  Free and reduced price regulations will apply the same as for lunch.  Regular breakfast prices will also be announced prior to the opening of school.

     Students bringing sack lunches are also expected to eat in the cafeteria area.

     The cafeteria, besides being a lunchroom, is also a place where good human relations can be developed.  Here, each student is expected to practice the general rules of good manners.  Some simple rules of courteous behavior that make the lunch period pleasant and relaxed are:

   1.  Observe good dining room manners at the table;

   2.  Leave tables and surrounding area clean and orderly;

   3.  Put trash in proper container;

   4.  Do not leave cafeteria while eating or carrying food.

   5.  No students are allowed in the halls during lunch period without permission.

   6.  Students are not allowed to leave school to eat lunch.



     Application forms will be distributed to each student on opening day to apply for free and reduced lunch.  These must be completed and returned promptly in order to be reviewed for approval.

     All information must be completed on the form.  No approval can be given without each individual’s social security number and wages earned.



     All visitors to the school must first register in the principal’s office before proceeding to any other part of the building.  Non-students must obtain a visitor’s pass and will not be allowed on the school campus unless authorized by the principal’s office.  Loitering on the school campus is not permitted. Non-students will not be allowed to spend any part of the school day with regular students.



     There will be a wide variety of student activities offered during the coming school year.  It is not expected that students participate in every activity, nor is it encouraged, but each student will derive a great deal of personal experience and satisfaction by participating in activities and organizations.  A faculty or staff member will sponsor each activity or club.



     Hamilton R-2 Board of Education has adopted an eligibility policy.  A student can fail no more than one class per semester in order to be eligible to participate in the activities listed below.

     Preceding semester grades are the criteria, which determine current semester eligibility.  Activities included in the policy are as follows:

  Basketball                                              Academic Bowl

  Cheerleading                                          Boys Golf

  Dance Corps                                          Girls Golf

  Flag Corps                                             Softball

  Track                                                     Football

  Class Officers                                        Band competitions

  Student Council Officers                        Chorus competitions

  COSA Representatives                           Wrestling   

  FFA/FCCLA/FBLA Officers                   FBLA Contests

  Cross Country                                       FCCLA, FFA, & Voc. Ag Contests

  Foreign Language Club Officers             National Honor Society

Also included is any activity that participates in competition with other students.

     Activities not included in this policy are: 1. Prom;  2.  Dances;  3. Attending activities such as football, basketball games, home or away; 4. Field Trips.



     Students who represent Penney High School in extracurricular activities must be credible school and community citizens.  Those students whose character or conduct is such as to reflect discredit upon themselves or their school is not considered “creditable citizens.”  Conduct shall be satisfactory in accord with the standards of good discipline.

     A student shall not be considered eligible to participate in extracurricular activities while under suspension from school attendance.

     Extracurricular activities covered by this policy shall include all activities outside the classroom that are school sponsored.



     According to guidelines developed by the MSHSAA, of which Penney High School is a member, a student who commits an act for which charges may be or have been filed by law enforcement authorities under any municipal ordinance, misdemeanor or felony statute shall not be eligible until all proceedings with the legal system have been concluded and any penalty (i.e. jail time, fine, court costs, etc.) or special condition of probation (i.e. restitution, community service, counseling, etc.) has been satisfied. If law enforcement authorities determine that charges will not be filed, eligibility will be contingent upon local school policies. Moving traffic offenses shall not affect eligibility, unless they involve drugs, alcohol, or injuries to others. After a student has completed all court appearances and penalties, and has satisfied all special conditions of probation and remains under general probation only, local school authorities shall determine eligibility.

Student Responsibility: Each student is responsible to notify the school of any and all situations that would affect his/her eligibility under the above standards. If the student does not notify the school of the situation prior to the school’s discovery, then the student shall be ineligible for up to 365 days from discovery, pending review by the Board of Directors.



     This policy is defined per RSMO 160.261 and will be distributed at registration or the principal’s office.



     Student insurance is available to all students for grades 9 - 12.  Two types of coverage are offered: To and from and while at school coverage; 24-hour coverage.  An insurance registration form will be available in the office for those interested in this insurance.  The cost of insurance will be listed on the registration form.

     Student insurance is voluntary for all students, except those participating in sports, who will be required to have school insurance or give proof of other adequate insurance.



     Students with outstanding obligation to the school will not be issued grade cards until such matters are cleared.  This could include lost or damaged textbooks, library fines, vandalism charges, lost gym locks, etc.



     All students have the services of our guidance and counseling department available.  Each student may see the counselor as many times during the year as is necessary.  Here, the student can plan his educational program and better determine his own interests, aptitudes and capabilities.

     A student may request a visit with the counselor personally or ask one of his teachers to arrange the appointment.  Teachers or parents may also make the initial request for the student’s appointment with the counselor.  Assistance is available on any problem a child may have that affects his school or his personal life.  Students should plan to see the counselor during study hall.  He should avoid missing any class or any part of his class for such visits.  A student may stop in the guidance office between classes and make an appointment with the counselor.  A student may obtain a pass to be used during study hall or whenever a student has some time other than classes.

     Parents are especially invited to make use of our guidance services to better understand the child’s academic program.  They are encouraged to call the guidance office and set up an appointment at a time convenient to them.  The ultimate goal of the counselor is that each student achieves to the best of his or her ability.



     The following are the required courses or areas of study for graduation from Penney High School.  You should constantly bear in mind that you must enroll for required courses before choosing elective courses.  You are advised to check with your counselor any time if you have any questions as to whether you have fulfilled the requirements for graduation.  If a required course is failed, this deficiency must be included on your new enrollment form for the next year.

   Communication Skills                                             4 units

   Social Studies                                                         3 units

   Science                                                                   3 units

   Mathematics                                                           3 units

   Practical Arts                                                          1.5 units

   Fine Arts                                                                 1 unit

   Physical Education                                                                 1.5 units

   Health                                                                   .5 unit

   Personal Finance                                                    .5 unit

                Total Requirements:                                 18 units

                Total Electives:                                          9 units

                Total:                                                       27 units


     *College bound students are encouraged to check with the guidance counselor.  Many universities now require 4 communication skills, 4 units of science, 4 units of social studies, and 4 units of math.


     Grade classifications as of 8/6/12:

                Grade   9:  0 to 5.5 credits

                Grade 10:  6 to 11.5 credits

                Grade 11:  12 to 17.5 credits

                Grade 12:  18 to 26.5 credits

     *Student’s grade classifications do not change after 8/8/11 until the beginning of the next school year.



   Students who have not met graduation requirements,* are under disciplinary action from the school, or are not dressed according to the “Graduation Code of Dress” (see page 6), are not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

   *Completed with passing grades all graduation credit requirements of the Hamilton R-2 School District. 



     The school year consists of two semesters, each of which is divided into two quarters.  Report cards will be distributed at the end of each quarter and percent averaged on a semester basis.  Interim Reports will be given to parents or guardians during mid-quarter, notifying them that there is a danger of their child making a failing grade with subsequent loss of credit.  Students receiving incompletes must complete the missing tests or assignments within two weeks after the quarter ends, unless individual arrangements have been made with the instructor or there are mitigating circumstances.

     The grading system is as follows:

                A:            100 – 95

                A-:           94 – 90

                B+:           89 – 87

                B:             86 – 83

                B-:           82 – 80

                C+:           79 – 77

                C:             76 – 73

                C-:           72 – 70

                D+:          69 – 67

                D:            66 – 63

                D-:           62 – 60

                F:             Below 60

                I:              Incomplete



     Starting with the Class of 2009 Penney High School will be implementing weighted classes. The chart below lists the grade point system to be used.



Grade point

Tier 1

Tier 2














































Tier 1 Courses                                                                         Tier 2 Courses

Language Arts III                                                                     Language Arts IV

Spanish III                                                                                               Spanish IV

College Psychology                                                                  Trigonometry

College Sociology                                                                    College Algebra

Advanced Algebra                                                                   Anatomy & Physiology

Ag Business                                                                             Chemistry

Physics                                                                                    Statistics

Biology II                                                                                                Accounting III

Accounting II                                                                          



     The honor roll will be compiled and posted at the end of each quarter.  Breakdowns for the honor roll are as follows:

   Superintendent’s honor roll:  3.50 - 4.0 GPA*

   Principal’s honor roll:  3.0 - 3.4999 GPA*

   * Grade Point Average



   All courses except Physical Education and Conditioning will be giving semester tests at the end of the first and second semester.  All students will be expected to take the test.  However, any student who has an 85% semester average in a class and has missed 10 blocks or fewer from school in the current semester will have the option of not taking the semester test. These students can also opt to take the test but have it count only if it positively affects their semester average.  Semester tests will be 5 – 10% of your semester grade.  Teachers will notify their class of what percent the test will be.  Any students who have served an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension during the current semester will automatically forfeit the right to be exempt from any semester test during that semester.  NOTE:  The ten blocks or fewer absences are absences for any reason, including excused, doctor excuses, funeral, college days, or any other type of absence.  Scheduled early out days still have five classes.  If a student misses school on an early out day, this will still count as five blocks of absence toward the semester test policy.  NOTE:  Some courses, such as a few of our dual credit courses and End of Course tested courses, require all students to take the final, even if they have met the exemption criteria.  If your child is in one of these courses, their teachers will notify them of this requirement and the test will count toward their grade in the course.




   Penney High School students will participate in Missouri End of Course assessments as required by state law.  Currently Missouri requires all students to take an End of Course assessment in Biology, American Government, Algebra I, and Language Arts II before they graduate.  Penney High School students enrolled in Algebra IB or Algebra I will take the Algebra I EOC sometime during April or May if it is determined that they will earn credit in this class.  Penney High School students enrolled in Biology I or Applied Science II will take the Biology I EOC sometime during April or May if it is determined that they will earn credit in one of these classes. Penney High School students enrolled in American Government will take the American Government EOC sometime during April or May if it is determined that they will earn credit in one of these classes.   Penney High School students enrolled in Language Arts II or Language Arts 10 will take the Language Arts II EOC sometime during April or May if it is determined that they will earn credit in one of these classes. 

   Students enrolled in American History will be required to take the American History EOC test, students enrolled in Geometry will take the Geometry EOC, students enrolled in Advanced Algebra will be required to take the Algebra II EOC test, and students enrolled in Language Arts I or Language Arts 9 will be required to take the Language Arts I EOC test if it is determined that the student will earn credit in these classes.  All these EOC tests will be scheduled in April or May.



     Parent-Teacher conferences are recommended and encouraged.  Teacher e-mails are available on the school website.  Each teacher is provided a preparation hour each day and should be available to talk with a parent during that time if necessary.  Teachers are usually available for a conference after school each day.  Conferences should be made within the working day of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     Should a student be experiencing academic problems, it is highly recommended that the parent call the office and schedule a conference.



     Textbooks will be issued at the beginning of the course at no cost to the student.   Books numbers will be recorded and the student is responsible for turning in the book assigned to them.  Any lost or damaged textbooks (including library books) will be charged to the student.  Every student is obliged to give his books the best of care.  Fees may be assessed for projects in classes for materials that go beyond required work.  Any assessed fees (including lunches) must be paid each quarter in order for a student to receive his grade card or diploma.



     Repeat for Improved Grades: A student with lower than a B in a course who wishes to improve his grade will be allowed to do so under these guidelines:

   1.  Approval by the department chair/teacher/principal.

   2.  Both grades will be shown on the transcript with both grades being used for GPA calculation.

   3.  The course may be used only once toward the mandatory required credits.

     Course Withdrawal: Students are encouraged to remain in their scheduled classes until that class is completed either at the semester or at the end of the year.  Many upperclassmen “get caught” because of the switching of classes that occurred in the previous years.  A student may withdraw from a course without penalty during the publicized class change time period, which is typically three days, and if another acceptable course is available.  Parental permission must be obtained for a student to withdraw from a course.  The principal may consider unusual situations.

     The following are considered viable reasons for requesting a class change for the second semester.

        a.  A senior who needs a change in order to graduate.

        b.  A student who, in the teacher’s opinion, has no chance of passing.

        c.  A student whose original schedule called for a change or if a mistake was made during the original registration process.

       d.  A student who in a previous year has already taken and passed the second semester of the course.

     *All schedule changes are subject to final approval by the High School Principal.

      Dual Credit – Dual credit courses are available for upper-classmen who meet the academic qualifications set by the college participating.  See the Career and Educational Planning Guide in the Guidance Office for qualifications and specific course offerings.



     A registered nurse is in the building from 8:00 to 11:00 every morning and is on call the remainder of the day for cases of illness or emergencies.

     The following procedures must be followed when it is necessary to go to the nurse’s office:

   1.  Never go to the nurse’s office without first getting permission from your teacher or from the office.

   2.  Go directly to the nurse’s office.

   3.  Return directly to class.



     If a student becomes ill or is injured in an accident during the day, he should report to the principal’s office.  Parents of the students will be notified for instructions.  If the parents cannot be located, school officials will take appropriate measures on behalf of the student.  An admit slip will be completed which indicates illness as the reason for leaving school early.



     In any emergency only a parent/guardian is allowed to pick up their student.  Students will not be released to anyone but their parent and it must be in person.



     Sexual offenders are not allowed on school property.



     Lockers are assigned at the time of registration and students are to use only those lockers assigned to them.  Do not change lockers without office approval.  You are advised not to keep valuables in lockers.  Most items are lost because of failure to securely close lockers or keep lockers locked between classes.  If your locker does not properly lock, report this to the office immediately so we can have the locker fixed.  School lockers and desks are the property of the Board of Education and are provided for use/convenience of students, and as such, are subject to periodic inspection without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.



     To provide effective communication between the school administration, faculty, and students, a bulletin will be read each morning.  Copies of the bulletin are posted on bulletin boards in the commons near the office and on the school website.  All students are responsible for knowing the information in the bulletin.  Students and teachers may submit items for the bulletin to the principal’s office.



     The school telephones in the various offices are for school business only.  They are not to be used by students for any reason except illness or emergency.  Students will not be called to the telephone during class time except in the event of an emergency.  Messages may occasionally be taken by the office and given to students in a few cases when it is convenient to do so.



     In the event of school being canceled for bad weather, the following radio stations will be notified and announcements given at regular intervals:

                KMRN 1360 AM - Cameron

                KFEQ 68 AM - St. Joseph

                KSFT 105 FM - St. Joseph

                KKSO 15.5 AM - St. Joseph

                WDAF 61 AM - Kansas City

                KMZU 101.0 FM - Carrollton

                KAOL 1430 AM - Carrollton

                KAAN 87 AM or 96 FM - Bethany

                KCHI 1010 AM or 104 FM - Chillicothe

     Should school be dismissed during the school day, the same procedure will be followed.



   1.  One long bell will signify a fire or bomb drill.

   2.  All students in the room will march out in a single line and keep together.  One line will not rush ahead of or cross the line of another room.

   3.  Students will not go to their lockers or other rooms.  Students will march down the hall and out the designated doors.

   4.  Groups must move away from the doors to the practice football field ground and stay together.  Students will stay with their class.  The two students reaching the doors first will hold the doors open until everyone has left the building.  Doors should then be closed.

   5.  Students must not remain in the building.  Teachers will close the windows and door to the room vacated.  Students who happen to be in the halls or restrooms at the time of the alarm should fall into line quickly with the nearest group.  Teachers will stay with their group during the entire time students are out of their rooms.

   6.  The signal to return is a bell.



   1.  Tones over the intercom will signify a storm drill.

   2.  The hallway outside your classroom is your designated protection area when the drill sounds.

   3.  Avoid being around windows or glass doors.

   4.  Do not exit the building for any reason.

   5.  All students will kneel on the floor, bow their heads, and clasp both arms over their heads.

   6.  The drill will end when the principal does an all clear.

     Note:  All students should appreciate the necessity of performing these drills correctly in the event of such an emergency occurring.  Good discipline standards are a must and poor behavior during drills will not be tolerated.



     All students riding Hamilton R-2 school buses at any time will observe the following rules:

   1.  The bus is an extension of school property and authority.  Rules applying to the school premises apply equally to the school buses.

   2.  Students are to be seated immediately after boarding the bus.  There will be no standing nor walking on the bus while the vehicle is in motion.

   3.  Cursing and foul language are strictly prohibited. Violations will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

   4.  Conversation is to be carried on in normal tones.  There is to be absolutely no unnecessary noise or other disturbance.

   5.  Students are not to open the emergency exit door except in the case of an emergency.

   6.  Students riding buses to school-sponsored events are expected to return on the bus.  Parents must request permission from the sponsor for their child to be excused from returning home on the bus.

   7.  A student may be deprived of the use of school buses if he violates this privilege or misbehaves in any way.

   8.  A bill for damages will be sent to the parents of any student causing intentional damage to a school vehicle.

   9.  The driver may assign students to seating locations, subject to administrative approval.

  10.  A bus conduct report to the Principal may result in: 1st offense- warning; 2nd offense- 3 day suspension of bus riding privileges; 3rd offense- 10 day suspension; 4th offense- suspension for rest of the year.



The Hamilton R-II School District, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education and operates a public elementary or secondary education program and/or activity, is required to undertake to identify and locate every qualified person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education; and take appropriate steps to notify disabled persons and their parents or guardians of the District’s duty.


The Hamilton R-II School District assures that it will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified disabled person in the District’s jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability.   For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of nondisabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations.


The Hamilton R-II School District has developed a 504 Procedures Manual for the implementation of federal regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Subpart D.  This Procedures Manual may be reviewed by appointment at the Penney High School office between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00.


This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.



All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The Hamilton R-II School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction.  Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.


The Hamilton R-II School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.


The Hamilton R-II School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child.  Parents have the right to file complaints with the U. S. Department of Education or the Missouri department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


The Hamilton R-II School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA).  This plan may be reviewed Monday through Friday, during regular business hours, at the Superintendent’s Office, 419 S. Hughes, Hamilton, MO.


This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.


            The purpose of this manual is to provide a clear understanding of the various aspects of the A+ Schools Program.  There are many guidelines established by the law that Penney High School (PHS) must implement and follow.  These policies and the benefits of participating are explained here.  A+ funding is dependent upon PHS gaining re-designation each year and the availability of state appropriations from the Missouri General Assembly.

   It is the responsibility of the A+ Schools Coordinator to administer the program in a fair and consistent manner.   It is the responsibility of the students and parents to read this manual carefully to understand all the guidelines and regulations before signing the Student Participation Agreement.


Becoming A+ Eligible and the Benefits

   Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States. If a student meets this requirement, they must then meet the requirements below to be eligible for the financial incentives of the A+ School Program. Students meeting these requirements at graduation will be certified by PHS as an A+ Student.

Ø  Sign an A+ School Agreement

Ø  Attend an A+ designated school for the three consecutive years prior to graduation

Ø  Graduate with at least a 2.5 grade point average during high school

Ø  Hold a 95% attendance record cumulatively in grades 9-12

Ø  Perform 50 hours of unpaid, academic tutoring of which 12 hours may include school-approved job shadowing

Ø  Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs

Ø  Beginning with the 2015 graduates, achieve a proficient or advanced on the official Algebra I EOC exam OR earn 12 credit hours in their first semester at a post-secondary institution with a 2.5 GPA

Ø  Make a good faith effort to first secure all available federal post secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment

Ø  Register with Selective Services if applicable.

Students meeting all of these requirements can be eligible to receive A+ funds, as currently provided by Missouri, for use at any Missouri, public community college or vocational technical school. A student must be considered a full-time student by the post-secondary institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue receiving the incentive.  These incentives will be available for four years after the student’s date of graduation from Penney High School.  Incentives depend on continued funding by the Missouri General Assembly and annual re-designation of Penney High School by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


Signing the A+ Agreement

An A+ School Agreement must be completed with all the appropriate signatures.  The agreement simply states that the student and parents are aware of the A+ Schools Program requirements and incentives.


Enrolling in an A+ School

Ø  If a student withdraws from PHS or transfers to a non-A+ school after the beginning of their sophomore year, the student will not be considered eligible for the A+ Schools Program. 

Ø  If a student transfers to PHS after the beginning of their sophomore year, the student may only participate in the program if the school transferred from was a designated A+ School.


Maintaining the A+ GPA

The student must graduate from high school with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; 2.49 renders the student uncertifiable.  The cumulative GPA is applicable to all four years of the student’s enrollment in high school.


Meeting the A+ Tutoring Requirement

   The A+ Schools Program requires that students complete 50 hours of academic tutoring.  Before beginning this requirement for A+ certification, a student must have a signed A+ contract on file in the A+ Coordinator’s office.

   The following guidelines are to be used for all tutoring experiences.

Ø  The A+ Coordinator must approve tutoring.  Approved activities will be posted in the daily bulletin.  Some approved examples would be summer school, HAT, and after-school individual tutoring.  Other tutoring possibilities may receive specific approval from the A+ Coordinator.  However, the coordinator reserves the right to limit some tutoring experiences to a maximum of 20 hours.

Ø  An A+ Tutoring Log must be kept by the student and turned in.  The school sponsor who supervises the tutoring time must sign this log, and the A+ Coordinator will verify hours.

Ø  Students are expected to behave responsibly while tutoring.  This includes notifying the tutoring supervisor before absences.  It is important to the success of the programs involved that A+ students remain dedicated to their responsibility.  Students failing to behave responsibly may be removed from the tutoring experience.  A pattern of problems can lead to dismissal from the A+ program.

Ø  No financial compensation may be accepted for tutoring activities.


Meeting the Attendance Requirement

To be eligible for the A+ School Incentive, a student must have a 95% (approximately no more than 8 days absent each year) cumulative attendance record for each year of high school.  A student who does not meet the 95% attendance requirement will not be eligible for the A+ Financial Incentive.  The following attendance guidelines are required of all students participating in the A+ Program:

Ø  A cumulative attendance record will be kept from the beginning of the A+ student’s high school career until graduation.

Ø  The high school office keeps the official record of attendance.  Students attending Grand River Area Vocational/Technical School will have their attendance reported daily and their records maintained in the high school office.

Ø  Parents, guardians, and students will be provided information that includes the student’s attendance record each semester.

After receiving this information, the parent, guardian, or student should complete the appeals process if they feel the situation is chronic and/or beyond the student’s control.  A letter from the physician is required to verify the appeal.  Anyone making an appeal should use the A+ Attendance Appeal Form available in the A+ office.  A copy of the Attendance Waiver Guidelines may be obtained from the A+ Coordinator or found on the school’s web page.

   Students who will be missing school for a long period of time due to hospitalization, illness, etc.  must call the school and request homebound instruction, which helps the student maintain academic growth and avoid absences.


Being an A+ Citizen

   Participation in the A+ Schools Program is an honor and a unique privilege for Penney High School students.  Students who participate in the program are expected to conform to a higher standard of conduct than is applicable to non-participants.  Students pursuing the A+ Incentive must maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use, possession, and distribution of drugs and alcohol.

   Certification of good citizenship will be based on the official discipline record maintained in the Administrative Offices at Penney High School.  Consequences for infractions of the discipline code are assigned by the principal and that administrator is responsible for certifying the accuracy of the student’s discipline record.

   An A+ student will not possess, sell, transfer, distribute, or use any drug (1) on school property, (2) at school events or activities away from campus, or (3) off-campus during non-school or school hours.  In other words, drug possession, sale, transfer, distribution or use is not permitted regardless of location and time of day.  For purposes of this rule, the term “drug” includes any illegal drug, alcoholic beverage, illegally possessed prescription drug, controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, or item which by markings or by representations made, is represented to be a drug.

The following offenses will result in immediate removal from the A+ school program:

Ø  Possession, use, sale or transfer of alcohol or drugs

Ø  Possession of drug paraphernalia

Ø  Criminal activity as defined by the Safe Schools Act:

·          First and second degree murder

·          Kidnapping

·          First and second degree assault

·          First and second degree burglary

·          Robbery

·          Distribution of drugs

·          Distribution of drugs to minors

·          First degree arson

·          Voluntary/involuntary manslaughter

·          Sexual assault

·          Felonious restraint

·          Property damage

·          Possession of a weapon (under weapon provisions of Chapter 571 Missouri revised statutes)

Ø Assault on a student

Ø Intimidation of school staff

Ø Physical threat to staff

Ø Vandalism/theft

Ø  False fire alarm/bomb threats and misuse of emergency equipment

Ø Serious sexual misbehavior/exposure

Ø Possession of dangerous items

Ø Dangerous behavior

Ø Expulsion from school


Disciplinary offenses, other than an offense that causes immediate removal from the program as indicated above, will result in the student being placed on probation.  The probation period will be one calendar year.  For example, a student placed on probation April 21 will be on probation until April 21 the following year.

Ø  any student who, in the opinion of school administrators, exhibits a continuous pattern of disruptive behavior as recorded in his/her discipline record will be placed on probation; and

Ø  any student placed in a short-term (10 school days or less) out of school suspension will be placed on probation for the first offense.  A second short-term suspension will immediately remove the student from the A+ program.

   Good citizenship outside the school setting is of equal importance.  Records from the Office of Juvenile Services or law enforcement are available to Penney High School as established under the Safe Schools Act.  This information will be used in determining citizenship and will have the following effect upon the student’s participation in the program.

   Any student receiving a misdemeanor charge will be placed on probation.  A second offense will result in immediate removal from the A+ program.  Any student will be removed from the program if the District receives notice under the Safe Schools Act that:

·          A criminal Petition has been filed against the student pursuant to Section 167.115 of the Missouri Revised

·          The student has been the subject of a criminal charge, petition, indictment or information, adjudication, or conviction of a crime (that, if committed by an adult, would be a crime) that is listed in Section 167.171.3 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

Ø  A student may only be reinstated to the program if the student produces proof that the relevant criminal action has been expunged or dismissed without any consequence to the student.  A student will not be reinstated if he/she receives probation, suspended imposition of sentence, a plea bargain, court supervision and/or monitoring in lieu of further prosecution, or a dismissal based upon another type of agreement with juvenile, prosecution, probation, or judicial authorities or officials.

Each student’s citizenship record is subject to review by the A+ Student Review Committee.  Participation in the program is a privilege and not a right.  However, to minimize the risk of erroneous removal of a student from the program, the District will provide the following appeals opportunity to a program participant who has engaged in conduct that is prohibited under the standards indicated above.


Attendance or Review Process

An A+ Student Review Committee will be composed of the following:

Ø  Guidance Counselor

Ø  High School Principal

Ø  A+ Coordinator

After the Student Review Committee reaches a decision, the A+ Coordinator will notify the parents by letter.   If the decision made by this committee is deemed unsatisfactory, then a second review may be requested by notifying the coordinator within five working days of receiving the notice. The Board of Education, or a committee created by the Board, will review the appeal. The coordinator will provide notice of the appeal to the Board along with a copy of the reason for the expulsion. The Board or the Board’s committee will hear the student’s appeal in closed session within 20 working days of having received the notice of appeal. The Board will notify the student of its decision in writing within five working days of hearing the appeal.


Making a Good Faith Effort

   A+ Students are required to make a good faith effort to secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.  Parents must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before A+ funds will be released to the student.  The A+ Coordinator is required to report to the State if this has been filed by graduation.  The FAFSA summary report must be sent to the community college or public vocational/technical school that the student is planning to attend.  A+ incentives will only be awarded to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition and fees after available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds have been applied to these costs.


Selective Services

   Eighteen year old males are bound to register with the federal Selective Services, and the A+ Coordinator is required by state law to verify registry prior to certifying graduates.  Registration may be completed at


Monitoring and Certification of A+ Students

   At the end of each semester, students who are participating in the A+ Program will receive a letter reporting their progress in each of the required areas.  Any questions or concerns about the information reported should be directed to the A+ Coordinator.

   At the end of each school year, the A+ Coordinator will review all records of A+ seniors, and the names of eligible students will be submitted to DESE for certification immediately following graduation.