Chapter 1 – About Stearns Jr. Sr. High School
Stearns High School is dedicated to providing a world class education that is rigorous, relevant and motivating to ensure that students reach their individual potential in an environment of continual learning for both students and staff.
School Community Values
The Values by Which We Live:
Punctuality – Be on time, all the time.
Respect – Be considerate of the actions, beliefs, thoughts and appearance of yourself and others.
Involvement – Be an active part of the school community.
Discipline – Be responsible for your actions and behavior.
Effort – Do your best, go above and beyond.Non-Discrimination Policy
Stearns High School admits students of any gender, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin and extends to them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administrated programs.
In compliance with Federal Regulation, Stearns High School provides annual “Notice of Non-Discrimination” to area residents. Stearns High School provides equal access to all programs and services regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, race, or national origin. Anyone who would like more information or wants to know how to file a complaint may do so by contacting:
Dr. Joshua McNaughton, Section 504-ADA Coordinator
Stearns High School
199 State St.
Millinocket, ME 04462
AHERA Management Plans
As required by the Department of Environmental Protection, this is the official notification of the availability of AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) management plans for Stearns High School. Please contact the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for more information.
Pest Control and Pesticide Use
The school department uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to the control of insects, rodents, microorganisms, weeds and other pests in school buildings and on school grounds. IPM combines a variety of methods for managing pests including monitoring, improved sanitation and food storage practices, pest exclusion and removal, biological control, and pesticides. The objective of the IPM program is to provide effective pest control while minimizing pesticide use.
Annual Notice of Student Education Records and Information Rights
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides certain rights to parents and eligible students (18 years of age or older) with respect to the student’s education records.
Inspection of Records
Parents/eligible students may inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of making a request. Such requests must be submitted to the building administrator in writing and must identify the record(s) to be inspected. The building administrator will notify the parent/eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected. Parents/eligible students may obtain copies of education records at no cost.
Amendment of Records
Parents/eligible students may ask Stearns High School to amend education records they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy. Such requests must be submitted to the building administrator in writing, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the building administrator decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent/eligible student will be notified of the decision, their right to request a hearing, and information about the hearing procedure.
Disclosure of Records
Stearns High School must obtain a parent/eligible student’s written consent prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records except in circumstances as permitted by law.
Stearns High School designates the following student information as directory information that may be made public at its discretion: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, and honors and awards received. Parents/eligible students who do not want Stearns High School to disclose directory information must notify the buildings administrator in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later.
School Officials with Legitimate Education Interests
Education records may be disclosed to school officials with a “legitimate education interest.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. School officials include persons employed by the School Department as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); members of the Board of Education; persons or companies with whom the School Department has contracted to provide specific services (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, evaluators, or therapists); and parents, students and volunteers serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee) or assisting a school official in performing his/her professional responsibilities.
Other School Units
Under Maine law, Stearns High School is required to send a student’s education records, including disciplinary records, to a school unit to which a student applies for a transfer.
Education records may be disclosed to other entities and individuals as specifically permitted by law. Parents/eligible students may obtain information about other exceptions to the written consent requirement by request to the building administrator.
Complaints Regarding Stearns High School Compliance with FERPA
Parents/eligible students who believe that Stearns High School has not complied with the requirements of FERPA have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
School Calendar 2021-2022
September 1 First Student Day – All Grades (Blue Day)
6 Labor Day
October 11 Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day
November 5 First Quarter Ends
11 Veteran’s Day
24 Teacher Workshop Day
25 Thanksgiving Day
26 Vacation Day
December 2 Early Release Day
3 Vacation Day (Millinocket Marathon)
22 Early Release Day/Begin Christmas Vacation
January 3 School Resumes
17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
21 Second Quarter Ends
February 21-25 February Vacation
March 18 Teacher Workshop Day
April 1 Early Release Day/Third Quarter Ends
18-22 April Vacation
May 14 Prom
30 Memorial Day
June 3 Early Release Day for Class Day
9 Last day of school w/o storms/Early Release
Daily Schedule and Rotation
REGULAR SCHOOL DAY BELL SCHEDULE
7:40 Warning Bell
Junior High High School
7:45-8:40 Homeroom/Period 1 7:45-7:55 Homeroom
8:40-8:55 Breakfast 7:55-9:10 Block 1
9:00-9:55 Period 2 9:10-9:30 Breakfast
9:55-10:50 Period 3 9:30-10:50 Block 2
10:55-11:35 VPA 10:55-11:15 Lunch
11:35-11:55 Lunch 11:20-12:40 Block 3
12:00-12:50 Period 4 12:40-2:00 Block 4
12:50-1:30 Period 5 – Electives 2:00 Dismissal
Dr. Joshua McNaughton Superintendent of Schools/Director of Special Services
Beth Peavey 6-12 Principal/Athletic Director
Faculty & Staff
Ed Tech II
Special Education Teacher
Library Ed Tech III
Ed Tech I
Ed Tech III
Gifted & Talented Teacher
Ed Tech III
JH Math Teacher
Ed Tech II
Special Education Teacher
JH Science Teacher
JH History Teacher
Special Education Teacher
JH English Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Business Teacher/Technology Integrator
6th Grade Teacher
6th Grade Teacher
Ed Tech I
Ed Tech III
Ed Tech II
The Millinocket School Nutrition Program offers students a variety of food choices. A hot meal with fruit and vegetable choices, a sandwich tray, and à la carte items may be obtained daily. Meals served meet the federal meal pattern requirements of the National School Lunch Program.
Students may establish debit accounts that allow them to buy food and have the cost automatically deducted from their accounts. To do this, students need to establish an account by depositing money, at which time they will receive a PIN number to use when purchasing food.
Students may also apply for free or reduced lunch by filling out and submitting the appropriate form. The forms are available in the main office. Students will be notified whether they qualify for one of these programs and will receive a PIN number to be used in the same manner as a pre-paid account.
Neatness of the cafeteria is everyone’s responsibility. All dishes, utensils, and serving trays must be returned to the designated window. Nothing should be left on the table. Students are expected to help clean up if asked to do so.
Students must go to and remain in the cafeteria during their lunch period. Students may not leave the cafeteria without permission and will be dismissed from the cafeteria by a bell signal. Students may not congregate at the exits prior to dismissal.
There is a Registered Nurse available during school hours either in the clinic at Stearns Junior-Senior High School or by phone, as the nurse covers both schools. Roles of the school nurse include: oversee the administration of medications, consult on and provide first aid, provide health counseling and information, maintain school health records, monitor the immunization status of students, perform vision and hearing screenings and work under the direction of the school Physician.
Medications should be kept to a minimum at school whenever possible. For safety reasons, all medications (prescription and over the counter) must be brought in by a parent or guardian. The only medications allowed to be kept with the student are emergency medications, such as EpiPens for severe allergic reactions and/or rescue inhalers for asthmatics. In order for students to keep these medications on them, there must be written permission from the parent/guardian and the student’s Primary Care Provider. The student must demonstrate their ability and knowledge of the medication prior to being allowed to keep the medication with them. All prescription and over the counter medication must be brought to the nurse’s office or main office and a medication permission form must be completed by the parent/guardian. All medications must be in the original container with an expiration date and prescription label (if applicable).
Students in grade 7 will have vision and hearing screenings and students in grade 9 will have vision screenings at the beginning of the school year. If the student fails either screening, a written notification will be sent home for follow up. These screenings are mandated by the State of Maine. If a parent/guardian objects to having their child screened, a written notification must be submitted to the school nurse. Height and weight screenings will also be offered to students. If your child is not due for a vision/hearing screening and you feel that either or both screenings are necessary please contact the school nurse.
Special education services are available for students who need specialized instruction and qualify according to federal guidelines. Any parent, teacher, or guidance counselor may refer a student to special education services. Once referred, the Director of Special Education will review the student’s file to decide whether further assessment is warranted. Students who do not qualify for special education but who have a disability that affects one or more life functions may qualify for accommodation services under Section 504.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, prohibits discrimination against handicapped people. This law outlines procedures for providing services to students who have physical or mental impairments. For more information, please contact the Director of Special Education.
Oh, long may it stand,
Ever and always
The best school in the land.
Rah – Rah – Rah
We’ll fight with all our might,
For the colors blue and white.
When we start out to win,
We will never give in.
Here’s to Stearns High School.
Stearns High School
They always call him Mr. Minuteman,
They always call him Mr. M.
He can kick and he can pass,
He’s on a team that’s got plenty of class.
So give a cheer for Mr. Minuteman,
Give a cheer for Mr. M.
He’s really doing alright,
You better guard him well because his spirits really swell
And he wants this game tonight.
He’s certainly made a mess of all the best teams
And look at what he’s done to all the rest,
This Millinocket team is really on the beam
And when we’re on the field our aim is just to win the game.
So you better watch out its time to meet the Minuteman,
We’ve never seen his spirit quite so high,
So watch out brother here’s another swell team from Stearns High.
Chapter 2 – Academics
Proficiency-Based Curriculum: Concepts and Skills
Within modern curriculum design, a standard is an important concept or skill that students are expected to learn within a particular course or subject area. By identifying a standardized set of concepts and skills within courses, the educational experience becomes more consistent, and teachers can provide more detailed diagnostic feedback on student learning. Although it is true to some degree that schools and teachers have always had standards, they may not have always articulated them openly or implemented them consistently from classroom to classroom. Stearns Jr. Sr. High School, like many other schools around the state, nation, and world, uses standards to accomplish several goals:
- To identify what students must learn in each course
- To provide detailed diagnostic feedback on student learning
- To ensure a basic understanding of all core concepts and skills within a course
- To coordinate consistent and effective implementation of the curriculum
Academic labs are provided to students as an opportunity to complete school assignments. Students assigned to an academic lab must attend. Study areas are quiet areas. The following rules apply:
Students who wish to study in the library or with a teacher during their academic lab time may do so only with a proper pass obtained prior to the academic lab, and by first signing out with the academic lab teacher.
Students who are late to academic lab will be treated as if they were late to any other class. Students will log in and log out from the lab as in any other class and will have a pass.
All students will come to the lab with academic work. This is a period for study, and a studious environment will be maintained. Students will be actively working on academic assignments without disturbing others.
Students who are tardy, disruptive or do not have academic work with them will face discipline.
The basis for the academic achievement mark is the teacher’s evaluation of the student’s performance in a subject.
High Honors 93 – 100 = A
Honors 85 – 92 = B
Average 75 – 84 = C
Below Average 70 – 74 = D
Failure Below 70 = F
Diplomas at Stearns High School will be awarded to students completing a minimum course of study accumulating a total of 22.5 credits at the secondary level (grades 9-12). Each student must successfully complete 16 1/2 required credits in the core subject areas as follows:
4 credits English/Language Arts
3 credits Mathematics with minimum achievement level through Algebra II
3 credits Science with 1 credit laboratory study
3 credits Social Studies with a sequence of 1 credit Modern World History; 1 credit
American History; 1 credit Government
1 credit Fine Arts
1 credit Health
1 credit Physical Education
The student may select the remaining credits and/or the faculty based upon the student’s achievement on the MEA, NWEA, and PSAT, progress in meeting the standards of the Learning Results, interests, abilities, and the requirements of the field that the student plans to enter upon graduation.
Maine State Law has placed the legal obligation for your child’s attendance in school on both the parent and the school. School attendance has a direct effect on student’s academic growth and success.
Attendance Policy and Credit
Any student who accrues more than 10 unexcused absences during the school year from any class may be required to repeat the course.
- The criteria for classification of an absence as excused or unexcused are defined below.
- An unexcused tardy may be counted as an absence at the discretion of the teacher.
It is the regular practice of the school to make routine telephone calls to the home of absent students. There are two classifications of absence: excused and unexcused.
Maine Statute, Title 20A, lists legitimate excused absences. Excused absences include:
· Personal illness
· Doctor or other health professional appointments that cannot be made at any other time
· Religious observation
· Emergency family situations, as verified by the principal
· Planned absences for personal or educational purposes, approved through the principal
All absences require a phone call or note from a parent/guardian to verify the absence.
All absences not included as excused absences are considered unexcused absences, in which case the student is considered truant from school. Maine law defines truant as absent without an appropriate reason. Habitual truancy is defined as 10 or more full day unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.
Students are tardy if they arrive to their first class after the bell at 7:45 am. Any student who is tardy to school is required to report to the office. The student will be given a tardy slip for admittance to class. Students who are tardy to class because they were detained by a teacher must get a pass from that teacher to present to the teacher of the next class. Habitual tardiness has a direct impact on student performance and students who accumulate multiple unexcused tardies will receive the following:
Unexcused Tardies/Unexcused Absences 3: first meeting with parent, student, teacher, guidance counselor, and administration.
Unexcused Tardies/Unexcused Absences 4-7: office detention, letter sent home and possible loss of student privileges.
Unexcused Tardies/Unexcused Absences 8: meeting with parent, student, teacher, guidance counselor, administration to create guidelines with expectations; expressing the consequences of reaching 10 unexcused tardies/absences
Unexcused Tardies/Unexcused Absences 10: Administration will initiate procedure to refer student to the school
board for an expulsion hearing.
There is a clear expectation that all students will perform assignments with honor and integrity. There is no tolerance for students caught cheating.
Cheating on academic work is not acceptable at Stearns High School. Cheating is an intentional, dishonest, and deceitful act that may include stealing or copying homework, tests, quizzes, lab reports, essays, etc. Cheating includes:
1. Copying or duplicating assignments that will each be turned in as an “original.”
2. Exchanging assignments by print-out, computer transfer, or modem, and then submitting work as “original.”
3. Writing formulas, codes, key words, etc. for use in a test.
4. Using hidden reference sheets during a test.
5. Using programmed material in watches, calculators, cell phones or computers when prohibited.
6. Exchanging answers with others (either giving or receiving answers).
7. Submitting someone else’s assignment as one’s own.
8. Submitting material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the name of the author/artist and/or source.
9. Not following specific guidelines on cheating as established by department, class, or teacher.
Students cheating will receive no credit on the original assignments. Subsequent offenses may result in suspension, removal from elected position(s) and/or honorary organization(s), suspension from co-curricular activities, and/or other consequences determined by an administrator.
Plagiarism is a serious offense that reflects poorly on the character and integrity of the offender. At Stearns High School, plagiarism is taken seriously.
National Honor Society
A faculty selection committee will consider four characteristics to determine membership in the National Honor Society. The four characteristics considered for membership are: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS membership responsibilities include, at minimum, participation in service projects. Violation of the Co-curricular Eligibility Policy may result in immediate expulsion from the National Honor Society. The decision for expulsion may be appealed to the Principal.
The Honor Roll and High Honor Roll are constructed using course grades as issued by teachers at the end of each quarterly ranking period. Placement on the Honor Roll is earned by full time students with grades of B or better in all classes. Placement on the High Honor Roll is earned by full time students with grades of A- or better in all classes.
GPA and Rank in Class
GPA is calculated by finding the arithmetic mean of all quarterly final course grades as weighted by their credit value. GPA is not weighted according to level of study of a course. Rank in class is determined by the numeric ordered ranking of the GPAs of all students having attended Stearns High School for at least the equivalent of four full semesters. GPA and rank in class are calculated at the end of each semester. Transitional students are not issued an official rank in class until they have attended the high school for the equivalent of four full semesters. A relative rank in class will be provided for transitional students as needed for scholarships and college or other post-secondary applications. A transitional student’s relative rank in class is determined according to their GPA relative to permanent students.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
During the period when students are categorized as transitional they are ineligible for internal institutional awards such as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Once students have attended Stearns High School for the equivalent of four full semesters they are eligible for any institutional designations or awards. Recognition as valedictorian is given to the member of the graduating class with the highest GPA at the end of the first semester in that academic year. Recognition as salutatorian is given to the member of the graduating class with the second-highest GPA at the end of the first semester in that academic year.
Chapter 3 – Guidance Services
Guidance and counseling is an integral part of each school’s total educational program. It is developmental and outcome based and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by educational professionals, who are certified as a school counselors. The counselors are assisted in their efforts by parents, teachers, community members, administrators, support staff, and by the students they serve. The guidance department at Stearns High School endorses the standards of school guidance as set forth in the latest version of the Maine Learning Results. The mission of this comprehensive guidance and counseling program is to create activities designed to respond to the normal developmental needs of all students in the areas of academic, personal, and social growth.
Adding a Course
Students may add a course the first week of classes. Any time after that, students must have the approval of their parents, teachers, and guidance in order to add a class.
Dropping a Course
There will be an add/drop window of one week at the beginning of each semester. Any course dropped after the allotted period will require the Principal’s approval and will be recorded as a withdrawal, failing (WF) or withdrawal passing (WP) regardless of whether or not it is mandatory or elective. Students with minimal course loads should be advised that dropping a course may jeopardize their status as full-time students at Stearns High School, thereby potentially delaying their eligibility for graduation.
Each year parents will receive four report cards in the mail. Parents have access to their student’s grades through Power School. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled in December. Parents and students are encouraged to have open communication with teachers and administrators at Stearns Jr. Sr. High School. A parent or student can request a meeting at any point during the school year. Stearns Jr. Sr. High School believes that open communication between the school, parents, and students will provide students with the best chance to excel.
The report card is mailed four times each year, at the end of each quarterly ranking period, to all students. Teachers will provide comments to parents and students on the report card based on the student’s achievement in the classroom.
At times during the school year, parents or guardians are invited to participate in meetings with teachers, counselors, and/or administrators to discuss a student’s academic or behavioral situation. A parent or guardian may also request a conference at any time, or use e-mail to contact teachers or administrators.
Career and College Information
The following list of special activities will give you some idea of the types of student and parent programs we are currently offering, or are in the initial stages of organizing and implementing at Stearns Jr./Sr. High School. Parents are invited to participate in all guidance related events and programs.
- PSAT/SAT Review and Preparation Seminars
- Civil Rights Team Training
- Financial Aid Night for Parents and Students
- College Transitions Seminar
- College Fair
- Career Fair
- Peer Counseling Training
- Peer Mentoring
The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help 9th graders and their teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you’re ready for college when you graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 - in a way that makes sense for your grade level. The State of Maine Department of Education requires all sophomores and juniors to take the PSAT and covers all costs. It is always administered at Stearns Jr. Sr. High School, as it is nationally, on a Wednesday in October. Each sophomore and junior will receive an Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT 2017 Student Bulletin.
The PSAT enables students to compare their ability to do college work with the ability of other college bound students. The PSAT provides the best preparation for the SAT and is the first step in entering the scholarship programs conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT Score Report is a credible diagnostic tool that provides individual feedback on critical reading, writing, and mathematics skills as well as suggestions for improvement. Information is provided about each test question, including correct answers with full explanations available online. Students will receive their actual test booklet along with their score report during a score report informational session.
The SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute test with 10 sections that address critical reading, writing, and mathematics skills. The critical reading sections consist of sentence completion and passage-based reading questions. The writing sections consist of identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs, and a separate section requires students to write an essay in 25 minutes. The mathematics sections consist of questions regarding numbers and operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and data analysis, statistics, and probability. You can learn more at www.collegeboard.org. The cost is $54.50. However, some students may qualify for a fee waiver. Please check with the guidance counselor for more information.
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour, end of course exams that measure a student's knowledge in specific subject areas. Students may take up to 3 SAT Subject Tests during one test administration. Highly academic, competitive colleges and universities may require scores from 2 or more subject tests. Please refer to specific college admissions requirements on the official college website or at www.collegeboard.com. The cost for the SAT Subject Tests is $26.00 for the basic registration fee and an additional $18.00 per subject test. SAT Subject Tests are administered on the same dates as the SAT with the same registration deadlines. Students may sit for either the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests on an administration date.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests Dates and Registration Deadlines
Table 1: SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines
2021-2022 Test Date
*Offered at Stearns on these dates
Standardized Testing FAQs
The following frequently asked questions, and their answers, are designed to provide information about the standardized testing experience.
- When and where is the SAT/ACT administered?
- How do students register to take the SAT or ACT?
- What if I cannot afford the registration fee?
- What should I bring to the test center on test day?
- Admission ticket
- Several sharpened # 2 pencils
- Photo identification
- Approved calculator
- Healthy snacks for break
- Should I take both the SAT and ACT?
- When should I take these tests?
- Is it possible to take either test more than once?
Choosing a College/University
Selecting a college or university is an important and complex decision. A variety of factors contribute to the process. It is important to find a place where the student is both comfortable and motivated to reach his/her potential. Factors to consider when choosing a school include: academic programming; admission requirements; geographic location; size; cost and financial assistance. The ultimate goal is to find a good fit.
College Application FAQs
The following questions and answers are designed to provide an idea of what the college application process entails.
- How do I apply to college?
Complete an application form (preferably online)
Provide an official transcript from all schools a student has attended in grades 9 - 12
SAT I or ACT scores- many competitive colleges and universities require 2-3 SAT Subject Tests
Two teacher recommendation(s)
A personal essay (topic is found on college application)
An application fee
- When do I apply to college?
- To how many schools should I apply?
When organizing colleges in the search and application process, colleges can be categorized as reach, good fit, and safety schools. Reach, good fit, and safety all define the degree to which you meet the admission requirements.
√ A college is considered a reach if the applicant falls slightly below or on the lower end of the admission criteria.
√ A school is defined as a good fit if the applicant’s GPA, test scores, and activities fall in the center of the admission criteria.
√ A safety school is where the applicant is at the top or above the admission criteria.
Generally, students apply to 1-2 reach schools, 2-3 good fit schools, and at least 1 safety school.
- What if I cannot afford the application fees?
- What is an admission selectivity rating?
- Open admissions / non-competitive
- Virtually all applicants are accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores
- Minimally difficult
- Up to 95% of all applicants are accepted
- Most applicants were not in top half of class and/or scored below 500 on each section of the SAT or scored below 18 on the ACT
- Moderately difficult
- More than 75% of current freshmen were in top half of class and/or scored at or above 500 on each section of the SAT or scored above 18 on the ACT
- Very difficult
- 60% or fewer of applicants are accepted
- 50% of current freshmen were in top 10% of class and/or scored above 600 on each section of the SAT or scored above 26 on the ACT
- Most difficult
- 30% or fewer of applicants are accepted
- 75% of current freshmen were in top 10% of class and/or scored above 650 on each section of the SAT or scored above 29 on the ACT
- What is the difference between the Common Application and a university system application?
A number of university systems (Maine, New York, California, etc.) centralize the application process. In these instances, a student may apply to one or more campuses of the state system by completing one application with the central processing office. The central office processes and distributes the application materials to the campuses listed by the student. For example, the University of Maine system has one application that can be submitted to any or all of the University of Maine campuses.
- What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?
- How can I prepare for a college admission interview?
- Know the time and place of interview – arrive early
- Have a good attitude about yourself
- Speak positively about yourself
- Be cheerful and friendly
- Refrain from slang (remember, the interview will be in a professional setting)
- Listen carefully to questions asked and answer fully
- Relax and enjoy the interview
Students are encouraged to ask two teachers to write letters of recommendation. Students must alert teachers of the application deadlines and allow at least two weeks for adequate preparation of letters of recommendation. Most colleges/universities require teachers to complete a recommendation form to accompany their letter of recommendation. A student must present special forms to teachers no later than two weeks prior to the application deadline and no later than December 7 for January 1 deadlines. It is in the student's best interest to ask teachers for letters of recommendation in September or early October to ensure the teacher has adequate time to write the letter.
- How do I have my transcript sent to the colleges where I am applying?
- What is the expected timeline for the college search and application process?
- Make a list of application deadlines in September of senior year.
- Attend informational sessions regarding the college application process in the fall of senior year.
- Make an appointment for a senior conference following the informational sessions.
- Complete or update student data sheet and return it to your counselor by September 24.
- Ask teachers for letters of recommendation by no later than October 1.
- Obtain applications and/or review online applications in September and early October.
- Write essays and have an English teacher edit in October and remain committed to the editing process.
- Submit application prior to application deadline.
Paying for College
There are many forms of financial assistance offered as a means of helping college students meet educational expenses. Financial assistance funds come from state and federal governments, commercial banks, the college institution itself, and outside sources such as local businesses and civic groups. When a student receives assistance, it usually comes in one or more of three forms: scholarships and grants (assistance that will not need to be paid back); loans (assistance that the student and/or family repays); work study (on-campus job arranged for student to cover part of his/her expenses).
Students are encouraged to apply for local, state, and national scholarships. A scholarship list is posted in guidance and on the website for students. This listing is not all-inclusive - it just lists scholarship notices that have been received by Guidance.
The most widely required financial aid form is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for anyone seeking federal financial assistance through the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Work Study Program, Stafford Loans, etc. Colleges and universities use the information derived from the FAFSA to determine financial aid packages. You can learn more about the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Many private, selective colleges require additional forms such as the CSS Profile and additional institutional aid forms. Please refer to the official college website for specifics concerning financial aid requirements and deadlines.
Students who need and desire more work in developmental guidance may participate in individual or group counseling sessions with their counselors. Some of the more common issues taken up in secondary school counseling include:
* Making better choices
* Coping with the transition to high school
* Dealing with issues involving grief or loss
* Managing stress
* Coping with crisis
* Becoming a better student
* Improving peer relations
* Exploring careers, post-secondary opportunities, and scholarships
Please note that because of large caseloads, time constraints, and other educational considerations, school counselors tend to be very busy, which sometimes requires counseling sessions to be brief in nature. The school counselors may also coordinate referrals to a community agency if long term therapy is indicated or desired. Serious, severe, or persistent problematic situations involving the student may also be grounds for an agency referral.
Teachers, support staff, and parents are supplied with an annual list of referral agencies and support services that are available in our community, as well as in neighboring communities.
Chapter 4 – Campus Policies
Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy
The Millinocket School Department recognizes the right of each student to perform in an atmosphere which is free of intimidation, ridicule, hostility and offensiveness. In order to ensure such an atmosphere, employees of the Millinocket School department will not engage in harassment of students or adults and students will not harass other students, where harassment is based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.
Conduct that is harassing to students or employees will not be tolerated. Any employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy, up to and including termination or expulsion. Persons engaging in such conduct may be susceptible to prosecution under criminal law. Acts of this nature are not only a violation of this policy but also constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.
Examples of prohibited harassment:
1. Unwelcome sexual advances, gestures, comments or contact
3. Offensive jokes
4. Ridicule, slurs, derogatory action or remarks
Students should also be advised of the importance of informing the harasser that his/her behavior is unwelcome, offensive, in poor taste, or highly inappropriate. However, if a student feels uncomfortable with confronting the harasser, the student is encouraged to inform the principal and/or the Affirmative Action Coordinator. The principal and/or the Affirmative Action Coordinator shall advise the person who has allegedly been harassed of the various options available to the person: Title IX civil action: formal request for discipline by the Millinocket School Superintendent and/or School Committee members; or by filing a complaint to the Directors of the United States Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. A complete copy of the Harassment and Bullying policy is available for review.
The purpose of this information is to establish a sense of appropriateness of dress as we prepare for life beyond graduation from Stearns Jr. Sr. High School. Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing that does not interfere with the educational process. All clothing is to fit properly, be an appropriate length, provide appropriate coverage and should not be revealing.
a. Articles of clothing which promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs may not be worn on school grounds (when school is in session) or at school functions.
b. Clothing, footwear, insignia, or accessories that are intended to identify the wearer as a member of a particular gang are prohibited on school grounds or at school functions.
c. Articles of clothing with displays that are sexual, vulgar, lewd or indecent, which create a disturbance, or include insulting words (e.g., racial or ethnic slurs), are not permitted.
d. Clothing that is destructive of school property (e.g., cleats, pants with metal inserts that scratch) or which may be considered weapons (e.g., chains, spiked collars and bracelets, and sharp objects that do not have practical use in school) are not permitted on school grounds or at school functions. Cleats or other items may be permitted when use is required by participation in a curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular activity.
e. Any type of headwear—caps, hats, bandanas, hoods, helmet hats, or other type of headgear—shall not be worn in the school building from the start of the first class to the end of the school day. The administration may make allowances for special days such as spirit week. Exceptions will also be made for medical or religious requirements. Non-bandana style headbands worn for the purpose of holding hair back are appropriate.
f. Appropriate footwear shall be worn at all times. Slippers are not permitted.
g. Clothing that reveals too much cleavage, your back, your chest, your stomach, or your underwear is not appropriate for a school setting.
In the event that a student is in violation of the dress policy, the student will be asked to change his or her clothing or phone home to get a change of clothing. If the student is unable to get a change of clothing, the student may be issued a t-shirt for the day. If the student refuses to change, the parent or guardian will be contacted and the student may be sent home for the remainder of the day. Refusal to change clothes or a student with habitual offenses may face further administrative consequences.
Recent federal legislation regarding student records has prompted the school authorities to develop specific policies to safeguard the privacy of student records.
A parent has the right to all information contained in a student’s file, as does a student who is 18 years of age. Anyone wishing to inspect a student record must come to the Guidance Office and sign a request form to do so. A counselor will be present to help interpret anything in the record that is not understood by the person examining the file.
You are entitled to a copy of student records at a fee to cover photocopying. A complete copy of the procedure relating to this topic may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
All directory information, as well as information relating to academic honors, prizes, and so on, may be made public or provided to a military agency or post-secondary institution without notice, unless the school is notified in advance that such information is not to be released.
Three types of student records maintained by the School Department include:
1. Directory information on students such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, ages,
major fields of study, and athletic/activity participation.
2. Academic records such as grades, class ranks, honors/prizes.
3. Counseling and records including aptitude scores, mental ability, student health records, and so on.
Corridor couples should act in a manner that is respectful and not offensive to others. Students should not show public displays of affection while in school.
Each student is provided with a locker in which to keep his or her books and outside clothing. Each student is also provided with a small locker for gym clothes. All corridor lockers have built-in locks and are automatically locked when the door is closed. Keep these lockers closed and clean at all times. The gym lockers have a removable combination lock. It is very important to keep these lockers locked at all times and do not give your combination to any friends. Remember if you lose anything from these lockers, you are responsible and will be expected to pay for any lost school property. Never leave money or valuable personal property in your locker. Check money or valuable personal property at the Principal’s Office, or with the Physical Education Teacher. The school reserves the right to inspect the contents of any locker if necessary to maintain the integrity of the school environment and to protect other students.
We are pleased with the care that students have taken of their books and school equipment in the past and we expect this to continue. Books are provided by the school for the courses that students are to take. For the most part, supplies are furnished by the school. However, there are some items the student must provide for him or herself. Books that belong to the school should be cared for so that other students may have use of them at a later time. Parents or guardians will be billed for any books lost or damaged during the course of the school year.
Telephones & Cell Phones
The office and classroom telephones are for school business and must be reserved to receive incoming calls. Students should not expect to be allowed to use office or classroom telephones for convenience. Students will be allowed to use a phone outside the office for personal use during the school day. Students may use personal cell phones before 7:45 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. They may not use cell phones or text during class or study hall. They may be used in the cafeteria during lunch breaks.
Damage to School Property
Stearns High School is public property and students have the right and privilege to use it. School citizens have the responsibility to take care of the building and to see that others do not deface, destroy, or mar any part of it. It is important that all students assume the responsibility of appropriate behavior and discourage those who would damage or destroy school property. Disciplinary action will be taken in any instance of willful defacing of school property and restitution for damages will be sought.
Consumption of Food and Drink
To maintain a clean learning environment, all student lunches are to be consumed in the cafeteria. Breakfast will be eaten in classrooms this year, stressing that students and teachers maintain cleanliness in the room. Students may bring water in a clear, see-through container to individual classrooms during the school day. Individual faculty will set their own classroom policies for acceptable student use of food and drink being allowed in the classroom. No deliveries of breakfast food will be allowed after the designated breakfast time.
Tobacco Use & Possession
The school community is concerned about the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and believes that students should avoid the use of tobacco in any form. Smoking or chewing tobacco by students and/or the possession of cigarettes or tobacco products is not permitted at any time in the building or on school grounds. Students violating this regulation will be suspended. It is illegal for minors to possess tobacco and/or tobacco products, and minors in violation of the State of Maine tobacco law governing minors will be reported to the police, as required by state law.
Drug and Alcohol Offenses
The use, possession or sale of drugs and/or alcohol is prohibited in Millinocket school buildings and on school property. School sponsored field trips or activities are considered to be on school property. Violations of this regulation will result in suspension and may lead to expulsion. Lockers are school property and may be searched and inspected periodically.
If a search of lockers results in the discovery of drugs or alcohol, all material will be turned over to the Police Department for use in prosecution.
Firearms, firearm replicas, knives, other weapons, or other objects which can be construed as weapons are expressly prohibited on school grounds. This includes any object specifically intended to do bodily harm. The minimum penalty is suspension.
Students who are found to have brought a firearm to school (as defined by federal law) shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year, unless this requirement is modified by the Superintendent on a case-by case basis.
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school has therefore created policy to govern the possession and use of electronic devices on school premises, during school hours, at school sponsored activities, and on school transportation.
For purposes of this policy, “Electronic Device” means a privately owned device that is used for audio, video, or text communication or any other type of computer or computer-like instrument. Electronic Devices may include but are not limited to:
• Existing and emerging mobile communication systems, and smart technologies (cell phones, smart phones, walkie-talkie, pagers, etc.);
• Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) (Palm organizers, pocket PCs, etc.);
• Handheld entertainment systems (video games, CD players, compact DVD players, MP3 players, iPods, Walkman devices, etc.) and any other convergent communication technologies that do any number of the previously mentioned functions;
• Current or emerging wireless handheld technologies or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving storing, etc.
2. Rules of Use
• Students may carry and possess electronic devices at school and school-sponsored activities.
• Students may use electronic devices before 7:45 am and after 2:00 pm and during lunch periods.
• Camera or audio recording functions of electronic devices may pose threats to the personal privacy of individuals or be used to exploit personal information, and or compromise the integrity of educational programs. Accordingly, the use of the audio recording or camera functions of electronic devices is strictly prohibited on school premises at all times.
• Use of electronic devices on school buses is at the discretion of the bus driver. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
• Electronic devices shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors, or violates local, state, or federal law.
• Electronic devices may not be used during any student assessments unless specifically allowed by law, student IEP, or teacher directions with prior approval by the Principal.
If a student violates this policy, his/her electronic device may be confiscated. The following discipline procedures will be followed:
- 1st Violation:
b. electronic device picked up by the student after school in teacher’s room
- 2nd Violation:
b. electronic device picked up by the student after school in the office
- 3rd Violation:
b. Parent picks up electronic device from the principal or assistant principal
• The use of an electronic device which invades an individual’s personal privacy will result in suspension and referral to the District Case Management and appropriate Law Enforcement Agencies.
• The use of an electronic device for the purpose of cheating will result in the loss of credit on the test or assignment, possible suspension, possible removal from the class and the loss of the privilege to use electronic devices at school for the remainder of the year.
4. Security of Devices
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to school. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with an electronic device. If devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violation(s).
With prior approval of the principal, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances:
• The use is specifically required to implement a student’s current and valid IEP;
• The use is at the direction of a teacher for educational purposes;
• The use is determined by the principal to be necessary for other special circumstances, health-related reasons, or emergency.
Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities.
Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy
Computers are important in today’s society and Stearns High School has extensive technological resources for students to use. However, the use of these computers is a privilege and students must use them appropriately. The following uses are prohibited:
1. Accessing Inappropriate Materials
2. Illegal Activities
3. Violating Copyrights
5. Copying Software
6. Non-School-Related Uses
7. Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access
8. Malicious Use or Vandalism
9. Access to Chat Rooms or News Groups
The school unit retains control, custody, and supervision of all computers, networks, and Internet services owned or leased by the school unit. The school reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectations of privacy in their use of school computers, including e-mail and stored files.
All software needs to be cleared through the Technology Coordinator. Individual installations of software are prohibited.
Students shall not reveal their names or identifying information on the Internet without prior permission from a supervising teacher. Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them uncomfortable in any way. The district’s complete Student Computer and Internet Use Policy are available for review.
A student’s parent or guardian must sign the Computer/Internet Access Acknowledgement Form before the student is allowed to use school computers
Motor Vehicle Policy
Students are permitted to park vehicles on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. Improper or unsafe driving or parking may lead to the loss of this privilege. The school retains the authority to conduct routine patrols of student parking areas and inspections of the exteriors of vehicles on school property. The interior of student vehicles may and can be expected to be searched when a school administrator has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the vehicle contains a substance or item which is in violation of the law or the policies or rules of the school. Four-wheelers and snowmobiles may also be permitted to park at school upon filling out proper paperwork and receiving the approval of the administration.
Students wishing to bring a visitor to school must first obtain written permission from an administrator prior to the day of visitation. If a visitor is presently enrolled at another school, and that school is in session on the day of the intended visit to Stearns Jr. Sr. High School, a letter verifying permission from the visitor’s school will also be required. Visitors to the school must register in the main office.
The school library is an important resource and a vital part of your education. Library regulations for students are made so that the library can offer the same advantages to all who come there for reference work and for study. Certain rules are applicable to all libraries:
1. Maintain quiet so that those in the library may work without being disturbed.
2. Students may not work together in the library unless permitted by the librarian.
3. Help keep the library materials and furniture clean and neat.
4. Return all materials to their proper place – a book out of place is a lost book.
5. Have all materials you take from the library charged to your name as you are responsible for them.
The library staff will have additional policies and procedures and you will be informed of them.
Chapter 5 – Disciplinary Procedures
In addition to detentions supervised by the individual teacher, an office detention is a period of time assigned at the end of the school day on Monday and Thursday (2:00-2:50 p.m.) for disciplinary reasons. Office detention assignments supersede all other student commitments on the days assigned. Office detentions must be served on the date assigned. Failure to attend an assigned office detention will result in the assigning of two office detentions. Failure to attend these two office detentions will result in a suspension for one day and a reassignment of the original detention. Students who repeatedly fail to attend office detention may face more severe consequences.
Suspension, which is the removal of a student from school for a specific time period, is utilized when a student has continued to exhibit unacceptable behavior. Suspension will also be used for more serious infractions of school rules.
A suspension can be issued as an in-school suspension, where a student is sequestered from the student body inside the school or an out of school suspension, where students are not allowed on school property until the end of the suspension.
Any serious moral offense may result in immediate expulsion. Example offenses include but are not limited to: acts of vandalism, theft, violence or assault; threats of personal harm, intimidation, or bombs; possession, use and/or sale of drugs or weapons of any kind. Students may also be expelled if previous disciplinary actions are not effective in changing unacceptable behavior. During the time between the expulsion and the hearing, the student will be considered expelled (barred from attending school and school events) until a decision is made. A hearing with the student and parents will take place along with the Academic Administrative Team. The team will consider the merits of the appeal and issue the decision. A parent may then choose to appeal to the Superintending Committee of the Board of Trustees. During this appeal process, the student is still considered expelled. Parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone else the parents feel is appropriate are invited to attend such hearings. A parent and the student must attend the hearings. No relevant information is barred from the hearing. The review and decision of the Superintending Committee and the appeal is final.
Use of Video Cameras on Transportation Vehicles
The Board recognizes the school’s continuing responsibility to maintain order on school transportation vehicles to ensure the safety of staff and students. After carefully balancing the need for discipline and safety with students’ interests in privacy, the Board supports the use of video cameras on school transportation vehicles. In an effort to reduce student behavior violations, the cameras may be used to monitor student behavior during transport to and from school, extracurricular activities, and field trips.
Chapter 6 – Co-Curricular Information
Stearns High School has several athletic offerings. These include football, field hockey, fall cheerleading, basketball, winter cheerleading, baseball and softball. Students may also play on a cooperative team with Schenck High School for girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, cross country or tennis. Students interested in participating in athletics and co-curricular activities must familiarize themselves with Athletic Drug and Alcohol policies of Stearns High School.
Our co-curricular programs include show choir, the fall musical, jazz band, and the one act play. We also have Upward Bound, National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Math Team.
To compete in any interscholastic athletic or extra-curricular program, a student must be regularly enrolled taking a minimum of six credits.
The student must have passed the equivalent of four full-credit subjects for the preceding quarter in order to participate in any athletic or extracurricular activity.