STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly announcements are made during SRT communications period.
As part of the total educational program at North High School, a series of assembly programs are presented throughout the year. The series varies from music to plays and from lectures to films. During assemblies, all homerooms are assigned a seating area with students sitting by homeroom or by a specific class. The policies and practices
North High School has a full program of athletic activities for both young men and young women. There are currently twenty varsity sports offered which include ten women’s sports and ten men’s sports. Many students participate in more than one sport. Girls participate in swimming, volleyball, golf, cross country, gymnastics, basketball, track, tennis, softball, and soccer. Boys participate in football, tennis, cross country, wrestling, swimming, basketball, track, golf, baseball, and soccer. The entire athletic program is self-supporting. In other words, the only money available for uniforms, equipment, transportation, etc., must come from the sale of game tickets and direct financial support from the Athletic Booster Club.
An athlete, young man or woman, who participates for North, is governed not only by the regulations of the school but also by the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). Before a student can compete, he/she must have parental consent, a medical examination, and sign and abide by the Vigo County School Corporation Athletic Code of Conduct, and have a minimum of four (4) passing grades in full-credit classes during the previous grading period.
Athletic Code of Conduct
Athletic Expectations: A student who represents the Vigo County School Corporation must exhibit at all times the highest standards of personal behavior. Participation in athletics is a privilege requiring that a student makes a commitment to practice before or after school hours with perfect or near perfect attendance, to work hard to excel, to learn cooperation and team efforts, and to exemplify good behavior both at school and away from school. Athletes are representatives of the Vigo County School Corporation and their school and always serve as role models at school and in the community. Students who cannot accept this challenge and responsibility should not become involved with the athletic program. There is a legitimate school interest and an expectation by the coaching staff of the Vigo County School Corporation that students follow the Athletic Code of Conduct at all times (beginning with the students’ attendance at their first official middle/high school sports practice and continuing for 365 days each year through completion of student’s involvement in athletic events their eighth grade or senior year). Therefore, he/she should conscientiously fulfill all the rules established for the athletic program and the sports for which he/she is participating.
General Rules include, but are not limited to:
- Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited (first offense will be “athletic suspension”, and a second offense will cause “athletic exclusion”.)
- Possession and/or use of any substance/device/object which is, or is represented to be alcohol/drugs as identified in Rule II or III of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy of the School Corporation is prohibited (first offense will be “athletic suspension”, additional offenses will cause “athletic exclusion”.)
- Providing or transmitting any substance/device/object which is, or is represented to be alcohol/drugs as identified in Rule I or IV of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy of the School Corporation will cause “athletic exclusion”.
- Being found guilty of violating city, state, or federal codes/laws will cause a warning, or “athletic suspension or athletic exclusion”.
- Reference Rule C-8-1 IHSAA By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation:
- “Contestants’ conduct, in and out of school, shall be such as (1) not to reflect discredit upon their school or association or (2) not to create a disruptive influence on the discipline, good order, moral or educational environment in the school.” Note: “It is recognized that principals, by the administrative authority vested in them by their school corporation, may exclude such contestants from representing their school.”
- Additional rules may be established for each sport by the individual coach. Such rules must be approved by the athletic director and principal, provided in writing to the student-athlete, and discussed with the student-athlete.
Due Process to be Expected:
- Athletic Suspension – The student-athlete cannot participate in twenty (20%) percent of the games/meets for the sport the student is currently, or will be, involved in until the penalty is completed (this may necessitate suspension in more than a single sport season or school year). The number of games/meets will be determined by 20% of the current or immediately next sport, whichever comes first. (clarification-(not part of the policy)-number of games/meets in the regular season will be used to determine the 20%-fractions will be rounded off in the normal manner-suspensions will extend into tournament play)
- Athletic Exclusion – The student-athlete will be ineligible to participate in any athletic program for 365 days from the date of infraction.
Parent/Legal Guardian appeals will occur through normal due process channels to the building principal.
- School Suspension – Any athlete placed on out-of-school suspension or is sent home from In School Suspension is not eligible to neither practice nor participate until the student has returned to school. This ineligibility will begin at the time the student is notified of the suspension (either orally or in writing).
- Dress Code – Student athletes are expected to be neat, clean, and well-groomed for both away and home games.
- Changing Sport in Mid-Season – From the time a student’s name appears on the official eligibility list for an inter-scholastic sport, he or she may join another team, or compete in another inter-scholastic sport only with approval of the athletic director and coaches involved. Mid-season change of teams may be permitted under the following conditions:
- If the student presents to both coaches involved a doctor’s certificate recommending that he/she drop the first sport for reasons of health and permits participation in the second sport.
- If both coaches involved and the athletic director agrees that a mid-season change of sports would be beneficial to the player without being unfair to the players of either team.
- Any athlete in grades nine – twelve who is a member of a school team cannot tryout, practice, or plays in a similar sports program sponsored by any other organization between the date of the first IHSAA authorized contest in that sport and the completion of that team’s school season.
Each coach is responsible for the administration of this code for his/her activity.
- Attendance – Student athletes must arrive by 11:30 to be eligible to participate in athletic contests unless otherwise approved by the administration (ex. Doctor note, funeral).
Each year, two award assemblies are held. The assembly for seniors is after school hours; at this assembly, scholarships are announced in addition to various service and academic awards. The underclass assembly is held during the school day the final week of the school year; the underclassmen are recognized for their achievements in a variety of areas.
When clubs begin, they will continue until the middle of May. Clubs will meet on Wednesdays during Homeroom/Activity period. Clubs will meet twice a month. Teachers volunteer their time to sponsor desired student clubs and identify club members. New club guidelines are available in the Main Office. Available Club choices change each year and will be announced.
The Continental Corps are the “official” hosts and hostesses for Terre Haute North Vigo High School. They are knowledgeable about the school and serve as tour guides for all visitors to the school. Also, they serve at athletic events, musicals, talent shows, parent nights, and at any other special events for which their services as hosts and hostesses are requested. Students are chosen on the basis of their experience, availability to serve, poise, personality, general appearance, and scholastic standing. Prospective members submit a written application and are interviewed by the Continental Advisory Committee. The Continentals have been instrumental in setting an atmosphere of excellence, pride, and friendliness.
Students who wish to participate in athletics, cheerleading, homecoming court or hold a class office in the semester after they have completed their required coursework for graduation must be enrolled in and participating in a regular course schedule.
Good student and Driver Education insurance forms are to be submitted to the Guidance Office for validation. Supplemental insurance information is available in the Athletic Office for student athletes.
An intramural sports program is available to students at North. The program is conducted after school hours during intramural season.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is located outside the Deans’ Office.
Many elections and activities will necessitate the use of posters. All signs and posters must be approved by bringing a sample to the Assistant Principals for approval. Election posters and campaign material are restricted to the pool windows – no material may be displayed anywhere else in the building except the pool window area.
The school newspaper, The Continental Crier, serves two main functions. One is to provide another educational experience for the students who comprise the staff; the other is to provide interesting, enjoyable, and informative reading for the students. Collecting the regular issues of the Continental Crier can provide some very fine memories to be enjoyed in the future.
The Polaris is the yearbook of Terre Haute North Vigo High School, and its publication is the responsibility of the yearbook staff. Its objectives are similar to those of the newspaper and all students are urged to give it their support. The Polaris provides a record of all activities during the school year and is treasured by students as a springboard of pleasant high school memories. The yearbook is distributed during the early part of each school year.
Queens and Courts
Students may be candidates for election to the positions of Queen and Queen’s Attendants. Students may be selected / appointed to the Queen’s court as escorts but must be a member of the same class as the student they are escorting. Candidates and escorts must be students in good standing (at a minimum not been assigned two (2) or more school extensions or two (2) or more alternative education placement (ISS), (1) alternative assignment, or one (1) out-of-school suspension in the most previous complete semester and the current semester to date) as determined by the school administration. Candidates must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, be passing in a minimum of four (4) classes and be full time students. Candidates may be dismissed from service if found not to be in good standing (either academic or behavior) by the school administration anytime following election/selection. A student may be elected as an attendant only one time during grades 9, 10, and 11 and then may be eligible again to be in one court their senior year. An escort must participate in both the coronation and homecoming games. All escorts must meet the same academic and discipline policies that the candidates must meet. Only the attendants’ names will be listed on the ballot.
Each class votes for its own fall and winter sports nominees during a homeroom period. All participants must be full time students at the time of coronation. The Fall Sports and Winter Sports Queens are elected by a majority of the vote of the student body. The other classes vote for the members of the court who will represent their respective class during the ceremony. Coronation ceremonies follow the selections of the Fall and Winter Sports Queens in the evening in the auditorium.
In the spring of the year, the Juniors and Seniors elect their respective Prom Courts with the Queens being elected and announced at the prom. The Prom King is the escort of the student elected as the Prom Queen and must be a member of the same class as the student running for queen. All candidates must meet academic and discipline eligibility as the homecoming courts and follow the same rules of participation.
Recycling by the entire school is strongly encouraged. All staff members and students are urged to be aware and utilize recycle and reuse. The Environmental Club is providing leadership in this worthwhile effort.
Senior Yearbook Pictures
A photographer has been chosen as the designated photographer for North High School. A Seniors wishing to have their pictures in the yearbook should make an appointment with the studio. There is no charge for this service. Seniors have the option of purchasing senior photos at any studio of their choice.
North High School has an outstanding Student Council. The Council provides students with the opportunity to exercise responsibility, leadership, and an appreciation of personal achievement. The Council is a liaison between students and staff and as such, carries a voice in many activities of the school. The profits the Council obtains shall be distributed to many worthy causes throughout the school and community. Class/Student Council Officers/Representatives are determined by votes of the class/organization. Candidates must be students in good standing (at a minimum not been assigned two (2) or more school extensions or two (2) or more alternative education placement (ISS), (1) alternative assignment, or one (1) out-of-school suspension in the most previous complete semester and the current semester to date) as determined by the school administration. and have been a member of the class/organization and an active participant in a school or community organization the previous year. (Ex. Interact, Key Club, Student Senate, NHS, Student Council, SADD, United Way). Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be passing in a minimum of four (4) classes, be full time students, and be scheduled to complete the school year. Officers/Representatives may be dismissed from service if found not to be in good standing (either academic or behavior) by the school administration anytime following election or for failure to attend 95% of class/organization functions after being elected into office. Additional Student Council rules are printed in the Student Council Constitution, which can be found in the Main Office. The student council officers are listed later in this publication.
Each of the classes at North elects members to a senate–a Senior, Junior, Sophomore or Freshmen Senate. It is the responsibility of these councils to propose and organize activities of their respective classes.
In the spring of each year, classes elect the class officers for the next school year. During the second week of school this year, the new Freshmen will elect their officers. The officers, working closely with their adult sponsors and council, provide the leadership needed for class activities and conduct all class and council meetings. Class/Student Council Officers/Representatives are determined by votes of the class/organization. Candidates must be students in good standing (at a minimum not been assigned two (2) or more school extensions or two (2) or more in-school suspensions or one (1) out of school suspension or in the most previous complete semester and the current semester to date) as determined by the school administration and have been a member of the class/organization and an active participant in a school or community organization the previous year (Ex. Interact, Key Club, Student Senate, NHS, Student Council, SADD, United Way). Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be passing in a minimum of four (4) classes, be full time students, and be scheduled to complete the school year. Officers/Representatives may be dismissed from service if found not to be in good standing (either academic or behavior) by the school administration anytime following election or for failure to attend 95% of class/organization functions after being elected.
All candidates must have all campaign materials such as posters, slogans, etc. approved by the Administration before the campaign begins. All campaign materials can only be posted on the pool windows.
Records that are maintained by the school may only be released to parents (natural biological parents) or legal custodians under FERPA guidelines. The records are not available to grandparents, other relatives or step-parents unless those individuals are legal custodians or a legal adoption has taken place.
False Reporting: A person who knowingly makes a false complaint of a violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.
The Superintendent will ensure that this policy is disseminated throughout the school community. The Superintendent is authorized to develop all procedures and forms necessary to administer this policy
- Students who wish to be student workers may apply utilizing two methods:
- Juniors and seniors may sign up in January of the previous year during the course scheduling process.
- All students may see their counselors two or more weeks prior to the semester in which they want to be student workers. If they have not previously signed up to be student workers, they may drop a class if it is not a core subject (English, math, science, social studies, foreign language) and if there is a need for student workers.
- Eligibility is determined on the following criteria:
- No more than two Tuesday extensions
- No out-of-school suspensions
- No more than five absences during the previous semester
- No less than a 2.0 grade point average
- No truancies from class or school
- All potential student workers must report to study hall or stay in their current class assignment until they have been approved by the Main Office and notified by their counselors.
*See School Board Policy JF and Restrictions JR-R.
NOTE: In general, Yearly total of Tuesday Extensions per student will be limited to six (6). Students may receive up to twelve (12) AE and six (6) TE will be placed on a PIPE and/or suspended. Failure to serve Tuesday Extension without prior approval will result in a 3-Day Out of School Suspension. In general after the second out of school suspension, more discipline will follow.