MS/HS Student Handbook

2016-2017 School Year
7th-12th Grade Handbook
Trillium Academy
15740 Racho Rd. Taylor, Michigan 48180 (734) 374-8222 trilliumacademy.us

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WELCOME to the Home of the Wildcats!
Welcome to Trillium Academy! Our staff is looking forward to providing your child with every educational opportunity for maximum growth in the academic and social-emotional areas. Our goal is to provide meaningful instruction, positive for you and your child.
TRILLIUM theARTofSUCCESS
Trillium Academy Mission Statement
Cultivating college and career focused learners
by embracing academic excellence, strong character values, disciplined artistry, and individual student passions.
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www.trilliumacademy.us
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Academy School Hours
Grades K-6 Grades 7-12
Half Day Dismissal
7:35 AM – 3:15PM
7:35 AM – 3:30 PM 11:50AM for all students
Academy School Office Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30 AM – 3:45 PM
Trillium Academy Board of Directors
Heather Gardner, President Tobi Walker, Vice President Steve Wisinski, Treasurer Lisa Green, Secretary
Greg Handel, Board Member Rob Bovitz, Board Member Steve Schwartz, Board Member
Senior Administration
Angela Romanowski, Superintendent
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Jamey Buckner, 7-12 Vice Principal
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Administration
JoAnne Hebert, Administrative Manager
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Rebecca Bearden, Admin. Assistant
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RJ Suemnick, K-12 Principal
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Mike McSweeney, Dean of Students
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Sarah Miles, School Improvement/Support Director
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Kim Cason, Counselor/Admin Support
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Rebecca Chinavare, Secretary
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Heather Stamper, Special Education Coord. Melissa Leslie, Student Achievement Coord.
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Brianne Swift, Alumni Success Coach
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Educational Service Provider
The Romine Group
7877 Stead
Suite 100
Utica, MI. 48317 www.therominegroup.com
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Deana Doede, Athletic Director
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Public School Academy Authorizer
Central Michigan University Charter Schools Office
2520 S. University Park Drive. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 www.cmucso.org

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INDEX
(p. 5) OVERVIEW OF GENERAL INFORMATION
 Daily Schedule & Procedures  Parent Involvement
 Student Drivers
 Lunch/Breakfast
 School Closings  Student Records
(p. 15) SCHOOL-WIDE POLICIES
 Electronic Devices  Internet Use
 Student Solicitation  Hall Passes
(p. 20) ATTENDANCE POLICIES
 General Information  Family Vacations
 Truancy
 Late Arrivals
 Credits Earned
(p. 24) DRESS CODE
 Overview
 Consequences
 Details of Uniform Compliance
(p. 29) STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 Special Services
 Special Education  Section 504
 Homeless Students
(p. 33) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 Medical Issues  Child Abuse
 Dual Enrollment  Field Trips
 After School Activities
 After School Care Program
(p. 43) GRADING POLICIES
 MS Grading
 Placement Testing
 Promotion /Retention
 HS Grading/Credits
 Graduation Requirements  Standardized Tests
(p. 49) DISCIPLINE OVERVIEW
 General Purpose
 Academy-Wide Rules  Definitions
(p. 58) DISCIPLINE ACTIONS & PENALTIES
 General Descriptions  Parent Grievances
(p. 66) COLLEGE & CAREER INFORMATION
 Junior & Senior Checklist  College Entrance Exams  Application Information  Scholarship Information

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OVERVIEW OF GENERAL INFORMATION

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OVERVIEW
The regular school day begins at 7:50 and ends at 3:30. Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 7:40am-7:50am. Students will be permitted in the school at 7:35 and are to report directly to the cafeteria if they want to participate in breakfast. Breakfast is a pre- order system and families qualify for free/reduced status according to the same guidelines followed for lunch. BREAKFAST IS OVER AT 7:50 AND WILL NOT BE SERVED TO ANY STUDENT ARRIVING TO THE CAFETERIA AFTER 7:50AM FOR ANY REASON.
Regular Daily Schedule (7TH & 8TH GRADE)
7:35-7:50 7:55-8:30 8:30-9:30 9:30-12:00 12:00-12:30 12:30-1:00 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:30
Breakfast served in cafeteria and consumed in classroom Academic Courses
Elective Classes
Academic Courses
Lunch
Academic Courses Elective Classes Academic Courses
Regular Daily Schedule (HIGH SCHOOL)
7:35-7:50
1st HOUR 2nd HOUR 3rd HOUR LUNCH
4th HOUR 5th HOUR
Breakfast served in cafeteria and consumed in classroom
7:50-9:25 9:28-10:56 10:59-12:26 12:26-12:55 112:58-2:13 2:16-3:30
ADMISSION INTO ACADEMY
During the school year, parents wishing to enroll their child into Trillium are required to complete an application and provide all necessary documentation including proof of Michigan residency. If space is available the parent will receive an acceptance letter for their child. If space is not available, the child will be placed on the waiting list and called in the order they signed in (based on date and time of submitted application).
During public enrollment for the proceeding school year, parents must also complete the application and provide all necessary documentation including proof of Michigan residency. However, if space is not available, children will be admitted on the basis of the lottery system according to the Board of Directors policy. One week at the end of each school year is a designated period for parents wishing to reenroll their child. All parents will be required to complete a form to reserve their child’s placement for the following school year.
Any student getting breakfast
and arriving back to class after 7:55am is tardy and will follow the tardy guidelines.

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND COMMITMENT
By enrolling your child at Trillium Academy, you have chosen to participate in a unique educational experience that actively involves both you and your child. We ask that you demonstrate your commitment to Trillium Academy by...
• Ensuring your child will attend school on a regular basis. He/she should attend school unless he/she is unable to function at school due to illness. We also ask that you schedule vacation in conjunction with school breaks and holidays.
• Ensuring your child will be on time to school each day. Being on time is critical to minimizing interruptions to instruction and learning time for all children in a class. One child being 5 minutes late each day means a loss of two full school days in a school year for the entire class. Consider the loss over time when there are multiple tardies. Respect the need to have your child at school on time.
• Provide your child with the necessary materials and time to complete assignments requiring library references, computer access and other research materials.
• See that your child is dressed properly in adherence to the dress code policy.
• Attend conferences and communicate with your child’s teachers to monitor progress and
to address questions and concerns as they occur.
• Read and return, on time, as requested, all informational materials sent home by the
school and classroom teacher in order to ensure good communication.
• Adhering to policies and procedures within this handbook and at the school including
behavior in the parking lot and on school grounds.
• Responding respectfully and appropriately to all staff, students, parents, and guests within
the Trillium community and at the school.
Complaint Procedure: If you have a disagreement with a teacher or the administration, you should make every attempt to settle the problem with that person, without involving others. Should it not be settled, the two should go to the next line of authority to arbitrate the difficulty (Teacher→ Vice Principal→ Principal→ Superintendent→ Board of Directors). It is the goal of Trillium Academy to respond to complaints and problems as soon as possible.
DAILY PROCEDURES—ARRIVAL
Students should arrive at school between 7:30 am and 7:50 am, however students will not be permitted to enter the building until 7:35am. Please have students dress appropriately for weather if they will arrive prior to 7:35am—No matter the weather conditions they will not be permitted inside the building prior to 7:35am. Students need to enter the building in an orderly fashion, they may not run, shout, or otherwise act in a disorderly manner. All students wearing hats need to remove them upon entering the building.
Prompt arrival into the classroom is essential. Classroom entry doors lock at 7:51am and all students arriving tardy to school will be directed through the main office to their classrooms. Students will receive tardy slips in their homeroom until 8:15am. At 8:15am the office will issue the tardy pass and the student may proceed to their classroom. Once class has begun, it is distracting to the other students to have their classmates entering the room late so please make every effort to have your child to school on time.

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Parents of 7th-12th grade students may drop off their children in the school parking lot. Parents may not enter the classroom corridors without appointment and going through the main office except at dismissal. Upon arriving to school, all students are expected to remain outside of the school facility until 7:35am unless registered for Latch Key or accompanied by an adult.
Students arriving before 7:30 am will be sent to Latchkey. If students are not registered for Latch Key and need to be supervised, a $10/ half hour fee will be assessed by the main office. From 7:30 am to 7:35 am, students are expected to wait outside the entrance hallway until 7:35 am when they may proceed to their assigned classroom.
AM & PM FACILITY SAFETY PROCEDURES
Parents are not to park or stand in the circle drive. It is for quick drop off only. Please stop by the office for parking lot map & details. Students and parents are only to use the main entrance doors for entering & exiting the building between 7:50 am and 3:15pm. All visitors during this time MUST report to the main office and sign in. No visitors will be permitted into the classroom corridors without prior approval. This is for the protection of all students and staff in the building.
School Day Visitor Procedures:
o The School doors will lock at 7:50am and remain locked until 3:15pm.
o ALL visitors will need to be buzzed into the South Lobby Door by the main office to
gain entry to the building.
o ALL visitors over the age of 18 must have a valid drivers license in their possession. o ALL visitors drivers licenses will be scanned to complete a background check upon
entry to the school in the main office. (Information obtained is not stored and only viewed by the main office staff at the point of scanning to ensure the safety of our building. Any findings that are of a concern, our staff will simply inform you that you will not be granted access to the building and be asked to leave the premises.)
STUDENT DRIVERS
Parking on school property is a courtesy extended to students and others by Trillium Academy. Trillium Academy assumes no responsibility for damage to cars or for theft of vehicles or articles from vehicles. Any student who wishes to drive to school must have a “Permit to Drive” form on file in the assistant principal’s office, before permission to drive is granted. The cost of this permit is $25. Permission to park on school property is a privilege and may be removed by the administration for any person who does not observe the regulations, who drives unsafely at any time deemed appropriate by the administration.
 Students must park in the student designated areas only.
 Students in violation of these rules or the conditions outlined on the “Permit to Drive”
form will face disciplinary action and possible loss of the driving privilege.
 Dual Enrollment students may not drive or ride to or from college classes in private cars without a properly authorized and signed driving permit. Failure to comply will result in
disciplinary action and possible removal from class.
 The parking lot is school property and subject to searches, including canine searches, at
any time.
 Student drivers must have parent permission in order to leave the premises during school
hours. (Student drivers must seek approval in the main office and sign out prior to leaving. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.)

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LUNCH 7-12th Grade
Trillium Academy has a closed campus policy for lunch. No students are to leave or have lunch ordered and delivered from a third party during the school day. Each student will have twenty- five minutes to complete his or her lunch. Middle School Lunch is from 12:00pm – 12:25pm. High school lunch is from 12:30pm – 12:55pm. Students are expected to follow the Lunch Room Behavior Code and respect all adults that are Trillium staff or parent volunteers when enforcing this Code.
 Students are expected to sit during the lunch period and ask permission to move otherwise.
 Students are to use quiet voices when conversing with other students, yelling across the table or room is not acceptable.
 Students are expected to use good table manners while at lunch and to clean up their area after eating.
Any student that does not follow the Behavior Code will be referred to the Administration. Continual problems will result in loss of cafeteria privileges and will be required to eat in the school office or other assigned area with their parent/guardian if necessary.
A daily hot lunch program is offered to all students at Trillium from an outside food service, menus are distributed to parents monthly. Payment for lunches must be made in advance according to the lunch schedule. No lunches can be purchased the same day. A snack stand with additional items is available daily for purchase. Students that forget to bring their lunch can purchase items from the snack stand or call home to have a parent/guardian bring their lunch to the school.
There are no refrigerators or microwaves for student use. All lunches brought in need to be prepared ahead of time. Drink boxes, for example can be frozen the night before and packed in the student’s lunch to keep items cool.
HS Lunch is a closed lunch. HS students are not permitted to leave during lunch unless they are with a parent or guardian and have received administrative approval. Parents/guardians may sign their MS students out for lunch, however they must not miss class time. If students are missing class time due to off-site lunch plans, then students will receive a tardy that will accrue to absences. (See attendance guidelines for details) This will not be excused.
HS students may purchase lunch from a third party vendor to be delivered, if and only if, it has already been paid for. Students will not be permitted to leave class to make arrangements or take care of payment. The office will receive the item, but is not responsible for signing for it or paying for it. If this occurs the vendor will be refused and turned away at the door and any expense incurred will be the responsibility of the parent. Parents may also bring the lunch and drop it off in the main office with student and teacher name on it. (Please note students will not be pulled out of class to come and get the lunch. The student will have to come down to the office during their designated lunchtime to pick it up.) Furthermore, at no time are caffeinated beverages or other similar products permitted for students.

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DISMISSAL
At no time will the Academy permit a student to be dismissed without a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to walk home or leave with a friend without written parent/guardian permission and approval in the main office. Repeated offenses will be turned over to the principal and school social worker for review and follow-up.
Students in grades 7-12 are dismissed from their classroom at 3:30pm. Parents are required to follow the parking lot instructions for dismissal. All students not picked up by 3:45pm will be sent to After School Care If the student’s are not registered for After School Care they will be charged appropriately and the cost will be the responsibility of the parent. If the student is not registered for After School Care or has an unpaid balance they will be charged an additional $10/day for attendance. If students are left at school for long periods of time or on repeated occasions the authorities will be called to pick up the student. Students will not be permitted to walk home without administrative approval. Administrative approval requires signed written permission from a parent/guardian for consideration.
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT DISMISSAL
Students will be dismissed from their classroom to a parent/guardian or emergency contact until the age of 18. Students will not be dismissed to any other adult or peer unless prior written arrangements are made with the Academy office. This procedure will guarantee the safety and well being of all students. Parent/Guardian is required to go to the office to pick up their child from the Academy at times other than normal arrival and dismissal. The Parent/Guardian is not to go directly to the classroom but report to the office where they will be required to show a picture ID and sign students out of the Academy. After approval from the main office, the student’s educator will send the student to meet the parent in the main office. Parents should not go to the classroom to pick up the student. This causes disruption to the learning environment.
For student drivers: Parents must sign permission form to permit their student to sign themselves out and to drive themselves home in emergency situations such as being sick or at parent request, however parent must confirm permission verbally by phone for each individual occasion.
Younger Siblings of Student Drivers: Parents must sign permission form to permit their student to sign themselves out and to drive themselves home in emergency situations such as being sick or at parent request, however parent must confirm permission verbally by phone for each individual occasion. Administrative discretion will be utilized to grant this permission for each individual occasion for educational and safety concerns of the younger siblings.
PROCEDURE FOR LATE ARRIVAL and PARENT REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE
1. Late arrivals, Parents are asked to call the Academy when their child is going to be late. Upon arrival, student must report to the office, with a note of explanation signed and dated by a parent/ guardian to obtain a pass to enter class.
2. Educators will be informed on the pass whether the late arrival is “excused” or “unexcused” pass. Submit a request in writing for a formal meeting.
3. For Parent requested Early Release, a phone call or arrangements must be made prior to 2:30 pm the day of the requested early release and must be for medical or emergency purposes. This is to ensure minimal disruption to the learning environment for your child

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and others, ensure your child has all their materials to go home, and most importantly
ensure the order and safety of our entire building.
4. A student will be considered absent for the morning if he/she arrives after 10:30 a.m. and
for the afternoon if he/she leaves before 1:30 p.m.
5. All documentation will be maintained in the student record.
NO-RESCUE POLICY
Trillium Academy works to train and educate our students towards self-reliance. Thus, we do not allow students to call home and ask parents to bring in homework, projects, and calm upset feelings or arrange sleepovers, etc. Because Trillium Academy values the educational time entrusted to us, teachers will release students to the office to ask to use the phone only in emergency situations.
Office staff will use the following procedures when a student asks to use the phone:
1. The office staff will ask the student why he or she wants to use the phone. Care will be
given to assess the student’s predicament. A decision will be made by the staff person
(based on the above stated purpose) whether the student should be allowed to call home.
2. If it is determined that the student should work through the issue without calling home,
the staff person will discuss with the student resources available at the school to help.
3. When the student is determined able to manage the problem, he or she will be sent back
to the classroom.
4. If after working with the student, it is determined that he or she will not be able to
function at school appropriately, the staff person will call the parent. From experience, however, it is not expected that this will be the typical result.
TELEPHONE
A telephone is available in the school office for EMERGENCY phone use by students. During the school day, permission to use the telephone must come from the office personnel. It is also school policy for students to work out any concerns with staff when adult intervention is needed, not with parents by phone. Cellular phones are not permitted at school. If a student is found using or distracting the learning environment with a cellular phone, it will be confiscated and a parent must come in to obtain the phone. Refusal to turn in a cell phone will result in further disciplinary action. Please see policy for prohibited electronic devices for additional procedure of handling student in possession of cell phone.
THE ACADEMY VISITORS
Adult visitors are always welcome. However, we need to know who is in the building and require all visitors to register in the office and wear a visitor’s badge. This will involve a brief background check. Students or parents from other schools or Academies wishing to visit must make prior arrangements with the principal and a fifteen-minute observation will be scheduled with an educator. Any visitors that will be spending more then four hours in a week at the Academy will be required to meet all criminal/background screening at the cost of the visitor. This is to ensure the safety of all Trillium students and staff.
Visitor Procedures:

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o The School doors will lock at 7:50am and remain locked until 3:15pm.
o ALL visitors will need to be buzzed into the South Lobby Door by the main office to
gain entry to the building.
o ALL visitors over the age of 18 must have a valid drivers license in their possession. o ALL visitors drivers licenses will be scanned to complete a background check upon
entry to the school in the main office. (Information obtained is not stored and only viewed by the main office staff at the point of scanning to ensure the safety of our building. Any findings that are of a concern, our staff will simply inform you that you will not be granted access to the building and be asked to leave the premises.)
VOLUNTEER POLICY
The Educational Service Provider recognizes that certain programs and activities can be enhanced through the use of volunteers who have particular knowledge or skills that will be helpful to members of the professional staff responsible for the conduct of those programs and activities.
The Principal in cooperation with the Superintendent shall be responsible for recruiting volunteers, reviewing their capabilities, and making appropriate placements. S/He shall not be obligated to make use of volunteers whose abilities are not in accord with school needs. The Administration shall conduct appropriate background checks on all volunteers in the same manner as required for other professional staff for any volunteer that is assigned to the school for more then four hours per week.
The Administration is to inform each volunteer that s/he:
 Shall agree to abide by all Board policies and school guidelines while on duty as a
volunteer including signing, if appropriate, the School’s Network and Internet Access
Agreement Forms;
 Will be covered under the School’s liability policy but the School cannot provide any type
of health insurance to cover illness or accident incurred while serving as a volunteer, nor is
the person eligible for workers compensation;
 Will be asked to sign a form releasing the School of any obligation should the volunteer
become ill or receive an injury as a result of his/her volunteer services.
 To attend the appropriate training for the assigned tasks prior to his/her volunteer
services at the school.
The Administration shall also ensure that each volunteer is properly informed of the School’s appreciation for his/her time efforts in assisting the operation of the School
THE ACADEMY EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
In the event of the Academy closing due to weather or other emergencies, please check Channel 7/ABC, Channel 4/WDIV, and Channel 2/FOX News. In the event of a school emergency, Academy personnel will contact you so it is important that you keep your information updated at the front office.
TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

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Students are responsible for the proper care of all books and supplies issued each year through the Academy. Students who lose books or damage the Academy property will be assessed a replacement fee or repair cost to offset the replacement or repair cost. All costs are to be paid prior to receiving all report cards or the transfer of student records.
HOMEWORK
Homework is a very necessary and integral part of a child’s education. The purpose of homework is to reinforce those skills and concepts taught in the learning environment. Homework also includes work not finished during class time. Parental support and cooperation are very important in this area. Helping students with their homework shows you are interested in their education. Each educator is responsible for the classroom homework policy. This is to ensure age-appropriate requirements. Please note that homework can come in many forms and while the Academy recognizes that age appropriate learning also consists of social and family activities at home, we request your support and cooperation while we try to find the best ways to reinforce learning at home. When traditional forms of homework are not necessary, the educators may have alternative projects and such instead. Please direct all homework questions to your student’s educator.
REQUEST FOR HOMEWORK
A request for homework for a child that is ill should be made in the morning. This will allow time for the educator to organize the materials. Homework may be picked up in the office at the end of the day. Our educators will make every effort to have homework ready to be picked up in the office at the end of the day. Please remember that much of the learning at Trillium Academy is done in a hands-on and experiential way and many times cannot be sent home to be completed. That is why it is vital that all students are at school as much as possible.
COMMUNICATION
Parents can access up to date information on their student’s progress via the web. Just visit powerschool.trilliumacademy.us/public, enter in your ID and password, and you will have access to grades and attendance, information on individual assignments, you can sign up for e-mail notification, and view teacher comments. This is a great way to stay on top of what is happening with your student!
Additionally, each week, students in grades K-8 will take home “Friday Folders” containing important information from the school, which will help families attend events and continue an awareness of school activities. Check the school website, www.trilliumacademy.us for updated information on the Academy and student activities and for “Friday Folder” contents for students not bringing them home.
STUDENT RECORD “RIGHTS”
The Federal “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974” provides parents or guardians of students under the age of 18 the right to examine official records, files, and data relating to the student. If you wish to review your child’s record, please contact the office.
STUDENT RECORDS

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The Board of Directors for Trillium Academy believes that all student records shall be treated as confidential and exist primarily for local Academy use or as otherwise stipulated. To request a review of your students records a parent/guardian must contact the main office to schedule an appointment. To request a hardcopy of your student’s records a parent/guardian must submit the request in writing to the main office. The Office Manager will then contact the parent/guardian to notify of when the request can be reasonably fulfilled, not to exceed 15 days.
In situations where the parents of a student are divorced or separated, each parent custodial and/or non-custodial has equal rights to their child’s records unless a court order specifies otherwise. The Academy’s personnel shall not recognize private agreements between the student’s parents.
Parents shall have an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of their child’s school records to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of students; to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein; and to insert into such records the parent’s written explanation of the content of such records.
Any eligible parent/guardian or student may inspect the records of the student during regular Academy office hours with a scheduled appointment. The district reserves the right to interpret selected records to students and/or parent/guardians at the time of the inspection.
If circumstances prevent a parent/guardian from exercising their right to come to the Academy to review a student’s education records, the Academy will provide a copy of the requested records to the requesting party following the procedure above. The Academy will not destroy any educational records if there is an outstanding request to inspect and review a student’s records.
Whenever a student attains 18 years of age, the consent required of and the rights accorded to the parents of the student shall thereafter only be accorded to the student. Parents/guardians are responsible for updating the academy when an emergency phone number and address information has been changed.
MOVING?
Please notify the Academy office before transferring to another school. A copy of the immunization form will be given to you to present to the new school.
We want to know:
 New address and phone number  Date of the move
 Name of the new school
 Students are expected to:
o Return all materials and textbooks o Settle all outstanding debts
o Collect all personal items
In the event that the above is not returned the student’s records will not be transferred and the last report card will not be mailed to the parent/guardian.

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SCHOOL-WIDE POLICIES

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CELLULAR PHONES, MP3 Players, IPODs, and Other ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The telephones are for the Academy business and emergencies only. Students will be permitted to use the telephones for emergency purposes only. Students should take care of information business with parents prior to coming to school.
During school hours students are not permitted to use cellular phones, video games, or social media. Failure to follow policy will result in disciplinary action and forfeit of device to the academy until the end of the school year. Trillium will not accept responsibility for the personal items of students lost, stolen, or confiscated.
 First offense the item will be confiscated and released to the student at the end of the day.
 Second offense the item will be confiscated and released only to a parent or legal guardian.
 Third and continual offenses will be considered insubordination and handled according to the code of conduct under insubordination in addition to confiscation of the item and parent signature for release.
 Refusing to surrender a cell phone or other device used in an unauthorized way, will result in further disciplinary action.
STUDENT CAMERAS
For the safety and well being of all of our students, student cameras are not permitted at school unless they have received administrative approval for a specific event or educational need. We recognize the importance of school day memories and will designate specific dates and events which cameras will be permitted for. This will require teacher supervision of the photographs being taken as well as administrative approval. Please understand that we want to ensure the safety and well being of every student at Trillium and that circumstances such as the internet and other predators are at large and we want to protect and ensure you are aware of exposure of your child.
Additionally, students should not videotape or take pictures of other students or staff members before, during or after school without administrative approval.
Students in possession of cameras that are not approved by administration will be confiscated and if necessary pictures deleted prior to release of camera to parent/guardian.
LAPTOP COMPUTERS
Students are permitted to bring laptop computers to school for academic purposes. In grades K-8 administrative approval is required prior to bringing in the laptop for use at the school. Trillium Academy does not assume any responsibility for the safety of personal computers on school grounds (including breakage or theft). Classroom teachers hold the final authority for laptop use in the classroom and may confiscate a laptop at any time if they determine that a student is not using the computer appropriately or if the student is causing a distraction. Students who use laptops for personal (non-academic) purposes during the school day will be prohibited from bringing their laptop to school or using an Academy laptop during the school day for the duration of the academic year.

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INTERNET USE POLICY
Trillium Academy adheres to the federal requirements and guidelines stipulated under Title XVII— Children's Internet Protection Act.
A. Educational Purpose
Trillium Academy Internet system has a limited educational purpose. Activities that are acceptable include classroom activities, career development, and high-quality personal research. (SOCIAL MEDIA sites are only to be used when teachers have given explicit permission for educational learning purposes.)Trillium Academy has the right to place reasonable restrictions on material you access or post through the system. You are expected to follow the rules set forth in the Trillium Academy disciplinary code and the law in your use of the network. Students who use laptops for personal (non-academic) purposes during the school day will be prohibited from bringing their laptop to school or using an Academy laptop during the school day.
B. Internet Management
Embracing the Internet as a critical and essential component in today's world is essential if our students are to become functional members of society. The benefits attained by the advancement of technology bring with it associated costs and a wide range of risks, in particular, the exposure of student to inappropriate material and people. As part of our commitment to Internet security, we offer a firewall (a web-blocker application program). This has the ability to block objectionable material and captures the window when questionable material is accessed.
C. Unacceptable Uses
The following uses are considered unacceptable:
1. Personal and School Safety and Personal Privacy
Students will not post personal contact information. This includes student’s address, school address, telephone number, and name on the Internet. This includes other people as well as the student. Students will promptly disclose to the teacher any message or website that is inappropriate or makes students feel uncomfortable. Additionally, students should not videotape or take pictures of other students or staff members before, during or after school without administrative approval.
Students will not post any information or disrespectful or administratively deemed harmful comments regarding other students, Trillium staff members or the school in general.
2. Illegal Activities
Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to Trillium Academy Network or to any other system through the network beyond authorized access. Students will not attempt to deliberately disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. Students will not use the network to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for illegal activities or threatening the safety of other people.
3. System Security
No software is to be downloaded on the computers at any time without explicit consent of the system administrator.

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4. Inappropriate Language
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages. Students will not use obscene, profane, vulgar, rude, threatening or disrespectful language. Students will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption. Students will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks. Students will not harass another person. Students will not knowingly post false or defamatory information about another person or organization.
5. Respecting Resources
Using the computer systems and Internet is a privilege. Students need to respect the computer by using it appropriately.
6. Plagiarism
Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were your own.
7. Copyright
Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, students should follow the expressed requirements. If students are unsure or have questions, they should ask a teacher.
8. Inappropriate Access to Material
Students will not access material that is designated for adult use only or is profane or obscene, that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or discrimination towards other people. If students mistakenly access inappropriate information, they should immediately tell the teacher. This will protect students against a claim that they have intentionally violated the rules.
D. Disciplinary Actions
Students should only expect limited privacy in the contents of personal files or records of Web research. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the network may lead to discovery that you have violated the Policy, the school disciplinary code or the law. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this Policy, the Trillium Academy disciplinary code or the law. Consequences will result for violations of this policy.
Trillium Academy will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the school.
E. Limitation of Liability
Trillium Academy makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the school Network system will be error free or without defect. Trillium will not be responsible for any damage that may be suffered, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Parents or guardians will be responsible for any harm to the system as a result of intentional misuse.
LOST AND FOUND

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Found articles of clothing or miscellaneous articles will be placed in the lost and found area (see front office for location). Each Friday, all the lost and found items will be removed and donated to a local charity organization. To help alleviate the problem of lost articles, PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON ALL CLOTHING.
STUDENT SOLICITATION
Students may solicit only for the Academy-sponsored activities. All the Academy activities at the elementary level discourage door-to-door solicitation in the community. There will be no exchange of money among students for any purpose unless authorized by the office.
THE ACADEMY CELEBRATIONS
All celebrations are at the discretion of each educator and the academy administration. If you choose to have your child not participate in an activity, please speak with your child’s educator. If the activity is due to religious or other beliefs an opt-out activity will be provided for your student. At Trillium Academy we try to recognize celebrations and traditions of many different cultures. Understanding cultural diversity is an integral part of society. If you have other suggestions for educators or the school in regards to celebrations and traditions of different cultures please let us know and we will be happy to consider the additions.
HALL PASSES/LAVATORIES
Once the school day begins at 7:50 am, students are not to be in the halls unless they have been issued an educator’s hall pass. This should be for emergency purposes only. Only one student at a time should be out of an educator’s classroom. Students must have obtained a hall pass from their educator in order to use the lavatory. Only one student per classroom is permitted to use the lavatory at a time. Lavatories must be left for the next person the way the student would want to find it for him or her. Misuse of hall passes, or found without a hall pass will result in disciplinary action and possible monetary fines.

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ATTENDANCE POLICIES

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ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
All students are expected to attend the Academy for the entire academic year. Parents are strongly discouraged from taking their students out of the Academy for family vacations.
I. ATTENDANCE
1. Parents are asked to call the Academy before 7:50 am when their child is going to be absent. This does not constitute an excused absence.
2. Whenever students are absent from the Academy, notes or medical excuses are required explaining the absence. The note should also have day, time, and phone number where the parent can be reached.
3. Parents may arrange, in advance, for absences. Prearranged absences are not automatically excused (guidelines apply for excused/unexcused absences).
4. Medical and funeral excuses only are exempt from the attendance count.
5. Students absent from school the day of a scheduled after-school or evening sponsored
activity/event will NOT be allowed to participate in that activity/event.
II. FAMILY VACATIONS:
1. We would like to encourage you to schedule family vacations at times other than when the Academy is in session. When you must schedule a family trip during Academy time, contact the educator in advance concerning how your child will complete missed assignments.
2. Time given for the completion of make up work will be one (1) day for every day absent.
III. ATTENDANCE PROCESS /TRUANCY:
1. A letter from the student’s teacher will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian on the tenth absence.
2. A mandatory conference will be held between administration and the student’s parent/guardian upon the fifteenth absence. If the parent/guardian does not attend the conference the student will be placed in In-School suspension until the conference is held.
3. If the student reaches twenty absences, they may be retained in the current grade level due to lack of formal instruction and/or they may be permanently removed from the Academy due to lack of attendance. The Circuit Court Juvenile Division will be notified that the student has been removed from the Academy.
Please Note: 5 Late Arrivals (more than 10 minutes) = 1 absence 5 Early Dismissals (more than 10 minutes) = 1 absence
IV. THE PROCEDURES FOR APPEALS:
1. Students, who exceed the number of absences with justifiable cause, may petition the appeals board for a hearing. The appeals process is only presenting proof of justifiable absences. It is not intended for any other use.
2. Students who wish to use the appeals process must present a completed form to the Principal’s office clearly giving reasons for their absences. Excuses such as getting up late, car problems, or missing a ride will not be accepted.
3. Each case will be heard and judged on its individual merits.
4. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the necessary materials on his/her behalf.
5. The appeals board will be comprised of two (2) educators and one Administrator.
6. The decision of the board will be final.

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V. TARDY/LATE ARRIVAL/Parent Requested EARLY RELEASE:
1. Classes begin at 7:50 a.m. Students can be dropped off as early as 7:35 a.m. Students arriving in the learning environment after 7:50 a.m. will be considered tardy. Students being released prior to 3:15 am will be considered early dismissal. Due to state guidelines, all attendance must be documented and reported to Wayne County RESA including late arrivals and early releases.
2. A letter from administration will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian on the tenth absence.
3. A mandatory conference will be held between administration and the student’s parent/guardian upon the fifteenth absence. If the parent/guardian does not attend the conference the student will be placed in In-School suspension until the conference is held.
4. If the student reaches twenty absences, they may be retained in the current grade level due to lack of formal instruction and/or they may be permanently removed from the Academy due to lack of attendance. The Circuit Court Juvenile Division will be notified that the student has been removed from the Academy.
Please Note: 5 Late Arrivals (10 minutes or more) = 1 absence 5 Early Releases (10 minutes or more) = 1 absence
PROCEDURE FOR LATE ARRIVAL and PARENT REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE
6. Late arrivals, Parents are asked to call the Academy when their child is going to be late. Upon arrival, student must report to the office, with a note of explanation signed and dated by a parent/ guardian to obtain a pass to enter class.
7. Educators will be informed on the pass whether the late arrival is “excused” or “unexcused” pass. Submit a request in writing for a formal meeting.
8. For Parent requested Early Release, a phone call or arrangements must be made prior to 2:30 pm the day of the requested early release and must be for medical or emergency purposes. This is to ensure minimal disruption to the learning environment for your child and others, ensure your child has all their materials to go home, and most importantly ensure the order and safety of our entire building.
9. A student will be considered absent for the morning if he/she arrives after 10:30 a.m. and for the afternoon if he/she leaves before 1:30 p.m.
10. All documentation will be maintained in the student record.
ATTENDANCE AND CREDITS EARNED
A student who has MISSED 8 DAYS OF CLASS including the accrual of tardies and early dismissals which equal absences, within a given trimester MAY FAIL TO EARN CREDIT FOR EACH CLASS so affected. We require HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS with 8 or more absences to earn a 70% or better on the final exam for each course in which they have 8 or more absences. If they do not receive at least a 70% on the final exam, they will not earn credit for the course.
To EARN credit each student MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE 53 OF EVERY 60 DAYS SCHEDULED FOR EACH TRIMESTER. To EARN daily credit in any class a student must, in addition to performing the class work satisfactorily, be in attendance for at least HALF OF THE CLASS PERIOD. HOWEVER, CHRONIC TARDINESS, LATE ARRIVALS OR EARLY LEAVING COULD RESULT IN ADDED ABSENCE TIME OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

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SENIOR SKIP DAY
Seniors finish classes before the last day of school, and since 75% of our total scheduled student body must be present in order to count for a full day’s attendance reimbursement, there will be NO SENIOR SKIP DAY recognized or authorized by the district. Should such a “skip day” occur, SENIOR TESTING DAYS WILL BE MOVED DOWN TO MAKE UP THE SKIP DAY.
ATTENDANCE FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
Trillium Academy will cooperate with parents who wish to provide religious instruction for their child but also recognizes its responsibility to enforce the attendance requirements of the State. Upon the signed request by the student’s parent, the Board will allow exceptions to the student’s continuous attendance at school:
1. for religious instruction outside the school building for no more than two (2) class hours per week
2. for attendance at confirmation classes provided is twelve (12) or thirteen (13) years of age and the instructional period is no longer than five (5) months in either of those years.
The student must be properly registered and a copy of such registration must be filed with the principal, which will be maintained in the student file. The time release for religious instruction or education shall be arranged by the Superintendent in keeping with the regulations of the State Board of Education. The student will also assure the appropriate continuance of the instructional program at Trillium during such release times. No solicitation for attendance at religious instruction shall be permitted on school premises. No member of the staff shall encourage nor discourage participation in any religious instruction program.

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DRESS CODE

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DRESS CODE OVERVIEW
Dress codes are in place to make the daily emphasis on learning and not on clothing attire. Take pride in how you look at all times. Uniforms can help keep you safe and prevent you from being judged by others for not looking a certain way. They also create a serious, distinguished look that tells the world YOU are about business. Always be mindful of your personal appearance – it speaks volumes about your character.
DRESS CODE
Our basic standards regarding student dress are based on cleanliness, neatness, modesty, safety and minimizing learning distraction. Uniforms are to be worn at the Academy by all students in grades 1-12 except on announced “Dress Down” days.
Kindergarten students are not required to wear uniforms, but are available for purchase for interested parents. Kindergarten students must be in attire that meets school safety and educational guidelines. No open-toe shoes, controversial pictures or sayings, no tank tops, spaghetti straps, or shorts or skirts shorter than 2 inches above the knee, etc. will be permitted. Kindergarten students who wear these items will remain in the office until proper attire is provided by the family.
Fridays are Trillium Spirit Days. Students may wear appropriate jeans including skinny jeans of any color without holes, designs on any area other than pockets, or cargo pockets, on Fridays (sweat pants, yogo pants or other non denim types that are not uniform pants, may not be a substitute for jeans). The jeans must be accompanied by any Trillium shirt or college shirt.
Trillium shirts are shirts that have our school name or logo printing on it. This also includes Trillium/Wildcat sweatshirts, T-Shirts, or uniform shirts. Tennis shoes may be worn if wearing jeans on Friday Spirit Day only. If students choose not to wear jeans or uniform pants with their spirit shirts, Trillium full uniform is required. Participation in Spirit Day is a privilege that can be revoked to any student by school administration for any length of time deemed necessary. Spirit Day T-shirts and Sweatshirts can be purchased in the main office.
Dress code policy will be enforced for all students:
7-12th Grade: (Any uniform violation will cause student to move to next step i.e. no uniform shirt causes step 1 and no school shoes next time will move student to step 2.) Administrative discretion will be used for gross out of uniform violations and a skip to step three will be enforced.
Step 1: Student is issued a detention for being out of uniform.
Step 2: The student receives an in-school suspension for being out of uniform.
Step 3: The student is issued an out-of-school suspension for being out of uniform. Step 4: The student will receive an additional out-of-school suspension and lose ability to participate in spirit day for remainder of the school year. (Please refer to attendance policy for results of accumulated unexcused absences)
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Trillium Logo Uniform shirts must be purchased by the school selected vendor. They can be ANY COLOR that is offered by our selected vendor for any grade level. Information for ordering is available on our website or from the main office during school hours. Pants, skirts and sweaters can be purchased at any store; however, they must meet the requirements stated below.
General attire for GIRLS:
1. Skirts/jumpers/skorts: navy or black (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. No shorter than two inches above knee. (They must be similar in style to the samples offered by our selected vendor. Please check the vendor website or visit the main office to view samples.)
2. Pants/capris: navy or black (polyester/cotton) dress pants. No denim, cargo pants, corduroy, leggings, or yoga pants. To Meet the Dress Code requirements dress pants may NOT be YOGA Pants style or have outside pockets or rivets. (They must be similar in style to the samples offered by our selected vendor. Please check the vendor website or visit the main office to view samples.)
3. Shorts: navy or black (polyester/cotton) dress shorts. No shorter than two inches above the knee. May only be worn in 70 degree or above weather. (They must be similar in style to the samples offered by our selected vendor. Please check the vendor website or visit the main office to view samples.)
4. Cardigan Sweater: white, navy, or black. Solid colors only, Trillium logo polo must be worn underneath. Trillium logo embroidered black fleece jacket, may be worn in place of a cardigan sweater and can be purchased from the school vendor. No sweatshirts or other jackets will be permitted to be worn other than the college bound hooded sweatshirt.
5. Tights: navy, black, or white solid color only. Socks must be a solid white, navy, or black if they are above the ankles and visible. Ex: knee-high socks worn with a skirt.
6. Belts: navy, brown, or black must be worn with any pants that are sagging without. We are a NO SAG ZONE. (for students in grades 7-12). Cutting off belt loops is a dress code violation.
7. Shoes: Solid black, navy, or brown shoes with non-skid sole. Solid means that 95%-100% of shoe is all the standard color it will be ok if there is a different colored thread or sole is a different color or a small different colored logo. Overall they should be comfortable basic standard color shoes. Spike or Plat-form heeled shoes, sandals or open-toe shoes, or open-back shoes are not permitted. Black tennis shoes are permitted – must be tied if laces present and shoes must be neat. Fashion boots are acceptable, but must be worn under pant legs.
8. Long sleeve shirts may be worn under short sleeve uniform shirt but must be a solid color of grey, white, navy, or black. Hooded shirts are not permitted underneath uniform shirt.
9. A reasonable number of earrings are permitted. No facial piercings are allowed in grades
K-8. High School students with facial piercings must wear a small stud, 1/8 inch or smaller.
Any piercings determined to be a distraction will not be allowed.
10. A reasonable amount of makeup is permitted but may not be a distraction.

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1. Pants/capris: navy or black (polyester/cotton) dress pants. No denim, cargo pants, corduroy, or skinny jeans. To Meet the Dress Code requirements dress pants may NOT be YOGA pants style or have outside pockets or rivets.
2. Shorts: navy or black (polyester/cotton) dress shorts. No shorter than two inches above the knee. May only be worn in 70 degree or above weather.
3. Cardigan Sweater: white, navy, or black. Solid colors only, Trillium logo polo must be worn underneath. Trillium logo embroidered black fleece jacket, may be worn in place of a cardigan sweater and can be purchased from the school vendor. No sweatshirts or other jackets will be permitted to be worn other than the college bound hooded sweatshirt.
4. Belts: navy, brown, or black, must be worn with any apparel containing belt loops (for students in grades 7-12). Cutting off belt loops is a dress code violation.
5. Shoes: Solid black, navy, or brown shoes with non-skid sole. Solid means that 95%-100% of shoe is all the standard color it will be ok if there is a different colored thread or sole is a different color or a small different colored logo. Overall they should be comfortable basic standard color shoes. Spike or Plat-form heeled shoes, sandals or open-toe shoes, or open-back shoes are not permitted. Black tennis shoes are permitted – must be tied if laces present and shoes must be neat. Fashion boots are acceptable, but must be worn under pant legs.
6. Long sleeve shirts may be worn under short sleeve uniform shirt but must be a solid color of grey, white, navy; or black. Hooded shirts are not permitted underneath uniform shirt.
7. Earrings a reasonable number of earrings (1 or 2) and may not be distracting (small studded earrings only). No facial piercings are allowed in grades K-8. High School students with facial piercings must wear a small stud, 1/8 inch or smaller. Any piercings determined to be a distraction will not be allowed.
Additional guidelines for ALL STUDENTS: All clothing, jewelry, and hair choices should be non- distracting. Trillium Academy reserves the right to determine what is appropriate for the school environment.
1. Good grooming and hygiene are important to the well-being of every student and is expected of all students.
2. Hats are not to be worn in the building.
3. Socks that are ankle length or shorter may be any color. Socks that are between ankles
and knees must be a standard solid color of white, navy, or black.
4. Jewelry, if worn, should be lightweight, simple in style, kept to a minimum and not
displayed over their uniform. Bracelets and wristbands cannot cover more than 2” of arm.
5. Hair should be neat, clean, and styled in an appropriate conservative style. No distracting
style will be permitted. (hair coloring is permitted if it does not become a distraction to the learning environment)
a. No Mohawks (shaved on sides and hair on top)
b. Faux-hawks no higher than 2 inches are permitted (hair is short on sides and taller
on top)
c. Feathers, hair beads, and color attachments are permitted if they are minimal. If
deemed a distraction student will be asked to remove it.

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6. Leggings: Leggings may only be worn as tights under skirts only with skirts that meet the above guidelines. They must be a solid color of black, navy, or white. They may NOT be worn as pants. Skirts must still not be shorter than 2’ above the knee.
7. Shirts must be neatly tucked into the waistband for grades K-8. High school students do not need to tuck in their shirts, but all clothing must be neat, if shirt is sloppy and too long or tied up, it will be treated as a dress code violation. No midriffs, tied up shirts, tank tops or spaghetti straps are to be worn during dress down days. All clothes need to be the appropriate size for the student.
8. No visible body piercing (other than ears), fixed ornaments, gauges larger than a penny, or tattoos. Tattoos must be covered by clothing meeting the guidelines of the dress code. No facial piercings are allowed in grades K-8. High School students with facial piercings must wear a small stud, 1/8 inch or smaller. Any piercings determined to be a distraction by administration will not be allowed.
9. No purses or personal handbags will be permitted into class.
10. No backpacks permitted into class in grades 7-12.
11. Winter attire such as boots, coats, hats, gloves, etc, will not be permitted in class. If these
items are worn to school (which we recommend in cold months) they must be removed
and proper uniform attire worn to enter the classroom.
12. Physical Education Attire:
• All students in grades K-12 need safe play tennis shoes to change into for P.E. Students in grades K-5 are required to wear tennis shoes and grades 5-6 recommend, but optional, changing shirt into P.E. uniform shirt. Students in grades 7-12 are required to change into P.E. Uniform.
• P.E. uniforms, with exception of tennis shoes, can be purchased in the main office and consist of a Trillium Physical Education Dept. T-shirt and shorts.
NOTE: Monday-Friday students may wear the Navy Blue Hooded College Bound Sweatshirt over their uniform shirt. This is the only sweatshirt permitted Monday-Thursday. It must be clean and intact. If hole’s or damaged, at administrative discretion, it will no longer be permitted to be worn at school.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students with special needs

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SPECIAL SERVICES
The services of a speech and language therapist, psychologist, social worker, and Special Education Educator, and Occupational therapist are available on a referral basis. If you would like more information, please contact your child’s educator. The following special services are
available to
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all students who qualify under state guidelines.
Occupational Therapist: Provides services to students who need fine motor therapy. School Psychologist: Provides services to students who need evaluation for special education needs.
School Social Worker: Provides services to students who are experiencing personal or social adjustment problems in the Academy or at home.
Speech Therapist: Works with students who are impaired by speech and language difficulties.
Special Education Teacher: Services are provided for students with special needs in a resource room or on a consultant basis.
Vision and Hearing: The Wayne County Health Department provides tests annually for designated grade levels.
SPECIAL EDUCATION POLICY
The board of Directors of Trillium Academy wants each child to fulfill their ultimate learning potential. To the extent that an educator or parent feels that child may demonstrate some learning disabilities, the following board policy to evaluate a child’s academic progress shall be followed:
 After either a parent or educator expressed a concern about a child’s school performance, Response To Intervention, RTI, plan will begin in which an educator is making documented attempts to develop strategies that increase success of student. If the RTI process is not successful after all options have been exhausted, a child study meeting will be held to determine if formal testing is needed. The student’s educator, special education educator, learning specialist, school social worker or counselor and principal will be in attendance at the child study meeting.
 If it is determined that formal testing is needed, within ten days parents must be notified and request made for their written authorization for testing.
 Once the parents provides consent for formal testing of their child, the Academy has thirty days to complete the evaluation process and hold an Individualized Education Program Team (IEPT)meeting in which determines if special educational services are needed.
 For a child to qualify for special education services there must be proof that the child’s academic progress is impacted by a discrepancy in achievement or other tested data.
 After a decision is made on the student’s eligibility for special education services, the IEPT meeting is held with general education educator, special education educator, principal and parent in attendance.
 It will be determined at the IEPT meeting how many hours per week and what services the child will receive special education services.
 Once a child is in special education the child’s IEP goals will be reassessed annually.
 Every three years the child must be reevaluated to determine continued eligibility for
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SECTION 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to prohibit discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal money. This statute obligates public schools to provide equal access and equal opportunity to otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. For a student to be eligible for a 504 plan, the student must meet all three of the following criteria. It must be because of this disability that the student is unable to gain equal access and benefit from school programs and services.
The publication, A Parent Guide to Section 504 Of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a resource available to parents through their school.
• A physical or mental impairment (has a history of having a physical or mental impairment)
• That substantially limits
• One or more major life activities
If you believe that a student may be eligible for Section 504 support, please contact the school counselor for additional information.
HOMELESS STUDENTS: MCKINNEY VENTO ACT
Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please notify the school so we can help. This is not something to be ashamed of and there are many resources to assist families in this situation. Trillium Academy is committed to keeping all information strictly confidential.
Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. Students who are homeless must be given access to the same public education provided to other students.
Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended if that is their choice and feasible. The school district’s local liaison for homeless education must assist you, if needed, and offer you the right to appeal a decision regarding your choice of school if it goes against your wishes.
Receive transportation to the school they attended before they became homeless or the school last attended, if a request is made for such transportation and transportation is feasible.
Attend a school and participate in school programs with students who are not homeless. Students cannot be separated from the regular school program due to the fact that they are homeless.
Enroll in school without providing a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
Enroll and attend classes in the school of their choice even while the school and student who is homeless seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment.
Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other students served in these programs.
Receive transportation to school and to school programs.
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in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002. To qualify for these rights, children and youth must be considered homeless according to the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness.
How does the McKinney-Vento Act define homelessness?
According to U.S. Department of Education (USDE) guidance, people living in the following situations are considered homeless under McKinney-Vento: doubled-up with family or friends due to economic hardship; in motels or hotels due to lack of other suitable housing; in homes for unwed or expectant mothers because they have nowhere else to go; in homeless and/or domestic violence shelters; in transitional housing programs; on the streets; in abandoned buildings; in public places not meant for housing; in cars, trailers, and campgrounds; or awaiting foster care. Runaway and/or "throwaway" children and youth are also considered homeless under McKinney-Vento.
The description above refers to people living "doubled-up". What does that mean?
"Doubled-up" refers to people who are living with friends and relatives due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. However, families who have chosen to move into adequate housing situations with friends or relatives for reasons of cultural preference or convenience are not covered by McKinney-Vento.
Are migrant students considered homeless under McKinney-Vento?
Migrant students are considered homeless if they meet one or more of the definitions of homelessness under McKinney-Vento. However, migrant students should not be considered homeless simply because they are migrant.
Are children in foster care considered homeless?
No. The McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness includes children who are awaiting foster care placement only. Once children have been placed in foster care, they are no longer considered homeless.
If you would like additional information on the rights of homeless students or you would like to notify us of a situation involving a homeless student, please contact the following Trillium Academy Homeless liaisons:
Mrs. Kim Cason Couselor/Admin Support This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (734)374-8222
Ms. Angela Romanowski
Trillium Academy Superintendent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (734)374-8222

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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BOOK BAG/LOCKER CHECK
Random book bag and locker checks are to help prevent any illegal substances or weapons from being housed in the student possession. It is the responsibility of the school administration to check bags and lockers. The school administration may be assisted by the police and canine unit from time to time when conducting locker or personal bag checks. Trillium Academy is not responsible for items that are stolen out of book bags or lockers. Students should never bring valuable expensive coats, jackets, jewelry, shoes, supplies etc. to school. Students are not allowed to share a book bag or house another student’s belongings in their bag.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
State Law and the Wayne County Immunization Code require all students entering the Academy to provide evidence of having received the required immunizations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Peruses, Polio, Measles, Rubella, and Mumps, HIB shot, Hepatitis B, and Chicken Pox or a signed statement that a child has not been immunized because of religious or other reasons. State Law and Wayne County Immunization Code prohibit the Academy from admitting children without the required immunizations.
INJURIES AND ILLNESS
Children should report all illnesses and injuries occurring in the Academy to their educator or supervisory personnel. Only immediate and temporary care will be given in the Academy. Parents will be notified by phone when a child needs additional care. If injury or illness is of an urgent nature, the local emergency services will be contacted. The school office will also notify the child’s parent/guardian.
MEDICAL EXCUSES
A student may be excused from physical education and recess for one day with a note from parent/guardian. Extended excuses will be honored upon receipt of a physician’s note. In the event of an extended excuse a physician’s note may be required to return to physical education, recess, and after school activities.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Any student evidencing a rash, sores, or other physical problems with possibility of being contagious, the student will be sent to the office to be sent home. When a child is absent with a contagious disease or illness, the parent/guardian should notify the Academy office. In order for your child to be admitted back into the Academy, parents must comply with the Wayne County Health guidelines. Please contact the Academy office for further information.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
In accordance with Trillium Academy’s policy, no medication is to be in the student’s possession at any time. Should children be required to take medication during the school hours, a form must be filled out by the physician indicating the name of the drug, the dosage to be taken and any other instructions that are necessary. The medication must be brought from the home by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult. The medication container must have the dispensing instructions noted on it. At school, the medication will be kept under lock and key and only the office staff will administer the medication. A record is kept of the medication that is administered to each child. A log will be kept indicating when each dose is administered to each child and signed by administrating staff and when possible a witness. It is the responsibility of the High School

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during class, the parent must provide a physician’s note to that specific classroom teacher.
If your child requires an Epipen for any reason, please contact the main office immediately to ensure proper care and planning can take place.
NOTE: Prescription inhalers and over-the-counter throat lozenges are allowed in the student’s possession at any time. We recommend advising your child’s educator if they are carrying an inhaler. At no time should a student be sent to school with medication that does not follow these guidelines. Student’s are not to self medicate while at school nor are they to possess medications to offer opportunity for other students to ingest and possibly overdose.
ILLNESS AND ACCIDENTS
If a child must go home because of an injury or illness, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to pick up the child at school. When a situation appears to be life threatening, the staff will act on the side of caution and will call an ambulance. The cost of the ambulance is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The situation becomes challenging if parents cannot be reached in the case of an emergency therefore, the emergency phone number becomes crucial since it is the first number the office attempts to contact.
POLICY FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
In a perfect world, all children are loved, well cared for, safe, and treated with respect. Because our world isn’t perfect, this is not true for some children. As educators and other Academy staff members, we not only have the privilege of teaching, learning from and getting to know our students, but we must take on the responsibility of listening to and helping them when they need us to. When there is reasonable cause to suspect child neglect or abuse the following policy will be followed.
MAKE AN ORAL REPORT
In accordance with the law, any Trillium Academy employee who suspects child abuse or neglect will report it to Child Protective Services immediately. Suspicion can be based on many factors such as observations, bruises or marks, student report, and so on. The abuse does not have to be confirmed. After an internal investigation, the Wayne County Department of Social Services will determine the correct course of action. The Department caseworkers will interview the student as soon as possible. Any Academy employee having knowledge of the incidents or concerns about the child on question should be prepared to share any such information with the child protection services caseworker or with any law enforcement personnel.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
The following classes are an integral part of our curriculum. All students are expected to participate in these classes:
 Visual Art- Instruction is given to students at Trillium Academy. Students will be introduced to a variety of media and art appreciation.
 World Language Exploration- World Language instruction provided to students at Trillium Academy. Students will be introduced to basic grammar, language skills, and different customs.

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 Instrumental and Vocal Music- Instruction is given to students at Trillium Academy. An important part of this program is the opportunity for students to perform both in the class and during the Academy wide programs.
 Drama- Instruction is given to students at Trillium Academy. As part of the Career Pathways curriculum, students will be introduced to basic theatre and prepare for performances throughout the school year.
 Technology- Instruction is given to all students at Trillium Academy in each learning environment and in the Academy technology lab. Students will apply their technology learning throughout each of the classes/activities.
 Physical Education- P.E. is given to all students at Trillium Academy. All students are required to participate. Students must have a note from home to be excused from physical education for one class period. Extended non-participation requires a physician’s note. Suitable clothing and tennis shoes must be worn during class. Tennis shoes or gym uniforms are not to be worn into school; they must be brought with the student on gym days to change into.

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DUAL ENROLLMENT
Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 created the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act, commonly referred to as dual enrollment. This law directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities, if all of the following conditions are met:
1. Students are in grade 11 or grade 12.
2. Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments:
 PSAT, PLAN, ACT, or MME. The following table shows the complete list of scores that qualify students for dual enrollment:
Additionally, according to P.A. 160, eligible students may take courses for which there are no endorsements, such as computer science, foreign language, history, political science, or psychology, as long as they have taken all sections of the MME, PLAN, ACT or College Board PSAT. State endorsement is not required in any specific area for this participation.
If a student meets the criteria and wishes to participate in the dual enrollment program, a parent or guardian should contact the Counseling Department for details, deadlines and updates.
FIELD TRIPS
The purpose of a field trip is to give students a better understanding of their culture and acquaint them with real life experiences. Students are expected to follow all the Academy rules and policies and pay for any cost incurred. For those who cannot afford such trips, some funding and/or fundraising options may be available. Please notify the office in such cases. If a Field Trip Permission Form is not submitted by a parent/guardian in the proper time frame, if the student is not in proper uniform, or a student has had behavior which may jeopardize the safety of self, others, or the school, the child may not attend the trip. Students not attending will still be expected to attend school and will be provided parallel learning activities.

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Student safety is the main priority on field trips. Sponsoring and chaperoning adults are expected to adhere to Academy policies and procedures on the field trip as well as sign a chaperone agreement provided by the classroom teacher specifying specific expected chaperone behavior. Sponsors and chaperones should acquaint themselves in advance with those students who have medical conditions, which may need emergency care. The classroom teacher must accompany the group and adequate male/female supervision should be provided.
Responsibilities of Parents Chaperoning Field Trips: Parents play an important role in making a field trip successful. Field trips are planned to supplement the content through a “hands-on” experience. In preparing for a field trip, the following points need to be understood by parent chaperones.
1. The classroom teacher is the final authority for all field trip preparations including: volunteers, schedules, student discipline, and learning objectives.
2. Chaperones are required to remain with their assigned group for the duration of the field trip. Chaperones are never to leave any student in their care unsupervised.
3. Situations involving student discipline should be reported immediately to the classroom teacher. Chaperones should rely on positive reinforcement redirection until the classroom teacher can be contacted. Chaperones should never touch a student in a physically aggressive way or speak to them disrespectfully.
4. Chaperones may not participate in smoking of tobacco products or consumption of alcoholic beverages during the entire duration of the field trip. If this cannot be adhered to then please do not volunteer we will not tolerate this type of participation.
5. Since the field trip is viewed as an extension of the regular classroom, all Trillium Academy discipline codes apply.
6. Parents who offer to supervise on a school field trip must understand that their full attention is needed to ensure the students’ safety. Therefore, siblings are not permitted on school field trips.
7. We also only permit a certain number of chaperones and do not permit additional parents and family members to meet us at fieldtrip locations. A group that is too large makes it difficult for us to ensure safety and appropriate learning experiences for our students.
8. We also only permit a certain number of chaperones and do not permit additional parents and family members to meet us at fieldtrip locations. A field trip is conducted to extend the learning, unfortunately it cannot be used as a family event. A group that is too large and includes others not with the group takes away from the learning and makes it difficult for us to ensure safety and appropriate learning experiences for our students. If parents or families disregard this policy they may lose chaperoning rights and the student may lose field trip participation privileges.
COLLEGE VISITS
NOTE: THE TRILLIUM ACADEMY COUNSELING OFFICE STAFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS VISITING A COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ON ANY ONE DAY.
Juniors and Seniors are permitted a TOTAL OF three (3) college visits. These visits may be taken anytime during a student’s junior and/or senior year.
The procedure is as follows:

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 The student is expected to contact the counseling office of the college/university to be visited and schedule an appointment with a college guidance counselor. Trillium Academy counselors are available to assist in making this contact.
 Once this appointment is made, the student picks up a PERMISSION SLIP from the Trillium Academy Counseling Office to be signed by the parent. This permission slip MUST be turned in to the Trillium Academy Counseling Office NO LATER THAN THE DAY BEFORE THE VISIT.
 While at the college, the student must ask the counselor/staff person for a letter confirming the visit and the date. This letter must be on college/university LETTERHEAD and SIGNED by a STAFF PERSON. This letter MUST be turned in to the Trillium Academy Counseling Office WITHIN TWO SCHOOL DAYS AFTER THE VISIT IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE CONSIDERED AN EXCUSED SCHOOL BUSINESS DAY. No other documentation for the visit will be accepted.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES
After school activities offer a wide range of social and skill learning opportunities in addition to or to enhance the general curriculum. Trillium Academy understands the importance of the after school program to the growth of students and also recognizes the importance of enforcing academic standards. All after school activities require students to maintain their academic grades and appropriate behavior during school and after school. Students may be placed on probation or removed from the after school activity based on this criteria. Please refer to “Academic Probation” for details.
After school activities also offer a social learning experience for students. Trillium students and spectators are expected to behave in accordance with school policies and procedures for conduct at home and away events. Furthermore, any student or spectator not adhering to these policies and procedures will be asked to leave the event and may not be permitted to return to future after school events.
Athletics and other school clubs formed by staff members will be posted and available to all students to register. Some criteria may be required such as, specific age, prior game knowledge, etc. Some fees may apply. See bulletin boards in the hallway and Friday Folder information for more details on Trillium’s athletic program and after school clubs. Students absent from school the day of a scheduled after-school or evening sponsored activity/event will NOT be allowed to participate in that activity/event.
STUDENT COUNCIL
The Board of Directors acknowledges the importance of offering students the opportunity to participate in self-government within the Academy. Students have the right to organize, conduct meeting, and elect officers and representatives and petition to the Board. The Board of Directors recognizes the Student Council as the official voice of the student body and for the purpose of:
 Giving students practical experience in organizing, planning and affecting outcomes  Developing student leadership
 Providing a learning experience in democratic decision making
 Offering another avenue toward the realization of the goals of Trillium
The Student Council will also be advised by staff members and required to post meeting minutes in the school hallway.

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ATHLETICS AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
Athletics and other school clubs formed by staff members will be posted and available to all students to register. Some criteria may be required such as, specific age, prior game knowledge, etc. Some fees may apply. See bulletin boards in the hallway for more details on Trillium’s athletic program and after school clubs.
Sports Eligibility
In order to be eligible for participation in inter-scholastic athletics, students must have passed 4 of 5 classes from the previous trimester. Students must be currently passing 4 of 5 classes during the trimester of participation as well. (Per MHSAA regulations) Please see the Trillium Athletic Handbook for specific guidelines on eligibility and athletic procedures. Students who have an interest in participating in sports at the college level must become familiar with NCAA guidelines for participation. These guidelines specify requirements regarding: GPA, ACT/SAT scores, applications and visits. Additionally, many of these guidelines are changing. Athletic candidates must complete a CLEARINGHOUSE form.
TUTORING
Tutoring and offering academic support after regular school hours is very important to Trillium Academy. Trillium staff will continue to offer tutoring support to all grade levels during scheduled times. Parent permission is required for students to participate in this activity.
SOCIAL EVENTS
The Board of Directors recognizes the value of student social events in enhancing and enriching the educational experience for the children at Trillium. The Board of Directors along with the administrative staff will make school facilities available and provide appropriate staff to conduct the student social event after approval by the principal.
School social events, which take place outside school facilities, must be approved by administration. As voluntary participants in school social events, students are held responsible for compliance with the rules set forth for their conduct, and infractions of those rules will be subject to the same disciplinary measures applicable during the regular school day.
Participation at school events is not a right, it is a privilege and as such will be denied to any student who has demonstrated disregard for the rules of the school, including students on suspension and academic probation.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM
ADMISSION CRITERIA- Only students who are presently enrolled in Trillium Academy are eligible for Trillium Academy’s Before and After Care Program, which is provided to Trillium by a private company. All students not registered must be picked up from school by 3:45pm or they will be sent to the age appropriate program and the parent/guardian charged accordingly.
Students may not wait in the building or on the premises without academy supervision. If we find students hiding in the building or on the grounds disciplinary action will be taken and the student may be dismissed from the Academy.

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be available Monday-Friday from 6:30-7:35am and 3:30-6:00pm.
Emergency Latch Key is for students that are not picked up by 3:45 for any reason. Fees are increased for students that are not registered and require services. All rates can be found in the main office and will be enforced.
TIMES:
 Doors open at 6:30 a.m. We are not prepared to accept students prior to that time!
 Hours are from 6:30am until 7:35am and from 3:15pm until 6:00p.m.
 Any child(ren) not picked up by 6:00pm, will be assessed a charge of $1.00 per minute after
6:00pm per child.
ACADEMY WITHDRAWL OF STUDENT FROM BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
TRILLIUM ACADEMY reserves the right to exercise immediate withdrawal of any student or individual if it is deemed that such person(s) fails to abide by the rules established for the program. A student may be withdrawn from the day care program if day care fees are not paid.
Written notice will be sent to parent or legal guardian explaining reasons for withdrawal.
R400.5107 Discipline. Rule 107.
1. Staff shall use developmentally appropriate positive methods of discipline, which encourage self-control, self-direction, self-esteem, and cooperation.
2. Staff shall be prohibited from using the following as a means of punishments:
(a) Hitting, spanking, shaking, biting, pinching, or inflicting other forms of corporal punishment.
(b) Restricting a child’s movement by binding or tying him or her.
(c) Inflicting mental or emotional punishment, such as humiliating, shaming, or threatening a
child.
(d) Depriving a child of meals, snacks, rest or necessary toilet use.
(e) Confiningachildinanenclosedarea,suchasacloset,lockedroom,box,orsimilarcubicle.
3. Non-severe and developmentally appropriate discipline or restraint may be used when reasonably necessary, to prevent a child from harming himself or herself or to prevent a child from harming other persons or property, excluding those forms of punishment prohibited by sub-rule (2) of this rule.
4. The Academy shall have written policy regarding the discipline of children. This policy shall be furnished to staff and parents.
All students enrolled and participating in the Before or After School Program are subject to the same rules of conduct as during the school day. Latchkey staff members are permitted to issue Student Conduct Referrals as appropriate and forward to the school principal/administrator for follow-up. Latch Key staff are also designated to inform the Latch key director of student issues and students may be dismissed from the Latch key program if deemed necessary by the director.
FUNDRAISING
The Board of Directors acknowledges that the solicitation of funds from students must be limited since compulsory attendance laws make the student a captive donor and may also disrupt the program of the school.

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The Board of Directors will permit student fund-raising by students in school, on school property, or at any school-sponsored event only when the profit is to be used for school purposes or for an activity with the school. All fundraisers are required to post in the school hallways the following: 1) group coordinating the fundraiser, 2) contact name, 3) purpose of the fundraiser, 4) fundraising goals, 5) amount collected, 6) how the fundraising dollars were spent. Fundraisers may be denied based on the discretion of the administrative office.

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GRADING POLICIES

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A traditional grade scale will be utilized for all classes. Arts classes carry the same weight on overall GPA performance as core classes, which will affect promotion and retention. Citizenship will also be grades based on assignments, assessments, performance and behavior related to respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.
Any assignment that is not turned in on time has a three-day deadline for all of 7th and 8th grade students. The following is the percentage off per day it is late:
- 10% off first day
- 30% off second day
- 50% off third day
- After the third day, the assignment is no longer accepted.
* The last trimester for the 8th grade classes will have a no late assignment policy in order to prepare them for high school. Any assignment that is not turned in on the due date will not be accepted.
• Assignment and test redo is based upon the teacher's discretion with the exception of excused absences. For excused absences the student has the same number of days to complete missing as were excused.
• Test make-ups need to take place within one week of the original test date. If
the student does not complete the make-up test within one week, he/she will receive a zero for that test.
*This goes for presentations (Science Fair, Wax Museum, etc.) as well.
• Middle School team will modify due dates, etc. to fit the needs of IEP, 504 plans, or any other medical circumstances.
Placement Testing of Newly Enrolled Students
Trillium Academy desires that the placement of newly enrolled students to a particular grade level within the Academy to be consistent with the best interests of students. The Board endorses a plan of student assessment in mathematics and reading as one means of assessing the appropriate grade level in which to place a newly enrolled student. The Academy also assesses newly enrolled students by course content/credits earned at a prior school, student demonstrated knowledge, and compliance with established State requirements as a prerequisite to grade level placement.
The Academy has established rules and procedures governing placement testing of newly enrolled students and how the assessments will be used to determine placement. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency.
A student’s parent or guardian will be asked to participate in a phone or physical conference regarding grade placement if the professional staff of the school are considering placement in a grade above- or below- the grade in which the student had previously been placed. Final determination of a student’s placement will be made by the school’s administration.
Promotion and Retention 7th and 8th Grade

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Trillium Academy recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth of children will vary and that students should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of their growth.
It is the policy of Trillium Academy that each student shall be moved forward in a continuous pattern of achievement and growth that is in harmony with his or her own development. Such a pattern should coincide with the system of grade levels established by this Board and the instructional objectives established for each.
A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level when s/he has:
A. demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade;
B. in the opinion of the professional staff, achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade.
C. Demonstrated sufficient proficiency to permit him or her to move ahead in the educational program of the next grade.
However, in addition to these considered factors each year, a student who by the conclusion of the 2nd, 5th and 8th grade, has not scored with-in the designated grade level range on a nationally norm referenced assessment, will be retained and required to repeat their current grade level in order to develop the skills necessary to succeed at the next grade level. The school Superintendent or designee approves the final determination of promotion and retention.
In addition, the following factors are considered when making a decision for retention by the professional staff in the student’s academic and social livelihood:
 Student performance based on report cards, portfolio, academic records, assessments  Discipline record
 Attendance record
 Maturity and social level
 Age of the student  Reading level
The school superintendent, however, reserves the right to retain a student in the same grade when in his/her judgment, despite the objection of a parent, and in combination of the above-listed factors strongly suggests that a student needs to have another year of growth in order to be successful at the next grade level.
If you are concerned about a decision made regarding the retention or promotion of your student, please contact the school principal. If you are still unsatisfied with the result, you may schedule an appointment with the school
STANDARDIZED TESTS
The Academy gives the following standardized tests every year. Parents can receive results and are encouraged to review the findings. They will typically be discussed at conferences or mailed home. Please call your child’s teacher for an appointment if you have questions.

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 MSTEP: Administered to grades 3-11.
 Performance Series assessment will be administered to each student in grades K-8. The
assessments will measure their academic growth throughout the Academy year.
 District Level 30-day assessments will be administered to applicable grades and subjects in
grades K-12
 MLPP/DRA assessments for Language Arts will be ongoing throughout the school year. They
begin with Kindergarten and continue testing until they have successful passed all testing
components.
 College Readiness Assessments: Provided to designated grade levels 8-12.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM
In an effort to ensure that all of our students are prepared for the rigorous demands of college and beyond, Trillium Academy students will receive credit at the end of each trimester based on the grade they received in that trimester. If a student fails a course during any trimester, they will need to repeat that course in order to receive credit towards graduation.
GRADUATION STATUS OF STUDENTS
Students will NOT move on with their graduating class if they are behind in credits. NO student will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises, nor will he/she receive a diploma, until all requirements listed below have been achieved. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR HIS/HER CREDIT STATUS. Trillium is invested in preparing students for high levels of academic success in their futures beyond our doors. In light of the rigors of the High School standards, Trillium Academy does not permit students to graduate early. All students are required to remain in grades 9-12 for 12 trimesters (4 years) or the equivalent if transferring from a semester-based secondary school.
GRADUATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
The State Board of Education introduced the new requirements, called the Michigan Merit Curriculum, in December 2005. When the state legislature enacted the requirements as law in March 2006, they became the driving force behind high school reform in Michigan and are among the most rigorous in the nation. In satisfying these requirements, graduates will meet and often surpass the most stringent entry requirements for all colleges and universities in the state, and will provide the academic and applied learning skills business and industry leaders say they need in their work force.
MATHEMATICS - 4 Years (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, senior level math course)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS - 4 Years (ELA 9, 10, 11, & 12)
SCIENCE - 4 Years (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, senior level science course)
SOCIAL STUDIES - 4 Years (World History, US History, Civics, Economics, senior level SS course) PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH - 1 Year (must include 1 trimester of health)
VISUAL, PERFORMING AND APPLIED ARTS - 1 Year BUSINESS/PERSONAL FINANCE – 1 Trimester
COLLEGE AND CAREER COURSE – 1 Trimester
ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE- equivalent to one year LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH - 2 Years
A traditional grade scale will be utilized for all classes. Citizenship will also be graded based on assignments, assessments, performance and behavior related to respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

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COLLEGE APPLICATION – Complete and submit at least 2 college applications (at least 1 must be to a 4 year university)
*Trillium Academy DOES NOT offer summer school. Students who fail core classes are responsible for making up the credits through summer school or night school. Please contact your district of residence for more information on summer school or Michigan Virtual High School (online) also offers courses at an affordable price.
Course Test Out Guidelines Testing Out applies to situations in which students demonstrate competency in the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and receive credit toward graduation for that specific course for which they have successfully completed the “test out”. A student enrolled in high school, but not enrolled in a particular course, may be granted credit in the course by demonstrating a reasonable level of mastery. Students must achieve an 80% or above on the COMPREHENSIVE final exam for the course in which they wish to test out. A passing grade on the test will appear on the student’s transcript as a credit, but will not count towards the student’s GPA. Instead, the grade will be listed as “PASS”. Students interested in testing out of a course should contact the Student Support Coordinator at the school. Note that there are neither appeals nor retakes.
SENIOR SCHOLAR RECOGNITIONS
 Senior Scholar: ACT + G.P.A. (established by a point scale)/ Will receive Medallions, be recognized in the local paper, stand and be recognized individually during the graduation ceremony and be noted in a special part of the graduation program.
 Suma Cum Laude (3.9 G.P.A. and above/Will receive a gold cord to wear during the ceremony, stand and be recognized individually during the graduation ceremony, and be noted in a special part of the graduation program.
 Magna Cum Laude (3.7 – 3.899)/Will receive a gold cord to wear during the ceremony, stand and be recognized individually during the graduation ceremony, and be noted in a special part of the graduation program.
 Cum Laude (3.5 – 3.699)//will stand and be recognized individually during the graduation ceremony and be noted in a special part of the graduation program.
 Honor Roll (3.0 – 3.499)/Will be noted in the program.
 In the trimester system, this calculation would be done at the end of the second term. There will be
no rounding of the G.P.A. or points.
SENIORS NOT GRADUATING
Seniors who do not graduate with their class and who desire to return to Trillium Academy High School for an additional year, can do so only with the permission of the school leader.
CRITERIA FOR MARCHING IN GRADUATION
***No Senior will be allowed to march with his/her class who does not have the credit minimum and who has not met course requirements at the time of the graduation ceremony!***Additionally, all required courses must be passed and all dues and fines paid prior to the ceremony. Disciplinary problems may also result in being prohibited to participate in the graduation ceremony. Trillium Academy reserves the right to determine the seniors who are allowed to be a part of graduation. If a senior passes the necessary requirements within a designated timeline after the cut-off deadline, the senior can notify the Academy if they wish to participate in the ceremony the following spring. If this is

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proper gown, behavior protocols, seating requests, etc.
ACADEMIC and BEHAVIORAL PROBATION
Any student that does not maintain a C average will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation may not attend social field trips, participate in any after school activity, or receive other student privileges until their academics have reached the average required or appropriate behavior or citizenship is another area of focus at Trillium Academy.
A student may be placed on behavioral probation if they are consistently and repeatedly sent to RTC. A student may also be placed on behavior probation because of involvement in serious incidents at school including but not limited to fighting, insubordination, bullying, etc. Students on behavioral probation may not attend social field trips or others where safety and the reputation of the school is a concern, participate in after school activities, or receive other student privileges until their behavior corrects consistently and proves otherwise.
REPORT CARDS – CONFERENCES
Academic reports for students in grades 7-12 are distributed in December, March, and June. Parent- Educator Conferences are scheduled in approximately December and March of each school year. Parent/guardian or students of age 18 are required to attend the conference to receive their child’s report card. In the event the parent is unable to attend the conference a conference will be scheduled with school administration, at which time the report will be given to the parent/guardian. Please understand that if you need to schedule with the school administration it may be well after the initial conferences are scheduled. In this event, it is still encouraged that you meet additionally with your child’s educator because they know best the progress of your student. It is understood that educators shall, if necessary, arrange additional periodic conferences with parents. Conferences with educators must be scheduled during non-instructional time.
APPOINTMENTS WITH EDUCATORS
If you would like an appointment to meet with your child’s educator, you may make an appointment by note or call the Academy and leave a message. Phone calls to educators during school hours are reserved for emergencies only. Meetings with educators are best when an appointment is made in advance.

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DISCIPLINE OVERVIEW

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GENERAL PURPOSE OF SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
School discipline has two main goals: (1) ensure the safety of staff and students, and (2) create an environment conducive to learning. Serious student misconduct involving violent or criminal behavior defeats these goals and often makes headlines in the process. However, the most common discipline problems involve non-criminal student behavior.
These less dramatic problems may not threaten personal
safety, but they still negatively affect the learning environment.
Disruptions interrupt lessons for all students, and disruptive
students lose even more learning time. It is important to keep
the ultimate goal in mind while working to improve school
discipline. As education researcher Daniel Duke (1989) points out, "the goal of good behavior is necessary, but not sufficient to ensure academic growth." Effective school discipline strategies seek to encourage responsible behavior and to provide all students with a satisfying school experience as well as to discourage misconduct.
Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.
The tools and concepts of positive discipline include:
 Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
 Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
 Effective communication and problem solving skills.
 Discipline that teaches (and is neither permissive nor punitive).
 Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
 Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just
success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Each student has the responsibility to:
• Respect the inherent human dignity and worth of every individual.

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• Be informed of and adhere to all rules and regulations established by Trillium Academy and implemented by school administrators, teachers, and support staff for the welfare and safety of all students.
• Study diligently and strive to reach the highest possible level of academic achievement.
• Be punctual to school and classes.
• Refrain from slanderous remarks and obscenity in verbal and written expression.
• Dress and present oneself in a manner that meets the standards of health, cleanliness, safety, and the Trillium Academy Dress Code.
• Help maintain and improve Trillium Academy’s school environment, preserve school property and exercise the utmost care while using school equipment and facilities.
• Conduct oneself in an appropriate manner while in attendance at all school sponsored and/or related events.
• Continue to be, or strive to become, more actively involved in one’s education and personal growth.
DISCIPLINE & SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
School officials may suspend a disabled student (as identified by IDEA 2004) for up to ten (10) consecutive days without implementing procedural safeguards. However, a suspension in excess of ten (10) consecutive school days constitutes a “change in placement” for which procedural safeguards must be implemented.
Before implementing a suspension for a disabled student for more than ten (10) consecutive school days, the school district must provide due process protection given non-disabled students, and must take the following steps:
1. Notify the student’s parent or guardian in writing of proposed change in placement; and, 2. Convene an MDR/IEPT to determine:
a. Did the disability cause, or have a direct and substantial relationship to the act of the misconduct?
b. Did the District’s failure to implement the IEP cause the misconduct?
3. If the answer to both questions is NO, a suspension of more than ten (10) days must be imposed. However, the school district is still responsible for providing special education services during the course of the long-term suspension and an IEPT must be convened to determine what the special education services will be.
At any stage, the parent always has the right to appeal a decision made as part of the IEPT process. In the event of an appeal, the school district must operate under the “stay put” policy allowing the student to remain in the present program. Trillium Academy will follow IDEA 2004 mandates.

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The Academy’s ultimate goal is to produce students that are respectful, responsible, and resourceful.
Respectful students are polite and use manners. They use appropriate language and appropriate voice levels when talking in the building and to others. They listen to and follow the direction of authority figures. They walk in the building. They keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves. They keep a comfortable distance away from other peoples personal space. They allow the teacher to teach and minimize disruptions to the learning environment. They use safe measures and decision-making when dealing with themselves, other students, staff, parents, and the school. They utilize good communication skills when dealing with others including listening and responding appropriately to concerns.
Responsible students make decisions to follow rules appropriately. They behave in a safe way for themselves and others. They care about the cleanliness of their school environment and take pride in helping to keep it clean. They make sure they are in proper uniform when they leave for school in the morning and remain in proper uniform throughout the school day. They make sure they have all they need for the day including finished homework, signed papers, and a lunch and are prepared to learn. When a choice or decision has the potential for negative consequences, responsible students admit wrong doing and are accountable for their actions.
Resourceful students are able to problem solve. They utilize people, places, and things to find answers to problems that they are having. They seek the appropriate help when they need it including adults that are on staff and the closest to get to. They help others when they can by getting an appropriate adult, or informing an appropriate adult if another student or person needs help. They try to use conflict resolution strategies to solve student-to-student issues appropriately and when that doesn’t work they seek help of an appropriate adult. If they are in immediate danger they use good decisions to get out of it as soon as possible and then inform the nearest appropriate adult.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SUPPORT:
Trillium Academy has implemented goals, activities, programs, and communication modes specific to preventing and correcting behavior to reflect respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness in our students.
Specific School Rules:
1) Be prepared to learn:
Including: be on time, bring all necessary school materials (including completed homework), do not disrupt the learning environment, take care of other business outside of the classroom.
2) Follow the direction of the teacher or staff members in charge:
Including: teacher directives include classroom and school rules, requests to sit down or in a specific seat, requests to take notes, read, or any academic tasks or behavioral tasks, etc.
3) Be respectful:
Including: use your manners, clean up after yourself, be nice and cooperative to the teacher, other staff, other students, guests, and self. Use appropriate language at all times throughout the school. Talk in an appropriate tone and level when speaking with authority, students, and

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guests within the building and classrooms. Keep hands, feet, and objects to self. Keep an appropriate distance from the personal space of others. Take appropriate care of the school facility, furniture, grounds, and materials.
4) Be safe:
Including: walk at all times both in the school and outside, upon dismissal and at arrival. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself and do not spit or bite others. Keep an appropriate distance from others. Keep toy weapons at home – (guns, knives, handcuffs, etc. are NOT PERMITTED)
5) NOTE:
Gum Chewing is not permitted.
Inappropriate Public Displays of Affection between students including holding, kissing, inappropriate touching, etc, are not permitted.
CLASSROOM RULES:
Each educator has the opportunity to add or enhance the Academy Rules within the confines of their classroom. This is in order to make the learning environment age appropriate to promote growth and success.
SAFE ACADEMY’S STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY
Trillium Academy and Trillium Academy’s Board of Directors, endeavors to ensure that Trillium Academy is a safe place for teaching, learning and working. In order to achieve this goal we have instituted a Zero Tolerance Discipline Policy. Regardless of circumstances these policy guidelines will be followed. Trillium Academy will notify the police and take swift and appropriate disciplinary action for the following infractions:
Physical Assaults Against Academy Personnel:
Physical assault is defined as intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.
Any student who commits a physical assault against an Academy employee or against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy on Academy property, on an Academy bus or other Academy related vehicles, or at an Academy-sponsored activity or event will be suspended and may be permanently expelled for a period of not less than one hundred eighty (180) days or one full academic school year.
Physical Assaults against Students:
Physical assault is defined as intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.
The Academy board or designee of the Academy board shall expel any student from Trillium Academy if at Academy a student:
 Possesses a dangerous weapon  Commits arson

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Any student in 6th grade or above may be suspended or expelled for the following:
 Physical assault against another student
 Physical assault against an Academy Staff or Official (expel)
 Verbal assault, as defined by Academy board policy, against an Academy Official or Staff
member
 Bomb threat or similar threat
 Other serious in nature offense, which significantly jeopardizes the student, other students,
staff, guests, or the Academy.
Verbal Assaults:
Verbal Assault means a threat of an immediate harmful or offensive touching, coupled with apparent immediate ability to commit same, and which puts a person in a reasonable apprehension of such touching, or, the use of offensive language directed at a person, where such language is likely to provoke a reasonable person to physical violence, a bomb threat (or similar threat) directed at an Academy building, other Academy property, or an Academy related event. For purposes of this policy, the definition of assault also includes written threats.
Any student in grade 6 or above who commits a verbal assault on Academy property, on an Academy bus or other Academy related vehicle, or at an Academy sponsored activity or event against an Academy employee or against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy shall be suspended or expelled, depending upon circumstances, for up to one hundred eighty (180) days or one full academic school year.
Criminal Sexual Conduct:
Criminal sexual conduct means sexual penetration or touching of a person’s intimate parts. Intimate parts are defined as the breast, buttock, inner thigh, and groin or genital area.
Without consent:
 Any sexual touching of person’s intimate parts: With or without consent  Any sexual touching of a person under 10 years old
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
For the purpose of this Policy, “sexual harassment” shall mean ANY unwelcome advance of a sexual nature, requests for sexual favors, and/or verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.
Sexual Harassment: Discriminatory harassment on the basis of sex is hereby prohibited.
Compliant Procedure: Report. A person who believes that this Policy has been violated should promptly report the alleged violation to the school administrator/principal. All alleged violations should be reported no later than sixty days from the date the person first becomes aware of the alleged incident. However, the school reserves the right to investigate and act upon reports submitted beyond the sixty day period.

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School Action: The school administrator/principal and a representative from the educational service provider (ESP), shall assist in the complainant to pursue effective resolution of the complaint. This may be handled through an informal or formal process, depending on the severity of the situation. In the event that the administrator or representative from the ESP or among the persons complained of, their positions shall be filled by a member of the Board of Directors, as determined by the Board.
Informal Process: The complaint shall be handled by an informal process unless the situation complained of is deemed so severe by the investigating team or the Board of Directors as to require a formal process, or the complainant demands a formal process, or the action complained of would constitute a criminal act if proven true. The informal process shall involve the investigating team meeting with the alleged offender and all other persons or parties as it deems appropriate, this includes meeting with the student without a parent/guardian present. The alleged offender(s) shall be informed of the complaint and the complainant has requested resolution. If the complaint is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, no further action will be taken unless required by law or if deemed appropriate by the investigating team. If all parties are not satisfied with the action taken, a formal complaint can then be made by any of the parties.
Formal Complaint: A formal complaint must be signed and clearly state the nature of the alleged offense, the name of the alleged defender and the specifics (including time, date and location of the incident(s)). The formal complaint must be filed with the investigating team. If the investigating team deems that the circumstances require action, the complaint will be investigated in a timely and thorough manner to protect the rights of both the complainant and the alleged harasser(s). In the course of the investigation, the following process will be followed:
a. The investigating team will attempt to convene as soon as is reasonably possible after the filing of the formal complaint.
b. The investigating team will attempt to father all appropriate facts in as timely a manner as is reasonably possible.
c. The investigating team will report to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting, or if the investigating team and the Board President deem appropriate, at a special meeting of the board.
d. The board shall determine appropriate action to be taken.
Sanctions: The person(s) who is found to have violated this Policy may be subject to sanctions which may include, but need not be limited to, suspension, removal from school environments/activities/events, expulsion from the school, banishment from the campus, and/or dismissal from service at the school. Violators may also be subject to civil action or criminal prosecution.
Confidentiality: Discretion will be exercised. However, there can be no guarantee of confidentiality or anonymity since any investigation will involve discussions with other parties. Information about the complainant giving rise to the complaint will be reviewed only as investigatory and disciplinary processes require, or as otherwise required by law or courts having competent jurisdiction. Confidentiality will be observed to the extent permitted by law and to the extent consistent with protecting the welfare of the School Community and the interest of the school. However, the investigating team, the Board and/or the school administrator/principal may report the incident to appropriate authorities as they deem necessary or appropriate.
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Child abuse or neglect means harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare by a parent, or legal guardian, or any other person responsible for the child’s health or welfare, or by an educator or educator’s abide.
Suspected child abuse and or neglect must be reported to FIA. (See Trillium Academy’s Child Abuse and Neglect policy)
EDUCATOR EMPOWERMENT TO SUSPEND
Pursuant to MCL 380.1309(2), the type of conduct of which educators may unilaterally suspend students in grades 6 and above from a class subject or activity for up to one day, is expressly limited to misconduct involving a physical assault committed against another student or other Academy personnel. Physical assault is defined as intentional causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence. Following an educator initiated suspension; the educator shall send the student to the Principal’s office, immediately report the suspension and reason for the same to the Principal. The educator shall schedule as soon as possible a conference with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and the Principal to discuss the suspension. The educator and administrator(s) shall be in attendance at the conference. Any student suspended pursuant to this policy shall not be allowed to return to the class from which he or she was suspended from until the passage of one full Academy day from the time of the student’s infraction unless otherwise permitted to return by the educator who ordered the suspension and the Academy Principal’s concurrence. Further, suspended students under this section shall not be permitted, during the term of the suspension to attend other classes in the Academy building or extracurricular activities, unless the Principal or designee permits the student to continue the Academy day under appropriate supervision. This policy does not negate the Principal’s discretion to impose a multiple day suspension or expulsion beyond the educator’s statutorily limited suspension period when the student’s conduct warrants more severe disciplinary action in the Principal’s sole discretion.
Application to Students with Disabilities
This policy shall be applied in a manner consistent with the rights secured under federal and state law to students who are determined to be eligible for special education programs and services.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR CODE
Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the Student Behavior Code. The Academy will uphold the code and will exercise proper discretion as it pertains to each incident. For further information on expulsion and due process, see the main office.
Self-discipline is our goal for all of the students of Trillium Academy. To encourage the development of this virtue, positive reinforcement will be used. Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations of Trillium Academy. The Academy will uphold the code and will exercise proper discretion as it pertains to each in student.
DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:
Conference with student:
Conferences are held for all disciplinary problems. Usually it is also a first step for minor violations resulting in a warning being issued. All behaviors and resolutions will be documented.

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Parent Conferences:
A parent conference can be personal or by phone. This can be used as a second disciplinary action or can be required for other violations. All conferences and resolutions will be documented.
Referrals: If a resolution is not created, student will be referred to school administration by any staff member within the school. All students will be responsible for returning their referral with a parent/guardian signature by the next school day. If not returned they may be asked to serve an in- house suspension until all required paperwork is returned.
Detention: May be served during recess, lunch, classroom celebrations, and before or after-school for unacceptable behavior. If a student fails to serve detention, an in-school suspension will be issued and added to the students permanent record.
In-School Suspension: For chronic irresolvable or major discipline problems, a student will remain in the office for the entire duration. They will work on a writing assignment given to them by the administrator without talking. They are to ask permission to leave for any reason and will be required to eat their lunch in the office. They are to make up all missed assignments and have the same number of days to complete it as they are absent. They will receive an unexcused absence for any time served. It is the teacher’s discretion to assign full or partial credit for the work completed.
Rules for In-House Suspension
1. Students will sit in their assigned seats given to them by the office staff.
2. Students will be in the in-house room by the first hour bell.
3. While in the in-house room there will be no talking, note writing or any other type of
communication.
4. Students are responsible for keeping their area clean. Any waste can be kept on their desk top
until their break time or end of the school day.
5. Students are not allowed to leave their seat unless they have permission to do so.
6. Restroom and drinking fountain breaks will be at 10:00 and 1:00 only and will be limited to 5
minutes. If abuse of this privilege occurs they can lose the remainder of their privileges.
7. There is no food allowed in the in-house room except for the designated lunch period.
8. If a student refuses to follow the in-house rules they will be given an out of school suspension.
9. If a student is absent the scheduled day of in-house or misses any part of the day, they will make
up any absent time the next day in attendance.
Suspension: For chronic, irresolvable or severe discipline problems. A student who is suspended out of school will be required to remain in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian. While in the office they will follow the same routine as an In-School suspension. Once serving their out of school suspension they are not to be on school grounds during or after school or attend any after school activities. They are to make up all missed assignments and have the same number of days to complete it as they are absent. They will receive an unexcused absence for any time served. It is the teacher’s discretion to assign full or partial credit for the work completed.
Expulsion from the Academy: In extreme cases expulsion from the Academy may be necessary. A student who is expelled may not return to the school for a time period equivalent to one full academic school year. After the expulsion is completed it is up to the Academy to permit re-enrollment into the Academy.

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DISCIPLINE ACTIONS & MINIMUM PENALTIES

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DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND MINIMUM PENALTIES:
Every student has the innate right to an education free from being threatened in any fashion.
In addition, every teacher has the right to teach just as every student has the right to learn. Any disruption to this process will not be tolerated. The following is a list of some unacceptable student behaviors and the suggested minimum starting penalties. Should a violation not be listed, administrative discretion will be exercised and proper penalty imposed for the violation. Violations may have different circumstances and therefore administrative discretion may be imposed to apply appropriate consequences and penalties to each individual situation to ensure fairness.
If a student misses class for an in school or out of school suspension, they are responsible for speaking with their teacher and making up the work from the class period(s) they missed.
OFFENSE/DEFINITION
CONSEQUENCE RANGE
WEAPONS USAGE, ARSON, CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT- If a student possesses a dangerous weapon in a weapon free school zone (on school property and/or a vehicle used by a school to transport students to or from school property), or commits arson or criminal sexual conduct in a school building or on school grounds, the student must be expelled from school permanently, subject to possible reinstatement provided for in the law.
Any student who commits a physical assault against an Academy employee or against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy on Academy property, on an Academy bus or other Academy related vehicles, or at an Academy- sponsored activity or event will be suspended and may be permanently expelled for a period of not less than one hundred eighty (180) days or one full academic school year. Notification to authorities.
WEAPONS USAGE - An instrument of attack and being used to cause serious harm to students, staff, or any person on school grounds.
Contact Authorities—10 day suspension and referral for immediate expulsion. Notification to Child Protective Services if appropriate.
ARSON - The willful act of setting something on fire.
Contact Authorities—10 day suspension and referral for immediate expulsion. Notification to Child Protective Services if appropriate.
CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT - Sexual penetration or touching of a person’s intimate parts. Intimate parts are defined as the breast, buttock, inner thigh, and groin or genital area.
Contact Authorities—10 day suspension and referral for immediate expulsion. Notification to Child Protective Services if appropriate.

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Roughhousing/Verbal Confrontation: Exhibiting physically aggressive or unsafe behavior including acting carelessly and putting others in danger; instigating or engaging in verbal confrontations where abusive, vulgar, irreverent, lewd, or indecent conduct, including gestures, pictures, stories, or language is used.
Removal from class for a designated time period to 5 day out of school suspension.
Fighting: An extreme act of physical aggression that is designed to seriously harm or injure another person.
Up to 10 day out of school suspension and recommendation for expulsion.
Insubordination: Deliberate refusal to follow a reasonable request or order by an Academy personnel, documented by the Academy personnel and submitted to administration.
Removal from class to dismissal from Academy for continued violation.
Disrespect Towards Authority: To use inappropriate voice tone, voice level, language, insinuations, mockery, gestures, threats, intimidation, etc.
1 day suspension to dismissal from Trillium; with an additional day for each additional occurrence up to 10 with referral for expulsion.
Harassment: To disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute. *Please refer to the section on bullying for additional information.
1 day suspension to expulsion based on the severity of the offense. Notification to authorities if appropriate.
Serious Threats: Written or verbal threats toward self, another person’s life or well being, or the school.
Minimum 3 day suspension – not to return to school until psychological evaluation determined not a threat to self or others. Expulsion may occur based on the severity of the offense. Notification to authorities and/or Child Protective Services if appropriate.
Sexual Harassment: The making of offensive sexual advances, touching of personal areas, or of sexually offensive remarks or acts, that make another person feel uncomfortable.
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Public Displays of Affection: Holding bodies, kissing, touching of personal areas, crossing personal boundaries on school grounds before, during, or after school is not permitted by students of any age.
Consequence is In-house or out of school suspension up to expulsion.
Forgery: Falsely making or altering a writing by which the legal rights or obligations of another person are apparently affected; simulated signing of another person's name to any such writing whether or not it is also the forger's name.
Consequence is at the discretion of the school staff/administration. Notification of authorities if appropriate.
Profanity or Obscenities: The use of abusive, vulgar, irreverent, lewd, or indecent conduct, including gestures, pictures, stories, or language.
Removal from class to detention to out of school suspension of appropriate days.
Harassment or Bullying: is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic, or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts – i.e. internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (pda), or wireless hand held device) that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic. This also includes ANY behavior that could be perceived as being aimed at intimidating, threatening, or coercing another person. Such behavior is considered harassment or bullying whether it takes place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function, or in a school vehicle. Trillium Academy Adheres to a ZERO TOLERANCE BULLYING POLICY.
1 day out of school suspension to expulsion from Trillium; notification to authorities if appropriate/necessary
Weapons Possession: An instrument of attack used to cause serious harm to another.
Notification to authorities. 10 day out of school suspension up to dismissal from Trillium. Notification to Child Protective Services if appropriate/necessary.
Stealing: To take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, esp. secretly or by force.
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$100 must be reported to local authorities.
Alcohol: Possession, consumption (or under the influence), or distribution of an intoxicating liquid containing some form of alcohol.
5 day out of school suspension up to dismissal from Trillium. Notification to authorities and/or Child Protective Services if appropriate.
Drugs/paraphernalia: Possession or distribution of a chemical substance, illegal or otherwise, that affects the central nervous system causing changes in behavior and often addiction or possession of any equipment used in making, using, or concealing such a substance.
10 day suspension and referral for immediate expulsion from Trillium Academy. Notification to authorities and/or Child Protective Services if appropriate.
Trespassing/Loitering: Students and parents being on school grounds fifteen (15) minutes after dismissal or after a school related function, even in a vehicle.
Verbal warning; reported to local authorities; after 3 incidents child protective services will be notified; Dismissal from Trillium.
Tobacco Possession: and/or use of tobacco containing product including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or other. Trillium Academy is a drug free school zone.
Up to 10 day out of school suspension and/or recommendation dismissal from Trillium. Notification to authorities.
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty: To copy or present someone else’s work as your own OR to not be able to distinguish your work from a group of students you are working with.
Consequence is determined by Trillium Academy staff and may include withholding credit until the student retakes the class.
Leaving school without proper authorization: Leaving the premises of the school without following check-out protocols.
In school suspension to three days out of school suspension
Skipping Class/Loitering: Being out of class during instructional time without a pass, arriving 5 or more minutes late to class without a pass, or not attending class without proper authorization; being present in unauthorized areas in the building or school grounds.
In school suspension to two days out of school suspension
Fire type materials: Possession of Fireworks, stink bombs, lighters, matches, smoke bombs, etc.
3 day suspension to expulsion
Gambling/Gambling paraphernalia: Being found in possession of gaming paraphernalia such as dice, chips, etc.; exhorting and/or collecting money under betting or unwarranted circumstances
Up to 5 day out of school suspension and dismissal from Trillium
Compromise of public safety (teachers, staff, and students): Exhibiting physically aggressive or unsafe behavior including acting carelessly and putting others in
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danger; disregard for directives and/or authoritative figure.
appropriate. Dismissal from Trillium.
Cell Phone: Possessing or using a cell phone for any purpose during school hours
• First offense the item will be confiscated and released to the student at the end of the day.
• Second offense the item will be confiscated and released only to a parent or legal guardian.
• Third and continual offenses will be considered insubordination and handled according to the code of conduct under insubordination in addition to confiscation of the item and parent signature for release.
• Refusing to surrender a cell phone or other device used in an unauthorized way, will result in further disciplinary action.
Sexual Misconduct - Sexual penetration or touching of a person’s intimate parts. Intimate parts are defined as the breast, buttock, inner thigh, and groin or genital area.
Contact Authorities—10 day suspension and referral for immediate expulsion. Notification to Child Protective Services if appropriate.
Peddling – To engage in the unlawful sale of goods or services; carrying goods from place to place for resale without a permit or license.
Up to 3 day out of school suspension
Dress Code Violation – Out of compliance with proper Trillium uniform defined in the Student Code of Conduct
Please refer to the Trillium Academy Dress Code Policy.
Child Pornography - A student in possession of an indecent photo of a minor on their phone, internet, email, social media, etc. This will extend to sending, sharing, exploiting, etc.
Any student, who is suspect of this, will be interviewed. Notification to parents. Information will be reported to the local authorities. Additional school consequences range from suspension to expulsion.

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PARENT GRIEVANCES
Any and all parent concerns and grievances should be brought to the attention of the teacher. If, after consultation and discussion with the teacher, the parent feels the matter has not been satisfactorily settled, the parent may bring the matter to the attention of the Vice-Principal. If, after consultation and discussion with the Vice Principal, the parent feels the matter has still not been satisfactorily settled, the parent may make a written appeal to the Principal. The Principal will respond in writing informing the parent if and when the hearing of the grievance will take place. If appropriate the grievance will be relayed to the Trillium Superintendent if the grievance still has not been resolved it will go to the Educational Service Provider and then to the Trillium Board of Directors. Please be aware that the Trillium Academy Principal, Superintendent, ESP and Board members are in their official capacity to respond to the grievance when and only when they are meeting formally regarding it. Individually (in the hallways, at games, on the telephone, etc) they are not to discuss official business of this nature as it would be considered inappropriate.

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EARLY AGE PERMANENT WITHDRAWL FROM SCHOOL
Michigan law requires attendance of each student until sixteen (16) years of age, it is in the best interests of both students and the community that they complete the educational program that will equip them with skills and increase their chances for a successful and fulfilling life beyond Trillium.
Any student leaving Trillium will have an exit interview scheduled with the principal to determine the reason for leaving. The principal will make every effort to extend counseling to the student and family, define goals for the student in a written plan, provide information of a local G.E.D. program and assure the student of the timely return of all school-owned supplies and equipment they may still possess.
No student under the age of eighteen (18) is permitted to withdraw without the written consent of a parent or the approval from the principal.
For all other Academy policies approved by the Board of Directors, feel free to request a time to review the Board Policy Manual with the Board of Directors Recording Secretary or the Academy Principal.

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COLLEGE & CAREER INFORMATION
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JUNIOR CHECKLIST
1. Continue career exploration and consider a tentative career goal.
2. Assess your reasons for going to college. What are your goals?
3. Discuss with counselors, teachers, parents and friends.
4. Maintain a strong schedule and good grades.
5. Explore and learn about post-secondary opportunities. Make a list of factors that are important to you in choosing a college.
6. Meet with college representatives.
7. Visit school campuses and talk with students, consult Web Sites and college guidebooks.
8. Consider post-secondary costs and your family financial resources.
9. Take the appropriate tests for college entrance: ACT/SAT.
10. Attend college night programs/college fairs.
11. Begin a rough draft of college and scholarship essay: Proof, proof, proof again.
SENIOR CHECKLIST
1. Maintain a strong senior schedule and good grades.
2. Listen to the daily announcements regarding post-secondary information, scholarships, college
representatives, etc...
3. Meet with college representatives.
4. Arrange a campus visit. Apply to your top three to five choices by THANKSGIVING.
5. Determine actual costs of attending a particular school and determine whether it will be
necessary to pursue financial assistance.
6. Observe all deadlines for applications, scholarships, college admission and financial aid
programs.
7. Consult post-secondary publications and college websites.
8. Be certain you have taken or will be taking required college entrance tests. Gather transcripts
and letters of recommendation. Complete FAFSA by Feb. 21
9. If applying online, notify high school counseling office to send official transcripts.
10. Check and confirm all deadlines. Look for early decision deadlines for applications/scholarships.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
 Juniors who plan on entering college in the fall after their senior year should take the ACT or the SAT in the spring of their junior year and have re-takes completed by the fall of their senior year.
 Students may take the ACT more than once for the maximum chance of receiving a high score.
 All four-year colleges in Michigan will accept the ACT as the college entrance test. Most two-year
colleges do not require either the ACT or the SAT, but require a placement test on campus
(contact the school for details).
 Students who will be applying to colleges outside of Michigan should contact the admissions
office at the college regarding test requirements. Some schools require the SAT.
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1. PSAT/NMSQT
The PSAT is very similar to the SAT. The test consists of three parts- verbal, writing, and math. Except for the writing, all questions are multiple choice. Trillium Academy requires all juniors to take this test. The result of this test can provide you, your parents, and your counselor a realistic basis for planning your education.
2. ACT
The ACT offers a student assessment program to help students and colleges in making plans and decisions. It is made up of a test battery that includes four tests, a student profile section, and four high school grades that you report yourself. The four tests that make up the major part of the ACT are: English, Math, Reading, and Science. These tests average 40 minutes each and are intended to test you on how well you do the kinds of academic work colleges expect you to do. After ACT scores the tests you receive five scores: one for each test and a composite score which is the total of the other four sub scores. These scores are intended to give you an estimate of your academic ability and an idea of how you compare with other students who took the tests. This year the Michigan ACT will be part of the state testing requirement.
The student profile section is not a test. It is a questionnaire that informs colleges of your special interests, needs, and accomplishments. The high school grades that you report, along with your test scores are used to “predict” your grades in college. Test results will be sent to Trillium Academy.
NOTE: Students who wish to qualify for financial aid (based on need) from the State of Michigan must take the ACT prior to entering college.
If you take the ACT to qualify for the State of Michigan Scholarship Funds, you must do the following:
 You must have a Social Security number to register for the test  List their state resident code 23 (Michigan)
 List the correct high school code (233544)
 Determine if you should retest (a qualifying score is 90)
3. SAT
The SAT consists of Critical Reading (formerly verbal), Mathmatical questions and Writing. Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800 points with two writing sub scores for multiple choice and essay. The SAT score will now range from 600-2400.
a. The un-scored section may be either a critical reading, math or writing multiple choice. This section does not count towards the final score but will be used to try out new questions for future tests.
b. The student Descriptive Questionnaire (SDQ) is used for the same purpose as is the Student Profile Section of the ACT.
c. Remember to check deadlines if you need to retest.
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FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN COLLEGE SELECTION
Since your selection of a college will profoundly affect your future, it is important that you make this decision with great care. There is no such thing as a “best” college- only a selection by analyzing yourself- what are your likes, dislikes, interests, capabilities, career goals, and plans? A second step in college selection is comparing different colleges. Consult your counselor; review college handbooks and catalogs. Visit www.careercruising.com (username: trillium, password: academy), for more detailed information regarding schools.
Below are some of thee factors which you should consider when choosing a college:
1. School Quality
a. Look not only at the school’s overall rank, but the quality of the specific programs you’re
interested in and what educators and employers think about it. 2. School Size
a. Big schools offer a broader range of academic programs and extra-curricular activities. Small schools offer a more inimate environment where you are ore likely to receive personalized attention from professors.
3. Program Size
a. School size doesn’t equal program size. Some large schools offer smaller residential
colleges and learning communities. Some smaller schools focus on certain majors
where they may have large class sizes. 4. Distance From Home
a. Do you want to live far away or would you prefer to be close enough to sneak home and do your laundry? Or do you like your room at home just fine?
5. Urban or Rural
a. A large city will mean a melting pot of cultures. A small town might feel more intimate
and comfortable. Larger cities offer more cultural life; smaller towns offer the great
outdoors. 6. In-State or Not
a. Remote destinations offer something different. But consider that you’ll save thousands of dollars on tuition and travel by staying in your home state. Plus many scholarships only work at in-state schools. A cheaper way to see the world may be a study abroad program at an in-state college.
7. Recreation
a. You won’t be studying all the time, and it’s important to have ways that you can get
plugged into campus life. Consider clubs and sports you might join and the quality of
the recreation center 8. Facilities
a. What are the classrooms like? And where do students hang out after class? Consider libraries, computer labs, on-campus dining and study lounges.
9. Private or Public
a. Private institutions have higher price tags than public but some offer more aid. Private
schools tend to offer a smaller community environment.
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Your GPA or grade-point-average is the item examined FIRST by colleges and universities to which you apply. Test scores and the core academic courses you have taken in high school are other important factors in college admission. Minimum course requirements for most colleges are Algebra and Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry, Biology and Chemistry, 4 years of English and 3 years of Social Studies. If your GPA is a 3.0 (B’s) or better, you will be considered and probably admitted into most colleges in Michigan. A 2.7 is acceptable in many schools. If your average is a 2.5, you will probably be admitted if you have strong test scores and have taken rigorous academic courses. You will have fewer choices if you average is a 2.0 or less.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING TO COLLEGE
College Applications:
You can apply to many schools directly from the internet or print off an application and send it in the mail. If you do not have access to the internet, please request a copy from the Counseling Office.
Since your college application is the first impression the college receives of you, it is imperative that you complete it with great care. When you receive an application:
1. Read each question carefully
2. Type or legibly print your responses
3. Write a rough draft for any question requiring more than a one-word answer, and then
transfer it to the application. If you are uncertain how to answer a particular question, leave
it blank until you have checked with a teacher or counselor.
4. Complete all items clearly and concisely
5. Sign and date the application
When you have completed the application, send it in the mail to the school (if completing a paper application). Make sure you visit the counseling office to request that letters of recommendation, a transcript, and test scores be sent to the school.
FINANCIAL AID
Be certain to complete the part of the application concerned with financial aid. Many colleges expect you to also complete a separate financial aid form.
MORE INFORMATION
 Students interested in colleges outside of Michigan, or Military Academies, should begin their research early in their junior year. For more information, students should contact those colleges directly.
 Application fees are for processing your application and are NOT returned to you if you are denied admission, nor are they credited to your account if you are admitted.
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 Tuition costs quoted online are for the current complete school year. They may be higher when you enroll. Books and supplies at all schools will be an additional cost. Personal living expenses will vary according to the student rather than the school
 Financial Aid Forms are used to determine your eligibility for aid. You must complete a FAFSA some time after the first of the year. The sooner you complete this form the better. You will need to complete your taxes for that year prior to completing the FAFSA.
TRG SCHOLARSHIPS
TRG Scholarship Program: Trillium academy is managed by The Romine Group. All seniors from Trillium Academy are eligible for the TRG scholarships to be used at a college of their choice.
TRG Leadership Award ($1000)
One Senior from each TRG school will be awarded this scholarship based on their demonstration of outstanding leadership in both the academic and co-curricular programs at the school. This would include clubs, athletics, service organizations, student government, and others. This award is primarily based on LEADERSHIP, not just academic performance.
TRG Overcomer Award ($1000)
One senior from each TRG school will be awarded this scholarship based on overcoming a major obstacle in their life. This would include overcoming a physical, emotional, or psychological issue in their life. This also could be overcoming a major academic difficulty and demonstrating success in that area. The major factor in receiving this award is the student has OVERCOME something or some area and turned what could have been defeat into victory.
TRG Spirit Award ($1000)
One senior from each TRG School will be awarded this scholarship for demonstrating outstanding school spirit. This award will be given to the student who may or may not be the best academically, but does have the best attitude and SPIRIT whether it be in the classroom or in co-curricular activities.
TRG Academic Achievement Award ($1000)
One senior from each TRG School will be awarded this scholarship based on academic performance. This will be based on how the student achieves in all classes completed at the school. The attitude of the student as well as academic performance will be considered for this award.
TRG Citizenship/Attendance Award ($1000)
One senior from each TRG School will be awarded this scholarship based on outstanding CITIZENSHIP including attendance during high school (Grades 9-12). Being in school, punctuality, respecting others, demonstrating responsibility and manners will be the factors considered for this award.
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The Six Michigan Career Pathways
Arts & Communications
Careers in this path are related to humanities and performing, visual, literary and media arts. These include architecture, graphic, interior, and fashion design, writing, film, fine arts, journalism, languages, media, advertising, and public relations.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology
Careers in this path are related to the business environment. These include entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, computer information systems, finance, accounting, personnel, economics and management.
Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
Careers in this path are related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, and maintain physical systems. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service and related technologies.
Health Sciences
Careers in this path are related to the promotion of health and treatment of disease. These include research, prevention, treatment and related health technologies.
Human Services
Careers in this path are related to economic, political and social systems. These include education, government, law and law enforcement, leisure and recreation, military, religion, child care, social services and personal services.
Natural Resources and Agri-Science
Careers in this path are related to agriculture, the environment and natural resources. These include agricultural sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, fisheries, forestry, horticulture and
wildlife.
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POSTSECONDARY OPTIONS
1. 4 Year College/University
a. There are more than 20 public universities/colleges and private
universities/colleges in Michigan. 2. 2 Year College (Community College)
a. There are many area community colleges that provide a wide range of programs in order to meet the ever increasing needs of the local community both as a transfer program or a 2 year degree program. If you are not sure what you want to study in college, maybe this is the place to start. Tuition is lower. You can live at home and work part time. You can further explore your interests.
3. Technical Programs
a. These involve occupations in the fields of business, medical, trades, or
technology. See State of Michigan’s website for more details. 4. Apprenticeships
a. Registered apprenticeships are training programs operated by employers, employer associations or jointly operated by management and labor. They are designed to provide workers entering the workforce with comprehensive training by exposing them to the practical and theoretical aspects of work required by the occupational area. These programs are registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the U.S. Department of Labor. Contact Harmonie Centre, 277 Gratiot, Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48226 or (313) 964-2662.
5. Military
a. Besides being the single largest employer in the nation, the military offers the
widest choice of career opportunities. Together, the five services offer training and employment in over 2,000 enlisted job specialties. They sponsor nearly 300 technical training schools offering more than 10,000 separate courses of instruction. For further information contact the local recruiters or the military web page www.militarycareers.com.
FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Michigan Career and Technical Institute: www.michigan.gov/mcti, 269.664.4461 (voice) 269.664.9294 (TTY) Toll-free 877.901.7360 (voice/ TTY)
*MCTI provides free tuition and room and board in the dormitory for students with disabilities.
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