MLHS Handbook
Manitowoc Lutheran High School Handbook

Contents
MLHS MISSION STATEMENT
MLHS Objectives
MLHS Vision Statement

ADMISSIONS
Manitowoc Lutheran High School Enrollment/Participation Policy
Expenses
Determining Family Net Tuition Due
Tuition Payment Schedules
Application of Tuition Payments
Procedures in case of default
Athletic Passes
Yearbook Fee
School Lunch Program
Accident Insurance

ACADEMIC MATTERS
Books
Course of Study
Drop-Add Procedures
Academic Progress Reports
Policy on Incomplete Status and Eligibility
Graduation Requirements
Honor Roll
Policy on Academic Fraud
Academic fraud includes the following
Academic Fraud Clarified
Academic Fraud results in a penalty
Failure of Required Courses
Valedictorian/Salutatorian and HEAB Recipient
Transcripts
Report Cards
Study Halls
Alternative Education Policy
Statements governing all policies
Class Load
Credits / GPA
Online Classes / College Classes for Dual Credit
Advanced Placement Classes
Youth Apprenticeship
Individual Music Lessons
Exam Information
Semester Exams
Procedures
Student Awards
Academic Awards
Drama Awards
Music Awards
Athletic Awards
Policy for Ranking Students for Enrollment Purposes

BUILDING MATTERS
Administration & Business Office
The Administration Office
The Business Office
The SCRIP Office
Bulletin Boards
Computers and Computer Room Use
Recycling
Decorations
Fire/Tornado Drills/Intruder
First Aid
Cleanliness and Room Appearance
Lockers
Media Center
Lost/Found
School Equipment
Telephone

DISCIPLINE MATTERS
General Information
Detentions
Removal from Class
Responsibility of Bus Riders
Responsibility of Student Drivers
Suspension/Expulsion
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs
Athletic/Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
LAW ENFORCEMENT/LEGAL ISSUES
Discrimination, Harassment and Offensive Conduct
Discrimination and unlawful harassment
Sexual Harassment/Intimidation of students
Bullying Policy
Discrimination or harassment complaints
Retaliation Prohibited
Offensive Conduct
Cyber Bullying

STUDENT LIFE
Attendance Medication
Before/After School Hours
Relationships
Body Piercing/Tattoos
Locker Room Privacy
Electronic Information Resources Guidelines
Cell Phones
Class Dues
Chapel
Clothing
Congregational Life
Spiritual Counseling
Academic Guidance/Career Counseling
Social Media
National Honor Society
Parties
Passes
Senior Privilege
School Song
Student Council
Student Elections
Student Employment
Trips/Tours
Closed Campus/Visitors
Weapons
Matters of Concern

CLASSROOM DECORUM
Homeroom
Study Hall
 

MLHS MISSION STATEMENT

“Manitowoc Lutheran High School uses its God-given gifts to help each student become thoroughly equipped for paths of service to our Redeemer.”
MLHS Objectives:
(Therefore)
 
We use the Word of God in its truth and purity as we…
 
                Point our students to the knowledge and joyful assurance of our eternal welfare
                Worship daily as a school family in chapel and on special occasions
                Explore it in Religion classes and throughout a curriculum that has today's teen in mind
                Apply it to the many different situations that arise within our school family
                Discipline as needed with law, gospel, prayer, and evangelical encouragement
                Provide a foundation for life-long study of God's holy word
                Reach out to those who don't know the pure Word of God when we are given the opportunity
 
We use the facilities we have now and plan for later as we…
 
                Preserve our beautiful campus and facility as good stewards of God's blessings
                Provide ample teaching space and the tools needed to educate and care for today's learners
                Provide quality spaces that enhance our extracurricular programs
                Serve as a gathering place for our extended school family and others
 
We use the tremendous talents of our faculty and staff as we…
 
                Encourage our students to discover and make faithful use of their own gifts
                Instill confidence in our students as they take the next steps in their life-long pursuits
                Model the blessing and joy of serving the one who has made us his own
                Model the value of hard work, cooperation with others, and effort to improve
                Let each student know that they are objects of God's love and ours
               
We use the wonderful support of our federation as we…
 
                Partner with federation members in providing a quality Christ-centered education
                Maintain and make known a current master site plan
                Serve as a model of good ministry and evangelical response to God's grace
                Assist the federation congregations and schools with their own ministries
                Demonstrate that MLHS is a God-pleasing option to prospective students near and far   
 
We use our broad-based programs of study as we…
 
                Give each student a foundation that will allow them to succeed as God blesses them
                Give attention to individual interests, needs and strengths
                Prepare students well for post-secondary education, the work force, and military service
                Incorporate skills that enhance our students' ability for acceptance into post-secondary schools
                Offer training and encouragement for the public ministry
                Partner with parents in providing a quality Christ-centered education
 
We use our diverse extracurricular programs as we…
 
                Give each student the opportunity to learn valuable life skills outside the classroom
                Provide ample opportunities in athletics, fine arts, and service groups              
                Teach the value of healthy competition
                Allow students to discover, develop and display the talents they have
                Teach the importance of good sportsmanship, teamwork and being good examples
                Provide entertainment and edification for those who see us in action
                Promote God-pleasing school pride
                Encourage the development of Christian leadership skills
 
MLHS Vision Statement
By the year 2021 Manitowoc Lutheran High School will use the gifts God gives his people to be a leader among secondary schools in the Manitowoc area, a model area Lutheran high school in the WELS, and a trusted program that attracts students from around the world.
 
Adopted 9/2016
 

ADMISSIONS

Manitowoc Lutheran High School Enrollment/Participation Policy

  1. It is the policy of MLHS to admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  MLHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and co-curricular school-administered programs.
 
  1. Enrollment is open to WELS and non-WELS students.
 
  1. All WELS students’ applications are approved by the administration of MLHS.  Approval will be based upon the implied consent local pastors have given through the confirmation of such students in the local church.  Any student under church discipline will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with that student’s pastor. Application for enrollment signifies a willingness on the part of the enrollee to follow the precepts established by Holy Scripture as they apply to the enrollee’s personal and academic life. Failure to do so could result in removal from the student body.
 
  1. All non-WELS students’ applications are approved by the administration.   
  1. Such application for enrollment signifies a willingness of the student to place himself/herself under the spiritual instruction and guidance of MLHS while that student is a student at MLHS.
  2. Such application for enrollment signifies a willingness of the enrollee to learn the teachings of the WELS.
  3. We invite and encourage the parents of the enrollee to attend an adult information class held by one of our WELS churches to learn more about what the enrollee is being taught at MLHS. The MLHS circuit pastors may assist the administration to arrange for adult instruction.
  4. Such application for enrollment signifies a resolve on the part of the student to refrain from attempts to recruit fellow students for non-WELS church related events, activities, and doctrinal stands.
 
  1. Tuition rates are charged based on a family’s membership in the MLHS Federation, the partnership of WELS churches that own MLHS, and the distance from their home congregation to MLHS.  Rates differ for families who are not members of the Federation.
 
  1. All students at Manitowoc Lutheran High School are encouraged to participate in all worship activities at MLHS. Students who are not members of a congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, or a church body in fellowship with the WELS are not permitted to join school groups that participate in worship activities away from Manitowoc Lutheran High School. Determination of participation in such groups for on campus or school sponsored activities by students who are not connected by membership to the WELS or to its fellow church bodies, will be made after an interview by the MLHS Non-WELS Enrollment Committee with the student and his/her parents or guardians.
  2. Enrollment also signifies consent on the part of the enrollee and the parents of the enrollee for the administration to search the lockers, backpacks, vehicles, and person if the administration deems it necessary for the security, safety and wellbeing of the students and staff.

Expenses

Tuition and fees cover part of the cost of operating MLHS. Contributions from area congregations as well as special gifts meet the remainder of this cost. 

 

Determining Family Net Tuition Due

In determining the family’s net tuition due or payment plan amount, the following formula shall be applied:
  1. Gross Family Tuition by Zone
  2. LESS: Wisconsin Parental Choice Voucher (or similar program)
  3. LESS: Discount for Multiple Children
  4. LESS: Needs-Based Tuition Assistance (NBTA)
  5. LESS SCRIP Account Redemption
  6. LESS: Other Tuition Vouchers or Gift Certificates
  7. LESS: Congregation Tuition Assistance/Scholarships (ONLY when payment actually received from congregation)

Tuition Payment Schedules

Families are given a number of options for paying tuition. 
  1. Payment in full
    1. Payment in full on or before August 1 will receive a 3% discount to net tuition due.
  2. Two payment plan through TADS:
    1. Auto withdrawal through TADS only. One half of the tuition is paid on August 1st with the remaining tuition paid January 1st
  3. Monthly payments through TADS: 
    1. Families who do not choose option one or two must arrange to make monthly tuition payments that will be divided equally from July through May. These payments are electronically withdrawn from a checking or savings account or credit card (applicable transaction fees added to credit card transactions). A fee is charged by TADS to each family for managing such an account.

Application of Tuition Payments

  • MLHS Needs-Based Tuition Assistance – Will be applied equally to all students’ tuition balances in that family
  • Congregation Tuition Assistance – Will be applied equally to all students’ tuition balances in that family
  • SCRIP Account Redemptions – Will be applied equally to all students’ tuition balances in that family.
  • Academic Voucher Certificates or Tuition Gift Certificates – Will be applied entirely to the named student’s tuition balance.
  • Wisconsin Parental Choice Vouchers (or similar programs) – Will be applied entirely to the qualifying student(s) tuition
  • Items not listed above shall be allocated on a case-by-case basis as determined by the MLHS Business Office.
 

Procedures in case of default

  • Report cards will not be sent if payments have not been received for that period according to the agreed upon payment schedule.
  • Final transcripts and Diplomas will not be released until all tuition and fees are paid in full.

Athletic Passes

Student, adult, and senior passes are available in the form of a Big East Conference Pass. Everyone must present the pass at all conference athletic events unless they participate in the event. The athletic pass is nontransferable. WIAA events and Conference Tourneys are not covered by The Big East Pass.

Yearbook Fee 

A yearbook can be ordered on Orientation Day or shortly after that day.

School Lunch Program

MLHS provides hot lunch every day as an option for students to take. Each family has the opportunity to apply for free and reduced lunch. Each student has a lunch account that money can be added to by having written documentation (email is accepted) requesting MLHS to charge their TADS account for the specified dollar amout. That amount is then added to the student’s lunch account. Students enter their “PIN” number at the lunch checkout station. The amount of the meal is then taken off their balance. This is a cashless system. Any balances that are more than negative $10 will automatically have their TADS account charged to bring them back to a zero balance.

Accident Insurance

Manitowoc Lutheran does not provide student accident insurance and student accidents are not covered by our general insurance policy. Families are encouraged to obtain private accident insurance for their student(s).

ACADEMIC MATTERS

Books

All textbooks for on campus classes are supplied by MLHS (students may have to purchase materials for online classes). Textbooks are to be treated with care. Students who abuse textbooks or do not turn them in on time will be assessed fines or be required to purchase them.

Course of Study

The curriculum of MLHS offers a high school education which is planned to develop the God-given abilities of young people so that they can serve Him as Christian lay persons, teachers, and pastors. 
MLHS offers three programs of study: 
  1. General
  2. Academic (College Prep.)
  3. Pre-Ministerial (Pastor/Teacher)
Course selections for the following year take place in February. The required and elective courses are printed each year in the school’s Course of Study. The MLHS Course of Study Booklet is available to view at www.mlhslancers.org/courseofstudy.

Drop-Add Procedures

  • A student may drop a class, add a class, or change a class with written parental permission, the approval of the advisor, guidance director, and in consultation with the instructors involved before the end of the 7th day of the semester.
  • A student may withdraw from the class between the end of the 7th day and the end of the 12th day of the semester with written parental permission, the approval of the guidance director, and in consultation with the instructor involved, and the homeroom advisor. No student may withdraw after the end of the 12th day of a semester class.
  • A student in need of graduation credit or a 6th academic class due to withdrawal may add a class at the end of the 7th day of the semester with the approval of the guidance director and in consultation with the instructors involved. To receive credit for the class, missed work must be made up.
  • Drop-add restrictions do not apply to ability grouping in the disciplines of mathematics and English.
  • A student enrolled in a two semester course may drop the course at the end of the first semester with written parental   permission, approval of the Dean of Academics and in consultation with the instructor involved.
 NOTE:  For each of the above, the student should make contact with his/her advisor.

Academic Progress Reports

Parents of students who are experiencing difficulty in any subject area may be sent an "Academic Progress Report" by the instructor to explain the difficulty and to alert the parents to a specific problem. The Academic Progress Reports will be sent whenever the instructor feels it is necessary. The Academic Progress Report may be used to alert parents that a student is in danger of failing. The teaching staff is encouraged to send a formal report to parents for students that are having academic or behavioral struggles in class at the end of the 4th week and 13th week of the semester. All students will receive midterm reports after the 9th week of the semester.

Policy on Incomplete Status and Eligibility

Eligibility: Eligibility reports are run on the afternoon of the last day of the school week. Students who have more than 6 incomplete assignments at the time of the report are considered ineligible for the following week. The instructor determines what incomplete work is. Students are also ineligible if they have more than one F at midterm or semester. Parents will be notified by email the day the report is run if their student is ineligible for the following week.
 
Once ineligible, the student is required to serve a 30 minute after school study period each day until work is current. When the student is complete with all coursework (verified by their advisor and the Dean of Academics), the student may practice or meet with their co-curricular group during the remaining ineligible period. They may regain full eligibility with the following week's report. Students who are declared ineligible multiple times may be removed from the co-curricular activity. Students may be declared ineligible at any time based on other factors such as behavior, ability to positively represent MLHS, or academic performance at the discretion of the administration.
 
Appeal Process:  Exceptions for unusual circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis. In cases of extended illness or absence from school because of surgery or death within the immediate family, the student's advisor will inform the student that he/she may make an appeal for further extension of eligibility to the administrative council through the Dean of Academics. Appeals will be dealt with on an individual basis in consultation with the student, teachers involved, and class advisor.
Semester Incomplete: All coursework is to be completed when it is due. At the end of a semester, work that is not completed within five days (excluding weekends/holidays) will become a mark of “F”. Seniors who are incomplete at the time of graduation will receive their diploma upon completion of the work. Exceptions for unusual circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis in consultation with the student, teacher(s) involved, Dean of Academics, class advisor and the principal or his representative.
 
Ineligibility:  Ineligible students will not be allowed to participate in any co-curricular activity including athletics, cheerleading, color guard, dramatics, jazz ensemble, Lancer Singers, pep band or other choir or band ensemble, pom squad, soccer club, student council, student publications, serving as class or club officer, serving on any committee of any such groups, intramurals, Homecoming or Prom Court, or senior center. Students who are enrolled in choir or band for credit are eligible to perform when the choir or band performs as a unit.
 
Transfer students are subject to the same eligibility requirements as those outlined for MLHS students. The faculty reserves the right to declare any student ineligible for failure to utilize his/her God-given talents or because of an un-Christian attitude or pattern of behavior.
Freshmen Intervention:  When a freshman holds a course letter grade of “F” at midterm or end of semester, that student will be expected to participate in an academic improvement plan that employs peer tutoring and/or a directed study period. Arrangement for participation in such a plan will be made by the learning coordinator in conjunction with the student’s parents.

Graduation Requirements

Credits needed for graduation are 25 credits and must include:
Religion 4.0   Electives 5.0   Health 0.5
English 4.0   Science 3.0   Computer Applications 0.5
Social Studies 3.0   Physical Education 1.5      
Mathematics 3.0   Music 0.5      
(Beginning with the graduation class of 2018, 3 Science credits and 5 Elective credits are required for graduation.)
Special academic consideration may be given to students with limited abilities. Requests for this consideration should be directed to the guidance director through the learning coordinator.
Each student must carry a full load of subjects whether or not the student needs the credits for graduation. This in general, means carrying at least six subjects each semester. Students are permitted to carry more than six subjects each semester and are encouraged to do so when ability permits.
Students planning to enter schools of higher learning should plan their high school course of study carefully, in consultation with their class advisor and the MLHS guidance office, in order to meet the entrance requirements at such schools.

Honor Roll

An honor roll will be prepared at the close of each semester. Placement on the honor roll will be determined by averaging the semester grades. The honor roll will include all students who have an average of 3.5 or above.  Notification of placement on the honor roll will be made in the local newspapers.
Regular Course:   A  4.0, B  3.0,   C  2.0,    1.0,  F   0.0,  I  0.0

 

Policy on Academic Fraud

It is anticipated that all students will be honest and use their God-given abilities to their fullest measure during the learning process. However, sometimes students are tempted for a variety of reasons to resort to dishonest methods and commit academic fraud.

Academic fraud includes the following:

  • Handing in any work that is not 100% their own.
  • Copying an assignment, worksheet answers, or a paper directly from another student (either with or without that student’s permission) and handing it in.
  • Copying another student’s quiz or test answers, copying answers from notes or a book onto a “cheat sheet”, body?part, or any method and using those answers when taking a quiz or test without instructor permission.
  • Students who provide answers, work, or research to other students in any form without the teacher’s previously acquired consent, also commit academic fraud.
  • Anytime a student submits research material for a class that is not their own they have committed plagiarism. This includes the following: ?
    • Copying information word for word from a print (book, magazine, etc.) source or an internet source and handing it in without citing the original source.
    • Paraphrasing information from a print source or internet source and handing it in without citing the original source.
    • Cutting and pasting from several internet sources to write a paper that is supposed to be the student’s own work.
    • Taking an article directly off the Internet from a print source and handing it in.   
 

Academic Fraud Clarified:

  • A student is not plagiarizing when he is copying notes, work, or answers that are part of a teacher-directed team or group collaborative/cooperative learning experience.
  • A student is not plagiarizing when he has the teacher’s previously acquired consent to copy another student’s notes, work, or answers.
 

Academic Fraud results in a penalty:

At MLHS, honesty is important and academic fraud will be treated seriously. Cases of academic fraud will be brought to the attention of the Academic Dean and/or Principal. The penalties will be handled on a case by case basis, but may include loss of credit for the assignment, loss of credit for the course, suspension, and in extreme cases, possible expulsion.
 

Failure of Required Courses

If a required course (non-elective) is failed, a student, in consultation with the administration and department affected, may take a substitute course not previously passed in the same subject area, if one is available. Otherwise the student must make up the credit by taking the course over.  If a senior fails a required course in the second semester, a diploma will not be issued until the credit is earned.
 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian and HEAB Recipient

The following procedure will be used to determine the outcome at Manitowoc Lutheran High School for the class valedictorian, salutatorian, and the Academic Excellence Scholarship sponsored by the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board.
All approved high school courses taken by MLHS students will count in calculating the GPA. This includes all courses approved by the administration (on-site, online, and any off-site high school courses.)  Individual music lessons and courses that give college credit will not be included in GPA calculations. If more than 8 classes are taken in a semester, a student must determine prior to the beginning of the semester, which approved online courses he/she wishes to be figured in the total grade points for valedictorian/salutatorian. All required and on-site courses must be counted.
Procedure:
To be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian honors, a student must have completed a minimum of at least 3.0 credits of honor courses during the 7 semesters of high school.
 
The senior with the highest grade point average (GPA) after seven semesters, of which at least five semesters must be earned at MLHS, shall be declared to be the valedictorian for the class and the Academic Excellence Scholarship winner.
 
The senior with the second highest GPA after seven semesters, of which at least five semesters must be earned at MLHS, shall be declared to be the salutatorian for the class. 
 
If there is a tie in GPA results, the following will determine the winner:
  • The student with the highest number of total grade points will be declared the winner.  Total grade points are calculated based upon seven semesters. 
  • Total grade point ties will be broken by giving .5 additional points for each grade of + (plus) and subtracting .5 points for each grade of - (minus) on grades earned during 7 semesters.
If a tie continues:  Co-valedictorians and/or Co-salutatorians will be declared. However, for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the student with the highest ACT composite on any test taken before January 1 of the student’s senior year will be declared the winner.
If a tie continues for Academic Excellence Scholarship winner, a coin flip or the drawing of playing cards will used to determine the winner.
 
Note: The valedictorian and salutatorian traditionally deliver an address at Senior Night and a symbol denoting this accomplishment is attached to their diploma.  In addition, their names are inscribed on a plaque kept in the academic display case at MLHS. 
 

Transcripts

Students will be charged $2.00 for partial transcripts sent with college applications, scholarships, etc.  Alumni are to pay a fee of $10.00 for each transcript needed.  Alumni link to online transcripts is www.mlhslancers.org and click on “Guidance” and then click on “applying to college.”
 

Report Cards

Because students' records and transcripts are based on semester performance, a semester grading system is used. The symbols "+" or "-" may be used with letter grades on the report cards but carry no grade value. Only the letter grades, without the symbols, will be recorded on permanent records. You can also see grades live on Power School at any time. Actual grading procedures are determined by each individual instructor. However, standard letter grades are entered on the student's record according to the same scale as for the "Honor Roll". For International students, home country classes will be recorded on a pass/fail basis and not be calculated into the GPA. Only classes taken in the U.S. and given a letter grade will count in the grade point average.

 

Study Halls

The study halls which have been arranged as part of the school schedule are to give an opportunity to complete some schoolwork before leaving school. The instructors who supervise  these  study  halls  are  there  to  guarantee  an atmosphere  for  study. If one wishes to do work quickly and efficiently, it is expected that conditions are quiet and orderly. Therefore:
  • There is not to be talking or other methods of communication except by the supervisor's permission.
  • Study materials should be brought to study hall by each student.
  • Cooperative learning opportunities may be granted at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • Students may request permission to use the Media Center or computer labs to conduct research or complete reports. Passes for use of the computer labs should be obtained by students prior to attending study hall and be signed by the instructor making the assignment.
Eligible seniors are allowed to use the “Senior Center” after attendance is taken.

Alternative Education Policy

All Manitowoc Lutheran High School students are required to enroll in and maintain a minimum academic load of six classes per semester at MLHS.  An alternative class (listed below) cannot be included as one of these six classes.  The exception to this rule is if a student is involved in Youth Apprenticeship.   This is consistent with the 5.5 credits per school year that Wisconsin Statute § 118.33(3) requires.  MLHS shall not grant a high school diploma to any student unless, during grades 9-12, the student has been enrolled in a class or has participated in an activity approved by the MLHS Board of Control during each class period of each school day.  The approved activities are as follows:
  1. Online classes
  2. College classes for Dual Credit
  3. AP classes
  4. Youth Apprenticeship
  5. Individual Music Lessons
 

Statements governing all policies

  1. Cost/Documentation
    1. Each qualifying MLHS student will have the opportunity to have one semester of Dual Credit or one semester of an On-line Course (up to $300) that is not offered in the MLHS curriculum included in the cost of tuition during his or her MLHS career.
    2. MLHS will not cover the cost for textbooks and required materials for any of these courses.  Students will purchase these on their own and will be the owners of this material.
    3. Any costs in excess of $300 (including costs of course, texts, software, etc) are the responsibility of the student and must be paid prior to class start date.
    4. The class must be from the “Pre-approved Course” list. Other classes need to be approved beforehand and may include additional fees to be paid by the student.  Approval will be granted by the Registrar in consultation with the Principal and Dean of Academics.
    5. MLHS will only reimburse for courses that total 8.  If the student enrolls in a 9th class the cost will be borne by the student
    6. Students may take more than one semester of a course or additional course outside the MLHS curriculum; however, the family will bear the full financial cost of the course and its related fees and supplies.
    7. When the course is complete, the student is required to submit documentation and a final grade to the Guidance Office within 3 weeks of the course completion date.  The documentation should include a certificate of documentation and a transcript of your final grade. 
    8. MLHS will not reimburse the cost for any credit recovery course.
    9. While students may take an AP class, the cost of the AP exam is not included and must be paid by the student.
    10. Space and resources may limit the number of online students during a particular hour or semester.
    11. No late registrations will be allowed.  A registration is considered late based on the MLHS registration policy and the deadline is June 15th.  If the course is being requested because of a scheduling conflict, the Registrar will not consider this a late registration.
    12. If a student needs special software for the class and wants it loaded on a personal device, the student is responsible for the entire cost of the software (the software license then belongs to the student).
    13. Any software that MLHS purchases is the property of MLHS.
  2. Manitowoc Lutheran High School is a four-year institution dedicated to providing a quality Christ-centered education for its students.  Based on our educational and ministry mission statements our Board of Control does not consider early graduation something that meets the goals and outcomes that we desire for our students. 
 

Class Load

Students may not exceed nine total classes between courses offered at MLHS and other courses.  (Ex. 6 MLHS + 3 Online, 7 MLHS + 2 Online, 8 MLHS + 1 Online).

Credits / GPA

  1. All high school credits earned as Dual Credits or On-line Credits and approved by the MLHS administration will be included on the Manitowoc Lutheran High School transcript and included in the student’s GPA. 
  2. ALHSO (Association of Lutheran High Schools Online) courses have been approved and will be granted credits based on our membership in the Association of Lutheran High Schools.  Dual Credit Courses that are being given college credit will also count toward the student’s MLHS GPA. 
  3. High school courses offered by other online academic providers and Dual Credit Courses must meet the approval of the MLHS administration.  The administration will critique these providers based on their reputation, credentials, the course syllabus, and how the course measures up to the standards of God’s Word.  These approved courses will be granted credits by MLHS on the student transcript.
 

Online Classes / College Classes for Dual Credit

  1. Online Classes are available through Manitowoc Lutheran High School for the purpose of enrichment and to supplement a student’s class schedule
    1. MLHS is a charter member of Association of Lutheran High Schools Online (ALHSO).  These courses are taught by WELS’ teachers, pastors, or members that are approved by the ALHSO Board.
    2. Classes from another online source need to be approved by the MLHS administration through the Guidance Office.
  2. Dual Credit Classes are also available through Manitowoc Lutheran High School.
  1. Dual enrollment courses are college level courses offered by an accredited university or college.  Students that successfully complete these courses receive both high school and college credit.
  2. Dual Credit Course grades will be entered on the MLHS transcript but will follow the grading scale of the originating institution.
  3. Please check with the guidance director on what courses are being offered.
  1. A Dual Credit or On-line Class cannot be taken in lieu of a class that is offered at the high school in our regular curriculum.  The only exception to this will be online options used by the registrar to alleviate scheduling conflicts or to schedule classes for credit recovery.
  2. For Manitowoc Lutheran High School students, registration for admission into an Dual Credit or On-line Courses includes the following:
    1. Students taking an enrichment course must have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA to be considered.
    2. Students seeking credit recovery from an online course have no GPA requirement.
    3. The drop/add policy for MLHS applies to ALL classes.
    4. A registration form is submitted to the guidance office
    5. The registration form must include parent/guardian signatures, Guidance Counselor signature, and MLHS administration approval.
  1. MLHS will include ALHSO course offerings in our course of study booklet.  Classes that are offered simultaneously by ALHSO and MLHS will not be listed in the booklet but remain as possible options for the registrar to use in case of scheduling conflicts.
  2. A note will be made in the MLHS course of study booklet that other online courses are available upon approval of the MLHS administration.

Advanced Placement Classes

  1. MLHS Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which provide the top students a collegiate experience and the opportunity to earn college credit, are offered in Calculus and these classes are part of the MLHS curriculum and count towards the minimum academic load of six classes.  Online AP courses do not count toward this total and need to follow the policies that govern our alternative education offerings.
  1. Advanced Placement courses may be taken by students that observe the stated prerequisites and have been granted approval by the faculty chair of the department under which the AP class falls.

Youth Apprenticeship

The purpose of the Youth Apprenticeship is a school to work program to train students who plan to enter the work-force directly after high school, or who plan to enroll in a technical college or a university in an occupationally-related degree program.
  1. The student must be in grade 12 (a few programs allow 11th grade students to enroll)
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  3. One Practical Arts elective credit must be earned per semester for a minimum of three hour/day work experience.
  4. If accepted, the student must take a minimum of four classes in addition to Youth Apprenticeship.
 

Individual Music Lessons

The MLHS Lesson Teachers will use a quarter and semester grade to report how each student is progressing.
  1. This grade appears on the MLHS Report Card; however, it will not count on the student’s GPA. 
  2. A credit of .25 per semester will be granted to each student.  This credit will appear on transcripts that are sent to colleges and employers. 
  3. A minimum of 14 lessons per semester are required for credit.
 

Exam Information

Semester Exams

  • All Exams will be comprehensive exams that cover all material taught during the semester.
  • The Semester Exams are weighted by each individual teacher.  The weight of the exams must fall between 10% - 20% of the total semester grade.
  • Each instructor is asked to inform the students about the weight of the exam and the nature of the material on the test.
  • Instructors are encouraged, but not required, to hold a review day.
  • Exams are an important and valuable part of the academic program at MLHS.
    • The review of material is of great benefit in reinforcing instruction.
    • The results of the tests are a valuable tool for our staff to analyze what learning is taking place in the classroom.
    • The process of studying for and taking these tests is good preparation for college-bound students and those heading into the workforce.  It is a real life experience to be evaluated on what you have learned and the material you are responsible for.
  • Tips on encouraging your student to succeed on Semester Exams
    • Encourage your child to prepare carefully and in advance of the Exam days.
    • Keep your child’s schedule clear for the week of exams (have time to study)
    • Help them pace the amount of studying over time instead of “cramming” the night before the test.
    • Make sure your child is well rested and has eaten breakfast on the day of Exams.
    • Pray with and for your child.  Seek the Lord’s guidance in this endeavor.

Procedures

  • All students are expected to be in school each day by the beginning of the day.  NO LATE ARRIVALS ARE PERMITTED!
  • All students are to be in attendance for all study halls as there are classes and tests to follow. 
  • Students having a 7th period Study Hall, or 8th period Study Hall on their respective days may be excused after their exam.  However, they must have a signed note from home and check out properly with the Main Office staff!
  • Students that have completed their exams during the given period should remain quietly in the room until the final bell so that other testing areas are not disturbed. 
  • Students are allowed and encouraged to bring materials with them to study for upcoming exams when they have completed their tests.
  • The hallways are absolutely off limits to students during the testing periods, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Student Awards

Student achievement will be recognized by award presentations in the following areas:
Academic Awards:  The academic award will consist of a red "L" with an imprint of the lamp of knowledge symbol and will be given to the student that has achieved two consecutive semesters at MLHS with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.  Awards for additional units of two consecutive semesters with a GPA at or above 3.5 earned at MLHS will consist of a gold bar pin.
Any student who completes seven semester credits with a GPA of 3.5 or above will receive an individual plaque to recognize this accomplishment. The senior with the highest GPA after 7 semesters of which at least 5 semesters must be earned at MLHS shall be declared the valedictorian for the class. The senior with the second highest GPA after 7 semesters of which at least 5 must be earned at MLHS shall be declared the salutatorian for the class. Those seniors will deliver an address at Awards Night.  A symbol denoting this accomplishment shall be attached to their diploma and their names inscribed on a plaque to be retained by MLHS. 
Drama Awards:  The drama award will consist of a pin or red "L" based upon an accumulation of earned points. This award, as well as other special drama awards, shall be given at the discretion of the drama coach in accordance with a filed award’s policy.
Music Awards:  The music award will consist of a red "L" with an imprint of a music staff and will be given to the student the first time that student meets the award’s standards.  Subsequent awards will consist of a gold bar pin. This award is available to students in band and choir.  It, as well as other special music awards, shall be given at the discretion of the director in accordance with a filed award’s policy.
Athletic Awards:  The athletic award will consist of a gray "L" and will be given to the student the first time that student meets the award’s standard, a sports specific pin, and a bar to show years lettered.  Subsequent awards will consist of a bar only indicating a letter was earned in that sport. These awards will be given to varsity athletes at the discretion of the head of the sport involved.  Each varsity coach wishing to award accomplishment will have a written award’s policy on file in the office. All other awards are at the option of the coach of the particular sport and must be in accord with the written policy on file in the office.
The manager award will consist of a gray "L" with a MGR pin attached to the "L".  Subsequent awards will be available to varsity managers who, at the discretion of the head coach, meet the standards of a written policy on file in the office.

Policy for Ranking Students for Enrollment Purposes

MLHS will not rank students for post-secondary enrollment purposes. We will keep an internal rank that is used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian. MLHS will inform post-secondary institutions that we do not rank. This procedure is currently being followed by many private high schools.  We feel that this is in the best interest of our students.

BUILDING MATTERS

Administration & Business Office

The Administration Office is the information center of the school. All announcements, emergency calls, and the like originate here. Many of the administration personnel have offices connecting to this area. Students may seek information in the office. The administration office is open daily during the school year except during school vacations when hours may be altered.
 
The Business Office is the financial center of the school.  All tuition payments are to be made there. All information regarding accounts can be obtained from the business manager in the business office. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily except on school vacations in which hours may be altered.
 
The SCRIP Office is located off the commons.  It is open from 7:30 to 3:30 during the day and 4:00 to 6:00pm on Thursday evenings during the days we have school.

Bulletin Boards

Students wishing to post materials on bulletin boards or walls must receive permission from a faculty member or the office.

Computers and Computer Room Use

As a part of the total educational experience at MLHS, computers and related resources are available to students for their use.  These resources include access to internet and student use of them is governed by the “Electronic Information Resources (EIR) Guidelines” (see page 29-30). In order to use the internet and other related resources, a student must read the EIR Guidelines, sign off on the MLHS Release Form, and abide by the terms and conditions of the guidelines. Misuse or abuse of such resources may result in the revocation of the student’s privilege to use such resources and further disciplinary or legal action.
Internet access should be for academic purposes only.

Recycling

In keeping with God’s command to be good stewards of His blessings, Manitowoc Lutheran follows a policy of paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic recycling. Glass, aluminum, and plastic should be disposed of in the green recycling containers located on each floor hallway. Waste paper should be placed in the marked red containers in the hall. In addition, a recycling container is located in each classroom. Please make a concerted effort to follow this policy.
 

Decorations

Special decorations are occasionally prepared to accent seasons, church festivals, or special school functions. Special guidelines are drawn up by the sponsoring organization or the faculty.  The following general rules govern all decorating:
 
  • Decorations may be fastened only to concrete block walls, door frames, windows, and locker fronts.
  • Tape of any kind is not to be used on locker fronts or on the walls above the lockers.
  • A faculty supervisor must be present when decorating is done during school hours.
  • When decorating is done outside of school hours, the class or club advisor is to be present. Arrangements for such        decorating are to be made at least two days in advance.
  • As a rule, all evening decorating must end before 10:30 p.m. The limit on the number of evenings allowed will be           announced and must be followed.
Decorations for all events must be removed, destroyed, hauled away or neatly stored no later than the day following the activity.
 

Fire/Tornado Drills/Intruder

For the safety of all, the following guidelines are to be followed during all emergency drills:
 
  1. When the alarm sounds, students are to rise quietly
  2. Students are to listen to the directions given by the instructor
  3. In a fire emergency, all are to walk out of the building in single file.  During a tornado warning, all are to proceed to the basement corridor and be seated with their back to the wall and hands over their head
In a fire emergency, all are to remain outside, well away from the building, until permission is given by an instructor to re-enter the building. Likewise during a tornado warning all are to remain in the basement corridor until given permission by an instructor to leave.

First Aid

First aid is available for emergencies. Students requiring first aid are to come to the office. A student is allowed to have his/her absence excused for up to one full period if needed. The student is responsible for collecting any assignments he or she may have missed.
 
If a student needs to take a prescription medication during the school day, a parent or guardian should bring the medication to school and fill out the MLHS Medication Consent Form.  The medication will be left in the main office and it is the student's responsibility to come to the office to get their medication at the proper time.
Notification should also be given if medication, which is taken at home, may have some side effects on the student during school hours.

Cleanliness and Room Appearance

Each student will be expected to help in keeping the school and campus neat and presentable. This is true especially with the condition of lockers, desks, classrooms, the halls, and the bathrooms. Students damaging property will be held responsible for its repair or replacement.

Lockers

ALL LOCKERS ARE TO BE KEPT LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.
Hall and gym lockers are school property, and are provided for your books and clothing. As school property, lockers may be inspected at any time. Report any locker problems to the office.
 
Lockers are provided in the boys' and girls' locker rooms for those who take part in physical education and for those who participate in athletics.  Report all loss or damage to a physical education instructor or to a coach. If a gym lock is lost, report it immediately. A new lock must be purchased from the school for $5. If a lock other than the one issued is turned in, the student will be required to pay for the lock. Food and drink are not to be kept in the gym lockers.
 
Do not give a combination to other students. Medication should be left in the administration office. Any student entering another student's locker is subject to disciplinary action. Food is not to be kept in your locker overnight.
 
Each locker is to be clean and neat.  No self-adhering decals, stickers, or tape are to be attached to the inside or outside of the locker. Shelves or hooks may not be removed from any locker, although additional shelves may be built and inserted inside a locker, provided that the shelves do not damage the locker in any way. Modifications to the locking system are not allowed.
 
Students are responsible to report any damages which may occur to lockers.  Students who intentionally damage lockers will be   required to pay for all damages. At the end of a school year, lockers are to be emptied and cleaned. Lockers with unreported damage will be assessed a fee of $10, and those which need excessive cleaning will also be subject to a $10.00 fee.

 

Media Center

The Media Center plays an important role in the educational program at MLHS.   All students are encouraged to make use of the Media Center for gathering information for papers and reports, for use of computers and printers in completing homework, and for leisure reading.  A charging station for all technology devices (phones, laptops, etc.) is provided during school hours.  Students must bring their own charger.  Office supplies are available for use, such as a stapler, 3-hole punch, and pencil sharpener.
 
All study halls are held in the Media Center, and occasionally the online classes, as well.    Make up tests and quizzes are proctored before and after school, and during students’ study hall period. The media center will not be open during homerooms and lunch hours. Courtesy and cooperation with Media Center personnel is necessary at all times.
An atmosphere conducive to study should be maintained at all time in the Media Center.   No food or drink are allowed near any electronic devices. 
 
Books may be borrowed from the Media Center and are due within three weeks after they are checked out.  Students are responsible for the care of Media Center materials during the time in which they are using them. If an item becomes lost or damaged, regardless of age or condition, the student is responsible for the cost of replacement.   Report cards or transcripts may be withheld until Media Center accounts are settled.

Lost/Found

All articles and books that are found should be turned in at the administration office. A $5 fee will be assessed to reclaim any textbook. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of after a reasonable time.

School Equipment

Students should exercise care in use of school equipment. To help them do so, instructors have been appointed as supervisors of equipment in different departments. In order to use any equipment outside of the regular class period, a student must obtain a permit from the faculty advisor in charge.
 

Telephone

The office telephones and all extensions are for school business. Exceptions may be made for students who have an extreme need to use the telephone and who have no access to a cellular telephone. Under those circumstances, students should seek permission from the office.
 

DISCIPLINE MATTERS

General Information

At MLHS, Christian discipline is administered by application of God's Law and Gospel.  Students are taught responsibility for their actions.  Disciplinary consequences are assigned to teach that individual actions have consequences.  The overall goal is to help the students grow into mature Christians who practice self-discipline out of love for their Savior.
 
It is expected that students will show God-pleasing respect and obedience to all staff members, teachers, class monitors, office personnel, custodial staff, and the like. For actions or attitudes contrary to the Christian philosophy of our school, administration may declare a student ineligible at any time.

Detentions

Whether issued for discipline or attendance, detentions are served before school or after school.  The purpose of the detention policy is to aid the student in evaluating and modifying his/her behavior. Any student receiving four disciplinary detentions in one semester is subject to suspension.

Removal from Class

If a student's behavior is such that classroom instruction cannot continue, the student will be removed from class and sent to the administration office.  The student will receive an unexcused absence for that period. Reported incidents in one semester may result in automatic suspension from all classes and extra-curricular activities until the matter is adjusted satisfactorily through consultation with the student, the parents/guardians, and the administration.

Responsibility of Bus Riders

Christian behavior is expected of MLHS students while traveling on buses not only to and from school, but also on school-sponsored bus trips. The bus drivers have been asked to report misconduct to the school where it will be handled by the administration.
 

Responsibility of Student Drivers

Students driving licensed motor vehicles to school must:
  • Students will record their vehicle registration information with their enrollment for each school year.
  • Students may not park in the street.
  • Observe a 10 mph speed limit on school property and 25 mph on residential streets in the vicinity of school, avoiding all sudden starts and stops
  • Lock the vehicle upon arrival and keep it locked until leaving.
Any reckless driving or other misuse of the vehicle on school property or in the vicinity of school will result in disciplinary action.

Suspension/Expulsion

Students may be suspended by the principal or his representative for un-Christian conduct. In most cases, in-school suspension is assigned. Regardless of the type of suspension, suspension means that the student is recorded as an unexcused absence. If a student persists in a conduct or attitude contrary to Christian behavior, expulsion may be necessary. The Board of Control is informed of suspensions and expulsions.

Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs

The possession or use of tobacco, products that contain or emit nicotine, alcohol or other controlled substances by students is not permitted anywhere on campus, in the vicinity of the campus, or on buses. Likewise these products may not be possessed or used at any school activity, either at MLHS or elsewhere. These regulations apply regardless of a student having reached the age of majority or having received parental permission.

Athletic/Co-Curricular Code of Conduct

All Student Athletes of MLHS and all Students and who are involved in any co-curricular activity are not permitted the use of tobacco (in any form), products that contain or emit nicotine, alcohol, or other controlled substances. Student athletes and students involved in co-curriculars are not permitted to be in establishments whose principal purpose is the serving of alcoholic beverages unless accompanied by their parent(s) or at peer gatherings where it is known or anticipated a controlled substance or alcohol is likely to be available for consumption. All student athletes, all co-curricular participants and their parents will be required to sign an Athletic/Co-Curricular code of conduct acceptance form prior to participation in sports and co-curricular activity. This form is valid for one calendar year, even when the student is not involved in the co-curricular activity. Consequences for violation of this code of conduct are as follows:
 
I. Presence of alcohol or other controlled substances:
                A.  First Offense
  1. Student Athletes: Forfeiture of 25% of the current and/or next scheduled sports season from the time of verification of infraction. An athlete that has forfeited part of an athletic season must continue to practice with the team during the time of forfeiture. If the forfeiture involves the beginning of the season, the athlete may participate in the “tryouts” for the sport.
  2. Co-Curricular Students: Forfeiture of three weeks of participation from the time of verification of infraction. Suspended students must practice their co-curricular activity if they are involved in a multiple scheduled event.
                B.  Second Offense:
  1. Student Athletes: Forfeiture of 50% of the current and/or next scheduled sports season from the time of verification of infraction.
  2. Co-Curricular Students: Forfeiture of six weeks of participation from the time of verification of infraction.
                C.  Third Offense:  See possession or use (part II, B.)
 
II. Possession or use of tobacco, products that contain or emit nicotine, alcohol or other controlled substances:
  1. First Offense:
    1. Student Athletes: Forfeiture of 50% of the scheduled sports season from the time of verification of Infraction.
    2. Co-Curricular Students: Forfeiture of quarter (45 school days) of participation from the time of verification of infraction.
  2. Second Offense: Forfeiture of one calendar year (12 months) of participation  from the time of verification of  infraction, participation in a professional AODA assessment program and involvement in an AODA support group, and/or participation in a smoking cessation treatment program if the offense is use of tobacco (in any form).
  3. Third Offense
    1. Student Athlete: The student athlete will be ineligible to participate in athletics at Manitowoc Lutheran High School
    2. Co-Curricular Students: Forfeiture of all co-curricular participation at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.
 
III. Student or Parent Referral:
Students, who in good faith, refer themselves or parents who refer their children for help in dealing with alcohol or other drug problems will be dealt with as in Part I, A. This applies to first offense only.
IV. Points of Clarification
  1. The athletic/co-curricular code is in effect at all times, in and out of season.
  2. Violations of the athletic/co-curricular code are cumulative during the high school career and are not limited to   
calendar years.
  1. Failure to complete an assessment or participate in recommended treatment will result in forfeiture of athletic and/or co-curricular participation for one calendar year.
  2. When calculating the number of athletic contests to be forfeited, any amount that results in a decimal of .6 or greater will be round to the next whole number. The number of contests forfeited will be recalculated when the forfeiture involves two different sports.
  3. If the number of contests forfeited is greater than the number that remains in the season, the remainder will be carried over to the next sport in which the athlete participates.
  4. The student, by virtue of his/her participation in a sport and/or co-curricular activity, serves as a representative of MLHS.  Any conduct unbecoming of such a student could result in disciplinary measures.  Such conduct would include, but is not limited to, profanity and obscenity, insubordination, acts of vandalism, conviction of criminal offense, or other acts that discredit their Savior, themselves, or their school.
  5. If an athletic code violation forfeiture results in a student being suspended for one or more WIAA tournament competitions, the athlete is immediately disqualified for the remainder of the total tournament series in that sport.
  6. An athlete that forfeited part of an athletic season due to a violation of the athletic code that involves possession or use of tobacco, products that contain or emit nicotine, alcohol, or other controlled substances, may not be nominated for all-conference honors for that season in the sport during which the violation occurred. In addition, athletes that “place” in a conference contest may be recognized for their performance in that contest; however, they may not be recognized as all-conference by virtue of that performance.
 
Co-Curricular Identified - MLHS students who are academically eligible may participate in the clubs, activities and organizations listed below. 
  • Music:            Lancer Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Soloists, Ensembles, Pep Band
  • Thespians:     Fall Play, Spring Play, Forensics
  • Clubs:             Round Table, Student Council, Pom Squad, Academic Decathlon, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Class Officer,
Teens for Life, Peer Tutoring, Culture Clubs
  • Activities:      Senior Night, Sunday Showcase, Homecoming Court, Class Trip, chapel Speakers, Chapel Players, Intramurals,
                        Awards Banquet, WSMA, Prism Concert, Prom Court, Service Trips, Peer Leaders
NOTE: The activities would be forfeited if they take place within the time in which co-curricular(s) is/are forfeited.
 

 
Athletic Activities Identified - MLHS students who are academically eligible may participate in the athletic activities listed below. 
Boys Athletics Girls Athletics
Cross Country
Football
Basketball
Co-op Wrestling
Baseball
Track
Cross Country
Volleyball
Basketball
Pom Squad
Fastpitch
Track

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT/LEGAL ISSUES

There may be times when law enforcement officials are called to campus to assist in discipline issues. Parents will be notified when their student has had contact with a law enforcement official. Parents are required to notify the administration when their student has committed an offense that requires consequences in the legal system.

Discrimination, Harassment and Offensive Conduct

Manitowoc Lutheran High School provides equal opportunity to all students regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, or status with regard to public assistance or disability. Equal opportunity applies to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities     generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
 

Discrimination and unlawful harassment

MLHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, or status with regard to public assistance or disability. This policy applies to administration of educational policies, admission procedures, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. MLHS expects that students will treat others with respect and courtesy. The school will not tolerate harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, or status with regard to public assistance or disability.  MLHS will take action to ensure that all school practices and activities are free of unlawful discrimination or harassment.
 

Sexual Harassment/Intimidation of students

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct. An employee or student engages in sexual harassment whenever he/she makes unwelcome  advances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:
 
  1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment, or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status or
  2. Has the purpose or effect of:
  • Substantially interfering with the student’s educational environment;
  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment
  • Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits services, or treatment or
  • Making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.
The terms “intimidating”, “hostile” and “offensive” include conduct which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, online digital postings, text messages, emails, unwelcome touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged   sexual activities. Students who believe that they may have been sexually harassed or intimidated should contact the Dean of Students, an advisor, teacher, or administrator who will assist them in filing a complaint. Supervisors or teachers who knowingly condone, or fail to report or assist a student to take action to remediate such behavior of sexual harassment or intimidation may themselves be subject to discipline.
 
Any School employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including   discharge. Any student of the school who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy. Any person knowingly making a false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.
 
The school will make every effort to insure that employees or students accused of sexual harassment or intimidation, are given appropriate opportunity to defend themselves against such accusations. Retaliation against persons who file a complaint is a violation of law prohibiting discrimination, and will lead to disciplinary action against the offender. Any individual seeking further information should contact the Dean of Students or the Principal of Manitowoc Lutheran High School. When a complaint has been filed, an investigation will begin promptly. The accused student/s will be suspended while the investigation is being conducted. The Dean of Students, in consult with members of the Administration, will involve concerned and necessary parties, up to and including law enforcement to continue investigating the allegations. Penalties for violating this policy may include, but are not limited to suspension and/or expulsion/dismissal.

Bullying Policy

Students, either individually or as part of a group, shall not engage in bullying. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
 
Bullying can be:
                • Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting through actions and gestures.
                • Physical: Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, or any use of violence.
                • Racist: Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
                • Sexual: Sexually abusive comments or physical contacts.
                • Verbal: Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, vicious teasing.
• Cyber: All areas of internet use, such as email and internet chat room, sites like Facebook, text 
    messaging or calls, misuse of associated technology, i.e., cell phone cameras or video.
 
Procedures
  • Incidents of bullying should be reported to the staff.
  • Staff will record details and share with the Dean of Students or Principal.
  • In serious cases parents will be informed and may be asked to meet to discuss this matter concerning their child.
  • If necessary and appropriate, local police will be consulted.
  • If the bulling behavior does not stop immediately, the result may be suspension or expulsion. 
 

Discrimination or harassment complaints

Violation of MLHS’s discrimination or harassment policies may result in disciplinary action, including detention, revocation of privileges or dismissal. If you believe that you have not been provided equal opportunity in any manner, or if you become aware of discrimination or harassment, you should immediately report that conduct to the Dean of Students or the Principal. Manitowoc Lutheran will attempt to resolve your concerns. Your identity will be kept confidential to the extent possible under the circumstances. If you do not find your concerns have been handled to your satisfaction, you should report the matter to the Board of Control.
 

Retaliation Prohibited

MLHS will not tolerate retaliation against a student or parent who brings a good faith report of discrimination or harassment. If you believe retaliation has occurred you should promptly notify the Dean of Students or the Principal. If this is not satisfactory, your concern should be brought to the Board of Control. All students and   parents are expected to be cooperative and forthright in responding to any report of discrimination or harassment.
 

Offensive Conduct

Manitowoc Lutheran High School promotes a Christian environment in which all students are comfortable and can work productively. We will not   tolerate offensive, degrading, or harassing remarks or conduct, even if the conduct does not rise to the level of unlawful discrimination or harassment. Conduct prohibited by this policy includes any action by any student, faculty, staff or member of administration that directly or indirectly threatens unwelcome physical contact, or offensive conduct that threatens or adversely affects a student’s performance or participation in school activities.
 

Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal web sites, and defamatory on line personal polling web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. At MLHS, usage and employment of network systems (data, video, or voice) to harass, intimidate or bully is described as cyber bullying, and is unacceptable and punishable.

STUDENT LIFE

Attendance

Manitowoc Lutheran High School is dedicated to providing a quality Christian education for each student.  A key component to quality education is regular attendance. To encourage students to maximize their educational opportunities, it is necessary to establish a policy of attendance.  Students are required to be in the scheduled classes for the entire school day. Therefore, no more than ten absences per class per semester will be allowed in order to receive credit for any class.  Should a student miss more than six times in any one class, the parents/guardians will be contacted to inform them of this matter.  Depending on the nature of the absences, a student and parent conference may be scheduled with the attendance officer to intervene and help the student improve attendance.
  • Absences due to school-related activities approved by the administration will not count toward the limit of ten.
  • If a student is a member of a recognized educational organization and the absence is documented by an official leader of the organization, the absence will be categorized as a Field Trip. Other similar absences may be categorized as Field Trip at the discretion of the Administration.  
  • A total of two college visits per student will be excused. Visits must occur during junior year or first semester of senior year, unless prior administrative approval is granted.
  • Prolonged absence due to illness may require the implementation of a home-bound program of study. A parent/guardian who desires his/her student to be put under this program must submit a request to the principal, dean of students accompanied by a physician’s verification that the student should not be in attendance for a prolonged period of time. If the request is approved, the parents will assist the school in helping the student with the academic work at home. The learning coordinator will gather assignments from the student's teachers, oversee the program, make home visits when possible, and ensure that testing is completed in a manner which is compatible with classroom procedure. Absences from school which occur during the home-bound period will not be counted toward the limit of ten.
  • The homeroom teacher shall be notified by the attendance officer when the homeroom teacher's student has six absences from a class in a semester.
  • The student who has exceeded ten absences per semester and has consequently lost credit(s) for a class or classes may appeal that decision.  The administrative team will rule on all such appeals.
 
Our school day begins at 7:54 A.M. and each student is required to be in class at that time. Attendance is required until the end of each school day.
 
  1. Excused Absence:  According to Wisconsin law (S. 118.15), students are expected to attend school except for Legal Excused Absences (S.118.16). The following reasons are considered Excused Absences and may or may not apply to the limit of 10. Check with administration:
  1. Student illness
  2. Severe illness or death in the student’s immediate family
  3. Medical emergency, quarantine, or communicable disease
  4. Extreme weather that prohibits safe travel to school.
  5. Court summons
  6. Student is not in proper physical or mental condition to attend school in accordance with Wisconsin Statute 118.15(3)(a). This absence requires a written statement from the appropriate medical provider.
 
If an absence occurs, the following procedure is to be followed:
  • On the day of the absence, the school administration office is to be notified by telephone or email from the parent/guardian before 8:00 A.M.
  • When returning to school, the student must bring an excuse slip or an email from the parent or guardian.  A specific reason for the absence is to be given in writing.
  • A student who misses school because of illness or any absence will not be allowed to participate in, or be a spectator at, any extra-curricular activity on the day of the absence without securing the permission of the principal.
  • All incomplete work because of absence is to be made up promptly, including tests, reports and the like. It is solely the responsibility of the student to obtain assignments for the period of absence, and for the assignments for the day of return to classes.  Make-up assignments not completed in a reasonable time may be subject to a failing grade.
 
2. Unexcused Absence:  Students who miss school for reasons other than the reasons listed in the excused absence section will be considered Unexcused, even if a parent notifies the office of the absence. In-School Suspensions and Out- of-School Suspensions are considered unexcused. Three unexcused absences due to discipline during one semester will result in an in-school suspension from classes. Group absences, such as a “Skip Day” are considered unexcused. A student who cuts a class or skips school will be disciplined on a case-by-case basis.
 
Clearing Unexcused Absences: If a student’s absence is marked as Unexcused but qualifies as an Excused absence, he/she is given 24 hours after returning to school to clear the absence in question. Unexcused absences not cleared after 24 hours will remain unexcused on the student’s record. If the student’s absence was marked Unexcused but should be considered tardy, the student is responsible for providing the office with a note or email from the teacher within 24 hours.
 
Medical Excuse Requirement: If a student is absent due to illness it will be documented as such. Students will be allowed ten (10) occurrences of illness PER SCHOOL YEAR. After the tenth occurrence, administration will request a medical professional’s written note in order to excuse the absence. This is in accordance with Wisconsin Statute 118.15(3)(c).
3. Tardy:  Students are to be in their assigned area at the tone. Those who “enter” after the tone are tardy.  If a student is more than 20 minutes late to class it will be recorded as an absence (it can be excused if it meets the requirements or by administration decision). It is the student’s responsibility to excuse to the teacher at the end of the period.  If a tardy is given, the teacher will inform the student by issuing a tardy slip to the student.  The student will bring excused tardy slips to the office.  The sixth unexcused tardy within one semester may result in an in-school suspension. Succeeding tardies within the same semester will be dealt with by the Dean of Students.
 
Students who are tardy ten or more times for their first hour class may serve an in-school suspension for the tenth excused or unexcused tardy and each succeeding tardy.  An unexcused tardy for 1st hour is applied to both of these tardy policies.
 
All students must "sign in" in the office on mornings when they are tardy to school, regardless of whether they arrive during or after the first hour class.  The administration will determine whether to assign a tardy caused by inclement weather, school time appointments, or extraordinary situations.
If a student has been held after class by an instructor, the student may avoid having a tardy being recorded by requesting a tardy pass from the instructor.  This pass must be presented to the instructor of the next period or submitted to the office before the end of the day.  It is up to the student to check his/her attendance record in the office to be sure the tardy is removed.
 4. Prearranged Absences: Any student who knows in advance he/she will be absent from school for school-related or other reasons must obtain a Preplanned Absence Form from the office and have it completed at least 24 hours in advance. Preplanned absences are only considered excused if the absence meets the requirement for Excused Absence. Driving exams and medical or dental appointments that absolutely have to be scheduled during the school day must have the Preplanned Absence form completed in advance in order to be excused.
5. Leaving School:  If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school during the school day, the student is to "sign out" in the school administration office and to present a written excuse from a parent or guardian.  If the student returns to school during the school day, the student is to "sign in" in the administration office. Failure to "sign out" or "sign in" will result in unexcused absence(s).
 

Medication

Students are not allowed to keep medications of any kind in their locker or on their person while at MLHS.  Prescription medication should be turned into the office and distributed as needed according to physician’s instruction by MLHS personnel. The MLHS office keeps regular-strength acetaminophen (500 Mg) and Ibuprofen (200 Mg) on hand in the office. Parents may elect to sign the MLHS Release Form to allow or not allow permission to distribute up to two tablets at their student’s request during the day for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, etc.

Before/After School Hours

Students are to be orderly and well-mannered at all times, including before or after school hours. The school building opens at 7am unless there is a delayed start. Students are asked to plan their arrival time accordingly. By 3:20 P.M., students are to be out of building. Students having a legitimate reason to stay beyond 3:20 P.M. will wait in the commons in a structured study environment.  Students who misuse the privilege of staying in school after 3:20 P.M. will forfeit that privilege.  This time limit, of course, does not apply to students in a faculty-supervised activity.

Relationships

MLHS provides an atmosphere in which young men and women may enjoy each other's company. Christian companionship is   certainly an important by-product of a school where students are of a common fellowship in faith.  Couples are expected to conduct themselves with the dignity and propriety expected of children of God.  Public displays of affection such as close physical contact, embracing, and the like are not becoming to the student nor to the school and thus must be avoided.

Body Piercing/Tattoos

Students may not display tattoos nor body piercing other than earrings.

Locker Room Privacy

Manitowoc Lutheran High School shall observe measures intended to protect the privacy rights of individuals using school locker rooms.  The following provisions outline the extent to which that protection can and will be provided:
 
Locker rooms are provided for the use of physical education students, athletes and other activity groups and individuals authorized by the principal or his designee.  Locker rooms are to be used for the intended purpose of athletics and physical education classes. No one will be permitted to enter into the locker room or remain in the locker room to interview or seek information from an individual in the locker room at any time.  Such interviews may take place outside of the locker room provided that individual has secured appropriate permission.
 
Under no circumstances can a person use a camera, video recorder, cell phone, or other recording device to capture, record or transfer a representation of a nude or partially nude person in the locker room.  Any other use of a camera, video or other recording device in the locker room requires the prior permission of the principal or locker room supervisor and the person being photographed, videotaped or recorded.  Students and staff violating this policy shall be subject to school disciplinary action and possible legal referral, if applicable.  Other persons violating this policy may be subject to penalties outlined in state law.  The principal or his designee shall be responsible for enforcing this policy.

Electronic Information Resources Guidelines

As a part of the total educational experience at MLHS, electronic information resources are available to students and teachers. These resources include access to Internet services. Like all other facets of education offered at our high school, the offering of technology and electronic information resources is in keeping with the mission of Manitowoc Lutheran High School and is governed by our educational objectives.  Like other resources which our Lord has provided, these tools are intended for our benefit and can be powerful instruments in the increase of knowledge and skills. The purpose of these guidelines is to promote a healthy use of these resources and to guard against potential misuse and abuse. To that end, student and teacher use of such tools and the correlating information generated by them will be governed by their fear and love for God, a spirit of obedience toward his representatives, and a desire to demonstrate sanctified living in all areas of their Christian lives.
 
Student’s Information: You understand that any violations of the Electronic Information Resources Guidelines may result in the loss of my privilege (whether in full or in part) to use such resources, or in further disciplinary and/or legal action. You agree to report any misuse of the electronic information resources to a teacher, resource administrator, or principal.  Misuse comes in many forms, but can be viewed as any message sent or received that include/suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues as described or implied in the guidelines.  All the rules of conduct described in the guidelines apply when you are on the electronic information system and you agree to abide by them.
Parent or Guardian: As the parent or guardian of this student, you have read this contract and understand that access to electronic information resources is designed for educational purposes.  You understand that it is impossible for Manitowoc Lutheran High School to restrict access to all controversial materials, and you will not hold the school or the MLHS Federation responsible for any materials your child could or may acquire on the network that you deem to be questionable.  You agree to report any misuse of the electronic information resources to the principal.  Misuse comes in many forms but can be viewed as any message sent or received that includes or suggests pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described above.  You accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use of electronic information resources is not in a school setting.  You hereby give my permission for your child to use these resources at school under the stated guidelines and certify that your child agrees to abide by such guidelines.
Scope
The Internet, a global electronic information infrastructure, is a network of networks used by educators, businesses, the government, the military, and other organizations.  In schools and libraries the Internet is similar to books, magazines, video, DC-ROM and other information sources.
 
Students at MLHS will use the Internet to participate in distance learning activities, to ask questions of and consult with experts, to communicate with other students and individuals, and to locate material to meet their educational and personal information needs.  The professional and Christian responsibility of MLHS teachers includes teaching students to use this resource wisely and judiciously in keeping with the mission and objectives of MLHS.
    
Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies as well as regional and state networks. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of materials that may have little or no educational value.  In fact some of these materials are not in keeping with God’s will for Spirit-led Christians. Controlling all materials on a global network is impossible and access to questionable or inappropriate information can be easily obtained. We firmly believe that it is part of our ministry to train Christian youth in responsible decision-making as we prepare them for lives of service as Christian adults. While certain rules and guidelines must be followed by Internet users, the opportunity for individual abuse of this resource still exists. Because it is not our intention to police student use of this medium (nor is it in keeping with our mission), it is hoped that students will make God-fearing choices. Therefore much freedom and latitude will be afforded users. However, should a student be found to be abusing or misusing technology and electronic information resources, user privileges may be revoked.
 
Purpose
The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end-users. Guidelines are provided so that students and parents are aware of the individual student’s responsibility to use Internet resources in an efficient, ethical, legal and educational manner.
 
The signature(s) on the MLHS Release Form indicate(s) the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance and agree(s) to abide by these terms.
Terms and Conditions of This Contract
  1. Privileges—The use of electronic information resources is a privilege not a right. Inappropriate use of these resources may result in the loss of computer services, disciplinary action, and/or referral to legal authorities. MLHS, its teachers, and administrators have the right to monitor all students and to deny or revoke this privilege if necessary. MLHS has the right to determine what is appropriate or inappropriate use of technology resources and/or information obtained from such resources.
  2. Acceptable Use—The use of technology and electronic information resources must be in support of education or research and in agreement with the educational goals, philosophy, and objectives of Manitowoc Lutheran High School. Each user is personally responsible for this provision at all times when using these resources.
  • Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state laws is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secrets.
  • Commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable.
  • Internet resources are finite and costly.  Do not waste Internet access time on non-educational activities, nor waste file space nor printer resources. No games may be played while accessing the internet.
  • Illegal activities of any kind are forbidden and will be reported to the authorities.
  • Do not reveal personal information, i.e. home address, phone numbers, password, or social security number, this also applies to others’ personal information or that of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, its clubs or organizations.
  • Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt network use by others.
  • The viewing, downloading, or transmission of pornographic materials is not in keeping with God’s purpose for Christian lives nor with MLHS mission and may result in loss of privileges.
 
  1. Network Etiquette-- Each user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of user etiquette. These rules include. But are not limited to the following:
  • Be polite. Never send or encourage others to send abusive obscene or vulgar messages.  School rules regarding harassment apply to electronic communication.
  • Use appropriate language. Remember that you are an ambassador for Christ and a representative of your school.  In everything that you do glorify Him. You may be alone on a computer but what you say and do can be viewed globally and is always within the view of your God.
  1. Vandalism—Vandalism is any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the property of another user or of any other agencies or networks that are connected to the Internet. Vandalism includes but is not limited to uploading, downloading, the breaking of security codes, or the creation or transmission of computer viruses.
  2. Security—Security on any computer system is a high priority because there are multiple users. Do not use another individual’s account or files with or without their permission not attempt to log on to the system as the system administrator. If you detect a security problem notify the system administrator, a teacher, or the principal at once.
  3. Network Services—Manitowoc Lutheran High School makes no warranties of any kind whether expressed or implied for the service it is providing.  MLHS will not be responsible for any damages you suffer while on this system. These include, but are not limited to loss of data as a result of delays, non-deliveries, miss-deliveries, transmission of computer viruses, or service interruptions caused by the system or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the information system is at your own risk. MLHS denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through electronic information resources.
 

Cell Phones

It is understood that cell phones have become part of everyday modern society.  However, as an instructional institution we cannot allow cell phones to become a distraction to the educational process or to be used inappropriately.  Therefore, the following policy will be enforced by faculty, staff and administration understanding that many students will bring cell phones to school.
 
  • The use of cell phones is prohibited during instructional hours unless part of the curriculum.  Each individual instructor is responsible for his or her classroom.
  • The use of cell phones is prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, or any other place where privacy is expected.
  • Students are allowed to use cell phones outside of instructional time with the following exception: no cell phones may be used during passing time to chapel and all electronic devices need to be turned off during chapel.
  • Students should not wear headphones during the school day without instructor permission.
  • IPods, tablets, students’ personal computers, and other technology of this type will be treated the same.
  • During Study Halls the above listed technology devices may be used for academic purposes.
  • Senior Center privileges allow those eligible for senior center to use these same devices according to the “outside of instructional time” rule.
  • Misuse of a cellphone will result in the phone being turned over to school personnel. There will be disciplinary consequences for breaking the electronic device policy and the possible loss of all cell phone privileges.
 
Manitowoc Lutheran will seek to provide instruction for all students regarding cell phone etiquette as well as Christian responsibility in the use of internet format.
 

Class Dues

Factored into the tuition payment is an amount for class dues ($10 for grade 9, $20 for grades 10-12.) The class fee will be used to cover class activities, decorating responsibilities, prom expenses, class memorials, graduation    expenses, class gift and chaperone expenses.
 
The class may decide to collect money for the class trip.  An amount should be decided on at the spring meeting and reported to the office.  The class treasurer is responsible for collecting the funds set aside for the class trip.  A deadline will be set for students to indicate whether or not they will go on the class trip.  If a student has paid money for the class trip and decides not to participate, indicating this before the deadline, the money will be refunded.  If a student wishes to participate on the class trip and has not paid any money to the class trip fund, then the student will pay the amount equal to that which has been collected from an individual.
 

Chapel

As members of the body of Christ, it is a privilege and a blessing for us to worship our Lord daily.  May each of us find spiritual growth as we worship together at daily chapel. A devotional chapel service is conducted daily.  To help make this the most meaningful and beneficial time possible, some reminders regarding chapel are in order:
  • Regardless of where it is held, the chapel of MLHS is as much the house and temple of God as your own church home.
  • As you come to chapel, come to meditate, to worship with fellow believers, and to have a few quiet moments with God for spiritual refreshment.
  • Chapel is a time for communion with God.  Save conversation with friends for appropriate times.
  • Chapel is a time for worshiping and praising God.  Be sure to bring a hymnal for singing those praises.
  • Chapel is a time when God joins us together in His name. Be respectful and arrive promptly.
  • Chapel is a time to be cherished throughout the day.  When leaving chapel, meditate upon those things which have been heard and sung.
An opportunity to share God's work through a free-will offering is regularly given as part of the chapel experience.  This is one more way in which an opportunity is given to demonstrate love for our Savior by sharing Him with the world.  The student council will determine the designation of such offerings.

Clothing

The Christian student will desire to glorify God also by his/her clothing and the manner in which it is worn.  It is our intention, rather than to legislate, to encourage our young people to become the type of Christian men and women God wants them to be, including the choice of clothing and the manner in which it is worn. 
 
When in school, MLHS students are expected to be neat and clean and are encouraged to wear something dressier than leisure attire. All shirts or tops worn by boys and girls must have sleeves and be long enough to be tucked in and stay tucked in while standing or sitting. Clothing that is bizarre, torn, dirty, or that displays or advertises professional music entertainers or professional wrestlers may not be worn.  At no time are students to wear clothing that displays or advertises controlled substances, that offends Christian values, that insults good taste, or reflects a gang affiliation.  Hats, caps, and jackets are not to be worn in the building. Tops exposing bare midriffs are not allowed. Girls are not to wear low cut tops that reveal cleavage.
 
The administration and faculty will have the right to determine the acceptability of student dress provided that such attire complies with the directives of God's Word, the health code of the State of Wisconsin, and does not interfere with the educational process.

Congregational Life

MLHS is not a substitute for active participation in the student's home congregation.  Students are expected to attend worship services and the Lord's Supper regularly, and to take an active role in the mission of the congregation.  As individuals who are privileged to receive Christian secondary education, MLHS students are encouraged to assist church programs sing in choirs, usher, take part in congregational youth activities, and the like.  It is a goal of MLHS to train Christian young men and women so that they will be actively involved with their congregation throughout their life.

Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual or personal counseling is available to students from all members of the faculty.  Though homeroom advisors are often the first point of contact, MLHS has made provision for spiritual and personal counseling through the Dean of Students.  Students are encouraged to make use of the opportunities to seek help from these fellow believers.

Academic Guidance/Career Counseling

Through personal consultation or through homeroom advisors, the guidance director advises students on academic progress, program planning, course selection, vocational choices, and entrance into colleges and trade schools. Upper class members will be asked to meet at least once each year with the guidance director.  Additional meetings will be arranged as necessary.  Members of the other classes are also encouraged to meet with the guidance director concerning these matters.
 
College-bound students needing financial aid, together with their parents, will be able to get information about scholarships from the Guidance Department.
 
The guidance center is available to all students and parents.  Information on careers, courses, colleges, technical colleges, etc. should be used to help plan for the future.

Social Media

Students are reminded to make use of the many forms of social media in a God-pleasing manner. Posting confidential information, derogatory, discriminatory, negative or sexist messages or photos on social networks, (ie Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is harmful to your neighbor’s reputation and not reflective of the sanctified lifestyle of God’s children. Students will not publicly criticize teachers, other students, or MLHS. While at school, students will not take or post images of any student, teacher, or staff member without their expressed consent. An exemption is granted for a public performance (sports, play, concert, etc). Student misconduct through these media outlets will be dealt with on an individual basis and may include disciplinary measures such as suspension and/or expulsion.

 

National Honor Society

The Manitowoc Lutheran High School has a chapter of the National Honor Society.  Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.  Junior students who have an unweighted cumulative grade point average after five semesters and senior students who have an unweighted cumulative grade point average after six semesters of at least 3.50 will be notified that they may apply for membership in the MLHS chapter of the National Honor Society.  Membership is based on scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Parties

The following guidelines should be observed in connection with school parties:
  • the class or organization advisor must approve the party
  • the party must not conflict with any other scheduled activity or with any conditions agreed upon by the faculty
  • all  parties must be attended by faculty representatives
  • the date and type of party must be  approved by the principal
  • all school parties must end by midnight.
If any of these conditions is not met, such party is not to be considered a school function and should not be referred to as a "school (class) party."  MLHS cannot accept responsibility for any activity which is not officially sanctioned and sponsored by the school.

Passes

Except for emergencies, student transfer passes are issued to those who must leave a classroom or study hall.  Any student in the halls during a class period must present a properly filled out pass, signed by an instructor, to any faculty member who asks for it. In order to see an instructor, the student must have a pass signed by the instructor the student wishes to see.  Such passes must be obtained IN ADVANCE and be presented to the study hall supervisor.  For the sake of good order, students should not request passes until attendance has been taken.  Both instructors and students are required to observe the rules outlined in the transfer.

Senior Privilege

As a senior privilege, eligible seniors are allowed the use of a designated area during study halls if overcrowding does not result.  In order for this privilege to continue, the conduct and cleanliness of the designated area must be acceptable at all times. Ineligible students are not allowed to use Senior Center while ineligible.

School Song

Cheer for our Lutheran High, for that Red and Gray!
We'll always loyal be, to our colors true.  U-Rah-Rah!
Ever we'll sing your praise, while we our voices raise,
To spread your name abroad,
Three cheers for our Lutheran High!
U-Rah-Rah!  Manty Lutheran High!
U-Rah-Rah!  Manty Lutheran High!
U-Rah-Rah!  Manty Lutheran High!  Yea - LANCERS !!!
 

 

Student Council

The MLHS student council is a representative body of students chosen by class elections.  The council serves as a liaison between the student body and the faculty.  Motions of consequence need the approval of the advisor, and on occasion, the faculty.
 
The composition of the student council is determined as follows:
  • The senior class has five representatives
  • The junior class has four representatives
  • The sophomore class has three representatives
  • The freshmen class has two representatives.
 
The student council organizes itself and elects its own officers, except the president, at the first meeting of the school year.  The president of the student council is always the student body president.

Student Elections

Class elections are usually held just before the close of the school year in order to select officers for the coming year.  A      president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, and student council representatives are to be elected.  A majority vote is decisive. Freshmen are to elect officers within a reasonable period after the beginning of the school year.
 
Because officers are elected representatives of the class who are to conduct its business affairs, care should be exercised that only capable candidates are nominated.  Being elected to a class office is an honor and responsibility not to be taken lightly.  No person may serve successive terms in the same office.

Student Employment

Since numerous students help to finance their schooling, we do not discourage student employment.  However, such employment should not interfere with the student's responsibilities to school work.

Trips/Tours

All trips and tours are to be planned under the direction of a faculty advisor.  Such trips/tours shall be taken at the expense of the participants. Since a school is judged by the conduct of its students, Christian conduct is particularly necessary on the part of members of a tour group. This applies to all manner of trips, whether it is for athletic contests or field trips.  Coaches and instructors reserve the right to exclude any student who does not meet these standards.

Closed Campus/Visitors

For safety and security, MLHS has a closed campus.
  • Visitors to MLHS should report to the main office and wear a visitor’s badge.
  • Students should never open locked doors to let anyone in the building (including students).
  • When students arrive on campus they are not to leave campus until school dismisses without prior permission. When students have permission to leave before dismissal, they must sign out in the main office.
  • Students are not granted the authority to have deliveries made to the school property without receiving administration approval. This includes delivery services or personal arrangements.
 

Weapons

Weapon means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; any  device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm; any electric weapon, as defined in s. 941.295 (4); or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
The possession of all weapons or instruments that have the appearance of a weapon is not permitted anywhere on campus, in the vicinity of the campus, or on buses.  Likewise, they may not be in possession at any school activity, either at MLHS or elsewhere.  Anyone found to be in possession of a weapon will be subject to administrative and/or legal action.
 

 

Matters of Concern

Parents or guardians of current students are asked to consider the following steps when matters of concern arise and there is the need to express them:
 
1.  Speak with the individual in charge of the class or program first.
2.  If a next step is needed, speak with the appropriate overseer or administrator as well.  Let the individual in charge know that this will take place.
 
                For discipline matters:  Dean of Students
                For academic matters:  Director of Education
                For overall ministry of the school:  President
                For financial matters:  Director of Mission Advancement
                For extracurricular matters:  The director of the specific area
                For international ministry matters:  The Director of International Ministry
3.  On occasion the board of control will also listen to matters of concern as brought to their attention by the school administration.

CLASSROOM DECORUM

While there certainly must be allowances for teaching styles, types of classes, and subject matter being covered, there should be some general agreement among the staff concerning proper classroom decorum.  These standards are to be adhered to by all classroom teachers at all times.
 
  • No food or drink is allowed to be consumed by students in any classroom at any time unless approved by the teacher.
  • Water must be stored in a clear container.
  • Students are not allowed to interrupt class nor infringe upon anyone’s right to teach or learn.
  • Students are not allowed to sleep during class.
  • Students should sit in the desks in a proper manner, sitting on the seat of the desk.
  • Desks are not to be against any wall.
  • Students are not allowed to write on the desks nor any school property.
  • Students are to be in the classroom before the tone sounds.
  • Students are dismissed at the end of the class by the teacher as soon after the tone as possible.
  • Bathroom Passes:  Students who need to use the restroom should report to their class room before the tone sounds and ask for permission to use the restroom. Those students will not be marked tardy.  Except for an emergency, all other bathroom requests should be denied.
  • Locker Passes:  Any student that forgot to bring materials for their class should retrieve them at the beginning of the period.  Except for an unusual circumstance, all other locker requests should be denied.
  • If an unusual circumstance occurs in which a student must leave the room during the period, the student’s name, time out/in, and the destination should be recorded.
  • Students should not open or close the windows or operate the blinds.
 

Homeroom

  • All students will have assigned seats
  • The rows should be orderly
  • The students must be in their desk when the tone sounds or they will be marked tardy.
  • Students must stay in their desk during the period
  • Except for an emergency, all other bathroom requests should be denied
  • Attendance: Teachers will only record tardies. When a student receives a 3rd, 4th, 5th etc. tardy, the teacher will notify the office and the student will serve a detention.
 
The homeroom will offer an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students should leave homeroom only if they are requested to do so by a teacher.  A student’s personal business should be normally be conducted during “their time”.  If an unusual circumstance occurs in which a student must leave the room during the period, the student’s name, time out/in and the destination should be recorded.
 

Study Hall

Students must be in their assigned seats when the tone sounds or they will be marked tardy.  A quiet study atmosphere must be maintained in the study hall.  Only academic matters should be pursued.  No locker passes will be given out to students.  Students should bring all their work with them to study hall. There will be no food in the study hall.  The only restrooms allowed to be used are the ones on the second floor. Students will sign out when they leave the study hall and sign in when they return. Students who need to use a computer for academic reasons have first priority on their use.
 
"To Our God and Father be glory forever and ever" ~ Philippians 4:20