POLICY REGARDING PLACEMENT INTO THE ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS
is the responsibility of each student to sign up for the AP class they
are interested in. No counselor or teacher will pre-register any student
into any weighted class without a student initiated request.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (academic unweighted)
Students must have their English 10 or World History teacher fill out the placement form.
A grade of “C” or less in any core English or Social Studies class will eliminate the individual from consideration.
social studies and English designee will sort the applications and give
the registrar a list of the top 22 students based on their unweighted
GPA.. The remaining qualifying individuals will be placed on a waiting
list. In the case of a GPA tie, the teacher placement forms will be used
to break the tie.
Three class slots will be left open for
summer “move-ins.” These individuals will have to qualify the same way
as the returning student body. If a class does not have the required 25
student enrollment at the start of the school year, the waiting list
will be used to fill the class.
law requires a youth from age six to eighteen to attend school full
time unless he/she has graduated, received a certificate of proficiency,
or is otherwise legally excused from full time attendance.
The Morongo Unified School District Policy states that ninth through twelfth grade students may not have more than nine unexcused absences per semester per course. If the six days of unexcused absence per course is exceeded, the student will not
receive credit for the course. Students are considered to have an
excused absence from school when he/she is sick, has a medical or dental
appointment, or is attending a funeral of a member of the pupil’s
immediate family. Absences for almost all other reasons are considered
unexcused, even if the absences are requested or approved by the pupil’s
For each absence, a written note, signed by
a parent/guardian, giving the day of the absence and the specific
reason for the absence, is to be turned into the attendance office
before 7:10 a.m. on the first day a student returns from an absence.
Parents may also call the attendance office at 367-9591 to clear
absences. Failure to do so results in an unexcused absence with assigned
consequences. Parents or guardians are expected to clear full day
unexcused absences within two weeks. Single period unexcused absences
cannot be excused by a parent once the student has arrived at school.
The Administration will require a doctor’s note if absences due to
illness become excessive, even though they are cleared by a parent. This
is due to a concern for a chronic health issue that could become a
danger to other students if not addressed by the parent and the student.
Any unusual health conditions that are not covered by the regular
attendance policy should be brought to the attention of the attendance
clerk and the administration.
A student who is absent from
class or school without the prior consent or knowledge of the
parent/guardian is truant. Truant students shall be assigned Saturday
School for the truancy. Students who leave campus without permission are
considered truant, and those absences will not be cleared. Daytime
Loitering tickets for juvenile court may also be issued by
administration for students who are truant.
Students who have
more than six unexcused absences in any one class will not receive
semester credit for that class. Students may earn back time from
unexcused absences by attending Saturday School for the amount of time
they have been marked unexcused.
Students with continued
absences will be referred to the School Attendance Review Team/Student
Consultation Team. The student will be offered opportunities to improve
school attendance. However, if the student continues to be truant and/or
absent, he/she will be referred to School Attendance Review Board
(SARB) to consider stronger measures. For more information regarding
SARB, please contact the High School.
the student is late, he/she will report to the tardy table and the
discipline matrix consequences will be enforced. If the tardy table is
closed, please proceed to the attendance office.
Off Campus Permits
The Twentynine Palms High School is a closed
campus all day including during the lunch period. Students must obtain
permission from the front office prior to leaving campus during the
school day. A note from a parent or guardian is to be presented to the
Attendance Office before an Off-Campus pass will be issued. When
returning to campus, students must check in through the Attendance
Office before going to class. While we understand that there may be a
special occasion (i.e. birthday etc.) where a parent may want to check
their student out of school during lunch to spend the time with them,
please do not make such events a regular routine. We do not have the
manpower in the front office to accommodate checking students in and out
of school during the lunch break and it puts a strain on the system at
our busiest time of day.
student is expected to perform the work assigned. Academic dishonesty
is not tolerated in any classroom. We consider you to be cheating if
- Copy, fax or duplicate assignments that will be turned in as “original”
- Exchange assignments by print-out , disk transfer or internet and then submit as original
- Write formulas, codes, or key words on your person or objects for use on a test
- Use hidden reference sheets on a test
- Exchange answers with others (giving or receiving)
- Take someone else’s assignments and submit it as your own
the internet for the purpose of translation for a foreign language
class where the translation was to be worked out by the student.
material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the
author/artist name and/or source. This is called plagiarism.
- Do not follow additional specific guidelines on cheating as established by the teacher.
assignments where the teacher assigns a pair or group to work together,
students may share information, but individuals will still have
responsibility for work that must be arrived at independently.
Sexual Harassment POLICY:
is the policy of the Morongo Unified School District to afford all
persons, regardless of their sex, equal rights and opportunities and
freedom from unlawful discrimination in any program or activity
conducted by the District. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome
advances, conduct or communication of a sexual nature, explicit or
implied, physical, verbal, or written, which have the purpose or effect
of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive response from the
recipient(s). All cases of sexual harassment will be investigated and
handled in accordance with the discipline matrix.
OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP
Palms High School participates in Operation Clean Sweep in conjunction
with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department. Under this program,
students who are caught using tobacco or tobacco products, fighting,
threatening other students, committing vandalism, affixing graffiti,
littering, stealing, being truant, or disrupting the peace will receive a
ticket to appear before the traffic court judge with their
parent/guardian. Students found guilty of these infractions face
financial fines and/or community service. These rules apply to students
from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home
TPHS dances are for TPHS students only. Guest passes shall be
authorized only for PROM. The administration shall make the final
decision on whether a guest pass will be issued or not. No reason need
be given for the administration to refuse to issue a guest pass.
Students who are taking a guest to PROM must obtain a guest pass from
the Activities office in advance and will be held responsible for the
conduct of their guest at all times. No one will be allowed to go out
and come back into a dance. No junior high students may attend any TPHS
dance. School dress code applies and will be enforced at all dances. The
school discipline matrix is in effect at all times. Inappropriate
dancing will be cause for a student to be asked to leave a dance.
Students who are left at dance for longer than 15 minutes after end of
dance will be prohibited from purchasing another dance ticket that year
(or next year if Prom) and parents will be billed the cost of the
chaperone overtime. Debts will be paid to school before a student will
participate in any graduation activities.
The staff and administration feel the following dress code guidelines
will encourage students to dress for success and be prepared to
appropriately participate in the educational process.
students shall dress and groom for school with attention to neatness,
cleanliness, decency, and safety. The school considers dress to be
1. The dress of a student brings undue attention to the degree that it disrupts or could distract from the educational process.
- The apparel denotes affiliation with gangs that advocate disruptive or illegal behaviors.
- The clothing implies involvement in or advertises for any substance or product that it is illegal for a minor to possess or use.
- The dress exhibits or insinuates profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, or racial, ethnic or sexual slurs.
5. It creates a safety hazard for said student or others at school or violates the health and safety code for public places.
Examples of specific dress code violations at Twentynine Palms High School include:
- Shirts that reveal excessive midriff, cleavage, or any undergarment. Tube tops are unacceptable- shirts must have straps.
- See-through clothing, torn and/or tattered clothing, and safety pins used for decoration on clothing items
- Clothing that is extremely tight or short (including skirts and shorts)
- Any clothing item with decoration depicting the Iron Cross ( i.e. Independent Logo and West Coast Choppers)
- Wallet chains, web belts with initial buckles, extra long belts
- Pants that will not stay up without the aid of a belt (NO SAGGING)
- Overalls not buckled at shoulders/suspenders hanging
- Bandanas of any kind, hair nets and do-rags
- Jewelry with spikes or any accessory that could cause injury. Safety pins are not to be worn as decoration.
- Undergarments must be worn at all times and may not be visible
- Shoes are to be worn at all times.
- Baseball caps and visors must be worn with the bill forward, be unaltered, and may not be worn indoors.
- Knit caps may only be worn when the temperature is below 50 degrees.
- Clothing with inappropriate messages or logos or pictures (i.e. Playboy, Pimp)
- Putting a coat or sweater over any of the above infractions does not bring the student into dress code compliance.
administration and the Discipline Committee will address any dress code
concerns/questions that arise. Continued violations will be addressed
per the Discipline Matrix. The administration reserves the right to
amend or add to this dress code at any time without prior notice. All
decisions regarding appropriate dress shall lie solely with the
Students involved in athletics or activities that have a practice
schedule and/or performances of some kind attached to it are subject to
the eligibility policy which requires participants to meet the following
Semester Quarter grade reports: 2.0 GPA w/ no “F”
grades and no “No credit” marks are required. At the end of the grading
period (quarter semester), a student must have a 2.0 GPA with no “F”
grades to eligible to play or continue to play in the sport or activity
in any capacity. Eligibility and ineligibility are determined by these
Coaches may make more restrictive academic
requirements for weekly participation if they do so in writing for
students and parents. Example: Benching a player for one game on a week
where a progress report shows less than a 2.0 or a “F” grade. This does
not mean the player is removed from the team, nor does it mean
indefinite benching. It simply gives the student an opportunity to raise
their grades as agreed upon by the coach and student.
perform the day or weekend of an event, a student must be in school for a
minimum of 3 periods on the day of the event or the Friday before the
weekend event. This is also the case for attending a dance, a game or
any other event as a spectator or participant. Students may not attend activities at night if they were not in school the day of the event or the Friday of a weekend event.
VALEDICTORIAN POLICY for Class of 2019,2020, & 2021
1. Must successfully complete five Advanced Placement or Honors classes;
2. Student with the highest unweighted total GPA for grades 9-12 will be the valedictorian
3. Student with the second highest unweighted total GPA will be the salutatorian;
4. In the event of a tie, the student with the highest combined S.A.T scores (Math and Verbal scores from any one date that are posted prior to the end of the third quarter of the Senior year) will be the valedictorian;
In the unlikely event that a tie still exists, there will be
co-valedictorians and the third place student will become the
- Valedictorian and salutatorian
selections will be made at the end of the third quarter of the senior
year with third quarter grades factored in..
decisions involving the ranking of students and the conferring of
honors or high honors status will be made at the end of the third
VALEDICTORIAN POLICY for Class of 2022 and beyond...
1. Must successfully complete five Advanced Placement or Dual
Enrollment classes across at least three different disciplines. Courses must be
taken at a comprehensive high school where the student has been legally
enrolled. No online courses will be accepted to meet this criteria;
2. Student with the highest unweighted total GPA for grades 9-12 will
be the valedictorian
3. Student with the second highest unweighted total GPA will be the
4. In the event of a tie, the student with the highest combined S.A.T
scores (Math and Verbal scores from any one date that are
posted prior to the end of the first semester of the senior year) will be the
valedictorian. Scores from separate administrations of the S.A.T may NOT be
combined. All S.A.T scores to be considered shall be from ONE administration
date of the test:
5. In the unlikely event that a tie still exists, there will be
co-valedictorians and the third place student will become the salutatorian;
and salutatorian selections will be made at the end of the first semester of
the senior year with first semester grades factored in.
All decisions involving the ranking
of senior year students and the conferring of honors or high honors status will
be made at the end of the first semester of the senior year.
No student receiving an honorary
diploma may be the Valedictorian or Salutatorian.