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Daily Annoucements

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Room Changes for Today:

  • 1st Period: 11th grade Calculus students to the study hall in the café
  • 4th Period: Math 7 to room 184

Final Exams for Seniors are today and tomorrow.

All members of Student Council for the 2017-2018 school year should come to Miss Califf’s room during 5th period today (including 8th graders).

The Presbyterian Church that meets in our gymnasium is planning an open house of the new office area they completed last fall. The Open House is this Thursday from 2-6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to stop in and see the new office and ministry center.  Pastor David Kertland would like to me you on Thursday afternoon/evening.

High school students are invited to submit an application for the chapel leadership team for next year. Please see Mr. Denlinger for an application.  Deadline for submissions is TODAY.

Juniors: “Autumn Adventure” Commitment Letters for the Fall 2017 trip need to be returned to Ms. Shreve by TODAY.

Mr. Adams will be holding open soccer practices for any boys or girls in 8th through 11th grade. The practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet outside Mr. Adams’ room for any student that is interested. Talk to Mr. Adams if you have any questions.

Current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders interested in playing girls soccer in the fall, please sign up outside Mrs. Thomas’s room. We will have “open field” playing time after school on Wednesdays until 4:15 p.m. starting this week and through the end of the school year for anyone who would like to come out and play.  Please see Mrs. Thomas or Mrs. Ramer with questions.

Returning International Students — International students that are returning to the Hershey Campus this fall will require an updated signature from Ms. Shreve before leaving the U.S. for the summer. There are three weeks left of school, so please remember to bring your I-20 to Ms. Shreve before the end of the year.  Please check your school email for more information.

The Shank Park event has been rescheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017. All students and their families (K-12) are invited to participate. The actual event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. There will NOT be busing to the park.   If you already completed a volunteer waiver form, there is no need for another.

Upcoming Events

  • 5/26 — MS Scavenger Hunt 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 5/26 — Senior Activity Day (all day)
  • 5/26 — Community Day Event at Adventure Sports
  • 5/27-5/31 — Senior Trip
  • 5/29 — No School – Memorial Day
  • 5/31 — Final Exams grades 9-11 (11:15 a.m. dismissal for grades 9-11 only)
  • 6/1 — Final Exams grades 9-11 (11:15 a.m. dismissal for grades 9-11 only)
  • 6/1 — Commencement rehearsal for ALL Juniors and Seniors at the Hershey Free Church from 12:30-2:30 p.m.  NO transportation available to the church. (Juniors will only need to be there for the first 30-45 minutes.)
  • 6/1 — Commencement 7 p.m. – Hershey Free Church
  • 6/2 — Last Day of School – 11 a.m. dismissal for all students

Attendance

All students enrolled in Lancaster Mennonite Hershey Campus are expected to attend school and classes on a regular basis. Pennsylvania law requires school attendance until the age of 17. Students absent from class have the responsibility to make up missed work.

Legal or Excused Absences

Excusable absences include illness, death in the immediate family, impassable roads or other urgent reasons approved by the principal or the principal’s designee. With pre-approval, educational trips, church activities and college visits may also be excused. Unexcused absences include those for job interviews, care for younger children, oversleeping, missed bus, personal problems, hunting or fishing, shopping, hair appointments, farm shows (unless exhibiting) and trips (unless educational and pre-approved).

Illegal or Unexcused Absences

When a student is under 17, Lancaster Mennonite Hershey Campus is required to report excessive unexcused absences to the public school district in which the student resides. School district officials may take action against the student and the parents that could result in fines, participation in court mandated programs and/or suspension of the student’s driving privileges. After age 17, unexcused absences are no longer illegal. More than three days of unexcused absences for students above 17 are considered excessive and will not meet minimum attendance requirements. Underclassmen 17 or older who accumulate more than three unexcused days may need to make up each unexcused day prior to the next academic year. Seniors who have enough academic credits for graduation but fail to meet the minimum attendance requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement; however, these students will not receive an LM diploma until the days of excessive absence have been made up. LM does not give a penalty for the first three unexcused absences during the school year; however, each additional unexcused day results in a 1% point deduction from the quarter grade in each course. Truancy from school and/or individual classes (unexcused absences without parental permission prior to the absence) results in a 2% point deduction from the quarter grade in each class missed. Students have the option of completing community service at a local non-profit organization, one hour for each percentage point for each class, in place of receiving grade deductions. Community service hours need to be verified by a supervisor at the non-profit organization, and must be completed before the end of the academic quarter to avoid grade deductions. After the fifth absence for illness in a school year, the administration may require a note from a physician for all future absences for illness in order to record the absence as excused.

Educational Trips

A request for excusing an educational trip is to be made at least five school days in advance of the requested absence. This policy applies to college visits, church activities and educational trips with a parent or other responsible adult. Educational Trip Request Forms can be printed but are also available in the school office. To maintain satisfactory academic performance, the maximum number of days excused per school year should not exceed five.

Tardy to School

A “tardy to school” is classified as excused or unexcused using the same criteria as for general absences. Each student is permitted one unexcused tardy to school per semester without penalty. Students are assigned to an after-school detention for their second through fifth tardy to school. Parents will be notified when the first detention (for the second tardy) is assigned. For the sixth and any subsequent tardy to school, the student will meet with an administrator to devise a plan to modify the behavior.

Moms Prayer

The Hershey Campus Moms Prayer Group meets twice a month for a time of prayer and fellowship. Grandmothers are welcome to attend to pray for their grandchildren. The group meets from 8:20-9:20 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Questions can be directed to Jo Davidson at 717-413-0570 or 8davidsons@gmail.com.

Scrip Program

Scrip can help you with tuition costs and provide money for the school–at no additional cost to you!

Scrip allows you to purchase gift cards at the face amount; each card gets a percentage given back to the school.  The school then allows you to use half of that money towards music lessons, tuition, etc.  It’s really a win-win situation!!

To learn more about the Scrip Program be sure to check out their website or contact Carrie Shreve at 717-533-4900 or shreveca@lancastermennonite.org.