Student Life

Online Student Handbook

School Year 20-21 |Student, Parent, Guardian Handbook

Information is As Of: 2020-2021 | Welcome to the Ballard High School Online Student Handbook for the School Year 2020-2021. We are committed to creating a supportive community that helps each and every student to prepare for college and life in an ever changing world.

This handbook is intended to support the success of each student at Ballard High School. The information included in this handbook will be useful over the course of the school year. Of most immediate importance will be the information regarding resources, bell schedules, and academic requirements for graduation. Policies and procedures are subject to change.

Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns you have about the contents of this online handbook to the student  assigned Counselor or Assistant Principal. By working together, we can realize our goal of success for every student at Ballard High School. ~ Keven Wynkoop | Principal, Ballard High School

Administrators and Contact List

Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Directions
Main Office: 206-252-1000 | Fax: 206-252-1001
Office Hours 8am – 4:30pm (Building Closed) | Please call or email with any questions or if you need assistance to  crpeterson@seattleschools.org


Principal

Keven Wynkoop, kswynkoop@seattleschools.org

Assistant Principals

Elizabeth Guillory A-F,  eguillory@seattleschools.org
Dr. Joseph Williams III  G-N,  jowilliams@seattleschools.org
Laura Roesener O-Z, 
ljroesener@seattleschools.org 


Counselors

Sonja Petersen  A – Ci,  slpetersen@seattleschools.org
Sarah Bowman  Cj – Han,  sabowman@seattleschools.org
Tom Kramer  Hao – Mci,  | Head Counselor | tkramer@seattleschools.org
Gail Olson-Laing  Mcj – Sch,  gsolsonlaing@seattleschools.org
Leti Bravo  Sci – Z,  lrbravo@seattleschools.org
Counseling Secretary |  Carol Bristol, chbristol@seattleschools.org


Bell Schedules

Visit the Ballard HS Bell Schedule page for the most current school bell schedules.


BHS Staff

Activity Coordinator  | Laura Lehni at lllehni@seattleschools.org
Athletic Director  | Eric Ensign, erensign@seattleschools.org
HS Success Coordinators:
Lisa Coacher, ljcoacher@seattleschools.org
Dale Griffith, ddgriffith@seattleschools.org
Ross Humphries, rdhumphries@seattleschools.org
Malik Prince, mrprince@seattleschools.org
Head Custodian  | Young Wong (206) 252-1133, yowong@seattleschools.org
Teacher-Librarian | TuesD Chambers, tschambers@seattleschools.org
Nurse | Laurie Tirtanadi (206) 252-1007, ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org
Psychologist:
Nicole Garrie,  nlgarrie@seattleschools.org
Service Learning | Lindsay Squires, lesquires@seattleschools.org
Speech | Cindy Nitz, cmnite@seattleschools.org
Teen Health Center | Sailau Tuitele- Office Manager (206) 781-6400 or (206) 390-3355, sailau.tuitele@swedish.org
Administrative Secretary | Cindy Peterson (206) 252-1000, crpeterson@seattleschools.org
Asst./Athletics Secretary | Bethany Nielcen blnielcen@seattleschools.org (206) 252-1000
Attendance Secretary | Alice March, ballardhs.attendance@seattleschools.org
Counseling Secretary | Carol Bristol, chbristol@seattleschools.org
Fiscal Specialist | Karen Kazanjian, klkazanjian@seattleschools.org
Registrar | Kim Nickerson (206) 252-1105, kdnickerson@seattleschools.org
Testing Coordinator (SAT, PSAT, AP) | Michael Broom, mrbroom@seattleschools.org
Security Office | Dan DeLong (206) 252-1110, dcdelong@settleschools.org

All BHS Staff


Can’t Find What You Are Looking For?

Email me with tips on information you would like located here or better ways to support your searches on the Ballard HS website. Diane Taylor at dmtaylor@seattleschools.org  Thank you!

Creating a Culture of Belonging at Ballard High School

At Ballard High School, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment where all students feel like they belong. This means that all students are expected to be respectful to one another and NOT to engage in behaviors that demean or target others on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, etc.

Examples of these behaviors include:

• Derogatory comments made during classroom discussion that target a person’s racial identity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.;
• References which negatively single out certain people based on a person’s racial identity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.;
• Racial slurs or stereotyping; nicknames for other groups based on a person’s racial identity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.; and
• Circulating identity-based memes or videos, etc. on social media. By posting or forwarding these ideas, you are spreading them.

What do I need to know?

• Behaviors that occur outside of school hours, or on social media, become a school problem when they make any student feel targeted or uncomfortable at school. The school has a responsibility to address these situations and may treat them as disciplinary incidents;
• Content that you post on social media never goes away in terms of the impact it can have on others and yourself; and
• Even when you mean something as a joke, demeaning other people is never funny and always a problem. Your friend whose group is the subject of the joke might laugh or say that it’s okay, but there is a good chance that they just don’t want to be known as the person who “always gets mad” or “is too sensitive.”

How do I combat racism and other forms of prejudice?

• Refuse to forward or “like” other people’s demeaning comments on social media, and un-follow people who do make these posts;
• Call out put-downs. “That’s a stereotype” or “That isn’t funny” allow you to take a stand without getting into a long argument with people;
• Remember that no one ever knows what other people experience. Telling people to not take themselves so seriously, or to get a thicker skin, is a way of shifting the problem onto the victim and excusing the offender;
• Report inappropriate behaviors to an adult at school;
• Learn about experiences and perspectives that are different from yours. You can do this by
watching movies, reading books and articles, engaging in thoughtful discussions, etc.;
• You can also learn more by attending meetings of groups like Multicultural Club, Black Student
Union, Latinx/Hispanic Student Union, Students and Teachers Against Racism, and Gay-Straight
Alliance;
• Speak out at staff/student meetings of the Race and Equity Team (RET), Continuous School
Improvement Plan Team (CSIP), or Building Leadership Team (BLT).

What about freedom of speech?

Although you have the freedom to express your opinions, there is a difference between stating an opinion in a civil, respectful manner, and making comments that are meant to devalue others and provoke strong reactions. The school has a responsibility to make sure all students feel safe, so any behavior is problematic if it makes people feel unsafe or unwelcome.

What if I hear an inappropriate comment that I’m not comfortable addressing?
Tell an adult. This could be the teacher in whose class you heard the comments, as they may be able to effectively address the issue right away. You can also talk to a counselor or administrator, who will also address the issue.

Because student discipline is confidential, school staff cannot follow up with harassment victims by telling them “what happened to the offender.” However, the policy below will give you an idea of the range of consequences we will apply.

What happens when an identity-based incident occurs?

We strongly condemn behaviors that make anyone uncomfortable at school and will work to make this message clear. At the same time, we believe that behavior incidents of this nature offer a “teachable moment” in which the offending student will have a chance to think about and change their attitudes and behavior.
Required:
• Parent contact, with possible parent-student-administrator conference; and
• The school will communicate issues with staff, students, and the community as appropriate per
district policy.
Other potential consequences:
• Assignment of a research project and reflection related to the incident;
• Assignment of a playlist related to racism or identity prejudice, followed by a reflection paper;
• Detention;
• Restorative meeting set up with offender and harmed person(s); this will happen only with the
agreement of the harmed person(s);
• Meeting between a student/staff team, the offending student, and a family member about the
specific behavior and its impact on others;
• In-house or at-home suspension; and
• Community service with an organization that serves the group that was targeted.

What is the staff commitment? – We are committed to nurturing an environment of safety and belonging. However, like our students, we are learning and growing in this area, and we make mistakes. If something happens with a staff member that makes you uncomfortable, please let them know at an appropriate time. If you don’t want to talk to the person on your own (or at all), let a counselor or administrator know, and they will address your concern with the staff member.

Ballard staff and administration will seek further training in issues of race and equity; restorative justice; mediation; acknowledging our own biases; and the impact of white privilege.

Art Dept. Head  | Gina O’Neill,  gaoneill@seattleschools.org

Business Dept. Head  | Mary Jereczek, mejereczek@seattleschools.org

English Learners (EL) Dept. Head  | Christina Russell, cmrussell@seattleschools.org

Family & Consumer Science Dept. Head | Marcia Lalonde, malalonde@seattleschools.org

Health & Fitness Dept. Head | Tami Reese, tcreese@seattleschools.org

Language Arts Dept. Head | Kristin Storey, kmstorey@seattleschools.org

Library Dept. Head  | TuesD Chambers,  tschambers@seattleschools.org

Math Dept. Head | Jan Drabek,  jsdrabek@seattleschools.org & Janine Logsdon, jmlogsdon@seattleschools.org

Music Dept. Head | Courtney Rowley, chrowley@seattleschools.org

Science Dept. Head | India Carlson, ikcarlson@seattleschools.org

Social Studies Dept. Head | Kira Franz-Knight, kafranzknigh@seattleschools.org

Special Education (High Incidence) Dept. Head | Melissa Baron,  mrbaron@seattleschools.org & Joe Bushek, jjbushek@seattleschools.org

Special Education (Low Incidence) Dept. Head | Robyn Maddess,  ramaddess@seattleschools.org & Jim Auld, jlauld@seattleschools.org

World Languages Dept. Head | Eileen Yardley, emyardley@seattleschools.org


Academy of Finance | Eric Blazevic, edblazevic@seattleschools.org

Biotech Academy | Melissa Povey, mapovey@seattleschools.org

Digital Filmmaking Program | Steven Bradford, spbradford@seattleschools.org

Project Lead the Way (Engineering) | Brian Connolly, baconnolly@seattleschools.org

Maritime Academy | John Foster,  jffoster@seattleschools.org & Noam Gundle, njgundle@seattleschools.org


Talisman Newspaper | Michael Smith, mtsmith@seattleschools.org

Shingle Yearbook | Michael Smith, mtsmith@seattleschools.org


Choir Program | Courtney Rowley, chrowley@seattleschools.org

Band Program | Jay Gillespie, jrgillespie@seattleschools.org

Orchestra Program | Beth Fortune, eafortune@seattleschools.org

Theatre Program
| Shawn Riley, smriley@seattleschools.org

Attendance Procedures, 2020-2021

During In-Person and Remote Learning Parents/Guardians can report absences by sending an email to the Ballard HS Attendance Office at: ballardhs.attendance@seattleschools.org

Please visit the BHS Attendance webpage for more detailed and complete BHS Attendance Procedures.

School Communication Resources | School Year 2020-21 

View all the ways that Ballard High School communicates with families.

Schoology, Microsoft Teams, The Source, School Messenger, Talking Point Texts, School Website, PTSA Weekly Newsletter and BHS Social Media Accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).

We also have our Ballard Performing Arts (BPA) Newsletter, School Paper Talisman too!

Schoology
Virtual Classroom Resources
Visit Schoology
Parents and students use Schoology to see assignments, teacher announcements, reminders and calendars. Schoology is the primary communication tool used for assignments and class details. 
Microsoft Teams
Virtual Classrooms & Community
Visit Office 365
Students, teachers, and staff interact in virtual classrooms using Microsoft Teams districtwide to support remote learning. A consolidated calendar is available to view as well. Teams integrates with our existing systems and learning platforms, including Schoology. 
The Source
Student and Family Resource
Visit The Source
The primary way that parents and students can check on their grades, attendance, and the Source has a link to SchoolPay, which is an easy way to electronically pay for school-related fees.
School Messenger
Important announcements from the Principal
Time‐sensitive or other critical announcements are sent from School Messenger from Principal Wynkoop.Note: All BHS families are automatically on the distribution for School Messenger.
TalkingPointMore details to be posted about this app.
Ballard High School Website
News and resources for BHS families. Visit BHS Website
The BHS website provides up to date news and information at BHS and from the district. Keep up with the latest announcements, calendar events, featured news, school bulletin and resources conveniently from any desktop or mobile device.
PTSA Weekly Newsletter
All-School and Community News. Contact: ballardhighnews@gmail.com 
The BHS PTSA Weekly Newsletter is a PTSA member volunteer run informational newsletter that is emailed to subscribed families and students with important upcoming information as well as sports, clubs, library events, performing arts, community news and more!
School Social Media Accounts
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Additional ways to connect
 
Follow the many BHS Instagram and BHS Twitter accounts to stay connected with the latest happenings on our Social Media page. In addition, SPS, PTSA and Performing Arts each have a Facebook account. Note: Students are not required to have social media accounts to receive school information or participate in school activities.

Important Dates 2020 – 2021

Visit the BHS Online Event Calendar for more school specific event information.

SPS Techline | Passwords | Accessing Schoology | SPS Social & Emotional Learning Resources

SPS Techline | Resource Links


Student Username and Password Login Information

Visit the Seattle Public Schools Student Username and Password FAQ page for helpful information.

 


Students who need help with their SPS laptop at home

To log onto student laptops , students enter their SPS username Example: 1jrsmith and password.  If students are unable to log on or need assistance  call the support number at: 206-252- 0100. Staffed Mon- Fri 7am – 4pm if line is busy you can leave a voice mail or email laptops@seattleschools.org, email box.  


Source Assistance ,   login questions, password resets email sourcesupport@seattleschools.org. Refer to these pages: Source Resource Page and the  Source Technical TipsSchoology Resources  for both Students/Parents, view  Schoology LMS Page and the Schoology Registration Steps.


Students Accessing Schoology 

Username format is 1[1st initial] [middle initial] [ last name].  Default passwords  birth date: mmddyyyy.  Reset your password the first time you log in : passwords must be 7 characters.

Use Firefox or Chrome

  1. Go to the Seattle Public Schools or the BHS Home page ( www.seattleschools.org, or ballardhs.seattleschools.org).
  2. From the top black Tool Bar Menu at the top, Dropdown “Students” and select Schoology.

    Student Dropdown Menu with Schoology

  3. Select “Schoology.”  NOTE:   If using a SPS device, you will be automatically logged in.
    IF NOT: you will be prompted to log in; and add@seattleschools.org to your district username.
  4. You will be redirected to a Microsoft page, where you will be prompted to enter your password.
  5. Once in Schoology, the button for your Courses is at the top of the page

Getting to Schoology if you are new to Seattle Schools pdf icon


Social Emotional Learning Skills

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a top priority. Teachers provide instruction, coaching, and opportunities to practice the following social emotional skills:

• identifying strengths, feelings and needs
• seeking to understand others
• building cooperative relationships
• critical thinking
• decision making
• working through challenges

Together, parents/guardians and teachers can identify students’ strengths, needs, and culturally responsive practices for continued social emotional skill development. Visit the SPS SELpage for more helpful information.


Counseling Department Information & Recommendations

The BHS Counselors work with students to help them develop strategies for success in academics, social skills, and in considering their post-high school plans and career options. Students are assigned by the their last name. Students can book an appointment online with Counselors by using the Schedule a Counseling Appointment site. 

Counselors work with students to explain the credit system, help select courses, monitor progress toward achieving graduation requirements, explore interests, and make plans for college application and career options.

Visit the Counseling Center webpage for details about upcoming events, news, college visits and scholarship opportunities. Seniors can visit the Applying to College page for answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college both 4 year and 2 year as well as upcoming events and opportunities for seniors.  

Remote Learning Grading Policy 2020-21

On September 23 the Seattle Public School district officially announced the High School Grading Policy for 2020-21. “A-C-” or “Incomplete” grades are the only options for final grade marking for the 2020-21 school year.

Assignments may earn grades of A/B/C/D/E. The final grade for the quarter and semester will be “A-C-” or “Incomplete.” Quarter grades do not appear on the official academic transcript. Semester grades appear on the official academic transcript. 

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Semester report cards are issued twice a year and are not mailed during Remote Learning. They are available via The Source. Semester grades are posted to the official transcript. Quarter progress reports are issued at the middle of each semester and also posted to The Source. These grades are for information only. However, senior year mid-term grades may be used as part of the college admission process, even though credits are not posted to the transcript. These progress reports are for information only and are not posted to the transcript.

Weighted Class Rank

Class rank is an indicator requested by some colleges and universities, scholarship programs, and some employers. A weighted class rank system is intended to recognize students who take more rigorous academic courses. These include courses designated as Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP), College in the High School (CIHS) and Running Start (HRS). Honors courses earn a half weighting point; AP, CIHS, and HRS courses earn a full weighting point. The weighted ranking process does not affect the GPA. The highest attainable GPA is 4.0 (WAC 180-57-050). Valedictorian(s) and Salutatorian(s) are based on cumulative weighted rank as of 1st semester senior year.

Ballard High School Valedictorian/Salutatorian Policy

Ballard’s Valedictorian must :
1. Have the highest weighted Class Rank after the first semester of the senior year. Additional courses taken beyond the six-period day will not be counted towards the calculation of the student’s Class Rank for purposes of determining Valedictorian, except in the case of Running Start courses, for which all credits through fall quarter of senior year will be counted.
2. Have been a full-time student (six classes each semester) on Ballard’s campus, including Running Start courses, all four years
3. Have no “E” or “N” grades on the transcript.
4. Have no “P” grades
5. Have no Teacher or Office Assistant classes on transcript

Ballard’s Salutatorian(s) must:
1. Have the second highest weighted Class Rank after the first semester of the senior year. Additional courses taken beyond the six-period day will not be counted towards the calculation of the student’s Class Rank for purposes of determining Salutatorian, except in the case of Running Start courses, for which all credits through fall quarter of senior year will be counted.
2. Have been a full-time student (six classes each semester) on Ballard’s campus, including Running Start courses, for at least three years
3. Have no “E” or “N” grades on the transcript
4. Have no “P” grades other than a Study Abroad experience
5. Have no Teacher or Office Assistant classes on transcript

Class Standing

A minimum of 24.00 credits are required to graduate. Students must meet the graduation requirements of their “Class of” designation, as assigned in grade 9. This is never altered regardless of the year of actual graduation (i.e., early or late completion of graduation requirements).

High School Credit for Middle School Courses

High School credit is available for some pre-approved middle school courses. Requests for credit must be received by the end of the student’s senior year. See your counselor for details.

Making Up a Required Course

To graduate, students must pass all required courses. If a student fails a required course he/she generally must expect to take that course through an after school or summer school credit retrieval program if available, or through an accredited program outside of Ballard High School.

Course Fees

We believe students should be able to take courses of their choice regardless of their ability to pay required course fees. Course fees are vital to offering high quality programs, but they are optional.

Academic Deadlines

Academic Deadlines (posted soon)

Ballard HS Service Learning Program

Service Learning Coordinator  | Ms. Squires | (206) 252-1015 | lesquires@seattleschools.org

Service Learning Requirements
One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is * 60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

Summer hours that your student completes that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS .

Athletics

Athletic Director | Eric Ensign | erensign@seattleschools.org| 206-252-1076
Athletic Secretary | Bethany Nielcen | blnielcen@seattleschools.org

Ballard High School is a member of the METRO 3A league. Typically: Fall Sports include Football, Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, Slow Pitch and Golf. Winter Sports include Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Wrestling, Boys Wrestling and Boys Swimming. Spring Sports include Baseball, Softball, Boys Soccer, Tennis, Track. Athletic paperwork is now through FinalForms, an online system. Visit the BHS Athletic Paperwork page for complete paperwork timelines and details.

Athletic Eligibility

In order to play on a school sports team, students must have earned a grade point of 2.0 or higher in 5 subjects during the previous semester of school. Continuing eligibility will require a student athlete to earn no less than a 2.0 grade point average in five subject areas (2.5 credits) as reported on their current report card. TA classes, lab assistants and PE waivers cannot be counted as one of the five classes for eligibility.

NCAA Athletic Eligibility

Students interested in participating in college athletics after high school need to be aware that additional academic courses are required for eligibility and not all courses are approved for NCAA eligibility. Student athletes must also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, preferably during the junior year. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center Website and see the athletic director or your counselor for more information.

Head Coaches 2020-21

Visit the BHS Athletic Directory page for a complete listing of sports, coaches and contact information.

Associated Student Body Leaders

ASB Officers


Visit the Associated Student Body (ASB) page for more information regarding ASB Cards and ASB student announcements. 

TBD | ASB/Activity Cards | ORCA Cards | Yearbooks

TBD FOR SCHOOL YEAR 20-21
ASB/ACTIVITY CARDS
– All students who tryout/participate in a Ballard athletic team or perform in a music group must purchase a BHS Activity Card for $35.00. Paying the fee also allows students to receive free admission to BHS home games (except Football). They will also get a discount on the price of a Yearbook and activities like school dances. Parents may pay online via The Source/School Pay. One check may be made for both the yearbook and activity card.

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21
YEARBOOKS
– Yearbook sales dates are established in accordance with state tax policies. Yearbooks are sold online through the Source/SchoolPay. No Yearbook sales between May and Beaver Day. Pre-Sold Yearbooks will be distributed on Beaver Day. Yearbook sales resume the Monday following Beaver Day until books are sold out.

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21
TRANSPORTATION
– For Metro bus schedules online contact King County Metro Schedules and Maps or call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000, Service TTY 206-684-1739. METRO lost and found number is (206) 553-3090. The SPS district transportation office number is 206-252-0900 or visit the SPS Transportation page for more information.

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-21
ORCA Cards
–  Visit the ORCA Card webpage for more information.

The Ballard High School PTSA promotes and supports the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. The work we do raises funds that provide academic opportunities; teacher and staff support; and backing for student activities.

You can make a difference! The PTSA is you, me and all of the parents/guardians, students and staff dedicated to the educational development and success of all students. Become a member today! Contact the  bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com for more information or visit the links below.

Please sign up for our PTSA Newsletter for weekly updated school news and information at ballardhighnews@gmail.com.

 

No Volunteers in Buildings 2020-21

FOR REFERENCE

STUDENT VISITORS
Student visitors must submit a visitor form and secure permission from an administrator at least three days in advance of the visit. Permission forms are in the Main Office and should be picked up at least one week in advance of the requested visit date. Arrangements for a visitor’s pass are good for one day only. Children under the age of 14 will not be permitted at school. The building is closed to all student visitors the first ten (10) days of each semester, the last fifteen (15) days of each semester, the five (5) days prior to mid- term examinations, and the first five (5) days prior to and the five (5) days after winter, mid-winter, and spring vacation. Babysitting younger children will not be permitted. Students bringing younger children to school will be asked to take them home. Ballard High School reserves the right to deny permission for visits.

SHADOWING
Grade 8 grade students may shadow a Ballard HS student during the month of February only. Both the grade 8 student and the BHS student must complete paperwork, including their Assistant Principal’s signature. This paperwork needs to be turned into the office 3 days in advance of the shadowing date.

ADULT VISITORS
Ballard HS invites appropriate visitors from the community. Parents, guardians, participants in school programs and representatives from agencies are expected to check in at the Main Office and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus. Classroom visitors should be scheduled at least three days in advance through the appropriate teacher and administrator. Ballard HS reserves the right to deny permission for visits.

Online Safety and Responsibly | High School Students Online Safety

Visit the SPS Online Safety and Responsibility page for additional online safety tips and information for families and students as well as any updates.

Cyber bullying

  • Tell someone if someone has bullied you online
  • Keep everything if someone is mean to you or bullies you online
  • Don’t engage
  • Don’t pass on embarrassing photos or posts about others
  • Don’t do or say anything online that you wouldn’t offline

Privacy

  • Don’t share your personal info, even if someone offers something for free
  • Don’t share your password with anyone
  • Use tough passwords and change them frequently
    Tip: Use words you can remember easily but spell them incorrectly

Scams

  • Think and pause before clicking
  • Watch out for “too good to be true” offers

Social Media

  • Social Media posts can come back to haunt you later in life.
  • Use settings or options to make all of your social media profiles private.
  • Make sure you are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook. 
    Read Common Sense: Instagram app review and Facebook app review

Location Services on Cell Phones
Common Sense Media Location Services Information

  • Turn off location services to prevent apps from tracking your location.
  • Location-sharing apps also are big targets for advertisers who want to make you a customer.

Student Network Use Agreement

All students with individual network accounts will be required to accept the Seattle Public Schools’ network use agreement electronically when they first log on to the district network and when there are changes to the agreement. Read more about the Network Agreement and find forms.

Seattle Public Schools Network & Computer Use Agreement

Use of the Seattle Public Schools network is a privilege (Vol 1.0 7/5/19). You must read and agree to follow the network rules below to use your network account. SPS makes available to students access to computers and the Internet. Through the Internet students may have access to databases, Web sites, and sometimes email. Students might also publish online. Students are expected to use computers and the Internet responsibly and for school related purposes only.
Use of the Seattle Public Schools network is a privilege. Violations of conditions of use may result in that privilege being taken away in whole or in part by school district personnel. All other related student policies are applicable and other consequences including suspension or expulsion may follow. 

Please review the “Student Rights and Responsibilities” pamphlet.

As a condition of my right to use the Seattle Public Schools Internet service, I
understand and agree with the following:

I will use computing resources responsibly.
• I will use the Internet and other computer resources for academic activities only.
• I will only play educational games authorized by my teacher, instructor, or librarian.
• I will follow the guidelines for printing set by my teacher or school.
• I will only save material in my folder appropriate for educational use.
• I will not transmit or deliberately access obscene, indecent, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise
offensive material in any form.

I will use computing resources safely
• I will not give out my name, picture, address, e-mail, or any other personally identifying
information online.
• I will only access chat rooms, bulletin boards, blogs, or post to an Internet site with explicit
teacher permission.
• I will not share my password with others.

I will use computing resources respectfully
• I will not deliberately attempt to harm or destroy data on any system on the network or internet.
• I will not damage computer equipment or alter computer settings.
• I will not alter other students’ files.

I will use computing resources in a manner that respects the intellectual property of
others.

• I will not install, store, or distribute unauthorized software or materials.
• I will turn in work that I have created myself. If I borrow or copy material from other sources, I
will properly cite those sources.

I understand that:
• I am responsible for what is done on my computer account.
• School district personnel have the right to review any material sent, mailed, or accessed through
a District computer or District provided network account. School district personnel have the right
to inspect all material stored on a District computer. By accepting these terms and conditions,
students waive any right to privacy or confidentiality to material that was created, sent, accessed,
or stored using a District computer or District provided network account.
• District personnel can edit or remove any material that it believes may be unlawful, obscene,
indecent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.
• The district does not promise that the functions of the internet service will meet any specific
requirements you may have, or that the Internet service will be error-free or uninterrupted.
• I cannot use computing resources to violate district policies, federal and state laws.
• District administrators have the final say on what constitutes a violation of internet policies.
Those violations include but are not limited to all bulleted points in this agreement.

Read more about the Network Agreement and find forms.

Network Use Agreement

Student Work Honesty & Plagiarism Policy

Students are expected to be honest about what is theirs: ideas, writing, work, and the representation of themselves. To this end, Ballard High School is adopting this policy to ensure that student work is, indeed, their own so that teachers can know how best to meet the needs of their students and to be able to assess their progress in their education. Honesty is: Doing your own work, crediting others words, pictures, facts or ideas, keeping your eyes on your own work, helping, not copying, using electronic sources with integrity.

Because cheating in any of its forms is detrimental to the educational process, the following disciplinary procedure will be followed for our school. Any student who cheats will be disciplined. Please review the individual syllabus for each class and the District Standard Practices. District Offenses are as follows:

1st Offense: Rewrite paper or make up test
2nd Offense: Lose credit for paper or test
3rd Offense: Lose credit for paper or test and school-based consequences
NOTE: The class need not be the same one in which the second instance of cheating occurred.

The Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools

These rules supplement the rights and responsibilities, limitations and due process accorded each student enrolled in the Seattle School District. Students are responsible for adhering to all the rules and responsibilities as stated in the ” Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools” and “Students Rights and Responsibilities” pamphlets on the SPS website. Violations of these regulations will result in disciplinary action. In addition, for reference is the  Seattle Public Schools Non Discrimination webpage.



Under Construction
For Reference School Year 19-20

These rules supplement the rights and responsibilities, limitations and due process accorded each student enrolled in the Seattle School District. Students are responsible for adhering to all the rules and responsibilities as stated in “THE BASIC RULES OF SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2019-2020” pamphlet located outside the Main Office or on the SPS website. Violations of these regulations will result in disciplinary action.

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR Students on the school grounds, at school events, or on the way to or from school, involved in behavior which is not acceptable will be subject to disciplinary action (Examples: drug and/or alcohol use or possession, profanity, fighting, cheating, and hazing/bullying.) Disciplinary action may include the loss of the privilege to participate in school activities such as athletics, dances including prom, and the graduation ceremony.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS The use of any alcoholic beverage or drug is strictly prohibited. Any possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages or drugs on school grounds, at school functions, or on a school bus is always prohibited. This includes possession of drug paraphernalia. Any student found in possession of, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or a school-sponsored activity will be excluded from future activities including such activities as athletics, prom, etc.

ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY – BULLYING, FROSHING, HAZING, INTIMIDATION Seattle School Board prohibits “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image (including those that are electronically transmitted), or verbal or physical act. These include, but are not limited to, acts shown to be motivated by race, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, economic status, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, pregnancy status, marital status, physical appearance, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
 Physically harms a student or adult or damages the student’s or adult’s property; or
 Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education or the adult’s work environment; or
 Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational or work environment; or
 Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school or work place.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student or adult to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Bullying, Hazing, Froshing, Intimidation, or similar activities are forms of harassment and possibly assault and will be dealt with accordingly. Engaging in harassment will result in appropriate discipline. Retaliation against any person who makes or is a witness in a complaint is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. Persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

Complaint Process – INFORMAL Reports may be made to any staff member. Informal remedies may include: a) An opportunity for the complainant to explain to the alleged harasser the nature of the complaint either in writing or face-to-face; b) A statement from a staff member to the alleged harasser that the alleged conduct is not appropriate and could lead to discipline if proven or repeated or; c) A general public statement from an administrator review the District Anti-Harassment Policy without identifying the complainant. Informal complaints may become formal at the request of the complainant, parent/guardian, or if the District believes the complaint needs to be more thoroughly investigated.

FORMAL DISCRIMINATION & SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES – Information on the Seattle Public Schools Discrimination Complaint Procedure and the Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedure may be found on the BHS website under Resources and Services, BHS & SPS Forms, SPS Resources Forms & Links and the SPS Non Discrimination webpage. Paper copies are available outside of the Main Office.

ATTENDANCE Students are expected to know and follow the attendance regulations as listed in the Attendance Policy and Procedures for Ballard High School.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER SUCH DEVICES These items lead to disruption and shall not be used during regular school hours. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during class time. Any devices turned on during class time are subject to confiscation based on the policies of the classroom teacher. Laser pens, electronic games, or other gambling devices, etc. are not allowed in school. These items are subject to confiscation. It is recommended that these items not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for loss or theft of these items.

DANCE RULES Freak dancing, offensive and/or obscene dances are prohibited in accordance with Seattle School District policy. Violations of this policy include but are not limited to students exceeding the 45-degree rule and inappropriate touching. For most dances, students are allowed to bring one non-Ballard guest if a completed Guest Request Form is turned in to the Activity Coordinator the Wednesday before the dance and approved by administration. Dancers responsible for any action that causes potential harm to others or to the DJ’s equipment will be asked to leave the dance. Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of the privilege to attend future school activities such as dances / other extracurricular events.

DETENTION Students may be assigned detention by staff and administration for infractions of the school code of conduct. Failure to complete detention may result in the student being assigned to Saturday School or other appropriate disciplinary action

DRESS AND APPEARANCE DRESS AND APPEARANCE Please review the Seattle Public Schools Student Dress Code approved by the Seattle School Board on July 10, 2019 on the SPS website at seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/inclusive_dress_policy

ELEVATOR Students are prohibited from using the elevator without prior approval by the nurse, security or administration.

FINES Students are responsible for all books, lockers, school equipment, other instructional materials issued to them, and all school related incurred charges. Such fines are expected to be paid prior to final withdrawal from school, sending transcripts, participation in athletics, forwarding of records, annual distribution, graduation ceremony, and/or diploma. A record of fines is maintained in the fiscal secretary’s office. The library maintains the records of textbooks and library books. Fines incurred from a previous school may also be included. Fines may be paid in the fiscal office during the school year before school, during break, or at lunch.

FOOD / DRINKS No food or non-water drinks will be permitted in any academic pod, the performing arts areas, 1st floor entrance next to the Main Office, library, Career Center, office areas, gyms, or in the locker room areas. Exceptions to this rule must have prior administrative approval. Water is permissible with prior approval of each teacher or staff member.

GAMBLING Of any kind is not allowed in school.

GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY Ballard High School students respect the property of our neighbors and community.

HALL BEHAVIOR Hallways are to be clear and quiet during class time. There is to be no loitering in the halls or on school grounds when classes are in session. Students must have a pass (RED plastic hall pass, a BLUE “Student Permit”, or a WHITE “Request to Report slip) when in the halls during class time. Students with a late arrival should plan to arrive five (5) minutes before class. Students with early dismissals (such as seniors with no sixth period) are to leave the building before the tardy bell rings. All students must leave the building by 15 minutes after the last bell unless they are participating in an adult supervised activity.

ID BADGE POLICY The administration at Ballard High School urges all staff and students to wear or carry their ID card.

LIBRARY The Ballard High School Library strives to be a welcoming and integral part of a student’s learning experience at Ballard High School. The library is open before and after
school and during lunch. Teachers bring their classes in to do research, use computers and checkout library books and text books throughout the school day.

LOCKERS Lockers are not secure. Therefore, students are advised not to place their valuable items (wallets, purses, etc.) in their lockers. Contraband items are not to be placed in lockers at any time. Students are responsible for all items that are stored in their assigned lockers. Students must not share lockers. Lockers may be opened by school administration at any time.

OPEN CAMPUS All students will be permitted to leave the school premises during their lunch period without written authorization so long as they respect the neighborhood community around the school, do not create a public nuisance, and do not engage in any criminal or civil misconduct. Students who leave assume the responsibility for returning on time for class. Students may not visit other school campuses without authorization of Ballard High School administration and the authorization of the other school’s administration. Salmon Bay School and Park are off limits to all students during school hours

ORCA CARDS – All Seattle Public Schools high school students will receive an ORCA card. Lost or stolen cards may be replaced. The first replacement card fee is $5.50; the second replacement card is $25.00. You may take the exact amount in cash or a check made out to Seattle Public Schools to our fiscal office in the Activity Center. It may take two or more weeks for a replacement card to be issued. You are responsible for your transportation costs until your new ORCA cards is issued. Our Attendance Secretary will email teachers so that they may tell you your card is available in the Attendance Office.

PARKING POLICY There is no student parking anywhere on campus. Student parking on campus will result in disciplinary action, fine, and/or towing without notice. Parking in spots marked POOL may result in your vehicle being towed without warning by the Parks Department. Students will be fined if caught parking in the staff parking lot. This ticket is $50.00, and this debt must be cleared in a timely manner, no later than graduation.

RANDOM LOCKER SEARCHES The Seattle School District has increased its efforts in becoming the safest school district in the United States. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, resulting in a possible suspension for the remainder of the school day or a short-term suspension. Students with lockers in which contraband or weapons are found are subject to suspension or expulsion and their parent/guardian will be contacted immediately.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE is conducted whenever there is reasonable suspicion of student involvement in controlled substances or weapons.

SKATEBOARDING OR RIDING SCOOTERS is prohibited on school grounds. Skateboards AND scooters will be confiscated if used on campus.

STUDENT SMOKING/LOITERING Student smoking, use of tobacco products, and/or loitering is prohibited within one block of the school or within sight of the school campus. Tobacco products in student’s possession within one block of the school are subject to confiscation. Violation of this rule may also result in a citation and fine by the Seattle Police Department.

TEXTBOOKS Students will be issued textbooks for their registered classes. Many, but not all, departments will issue textbooks from the Textbook Room located by the library. You are responsible for the return of those textbooks to the issuing teacher or to the Textbook Room when the course is finished, when you change your schedule, drop the class, or withdraw from Ballard High School. The student is responsible for the care of checked out books. If it is lost or stolen, the replacement price will be charged. Textbook prices are available on request. Damage is assessed on an individual basis. Destruction of a barcode in any book is $5.00. Students must not loan or give their books to anyone else. It is the obligation of the student to write his/her name in the front of his/her textbooks and protect them from rain or other damage. Report the loss of a textbook to the issuing teacher or Textbook Room/Library. Another textbook for the subject will not be issued until the replacement price has been paid.

VALUABLES For security reasons, students are advised not to bring large sums of money or expensive items such as cell phones or I-Pods to school. The school and individual teachers cannot be responsible for such items.

VANDALISM Students are expected to respect the property of the school keeping it free from litter and refraining from destruction and/or defacing property, including graffiti.

WEAPONS The Seattle Public Schools has a no tolerance policy regarding weapons of all kinds. Student possession or use of guns (loaded or not, operable or not, “real” or not), knives of any length (including pocket knives), pepper spray, laser pens and other weapons and objects capable of causing bodily harm will, in almost all cases, result in expulsion from school. Jewelry, apparel and accessories that can be used as weapons are prohibited. Having a weapon for “protection” or “by accident” or “because somebody handed it to me” (and it wasn’t turned in immediately to the office or school staff) is not the sort of mitigating circumstance that will avoid expulsion.

Seattle Public Schools- Standard Discipline for District Offenses
The complete list for standards and Exceptional Discipline for District Offenses can be found in the Parent/Guardian Handbook or online at www.seattleschools.org – Family Resources – Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools and Student Rights and Responsibilities.



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