Student Handbook and Graduation
D142 Parent/Student Handbook 2015-2016
Commencement Exercise Participation Criteria
The Hille Middle School teachers and administration believe that participation in the commencement exercise should be a meaningful activity that is earned by the individual student. The following criteria have been developed for commencement exercise participation. Parents will be informed following the second and third quarters if their student is at-risk of not participating in the commencement exercise. Parents will again be notified if their student is being reviewed by the Hille Middle School administration related to the commencement exercise criteria.
The criteria for commencement exercise participation is as follows: Students who demonstrate and establish a pattern of continuous positive behavior, or students who demonstrate significant behavior improvements are eligible to participate in the commencement exercise. Students are expected to meet and maintain a high standard of behavior for the entire school year.
Students meeting the first criteria and earning a final passing grade in all core subjects are eligible to participate in the commencement exercise.
Students not earning a cumulative grade point average of 1.0 in all subjects are not eligible to participate in the commencement exercise and will be retained in their current grade placement. These students will be reviewed utilizing a research-based instrument, which considers student intelligence, academic achievement, history of learning disabilities, parent involvement, and other relevant criteria. The results of the review will determine appropriate placement for the ensuing school year. This review and decision will be made by the Hille Middle School administration, including parent involvement.
Students serving out-of-school suspensions running concurrent with the commencement exercise are not eligible to participate in any school activity, including the commencement exercise.
Graduation Trip - Washington D.C.
Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing in order to attend the trip to Washington D.C. Students with ten behavioral incidents throughout the school year that result in detention will not attend the trip. Any student suspended (in or out of school) during the eighth grade school year prior to the trip will not be able to attend the trip.
Students may not arrive or leave in a limousine. Students arriving in a limousine will not be admitted to the dance. Any student who chooses to ride home from the dance in a limousine will lose end of the year privileges. Students attending the dance must adhere to the District 142 dress and discipline code.
Students must wear clothing that is indicative of the importance of the ceremony. Students must wear dress shoes with their clothing.