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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR SCHOOL. . .

Hempstead offers over 50 clubs, activities, athletic programs, and other groups for students to participate in. Students/parents may refer to the Hempstead Student Planner for a listing. Students are encouraged to become involved in one or more of the wide variety of programs Hempstead offers. Students develop leadership skills, learn to budget their time wisely, improve their communication skills, make friends, and have fun by participating in any of these programs.


ATHLETICS, ACTIVITIES & CLUBS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: BEHAVIOR EXPCTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES GRADE 7 - 12: DCSD POLICY 5200


The Dubuque Community School District believes that participation in school activities is a privilege, conditional upon meeting eligibility criteria. Students who participate in athletics, cheerleading, vocal and instrumental music, speech, and drama are subject to academic, attendance, conduct policies and consequences. Parents and students are required to affirm, by their signature, that they have read the participation code for such activities and agree to abide by the rules. Students participating in other activities such as student government, yearbook, newspaper, or school sponsored groups are covered by Policy 5200, Student Behavior: Expectations and Consequences, and by the laws of the sponsoring group.


ATHLETICS


To compete in athletics, every student must complete the following and return to the Activity Office before participating:
-Have a physical examination by a licensed M.D. once yearly
-Complete the insurance forms
-Have parental approval and signed Participation Code
-Eligibility- see DCSD Extracurricular Activities: Behavior Expectations and Consequences: Grade 7 - 12 Policy 5200 for eligibility criteria
-When the above requirements have been met, the Activity Office will issue a permit to practice


ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS


Clubs and organizations play a vital part in the extra-curricular activity program at Hempstead High School. Close to fifty (50) clubs and organizations give Hempstead High School students a wide variety of activities to choose from. Students develop leadership skills, learn to budget their time wisely, improve their communication skills, make friends and have fun by participating in any of these clubs and activities.

Academic Eligibility
To be eligible for an activity, a student must:
-Be enrolled or dual-enrolled in school
-Have earned passing grades in at least four full-time classes the previous semester
-Be earning passing grades in at least four full-time classes the current semester
-Be under 20 years of age if participating in athletics, music or speech activities
-Be enrolled in high school for eight semesters or less if participating in athletics, music, or speech activities
-Have not been a member of a college athletic team nor trained with a college squad, nor participated in a college contest nor engaged in that sport professionally
-Have met all transfer requirements, if the student is a transfer student or be eligible under state laws and regulations if the student is an open enrollment student.

Special education students or student covered by a Section 504-B plan that is directly related to their course work shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making progress, as determined by the building special education team, towards the goals and objectives on the student's IEP or accommodation plan.

Grades will be checked four times per year: At the end of the first nine weeks, at the end of the first semester, at the end of the third nine weeks, and at the end of the second semester. Summer school grades will be checked at the end of the term.
-If a student has not earned passing grades in at least four full time classes the previous semester, the student will be ineligible for the next semester.
-If a student is not earning passing grades in at least four full time classes the current semester, the student will be ineligible for the remainder of the semester. However, following the first and third nine week grade checks, a student can regain eligibility after four and one-half weeks (22 school days) by producing verification (signature of teachers) of passing grades in at least four full-time classes.
-If failure of one or two subjects at the end of the second semester causes a student to be ineligible, he/she can retake the failed subjects or take any other summer school subjects, which meet established criteria as a full credit class. If credit(s) earned during summer school combined with credits earned during the spring semester totals four full-time classes, the student will become eligible effective at the beginning of the fall semester.

Students should see the Registration Guide or inquire with their counselor for a list of all the activities and clubs available.

The administrative staff at Hempstead encourages students to become involved in the activity program. These clubs and organizations are viewed as an extension of the classroom and are very proud of the rich tradition of excellence in our activity program.

STUDENT ACTIVITY PASSES


Students may purchase a student activity pass for admission to certain school activities. Students not wishing to purchase an activity pass must pay regular prices to attend school district activities.

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