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Heather Stokes

hstokes@seminoleisd.net

Conference: 1:25-2:10

2016-2017 Classroom Procedures

Geometry & Math EOC

Heather Stokes                           School Phone # 432-758-5873

Conference time: 1:25-2:10            E-Mail: hstokes@seminoleisd.net

Supplies: 3 ring binder (1.5 in.), pencils, red pen, Notebook paper, dividers

Math Help: I am here to help you please let me! You may come in before school, and during tutorials in room 106.

Daily Work 50%

Test 50%

Daily grades will be taken on homework assignments, warm-ups and unit quizzes. Failed homework papers can be corrected up to a 70 and must be done so with in 2 days, after so it will stay the grade it is. Failed Quizzes cannot be corrected or retaken. Homework not turned in on the day its due has until 8 am the following morning to have it turned in for no more than a 70.

Test grades will be taken on all major tests or projects. Any make-up tests must be completed during a time scheduled by the teacher and student. Re-test are offered on all major test, if the grade is improved the two grades will be averaged.

Cheating on homework papers, tests, projects, ect. will result in the student receiving a zero (0) grade and will not be allowed to make it up.

Graphing Calculators:

We will use the calculator in class and the student must bring it to class everyday. Please note that if the calculator is lost or damaged, the student is responsible for it.

Mandatory Tutorials- 6th Period 12:15-12:35

This is a mandatory class period for students who are on the failing or incomplete list, any student who does not show up to tutorials will be counted truant. I will follow school policy (see the Indian guide for more information).

Late Work

Any work that is not completed when it is due will be considered late. If any assignment is late, the student will automatically have 30 points taken off of their grade and will be required to turn in the late paper the next morning by 8:00 AM. If the assignment is not turned in it will become a zero(0) and will remain a zero.

Absences and Make-Up Work:

If you are absent for any reason, make-up work is your responsibility. If you miss a day of class, you are responsible for getting the notes and assignment from me. You will be given the number of days you missed plus one day to complete and turn in all missing assignments for an excused absence. Failure to complete make-up work will result in a zero.

Tardy Policy:

Students will be considered tardy if they are not in their seat ready to grade or begin class when the bell rings. Students will not be allowed to go to the locker to get things they have forgotten for class.

       1st tardy- warning from the teacher

       2nd tardy- 1 day of lunch detention

       3rd tardy- 2 days of lunch detention

       4th tardy- referral to the office

Lunch detention will be from 12:35-1:20.

Student Responsibilities and Expectations:

  1. Each student is responsible for following the rules in the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Come to class on time and prepared.(pencil, pen, calculator and notebook)
  3. Respect all property.
  4. Respect all ideas given in class and do not talk while others are speaking.
  5. Exemplify academic honesty and do your very best.

Consequences for non-compliance with the above responsibilities and expectations

       1st offence- warning from the teacher

       2nd offence- 1 to 3 days of lunch detention

       All other offences will be an office referral

Things you need to know:

  1. All work must be done in pencil.
  2. You must show all your work, if you fail to do so it will be counted wrong.
  3. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE CLASSROOM. You will be given one restroom pass a six weeks.
  4. You are not allowed to bring food or candy into my classroom. You may have water and only water. 

2016-2017 Classroom Procedures

Geometry & Math EOC

Heather Stokes                           School Phone # 432-758-5873

Conference time: 1:25-2:10            E-Mail: hstokes@seminoleisd.net

Supplies: 3 ring binder (1.5 in.), pencils, red pen, Notebook paper, dividers

Math Help: I am here to help you please let me! You may come in before school, and during tutorials in room 106.

Daily Work 50%

Test 50%

Daily grades will be taken on homework assignments, warm-ups and unit quizzes. Failed homework papers can be corrected up to a 70 and must be done so with in 2 days, after so it will stay the grade it is. Failed Quizzes cannot be corrected or retaken. Homework not turned in on the day its due has until 8 am the following morning to have it turned in for no more than a 70.

Test grades will be taken on all major tests or projects. Any make-up tests must be completed during a time scheduled by the teacher and student. Re-test are offered on all major test, if the grade is improved the two grades will be averaged.

Cheating on homework papers, tests, projects, ect. will result in the student receiving a zero (0) grade and will not be allowed to make it up.

Graphing Calculators:

We will use the calculator in class and the student must bring it to class everyday. Please note that if the calculator is lost or damaged, the student is responsible for it.

Mandatory Tutorials- 6th Period 12:15-12:35

This is a mandatory class period for students who are on the failing or incomplete list, any student who does not show up to tutorials will be counted truant. I will follow school policy (see the Indian guide for more information).

Late Work

Any work that is not completed when it is due will be considered late. If any assignment is late, the student will automatically have 30 points taken off of their grade and will be required to turn in the late paper the next morning by 8:00 AM. If the assignment is not turned in it will become a zero(0) and will remain a zero.

Absences and Make-Up Work:

If you are absent for any reason, make-up work is your responsibility. If you miss a day of class, you are responsible for getting the notes and assignment from me. You will be given the number of days you missed plus one day to complete and turn in all missing assignments for an excused absence. Failure to complete make-up work will result in a zero.

Tardy Policy:

Students will be considered tardy if they are not in their seat ready to grade or begin class when the bell rings. Students will not be allowed to go to the locker to get things they have forgotten for class.

       1st tardy- warning from the teacher

       2nd tardy- 1 day of lunch detention

       3rd tardy- 2 days of lunch detention

       4th tardy- referral to the office

Lunch detention will be from 12:35-1:20.

Student Responsibilities and Expectations:

  1. Each student is responsible for following the rules in the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Come to class on time and prepared.(pencil, pen, calculator and notebook)
  3. Respect all property.
  4. Respect all ideas given in class and do not talk while others are speaking.
  5. Exemplify academic honesty and do your very best.

Consequences for non-compliance with the above responsibilities and expectations

       1st offence- warning from the teacher

       2nd offence- 1 to 3 days of lunch detention

       All other offences will be an office referral

Things you need to know:

  1. All work must be done in pencil.
  2. You must show all your work, if you fail to do so it will be counted wrong.
  3. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE CLASSROOM. You will be given one restroom pass a six weeks.
  4. You are not allowed to bring food or candy into my classroom. You may have water and only water. 

  CHEERLEADING POLICIES: SEMINOLE HIGH SCHOOL


  • I. Purpose of Cheerleading Program

    • Instill school spirit and promote sportsmanlike conduct among students, staff, and community.

    • Develop cooperation among students, staff, and community for SHS and competitors.

    • Uphold high standards of personal and cheerleading behavior.

  • II. Expectations

    • Being a cheerleader is an honor and privilege. Cheerleaders exist to promote good sportsmanship, citizenship, enthusiastic school spirit, and are first and foremost representatives of their school. Cheerleaders should exemplify both individual and group behavior suitable to their position and in accordance with the rules stated in the SISD Code of Conduct. Cheerleaders have a fundamental responsibility to play a leadership role in building teamwork and helping the school achieve its goals and objectives. Because of these responsibilities, members of the cheer squads will be expected to maintain a higher standard of behavior and academic achievement than that of their peers.


Squad members are expected to:

-Display leadership, responsibility, character, self-confidence, and good citizenship, both in the classroom and on the sidelines.

-Physical fitness, coordination, health, and appreciation for sports.

-Demonstrate courtesy, tolerance, respect, self-control, and effective communication skills with sponsors, squad members, student body, teachers, and administrators.

-Follow all rules and regulations set forth by Seminole ISD

-Abide by the Cheer Program Constitution.

-Not engage in:

1. Undesirable behavior

2. Sloppy appearance or habits

3. Undesirable language or gestures

4. Fighting or vandalism

5. Use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (strictly prohibited, and violations will follow the Seminole Athletic Code of Conduct).

  • III. Communication

    • Sponsors may communicate through notes, calls, text messages, and verbal messages.

    • Squad members will have access to contact information for the sponsors.

    • Make sure that if an emergency arises you let the sponsor know immediately.

  • IV. Election Process

    • Must meet all requirements on SHS Cheerleader Application Packet.

    • No alternates will be selected for either squad.

    • The cheerleading year runs from tryout to tryout, unless we are in the playoffs, then the current year’s cheerleaders will continue their duties.

    • Membership for 1 year only.

    • If a current member chooses not to tryout or fails to make a squad, he/she is still required to fulfill all obligations for the current year.

    • If a member is dismissed or quits the squad, he/she will not be able to try out the following year and may owe the school for any and all monies paid out by SISD.

    • The top 12 scores, incoming 9th-12th, will make up the Varsity squad. The next 10 scores, incoming 9th-11th, will make up the JV squad. Seniors will not be allowed to be on the JV squad.

    • 100% judges vote for JV, Varsity squad, and mascot.

    • Tryout in front of school.

  • V. Spring Try-Out Guidelines

Cheerleading candidates must:

-Attend an administrative/sponsor meeting with their parent/guardian prior to tryouts.

-Must be cleared from all outstanding fines or debts.

-Previous cheerleaders must turn in all school issued items prior to tryouts and must pay for any lost items.

-Be academically eligible according to “No Pass. No Play” standards. Eligibility will be calculated according of the most recently completed six (6) weeks.

-Have completed all application forms.

-Have met the deadline for signing up and returning all necessary forms.

-Attend all tryout practice sessions unless prior sponsor approval has been secured.

-Perform at least one cheer, one chant, one dance, fight song and a minimum of three stamina jumps. Boys will perform either a group stunt or partner stunt in lieu of a dance.

-A current doctor’s directive is required for any student who is unable to perform at least 1 cheer, 1 chant, 1 dance, and a minimum of 3 stamina jumps.

-With a doctor’s directive, any area deemed inappropriate for tryouts will be eliminated and the other tryout criteria will be weighted appropriately.

-Wear shorts, t-shirts, hair pulled up out of your face, and tennis shoes for tryouts (biker shorts permissible under shorts).

-Not wear overalls, tank tops, halter-tops, or any shirt that exposes the mid-section; No clothing associated with cheerleading is allowed during tryouts. Any candidate who comes to the tryout dressed improperly could be disqualified from trying out.

-All tryout attire must be pre-approved by the sponsor prior to tryouts.

-Tryout for one position. i.e. not for cheerleader and mascot.

-Mascot candidates must present a one (1) minute skit using pantomime or antics; small props and music permissible with prior approval from the sponsor.

  • VI. Eligibility

    • UIL academic policies apply; any cheerleader academically ineligible will be on probation and will not perform during the period of ineligibility.

    • SISD Board-approved Discipline Management Plan will govern discipline problems.



  • VII. Travel

    • Must ride school transportation to and from out-of-town games; exceptions require prior contact personally with the sponsor and administration.Parent needs to call sponsor a day in advance (unless medical/family emergency) to let them know prior to the cheer event. A written note will need to be given to the sponsor to be signed by administration.

    • Be on time with all uniforms and equipment.

    • Be polite to all restaurant employees when eating.

    • Must understand that students may never transport themselves or others to and from events.

    • Students must remove trash from vehicle used for transportation

  • VIII. Absences

    • All cheerleading activities are required attendance (meetings, practice, games).

    • Plan not to miss; use the schedule provided ahead of time.

    • Do not ask to be excused for jobs, baby-sitting, hair or doctor’s appointments, tumbling, etc.

    • Prior notification by cheerleader/mascot and parent personally for any request to miss practice or game except immediate medical or family emergency.

    • Excused absences include illness, injury, or any other extenuating circumstance as approved by the Principal or Designee.

    • In case of an injury, the cheerleader is still expected to attend regular cheerleading activities unless otherwise approved by the sponsor.

  • IX. Dismissal

If a situation arises that warrants dismissal, a conference will be held between squad members, parent, sponsors, and administration. Any member dismissed from the squad for any reason will not be allowed to try out the following year and will have to reimburse SHS for any and all expenses. This includes members who voluntarily remove themselves from the squad. Situations that warrant dismissal include 5 demerits.; remain ineligible for 2 grading periods, assignment to DAEP.

  • X. Demerits and Consequences

    • Most behavioral issues are minor and will be handled on squad time. Squad members will receive notification if a demerit is given. Demerits are given for the following reasons.

      • Being unprepared (missing part of a uniform, incomplete paperwork, etc.) – ½ demerit

      • Failure to complete assigned responsibilities – ½ demerit

      • Tardy (practice, games, formations, etc.) – ½ demerit

      • Unexcused absence – 1 demerit

      • Discipline Referral (not resulting in ISS assignment) – 1 demerit

      • Discipline Referral (resulting in ISS assignment) or ISS assignment – 3 demerits


Cheerleaders receiving 5 demerits will be dismissed from the squad. If a cheerleader is dismissed from the squad, he/she will not be allowed to try out the following year. Demerits are only accumulated during the cheer calendar (tryout to tryout) and do not carry over into the following year. Final decisions regarding the awarding of demerits are the sole responsibility of the sponsor.



  • XI. Training Rules

    • Use of tobacco, alcohol, profanity, or drugs at school-sponsored/related event is subject to SISD policy.

    • Encouraged to get eight hours of sleep per night and eat three balanced nutritious meals daily.

    • No gum, food, or drinks while on the field or court.

    • Hair will be pulled back, away from the face.

    • Wear bloomers for ALL practices.

  • XII. Uniform Guidelines

    • Only sponsor-approved and school-provided.

    • Worn on the day of a football game and on some of the basketball game days.

    • Tights must be worn to classes.

    • Will not wear t-shirts over uniforms or sweats that are not sponsor-approved.

    • Clean and neat at all times.

    • Hair pulled back away from the face.

    • No acrylic nails

    • No earrings or other jewelry

    • Lost or damaged uniforms will result in cost reimbursement to SISD.

    • Three (3) short sets required to take to camp, to be ordered after tryouts, to be purchased by cheerleaders and mascot.

    • Varsity letter jacket to be provided by the school one time per individual upon making the varsity squad. You must fulfill entire cheer year, from tryout to tryout, to earn a jacket.

  • XIII. Academic Guidelines

    • Grades come first.

    • Be proactive if you are having academic difficulty; inform parent, sponsor, and counselor.

    • Attend mandatory and/or voluntary tutorials as required.

    • Seek a peer tutor with your teacher or administrator prior to failure if struggling.

    • No incomplete assignments or zeros.

    • A second six weeks failure results in permanent dismissal from the squad.

    • UIL academic eligibility rules apply.

  • XIV. Sponsor Guidelines

    • Appointed by the SHS principal.

    • Responsible for all cheerleader/mascot related matters with administrative supervision.

    • To be treated with respect at all times by cheerleaders/mascot and parent/guardian.

    • Any parent/guardian concerns to be addressed in a spirit of mutual respect at appropriate time.

  • XV. Game and Practice Conduct

    • Use of cell phone is not allowed. It needs to be silent and out of sight. This rule applies at games, practices, and in class.

    • Cooperation at all times.

    • Enthusiastic, well groomed (bangs and hair out of face), and self-controlled.

    • Promote school spirit positively.

    • Encourage our players; do not criticize the opposing players or fans.

    • Plan pep rallies, contribute ideas, and positively influence the crowd.

    • Practices will consist of conditioning exercises and weightlifting.

    • Present any questions/concerns to the sponsor in a respectful manner at appropriate time.

    • Sit in stands/leave the squad after the end of the game/after equipment has been taken care of.

    • Arrive 30 minutes prior to football games, 15 minutes prior to volleyball/basketball games.

    • Check in with sponsor upon arrival for games.

    • Stretch properly prior to the start time of practice or game.

    • Be active, not socializing with each other, but engaging the crowd by cheering toward them.

    • Do not talk to players, coaches, or managers.

    • Visit with friends, relatives, & fans during halftime or after game only.

    • Pick up trash and help return items to cheer room or bus.

    • Practice, know, and execute cheers crisply and strongly.

    • Realize that missing any cheerleading practice or event will result in an unexcused absence and 1 demerit.

    • If a conditioning workout or practice  is missed, the squad member will need to make the workout up prior to participating in any upcoming cheerleading events. XVI. Summer Responsibilities

    • Two week session beginning near the end of the summer before school starts.

    • 10AM-1PM, 4PM-7PM each weekday.

    • Failure to attend any practice could result in dismissal from the squad.

    • No excused absences during this two-week practice session, other than for volleyball or emergency.

    • Do not ask to be excused for jobs, baby-sitting, tumbling, hair and doctors appointments, etc.

    • Attend NCA or UCA Cheerleading Camp and Home Camp. Attendance at NCA or UCA Camp is mandatory unless otherwise approved by the Principal.

    • “Work” Mini-Cheer Camp.

    • Learn required cheers, chants, and dances from summer camp video.

    • Attend any fundraisers or community events throughout the year as required.

    • Attend any summer practices – will be scheduled ahead of time.

    • Attend summer conditioning.

  • XVII. Conflicts of Schedule Between School Related Activities

    • Cheerleading is as important as other school activities, please practice time management and prioritize, so that you do not neglect an activity.

    • Cheer class is for cheerleading activities. Cheer class time is for cheerleading duties and activities, no homework or practicing for other extracurricular activities during this time.

    • Cheerleaders/mascot will communicate ahead of time with both sponsors/coaches of the events when possible conflicts occur. Understand that participating in more than one organization may require extra time and effort on cheerleader’s part.

    • Check with sponsor prior to practice/event/meeting if unable to attend.


  • XVIII. Commitments for JV Squad

    • Up to three, (3), practice sessions per week, after school.

    • Home football games cheering for both freshman and JV football teams; district and non-district.

    • If you play volleyball or basketball, you will be dressed and cheering by the second quarter of the next game.

    • Cheer at home district volleyball games for both the freshman and JV teams.

    • Cheer at all home basketball games cheering for both the freshman and JV teams.

    • Any extra participation at any school-related event as scheduled by the sponsor.

    • Weekly pep-rally try-outs.

    • Decorating for home varsity football pep-rally on Thursday night.

    • Other assignments (cheering, making of signs, community, or any decorations as would be deemed necessary to support and promote school spirit, as sponsor sees fit).

      • Do not ask to be excused for jobs, baby-sitting, hair or doctors appointments, tumbling, etc.

      • Cheerleading is extremely time-consuming and thus requires a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Please be certain that you are willing to make this time commitment BEFORE trying out.

  • XIX. Commitments for Varsity Squad

    • Up to three, (3), practice session per week, after school.

    • One (1) football game per week, cheering for Varsity football team; district and non-district.

    • Cheer at all home district volleyball games for the Varsity team.

    • Cheer at home basketball games, cheering for both the Varsity boys’ and girls’ teams.

    • Any extra participation at any school-related event as scheduled by the sponsor.

    • Weekly pep-rally participation.

    • Decorate for home varsity football game on Thursday nights.

    • If you play volleyball or basketball, you will be dressed and cheering by the second quarter of the next game.

    • Other assignments (cheering, making of signs, community service, or any decorations as would be deemed necessary to support and promote school spirit, as sponsor sees fit).

      • Do not ask to be excused for jobs, baby-sitting, hair or doctors appointments, tumbling, etc.

      • Cheerleading is extremely time-consuming and thus requires a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Please be certain that you are willing to make this time commitment BEFORE trying out.

  • XX. Competition

    • If we compete it is at the students expense, the school will not pay for any competitions. except UIL State Spirt competition.

    • Will hold tryouts for a competition squad.

    • Not all current members of the cheer team may be on the competition squad.

    • Will require extra practices outside of normal practice/game schedules.

  • XXI. Pregnancy and Other Health-Related Issues

In the event of pregnancy, it is imperative that the sponsor be informed immediately as it creates safety issues. The member will be required to obtain a doctor’s release stating activities that can/cannot be performed. Participation in cheerleading activities will not be permitted until the release is given to the sponsor.


Similarly, in the event of an injury (cheer-related or otherwise), the squad member should notify the sponsors. A doctor’s release outlining specific activities that can/cannot be performed must be given to the sponsor before any cheerleading activity resumes.



Please note that if you quit cheerleading your schedule will not change!!!


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