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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Update: 7/22/16

FAQs


FAQs


What is Homelink?


Homelink is a free service provided to parents and students of RHS as a way of improving communication between the school and home. Through Homelink, parents and students have access to grades, teacher email addresses, transcripts, attendance, CAR hours, graduation status, emergency contact information, and more. Visit our Homelink page for more information.
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How can I get a Homelink account?


The three pieces of information a student or parent needs to set up their Homelink account is printed on the student's schedule s/he receives on the first day of school. 1. The student's permanent ID number, 2. The student's home telephone number, and, 3. A verification code. Each Homelink user will also need an email address to create an account. Visit our Homelink page for more information.
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Does Homelink cost money?


No, Homelink is completely free.
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What if I need help setting up my Homelink account?


Instructions for creating a Homelink account are on our Homelink page. Here you can download instructions in one of four languages that will assist you in creating your account. In addition, you can call our front office at 626-965-3448 and say you need help with Homelink and we will direct your call to someone who can assist you.
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What if I experience technical difficulty with Homelink?


Homelink periodically conducts maintenance that may prevent you from logging in. The solution is to wait a while and try logging in later. If the problem persists, call our front office at 626-965-3448 and say you need help with Homelink and we will direct your call to someone who can assist you. If you need help resetting your password just click the "Forgot Your Password" link on the login screen.
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Can a student account be created with the same information used to create a parent account?


Yes, the information needed is the same for a parent account or a student account: 1. The student's permanent ID number, 2. The student's home telephone number, and 3. A verification code.
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What if I forget my password to Homelink?


If you forget your password, go to our Homelink page and click the Login to Homelink link. From here there is a link called Forgot Your Password? which will allow you to reset your password. To reset your password you'll need an email address.
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Can step-parents create a Homelink account?


Yes, if the parent gives RHS permission in writing we will give step-parents the ability to create a Homelink account.
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If parents have a child at one school and another child at another school, can parents see both students through their one Homelink account?


Yes, the students are linked together by the home telephone number and will appear in a drop-down box at the top right of the Homelink screen after logging in.
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Do students need their parent/guardian permission to create a Homelink account?


Students do not need parent permission to create a Homelink account, the information needed to create their Homelink account is printed on the student's schedule s/he receives on the first day of school: 1. The student's permanent ID number, 2. The student's home telephone number, and 3. A verification code.
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What is Rowland High's CEEB/SAT/ACT Code?


Rowland High's CEEB/SAT/ACT Code is 052696.

This code is used to register for the ACT, SAT, and NCAA, and to send score reports to colleges and scholarship programs.

See our Sending Scores page for more information.
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Where can I get a UC, Cal State or college application?


Visit our College page on our website for information on the application process and for access to direct web links to apply online. If you do not have internet access from home you can use a computer in the library computer lab.
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Am I eligible for a 4-year college?


It is possible to graduate from high school and yet not be eligible for a 4-year college; getting out of high school and getting into college can be two very different things.

The University of California and the California State University systems have established minimum eligibility requirements for admission in seven subject areas (labeled A-G). Private College or out-of-state college admission requirements vary for each school.

For more information see your counselor or visit our College page on our website.
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What is EAP?


EAP stands for Early Assessment Program. EAP is a result of collaboration between K-12 Educational systems and California State University (CSU). The program is designed to determine students' readiness to do college-level work in English-language arts and/or mathematics. Readiness for college-level work is determined by the student's score on 15 multiple-choice items for English-language arts as well as a writing prompt given in 11th grade English classes prior to STAR testing and 15 for math on the California Standards Test (CST) given during the spring of their junior year. The benefit for students answering these additional optional questions is earning an exemption from taking the CSU-required English and/or math placement tests.
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What's the difference between UC's and Cal State's?


University of California (UC)
Selection: Top 12% of high school graduates
Campuses: 10
Estimated Costs: $35,381 (includes room and board)
Minimum High School GPA: 3.0
Entrance Exams: SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing
College Essay: Personal Insight Questions
Subject Requirements: 15 prescribed courses during high school (UC a-g list)

California State University (CSU)
Selection: Top 33% of high school graduates
Campuses: 23
Estimated Costs: $26,156 (includes room and board)
Minimum High School GPA: 2.0
Entrance Exams: SAT Reasoning or ACT
College Essay: None Required
Subject Requirements: 15 prescribed courses during high school (UC a-g list)

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SAT or ACT?


(exerted from an article by Jen DeGregorio in U.S. News & World Report, August 27, 2007)

More graduating seniors take the SAT than the ACT (1.5 million vs. 1.2 million last year), but the latter test continues to gain popularity.

The SAT stresses logic and reasoning skills, but the ACT is closer to the high school curriculum: It has four sections, testing English, math, reading, and science, with an optional writing section.

"More people find that the anxiety surrounding the ACT is significantly lower," says Rob Margolis, president of Stumptown Test Prep of Portland, Ore. Margolis says all students should at least consider the ACT, particularly those who struggle with vocabulary, critical reading, and writing.

Check out our SAT, ACT, PSAT page for a comparison chart.
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How do I register for the ACT or SAT?


Visit our College page on our website and look for SAT, ACT, PSAT. This page will provide you with direct links to register for the ACT and SAT. If you do not have internet access from home you can use the library lab computers to register.
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Does Rowland have a dress code?


See our School Policies page for Dress Code information and other school rules.
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Who is my counselor and how do I contact her/him?


Students are assigned to a counselor based on the first letter of their last name:

Student Last Name Begins With: A-Dia
Counselor: Dr. Cross
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3214
Email: lmcross@rowlandschools.org

Student Last Name Begins With: Dib-Kim
Counselor: Ms. Gonzalez
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3218
Email: aprilgonzalez@rowlandschools.org

Student Last Name Begins With: Kin-Mon
Counselor: Mr. Elder
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3212
Email: selder@rowlandschools.org

Student Last Name Begins With: Moo-Sod
Counselor: Mrs. Hupman
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3215
Email: rhupman@rowlandschools.org

Student Last Name Begins With: Soe-Z
Counselor: Ms. Liu
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3211
Email: jliu@rowlandschools.org

Student: AVID and Special Ed
Counselor: Mr. Roach
Phone Number: 626-965-3448 x3232
Email: troach@rowlandschools.org

Please feel free to contact any of the counselors with any questions or concerns you may have.
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Where is my counselor's office?


All counselors are located in the main administration building (the big brick building in front of the school). Come on by and say hi.
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Can my parents talk to my counselor about my classes?


The parent/guardian needs to call the counselor or counselor's secretary to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to meet with parents/guardians. Counselor phone extensions can be found on the Counselors' page on our school's website.
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How can I find out if I'm on track to graduate?


Graduation requirements can be found on the Graduation Requirements page of our school's website, however, the easiest way to find out your graduation status would be to talk to your counselor. To help you plan your high school years, a 4-Year Plan can be found on the Counselors' page.
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How do I join a sport?


We have 3 seasons of sports: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Tryouts for each sport are held before the season starts. If you participate in tryouts and are selected by the coach to be a member of the team you may participate for the duration of the season as long as you maintain at least a 2.0 gpa.
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I want to take a class at Mt. SAC, Fullerton College, etc. What do I need to do?


If you want to take a class at a community college while enrolled at Rowland High you'll need to obtain a referral form from your counselor with his/her signature.
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If I take a community college class can I get the credits put on my transcript?


If the course is needed to graduate, yes. If the course is for college, no. We will put a notation on your transcript that you took the course but we will not add it to your list of high school courses. You'll still be able to list it on your college applications and the colleges will calculate the grade the way they want.
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How do I sign up for a BYU online class?


Visit our BYU Online Courses page for information.
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How do I change my address and/or phone number?


Bring a copy of a current gas, water, or electric bill with your new address on it to Ms. Salone in the Attendance office. A rental agreement or escrow papers are acceptable too.
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Who do I get to sign my Good Driver Discount car insurance form?


Mrs. DeMatteo, the school registrar.
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How can I get a copy of my schedule?


Ms. Salone in the Attendance Office can give you a copy of your schedule.
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If I lose my ID card how do I get a new one?


Go to our ASB office to pay the $5 replacement fee and your new ID card will be available for pick up at the ASB window in 24 hours.
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Where do I go to get my free or reduced-price lunch tickets?


Speak to our Snackateria Manager, Peggy Caballero. She is the one who issues free or reduced-price ticket packets to students once your application has been processed by Food Services at the District Office. If you need an application see our front desk and they'll give you one.
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Where do I go to get an off-campus pass?


Mrs. Raygoza is in charge of issuing off-campus passes.

12th Graders:
Must have no discipline referrals.
Must have no bills.
Must have a 2.5 gpa.
Even if you are 18 years old, your parent/guardian must come in person to sign the form.

9-11th Graders:
Must be within 5 minutes walking-distance of your home.
Must have no discipline referrals, no bills, and a 2.5 gpa.
Even if you are 18 years old, your parent/guardian must come in person to sign the form.
You may not leave campus in a car.
You must go to your house AND there must be a parent/guardian there with you.
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Where is the nurse's office?


The nurse's office is located at the northern-most end of the main administration office (the big brick building in front of the school). The nurse's office is right across the way from the D building.
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Where is the lost and found?


The lost and found for most items is located in the nurse's office.
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How can I get a work permit?


All work permits are issued through Ms. Salone in the front office. You must be hired first before you can obtain an application for a work permit. Once you are hired, then come to Ms. Salone for an application for a work permit. Then you'll need your employer to sign the form, then bring it back to Ms. Salone. Then you will receive a work permit.
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What do I do if I miss my bus?


Go to our attendance office and ask to use the phone to call your parent/guardian.
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How do I know if I got the Summer School class I registered for?


We almost always have more students register for summer school classes than we have space for. This means some students do not get into the class even though they signed up for it. We apologize for this but we are limited by space.

One way to find out if you received the summer school class you registered for is if you receive a summer school schedule in the mail.

Another way is to visit our Summer School page on or after June 1st.

If you do not receive a summer school schedule in the mail for one of our other summer school classes you'll need to call Mrs. Raygoza to inquire: 626-965-3448 x3300.
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Where can I find information about CAS hours for the IB program?


If you are an IB student and need information about completing your CAS hours check out CASCorner. Email our CAS Coordinator, Mr. Elder, for more info.

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What is the difference between the Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs?


Both are very rigorous courses that colleges like to see on high school transcripts. They are the most rigorous courses that Rowland offers and are excellent preparation for college. Both types of courses require payment of fees for taking exams. The extent to which colleges will give credit or placement varies among colleges. IB assessments include teacher grades, exams, oral assessments, plus external assessments. AP exams are one-day exams that include multiple-choice and writing assessments. IB exams are given in May and are graded on a 1 to 7 scale, with 7 being the highest. AP exams are given in May on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the highest.
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How can I get into Honors/AP classes?


1. Your 8th grade teacher can recommend you for honors classes for grade 9.
2. Apply to the IB program in grade 9.
3. Take a prerequisite class such as pre-calculus to take AP Calculus.
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Where can I take an AP class for summer school?


Probably nowhere. AP classes are given during the regular school year in preparation for the AP exam in May. Since no AP exams are given at the end of summer no AP classes are offered during the summer.
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If I get a D in an Honors/AP/IB (weighted) class will the colleges count it as a C?


No, you must earn a grade of C or higher to be granted the extra point in a weighted class.
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Why haven't I received my progress report/report card in the mail?


Check with your counselor's secretary to make sure we have your correct address and that you don't owe any bills.
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How can I get a copy of my transcript?


An official copy of your transcript costs $3 and you'll need to fill out a Transcript Request Form with our Registrar or download one from our Transcript Requests page. Otherwise, get it yourself from Homelink.
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What do I need to do to send an official transcript to a college/university?


You need to fill out a Transcript Request Form with our Registrar or download one from our Transcript Requests page on our website. Official transcripts cost $3.00 each.
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How can my parent talk to one of my teachers?


The parent/guardian needs to call the teacher to set up an appointment to meet. Teacher phone extensions can be found in the Staff Directory on our school's website.
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If I'm behind in credits do I need to transfer to Santana High School?


Check with your counselor. It depends on which classes you failed and if you have enough time to repeat them through FuelEd and summer school, or if Santana High School would be a better placement for you.
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How can I make up a class I failed?


Classes can be made up several ways depending on the class. Some classes can be made up on campus through FuelEd or during summer school (Fs only), some classes can be made up through BYU's Online Program, and some classes can be made up by attending Mt. SAC's High School Referral Program. Visit our Credit Recovery page on our website for more information.
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If I earned a D in one of my classes do I need to make it up?


It depends. If you plan on attending a 4-year college right after high school you have to make up any D's you earned in courses that are used to satisfy minimum college entrance requirements. Visit our College page for more information.
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If I earned a D in one of my classes, can I repeat it the following school year?


It depends on the class. If you earn a D in an English or Social Studies class you may not make this up on campus during the following school year. If it's another class such as math or foreign language you might be able to make this up on campus during the following school year depending upon your particular situation.
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What are CAR hours?


CAR stands for Community Activity Requirement; in other words, community service. 60 CAR hours are required for graduating with a diploma from Rowland. 30 hours need to be completed within your first two years of high school with the additional 30 hours being completed in your last two years of high school.
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Where can I do my CAR hours?


We have a CAR Handbook that you can download from our CAR Hours page on our website that lists local agencies where you can complete volunteer work. Some examples include the public library, local schools, community churches, and retirement homes.
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Where can I get the CAR hour log sheet to record my hours?


We have a CAR log sheet that you can download from our CAR Hours page on our website or you can pick one up from any counselor's secretary.
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Who do I give my CAR log sheet to?


Give it to your counselor's secretary.
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If I play a sport at Rowland do I still have to do CAR hours?


No, if you're involved on campus in a performance type class such as athletics, theatre, pep, choir, band, asb, yearbook you will earn your CAR hours automatically.
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How can I find out if I finished all of my CAR hours?


Check your Homelink account. Go to Student Info > Activities and Awards.
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What is my career pathway?


To graduate from Rowland you need to take two elective classes within the same career pathway. The six career pathways to choose from are: Arts & Communication, Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Medical Services, Public & Human Services, and Technology. Check out our Career Pathway page to see what electives are considered pathways.
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How can I find out if I finished taking two classes in a Career Pathway?


Check out our Career Pathway page
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Am I eligible for financial aid?


It depends on your parent/guardian's income level and residency status. To find out if you are eligible for receiving financial aid you can complete the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit the Counseling menu on our website and look for the Financial Aid page.

The federal government budgets over $33 billion each year for student aid. The timeframe for completing the FAFSA is October 1-March 2 of your senior year. Rowland High holds an annual evening Financial Aid Workshop for students/parents in December.


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What is the difference between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile?


The FAFSA is the application you need to complete if you want to see if you're eligible to receive financial aid. The CSS PROFILE is the application that some private colleges require you to complete in addition to the FAFSA. The CSS PROFILE costs $25 for the first school and $16 for each school thereafter, however the FAFSA is free.

Visit the Counseling menu on our website and look for the Financial Aid page for more information.
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How do I apply for a scholarship


Visit the Counseling menu on our website and look for the Scholarships page for information on scholarships.

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Can I be a teacher's aid for one of my teachers?


You can be a teacher aide for one of your teachers as long as you have at least 5 other classes on your schedule, stay on track to graduate and maintain satisfactory attendance and discipline on campus. You need to complete the Teacher Aid Contract and submit it to your counselor. Any counselor or counselor's secretary can give you this form or download it from the Counselors' page.
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Where can I get a Teacher Aid Contract?


Any counselor or counselor's secretary can give you the Teacher Aid Contract or download it from the Counselors' page under the Counseling menu.
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Can I change my locker?


Yes, but only if your locker is damaged or broken. We don't allow locker changes based on its location on campus or whether it's a top or bottom locker.
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What can I do if I lost my locker combination?


See Mrs. Raygoza in the front office.
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What do I do if my locker won't open?


See Mrs. Raygoza in the front office for assistance with opening your locker. If your locker is damaged or broken and another one is available you may be allowed to change lockers.
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Where is the attendance office?


The attendance office is located at the northern-most end of the main administration office (the big brick building in front of the school).
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Who do I call if my child is going to be absent?


If your child is going to be absent for 1-2 days call the attendance office to excuse the absence and then email the teachers to ask about making up work or have your child ask the teacher about make-up work when he/she returns to school.

If your child is going to be absent for more than 3 days call the attendance office at extension 3223 for students whose last name begins with A-LL or 3224 for students whose last name begins with LM-Z.

For a list of teachers' phone extensions and email addresses visit our Staff Directory page on our website.
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How do I request homework when I'm sick?


If your child is going to be absent for 1-2 days, call the attendance office to excuse the absence. Then check the teachers' webpages or email them about making up work. You can find teachers' webpages and contact info in our Staff Directory.

If your child is going to be absent for 3 days or more, call Ms. Salone at x3221 to excuse the absence. You may also ask her to issue a Homework Request to each of your child's teachers. The teachers need 24 hours notice to gather and deliver the homework to Ms. Salone. Checking teacher webpages or emailing them directly will usually get you homework faster than a Home Request.
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I'm a teacher and I want to check on a student who's been absent from my class for several days?


Call the Attendance office at extension 3223 for students whose last name begins with A-LL or 3224 for students whose last name begins with LM-Z.
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How do I check out of school if I'm moving?


To check-out of school your parent/guardian needs to write a letter to Ms. Salone in the Attendance Office or meet with her in person. Ms. Salone will give the student a check-out form to complete and any other additional forms (transcript, immunization records, etc.).
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I'm a teacher and one of my students is no longer on my attendance sheet. How do I find out which teacher he/she transferred to?


Email or call Ms. Salone at x3221.
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What is an SST?


SST stands for Student Study Team. An SST is assembled when a teacher or parent believes a student is not being successful and needs some type of intervention. Once the teacher or parent/guardian initiates the request, the counselor will gather input from the student's teacher on current academic progress and behavior. Then the counselor will plan for the team to meet and review the data. An SST consists of the student, parent/guardian, teachers, and counselor.
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What is an IEP?


IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan (alternatively called an "Individualized Education Program," "Individual Education Plan," or some combination thereof). This is a legally binding document that spells out exactly what special education services your child will receive and why. It will include your child's classification, placement, services such as a one-on-one aide and therapies, academic and behavioral goals, a behavior plan if needed, percentage of time in regular education, and progress reports from teachers and therapists. The IEP is planned at an IEP meeting.
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What is an SRP?


SRP stands for School Review Panel. If a student's behavior causes him/her to be considered for serious discipline or expulsion from school an SRP is necessary. An SRP consists of the student, parent/guardian, a lead-administrator, and the vice-principal in charge of discipline. The case will be discussed with both parties being given a chance to explain the situation from their point of view. The lead-administrator will then make a recommendation to the principal whether to expel or not.
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What is a DRP?


DRP stands for District Review Panel. Parents of students pending expulsion are invited to discuss the case at the district office.
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What is the difference between SART and SARB?


SART stands for School Attendance Review Team and SARB stands for School Attendance Review Board. If a student has poor attendance the school will first assemble a SART as a means of intervention. If this does not improve the student's attendance then the student and parent/guardian will be required to appear before a SARB at the District Office. Poor attendance could result in an appearance before the district attorney.
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What is RACE?


RACE stands for Rowland Adult & Community Education. It is also called Adult School or Night School and classes are held Monday-Thursday from 3:15-5:15PM here on the Rowland Campus. This is where seniors who are deficient in certain subjects can make up credits.
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What is SAEC?


SAEC stands for Santana Alternative Education Center. The center includes HOPES, ACCEPT, and Santana High School. This high school is an alternative to the comprehensive high school like Rowland. Santana is for credit-deficient students who are at least 16 years old.
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What is HOPES?


HOPES stands for Home Opportunity Program for Educational Success. This is an alternative education program for students who are credit deficient. HOPES is located on the Santana High School Campus. Students attend class for two hours, two days a week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday). They will be home the other three days of the week.
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What is ACCEPT?


ACCEPT stands for Academic Center for the Continuing Education of Pregnant/Parenting Teens. This program is for pregnant minors and new parents. ACCEPT is located on the Santana High School Campus.
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What is CDS?


CDS stands for Community Day School and is a possible placement for students who are expelled from school.
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What is a CPO?


CPO stands for Campus Peace Officer. CPOs are fully-sworn peace officers for the state of California and have the same powers-of-arrest as city police and county sheriffs.
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What is ROP?


ROP stands for Regional Occupational Program which is a hands-on, career education program. ROP provides training to high school students and adults for immediate job skills and career advancement. ROP classes offered at Rowland High include Animation, Auto, Child Care, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Photo, Restaurant, and Sports Health.
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Can I take an ROP class in the 9th grade?


Yes, 9th graders are eligible to take ROP classes.
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Where can I find the MLA format for bibliographies and standard guidelines for research papers?


Besides your English teacher, the best place to go for MLA information is Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).
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Where do I pay for a lost textbook?


See Mrs. Andino in our Textbook room which is located to the west side of the library.
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