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Our goal at Hot Springs County High School is to maximize each school day with a focus on student learning. We are proud of our quality teaching and support staff and believe every student that walks through our doors is capable of growing academically and learning at high levels. It is important our students come to school prepared to learn and have some fun along the way! Attitude matters and our attitude is that our students are capable of accomplishing great things with our support and encouragement!
Academic growth is an extension of the efforts of many, including teachers, parents, students, and support staff. Student success is the responsibility of everyone. Earning a high school diploma and walking the stage at graduation comes with a belief that workforce, college, and military readiness are all the same thing and that every student must have the academic and vocational skills to achieve their individual goals and dreams!
Hot Springs County High School is a “No Opt Out” learning environment. This means that students are expected to complete all work assigned to them and give their best effort. Our job as educators is to support each student on their high school journey. We hope every student plans to get involved in Bobcat athletics and activities ~ we have a wide variety of opportunities! Our research shows that students involved in at least one club, activity, or athletic opportunity are less likely to be involved in school discipline. Clubs, athletics, and activities provide positive goal-oriented experiences during the teen years.
Breez Longwell Daniels, Principal
Daniels believes in creating a culture of learning for high school students. This “No Opt Out” environment includes a system of support and interventions, as well as accelerations, to maximize high levels of learning for all students in each content area.
Daniels published her first article in the All Things PLC magazine in Fall 2018: "Growing a PLC from Rural Roots." In the summer of 2020 Daniels's book, PLC and Your Small School - Building, Deepening, and Sustaining a Culture of Collaboration for Singletons, was published by Solution Tree.
Daniels believes the Professional Learning Community model transforms student learning in small schools through vertical collaborative teams for teachers, the triangulation of data, and building-wide roundtables for teachers to learn together. Daniels is an advocate for preparing small and rural school students for the academic rigor of career-technical, college and military readiness, and she believes teachers in small schools are the crucial factor in student success.
HSCHS Collective Commitments
At Hot Springs County High School, our collective commitments serve as a means of establishing a culture of learning based on a shared purpose, reflective of our values as educators and professionals. These collective commitments will guide our daily work and decision making as well as provide informal personal reflection.
- We will commit to fostering the academic, social, and emotional growth of ALL HSCHS students.
- We will hold ALL students to high academic and behavioral standards regardless of background, label, or past experience.
- We will be professional as a staff and provide positive modeling of kindness, integrity, and respect for our students and others to follow.
- We will maintain a supportive collaborative atmosphere, with all adults open and ready to learn from others as professionals and as colleagues.
- ALL students will experience an engaging, supportive, and rigorous learning environment as preparation for life beyond high school, including career-technical, college, and military readiness.
- ALL HSCHS staff will commit to life-long learning by being active participants in professional development and peer collaboration, implementing new strategies, and best practices for each student’s success.
- Mutual accountability is key to our success. At HSCHS we will continue to develop a culture of shared leadership and decision making that is student-centered.
- At HSCHS, we will create a sense of belonging by welcoming, celebrating, and respecting individual differences within our school community.
Attendance is directly linked to student success in school, when your student is well and healthy we need them to be in attendance at school for in-person instruction. Students will be allowed 16 total parent excused absences throughout the school year, this is limited to 8 absences per semester. The total 20 parent excused absences include family trips, working at the family business, weddings, funerals, adoptions, and “sick days” that are parent prescribed without a doctor note. Anything beyond the 16 total parent excused absences, 8 absences per semester, must include a medical note for each day or series of days the student will be absent. As a family please discuss the need to save absences for sickness, unforeseen family events, etc.
1. Attendance- Day of Activity
A student must be in regular class attendance in order to participate in an activity that day. Example: Activity leaving at noon: Students must be in attendance from the first bell until coaches scheduled departure time. If a student is truant the preceding day and the trip leaves before school is in session the following day they are not eligible to participate. Example: A student misses any portion of Thursday school and the trip leaves 7:30 am Friday. Any exception for doctor appointments or critical family emergencies must be cleared with the AD/Principal to participate. A one-time emergency exemption may be granted at the discretion of the AD/Principal. Early notification will be considered when deciding exemptions.
2. Release of students for activities
Coaches and sponsors will get release times pre-approved through AD/Principal and submit a list of traveling students to the attendance secretary, AD & Principal, via email, 3 days prior to departure. Any changes must be reported to the attendance secretary before departure. Students will not be released from class until the secretary or their designee does so via the intercom. Students will report to coaches and sponsors at such time without leaving campus. Leaving without permission from the office could result in the student not participating in activities that day.
3. Absent for 3 or more days
- If a student misses 3 or more days during the activities’ week, they may only participate at the discretion of the Principal or AD if the absence was prearranged and approved or if the student has a medical note. Playing time will be at the discretion of the activity coach or sponsor.
- A student will not participate in any school activity if they were absent any portion of the day of the activity because of illness or extended time in the nurse’s’ care.
- Students under a doctor’s care, due to illness or injury are not to participate in any activity without a doctor’s release.
- If a student is absent on Friday, in order to participate on Saturday, they need a written doctor’s note stating that it is okay to participate. IMPORTANT: The Coach/Sponsor must have the note in hand prior to the student participating on Saturday. Truancy or unexcused absences will result in an athlete not participating.
5. Attendance day after activity
Coaches and students are expected to be in school and on time on all school days after an activity trip. Illness is an excusable absence but being tired should not be used as an excuse to miss educational opportunities.
6. Daily Eligibility based on attendance
- If the participant is marked absent from school for one period or more, he/she is ineligible to practice or participate in any extracurricular event on the day of the absence. The only absences excluded are APPROVED school activity or verified medical excuse. The Principal or Athletic Director must approve any other emergency exception.
- Students marked “Tardy” for any class period other than the first hour will be ineligible to practice or participate that day. Students that are more than 5 minutes late to any class period should be marked as absent.
7. Known Absences
When a student knows that he/she is going to be absent from school, either for a school activity or for any reason, he/she should make preparations for assignments before his/her absence. If this is not possible, make-up work should be done as soon as possible. Do not carry incompletes. The teacher is responsible for giving make-up tests to the student. Rule of thumb: ONE EXTRA DAY TO COMPLETE MAKE-UP WORK FOR EACH DAY MISSED.