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Grades 1-12 Student and Parent Handbook


Al Hekma International School

Grades 1-12

STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

SY 2012-2013






Our Motto is "dedicating our lives and hearts to building confident and motivated life-long learners."

ACCREDITATION AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Al Hekma is currently accredited by the MSA (Middle States Accreditation), Candidate status ofAdvancED (formerly known as CITA Commission of International and Trans RegionalAccreditation), NESA (Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, AAIE (Association forthe Advancement of International Education), NBOA (National Business Officers Associates) andNAIS (National Association of International Schools), ASCD (Association for Supervision andCurriculum Development), ICDL (International Computer Driving License).


Table of Contents
2012-2013
Introduction
President's Welcome Letter
Principal's Welcome Letter
Where to go for help
School Contact Information (Telephone, Land address, Email address, Web address)
 
SECTION I IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Entrance Requirements
Parental Involvement/Working Together
Parents as Role Models
Parent Association
Gifts
Student Information Data
Contact Hours and Parent Meetings
Grading Guidelines
Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences
Academic Standards
Grade Point Average
School Wide Grading Policy
Extra Credit Policy
Honors at Graduation
Academic Probation
Final Examination & Testing Procedures
Assessments
Homework Guidelines
Weekly Agendas
Parent Conferences
Promotion and Retention
Tutoring
 
SECTION II CURRICULUM RELATED INFORMATION
Academic Programs
Awards and Honor Roll
Graduation Requirements
Computer Access, Acceptable Use and Code of Conduct Counseling
College Counseling
Extracurricular Activities and Clubs
Physical Education
Textbooks
Notebooks
Standardized Testing
 
SECTION III GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
Attendance
Attendance for Credit
Tardy Policy
Passes
Leaving and Returning to School
Makeup Work After an Absence
Incomplete Work
Student Conduct
Rules and Regulations
Conduct Before and After School
Unstructured Time
Procedures for Discipline
Cheating/Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty
Citizenship and Sportsmanship
Detention
Entering and Leaving Class
Disruptions
Bullying and Taunting Behaviors
Smoking
Telephone
Fighting
Weapons
Teacher and Student Announcements
Bulletin Boards
School Materials
Use of School Name
Non-School Materials
Approval Required
Posters
Dress and Grooming
Field Trips
Organizations
Student Council
Athletics
Fund Raising
Community Service
Bahrain National Anthem
Safety
Drills: Fire, and Other Emergencies
Emergency Medical Treatment Information
School Facilities
Cafeteria Services
Library
Printing Service
Teaching Resources
Lockers
Electronic Devices on Campus
Lost and Found
Vandalism
Transportation on Buses or Other School Vehicles
Videotaping/Photography of Students
Visitors to the School
Student Drop-off/Pick-up
Do's and Don'ts
 
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME LETTER
Dear Parents and Students,
On behalf of the administration and faculty, it gives me great pleasure to welcome parents andstudents to Al Hekma International School. Our school's commitment to our children has becomea tradition in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This year, we are complimenting our excellent educationalstandards with:


  • A serene, beautiful and educationally captivating environment
  • Tenured and experienced teachers
  • Structured electives (journalism, home economics etc...)
  • Academic support
  • Standardized testing
  • Extra-curricular activities / clubs
  • Student involvement
Our goals are attainable! We prepare our students for higher educational institutions.We provide an excellent quality of education in a positive learning environment. We teach goodcitizenship to help strengthen the student's identity and ability to participate in society. We stressmoral and behavioural discipline. We maintain high standards through constant improvement of teaching methods.

We anticipate your full cooperation and appreciation of our school to implement the many programs supported by the enthusiasm and the ever relentless efforts of our qualified staff. The academic future of your children is very important to us. We shall save no efforts in paving the way for them to excel and be prepared for higher education armed with proper knowledge.

I sincerely thank all the parents and friends who support us with kind words, simple visits, and warm thoughts. Here at Al Hekma International School we are honoured to have you as part of our family!


Dr. Mona R. Al-Zayani
President
Al Hekma International School
 
 
PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME LETTER
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to school year 2012-2013! For this year to be successful, we must all work together: students, parents, teachers, and other school staff members. Education at Al Hekma International School is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. The administration and staff believe that every student is a unique and special individual who can learn. We believe it is our responsibility as educators to nurture and develop every student's maximum potential. This includes the academic, physical, social, and emotional development. We are committed to providing lessons and activities that will assist you/your children in making self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions when solving problems that you may encounter in our multicultural, ever-changing world.

The Al Hekma International School Parent Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort to make it easier to use, the handbook is divided into three sections:

Section I-IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS-with information all parents will need about assisting their child and responding to school-related issues;

Section II-CURRICULUM-RELATED INFORMATION-providing information to students and their parents about required courses, extracurricular, and other activities; and

Section III-GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS-describing school operations and requirements such as safety procedures, student conduct, the dress code, discipline, transportation and the campus environment.

Both students and parents must be familiar with the Al Hekma Student Code of Conduct, which is intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. Please be aware that the student handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy will be made available to students and parents through newsletters and other communications.

I strongly recommend that parents review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, the Discipline Officer, Guidance Counselor, Director of Curriculum. Also, please complete and return the parental acknowledgment and consent forms so that we have a record.

Ultimately, each student will gain from school according to the effort he/she applies. To increase the degree of educational success, it is important that teachers, parents, and administrators communicate openly and frequently. By working together, we can make Al Hekma International School an excellent place for you to learn.

Opening day traditionally marks the beginning of a new year.

We're looking forward to a great year!
 
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 
When do I call one of my son's/ daughter's teacher(s)?
 
Contact your child's teacher through the school switchboard/reception when you have questions about his/ her academic performance, grade on report card, issues regarding classroom activities, homework or class work. You need to leave a message and the teachers will try to contact you as soon as possible.
 
Important: Parents are not allowed to communicate with students other than their own children. If they have any complaints against any student, they are encouraged to contact the student affairs dept or principal at the school to discuss their concerns. Under no circumstances are parents allowed to take matters into their own hands and address students or parents of other students. Such communication must be done through the school administrators.
 
Which school administrator do I see when I have a question about....?
  • Contact Mrs. Dawn Lee, Principal, when you have a question about school policies, accreditation, rules and regulations, Discipline.

  • Contact Mrs. Sawsan Mouawad, Director of Registration and Student Affairs, when you have questions regarding your child's report cards, transcripts, exam timetables, schedules, student records, attendance, and registration.

  • Contact Mrs. Rima Kaissi, Director of Development, when you have questions regarding school policies or development of programs.

  • Contact Mrs. Maya Harb Grades PS-1, Academic Controller, when you have questions regarding weekly agendas, pacing calendars, academic concerns, resources.

  • Contact Mr. Jehad Yousef Grades 2-12, Academic Controller, when you have questions regarding weekly agendas, pacing calendars, academic concerns, resources.

  • Contact Mrs. Sara Shoman, Elementary Supervisor G 3-5, when you have questions or inquiries regarding the elementary grades in school.

  • Contact Mrs.Nadia Ghatam, Elementary Supervisor G1-2, when you have questions or inquiries regarding the elementary grades in school.

  • Contact Ms. Amal Thani, Transportation Supervisor, when you have questions regarding transportation.

  • Contact Mr. Sudakar, Senior Accountant, when you have questions regarding tuition fees and payments.

  • Contact Mr. Zaher, Librarian (Middle/High School), and Ms. Fatima, Librarian (Elementary School), when you have questions regarding borrowed books from the library, student textbooks, and school provided notebooks.

  • Contact Mr.Ahmad Hachicho, Discipline Supervisor, when you have questions regarding your child's behavior at school.

SCHOOL CONTACT NUMBERS
 
Tel: 17 620820 - 17 623999 - Fax: 17 624800 - P.O. Box: 26489 - Kingdom of Bahrain E.mail: info@alhekma.com - Website: www.alhekma.com
 
SECTION I
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
 
This section of the Al Hekma International School Student Handbook includes information on topics of particular interest to you as a parent.
 
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
 
To attend Al Hekma International School, parents must provide a record showing
 
  • Your child's birth certificate
  • A copy of your child's passport and CPR card
  • Previous school records(transcripts)
  • Your child's immunization record
 
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
 
 
WORKING TOGETHER
 
Both experience and research tell us that a child's education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership should include:
 
  • Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities that Al Hekma provides. Ensure that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects. Be sure your child comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.
  • Becoming familiar with all of your child's school activities and with the academic programs. Monitor your child's academic progress and contact teachers as needed.
  • Attending scheduled conferences and request additional conferences as needed.
  • Participating in our Al Hekma parent teacher organization.
  • Offering to serve as a parent representative in one of our focus groups for accreditation. For further information regarding joining a focus group contact the Principal.
 
We encourage each parent to communicate with the school in important matters concerning their children in order to ensure their progress. The following procedures were planned to benefit the students and parents in their communication process:
 
PARENTS AS ROLE MODELS
 
Parents are the most important teachers and role models for our students. How a parent speaks, drives his/her automobile, and interacts with school personnel sets an important example for our students and larger community. Parent leadership and ambassadorship when within the school and the Bahrain community helps us to maintain a high profile as we recruit new students and staff.
 
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
 
Al Hekma parents can apply to become members of the Parent Teacher Association. The purpose of the association is to serve the school's best interests by supporting the school's mission, programs and activities. The school needs parent participation in all aspects of school life. Parents are encouraged to be involved.
 
The Parent Teacher Association:
  • Promotes positive school spirit
  • Nurtures positive parent to parent and school to parent communication
  • Helps with classroom and administrative needs on an invitation basis
  • Raises funds in coordination with school wide development policies and programs
 
 
The school will:
  • Schedule quarterly parent-teacher meetings
  • Respond in as timely a fashion as possible to parent phone calls, emails and notes
  • Provide reports that indicate a student's progress and performance
  • Publish written and on-line communications that outline important school news
  • Provide opportunities for parent education on issues related to child development, teaching and learning
 
We ask that parents:
  • Take advantage of the scheduled parent-teacher meetings to follow- up on their child(ren) performance and progress at school.
  • Inform the school before 7:30 a.m. when an illness or emergency keeps students from arriving to school on time.
  • Inform the school, in writing, in advance, if a student will need to leave the school early or not use the bus service (if applicable).
  • Read progress reports and discuss them constructively with their child (ren).
  • Use the AHIS website as a resource for timely information and accessing the weekly agenda, read school mobile phone SMSs and publications and participate as actively as possible in AHIS meetings and activities.
  • Contact the school for appointments to meet with teachers or administration. Please remember that teachers might not receive messages until the end of the day.
  • Pay all school fees. (They must be paid in full prior to student's receiving report cards.)
 
Communication Tools:
  • When students are falling behind in class, are not completing homework, or are demonstrating inappropriate behaviours the teacher will:
    • Contact Registration, in writing, for a phone conference. (Registration will translate to parents that do not speak English).
    • All calls and contacts are documented for future follow up if problems arise.
  • Each student is provided with a weekly agenda that lists details of the week's assignments provided by the school, for each class. This becomes an important communication link with parents.
  • If you want to send a letter to the teachers or a note, please contact the school and inform the receptionist that you sent a memo to a teacher, in case your child lost it and it was never delivered.
  • There will be quarterly parent-teacher meetings. These dates will be highlighted in the school's academic calendar. We advise all parents to attend these meetings and discuss the performance of their children in school.
  • In cases of urgent matters, parents can contact the school and schedule a meeting from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • The office staff is not equipped to hand deliver messages to students unless they are of an emergency status. We appreciate your planning ahead and communicating with your child(ren) regarding any change in pick-up arrangements, etc., prior to their arrival to school. Students must have an administrator's permission to use the school telephones and may not use them for non-emergency calls
 
 
 
We want to model for children that showing appreciation and honouring people we love comes from the heart. However, in an effort to honour teachers and staff, we don't want to create an uncomfortable situation for any employee, child or parent. Try to keep things as simple as possible; less is really more! Handmade items such as notes, drawings, group crafts and photos are always appreciated. We want to convey the message that gifts are about thoughtful expressions of appreciation, not monetary value.
 
STUDENT INFORMATION DATA
 
We ask parents to update the registration department with any information regarding students such as change in the telephone numbers or address.
 
CONTACT HOURS AND PARENT MEETINGS
 
You can contact the school from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Tel: 17 620820 / 17 623999 Fax: 17 624800
 
GRADING GUIDELINES
 
 
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES
 
Report cards/progress reports with each student's grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are issued to parents at the completion of each quarter. Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been designed to reflect each student's academic achievement for the grading period, semester, or course.

Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the Director of Curriculum.

Report cards and progress reports must be signed by the parent and should be returned to the school within 5 school days.

The reports received at the end of each semester serves as a student's permanent academic record. The semester grades are the ones that will appear on transcripts submitted to colleges and universities.
Each quarter is worth 35%
Each Final Exam is worth 30%
Each semester is worth 50% of the final annual average.
 
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
 
Teachers should make every effort to ensure that students succeed in all of their courses. However, students must take the primary responsibility for their own academic success. Students must pass all required courses with a grade of 'D-' or above. Grades below 'D-' indicate that steps must be taken to achieve a grade of 'D-' or above prior to taking the next level course. Students are responsible for all work required in each course. Students who receive an 'F' in the overall cumulative average in any given subject at the end of the academic year will be allowed to sit for a re-examination as scheduled by the school office.

If a student fails 3 core subjects from the following: Social Studies, English, Arabic, Science, Math, he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination, he/she will not be promoted and will be expected to repeat the same grade again. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 2 non-core subjects, the student will not be allowed to sit for re-examination and will not be promoted. If a student fails a course with modification, he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 1 non-core in addition to a discipline report, the student will not be promoted.

If a student fails 2 core subjects and 1 non-core subject with no modification, he/she will be able to sit for the re-examinations. If students pass the re-examination, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed with a 'D-' grade. The grade on the report card will not change. If students fail the re-examination, they are promoted but they will be obligated to retake the course in order to achieve the required credits during the following year. The subjects will be taken during times other than the day-school times. If they passed the course that they have retaken, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed the subject with the grade they have achieved at the end of the academic year. The previous grade on the report card will not be changed. For high school students, the subject will be shown during the year that the course was retaken on the transcripts.

The grading system for American High School Diploma reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performance based assessment are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction

This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process in the American High School Diploma program:
  • Learning is measured and evaluated against the course objectives through daily participation in classroom activities, assignments, and homework. Teachers know when students are achieving by their daily work and homework. Students need to value the daily teaching and learning process, focus on instruction, learning activities and homework.
  • Students are evaluated regularly to determine if they have mastered the expected learning. Students are expected to demonstrate their performance and learning regularly. This benefits the student and the teacher. Students then know what they need to improve on and the teacher knows what they have learned long before the final exam. The data collected in the ongoing daily classroom assessments allows for the student and parents to make adjustments before it is too late.
  • The final examination is the summative assessment. This examination will cover material that has already been taught and learned.
The American High School Diploma teachers follow this procedure for grading students:
  • The teacher will assign grading points to all work done in class and homework, quizzes and other forms of assessments.
The distribution of grades for the subjects is as follows:

Grades 1-5

 
Social Studies
Science
Math
Arabic
English
Religion
Computer
Civics
PE
Art/Music
CW/HW
80
70
70
70
70
80
80
80
100
P/F
Quizzes/Tests/Informal
20
30
30
30
30
20
20
20
 
 
 

Grades 6-12

 
Social Studies
Science
Math
Arabic
English
Religion
Computer
Electives
Civics
PE
Art/Music
CW/HW/Informal/labs
55
55
55
55
55
70
70
70
70
70
P/F
Quizzes/Tests
15
15
15
15
15
10
10
10
10
10
 
Final Exams
30
30
30
30
30
20
20
20
20
20
 
 

Informal Assessment: projects, written reports, technology based assessment
 
Kindly note the following:
  • Grades 1,2,3,9,10 grading points for Civics are the same as shown in the table above
  • Grades 4-8 Civics Final Examination is 50%, Class and Homework 30%, Quizzes and Tests 20%
  • Civics is not applicable for grades 11 and 12.
  • Students are not allowed to retake test and quizzes if they fail.
  • Students will not be allowed to make up any test or quiz unless they have a medical excuse that prevented them from taking the test in the first place. Medical excuses need to be given within 48 hours after the test date or else it will not be a valid excuse for the student to sit for a make-up test. Students are expected to make up any approved test at the teachers earliest convenience.
  • Late papers and late assignments will be accepted with a 10% deduction of grades, unless a medical excuse is presented or approval from the school principal is granted. All late work must be turned in on the day the student returns to school (if already given to the student) or at a time prescribed by the teacher (if student does not already have the assignment)
 
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
 
It is important for parents and students to note that there is a significant difference between a passing grade and a college recommending grade. From the start, therefore, a student is expected to work for the highest grade commensurate with his given gifts and talents. Not only does a student experience the pride and satisfaction that comes with working to one's potential, but students who realize a high level of academic achievement have many more options open to them when they begin the process of choosing a college or university.
 
GRADING SYSTEM
 
The grading system reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performances are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction, and the performance curriculum.
 
This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process:
  • Learning is measured and evaluated against the objectives through daily participation inclassroom assignments, and homework assigned. Teachers know daily when students areachieving the learning by their performance on daily work and homework. Students needto value the daily teaching and learning process, focus on instruction, learning activities, and homework.
  • Students are engaged in formative evaluation regularly to determine if students havemastered the expected learning. Students are expected to demonstrate their performanceand learning regularly. This benefits the student and the teacher. Students know what theyneed to improve on and the teacher knows what they have learned long before the finalexam. The data collected in quizzes allow for the student and parents to make adjustments before its too late.
  • The final examination is the summative assessment. This examination will be overmaterial that has already been taught and learned in part one and part two. It measures retention of learning
  • Alternative forms of assessment are taken into consideration as well in the grading system.Such forms of assessment include but are not limited to: presentations, research papers,projects, essays, activities, group work.
 
The objective of the grading procedure is to focus students on the daily teaching and learningprocess that in fact creates the desired learning standards. To adequately measure theirperformance based on a variety of academic demonstrations, rather than the limitations of a final test at the end.
 
Grading procedures must be accurate and must always be available for review by parents, students, and administration.
 
SCHOOL WIDE GRADING POLICY
 
Each academic department of the school uses the following scale to assign grades:
 
A+ = 97-100
A = 93-96
A- = 90-92
A+ = 4.3
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
Indicates Excellent Work
 
 
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
Indicates Above Average Work
 
 
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
Indicates Average Work
 
 
D+ = 67-69
D = 63-66
D- = 60-62
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
D- = 0.7
While this is a passing grade, it indicatesminimum achievement - below average work.
 
 
F = 0-59
F = 0.0
No credit is given; most, if not all, courserequirements are not completed.
 
 
EXTRA CREDIT POLICY
 
From time to time teachers will offer extra credit assignments to students to be completed beforethe end of each semester. These assignments vary according to academic discipline. Teachers willnot give academic rewards or penalties to encourage participation in school functions that are notdirectly related or germane to the curriculum in their subject area. Extra Credit Policy is onlyapplicable to students averaging C- and below. Students with averages of C and above are not eligible for extra credit assignment.
 
 
 
HONORS AT GRADUATION
 
All graduates who achieve at least a 3.7 GPA through seven semesters of work at Al Hekma are eligible to graduate with honors.
 
 
ACADEMIC PROBATION
 
Students will be placed on academic probation if their grades drop below a C- average. Studentsand parents will be notified in writing regarding their child(ren) academic standing andperformance. If, after ongoing conferences, counselling, and teacher assistance, a student cannot achieve a passing grade or better, or improve learning attitudes, a meeting will be arranged withparents and administration to determine the best educational setting for the student.
 
 
FINAL EXAMINATION TESTING PROCEDURES
 
The testing procedures for the final examination (grades 6-12) are very structured and strictlyenforced. As we evaluate how we want to grow in this area, we need everyone to comply with the current procedures.
  • All final exams are to be scheduled and students are notified through the annual academiccalendar. Registration will send a memo home notifying parent and students of this schedule.
  • During final exams week, the core subjects (math, science, English, social studies, Arabic)will be tested. Students will finish their exams and leave for home to prepare for theexam(s) on the following day. The elective subjects will take place during normal schooldays according to the normal schedule.
  • We have zero tolerance for cheating. Students cheating on final exams, or allowing othersto copy from them, will have their papers picked up, and they will receive a "0" for theexam. There is no option where cheating is concerned.
  • Students will not be allowed to take any books, papers, mobile phones, PDA's, orcalculators (except when specified in math exams) to their desks.
  • Students should only have pens, pencils, and erasers with them at the time of the test.
  • Students will make sure they place their name on all papers, and scratch papers as well.
  • Students receiving a "0" may be allowed to have a retest based on a committee decision.The committee evaluates retest options. If the student is allowed a retest: the best possiblegrade the student will be able to achieve will be a (D-) for the semester. If the committeefinds that the student did not cheat or violate the code, the students points will be restoredbased on the actual student performance.
  • All fees and dues must be paid before a student is allowed to sit for an exam.
  • Students who are absent for the exam without a medical/approved excuse will not beallowed to sit for the exam again and will receive "0" on the final exam.
  • Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to the exam will be sent home; they will bescheduled to take a different version of the exam the next day and will have a 20% deduction in grade.
 
ASSESMENTS
 
Classroom based performance assessment is done on an ongoing basis. Assessment activities include, but are not limited to:
  • final exams,
  • quizzes,
  • research,
  • projects,
  • oral presentations,
  • and rubrics
 
HOMEWORK
 
  • Homework shall not be assigned as punishment.
  • No homework is to be given unless the concept has been taught.
  • The teacher will give ample notice of long-term assignments: notebooks, projects, special reports.
  • The students shall be responsible for completing assignments on time and scheduling afterschoolactivities so that they do not interfere with the completion of the assignments.
 
Students are expected to complete their homework on a regular basis. Teachers will provide quick feedback and follow-up if the student does not complete homework.
 
Some homework tips that can help you:
  • Schedule your time.
  • Do not leave things to the last minute.
  • Attempt to complete your homework and prepare your questions for the teacher the nextday if you have a problem with solving it.
  • Do not copy your homework because this will not help you learn and you will be punishedif you are caught by the teacher.
  • Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis through a weekly agenda issued anddistributed to students each Wednesday.
 
WEEKLY AGENDAS
 
Students and parents will have access to the weekly agenda that states all their class work and homework assignments for the following week. Parents need to access the agendas on the school's website.
 
PARENT CONFERENCES
 
Parents and teachers are encouraged to establish and maintain frequent communication about student progress. A student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question or concern is encouraged to talk with the appropriate teacher.
 
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
 
A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstratedproficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn credit in a course, a studentmust receive a grade of at least 60 based on course-level or grade-level standards.
 
TUTORING
 
Teachers work hard to maintain strong academic standards, while both challenging and supportingstudents. Though we offer a highly personalized education, we are not able to provide supportwithin the regular program to students who require one-on-one tutoring. However, we are able toprovide and monitor remediation classes to get of this level and support for additional fees afterregular school hours. We feel that it is advantageous for students to have the support. We believethat this approach allows more students to be successful. Each family will be billed a remediationfee per session. Students will be assigned remediation based on their teacher's recommendation.Registration will prepare the remediation schedule for each student.
 
SECTION II
 
CURRICULUM-RELATED INFORMATION
 
This section of the handbook contains pertinent requirements for academics and activities. Muchof this information will also be of interest to your parents and should be reviewed with them,especially if you are a new student at Al Hekma. This section includes information onextracurricular activities and other school-related organizations; and awards and honors.
 
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
 
The American Diploma offered by Al Hekma International School has international credibility andis widely accepted by prestigious universities in Bahrain and the world. Al Hekma InternationalSchool is accredited by CITA (The Commission on International and Trans-RegionalAccreditation) and the MSA (Middle States Association for Colleges and schools), thus, offeringthe following subjects abiding by American curriculum standards.
 
We have newly revised curriculum in the core subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies, English,and Arabic. These curricula are redesigned to reflect higher performance standards driving ustoward higher order thinking and authentic assessment. To achieve excellence in education, theschool administration continuously revises its curricula, and enhances its different courses byassessing their needs for equipment, and concentrates on recruiting and retaining outstanding staff in all professional ranks.
 
Our curricula are designed for Preschool through Grade 12. This means that each grade isdependent on what was taught in the grade before it. We provide flexibility on how teachersapproach their instruction. They teach to the curriculum and use tests, quizzes, class-work,homework, and projects to monitor student progress.
 
AWARDS AND HONOR ROLL
 
Students are motivated and encouraged to keep high standards and grades. Students will beawarded the following awards and certificates of achievement:
 
  • Outstanding Student of the Term: these awards will be issued in all subjects on a termbasis to motivate and encourage students who show improvement or academic excellencein their grade level. It is not necessarily given to the highest average in class. It is notstandard procedure or given that excelling students should receive this award every month.
  • Student Honour List: Students will be awarded this certificate for achieving an averageabove 90% in all core subjects. These certificates will be awarded at the end of eachsemester. Yearly award will be awarded at end of the year.
  • Principals Honour List: students will be awarded this certificate for achieving the highestgrade in all core subjects in each grade level. These certificates will be awarded at the end of each semester.
  • Perfect Attendance:will be given to students who are not absent. No perfectattendance award will be given to those students who enroll late.
  • Sports Awards :given to those participating in various sporting events
  • Special Awards: for excellence and motivation in different subjects.
 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 
In order to graduate from Al Hekma International School, the school requires that a student fulfill the following requirements: of credits for graduation:
  • Meet or exceed all academic requirements
  • Complete community service requirement
  • Be recommended by the faculty as a student of good character and integrity
  • Be approved by the school administration
  • In addition, parents and guardians must meet all financial obligations to the school before any student is eligible to graduate
Requirements for Graduation Policy
 
  • AHIS Students need to have a maximum of 34 credits and minimum of 32 in order to graduate.
  • Students must pass all subjects in order for the credits to be counted.
  • Any subject that has an F for a final grade will get 0 for credits.
  • Students must pass all core subjects: English - Science - Math - Arabic - Social Studies
  • Exceptions: Students who are exempted from certain courses will have different requirements of credits for graduation:
  • A. Non Muslin students who are exempted from Religion need to have a minimum of 32 creditsin order to graduate (2 credits Religion are deducted).
  • The elective subjects that are taken on a one semester basis are subject to change uponavailability of teachers and material.
 
COMPUTER ACCESS, ACCEPTABLE USE, AND CODE OF CONDUCT
 
Only students who are under direct supervision of designated Al Hekma employees are permittedto use a school computer or to access any local network or outside telecommunications resourcessuch as the Internet. Prior to such authorization, the student and the student's parent must sign andreturn the Student Agreement Form acknowledging their responsibilities and the consequences of violation.
Students are expected to observe network etiquette by being polite and using appropriate language.Students are prohibited from pretending to be someone else; transmitting or seeking obscenemessages or pictures; revealing personal addresses or telephone number - either their own oranother person's; or using the network in way that would disrupt use by others. Students and theirparents should be aware that electronic communications - email - using school computers are notprivate and are monitored by Al Hekma staff.
 
COLLEGE COUNSELING
 
The Guidance Counsellor will provide guidance and counselling to the high school students to helpthem select and choose the right university. Junior and senior students will meet the Guidance
Counsellor in individual meetings and these meetings will be documented in the student's file. It iscritical that students attending the university counselling set appointments.
Students will also attend workshops regarding careers, universities, majors, entrance exams,completing university applications and essays and fulfilling requirements for admissions.
 
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
 
Participation in school and school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.
Our student activities are a mix between co-curricular, speech, art, music and language. We expect all subjects to be involved with school-wide projects. These projects are designed to allow students to show-case their talents, and for teachers to reward students with co-curricular opportunities. This year's activities may include but are not limited to:
  • The International Day
  • The National day
  • The Gergaoon (mid-Ramadan celebration very exciting).
  • Reading Day
  • Science and Art Days
  • B.Y.E., Bahrain Young Entrepreneurs.
  • Spelling Bee Contests.
  • Y.L.C., Young Leader's Council
  • Drama/Plays
  • M.U.N.
  • Sports Days
  • Kite Day
  • Storytelling Day
  • Book Fair
  • Beach Clean Up
  • Chess Championship
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Overseas Trip
  • Pre-Graduation Dinner Celebration
  • Puppet Shows
Because of the preparation for each of these, we expect that the maximum amount of directrelationship to curriculum and learning be integrated. These activities are scheduled in advance to allow you to plan your year.
Students are also encouraged to join our extra-curricular clubs that take place after school. Someclubs like the Yearbook and Student Life Committee Clubs take place during the normal schoolday and students breaks. The following clubs are examples of clubs offered in the past at AHIS:
  • Science Club
  • Math Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Penmanship Club
  • Arts Club
  • Music Club
  • Racquetball Club
  • Arabic Club
  • French Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Club
  • Computer Club
  • Amnesty International Club
  • Book Club
  • Track Club
  • Soccer Club
  • Swimming Club
  • Video Club
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
Participation in physical education classes is required as in any other subject. All students will perform to the best of their abilities:
  • Physical education students will be required to dress in appropriate gym clothing.
  • Physical education classes are times for physical training and enjoyment; however,unnecessary noises such as extreme yelling and whistling will not be permitted.
  • Gym classes will not be dismissed until all equipment has been put away in the proper place.
  • Students will remain with or under the supervision of the physical education instructor theentire class period unless given permission to do otherwise.
  • Students will not be permitted to use the gym after school hours and on weekends unlessaccompanied by a physical education instructor or another teacher and with permission from the athletic director.
  • Intramural programs give the entire student body an opportunity to participate in a varietyof sports and to compete throughout the year: soccer, volleyball, etc.
 
TEXTBOOKS
 
Students purchase their textbooks from the school.
 
NOTEBOOKS
 
Each of our students is given notebooks. The school provides notebooks for them to organize theirnote taking, and their homework. They receive these for each class. Students are required to bringneeded materials to each class. This includes textbooks, pencil, pens and the notebooks.
 
STANDARDIZED TESTS
 
Test taking is a skill, as well as one method to assess academic progress. Test taking trainsstudents in gauging time, in making responsible choices and in understanding the expectations oftest makers. Such practice prepares students for the inevitable testing to follow high school andmost centrally in the college admissions process.
 
Standardized tests allow the school to compare the effectiveness of its educational programsagainst those of other fine schools, and sometimes offer teachers insights about an individualstudent. Standardized tests are given yearly.
 
SECTION III
 
GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
 
Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information regarding school operationsand requirements. Included are provisions such as student health and safety issues; fees; theschool's expectations for student conduct use of facilities, such as the cafeteria, library, and transportation services.
 
ATTENDANCE
 
When a student is absent for any reason, please notify the registration office before 7:30 AM onthe morning of the absence at 17 620820 or 17 623999 - Fax: 17 624800. When returning to schoolafter an absence, a student must bring a note, signed by the parent, which describes the reason forthe absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent's permission, will be considered aforgery and the student will be disciplined. Any students arriving to school after 8:00a.m withoutan excused absence will be sent home and giving unexcused absent.
A student absent from school, for any reason, is encouraged to make up specific assignmentsmissed and to complete additional in-depth study assigned by the teacher to meet subject or course requirements.
Parents may pick up children for health care appointments during the school day by following thesign-out procedure in the registration office. No student will be allowed to leave campus unlessthe sign-out procedure is followed properly. If the child goes to the doctor for a health careappointment and returns with a note from a professional, the child is not considered absent for theday. Notes from the professional must be submitted to ensure that the student is coded properly for attendance purposes.
Any absence from school represents an educational loss to the student. Field trips are scheduled aspart of the educational process. A student not attending school on a field trip day will be given anunexcused absence unless the student returns with a note from a doctor that the student was ill. Excused absences are defined as illnesses, urgent medical appointments, or a death in the family.We strongly discourage any absences due to activities such as family trips or routine appointments.If students are absent, they are responsible for all class work and home work assignments.
 
ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT
 
Punctual, regular attendance to the school is crucial for the educational process. Every school dayis an important one. Student supervision begins at 7:15 am.
Students who exceed 10 days of unexcused absences in any subject will not receive credits for thesubject. Students are not allowed to miss more than 10 days unexcused days of the entire academicyear (180 days). Registration will send a written notification to parents by mail when any studentmisses a cumulative total of 5 day intervals.
A student who exceeds the 10 days of excused absence from the class cannot receive credit for theyear unless the attendance committee finds that the absences are the result of extenuatingcircumstances. The attendance committee will use the following guidelines to determine extenuating circumstances:
  • All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended therequired percentage of days. If make-up work is completed, and health-careappointments will be considered days of attendance for this purpose.
  • The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the absences.
  • The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which thestudent or the student's parent could not exercise any control.
  • The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed allassignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passinggrades in the course or subject.
  • The committee can decide to give the student a "D-" grade and credit for the subject.
If the attendance committee finds that there are no extenuating circumstances for the absence or ifthe student does not meet the conditions set by the committee to earn or regain credit, the studentwill not receive credit for the class.
 
TARDY POLICY
 
Students who are tardy to classes present three major problems that must be dealt with in the school:
  • They disrupt the teacher and other students.
  • They disrupt their own educational program.
  • They do not learn to respect time and develop the self-discipline required to respect time.
  • The discipline for lateness to class will be dealt with in an educational forum and a punishment forum.
Procedures:
All teachers will follow this procedure in all classes:
  • Students will be given a documented warning.
  • Students will be required to have a teacher conference.
  • Students will serve detention following the rules and regulations manual.
When a student is late in the morning, discipline will take place outside of class by the DisciplineSupervisor. No student is allowed in class without a note.
 
PASSES
 
No student is allowed to be in the hall without a pass. If administration wants a student they willsend for them. Students should not leave class to go to administration. Any administrative issuescan be resolved during the student's break or after school.
We discourage students going to the restroom during class time (exceptions are made for studentswith medical excuses.) This is and has been an expectation of the school. Students should not be inthe cafeteria area during a class period.
 
LEAVING AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL
 
  • When a student leaves school for any reason, the parent must come inside to the admissionsoffice, and physically sign the student out. This must be done, regardless of whether or nota note or phone call was made or given. Students should remain on the couch outside theadmissions office while waiting to be picked up. No student will be allowed to meet theirparent in front of the school.
  • If it is determined that a student needs to go home, a parent must be contacted. If a studentleaves school for any reason other than illness, a written request from parents must besubmitted to the admissions office giving the exact time the student should be released andthe necessity of the absence. The student will then check out though the admission office.Failure to sign out will be viewed as skipping. A student may not make the determination to leave school.
  • Students who are sent home because of violating the hair or dress code will be countedabsent from each class missed. Even when being sent home, students must be signed out with admissions office.
  • If a student returns to school the same day after leaving, he/she must sign in at theadmission office. Any time a student comes to school late, no matter what period, he/shemust sign in at the admission office or Discipline office. Otherwise, he/she will be counted absent for the entire day.
 
MAKEUP WORK AFTER AN ABSENCE
 
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed becauseof absence due to health, with appropriate written excuse. For any class missed, the teacher mayassign the student makeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course andthe needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactorymanner and within the time specified by the teacher.
 
INCOMPLETE WORK
 
  • Students will be required to do all work assigned.
  • If a student is absent only one or two days, he/she has the same number of days to makeup the work as the number of days absent. However, if the student is absent only oneday, and a test is given or a project (notebook, report, paper, etc) is due, the student willmake up the test or turn in the paper on the day he/she returns to class.
  • If a student is seriously ill or is injured, their absences exceed five days, and the studentbrings a valid medical report, the student shall have ten school days after he/she returnsto school to complete the assignment and/or tests.
  • A student who has been absent is responsible for asking their subject teachers for theassignments missed. No work will be considered made up until it is done to thesatisfaction of the subject matter teacher.
  • The student is responsible for getting in all make up work including tests that were nottaken when the test was originally administered.
  • Incomplete grades will be considered failures if they are not remedied within ten school days.
 
STUDENT CONDUCT
 
We believe in educating the whole child. This means that beyond academic subjects we have acommitment for developing our students in art, music, sport activities, MUN, student council andmuch more. Part of educating the whole child is teaching him/her the way he/she is expected to act and behave.
Al-Hekma is in the business of creating future leaders of Bahrain. This means we must developself-motivated learners. This must be taught and mastered with a strong behaviour management program.
  • No student has the right to interfere with another student's right to learn.
  • No student has the right to interfere with the teacher's right to teach.
  • No person has the right to steal another person's dignity.
  • All students will be held accountable for time management.
  • All students will be held accountable for positive work ethic behaviors. (Homework completion, quality as well as quantity.)
These beliefs can be stated differently:
  • No student has the right to interfere with a family's educational investment.
  • No student has the right to interfere with the school's educational investment.
  • All people in this school should feel safe from mental, physical and psychological abuse.
  • We will all collaborate to teach time management skills.
  • We will all collaborate to teach work ethic, work management, effective values, independence and responsibility, both personal and group.
Having all materials (books, pens, notebooks or materials) for class is the responsibility of the student.
The following require action from the teacher and /or administration:
  • Damaging textbooks and notebooks (this includes graffiti to texts and pictures)*
  • Not doing homework and class work
  • Sleeping in class
  • Speaking Arabic in American High School Diploma classes
  • Disruptions in class:
    • Talking
    • Causing a disturbance
    • Gum chewing
    • Eating or drinking
OVERT DISRESPECT TO A TEACHER REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROMCLASS, AND REFERRAL TO THE DISCIPLINE SUPERVISOR. It is the belief of the schoolthat behaviours that damage the class, student performances, and teacher performances must carrya penalty at the classroom level. When discipline is needed out of the class, it will take place awayfrom the teacher. The teacher will always maintain consistency with discipline in the classroom.
 
RULES AND REGULATIONS (rules with an * are subject to MOE consequences per Violation 25 of MOE directive)
 
A primary goal of AHIS is to guide and teach its student body to demonstrate self-disciplinesimultaneously with their academic excellence. The school will make every effort to assist studentsin the achievement of this goal. It is the policy of the school that students enrolled in the schoolshall, while on or around the school grounds, conduct themselves in a manner which will bringcredit to themselves and the school. When people work and live in a small, confined space such asthe school campus or classroom, some rules are established to guarantee the welfare and safety ofall. Guidelines are designed to help promote reasonable order and good citizenship of each student.When students are referred to the discipline office, a discipline notice will be placed in thestudent's file. A copy of this notice will be sent home with the student in addition to a phone callfrom the school administration to confirm the delivery of the notice. Probation letters that areendorsed by the student and his/her guardian, the consequences of this letter are retained as long asthe student is enrolled in the school (the letter is carried from one year to the other until the studentproves his/her behavioural improvement.)
The following infractions result in an automatic suspension:
  • Fighting (all parties engaged in the fight)
  • Possessing, using and or distributing tobacco or tobacco products (on or around schoolcampus before or after school times) and drugs
  • Possession of weapons such as knives, BB guns, etc...
  • Making political statements that may incite anger and unrest in the classroom or on campus.*
  • Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/herabsence. MOE will not allow expelling students. We can have them leave at end of school year.We can suspend until end of school and allow in for tests and exams until end of school.
Other incidents such as:
  • Stealing
  • Showing disrespect to staff, teachers, students, any person on campus and the government ofBahrain including making slogans, writing messages, protesting on school premises.*
  • Abusing, destroying or damaging school property including the Kingdom of Bahrain's flagand/or textbooks, with governmental leaders' pictures.*
  • Repeatedly violating school rules
  • Threatening that might lead to other fights
All incidents will be presented to the Discipline Committee. The Discipline Committee can giveany decision it deems fit as a consequence as per Student & Parent Handbook
 
*Violation (25) according to MOE: Violating of the National Sovereignty (for all middle and high school students)
Showing disrespect to any of the country's leaders by destroying their photos (cutting, tearing,stepping on, etc...), graffiti against the government or its leaders, disrespecting the country's flag,raising a flag from another country different than Bahrains flag, ruining the flag of Bahrain,lowering (half-mast) the flag, or publishing instigation papers are subject to the following consequences:
STEP 1:Suspending the student for one semester and allowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.
STEP 2:Suspending the student for one academic year and disallowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.
STEP 3:Expulsion.
Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/her absence.
The discipline committee may recommend that a student be expelled at the end of the academic year for the following:
  • Possession, wielding, or threatening use of a dangerous weapon (i.e. firearms)
  • Possession of any drug not properly authorized or prescribed by the student's physician
  • Possession of any alcoholic beverage (on or around school campus before or after school or school event times)
  • Immorality
  • Excessive or repeated damage to school property
  • Repeated suspensions and discipline problems
  • Possession, use and distribution of tobacco or tobacco products (on or around school Campus before or after school times)
Expulsion at the end of the academic year is mandatory in the following cases:
  • Possession and use of or dispensing of drugs between students that are not prescribedspecifically for that student by the student's physician
  • Possession or distribution of any alcoholic beverages
  • Possession of any alcoholic beverage (on or around school campus before or after school or school event times)
  • Possession or use of any weapon that inflicts harm upon other person
CODE OF CONDUCT
  • Even though the school is co-educational, it is a conservative school, thus, no physicalcontact between boys and girls is permitted.
  • A high level of discipline is expected in the school. Students who do not prepareassignments or complete homework or who are late for class and those who causedisturbance inside or outside the classrooms, etc. will be reported to the disciplinecommittee and punished accordingly. Punishment is often a period of detention and thiscould be during the weekend; these punishments are mandatory and no exceptions will be made.
  • Students should be in class before the bell rings.
 
CONDUCT BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
 
Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after- schoolactivities on school premises and at school-sponsored events off school premises, such as athleticpractice, and or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during theinstructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct.
Changes in transportation should be presided by notification letter (phone notification not acceptable) from student's parent.
Loitering or standing in the halls between classes is not permitted. During class time, a studentmust have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action.
 
UNSTRUCTURED TIME
 
There are no free periods at Al Hekma and students may not study or congregate in the halls, whileclasses are in session. In the rare event that a teacher does not arrive for class, students are to waitin a quiet manner either outside the classroom or in the room. If after five minutes the teacher stillhas not arrived, one student is to alert the Discipline Supervisor or the Principal.
 
PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINE
 
  • The school is responsible for the control of student behavior while attending school or anyschool sponsored activity. This responsibility carries with it the authority to administer punishment for misbehavior.
  • Discipline actions will be administered according to the Code of Student Conduct
  • The school has the authority to advise and counsel students who have engaged in antisocialconduct regardless of the time and place of behavior.
  • The principal and discipline committee are authorized to suspend from school studentswhose behavior is, in her/his judgment, of such a serious nature that the student should be excluded from school.
  • A record of the nature of the offense and punishment will be made by the teacher,Discipline Supervisor, and/or principal and placed in the student's cumulative file.
Any student who is sent to the Discipline Officer's office for misbehavior is subject to removal from classes.
 
CHEATING/ PLAGIARISM/ ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
 
Al Hekma values team efforts and group problem solving. However, when students are asked towork alone it would be a violation of ethics for a student to take information from anotherindividual. Copying another person's work, such as homework, class work, or a test, is a form ofcheating. Plagiarism, which is the use as one's own of another person's original ideas or writingwithout giving credit to the true author, will also be considered cheating and the student will besubject to academic disciplinary action that may include loss of credit for the work in question.Teachers, who have reason to believe that a student has engaged in cheating or other academicdishonesty, will assess the academic penalty to be imposed. Students found to have engaged inacademic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary penalties as well, according to the Student Code of Conduct.
 
CITIZENSHIP AND SPORTSMANSHIP
 
Students of Al Hekma International School are expected to show the highest characteristics ofcitizenship and sportsmanship at all times and in all places involving school activities. Studentsare reminded that whether they are spectators or participants, in or out of uniform, they representnot only themselves, but their school, parents, and community as well. Any improper action maybring discredit to the entire community.
 
DETENTION
 
Detention will be held each day during break, after school or on Saturday's. Students assigned todetention will not enjoy the privilege of outside/free time.
  • One or more teachers will be in charge.
  • Students may be placed in detention hall for misconduct, excessive tardiness, not followingschool regulations, or for failure to do assigned work.
  • Students who are in detention hall will be expected to study.
  • Failure to report to an assigned detention hall at the specified time will result in additional punishment.
The Discipline Officer, Principal, or Teacher may assign students to detention hall. The classroomteacher will submit the student's name and the details concerning the misconduct to the DisciplineOfficer or Principal for consideration and judgment. Students will be given a copy of the disciplinereferral, which includes the punishment. All referrals will be sent home to the parent with the student.
 
ENTERING AND LEAVING CLASS
 
Elementary Students (grades one through six)
  • Upon arrival at school each morning, students will drop off their backpacks in theirhomeroom and then go to the elementary library until the first bell.
  • The bell does not dismiss class. The teacher should dismiss class.
  • Students entering the room are to remain outside until all students exiting the room have done so.
  • Students should at all times try to avoid congested conditions in halls by forming lines insingle file and keeping out of the path of students entering and leaving classroom.
Middle and High School Students (grades six through twelve)
  • Upon arrival at school each morning, students will have option of going to cafeteria, libraryor playground area. They are to be in their assigned class prior to the first bell.
  • The bell does not dismiss class. The teacher should dismiss class.
  • Students entering the room are to remain outside until all students exiting the room have done so.
  • Students should at all times try to avoid congested conditions in halls by forming lines insingle file and keeping out of the path of students entering and leaving classroom.
 
DISRUPTIONS
 
In order to protect student safety and sustain an educational program free from disruption, AlHekma will take action against any person-student or non-student-who:
  • Interferes with the movement of people in an exit, an entrance, or a hallway withoutauthorization from an administrator.
  • TDisrupts classes or other school activities while on school property or on public propertythat is within 500 feet of school property. Class disruption includes making loud noises;trying to entice a student away from, or to prevent a student from attending, a requiredclass or activity; and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting the activitywith profane language or any misconduct.
  • Interferes with the transportation of students in school vehicles.
 
BULLYING OR TAUNTING BEHAVIOR
 
Students must not participate, either individually or in a group, in bullying or taunting behaviors toward another student. Bullying behaviors may include any action that creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student such as:
  • Repeated teasing, ridicule, name-calling, or repeating harmful gossip or rumors
  • Threats, theft, or damage or reasonable fear of damage of one's property
  • Physical or harmful intimidation of any kind
A substantiated complaint against a student will result in disciplinary action.
 
SMOKING
 
Al Hekma has a ZERO tolerance policy towards the possession of tobacco products orparaphernalia. Students may not possess, smoke or use tobacco products on school property or at aschool-related or school sanctioned activity, on or off school property.
 
TELEPHONE
 
Student telephones are not allowed on campus. Telephones must not be seen, heard or used duringschool hours. If this happens the telephone can be confiscated for the school year. This includesthe telephone chip (which can be copied but not given).
 
FIGHTING
 
Fighting is defined as physical contact that includes punching, hitting, slapping, pulling, kicking,and wrestling. It is not allowed on school premises at any time. The fighting policy of AHIS hasbeen developed in order to educate students on a stop, think, act reaction. If students are caught and/or reported to be fighting in High School the consequences are automatic external suspensionfrom school for 1-3 days. In Middle School at the 1st offense students will receive internalsuspension (1-3 days); incidents after this will be external suspension for 1-3 days.
 
WEAPONS
 
Al Hekma has a ZERO tolerance policy towards the possession of any weapons on school groundsor at school events. Possession, use and/or concealment of any weapon will result in seriousdisciplinary action. Students can be expelled and charges filed against the student.
*all discipline incidents are thoroughly investigated by the Discipline Department.
 
TEACHER AND STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Important messages and announcements are sent to teachers via the Daily Faculty Bullet!n.Teachers pass key information and announcements onto the student.
 
BULLETIN BOARDS
 
Each classroom has bulletin boards where students and teachers are encouraged to displaymaterials that are educationally relevant to the instructional units they are doing or major standardsthey are covering in class. We feel that the classroom bulletin boards create an appropriateatmosphere for learning. The hallway boards support school-wide focus.
 
 
SCHOOL MATERIALS
 
School publications distributed to students include but are not limited to the weekly agenda, themonthly menu, and calendar of events, student handbook, and yearbook. All school publicationsare under the supervision of the Director of Student Activities and principal.
 
USE OF SCHOOL NAME
 
The name Al Hekma International School, or any variation thereof, may not be used for any event,social, athletic, or political, nor may anything be published under the name of the school withoutthe expressed permission of the president or principal of the school.
 
NON-SCHOOL MATERIALS
 
Written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, or other visual orauditory materials may not be posted, sold, circulated, or distributed on school campus by astudent, non-student, and or parent without the approval of the principal and must be in accordance with campus regulations.
 
APPROVAL REQUIRED
 
All material intended for distribution must be submitted to the Principal for review and approval.
 
POSTERS
 
The principal must first approve signs and posters a student wishes to display. Posters displayedwithout authorization will be removed. Any student who posts printed material without priorapproval will be subject to disciplinary action. At no time should any sign be posted on schoolproperty advertising personal dances, birthday parties, etc.
 
DRESS AND GROOMING
 
All students must be dressed and groomed in a manner conducive to a good learning environment.
  • All students are expected to dress in school uniform at all times according to the students' schedule.
  • Students are not to wear their school uniform for P.E. days as the school provides studentswith P.E. track suits that should be worn on these days
  • Clothing worn during school hours should be clean and ironed.
  • Students who dress improperly will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • If special occasion or activity warrants special attire, students will be notified in advance byschool administration (i.e. casual days; even though it may be casual dress days, studentsare to remember that they are coming to school, thus, shorts, bermudas, sleeveless shirtsand revealing clothing is not acceptable for both boys and girls.
  • Slipper/ flip flops and high heel foot wear is not allowed in school.
  • Expensive jewellery is not recommended to be worn in school as the school will bear not responsibility of its loss.
  • Any oversized medallion which has a religious or symbolic connotation is not to be worn to to school.
  • TT-shirts or sweat shirt with obscene prints or messages, print that implies obscenity, are not to be worn in the school.
  • Caps/hats are not to be worn on school campus or at school sponsored events unlessspecifically allowed by administration.
  • Boys are not allowed to grow their hair longer than three fingers below the hair line.
  • Students are not allowed to wear make-up or nail polish to school.
 
FIELD TRIPS
 
Each year field trips are scheduled for each grade level. These trips are scheduled with aneducational purpose in mind. Students who exhibit unacceptable behavior at school and / or havereceived excessive disciplinary referrals and/or are not meeting academic standards may be restricted from going on field trips.
No student is to be removed from class for any activity or any occasion, including a fieldtrip without written permission from the Principal /AP or Director of Curriculum.
Field trips are to augment the academic program and are included in tuition. Each student musthave a field trip permission form signed on file in the school office in the beginning of the schoolyear before he/she can participate in class trips. These trips are an essential part of the schoolprogram and attendance is required. Overnight trips may also require additional releases, forms and fees.
Al-Hekma encourages field trips that are connected to the instructional standards. This can eitherbe in content (a visit to the desalinisation plant for science) or in skill development (a written essayor paper concerning the observations made, and opinions drawn).
Responsibilities of teachers, coaches and students:
  • The coach, teacher, and student will be held responsible for the conduct of the pupils who make the trips.
  • The coach, teacher, and student must make sure that each student has a permission slip,signed by parents, before they will be allowed to go on any school trips.
  • Teachers and coaches will submit a list of students going on the field trip or athletic eventto the admission office and principal prior to departing campus.
 
ORGANIZATIONS
STUDENT COUNCIL
 
The Student Council serves as the central planning council for student activities and student life oncampus. The Student Council has several important responsibilities including organizing studentfundraisers, special programs, and making suggestions for school improvement.
The object of the Al Hekma International School Student Council is to encourage the developmentof character, to promote worthy leadership, and to stimulate the desire for service. The council iscomposed of students in grades six through twelve. Any member of student council who fails tomeet the responsibilities of the council, or is an academic or discipline concern shall be removed from Student Council.
  • Responsibilities
    • Set high standards of conduct in hall, assemblies, and at school functions.
    • Have charge of charity fund raising campaigns for the community
    • To assist the Principal/AP in any special events or programs that he/she wishes the Student Council to help and attend.
  • Student Council Officers
    • Officers elected will be President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Security
    • The election of officers will take place in September of the school year in which the officers are to serve.
    • The President (grade 12 only) and Vice-President shall be in high school. Remainingofficers may be from the sixth through twelfth grade.
  • Student Council Representative
    • One representative will be elected from each grade level.
    • The election will take place the second or third week of school.
    • Voting will be done by secret ballot.
    • The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes at each grade level will serve on the student council.
 
ATHLETICS
 
The coach and students are responsible for the conduct of athletes at all times when teams are offcampus.When on trips, it is the responsibility of the coach(s) to make all decisions relative to theteam and its members. This responsibility may not be designated to any other person except the principal
Athletes will also be subject to other specific rules and regulations concerning practice andperformance as determined by the coach(s) and approved by the principal.
 
FUND-RAISING
 
Student clubs or classes occasionally may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for approvedschool purposes. Permission must be obtained by school administration.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
 
Recognizing that our students are blessed with many talents and opportunities, prior to graduationall AHIS students are required to participate in 30 hours of a community service. These hours maybe spread out from grade 11 through grade 12 but must be completed prior to graduation. 20 hourswill be dedicated for career exploration and 10 hours for community service. For example, lastyear they planted bushes and greenery along the road side in Isa Town. Students are asked to weartheir Al Hekma physical education shirts on these days. They can wear any type of comfortable slacks.
 
BAHRAIN NATIONAL ANTHEM
 
Students in grades 1 through 12 will stand in silence when the Bahrain National Anthem is played
 
SAFETY
 
Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority at Al Hekma. Althoughthe school has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should:
  • Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.
  • Follow the behavioral standards in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additionalrules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, bus drivers or assistants.
  • Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal safety hazards,
  • Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
  • Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, and other employees who are overseeing the welfare of students.
  • Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at anyathletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to a teacher or principal.
 
DRILLS: FIRE, AND OTHER EMERGENCIES (Evacuate Building)
 
  • The teacher should take their belongings and class clipboard and proceed to the door.
  • The students should follow the teacher.
  • The teacher leads students out of the building according to the diagram that is laminatedand place on the classroom wall. If normal route is obstructed, travel alternate route.
  • Once outside, all teachers will lead students to the designated area opposite the building on playground.
  • Line students up by class
  • Call roll using the roll on the class clipboard.
  • Do not leave or allow anyone to leave the designated area until the all-clear signal is givenbe the principal or his or her designee.
  • Everyone in the building must observe the evacuation.
 
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND INFORMATION
 
If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannotbe reached, the school will need to have written parental consent to obtain emergency treatment,and information about allergies to medication, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore parents arerequired each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date.
 
SCHOOL FACILITIES
 
As part of their educational program, students shall be taught to respect and properly care for theschool grounds and school property including: facilities, equipment and instructional supplies.Students shall be held accountable for loss of or damage to these items immediately and severely.
Student pride will help preserve the appearance and surrounding of the school. Careless use of theschool property is evidence of poor citizenship and lack of self-discipline. The schooladministration shall take firm action by imposing monetary compensation against students whoabuse school grounds, damage, destroy, or lose school property.
 
CAFETERIA SERVICES
 
Al Hekma provides healthy cafeteria style services for grades 6-12. There is a fee assigned for thisservice. Parents may provide their children with healthy food for lunch if they wish.
  • No food or drinks are to be consumed in any other part of the building or on the schoolgrounds without special permission from the office.
  • Students playing outside are to refrain from any horseplay, which is likely to lead topersonal injury or damage to clothes, building, etc.
  • Once outside, students are not to re-enter the school building until the appropriate bellrings or if directed by a teacher.
  • Do not, in any way, disturb classes when going to or returning from break or at any othertime you are in the hall while classes are in progress.
  • Students are expected to do their part in keeping the cafeteria and school grounds in good order by:
    • Maintaining their place in line
    • Depositing all lunch litter in wastebaskets
    • Leaving the table and floor in good condition for others
    • Taking no food, drink, or straws from the cafeteria
 
LIBRARY
 
The middle and high school library is located on the top floor. The pre-school/ KG and elementarylibrary is located off the cafeteria. Both libraries have English, Arabic, and French books as well asDVD's, CD's, videos and cassettes. We are adding to our collection on an ongoing basis. You arewelcome to use the library in your free time, during break, or before/after-school hours. Studentsare urged to use the library facilities at every available opportunity. Students are responsible forbooks checked out in their name. NO food or drink will be allowed in the library.
The elementary/MS/HS library is open from 7:15 AM to 3 PM, Sunday through Thursday.
The library has adopted a new electronic management system which will allow us to manage our collection much better.
 
PRINTING SERVICES
 
Students have access to a printer in the computer lab for a minimal fee.
 
TEACHING RESOURCES
 
All teachers are supported with up-to-date teaching resources and technical support to deliver thebest quality of education to students.
 
LOCKERS
 
Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student.The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. Administration reserves the right to inspectlockers (inside or outside) at any time, for any reasonable reason, whether or not a student is present
All lockers are to be kept clean and orderly at all times. DO NOT keep any food in the lockers.Keep locker door closed at all times.
Students are absolutely responsible for what is in their locker. No writing on the inside or theoutside of the locker is permissible. The sharing of lockers or locker keys is expressly forbidden.
 
ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON CAMPUS
 
Students are not permitted to possess items such as, but not limited to: laptop computers,ipods/mp3 players, pagers, radios, CD players, tape recorders, camcorders, DVD players, cameras,electronic devices or games at school, unless prior permission has been obtained from theprincipal. Cell phone use is not permitted during school hours without permission of administration.
Teachers will collect the item and turn it in to the Discipline office. All confiscated items will bereturned at the end of the school year.
 
LOST AND FOUND
 
Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the admission's office where they can beclaimed by the owner. Any material "found" on the school campus is to be immediately turnedinto the front office. Possession of stolen, rather than lost items may result in serious disciplinary action.
 
VANDALISM
 
To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended-both this year and inthe coming years-littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students willbe required to pay for damages they cause and serious disciplinary action will be taken.
 
TRANSPORTATION ON BUSES AND OTHER SCHOOL VEHICLES
 
Students are subject to the following standards when they are on Al Hekma transportation. Anystudent who violates these standards of conduct while on school transportation may be deniedtransportation services and will be disciplined. The following rules will apply to student conduct on school transportation:
  • Follow the driver, teacher, or assistant's directions at all times.
  • Board and leave the bus in an orderly manner at the designated bus stop nearest home.
  • Keep books, feet and other objects out of the aisle.
  • Do not deface the bus and / or its equipment.
  • Do not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of thewindow, or throw objects within or out of the bus.
  • Do not smoke or use any form of tobacco.
  • Upon leaving the bus, wait for the driver's signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Changes in transportation should be presided by notification letter (phone notification notacceptable) from student's parent.
 
VIDEOTAPING OF STUDENTS
 
For safety purposes, video/audio equipment will be used to monitor student behavior in commonareas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being used.
The principal will review the tapes routinely and document student misconduct. Discipline will bein accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
 
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
 
Parents and others are welcome to visit Al Hekma International schools. For the safety of thosewithin the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, visits to individual classroomsduring instructional times are not permitted as that would interfere with the delivery of instructionor disrupt the normal school environment.
All appointments with teachers or administration should be made in advance through the Registration Department.
All visitors (parent and student) are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
 
STUDENT DROPOFF/PICKUP
 
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. The school providessupervision beginning at 7:15 AM. Students should not be dropped off prior to 7 AM. It isimportant that parents pick up their children no later than 2:15 PM.
 
 
 
  • Show good citizenship attitude towards one another.
  • Participate in school clubs, committees, teams and activities.
  • Show positive attitude towards your studies and future.
  • Speak to your teachers, floor supervisors and administration in case of problems, accidents or inquiries.
  • Report a fight, accident or damage in school.
  • Show respect to the entire AHIS community (teachers, staff, janitors, bus drivers, bus attendants, students, etc.)
  • Walk with a hallway pass when classes are in session
  • Come prepared to class (books, pens, notebooks, pencils)
  • Represent your school in the best way possible around each other and during all events.
  • Maintain clean bathrooms and facilities
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Respect the privacy of others
  • Voice your opinion in a civilized manner
 
Don'ts
 
  • Come to school after 8:00 AM without a medical excuse.
  • Wear slippers or flip flips to school
  • Wear expensive jewellery to school
  • Disturb or ignore class
  • Eat or drink in areas that are not designated.
  • Wear hats on campus or during school sponsored events.
  • Leave your books or note books unattended in hallways, playgrounds or bathrooms.
  • Don't shout or make noise in hallways when classes are in session.
  • Deface school property
  • Bully each other
  • Bring cellular phone, ipods/mp3 players, cameras, or other electronics to school as they arevaluable and a distraction to your learning process
  • Chew gum
  • Interfere in breaking fights or quarrels
  • Come late to class
  • Waste your time skipping classes
  • Use bad language, racist remarks or foul jokes
  • Joke physically (pushing and nudging with hands and whatnot)
  • Drive in an un-safe manner around the school campus
  • Damage school lockers
 
Students and parents are expected to comply with the content of this handbook as it high lights theguidelines that will assist and assure the delivery of an excellent education and exceptional conduct.
Although this handbook is very comprehensive it, as with all handbooks, is always subject to change


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