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. Studentsmust pass all required courses with a grade of 'D-' or above. Grades below 'D-' indicate thatsteps 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 theoverall cumulative average in any given subject at the end of the academic year will be allowedto sit for a re-examination as scheduled by the school office.
If a student fails 3 core subjects from the following: English, Arabic, Science, Math, he/she willnot be allowed to sit for re-examination, he/she will not be promoted and will be expected torepeat the same grade again. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 2 non-core subjects inaddition to discipline report, the student will not be allowed to sit for re-examination and willnot be promoted. If a student fails a course with modification, he/she will not be allowed to sitfor re-examination. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 1 non-core with modification inaddition to a discipline report,, the student will not be promoted.
If a student fails less than 3 subjects,, he/she will be able to sit for the re-examinations. Ifstudents 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, theywill not be promoted and will be obligated to re-sit the year. If they passed the course that theyhave retaken, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed the subject with the gradethey have achieved at the end of the academic year. The previous grade on the report card will not be changed.
The grading system reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectationsof the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performance based assessment are ongoing, anddirectly connected to the instruction
This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process:
- Learning is measured and evaluated against the course objectives through dailyparticipation in classroom activities, assignments, and homework. Teachers know when Students are achieving by their daily work and homework. Students need to value the dailyteaching and learning process, focus on instruction, learning activities and homework.
- Students are evaluated regularly to determine if they have mastered the expectedlearning. Students are expected to demonstrate their performance and learning regularly.This benefits the student and the teacher. Students then know what they need to improveon and the teacher knows what they have learned long before the final exam. The datacollected in the ongoing daily classroom assessments allows for the student and parentsto make adjustments before it is too late.
- The final examination is the summative assessment. This examination will cover materialthat has already been taught and learned.
Report cards/progress reports with each student's grades or performance and absences in eachclass or subject are issued to parents at the completion of each quarter. Teachers follow gradingguidelines that have been designed to reflect each student's academic achievement for thegrading period, semester, or course.
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is notresolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the Academic Controller, Principal or Director of Student Services.
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 academicrecord. The semester grades are the ones that will appear on transcripts submitted to colleges and universities.
Each quarter is worth 25%
Each semester is worth 50% of the final annual average.
The distribution of grades for the subjects is as follows:
Informal Assessment: projects, written reports, technology based assessment
Kindly note the following:
- 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 medicalexcuse that prevented them from taking the test in the first place. Medical excuses need tobe 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.
- Late papers and late assignments will be accepted with a 10% deduction of grades, unlessa medical excuse is presented or approval from the school principal is granted.
It is important for parents and students to note that there is a significant difference between apassing grade and a college recommending grade. From the start, therefore, a student is expectedto work for the highest grade commensurate with his given gifts and talents. Not only does astudent experience the pride and satisfaction that comes with working to one's potential, butstudents who realize a high level of academic achievement have many more options open tothem when they begin the process of choosing a college or university.
The grading system reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectationsof 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:
- 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 need to 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. The data collected inquizzes allow for the student and parents to make adjustments before it is too late.
- Alternative forms of assessment are taken into consideration as well in the gradingsystem. Such forms of assessment include but are not limited to: presentations, 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
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
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.
No credit is given; most, if not all, courserequirements are not completed.
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. Teacherswill not give academic rewards or penalties to encourage participation in school functions thatare not directly related or germane to the curriculum in their subject area. Extra Credit Policy is only applicable to students averaging C- and below. Students with averages of C and above arenot eligible for extra credit assignments.
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's(ren's) academic standing andperformance. If, after ongoing conferences, counselling, and teacher assistance, a student cannotachieve 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.
Classroom based performance assessment is done on an ongoing basis. Assessment activities include:
- oral presentations,
- and rubrics
- 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 bepunished if you are caught by the teacher.
- Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis through a weekly agenda issued anddistributed to students each Thursday.
The weekly agenda will be posted on the website. The weekly agenda states all Students` class work,quizzes and homework assignments for the following week. Parents need to access the agendas on the school's website.
Parents and teachers are encouraged to establish and maintain frequent communication aboutstudent progress. A student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question orconcern is encouraged to talk with the appropriate teacher.
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, astudent must receive a grade of at least 60 based on course-level or grade-level standards.
Teachers work hard to maintain strong academic standards, while both challenging andsupporting students. Though we offer a highly personalized education, we are not able to providesupport within the regular program to students who require one-on-one tutoring. However, weare able to provide and monitor this level of support for additional fees after regular schoolhours. We feel that it is advantageous for students to have the support they need from their ownteachers as they know more about the needs of their students. We believe that this approachallows more students to be successful. Each family will be billed a tutoring fee per session.Students will be assigned a tutor based on their teacher's recommendation. Registration willprepare the tutoring schedule for each student.
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.
The American Diploma offered by Al Hekma International School has international credibilityand is widely accepted by prestigious universities in Qatar and the world.
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 teachers approach their instruction. They teach to the curriculum and use tests, quizzes, class-work,homework, and projects to monitor student progress.
Students are motivated and encouraged to keep high standards and grades. Students will beawarded the following awards and certificates of achievement:
- Student of the Month: these awards will be issued in all subjects on a monthly basis tomotivate and encourage students who show improvement or academic excellence in theirgrade level. It is not necessarily given to the highest average in class. It is not standardprocedure 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 each semester.
- 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:awards will be given to students who are not absent. No perfectattendance award will be given to those students who enroll late.
- Sports Awards :are given to those participating in various sporting events.
- Special Awards: for excellence and motivation in different subjects.
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 signand return the Student Agreement Form acknowledging their responsibilities and the consequences of violation.
Students are expected to observe network etiquette by being polite and using appropriatelanguage. Students are prohibited from pretending to be someone else; transmitting or seekingobscene messages or pictures; revealing personal addresses or telephone numbers - either theirown or another person-s; or using the network in a way that would disrupt use by others.Students and their parents should be aware that electronic communications - email - usingschool computers are not private and are monitored by Al Hekma staff.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
Participation in school and school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to developtalents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students;participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.
Our student activities are a mix of between co-curricular, speech, art, music and language. Weexpect all subjects to be involved with school-wide projects. These projects are designed to allowstudents to show-case their talents, and for teachers to reward students with co-curricular opportunities.
This year's activities include:
- The International Day
- The National day
- The Gergaoon (mid-Ramadan celebration very exciting).
- Reading Week
- Science Fair
- Art Exhibition
- Spelling Bee Contests.
- Sports Days
- Storytelling Day
- Book Fair
- Beach Clean Up
- Chess Championship
- Soduko Championship
- Tennis Tournament
- Overseas Trip
- 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 will also be joining our extra-curricular clubs that take place during school time. Thefollowing are examples of clubs provided 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
- Book Club
- Track Club
- Soccer Club
- Video Club
- Quran Club
Participation in physical education classes is required as in any other subject. All students willperform 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 instructorthe entire 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.
Students purchase their textbooks from the school.
Each of our students is given notebooks. The school provides notebooks for them to organizetheir note taking, and their homework. They receive these for each class. Students are required tobring needed materials to each class. This includes textbooks, pencil, pens and the notebooks.
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 in high schooland most 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.
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.
When a student is absent for any reason, please notify the registration office before 7:30 AM onthe morning of the absence. When returning to school after an absence, a student must bring anote, signed by the parent, which describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by thestudent, even with the parent's permission, will be considered a forgery and the student will be disciplined.
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 followingthe sign-out procedure in the registration office. 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 forthe day. 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 scheduledas part of the educational process. A student not attending school on a field trip day will begiven an unexcused 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 routineappointments. If students are absent, they are responsible for all class work and home work assignments.
Punctual, regular attendance to the school is crucial for the educational process. Every schoolday is an important one. Student supervision begins at 7:00 am.
Students who exceed 15% of unexcused absences in any subject will not receive credits for thesubject. Students are not allowed to miss more than 27 days of the entire academic year (180days). Registration will send a written notification to parents by mail when any student misses a cumulative total of 5 day intervals.
A student who exceeds the 15% excused absence from the class cannot receive credit for the yearunless 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 orif the student does not meet the conditions set by the committee to earn or regain credit, the student will not receive credit for the class.
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.
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.
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 forstudents with medical excuses.) This is and has been an expectation of the school. Studentsshould not be in the 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 theadmissions office, and physically sign the student out. This must be done, regardless ofwhether or not a note or phone call was made or given. Students should remain inreception while waiting to be picked up. No student will be allowed to meet their parent in front of the school.
- it is determined that a student needs to go home, a parent must be contacted. If astudent leaves school for any reason other than illness, a written request from parents must be submitted to the admissions office giving the exact time the student should bereleased and the necessity of the absence. The student will then wait in reception untilthey are signed out by their parents. Failure to sign out will be viewed as skipping. Astudent 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 becounted 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 missedbecause of absence due to health. For any class missed, the teacher may assign the studentmakeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of theindividual 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.
- 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 tomake up the work as the number of days absent. However, if the student is absent onlyone day, and a test is given or a project (notebook, report, paper, etc) is due, thestudent will make 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 and their absences exceed five days, the studentshall have ten school days after he/she returns to 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.
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, student council and muchmore. 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 Qatar. 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 behaviours. (Study skills,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.
Forgetting books, pens, notebooks or materials for class:
- Student will be warned
- Student will have a teacher conference
The following will require the above action from the teacher:
- Damaging textbooks and notebooks
- Not doing homework and class work
- Sleeping in class
- Speaking Arabic in English classes
- Speaking English in Arabic classes
- Disruptions in class:
- Causing a disturbance
- Gum chewing
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 mustcarry a penalty at the classroom level. When discipline is needed out of the class, it will takeplace away from the teacher. The teacher will always maintain consistency with discipline in the classroom.
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 assiststudents in the achievement of this goal. It is the policy of the school that students enrolled in theschool shall, while on or around the school grounds, or anywhere while in school uniformconduct themselves in a manner which will bring credit to themselves and the school. Whenpeople work and live in a small, confined space such as the school campus or classroom, some rules are established to guarantee the welfare and safety of all. Guidelines are designed to helppromote reasonable order and good citizenship of each student.When students are referred to the discipline office (Assistant Principal), a discipline notice willbe placed in the student's file. A copy of this notice will be sent home with the student inaddition to a phone call from the school administration to confirm the delivery of the notice.Probation letters that are endorsed by the student and his/her guardian, the consequences of thisletter are retained as long as the student is enrolled in the school (the letter is carried from oneyear to the other until the student proves his/her behavioural improvement.)
For a list of inappropriate conduct / behaviours please refer to the Al Hekma International School Behavior Code, Elementary School.
- 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, complete homework, are late for class, cause disturbance inside or outsidethe classrooms, etc. will be reported to the Assistant Principal where the appropriate consequences will be set.
- 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.
There are no free periods at Al Hekma and students may not study or congregate in the halls,while classes are in session. In the rare event that a teacher does not arrive for class, students areto wait in a quiet manner either outside the classroom or in the room. If after five minutes theteacher still has not arrived, one student is to alert the Discipline Supervisor or the Assistant Principal.
PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINE
- The school is responsible for the control of student behavior while attending school orany school 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 is authorized to suspend from school students whose behavior is, in her/hisjudgment, 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 and/orprincipal and placed in the students 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 will be held when necessary during breaks. Students assigned to detention will notenjoy the privilege of outside/free time.
- One or more teachers will be in charge.
- Students may be placed in detention misconduct, excessive tardiness, not followingschool regulations, or for failure to do assigned work.
- Students who are in detention may be expected to complete work, study or sit quietly.
- Failure to report to an assigned detention can result in additional punishment.
The Supervisor or Assistant Principal will assign all students to detention. The classroomteacher will submit the student's name and the details concerning the misconduct to theSupervisor or Assistant Principal for consideration and judgment. Students will be given a copyof the discipline referral, which includes the punishment. All referrals will be mailed home to the parent.
ENTERING AND LEAVING CLASS
- 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.
- 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 a classroom.
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.
- Disrupts 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 theactivity with 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 behaviorstoward 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.
Students may not possess, smoke or use tobacco products on school property or at a schoolrelatedor school sanctioned activity, on or off school property.
Possession, use and/or concealment of any weapon will result in serious disciplinary action.Students can be expelled and charges filed against the student.
TEACHER AND STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Important messages and announcements are sent to teachers via the Daily Faculty Bulletin.Teachers pass key information and announcements onto the student.
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 majorstandards they are covering in class. We feel that the classroom bulletin boards create anappropriate atmosphere for learning. The hallway boards support school-wide focus.
School publications distributed to students include the weekly agenda, the canteen menu, themonthly newsletter, calendar of events, student handbook, and yearbook. All school publicationsare under the supervision of the Director of Student Activities and the Principal.
The name Al Hekma International School, or any variation thereof, may not be used for anyevent, social, athletic, or political, nor may anything be published under the name of the schoolwithout the expressed permission of the President or Principal of the school.
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 or a non-student, and or parent without the approval of the Principal and must be inaccordance with campus regulations.
All material intended for distribution must be submitted to the Principal for review and approval.
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.
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 according to the students' schedule.
- Students are not to wear their school uniform for P.E. days as the school providesstudents with P.E. track suits that should be worn on these days.
- Clothing worn during school hours should be clean and ironed.
- Student who dress improperly will be sent home to change (mixing P.E. and regularuniform together or short skirts and low-waist trousers are not acceptable).
- If special occasion or activities warrant special attire, students will be notified in advanceby school administration (i.e. casual days: even though it is a casual dress day, studentsare to remember that they are coming to school, thus, shorts, sleeveless shirts andrevealing clothing are not acceptable for both boys and girl).
- 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 school.
- T-shirts or sweat shirts with obscene prints or messages, print that implies obscenity, arenot to be worn in the school.
- Caps/hats are not to be worn in classrooms or the administration area.
- Boys are not allowed to grow their hair longer than three fingers below the hair line.
- A girl hair must be tied back is long.
- Students are not allowed to wear make-up to school.
Birthday parties for Elementary students will take place in 2nd break. Cakes and other party itemsneed to be left at reception by 11.30 am. Children, with the help of their teachers have 20 mins tocelebrate. No clowns or other party organizers will be allowed in school. Parents may attend ifthey wish. Gifts for the children will not be handed out until the end of the day.
Please notify the supervisor at least two days before the event by a phone message or through a note in the homework diary.
Children are not to bring toys or cards to school. They are a distraction to the education process.Toys that have been confiscated can be collected at the end of the Term or at the Parent Teacher
A piece of sporting equipment may be brought to school. It must have the child's name andgrade written on it and must be left in the supervisor's office during class time. If it becomes adistraction, it will be treated as if it were a toy.
At least four field trips each year are scheduled for each grade level. These trips are scheduledwith an educational purpose in mind. Students who exhibit unacceptable behavior at school and/ or have received excessive disciplinary referrals 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, Academic Controller or Director of Registration and Student Services.
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 writtenessay or paper concerning the observations made, and opinions drawn).
Responsibilities of teachers, coaches and students:
- The coach or teacher will be held responsible for the conduct of the pupils who make the trips.
- The coach or teacher must make sure that all students have permission slips, signed byparents, 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.
The Student Council serves as the central planning council for student activities and student lifeon campus. The Student Council has several important responsibilities including organizingstudent fundraisers, special programs, and making suggestions for school improvement.
The object of the Al Hekma International School Student Council is to encourage thedevelopment of character, to promote worthy leadership, and to stimulate the desire for service.The council is composed of students in grades one through twelve.
- 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 for the Elementary School Council will be President, Vice-President, Secretary and class officers.
- The election of officers will take place in September of the school year in which the officers are to serve.
- The President, Vice-President and Secretary shall be in Grades 3, 4 or 5. Class officerswill be one child from each class in Elementary.
- Student Council Representative
- One representative will be elected from each class..
- The election will take place the second or third week of school.
- Voting will be done by secret ballot.
The coach is responsible for the conduct of athletes at all times when teams are off-campus.When on trips, it is the responsibility of the coach(s) to make all decisions relative to the teamand its members. This responsibility may not be designated to any other person except the Assistant Principal or 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.
Student clubs or classes occasionally may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for approved school purposes.
Students in grades 1 through 12 will stand in silence when Qatar National Anthem is played each morning.
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 anyadditional rules 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 atany athletic sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the 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 under sunshadeopposite building on playground.
- Line students up by class
- Call roll using the roll on the class clipboard.
- Do not leave or allow anyone else to leave the designated area until the all-clear signal isgiven be the Principal 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 parentcannot be reached, the school will need to have written parental consent to obtain emergencytreatment, and information about allergies to medication, foods, insect bites, etc. Thereforeparents are required each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keepemergency care information up-to-date.
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 ofthe school 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 or loss, damage or destroy property.
Al Hekma provides a healthy pre-planned menu of meals and snacks for students. There is a feeassigned for this service. A menu is sent home to notify parent of the meals. Children bringmoney and order at the beginning of break. Parents may provide their children with healthy food for lunch if they wish.
- Food and drinks are to be consumed in the playground during breaks.
- Students must take their food and drink with them when they go to break. Onceoutside, students are not to re-enter the school building until the appropriate bell ringsor if directed by a teacher.
- 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 in good order by:
- Maintaining their place in line
- Depositing all lunch litter in wastebaskets
- Returning all trays to the dish washing area; and
- Leaving the table and floor in good condition for others.
The pre-school/ KG and elementary library is located on second floor. This library has English,Arabic, and French books as well as DVD's, CD's, videos and cassettes. We are adding to ourcollection on an ongoing basis. You are welcome to use the library in your free time, duringbreak, or after-school hours. Students are urged to use the library facilities at every availableopportunity. Students are responsible for books checked out in their name. NO food or drink will be allowed in the library.
The library is open from 7 AM to 3 PM, Sunday through Thursday.
The library has an electronic management system which will allows us to track books and student use thoroughly.
All teachers are supported with up-to-date teaching resources and technical support to deliver thebest quality of education to students.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON CAMPUS
Students are not permitted to possess such items as pagers, radios, CD players, tape recorders,camcorders, DVD players, cameras, or electronic devices or games at school, unless priorpermission has been obtained from the Principal. Cell phones are not permitted.
Teachers will collect the item and turn it in to the Principal's office. The Principal will return the item at the end of the school year.
Students who find lost articles in Elementary are asked to take them to the supervisor's officewhere they can be claimed by the owner. A box of "found" items is kept in the supervisor'soffice and can be viewed at any convenient time by parents or students for claiming.
To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended-both this year andin the coming years-littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Studentswill be required to pay for damages they cause.
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'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.
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 willbe in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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 ofinstruction or disrupt the normal school environment.
All appointments with teachers or administration should be made in advance through the Registration Department.
All visitors (parents and students) are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesyand conduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. The school providessupervision beginning at 7 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.)
- Come prepared to class (books, pens, notebooks, pencils)
- Represent your school in the best way possible around each other and during events wherepeople other than the AHIS community are present.
- Maintain clean bathrooms and facilities
- Take responsibility for your actions
- Respect the privacy of others
- Voice your opinion in a civilized manner
- Come to school after 8:30 am.
- Wear slippers or flip flips to school.
- Wear expensive jewellery to school.
- Read magazines during class times.
- Eat or drink in areas that are not designated.
- Wear hats in classrooms or the administration area.
- Leave your books, note books or lunch boxes unattended in hallways, playgrounds or bathrooms.
- Shout or make noise in hallways when classrooms are in session.
- Deface school property.
- Bully each other
- BBring cellular phone, mp3 players or cameras to school as they are valuable and a distraction to your learning process
- Chew gum
- Interfere in breaking fights or quarrels
- Come late to class
- Use bad language, racist remarks or foul jokes.
- Joke physically (pushing and nudging with hands and whatnot).
Students and parents are expected to comply with the content of this handbook as it highlightsthe guidelines that will assist and assure the delivery of an excellent education and exceptional conduct.