On Fridays, we have a special schedule to include a 30-minute advisory session, in place of a daily, morning advisory session. This is a time for students to discuss concerns, ask questions, and receive information pertinent to the entire student body. It is also used for special activities such as speakers, all Metro meetings, and program scheduling.
GENERAL CONDUCT/ DISCIPLINE POLICY
Here is Metro’s concept of how to show respect for self, others, and the Metro community which strives to keep our building a clean, comfortable, safe, enjoyable environment.
- · Be courteous to one another, and to all school personnel.
- · Do not use profanity, vulgarities, or display vulgar actions.
- · Refrain from running, rough-housing, and talking loudly within the building.
- · Clean up after yourselves.
- · Do not carry food or drink into corridors, stairways, classrooms, the gym, the library, or the auditorium.
- · Always settle disagreements without physical violence.
- · Offer to help others, be compassionate toward others, and show appreciation for others’ accomplishments.
- · Make our guests feel welcome.
- · Think before you speak, think before you act.
- · Listen ... the first time.
- · Five (5) tardies – detention
- · Constant monitor and enforcing rules
- · No Cyber – bullying (student/student) (student/teacher)
WHY WE HAVE AN OPEN CAMPUS
Long before we were given our present air-conditioned, technologically-equipped school building, Metro was known as a “school without walls”. Metro was originally conceived as a year-round learning environment, with its classrooms housed around the city, at, for instance, local university campuses, and the city’s Art and Science museums. We were a school without bells, as well, as our students were interested in proving that they could take on the responsibility of organizing their schedules and their studying time to get to classes punctually, without reminders. Students accepted the responsibility of arranging their own transportation, as well as their own lunches. Because our students agreed to commit themselves to these values (self-sufficiency, organization, responsibility, and punctuality), Metro was given the privilege it still holds today: the only public school in the entire St. Louis area with an open campus.
In keeping with this concept of open campus as a privilege to be earned, we expect commitment to the above values. Freshmen students spend their first semester at Metro proving their ability to work at a level deserving of this privilege; while upperclassman (who have already proven themselves) begin each year with open campus privileges. Behaviors not in keeping with the traditional Metro values named above, will result in closed campus being imposed on the student who chooses to dishonor himself and Metro.
Metro’s tradition holds with the theory that in helping others, one becomes richer in spirit. We believe that by giving back to the community which provides this education, we show our appreciation for what we have been given, while developing an awareness of the needs of others. Therefore, upon becoming a member of the Metro family, each of you commits to the following:
- · 150 hours of community service performed and documented by the start of Junior year
- · a total of 225 hours performed and documented before the start of the Senior Year
- · a total of 300 hours performed and documented before graduation
This total of 300 hours of community service must be volunteered time, given only to non-profit organizations. Failure to accept this responsibility in the time frame outlined above will prohibit your return to Metro, and your graduation from Metro -- there are no exceptions.
Community Service is defined as Services volunteered by an individual or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions. For more information, for clarification of the rules, to verify the non-profit status of an agency, or to obtain the documentation form, speak with administration or your advisor. Forms are available in the office and the Metro website.
Entering the School Building
All students and visitors must enter the school building using the front doors, passing through the Metal Detectors manned by the Safety Officer or other school personnel. All other doors are off limits. Visitors (including parents and other relatives, friends, and Metro Alumni) are to stop at the Security desk to sign in, and to obtain a visitor’s ID pass and permission to proceed to their destination within the school building after they check in with the office. This is a very important step in assuring the safety and security of all members of the Metro family: students, staff, faculty, and administration. Passing in the hallways yields to the right
During the first week of school, identification badges will be made for all students at no cost for the badge. If a student ID badge is lost or stolen, a duplicate may be obtained at a cost to the student of $5.00. Students must have their ID badges with them at all times, and, for precautionary reasons, should always have their ID badge with them when they leave campus during the school day. Truant officers and neighboring business owners may need to see proof that you are a student at a school with open-campus privileges.
Information concerning meal applications for free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch can be obtained from the school secretary in the main office at the beginning of the school year. Application forms are in the registration package that is mailed to student/parents before the start of the school year.
Students will be issued a locker during the first week of school by Mr. Wade Mayham, Assistant Principal. Any problems with the locker should be reported to Mr. Mayham. Lockers and locker combinations are not to be shared. Only Metro issued locks are acceptable for the lockers, all others will be disengaged.
Auditorium Events and Ceremonies
We can not emphasize enough the importance of learning and displaying proper decorum during ceremonies (such as Awards Day, National Honor Society Induction, and Graduation) and auditorium events (such as theatrical performances, musical performances, and speakers). This proper behavior will be expected of you as you continue in your life after high school, and will affect the impression you make on others throughout your life. Our expectations are:
- · Give courteous attention to the program participants.
- · Refrain from talking, whispering, or making other noises.
- · Save your reading material and class work for another time -- they are not to be brought to auditorium events.
- · Show performers and honorees respect by sitting correctly, and staying awake.
- · Enthusiastic clapping and standing ovations are the accepted ways in our society of showing appreciation of performances, and of showing your happiness at the successes of honorees – booing, whooping, yelling, and stomping are never acceptable.
Please remember that ceremonies and auditorium events require a different sort of demeanor than do celebrations such as sporting events and major contemporary music concerts.
Students participating in field trips must have a Parent Consent Form signed by a parent, in the possession of the sponsor for the field trip. Students must also obtain permission (by way of a signature) for each of the teachers whose class will be missed the day of the field trip. Students are not permitted to enter water on school-sponsored field trips.