Student Handbook

We welcome you to MHS!

We hope that the time you spend with us will be filled with enjoyable and challenging learning experiences. Our Student Handbook has been prepared to help you become better acquainted with Minnetonka High School. It explains most of the policies and operations of your school. Please read it carefully and become familiar with its contents. Students are responsible for knowing the guidelines and policies. For clarification on information in the handbook or other school issues, please contact any staff member.

Minnetonka High School has a rich tradition of excellence in both the academics and co-curricular activities. Many experiences are available to you that are designed to enhance learning, encourage participation, and foster service – we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. Feel free to contact any of the principals. It is our desire for you to have a great school year!

Jeffrey Erickson, Principal
Dr. Amy Steiner, Assistant Principal
Robb Virgin, Assistant Principal
Ted Schultz, Activities Director

Students from the Class of 2017 on Decision Day

Student Handbook
Table of Contents

Introduction
  • Mission Statement, Philosophy, & Goal.. 5
  • Pledge of Allegiance... 5
  • School Pride.... 5
  • Student Records...... 5
  • Daily Schedule.... 6
  • Students Rights and Responsibilities.. 7
II. Academics ..... 10
  • Academic Integrity..... 10
  • Grading....... 13
  • Types of Assessments..... 14
  • Weighted Grades.... 14
  • Calculations of GPA... 15
  • Pass/Fail Options... 16
  • Graduation Honors..... 16
  • Academic Lettering.... 17
  • Graduation Requirements.. 17
  • Schedule Changes...... 17
  • Student Recognition... 19
  • Minnetonka and National Honor Society...19

III. Attendance ...... 20

  • Types of Absences..... 21
  • Interventions and Consequences... 23
  • Guidelines for Tardies... 24
  • Appeals for Loss of Credit.... 25
  • School Authorized Guidelines.. 25
  • Habitually Truant...... 25
IV. Student Discipline and Code of Conduct ... 26
  • MHS Discipline Policy..... 26
  • Reasonable Force..... 26
  • Removal from Class..... 26
  • Detention Room... 27
  • Prohibited Behaviors.... 27
  • Detention...... 29
  • Suspensions...... 29
  • Chemical Used Policy...... 32
  • Dress Code & School Attire..... 35
  • Improper Conduct..... 36
  • Harassment & Violence Policy..... 37
  • Items Not Covered.... 38
  • Respectful Language..... 38
  • Technology Use Agreement.. 38
  • Weapons Free Environment.. 41
V. School Life ..... 41
  • After School Access...... 41
  • Communication/Announcements.. 42
  • Students Generated Notices... 42
  • Telephone Message.... 42
  • CoCurricular
  • Activities..... 43
  • Lake Conference Sportsmanship.... 43
  • Electronic Communication Devices... 44
  • Right to Privacy...... 45
  • Emergency Evacuation Drills..... 45
  • Friendly Presence... 45
  • Health Office...... 45
  • Lost and Found... 46
  • Port (Media Center).... 46
  • Student Commons...... 46
  • Outdoor Patio Area.... 47
  • Parking Information... 47
  • Passes..... 50
  • Student Dining... 51
  • Student Fees... 52
  • Student Shadows... 52
  • Student Lockers..... 53
  • Bus Transportation...... 54
  • Visitors....... 54

VI. Student Counselor Services ... 55

  • College Fair.... 55
  • Student Support Services... 55
  • College and Career Center..... 55
  • School Counselor Office.... 56
VII. Limitation of Liability ... 56
VIII. Complete List of Policies ...... 56