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Principal's Message

Daniel Otto
Jr./Sr. High School Principal



August 1, 2018

Dear Parents/Students/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Southern Local Jr/Sr High School. This is our second year as a 7-12 group, so it is my hope that we were able to iron out many of the issues that come with being a 7-12 building last school year. I look forward to working with all the returning staff and our new additions. I would like to introduce the new staff for grades 7-12. They are Miss Davis (returning as HS math), Mr. Jarrell (7-12 health and HS PE), Mr. Prange (7/8 science), Mr. Caldwell (moving to 7/8 language arts), Ms. Manuel (moving to 7/8 STEM/Tech teacher), Mrs. Turley (office secretary), Mrs. Wilkinson (Music/band teacher and band director) and Mrs. Hendrix (HS custodian). I feel this is a great group of new Tornadoes that will be vital for our students and school to excel. I wish the best of luck to those that moved on with their careers at other establishments.

To help with the transition of new staff, new positions, new responsibilities, etc… I highly recommend you visit our website.  There you can find our handbooks and much more useful information. I would like to remind all parents and students that grades 7-12 must be in the building prior to 7:40am. Students that show up any time after are considered tardy and we do have a progressive discipline policy for students with excessive tardiness. Attendance is taken by minutes that will add up to cause attendance issues.

Graduation Requirements (can be found on website): This is an area that keeps changing per the state. Southern Local has requirements as well as the state of Ohio has requirements, both sets of requirements must be met or students will not graduate.

If there are any personal goals (Honors Diploma, NHS, collegiate athletic career, etc…) that you and your child have set for your child, I recommend you take an active approach by asking school personnel what the requirements are for these goals. We will do our best to communicate this information out to all students. Information will be shared with students and/or parents throughout the year by: district all call system, twitter account, school website, report card and interim mailings.

Our handbook has grown in size due to regulation changes requiring full policies to be included in it.  I realize it is long but it is very important to go over this with your child so that you both have a clear understanding of the rules and expectations for grades 7-12. One of the areas I would like you to review now, and I shared at the end of last school year, is the dress code.

Dress and Grooming (Clothing must cover any area that would come into contact with the skin. EX: shorts must be long enough to cover the chair while sitting.)

Students are expected to dress appropriately at all times.  Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted.

Students should consider the following questions when dressing for school:

Does my clothing expose too much?  (No)

Does my clothing advertise something that is prohibited to minors?  (No)

Are there obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related, or inflammatory messages on my clothing?  (No)

Am I dressed appropriately for the weather?  (Yes)

Do I feel comfortable with my appearance?  (Yes)

The following styles or manners of dress are prohibited:

  1. Shoes MUST be worn at all times. (No skate shoes, house slippers, or cleats are to be worn.)  Clean gym shoes must be worn on the gym floor.
  2. Adequate undergarments MUST be worn and COMPLETELY covered by clothing.
  3. Clothing MUST cover a student’s midsection and back while standing, and/or sitting.
  4. Shorts, dresses, and skirts must extend at least three (3) INCHES past the fingertips (with arms straight down the student’s side and standing straight up). This means most athletic shorts will not meet this dress code. Clothing that is distressed, has rips or holes above the above mentioned 3 inch rule ARE PROHIBITED.  Wearing tights, boxers, or spandex underneath clothing that has rips or holes above the knee to get around dress code is also PROHIBITED.
  5. All shirts, for males and females, MUST COVER THE ENTIRE SHOULDER and be tight-fitted to the underarm.  All shirts must cover the entire chest area.  Any showing of cleavage WILL NOT be tolerated.
  6. Clothing which advertises or displays alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal drugs, obscene or questionable symbols is PROHIBITED.
  7. Clothing that is open-sided or see-thru is PROHIBITED. 
  8. Piercings that disrupt the learning process or create a safety hazard must be removed per the principal’s discretion.
  9.   Hats, sunglasses, and headwear that distracts from learning are not to be worn in the building.

10. Unnatural, unsafe, and disruptive hair that is distracting to the educational process is not permitted per principal’s discretion.

11. No gang related or promoting attire will be permitted (includes bandannas).

12. No headphones are to be worn; they may only be used in class for educational purposes.

13. If leggings or equivalent are worn, the shirt worn with this clothing must hang below the bottom of the buttocks.

When a student is found to be in violation of the dress code, the student will be given a change of clothes (specific clothes for dress code violators), parents will need to bring in extra clothes, or student will be required to tape over holes, and will remain in school.  At the end of the day, the student will return the clothes he or she has been given to wear.  Students with multiple dress code violations will receive further discipline.

Graduation Dress Code: NO decorating of caps and must have current color cap and gown

Females: White dress or light colored Pant suit. NO FLIP FLOPS

Males: White dress shirt with a tie. Black dress pants and dress shoes.

Failure of being in compliance will prevent participation in graduation ceremonies.

Students who are representing the school at an official function or public event may be required to follow specific dress requirements.

Other areas to note:

  • No student (regardless of age) is permitted to leave school without office permission,
  • Cell phones can only be out and seen prior to 7:45, at lunch, and after 2:45.
  • High school students will be permitted to change their schedules to add needed classes during the first two weeks of each semester.

“Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King

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