PTHS Student Handbook 2022-2023

LIBRARY The Dr. Ronald J. Yates Memorial Library provides resources for students through print and online collections that are housed at the high school and are available through the Library webpage and Axis360 app. Print materials include fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers. Online subscription databases include magazine, newspaper, and reference articles as well as images, videos, and primary source documents. Axis360 is a library app that provides access to both print books, as well as audio books. The Dr. Ronald J. Yates Memorial Library is also a member of the RAILS Library System which gives students access to library materials through inter-library loan from school, public, and academic libraries throughout Illinois.

Most books are loaned for two weeks. Magazines are for overnight use only. Checked out books and other materials should be returned to the Library.

Students are responsible for returning their loaned materials on time to the Library. After an item is five days overdue, the automated circulation system will generate an overdue notice. A second notice is prepared when an item is ten days overdue. Items more than 15 days overdue are considered lost and a bill is generated. All overdue notices and bills are sent to the student’s school email address. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: RULES AND REGULATIONS SELECTION METHOD Membership in the Pontiac Chapter of the National Honor Society is based upon scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The minimum cumulative grade point average for scholastic Eligibility is 3.500 on the 4.000 scale. Each scholastically eligible student will receive an activity information form to complete. It includes sections for co-curricular activities, leadership positions, community activities, work experience, and awards. The form is not an application and does not guarantee selection. Members of the faculty will receive copies of the descriptions of leadership, service, and character. They will give their recommendations as to which of the scholastically eligible students fulfill the criteria for the membership. The five members of the faculty committee will meet to go over the activity forms and the faculty recommendations.

Students will be notified by letter of their selection into the Pontiac Chapter of the National Honor Society. They will be inducted at a formal induction ceremony in the Fall.

NEW RESIDENT STUDENTS A student must reside with his/her natural parents or his/her legal guardian within the District’s boundaries in order to attend without a tuition charge, except as otherwise provided by State law. The administration may require proof of residence. In the case of legal guardianship, verification may be requested by school administrators.

Entering freshmen and transfer students must provide a scholastic record from previous schools. These records will be accepted as correct in regard to student standing, birth date, and satisfactory completion of

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