Handbook

St. James Parish Public Schools

Career and Technology Center

Students attending classes at the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center are transported by bus from Lutcher High School and St. James High School. Career and Technology students attend two class periods per day. Morning students are transported back to their home-based school for afternoon classes. A new group of students is transported back to the Career and Technology Center for the afternoon classes. At the end of the day, all students are returned to their home-based schools.

Classes at the Career and Technology Center are open to all juniors and seniors at St. James High and Lutcher High School. Currently, students are enrolled in Allied Health, Agriscience, Cosmetology, ProStart, and Industrial Maintenance (Pipefitting & Welding).

 Students are given opportunities to receive CPR certification, First Responder certification, OSHA certification, NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research certification), AWS (American Welding Society certification), National ProStart certification, skills certificates and college credits from technical colleges.

Additional career/tech opportunities are available through River Parishes Community College (Automotive Technology) and South Central Louisiana Technical College (Drafting, Air Conditioniing/Refrigeration, and Process Technology). Students travel off campus to RPCC in Sorrento or SCLTC in Reserve to take these courses.  

History

 The St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center was born out of the need to offer students and adult citizens of St. James Parish the opportunity to prepare to enter a job, job training and/or apprentice programs, a trade or technical school, the military for trade or technical training, community college, and/or a four year college or university.

A Roundtable, comprised of industry, business and ministerial leaders, school principals, teachers, parents, vocational, college, and government leaders, toured technology facilities throughout two states to recommend and then create a state of the art technology center. St. James Parish Public School System opened the doors to students of its Career and Technology Center on Friday, August 16, 2002.

Philosophy

The St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center is a unique entity serving high school students from Lutcher High School and St. James High School. It is our purpose to develop in our students the skills they need to work productively, develop positive attitudes, utilize sound decision-making processes, and prepare for post-secondary life.

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center is to provide the students with the skills & knowledge to enter the job market and post secondary education.

Vision

The St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center graduates will be provided accelerated training to adequately prepare for jobs and/or for an apprentice program, a trade at a technical school, community college and/or a four-year college or university.

Student Expectations
Attend school consistently.

Be ready and willing to work.

Have a positive attitude.

Respect others and yourself.

Complete assignments on time.

Follow school rules.

Career & Technology Center Course Offerings

 Allied Health I and Medical Terminology (11-12) (2 Carnegie Units) Allied Health I is designed to prepare students with general skills and knowledge common to many allied health care areas. This course is also designed to improve the quality of emergency medical care to medical and trauma victims. Students are continuously involved during the semester with community projects, field trips, job shadowing, lab practice, and classroom demonstrations to simulate real life situations. Some of the curriculum that is provided involves First Responder, anatomy, CPR, emergency procedures, first aid, medical terminology, taking vital signs, ethical and legal issues, infection control, safety and mobility, employability skills, and review of different areas in the health care industry. Students have the opportunity to earn CPR and First Responder Certification. Lab fee: $20.00

Allied Health II and First Responder (11-12) Allied Health II is designed for students who successfully completed Allied Health I. This course is designed to study anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The students will be involved in weekly clinical internships in local community agencies. This course allows juniors and seniors to explore many career opportunities in health related fields. It Assists students in deciding which profession, within the health industry, they would like to pursue. Students are continuously involved during the semester with community projects, field trips, and job shadowing. Students will have the opportunity to receive three hours of credit at the Louisiana Technical College River Parish Campus upon passing the written examination in Medical Terminology/Anatomy-Physiology. Lab fee: $20.00

 

 Agriscience I & Horticulture (9-12)

Applied Agriscience and Wood Technology provide students with basic knowledge of agriculture and science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, food science technology, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relations skills will be reinforced in the course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies. Lab fee: $15.00

 Agriscience II and Ag Construction Tech (9-12)

Applied Agriscience and Wood Technology II provide students with basic knowledge of agriculture and science applications in agriculture. This course includes units in animal science, soil science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural leadership. Mathematics, science, English, biology, and human relations skills will be reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are school-based enterprises, field trips, and internships. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies. Prerequisite: Applied Agriscience and Wood Technology. Lab fee: $15.00 
Agriscience Construction Technology
This course provides students with the basic skills needed in the construction of building commonly used in agricultural occupations. Emphasis is placed on skill development in blueprint reading, carpentry, and plumbing. Mathematical and communication skills are reinforced in this course. Students can work toward industry certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

 

NCCER Pipefitting in Agriscience (11-12) (Intro to Welding) (2 Carnegie units)
 NCCER Pipefitting in Agriscience allows juniors to continue developing skills needed by local industry, constructions, and agricultural mechanics-related careers. Units in this program include advanced safety, welding, metal fabrication, pipefitting, mechanics, electricity, millwright, and machinist work. The students can earn credit through the National Center of Construction Education and Research. They also will have the opportunity to complete Pipefitting and Welding certifications. The students can continue developing leadership skills through participation in FFA activities. (Agriscience Elective) Lab fee $15.00 Prerequisite: ABC Welding Technology I Agriscience.

NCCER Welding Technology I Agriscience I (11-12): (2 Carnegie units) NCCER Welding Technology I Agriscience allows juniors and seniors to learn skills needed in local industry, construction, and agricultural mechanics-related careers. Units in this program include introductory safety, welding, metal fabrication, pipefitting, mechanics, electricity, millwright and machinist work. The students will be introduced to construction math, job-seeking skills, hand tools, power tools, blueprints, and basic rigging. Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through participation in FFA activities. Lab fee: $15.00

Cosmetology This course is designed to give student theory and practical instructions to complete the 1500-hour course in preparation to successfully challenge the national and practical examination administered by Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology and be licensed as a Cosmetologist.

*-Eligible students are 11th and 12th graders (and a limited number of 10th graders) of St. James Parish High Schools. 10th graders must be tested to ascertain 10th grade level of education. Students must be at least 16 to apply for acceptance through the State Board of Cosmetology.

*-Curriculum combination of theory and practical instructions will include Infection Control, human physiology, chemical principle, properties of hair, scalp & nails; draping, shampooing, facials & make-up, manicuring, pedicuring, hair color, chemical waving and relaxing, hair designing and haircutting.

*-Students graduating before completion of cosmetology course will have the opportunity to complete their course at other State Board approved Cosmetology Schools who have entered into an Articulation Agreement with St. James Parish Career & Technology Center.

Lab fee for Cosmetology is $25.00 MONEY ORDER -ONLY payable to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology to cover student registration.

ProStart/ Food Services I: (2 Carnegie units each) ProStart I is the first of two courses focused on preparing students for careers in the foodservice/hospitality industry. Emphasis is on obtaining skills for the industry-based certification and preparation for internships in the industry. The course utilizes the ProSTart I text and curriculum developed by the National Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation. Topics of study include skills necessary for careers in the hospitality industry, organization and management, professionalism, use of commercial equipment, proper sanitation and safety standards for industry, and essential math. This class includes laboratory experiences utilizing advanced planning and preparation techniques. Skills in critical thinking, communications, and science are reinforced in this course. Appropriate work-based learning strategies for this course are service learning, field trips, and job shadowing. School-based enterprises, internships, and projects provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.

Lab fee: $30.00

ProStart/Food Services II (11-12) (2 Carnegie units each) ProStart II is the second of two courses that prepare students for careers in the food service/hospitality industry. Emphasis is on obtaining skills for the industry-based certification and preparing for internships in the industry. The text to be used is “Becoming a Food Service Professional, Year 2 by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation. The students who complete a 400-hour paid internship and meet the testing requirements of the National Restaurant Association will receive National ProStart Certification. Topics of study include career preparation, history of the industry, lodging, and tourism, the art of service, marketing, purchasing and inventory control, as well as advanced planning and food preparation techniques. Skills in critical thinking, math, communications, and science are reinforced in this course. Appropriate work-based learning strategies for this course are service learning, field trips, and internships. School-based enterprises and projects provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.

Lab fee: $20.00 - Prerequisite: ProStart I (Louisiana Department of Education - Approved by BESE, October 1999)

 

Grading Policies

1. Quality points:

A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1 (whole unit courses)

A = 2, B = 1.5, C = 1, D = 0.5 (half unit courses)

 

2. To assure a passing final grade in a course, a student must:

a. fulfill attendance requirement

b. pass the last quarter and earn a minimum of four quality points for a whole unit course; pass the 2nd quarter and earn a minimum of two quality points for a half-unit course

c. final grade shall be an average of the 4 quarters grades for a whole unit course; an average of 2 quarters grades for a half-unit course

d. final grades on report cards shall be determined by the following Quality Point scales:

½ Unit Courses Whole Unit Courses

8 – 7 = A 16 – 14 = A

6 – 5 = B 13 – 10 = B

4 – 3 = C 9 - 6 = C

2 – 1 = D 5 - 4 = D

e. Grading Scale Percentages

100% - 93% = A     92% - 85% = B   84% - 75% = C   74% - 67% = D     66% - 0% = F

10-point scale for dual enrollment courses
100%-90% =A      89%-80% =B   79%-70% =C  69%-60% =D    59%-0%=F

3. Incomplete grades

a. “I” grades will be given for incomplete assignments. Teachers are discouraged from assigning an F grade for an assignment not submitted; an F should be assigned to submitted work, which lacks quality of at least a D grade.

b. An “I” grade is to be posted for the applicable quarter grading period until a student fulfills all class requirements for each quarter grading period. Requirements include completion of home/class assignments, etc., as stated by the teacher and approved by the Director.

 The student will have one grading period to remove the “I” and still earn a passing grade for the COURSE. After the grading period extension has expired, the student will earn an F for the grading period once the work has been completed and turned in to the teacher.

If an “I” remains on the report card as of the last day of final exams, the final grade will be “F” and zero unit will be earned.

4. Non-sufficient failure grade

a. Half (1/2) Unit Courses: Students with unexcused absences of six (6) or more days shall receive a final grade of N/F. No credit

 

b. Whole (1) Unit Courses: Students with unexcused absences of eleven (11) or more days shall receive a final grade of N/F. No credit

c. Yearly Courses: Students with unexcused absences of twenty-one (21) or more days shall receive a final grade of N/F. No credit

 

Homebound instruction must be requested by both a doctor and the guardian in the event of extended illnesses.

 

5. Other grading policies

 

a. A minimum of one graded activity per week in all subjects will be given

b. Mandatory quarter tests will be given each grading period in all subjects. Exam value will be 25-40% of the quarter grade.

c. Mandatory comprehensive mid-term exams (will be given at the end of the second quarter), covering the first and second quarter.

d.Mandatory comprehensive final exams (will be given at the end of the fourth quarter), covering the entire second semester or both semesters will be given.

e. Daily home assignments will be made in all subjects.

f. Home assignments are to be averaged in as part of the quarter grade and will consist of 5% of the grade.

g. Academic grades may not be lowered because of conduct or behavior.

h. All graded activities must follow the parish grading scale.

 

DISCIPLINE

Education is a parental responsibility, only part of which is delegated to the school. In order to help create an atmosphere, which encourages learning according to our school philosophy, it is necessary that certain levels of conduct and discipline be maintained. To achieve this end, certain guidelines are to be followed to enable the teacher and student to be more comfortable with one another.

It is the professional belief of the staff and administration at the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center that this discipline plan will assist in providing a safer, healthier, and happier atmosphere for your child to learn.

Allowing individuals to live with the natural and/or reasonable consequences of their actions is the essence of our discipline system. Therefore, punishment will only be administered to facilitate personal growth.

Consequences at the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center are characterized by the following:

1. They will be directly related to the unacceptable behavior.

2. They will not be cruel or unusual.

3. They are to consist chiefly of the withdrawal of freedoms related with the offense(s) that negatively impacted the learning environment of the school.

The following are definitions to further help you understand the discipline system.

DISCIPLINE: Discipline can be defined as persuading people that it is to their benefit to keep rules.

SELF-DISCIPLINE: Self-discipline is the ability to make a plan and carry it out.

RESPONSIBILITY: Responsibility is the ability to look at one’s behavior, evaluate it, and make a plan to do better.

 

The administration and staff of the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center believe that fighting is never a solution to any problem. We are here to provide students with a means of resolving conflicts through non-violent methods.

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Lutcher High School & St. James High School

All students who are involved in fighting; drugs (possession, distribution and use); use or possession of weapons, firearms; dangerous objects; and battery on a school personnel will be removed from the System’s school, property, or school bus by the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department may choose to issue a misdemeanor summon, release party to custody of parent, tutor or guardian; petition judge for assignment to the detention center; or petition the District Attorney for referral to Juvenile Court. Students will be assigned an Out-of-School Suspension until a Superintendent’s Hearing is held.

Lutcher High School

Since the school always has a responsible adult on duty whenever the students are under the supervision of the school, Lutcher High School believes the opportunity for a student to have to resort to the doctrine of self-defense to protect himself/herself will be for all practical purposes NON-EXISTENT.

AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION

LUTCHER HIGH SCHOOL

Students with Category B, C, or D offenses of the Discipline Policy will be assigned one to three days After School Detention. After School Detention will be held from 2:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. on designated afternoons.

Students who fail to attend After School Detention (including sign-outs) or misbehave during detention will be home suspended for two school days. Students with Categories B, C, and D offenses may return to school on the morning following the After School Detention.

ST. JAMES HIGH SCHOOL

Students with Category B, C, or D offenses of the Discipline Policy will be assigned one to three days After School Detention. After School Detention will be held from 2:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. on designated afternoons. Students who fail to attend After School Detention (including sign-outs) or misbehave during detention will be home suspended for two school days.

Students with Categories B,C, D, and E offences may return to school on the morning following the After School Detention between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. only. NO CONFERENCES will be held after this time. If the parent cannot accompany the student back at that time, an appointment must be made with an administrator. Students will have a conference with a parent at the discretion of the administrator.

HOME SUSPENSIONS

LUTCHER HIGH SCHOOL

Behavior offenses and consequences can be found in the Parish Student Policy Manual. Students serving a home suspension may return to school on the morning following the suspension between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. for an administrative conference. NO CONFERENCES will be held after this time. If the parent cannot accompany the student back at that time, an appointment must be made with an administrator. Students cannot return to school until this conference is held.

ST. JAMES HIGH SCHOOL

Behavior offenses and consequences can be found in the Parish Student Policy Manual.

DRUG SCREEN POLICY

Pre-GED students will be randomly drug screened. Students testing positive must attend drug counseling. A second positive will result in suspension from the program.

THE ALTERNATIVE CENTER

LUTCHER HIGH SCHOOL
Students assigned to The Alternative Center are prohibited from visiting the school campus. Students will ride the bus to and from the AC and must report directly to that site. Upon missing 5 consecutive days without a doctor’s excuse, the student will be expunged from the records.

ST. JAMES HIGH SCHOOL

Students assigned to The Alternative Center are prohibited from visiting the school campus. Students will ride the bus to and from the AC and must report directly to that site.


COMPUTER LAB USAGE RULES

THE FOLLOWING VIOLATIONS APPLY TO ANY LAB AT THE ST. JAMES PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY INCLUDING AFTER SCHOOL. ANY VIOLATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REFERRAL TO THE OFFICE FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

1. Attempting to access or alter another USERID or PASSWORD—Students may not reveal and must keep secure one’s password protection.

Consequence - One day After School Detention

2. Using or copying another student’s diskette (hard disk or floppy) or files without the permission of the classroom teacher or technical site coordinator - Both the lender and the borrower will be at fault.

Consequence - Refer to Category C, #6 - Cheating

3. Defacing or damaging another student’s diskette or any of the hardware (workstation, printers, etc.) in the lab (including removing or switching key covers on the keyboard).

Consequence - Refer to Category B, #4 - Destruction of School Board Property

4. Logging in to a system as a USERID other than the one assigned to the student

Consequence - One day After School Detention

5. Users are assigned specific rights to certain programs, files, and directories on a system. Attempting to access any other programs (including games), directories, or files on the system without the explicit permission of or direction from the classroom teacher or technical site coordinator will result in disciplinary action.

Consequence - 2 days After School Detention

6. Using or installing third party software programs on any system in the school or tampering with the configuration of any computer without permission of the technical site coordinator

Consequence - 2 days After School Detention

7. Regarding network security:

When a user attempts to run a program that is not legally available to him/her, the unauthorized attempt by the user is recorded by the system’s built-in security program. A list of illegal attempts giving the USERID, date, time network administrator logs into the system. A USERID may appear on this list if he/she exits a “legal” program, accesses his/her home directory, and then changes from his/her home directory to another directory and begins to “explore” the system (known as HACKING). If a USERID appears on the list, it shows that he/she was attempting to access portions of the system to which he/she has no rights and disciplinary action will be taken. Consequence - 3 days After School Detention

8. No student may use a computer in any lab without

permission and without supervision by a faculty member

at all times.

Consequence – denial of Lab Privileges

9. All students must have an Internet Usage Contract on file prior to using the Internet.

Consequence – denial of Lab Privileges

10. Students in the lab without teacher supervision will be subject to suspension.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT, PROCEDURES & ROUTINES

 All students shall follow the rules and regulations of the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center and the St. James Parish School Board. Students are expected to display behavior that reflects the standards of good citizenship demanded of members of a democratic society. Since the Constitution and law safeguard the students’ rights, each student has the responsibility to protect his own and others’ rights to an undisturbed education.

NIGHT CLASSES

The St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center offers opportunities to the public to participate in night classes from time to time. Welding classes are offered this school year. The cost, procedure for enrolling, time, and location of these classes will be advertised in the local newspapers. Participants can register at the St. James Parish Public School System Career and Technology Center.

WELDING

 A basic welding skills class is 2 nights a week for 3 hours a night for 10 weeks. Enrollment is open to anyone at least 18 years of age. Students have the opportunity to receive a certificate from The Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus. This class is a result of a partnership between the St. James Parish Public School System, Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus, and area businesses and industries.

AUTOMOBILES

Lutcher High School students and St. James High School students will park their automobiles at Lutcher High and St. James High parking lots and display the appropriate parking permit.

TRANSPORTATION

Morning Session:

All students must arrive and depart the CTC by bus only.
Afternoon Session:
All students must arrive by bus. Departure has 2 options: students depart by bus, or students submit parental permission form to depart by their personal vehicle or walk home.
Students leaving the CTC in the afternoon are not allowed in any LHS building until 2:30 p.m.
Violation of any transportation guideline or entering the buildings before the stated time will result in a home suspension.  


TELEPHONE USAGE

 Students must have permission from the teacher to go to the Main Office to use the telephone. Students must complete a phone call log before making a telephone call. Only pertinent calls are allowed.

LATE SIGN-INS

LUTCHER HIGH SCHOOL

Students arriving to school after the 7:30 a.m. tardy bell must be signed in by a parent/guardian at their base school. Students not signed in by a parent will be assigned an after school detention.

 LOITERING

 Students shall remain in approved, designated areas on campus. Loitering in unauthorized areas is prohibited. Students shall be in their respective classroom/shop prior to the tardy bell and shall remain inside until dismissed by the teacher following the dismissal bell. Students loitering in the school building after 2:30 p.m. will be subject to suspension.

MEDICATION

 No student shall bring or consume medication on campus. If consumption of medication on campus becomes necessary, the parent/guardian/student shall comply with the School Board policy for administering medication at school by contacting the Director.

DRESS CODE

Students must be in compliance with the dress code upon arriving on campus each morning.

1. All students will wear the designated school uniform as outlined in the uniform policy. Transfer students will be given seven (7) days to acquire a proper uniform.

2. The wearing of socks or stockings for girls and socks for boys shall be mandatory and must be white or khaki.

3. All students must wear belts (brown or black) if pant have loops. Belts may not be more than one size larger than the waist.

4.Baggy or over-sized uniforms are not acceptable and are prohibited. Pants must fit at the waist; “low riders” are not allowed. Drawstring pants, cargo pants, and sweat pants are also prohibited.

5. Pants must be hemmed and slits are not permitted. Pants cannot be made of denim material (jeans) regardless of color.

6. Shirts must be worn tucked in (belts visible) at all times. Undergarments must not be visible.

7. Turtlenecks, if worn, shall be white with no name brands and no logos. White turtlenecks may be worn under uniform jumpers and may be worn under a uniform shirt, but cannot be worn alone. Any shirt worn under the uniform shirt must be solid white.

8. Thongs, slippers, sandals, or flip-flops are not acceptable. Shoes must have an enclosed back.

9. The wearing of earrings by male students is prohibited.

10. The wearing of earrings by female students is allowed. Earrings shall be no more that 1” in diameter. The wearing of more than two pairs of earrings is not allowed.

11. Wearing body-piercing jewelry other than pierced ears is prohibited. (Examples: nose, lips, tongue, eyebrows, etc.)

12. Students are allowed to wear chains, pendants, or necklaces with the following specifications:

a.Rope-type chains shall be no larger than 1/16 inch in diameter.

b.Flat chains shall not exceed ½ inch width.

c.Name plates, pendants, etc. shall not be larger than 2 inches by 1 inch.

13. Jewelry is worn at the student’s own risk. The System will not be responsible for lost/stolen items.

14. Curlers are not to be worn.

15. Only prescription glasses may be worn inside the buildings.

16. Headgear, such as caps, hats, bandannas, etc., are prohibited (boys and girls).

17. Prohibited items may be confiscated by school officials and returned to the parent/guardian only.

18. Clothing with holes is not allowed unless patches cover the holes.

19. Clothing shall be worn on the “right” side and not inside out.

20. Picture ID cards (grades 7-12) must be visibly worn at all times.

21. Sweaters/Vests/Sweatshirts – Solid white; only school approved monograms; no logos; no name brands; hoods are not allowed, collar of uniform shirt shall be visible.

22. Coats/Jackets/Wind Breakers – Solid white, solid black or solid navy; no stripes; only school approved monograms; no logos; no name brands; hoods are allowed on coats/jackets/wind breakers; Lutcher High School and St. James High School letterman/academic jackets are allowed.

23. Dress Down Days are allowed at the discretion of administration. The dress code for any Dress Down Day is as follows: shirt of choice with sleeves and only appropriate slogans, jeans of any color or uniform pants, belt, shirt tucked in, nothing hanging from pants or shirts, no head gear, and shoes must have enclosed toe and heel.

Note: Any additional information regarding dress code policy from both base schools also apply.

RECOGNITION PROGRAMS/AWARDS

Teachers nominate students from career and technology classes for the honor of Student of the Month. The prizes that accompany this honor include gift certificates for meals and school supplies. Also, the local newspaper publishes a feature. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

 In compliance with Title VI, title IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, this educational agency upholds the following policy: This is an equal opportunity school and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment of training. Qualified students, applicants, or employees will not be excluded from any course or activity because of age, race, creed, color, sex, religion, or natural origin or qualified handicap. All students have equal rights to counseling and training.