The administrators are available for conferences with students and/or parents regarding any problems that might arise. The goal of the administration is to help students in any way possible to have a successful and positive experience at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
TEXTBOOK AND LAPTOP RENTAL/STUDENT COURSE FEES
The term “textbook” means “systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category, including a book, hardware that will be consumed, accessed, or used by a single student during a semester or school year, computer software and digital content.”
- Student Course Fee Statements are paperless and will be available on Skyward Family Access in mid-September under the Fee Management tab. Fee Payments are due by the payment due date. Payments and payment arrangements may be made online via efunds by the due date. Up to $8.35 in processing fees along with collection fees may be added if the balance remains outstanding after the due date and no payment arrangements have been made. All returned checks will result in a $20.00 non-sufficient funds fee. Loss, theft, or “beyond use” damage fees will be assessed by the school and collected at the end of each semester or year.
- A link to eFunds can be found on Skyward Family Access under the Fee Management tab in the upper right hand corner or the district and school websites under the “Quick Links” tab. If you do not have internet access please call (317) 594-4190 to request a paper statement.
- The student or family will be responsible for any increase in the course fees due to a class schedule change. There will be no refunds of school course fees if a student initiates a class schedule change.
- If a student leaves Hamilton Southeastern Schools, no refund of fees aggregating $20.00 or less will be made unless there are extreme circumstances. Refunds over $20.00 will be processed through normal procedures. Material
s and Consumable fees will not be refunded and will be collected at full price. Textbook Rental Fees will be prorated based on number of days student is enrolled in school.
- Seniors are required to pay course fees and any other school fees prior to commencement exercises unless the student has received an administrator exemption due to financial need.
In addition to handling all textbook rentals, the bookstore sells expendable materials required by teachers. Other school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, paper, folders, etc. are also available for purchase. The bookstore hours are 8:30am - 3:05pm.
BUILDING SERVICE PERSONNEL
Building service personnel are very important people in our school system. Be considerate and appreciative of their efforts. Please help maintain our school environment by using proper waste cans, not writing on desks, etc. to help make our school a cleaner, better place.
Students spend their entire lunchtime in the cafeteria to avoid distraction to the classes still in session. Students are not to go to lockers, Guidance Office, or classroom areas without permission during lunch hours. Hamilton Southeastern High School operates as a closed campus with exceptions. No one may leave the school building for lunch.
A student may, however, choose to bring their own lunch. Students are not to go to the cafeteria for food except during their scheduled lunch times. Students may deposit money into their cafeteria account to eliminate the need to bring cash to school every day. An online payment option is available on Family Access
via eFunds under “District Links.” Charging meals is not permitted by Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
The management and operation of the food services program is the responsibility of the Director of Nutrition and Food Services and the building principal. Food service personnel in each building will be directly responsible to the school cafeteria manager, and to the Director of Nutrition and Food Services.
Food Service Prices
The food service program will not be open to the general public. School employees and authorized visitors including senior citizens may participate in the food services program at adult prices. Vending machines other than those in the cafeteria may be operated after school hours for student use.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, will be determined by the criteria established by the Child Nutrition Program. It will also provide breakfast in accordance with provisions in Indiana Code.
Each school annually will notify all families of the availability, eligibility requirements, and application procedure for free and reduced-price meals by distributing an application to the family of each student enrolled in the school, and will seek out and apply for such Federal, State, and local funds as may be applied to the Corporation’s program of free and reduced-price meals.
The building administrator may complete an application for the student known to have financial assistance if the household does not apply.
No Charge/Student Debt
All students, adults, and employees of Hamilton Southeastern Schools must pay by cash/check daily or prepay into their food service account through efunds for all purchases. Students will be provided with a regular breakfast and/or lunch daily regardless of the account balance.
Once a student’s account becomes negative, an email will be sent to the parent/guardian or the student will be given a note to take home stating that payment is due. In addition, the food service manager will make a courtesy call to notify the parent/guardian, making certain that they are aware payment is due.
The Director of Nutrition and Food Services is authorized to purchase food and supplies under their direction in accordance with the requirements of state law.
Use of Surplus Commodities
Hamilton Southeastern Schools receives surplus commodities through the State School Food and Nutrition Office. All rules and regulations for their use as prescribed by the State will be followed.
Food Sanitation Program
To comply with health department guidelines, Hamilton Southeastern Schools will provide only food prepared in an inspected kitchen. No food from “fast food” establishments may be brought into the cafeteria area by any individual for consumption.
School kitchens will not be used unless a food service employee is on duty in the kitchen. Arrangements for the use of a kitchen will be made through the school cafeteria manager subject to the approval of the Director of Nutrition and Food Services.
Student Sales/Food Fundraisers
Sale of non-commercial, unpackaged “homemade” food items is prohibited due to food safety and sanitation regulations. Only commercially prepared food items not offered in the cafeteria may be sold to students as fundraisers. The fundraisers involving food items may not be sold during the time the cafeteria is in operation.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools does not insure students for personal injury or for loss or damage to their property. Each family should obtain its own insurance to cover such risks.
LOST AND FOUND
- All locker and other storage areas provided for student use on school premises remain the property of the school corporation and are provided for the use of the students subject to inspection, access for maintenance, and search pursuant to Indiana Code. No student shall lock or otherwise impede access to any locker or storage area except with a lock provided by or approved by the principal of the school in which the locker or storage area is located. UNAPPROVED LOCKS WILL BE REMOVED AND DESTROYED. Students should not “set” or tamper with locks.
- A member of the administrative staff, a teacher, or a school resource officer, may search a locker or other storage area on school premises. A student locker is the property of the school corporation and therefore may be searched without reasonable suspicion. A student has no expectation of privacy in the locker or its contents. The lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules (i.e., dangerous materials, weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol). Students are to use lockers and locks that are assigned to them by school officials. Trading or sharing locks or lockers is prohibited.
Articles found should be turned in to the secretary in the Attendance office. Unclaimed articles are recycled at the end of each semester.
MEDIA CENTER (LIBRARY)
The Library Media Center offers a welcoming environment with the goal of developing self-motivated and proficient users of information technologies, enthusiastic readers, and life-long learners. Print and electronic resources for research, reference, and reading are available. Material may be borrowed for a three week loan period with the option to renew. Computers, printers, copy machines, a scanner, and study areas are available for student use throughout the day. The online catalog, research databases, and selected websites can be viewed via the Library Media Center webpage at https://HHS.hseschools.org/academics/library-media-center. There is also a Library Media Center course on the learning management system where students can find links and passwords to digital resources, as well as resources to support a variety of classes. Students may obtain a pass to the Library Media Center during study hall or instructional time, or drop in during lunch.
Only emergency messages and deliveries from a parent will be delivered to students.
Messages received by telephone or delivered in person will be sent to an administrator who may forward the message to the student. Students should not expect to receive messages from employers concerning work schedules. If a parent drops something school-related off to a student, the parent should inform the student to pick it up in the main office. The school will not accept flowers, balloons, gifts, or commercial food deliveries of any kind for students. Food delivery personnel will not be allowed to enter the building. The school will not be responsible for any fees incurred for unapproved food orders.
1. School begins at 8:30 AM each day. School dismisses at 3:00 PM each day.
2. Hamilton Southeastern High School operates block schedule, with 4 periods per day. Classes are approximately 82 minutes long with 10-minute passing periods.
School events are listed on the web page: https://HHS.hseschools.org/
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
An intervention team is composed of teachers, school counselors, and administrators to provide a variety of options in helping students who are experiencing academic, behavioral, or social difficulties. Please contact your school counselor for help in this matter.
SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND/OR CONTACT INFORMATION
- Counselors are available throughout the school day. Students should sign up in the guidance reception area if they desire to see a counselor or they can email their counselor. Urgent problems take priority. Students should feel free to discuss problems such as classes, grades, course selection, vocational or college opportunities, or items relating to social and emotional issues.
- Students will be assigned to a counselor alphabetically by the last name of the student (see page 7).
- College (public, private and proprietary), trade representatives, military and ROTC representatives will be visiting HHS College and Career Academy (CCA) throughout the year to meet with prospective students. Representatives will be contacting the CCA in advance to schedule the visit. Guidance will make announcements during the week preceding the visit, and students are encouraged to sign up using Naviance prior to the visit.
- Representatives of the armed services may meet with students in the cafeteria during the lunch periods. Representatives must contact the CCA in advance to schedule the visit. Each branch of the armed services may visit no more than once a month.
Any time a student moves and/or contact information changes, please contact the Guidance Office with required proof of residency documents and/or updated contact information. Examples of proof of residency can be found on the district website under enrollment procedures