ACE INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS

Through the strategic use of data, teachers will assist students in building skills for independent college/career success by actively engaging them in cognitively challenging activities that encompass:

CRITICAL THINKING
PROBLEM SOLVING
STUDENT GENERATED QUESTIONS
REAL-WORLD APPLIED KNOWLEDGE

OUR SCHOOL

Student Creed

The community of students at the Academy for Conservation and the Environment is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. As a student of ACE, you must adhere to the social and discipline code of conduct. Allegiance to these ideals requires each ACE student to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.

As a ACE student I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will respect the rights and property of others; I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions; and I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings and their need for conditions that support their work and development. I will contribute constructively to my community and the world and make a positive and lasting impact on the environment!

School Policy

Attend school daily and come on time.

Move quickly from class to class, enter classroom quietly, take your assigned seat, and begin work immediately. No bathroom/hall passes are given during the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the period.

Be prepared to work every day. Bring a notebook, loose leaf, pens, pencils, rulers and whatever other equipment required for your class.

Do homework nightly.

Eat only in the cafeteria.

You MUST follow the ACE Cellphone Policy:- All cell phone and electronic devices (tablets, iPad's iPod's, etc.) MUST be submitted to an ACE staff at the rotunda (at scanning) in the morning when you enter the building and get a ticket to retrieve your device at the end of the day.

If an electronic device is seen or heard, it will be confiscated and given ONLY to a parent that is listed on the emergency blue card.

Keep the school environment clean.

Do not engage in physical or verbal violence. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Mediation is available for disagreement. Do not fight.

Respect the ACE and South Shore environment. Do not write graffiti or otherwise deface any part of the building, equipment, books or other school property.

You must show your student program card and /or ACE Photo ID card to any adult in the building who requests it.

Students will be given a metro card if they qualify for one according to the DOE records. If you moved over the summer of changed your phone number a new BLUE CARD must be completed.

THE DOE DRESS CODE HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO FOSTER AND ENCOURAGE PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT AND PROPER DECORUM IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY. PLEASE ASSIST WITH ENFORCING THIS DRESS CODE.

PROHIBITED:

No hats, headgear or doo rags. Clothes must be neat and cannot be oversized.

No visible beads.

No midriff or spandex garments without a long dress or shirt over it.

No fish net stockings /leggings.

All shorts and skirts must be knee-high

No tank tops

Under garments should not be visible

For All Students. Students will enter the school through the Flatlands Avenue entrance. Students should be prepared to swipe their ID and be prepared for scanning. In all instances, the same respectful behavior expected within ACE’s walls should continue on the street. Safe, respectful and considerate behavior is expected everywhere.

First period begins at 8:05 a.m. Students must arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Arrival. Students arriving at school for breakfast, which is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., will enter the school through the Flatlands Ave entrance. Students will go directly to the cafeteria and remain there until 7:55 a.m. At 7:55 a. m. students will exit the cafeteria and travel to the second floor to attend their classes.

Regular Arrival. For students not participating in breakfast, they should arrive at school by 7:45 a.m. Students will go directly to the first period class which begins a t 8:05 a. m.

Late Arrival. Students who are not in their first period seats at 8:05 a.m. are considered late. There will be consequences. Students who arrive after 8:05 a.m. should go directly to room 201 to sign the late book, parents are notified of their lateness, receive a late pass then proceed to the class that they are scheduled to attend at the time of their arrival.

Arrival and Dismissal Times and Policy (Continued)

Students must leave the building once they have no more scheduled classes unless they have an appointment with a staff member, mentoring, tutoring or an extra curricula activity.

Congregating (loitering) anywhere in the vicinity of the school is prohibited. There is no formal supervision beyond the school, so it is imperative that students travel directly home or to a parent/guardian-authorized after-school program. Students are expected to contact the administration or a faculty member to report incidents that occur in close proximity to the school.
Students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. Students must also follow the School Dismissal and No Congregating (loitering) policies set out above.

When a student is not in school during the time she/he is scheduled to be in school — that is truancy. New York State law holds parents/guardians and students responsible. If students are apprehended by the New York City Police Department a report is filed and the student is brought to school. These reports can have consequences under New York State law. ACE will assign detention.

Note: If a student is found to be persistently truant, the matter may be referred to the appropriate New York City agency.

ACE cannot be responsible for personal property brought to school. Students are urged not to bring sentimental or valuable property to school. Prohibited Items. Certain personal property is not to be brought to school. All electronic devices, including cell phones, radios, beepers, and other communication devices, iPods, MP3 players, CD players, CDs, electronic games, laser pointers, etc. must be submitted at scanning when students enter the building in accordance with the electronic device school policy. All sharp metal instruments and objects are prohibited in school. See the NYCDOE Discipline Code and the Chancellor’s Regulation A-412. Scanning. Under the Chancellor’s policy announced in April 2005, all NYC Public Schools may be scanned at any time. Students must be prepared to successfully enter the school each day. A full description of the policy and scanning procedure is available. See Chancellor’s regulation A-432. Retrieving Confiscated Items. Confiscated items must be picked up by ONLY a parent/guardian listed on the emergency blue card between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Bathroom and Late Policy
Non-Negotiable Policy. It is policy of ACE that no student may be in the hallway without a pass, except during the change of class or under the supervision of faculty, staff or other adults. Students are required to sign out and sign in the Classroom Hallway Pass Log. This non-negotiable policy ensures the safety and security of the ACE community as well as provides an appropriate environment for learning.

Cutting Consequences.
Any student in the hallway without a pass is cutting and will be referred to their mentor or dean. Parents/guardians will be called. Students determined to have a persistent pattern of this behavior will be scheduled for a Case Conference and can receive a Principal’s Suspension.

Restroom Passes. Students must request a Restroom Pass from their teacher. Faculty may, at their discretion, grant or decline the student’s request. A student must not give the Restroom Pass to another student. Giving the Restroom Pass to another student is a violation of ACE policy and will result in disciplinary action. All students must sign the bathroom log when leaving the classroom to go to the bathroom and upon their return to the class.

Office Passes. May be issued by the teacher, but only rarely. Office Passes are required when faculty determines that a student needs to leave the classroom and go to a location other than the restroom.

Daily homework will be posted in the classroom, on Pupil Path or on a hand-out. All homework assignments must be submitted on the due date. Students must hand in work neatly handwritten in blue or black ink or typed. Pencils are permitted for Mathematics. Failure to submit homework assignments on time will negatively affect a student ’s grade and mastery of a topic.