Dress Code Policy
Students should dress in a way that contributes to the health and safety of the individual, promotes a positive educational environment, and encourages good school spirit. Student dress should be non-disruptive of the educational activities and process of the school. If a student is reported for not dressing properly, he/she will be asked to change into appropriate clothing.
Student clothing does:
- present you in a positive, professional manner
- cover "the rectangle" i.e., shoulders, midsection, and upper thigh
- have positive and motivational school appropriate logos, symbols or graphics
- keep your head clear, unless for religious purposes
Student clothing does NOT:
- have inappropriate symbols, graphics or logos that reference/symbolize gangs, nudity, violence, drugs, illegal activities or slurs
- include shorts or skirts that reveal the upper thigh
- include any type of head covering, unless for religious purposes (no hats, caps, visors, bandannas, du-rags, or hoodies that are up)
- include open-toed shoes, like sandals
- Show excessive skin (upper or lower cleavage and bellies included)
- Reveal underwear (no sagging pants, no spaghetti straps or tank tops)
Procedure for what happens if a student breaks the hat and hoodie policy
- If a student is wearing a hat or sweatshirt with the hood up after they arrive they will be asked to remove their hat, or take off their hood. The expectation is that their hat will go in either their locker or backpack, and that their hood is completely removed. Hoods that are partially on are considered to be on and need to be taken down completely. The adult who asked the student to remove their hat/hood will document their request in Jumprope.
- If a student refuses to take off his/her hat or hoodie, the teacher will email referral who will speak with the student and inform their parent/guardian.
Use of Electronics
Students are expected to use electronics in a professional manner. Students are permitted to use electronic devices for educational purposes in class only when explicitly given permission to do so by a teacher. Students are permitted to use their personal electronic devices in the hallway discreetly during passing times as long as they do not disrupt others and continue to be on time to their classes. If a staff member judges that an electronic device, phone, or other item belonging to a student is being disruptive or otherwise used contrary to school expectations, the staff member may ask the student to hand over items at any item. Students are always expected to follow the directions of staff members.
Electronic device useage is permitted only at designated times and areas in the school. Students are solely responsible for their electronics. The Urban Assembly Maker Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen student electronic devices. Students who choose to not bring cell phones to school may request access to use the office phone before or after school to communicate with parents/guardians.
- Students will keep cell phones turned off and out of sight in the classroom. Students may use cell phones in classes, including field trips, only with the explicit permission of the teacher or an administrator.
- Students may use cell phones in any office with the authorization of a staff member or in the student cafeteria during their lunch period.
- Students are never allowed to use cell phones or electronic devices in locker rooms or bathrooms.
- Cell phones and electronic devices may never be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination except as authorized by the school, or pursuant to an Individualized Education Plan or a Section 504 accommodation plan.
- Students may not record, tape, film or photograph anywhere in the building using cell phones or other electronic devices unless the individual being recorded has consented and no teacher or administrator prohibits such action.
- Use of cell phones or electronic devices for bullying, harassment or academic dishonesty (including cheating, plagiarism or unauthorized collaboration) may result in disciplinary action as specified by the school's Academic Honesty Policy and the New York City Department of Education Discipline Code.
- Cell phones and electronic devices used in violation of these policies will be confiscated. For first offenses, confiscated devices will be returned to students at the end of the day. For repeated offenses, a parent or guardian must come to school to retrieve confiscated devices.
- Students may not recharge cell phones anywhere in the school.
- Students are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of their electronic devices while at school.
Restrooms and Hallways
Student recieve a signed pass from a teacher on any occasion where they need to leave the room during a class. Possible reasons to ask for a pass include visiting the main office, going to the school nurse, seeing another teacher, or going to the restroom.
Restrooms are closed during the first and last 10 minutes of every period.
Procedure for what happens if a student breaks the bathroom/hallway policy:
- If a student is in the hallway without the appropriate pass, the student will be redirected back to class immediately.
- If the student left the classroom without permission, the teacher will document the incident in Jumprope.
- If a student leaves class without permission for a second time the teacher will document the incident in Jumprope and call the parent/guardian.
- If leaving class without permission becomes an ongoing issue, teachers will refer the student to the Principal and parent/guardian will be called in for a conference. (Other consequences may apply at this time.)
- Lunch starts at 1:00pm.
- All students must either be in a classroom or in the cafeteria by 1:05 PM.
- Bathroom Rule: 10 minutes after the period begins. Pass required.
- If a student is going downstairs to get lunch and come back upstairs, a lunch pass is needed. A lunch pass does not give you permission to cut the lunch line.
- Appropriate behavior is expected at all times and in all places, including the lunchroom, in stairwells, in classrooms.
- Students remaining in or returning to a classroom with a pass must have the permission of, and be directly supervised by, a teacher.
- Once the student is with a teacher, they must sign in and stay with the teacher for the whole period.
This program provides responsible students an opportunity to exit the school building during their lunch period. Students who qualify for the Out Lunch Program are also eligible to participate in the DOE School Lunch Program if they choose to do so. Students must earn this privilege each month of the school year.
For the first marking period, students qualify by maintaining a 95% or higher attendance rate. For the second marking period and beyond, students qualify by maintaining a 95% attendance rate and/or passing all of their classes.
Eligible students who have returned a permission slip will receive their Open Lunch pass during morning advisory. Student must be present in morning advisory to receive their pass.
Each day, a UA Maker staff member will be posted by Exit E and students will exit between 1:00-1:05 and must return between 1:35-1:40.
Participation in the UA Maker Out Lunch Program requires parental consent that will be verified.
Expectations of students participating in Out Lunch:
- Follow all school rules.
- Exit school building in a timely manner.
- Behave responsibly; following the DOE discipline codes and policies and exhibiting UA Maker core values.
- Understand that violations of discipline codes may result in suspension or revocation of Open Lunch privileges.
- Finish any outside food and drink before re-entering the building. Out Lunch students are not permitted to bring outside food back inside.
- Sign back into the building no later than 1:40pm.
- Use their school ID to swipe in and out of the building during lunch.
Students breaking school expectations while outside the building will be held to the same discipline standards that would apply if they were in school. Consequences for inappropriate behavior may result in being removed from out lunch for any ammount of time, or other consequences including suspension.
Students who have qualified for out lunch may have this privilege revoked at any time for reasons including not following school directions, behavior guidelines, or meeting academic expectations.
Eating Lunch in the Student Cafeteria
All serving lines in the student cafeteria are “cashless”. Students must use their ID cards to pay for meals. They scan their ID card at the cashier and proceed to the serving line. Their photo will appear on screen for ID verification and the system will automatically deduct the amount from the account. If the student is eligible for free lunch, the "amount owed" will show as zero.Money can be deposited in advance in special "prepayment kiosks" located in the student cafeteria. Bills of any denomination as well as quarters will be accepted in the kiosks. Deposits can also be made via internet or by phone. Parents/guardian can also set a daily or weekly spending limit for his/her child.
Only students who have a scheduled lunch or free period may be permitted to enter the student cafeteria. When students finish eating, they must clear the tables, push their chairs in, place recyclable materials in the recycle bins, and place other trash in regular trash bins.
Bullying is an intentional and repeated written, verbal or physical act that causes mental or physical harm to another person. No students are allowed to engage in bullying.
Students are not permitted to ride the elevator unless they have a valid elevator pass issued by the school. If you need an elevator pass, please provide the main office with a signed doctors note indicating a need for the elevator, and the expected period of time the pass will be needed.
Use of School Locker
Lockers are the property of the school and the administrative staff has the authority to govern their proper use. Lockers and locks are assigned to individual students. Students may not swap lockers or locks. Students wishing to use the school locker must use a school lock. The application to use a locker and to purchase a lock can be found on the school website. Locks may not be removed, substituted or exchanged. If a lock is broken or lost, a replacement lock will be supplied at the cost of a new lock. Contraband (such as illegal drugs, weapons or alcoholic beverages) is not permitted in the school building and may not be stored in lockers.
Safeguarding lockers and their contents is the responsibility of the student. Students are strongly discouraged from sharing secrets, including locker combinations and passwords, with anyone.
Plagiarism can mean any of:
- Copying all or part of another person's work
- Allowing another person to copy your work
- Copying answers from websites
- Taking details from websites/readings without quotes or citations.
Generally speaking, students must always submit their own work and provide clear sources/references/citations in cases where they have drawn from an outside source, including another student or any other outside resource.
Plagiarism consequences apply to students who plagiarize work and students who knowingly enable plagiarism. In every case of plagiarism, if the course assesses standards related to work completion or academic honesty, the teacher may assign a failing grade in that standard in addition to withholding any grade for the plagiarised work.
- Teacher meets with student to discuss the incident
- Student receives no grade on the assignment and teacher documents plagiarism in comment in Jumprope.
- Student is given an opportunity to re-do the assignment during after school tutoring with the teacher. They cannot receive credit for an assignment redone independently without teacher supervision.
- Teacher meets with the student to discuss the incident
- Student receives a no grade on the assignment and teacher documents plagiarism in comment in Jumprope
- Teacher contacts student’s parents. If student participates on a school team, Roberts contacts coach.
- Student participates in a focus group on academic honesty with school social worker.
- Successful participation in the focus group earns the student the opportunity to redo the assignment under the supervision of the teacher.
- Student receives a no grade on the assignment and teacher documents plagiarism in comment in Jumprope.
- Teacher submits a disciplinary referral to Roberts who will escalate up the ladder of referral according to Chancellor’s Regulations.
Field trips are an important part of a student's education at UA Maker. Students are to attend school trips as part of the stated curriculum. School trip days are mandatory attendance days.
During trips students are expected to behave responsibly and to follow the school’s discipline code and policies. Parents and students sign permission slips in advance of school trips acknowledging expectations, release of liability and requirements for travel to and from the field trip site.
See our grading policy here
What do my grades mean?
The following guidelines can help you understand the scores you recieve in Jumprope:
With help, I know (can do) some of what was taught.
I know (can do) all the easy parts, but I don't know (can't do) the harder parts.
I know (can do) everything that was taught without making mistakes.
I know (can do) it well enough to make connections that weren't taught.
All students will be provided with books and other instructional materials for various courses throughout the school year. Students are notified in advance when an item is due to be returned. Students are expected to return items in similar condition to how they were loaned. Students are expected to pay for missing or damaged items.
After-school tutoring hours are posted at the beginning of each semester. Some teachers also offer individual or small-group tutoring during school hours.
Our media center is under construction and is expected to open in Spring 2018. More information about library policies will be released when it opens.
Use of School Computers
Computers are available for educational use.
Students may not:
- Use the internet for commercial purposes
- Use copyrighted materials without permission
- Lobby for political purposes
- Access pornographic or obscene materials
- Send inappropriate messages
- Vandalize equipment
Working with tools and power equipment in the Maker Space provides a valuable educational experience to students. However, access to the tools and power equipment can be revoked if a student engages in activities that pose unacceptable safety risks, or if a student engages in activities that risk potential damage to equipment, or if a student interferes with the activity of other students, staff or faculty in the Maker Space.
All students using tools and power equipment of any kind in the shop must agree to the terms below, and must sign the form and have a parent or guardian sign the form. Students will have access to the Maker Space only when a teacher is present. Access to the tools and power equipment is granted after safety instruction and after the student passes safety tests with a 100% score.
Maker Space Student Safety Training includes the following:
- Training on the appropriate use and safe operation of tools and power equipment
- Information on the potential hazards associated with a particular tool or piece of power equipment
Student Terms of Tool, Power Equipment and Maker Space Use:
- I will follow all necessary safety precautions when working with a particular tool or piece of power equipment.
- I will always wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is required to be used in the shop and follow rules for appropriate dress.
- I will use the tools and power equipment as directed and approved by my teacher and adhere to the limitations of the particular tools and power equipment.
- I will follow all appropriate procedures in the event of a machine malfunction.
- I will not damage any tools or power equipment and follow all rules for appropriate conduct in the Maker Space.
- I will follow all procedures in the event of an emergency (i.e. injury).
Subject class registration is done twice a year. Although some of the required courses are programmed by the school, students have the opportunity to enter their preferences for their CTE pathway. Course descriptions are posted online. Assistant Principals, guidance counselor, college counselor or your advisor are good sources in assisting students to select electives.
Elective Course Offerings
Assistant Principals of Supervision determine the number of classes of each elective to be offered based on student requests and staffing considerations. Preference in most elective courses is given to upper class students. Selection for oversubscribed courses will be determined by criteria established by assistant principals. In certain cases, selection is made by lottery, with seniors given preference in programming, followed by juniors and then sophomores. Students will be placed in their second or third choice classes (when space permits) if it is not possible to program them for their first choices.
Students will be scheduled for the courses requested where administratively possible. Some reasons why a request may not be met include:
- Request may be oversubscribed (more requests than seats).
- Request may not be offered (due to insufficient demand or budgetary limitations).
- Request may conflict with other classes.
Additional Opportunities for Study
Information regarding employment, summer programs, and internship positions is posted by the Guidance Suite Room 408, as well as sent out via email each moth.
A ninth grade student entering tenth grade is required to have earned a minimum of eight (8) credits. Furthermore, these credits must include two credits in English, two credits in social studies, and one credit of physical education.
A tenth grade student entering eleventh grade is required to have earned a minimum of twenty (20) credits. Furthermore, these credits must include four credits in English, four credits in social studies, two credits in mathematics, two credits in science, and two credits of physical education (one may be substituted by health).
An eleventh grade student entering twelfth grade is required to have earned a minimum of twenty eight (28) credits. Furthermore, these credits must include six credits in English, six credits in social studies, four credits in mathematics, four credits in science, and three credits of physical education (one may be substituted by health).
In order for a student to graduate at the end of the twelfth grade, they are required to have earned a minimum of forty-four (44) credits as well as satisfactory grades on all required New York State Regents Exams.
Any student who does not meet promotional requirements will not be promoted to the next grade. Wherever possible, the school will provide students with summer courses and additional study options during the school year to allow every student to gradutate on time. Students must attend and complete the course of study to which they are assigned by the school, including summer school.