Argenta-Oreana High School Frequently Asked Questions


Argenta-Oreana High School 

PARENTS

What time does school begin and end? 
First hour begins at 8:10 AM and the school day ends at 3:04 PM. Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:45 AM unless prior permission and arrangements have been made.
How do I let the school know if my child is ill and not able to attend school? 
When an unanticipated absence from school occurs, parents should call the high school office between 7:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. on the morning of the absence at 795-4821 or 795-4822. Calls made by students will not be accepted as appropriate. If a note is not brought, the student will be issued an unexcused absence slip for that day, and he/she must bring a note the following day or make-up privileges may be denied and the student may be considered truant. If a student loses semester credit due to attendance, he/she will be dropped from all extra-curricular activities. Upon returning to school from an absence, students are to report to the Office before first period with their parental note explaining their absence and obtain an admit slip. Every student who misses a class or classes must present an admit slip to each teacher of the classes missed.
Make-up Work
Students who are absent for any reason are expected to make-up the work that was missed. It is the responsibility of the student to seek out the teacher and establish what has been missed. The make-up time allowance is equal to the number of days absent. Students who fail to make-up work within that time limit will be given zeros, which could lower the grades sufficiently and cause failure in the course.

Regarding partial day absences, a student who is absent from only morning classes will be expected to get his or her assignments from the morning classes missed and have them ready to turn in the following day. 

Students who are absent during the latter part of a school day will be expected to get their assignments before they leave, unless circumstances prevent them from doing so, and have those assignments ready to turn in the next day. The teacher may make exceptions to this policy when it is necessary for the student to have specific information prior to doing the assignment. Students are to check with their teachers regarding all make-up assignments. Unexcused absences may cause the teacher to disallow credit and could also cause failure.
Where can I access a calendar for the school year?
Our district community calendar including school holidays and early dismissals is available on our website www.argenta-oreana.org
Where can I access a schedule of the extra curricular activities?
Extra curricular schedules can be found at http://il.8to18.com/a-o
How can I monitor my student’s academic progress? 
Student grades and academic progress as well as additional announcements can be found at www.teacherease.com.
How do I get access to the Teacher Ease website? 
You can get your account information from our District Technology Coordinator Mr. Tom Altig. He can be reached by phone at (217) 795-4821 or email at taltig@argenta-oreana.org.
Does the school utilize social media to communicate information?
Yes, all of our buildings utilize social media to communicate information to the general public. Argenta-Oreana High School can be followed on 
Twitter - @AOHSBOMBERS
What do I do if my child is struggling in a particular class?
We strive to maintain open lines of communication between home and school. We are also a “Chain of Command” school district. This means that we believe in communicating with those most likely to help address concerns or answer questions. If you are concerned about the progress of your child in a particular class, please call the school at (217) 795-4821, and ask to speak to your child’s teacher. You may also email the teacher using the email list that can be found at www.argenta-oreana.org under the Teacher Info tab
What is academic late stay?
If your child is not performing to his or her ability in any core class, an academic late stay may be recommended. During academic late stay, your child may get one-on-one help from the referring teacher after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 p.m. and then they may get additional help by the supervisor until 4:30 p.m. 
How do I sign up for academic late stay?
Students must sign up in the office by 1:00 p.m. on the day of late stay.
What time will I get home from late stay?
The Late Stay Bus leaves the school at 4:30 p.m.  Students will get off at their regular bus stop and arrive home between 4:45 -5:30 p.m.
What kind of academic honors are available for students?
HONOR ROLL REQUIREMENTS
The following are grade point averages (GPA) a student must attain in order to be placed on the honor roll:
High Honors…. 4.750 - 5.000 (No grade lower than a “B” per quarter)
Honors………..   4.250 - 4.740 (No more than one grade letter of a “C” per quarter)
* A grade of “D” or “F” will disqualify a student from earning Honor Roll or High Honor Roll status.

GRADUATING WITH HONORS
In order for graduating seniors to be recognized as graduating with “Honors,” students will take a minimum of four “Honors” credits (one semester of Honors Coursework equals .5 credit), identified below.

GRADUATING WITH HIGHEST HONORS
In order for graduating seniors to be recognized as graduating with “Highest Honors,” students will take a minimum of six “Honors” credits (one semester of Honors Coursework equals .5 credit) , identified below.

VALEDICTORIAN
This is awarded to the graduating senior who has met the requirement for graduating with “Highest Honors,” and completes the seventh semester ranking first in scholarship (GPA). The graduating senior with the highest grade point average will be named Valedictorian of his/her graduating class and will give the valedictory address at the commencement exercise. If a tie exists for the highest grade point average between two or more seniors, co-valedictorians will be named and each so honored student will speak at commencement.

SALUTATORIAN
This is awarded to the graduating senior who has met the requirement for graduating with “Highest Honors,” and completes the seventh semester ranking second in scholarship (GPA). The graduating senior with the second highest grade point average will be named Salutatorian of his/her graduating class and will give the salutatory address at the commencement exercise. If a tie exists for the second highest grade point average between two or more seniors, co-salutatorians will be named and each so honored student will speak at commencement.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Sophomore, Junior and Senior students with at least a 4.5 GPA who exhibit the characteristics of leadership, scholarship, character, and service may apply to become a member of the AOHS National Honor Society.
What is Academic Honors Night?
Each spring we conduct an Academic Honors Night. Invitations are extended to students being recognized for their academic achievements by subject area, perfect attendance, high honor roll, honor roll, Scholastic Bowl, WYSE, etc.  We also induct new members to our chapter of the National Honor Society at this ceremony.


STUDENTS

How do I get involved in extra curricular activities?
 
How is it determined which grade level I am in? 
Students at Argenta-Oreana High School are classified by the number of credits they have earned by registration for the school year.
Number of credits required Classification:
  • Fewer than 4 Freshman
  • 4-10 Sophomore
  • 11-17 Junior
  • 18 and above Senior
How many credits do I have to earn to graduate? 
  • Freshman - English, Math Science, P.E., Composition, Driver’s Ed. / Careers, Health or Geography, plus electives 
  • Sophomore - English, Math, Science, PE, Driver’s Ed., / Careers / Geography, plus electives 
  • Junior - English, Math, American History, Consumer / Govt., PE, plus electives 
  • Senior - English, P.E., plus electives 
Credits Required for Graduation- 25; Transfer students’ credits will be prorated for graduation.
Can I change my classes if I don’t like them? 
Students are allowed five days at the beginning of a semester to change their schedule. 
How do I get into my locker? 
You can ask for your locker number and combination in the Office. You can also access your locker and combination on our student data management website at www.teacherease.com. If you have mechanical issues with your locker you should notify a teacher or administrator and ask for assistance to get it repaired.
How do I check on my grades? 
Student grades and academic progress as well as additional announcements can be found at www.teacherease.com.
How do I get access to the Teacher Ease website?
You can get your account information from our District Technology Coordinator Mr. Tom Altig. He can be reached by email at taltig@argenta-oreana.org.
How do I get breakfast and / or lunch?
You can put money on your meal account in the Office or on www.teacherease.com
When you go through the line in the cafeteria you will either scan your finger or give them your name. There is no assigned seating in the cafeteria. All of our students have the same lunch period.
Can I leave school to go get lunch somewhere else? 
No. We are a closed campus. This means that once you arrive at school you are to stay at school until dismissed.
What do I do if I have a conflict with another student? 
It is always appropriate to talk to your teachers or an administrator regarding conflict or issues with other students. 
If I drive to school where do park?
We have parking spaces available on the school parking lot. At registration you may reserve your parking spot by paying a $25.00 parking fee.
Is there someone I can talk to if I am having problems?
All of our teachers are able to assist you. Additionally, Ms. Jessica Hill is our School Social Worker and is available to assist you.

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Tom Altig,
Jun 16, 2017, 9:32 AM
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Tom Altig,
Jun 16, 2017, 9:32 AM
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Tom Altig,
Jun 16, 2017, 9:32 AM