Message from the Principal
The faculty, staff and I are proud to open the doors of the new McDuffie Achievement Center (MAC). We sincerely welcome you to this fabulous first year. The community as a whole has put forth a lot of effort to have this facility up and running so that you will have new opportunities to learn. Therefore, I challenge you to not view your stay here at MAC as a means to an end but as a chance at a new beginning. It is our goal to provide opportunities for you to become more successful and productive as you, your parents, the community and the faculty and staff at MAC, embark on the journey to aid you in acquiring a greater sense of accomplishment and a stronger desire to achieve! However, we will have school in an environment that is safe and orderly. Therefore, it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the rules including the dress code and the demerit system. We look forward to walking with you as we discover a "new road to success" at the McDuffie Achievement Center.
Our Open House will be on Thursday Aug. 6, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. Students may receive schedules and have an opportunity to meet their teachers.
policies - MAC rules
Student behavior policies-mac rules
Make each day a success by being respectful to all persons including yourself and following the handbook or any directive given to you by MAC personnel.
Act responsibly by being prepared for class and dressing appropriately.
Control all behaviors by being quiet in the hallways and keeping hands, feet, objects and unnecessary comments to yourself.
Each student will receive 15 points at the beginning of each semester. This demerit system is to handle minor infractions which include but are not limited to the following:
- Chewing gum
- Dress code violations (correctable) such as shirts partially un-tucked, pants below waist or pants rolled.
- Talking in the hallways or classrooms w/out permission
- Making noises in the hallways or classrooms
- Not paying attention in class
- Not having paper, pen, pencil, book or other supplies for class
- Being tardy
- Rolling your eyes or neck
- Being in an area w/out permission such loitering in the hallway, outside the building, or in the lunchroom
- Touching things that do not belong to you such as pens, paper and pens.
Students can earn back points by passing their academic classes (English, Math, Social Studies and Reading) for the first and third 9 weeks only. Each passing academic class a student earns 1 demerit point. Points cannot be transferred or carried over from the previous semester.
All discipline matters will be handled subject to the discretion of the principal or assistant principal and consequences may be progressive. It is your responsibility to know what is against the rules. Necessary changes or additions to these rules will be announced to the students and posted when possible. In addition, if a student becomes a habitual violator of any minor infraction by committing the same infraction more than three times during the course of any semester, that minor infraction just became major for that student and the consequences as detailed in the Code of Conduct will be consulted.
In order to foster a climate conducive to academic achievement, students will be required to follow the guidelines of the McDuffie Achievement Center Dress Code.
With the understanding that a student's behavior is influenced by the way the student is dressed and with the understanding that no student should dress in a manner that is disruptive or has an adverse effect on the ongoing school activities, the following guidelines have been developed:
- Hats, head coverings, headbands, bandannas, curlers, picks, hairnets, and sunglasses are not to be worn during the school day. No grills are to be worn.
- No see-through, mesh, or sheer garments are allowed. Torn or ripped clothing is not allowed. All clothing must be made of denim, cotton or khaki material.
- Proper and acceptable undergarments must be worn and must not be visible to others. Cleavage must not show.
- Athletic shoes must be totally white or black in color with matching white or black laces. Dress/work shoes must be brown or black with brown or black shoelaces. Shoes must be worn as designed with laces tied, fasteners fastened, etc. Open-toed sandals are not permitted. Heels and soles may be no more than 2 inches high or thick on any shoes.
- Only plain white, navy blue, or gray collared shirts and blouses are allowed. Shirts and blouses must have sleeves. Brand or logo names or symbols (e.g. Duckhead, Polo, Nike, etc.) must be pocket size or smaller (4 inch maximum). No other picture, symbol, statement, or advertisement on clothing is allowed. Off-the-shoulder garments are not allowed. All shirts and blouses must be tucked so that the belt line is visible at all times. Any shirts or blouses that cannot be tucked in may not be worn. Plain white, navy blue, or gray undershirts (t-shirts) may be worn under a collared shirt. The outer shirt must remain buttoned. Plain white, navy blue or gray sweatshirts are allowed but must be tucked in so that the belt line remains visible at all times. Male students are allowed to wear solid colored buttoned down dress shirts with ties. No plaid shirts are allowed. No hooded shirts or hooded sweatshirts are allowed on campus.
- Skirts must be fitted at the waist. Skirts and dresses must cover the knee or be longer in length. If a jumper is worn, a shirt or blouse as detailed above must be worn underneath the jumper. The statement above regarding logo names also applies with skirts, dresses and jumpers. Skirts, dresses, and jumpers must be solid blue, black or tan in color. Slits, vents or openings may not come above the knee.
- Pants must be blue, black or khaki in color and tailor only. These pants must be made of denim or khaki material. Pants must be fitted at the waist and not be baggy or frayed at the bottom. Pants with holes or with frayed bottoms are not allowed. Belts must be black, brown or tan in color and buckled through belt loops in pants. Belts must be of appropriate waist size (no more than 4 inches at student's waist). Belt must be visible at all times. No sweat/wind pants are allowed. No bib overalls or oversized clothing is allowed. Shorts are not allowed. Pants must be sized to fit the natural waistline and worn at the natural waistline (no more than 2 inches below the belly button). Pant legs must be of equal length and may not touch the floor.
- Students may not wear coats or jackets during class time. These items, when worn to school, must be checked in at the lunchroom upon arrival and may be retrieved from the front office at the end of the school day.
- The only jewelry allowed at MAC is class rings and wedding rings for married students only. All other jewelry will be confiscated.
- Only clear nail polish is allowed at MAC. Otherwise, fingernails must be natural in color.
- All students must wear identification badges properly at all times.
- Pregnant girls will wear properly fitting maternity clothes if they attend MAC.
- Personal grooming should be done at home, not at school.
- The interpretation and decision of this policy by the principal shall be final.
- The principal shall have full discretion to schedule special dress days.
- The principal of the school has a right to prohibit any item of clothing he/she deems to be inappropriate.