2014-2015 Cretin-Derham Hall Student Handbook Table of Contents

2014-2015 Cretin-Derham Hall Student Handbook Table of Contents
2014-2015 Cretin-Derham Hall Student Handbook
Table of Contents
The Cretin-Derham Hall Community
Welcome Message
Cretin-Derham Hall Prayer
CDH Rouser
Mission and Values
Legacy Statement
Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Schedule (Daily, CASA, and Late Start)
Faculty and Staff
Credit for Repeat Courses
Early Graduation
Eligibility Standards
Grading Policies
Honors Courses
Honor Roll
Independent Study
Pass / Fail Option
Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Excessive Absence
Illness and Appointments
Planned Absence of More Than One Day
State Tournament Attendance
Unexcused Absence
Student Behavioral Expectations
Behavior On / Off Campus
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Chemical Policies
Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Co-Curricular / Athletic Eligibility Consequences
Safe & Drug Free Zone
Tobacco / Nicotine Policy
Concussion Policy
Dance Guidelines
Disciplinary Interventions
Dismissal from Class
Dismissal from Cretin-Derham Hall
Eighteen-Year-Old Students
Harassment Policy
iPad Policy
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Uniform and Non-Uniform Policies
Student Services
Behavioral Assessment and Services
Guidance Department and Support Services
Health Records and Medication
Library Media Center (LMC)
General Information
Announcements and Bulletins
Co-Curricular Activities
Collections Policy
Evacuation Plans
Evening Activities
Field Trips
Hallway Passes
Homeroom and Study Halls
Journal Entries
Lost and Found
Non-School Sponsored Events
Personal Property and Lockers
Raider Rack
School Closings
School Trips
Bus Cards
Parking Permits
Snow Emergency Parking
Work Study Program
Information for Parents
First Line of Inquiry
Fundraising Information
Helpful Hints
Academic & Behavior Progress Reports
Late Starts
Sports Schedules
Tuition Plan
Parents’ Association Contact Information, Event Schedule
Welcome to Cretin-Derham Hall
The faculty, staff and administration of Cretin-Derham Hall would like to welcome you to the
2013-2014 school year. Cretin-Derham Hall is a Catholic, co-educational high school, cosponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
committed to Christian values and academic excellence in grades nine through twelve. We will
educate young men and women of diverse abilities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds
for opportunities in post-secondary education.
Through instruction, experience, and example, the school intends to prepare students to know
their faith, to create community, and to lead lives of worship and service. Cretin-Derham Hall
will provide an environment which will enable all students to achieve their intellectual potential,
prepare them for further education, and empower them to function as effective members of
church and society.
Through academic and co-curricular experiences, students can integrate the spiritual, cultural,
intellectual, physical, emotional, moral and social dimensions of their lives. Cretin-Derham Hall
will create opportunities for leadership and achievement for both young women and young men.
This handbook is designed to help parents/guardians and students become familiar with the
Cretin-Derham Hall Mission and Values, its policies and procedures, and general information
which will be useful throughout the school year.
Cretin-Derham Hall High School
550 South Albert Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116
Fax 651-696-3394
The school calendar can be found on the CDH website. Athletic schedules can be found at
http://suburbaneast.org. Daily athletic schedules and inclement weather postings are updated on
the Athletic Hotline (651-696-3375).
All CDH policies are enforced year round and are cumulative throughout the four-year
course of study, beginning at the time a student completes all appropriate admissions and
registration materials.
The Cretin-Derham Hall Administration may introduce new rules and procedures, or
modify existing ones, and reserves the right to interpretation.
Cretin-Derham Hall Prayer
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God, and
let us love God and our dear neighbor without distinction.
Loving God,
Giver of Life, Sacred Friend and Tender Parent,
We know You as helper, healer and comforter.
By your generous Spirit we are forgiven and restored.
Help us to be one with You.
May that union of love lead us to serve others
in acts of charity and justice.
Help us to respect not only others, but all of creation
so that future generations will have your gifts as well.
Drawing from our Catholic tradition of Gospel values and service,
May we recognize and develop our individual gifts and talents
so that our work at Cretin-Derham Hall
Will empower us to go out among others
with the passion and self-giving of our
patrons and intercessors,
St. John Baptist De La Salle and St. Joseph.
With grateful hearts,
We ask this in Jesus’ name.
St. Joseph- Pray for us.
St. John Baptist De La Salle - Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts - Forever.
Cretin-Derham Hall Rouser
Oh hail CDH, the greatest school in all the land.
Our Alma Mater we doff our hats to thee and stand.
The purple and gold spells loyalty we’re proud to show.
Hail Raiders, Rah! Rah! Hoo-Rah! Hail CDH let’s go!
Fair school of our youth, our happiest days were spent with thee.
The friendships we’ve made, will live fore’er in memory.
Wherever we go our motto always VICTORY.
Hail Raiders, Rah! Rah! Hoo-Ray! Hail CDH, let’s go!
R-A-I-D-E-R-S Go Raiders!
Cretin-Derham Hall Mission Statement
Cretin-Derham Hall is a Catholic co-educational high school, co-sponsored by the Brothers of
the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, committed to Christian values
and academic excellence in grades nine through twelve. We will educate young men and women
of diverse abilities, cultures, and socio-economic background for opportunities in post-secondary
CATHOLIC - A conscious focus on Judeo/Christian traditions and Gospel values and Catholic
doctrine as understood, celebrated and lived in the Catholic Church. Within a community of
faith, we explore our relationship with God through worship, prayer, study and service
promoting the dignity of each individual to insure and care for the common good.
ACADEMICS - The process of imparting an identified curriculum for the purpose of preparing
students for opportunities in post-secondary education.
LEADERSHIP - Provide an environment in which students learn about, develop and exercise the
skills necessary to positively affect their community.
COMMUNITY - A body of diverse and inter-related individuals who support, care, and respect
each other and seek to demonstrate these values in society.
SERVICE - A commitment to ministry within the church, school, and community at large to
develop a sense of stewardship.
DIVERSITY - A conscious focus on and a shared responsibility to understand and respect the
differences in abilities, religions, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds of the school
community and society.
EQUITY - A conscious focus on and a shared responsibility for the development of a gender fair
Cretin-Derham Hall Legacy Statement
Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God,
and let us love God and our dear neighbor without distinction.
As we begin a new school year, we will call ourselves to prayer on the first day of school and
many times throughout the year. This call to prayer signifies the tremendous legacy we have
received from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
In the beginning, Cretin-Derham Hall was two separate schools created and sustained by these
two communities of women and men. Derham Hall and Cretin provided education for young
women and young men among Saint Paul’s growing immigrant population. Like their humble
beginnings in 17th century France, both the Sisters and Brothers went out into the city, observed
the lives of the people, and developed a plan to meet the signs of the times.
Today the mission and values of Cretin-Derham Hall reflect the spirit and mission of the Sisters
of Saint Joseph of Carondelet and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. We benefit from the
selfless service of these communities and the legacy each has given us. From their founder,
Saint John Bapist de La Salle and the Brothers, we receive education that is grounded in a
conscious awareness of God’s presence, and to the learning experience, we are challenged to
bring both passion and faith. From the inspiration of Saint Joseph and the Sisters, we are
reminded that the love of God must always move toward a profound love of the dear neighbor,
i.e., creating a hopeful, loving, and just world.
And so, as we gather to form a school community, we will also gather to pray and ask God’s
abundant grace and blessing on us. May we believe that our efforts as students, teachers, and
staff, are part of life’s greatest purpose: to remember and live fully in the holy presence of God,
and to love God and our dear neighbor without distinction.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
Reflections from the Catholic Bishops of the United States1
And Their Implementation at Cretin-Derham Hall
Principle #1. The Dignity of the Human Person
Behold, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know
that when it is revealed we shall be like God, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3.2).
All people are created in the image and likeness of God. Our belief in the sanctity of human life
and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation for the principles of our social
teaching. People do not lose their dignity because of disability, poverty, age, gender, lack of
success or race. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than
things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and
dignity of the human person.
The dignity of every person created in God’s image and likeness is the fundamental building
block in the ongoing development of Cretin-Derham Hall as a community of learners. From
ninth-grade orientation through graduation day, students are invited to recognize and respect one
another and to value life in all its stages. One of the most pervasive examples of respect offered
and modeled to students is the daily challenge to reach the fullness of their potential
academically, socially, and personally. At Cretin-Derham Hall, every student will be respected
and will be asked to respect each person mindful of the ways they are each different yet united in
being made in the image and likeness of God. For it is that common thread of being made and
loved by God, that can hold a diverse community together. Therefore fostering respect for
oneself and others, as well as for all of creation, is a fundamental way to honor the dignity of life.
Principle #2. The Call to Family, Community, and Participation
This I command you, love one another (John 15.17).
Our Catholic tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we
organize our society -- in economics and politics, in law and policy -- directly affects human
dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is the central
institution that must be supported and strengthened. The Catholic tradition teaches that human
beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community.
Cretin-Derham Hall recognizes that Catholic education is not only an academic preparation for
continued education, but also a spiritual undertaking of the sacred task of creating a just society.
While empowering each individual student to reach the fullness of his or her potential
academically and spiritually, Cretin-Derham Hall’s seven values -- Catholic, academic,
leadership, community, service, diversity, and equity -- can only be developed and achieved
through participation in the community. In essence, the development of each individual student
is fundamentally personal and familial, social and systemic. Therefore sincere consideration is
given to the communal aspects of school climate, family, parish, neighborhoods, and beyond, in
the process of educating for life.
Principle #3. The Rights and Responsibilities of Every Person
You have been told what is good, and what God requires of you: Only to do the right and to
love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6.8).
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can
be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every
person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.
Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to one another, to our families, and
to the larger society.
One of the most fascinating points about Catholic Social Teaching is its consistent emphasis on
the interconnectedness between the rights and responsibilities of persons. While even the U.S.
Constitution states every citizen has inalienable rights, Catholic Social Teaching goes one big step
further by understanding that each person’s right to life, food, shelter, healthcare, education, and
employment is every other person’s duty. For example, each student’s right to education is every
other student’s and faculty’s responsibility to maintain a classroom that is free of behavior that is
detrimental to any student’s capacity to learn. Applying this essential principle of rights and
responsibilities, Cretin-Derham Hall seeks to create an atmosphere where every student can
receive the opportunity to learn. With its policies and procedures, the student handbook provides
a framework for identifying every person’s rights and responsibilities in the school.
Principle #4. The Preferential Protection of the Poor and Vulnerable.
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these
least of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25.40).
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by
deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the last judgment
(cf. Matthew 25.31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
No matter how technologically advanced or emotionally intelligent human beings have become,
human history reveals a general pattern among developing civilizations: those who have not
become those who have, and those who have now, forget the time when they had not.
Consequently, the care for the widows, the orphans, and the aliens in the community would be
forgotten and those who have become “owners” continue to store and save for their own. The
fourth principle of Catholic Social Teaching challenges this basic pattern in society. Throughout
time, women who are widowed, children who have lost their parents, and immigrants who have
moved to a new land have been the most vulnerable in society. Catholic Social Teaching
emphasizes that those who live in states of sustained deprivation receive protection and support
because, as principle #3 states, to the extent that their basic rights are not met, the community is
responsible for their care and protection. Cretin-Derham Hall is an educational institution which
is also a Catholic school by, first of all, humbly and gratefully acknowledging the many gifts it
has received, and, secondly, seeking to use the time, talent, and treasures given for the protection
of the most vulnerable both within the school and in the metropolitan area. Great effort is made
so that each student’s high school experience can include times of direct and reflective servicelearning in neighborhoods unlike their own. Similarly, care and support is given to the process
of realizing the various privileges available to the students and how those privileges can best be
utilized on behalf of others and not simply applied for personal gain. Believing in educating
each student for life, Cretin-Derham Hall strives to develop a conscious commitment to the most
Principle #5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his
payment (Luke 10.7).
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way of making
a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be
protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected: the right to productive work, to
decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic
initiative. Respecting these rights promotes an economy that protects human life, defends human
rights and advances the well-being of all.
Cretin-Derham Hall strives to help students recognize the dignity of work both by seeing the
school learning environment as their “workplace,” and by understanding their studies as part of
their vocation. During their high school education, students participate in God’s creation
through positive involvement in academic study, co-curricular programs, and daily presence at
school. Following the principle of the students’ right to work and their responsibilities, CretinDerham Hall also recognizes and values the dignified work of its teachers and staff. Through
their ongoing dedication to students, their vocation as educators is manifested not only in the
explicit curriculum that is taught, but also through the implicit curriculum that is caught (i.e., the
modeling of faith, character, and integrity in the classroom).
Principle #6. Solidarity
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13.7).
Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever
they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and
ideological differences. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving
our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.
Cretin-Derham Hall strives toward the significant and challenging task of inviting its students,
faculty, and staff to recognize the power of belonging to one human family. Sometimes this
invitation is as simple as encouraging one another to believe that even the smallest kindness
(e.g., a book or coat drive, collections for earthquake victims, victims of sex trade and slavery,
etc.) can have a significant rippling effect in the hallway, in a classroom, on a team, or in another
neighborhood or country. And sometimes this invitation is uncomfortable for it can ask how
one’s pattern of consumption can impact the economic system of one’s brothers and sisters in
other parts of the world. Significantly, what might well be lacking in communication of cultures
can be eclipsed by the fervent exchange of goods. Always present is the challenge to identify
how economy impacts solidarity. Continually students and faculty are asked to consider how the
power to purchase not only creates a relationship between the buyer and seller, but also to the
manufacturer and laborer who may or may not have received a just wage for their work. Finally,
great efforts are made to provide lively, authentic, and spiritual liturgies that remind all members
of the community that prayer can be a profound and radical act of solidarity with brothers and
sisters throughout the world.
Principle #7. Care for God’s Creation.
God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have
dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on
the earth (Genesis 1.28).
Our Catholic tradition insists that we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of
creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We
are called to protect people and the planet, living out our faith in relationship with all of God’s
creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that
cannot be ignored.
At Cretin-Derham Hall, we strive to live as stewards of the riches of the world around us.
Specifically, we express care for God’s creation by maintaining the environment in and around
the school. Examples of ways we respect the environment include: recycling materials and reusing paper and supplies, being respectful of one another’s property, assisting in the clean-up of
the lunchroom as assigned, and by being considerate of people and private property in the
neighborhood surrounding the school. All members of the Cretin-Derham Hall community are
involved with maintaining the school through these particular practices, and through the
particular, we can discover the universal. Such aspects of environmental respect can lead to
greater awareness of and concern for the earth and its resources now, and in the years to come.
Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions. Washington, D.C.,: United
States Catholic Conference, 1998. Excerpts in Italics.
School Schedules
Regular Schedule
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 7
Period 8
7:50 - 8:35
8:40 - 9:25
9:30 - 10:15
10:20 - 11:05
11:05 - 11:32 senior lunch/junior homeroom
11:32 - 11:55 senior homeroom/junior lunch
11:10 - 11:55 sophomore/freshman class
12:00 - 12:22 sophomore lunch/freshman homeroom
12:22 - 12:45 freshman lunch/sophomore homeroom
12:00 - 12:45 senior/junior class
12:50 - 1:35
1:40 - 2:30 (1:40 afternoon announcements)
CASA Schedule
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 6
Period 7
Period 8
7:50 – 8:30
8:35 – 9:15
9:20 – 10:00
10:05 – 10:40
10:50 – 11:30
11:35 – 12:15 9th & 10th gr. class / 11th & 12th gr. lunch
12:20 – 1:00 11th & 12th gr. class / 9th & 10th gr. lunch
1:05 – 1:45
1:50 – 2:30
Period 6
Late Start Schedule
Period 1
8:50 - 9:25
Period 2
9:30 - 10:05
Period 3
10:10 - 10:45
Period 4
10:50 - 11:25
Period 5
11:25 - 11:53 senior lunch/junior homeroom
11:53 - 12:15 junior lunch/senior homeroom
11:30 - 12:15 sophomore/freshman class
Period 6
12:20 - 12:43 sophomore lunch/freshman homeroom
12:43 - 1:05 freshman lunch/sophomore homeroom
12:20 - 1:05 senior/junior class
Period 7
1:10 - 1:45
Period 8
1:50 - 2:30 (1:50 afternoon announcements)
Faculty and Staff by Department
Academic Development
Patricia Norusis
Br. Michael Rivers
Administrative Staff
Richard Engler - President
Mona Passman - Principal
Amy Bellus – Assistant Principal
Lou Anne Tighe, CSJc – Vice President for
Jerry Kline Jr. – Dean of Students
Admissions Director
Tony Leseman
Athletic Director
Jodi Loeblein-Lecker
Athletic Trainer
Contracted from Sports & Orthopedic
Michael Brewer
Allie Hutchins
Leslie Connelly
Joan O’Connell
Kathy Quitter
Connie Reding
Michael Scanlan
Jennifer Vinck
Deans’ Office
Jerry Kline Jr. – Dean of Students
(gr. 9, 11 & 12)
Amy Bellus – Dean of Students (gr. 10)
Marcus Binns – Campus Aid
Katie Carroll – Sub Coordinator
Tony Cicalello – Full-Time Sub
Leo Jackson – Full-Time Sub
Hayley Berrisford
Peggy Gilligan
Chris McCollom
Frank Miley
Pat Oxley
Mal Scanlan
Peggy Schafer
Emmy Springer
Michlyn Walsh
Andrew Lecker
Business Office
Colleen Buckingham
Lisa Williams
Chris Babcock
Anthony Hall
Sharon O’Connor
Brian O’Keefe
John Pohl
Steve Williams
Jody Cornett
Selena Efthimiou
Mamie Fabel
Hugh Hawkins
Kevin Lally
Sheila Malone-Povolny
Jenny Markert
Rob Peick
Michael Powers
Terence Sinclair –Wood
Steven Tacheny
Susan Vaughan-Fier
Campus Ministry
Jackie Bohrer, CSJc
Fr. John Forliti
Peter Gleich
David Haas
Betsy Schmitz
Tim Teuber
Maintenance (cont.)
Robert Sweeney
Rishan Teklehaymanot
Tim Sadergaski
Winston Hagen
Fine Arts
Scott Fairweather
Ann Frances Gerstner
Clare Haider
Chris Jacobsen
Jack Kreitzer
Kathleen Kreitzer
Donna Novey
Mary Steinson
Martha Thornton
Pam Brethorst
Brock Beithon
Cindy Craighead
Jill Dubis
Bernadette Hellickson
Mark McGuire
Connie McMahon
Maureen Modl
Paul Nyberg
Jeff Rudi
Toni Sternhagen
Dan Willaert
Food Service
Angela Cervantes
Patty Hren-Rowan
Deb Leyden
Lisa Lindberg
Ann Malacek
Carla Marchio
Mary TerEick
Mary Turbak
Dawn Swanson
LTC Jamie Fischer
SGM Dave Berrisford
MSG Ken Peloski
Phy Ed/Health
Jerry Macken
Jodi Muetzel
Randy Muetzel
Steve Williams
Library / Media Center (LMC)
Katie Johnson
Ruth Johnson
Kathleen Roy
Br. Michael Schain
Jim Szalay
Public Relations
Peggy Gilligan
Raider Rack
Lisa Lindberg
Bruce Mohs
Curtis Buckhanan, Jr.
Derrell Palmer
Edward Delaney
Fre Weldegiorais
Getachew Abayi
Jim O’Neill
Joe Gentle
Martha Boerschlein Tracy
Jackie Bohrer, CSJc
Peter Gleich
Mary Kietzmann
Doug Meeker
Joe Moss
Nicolle Spears
Tim Spika
Mark Syman
Timothy Teuber
Peter Watkins
Janet Watson
Sandy Cullen
Katherine Howard
Mary King
Lauri Malm
Patty Marzolf
Cindy Mitsch
Patricia Mollner
Elyse Pitera
World Language
Tim Beck
David Cadoret
Markie Crosby
Caitlin Heinz
Montserrat LaVelle
Rebecca Medellin
Patricia Murray
Tommy Murray
Dan Rosen
Lourdes Wadell
Na Ye
Suzanne Zobitz
Chad Anderson
Stephanie Aumann
Jessie Botello
Gary Busse
Ann Marie Froehle
John Grafstrom
Sylvia Hoffstrom
Sarah Jamieson
Peter Kirwin
Joyce Nordby
Julie Quinn-Kiernan
Mike Steineman
Social Studies
Jennifer Androsky
David Boisclair
Christina DeVos
Kathryn Fetterly
Kevin Flynn
Angie Keske
Daniel Kotasek
Thomas Luhman
Greg Poferl
Bryce Polus
Mary Robison
Sonya Travanty
Academic Policies
Academic Accommodations
Based on the academic information provided and a realistic appraisal of school resources, CDH
may develop a Plan of Academic Accommodation to meet the needs of the student. This plan is
then shared with the student’s teachers and our best effort will be made to address the student’s
individual needs. Parents/guardians, administration and staff may receive the plan and adjust it if
In order to develop this plan, we need access to the following:
1. Any academic testing and related recommendations
2. The accommodation provided at the student’s last school
3. If applicable, the IEP or 504 Plans that have been in place.
Cretin-Derham Hall does not have active IEP or 504 plans, nor does it follow any plans kept
open through your public school district. CDH may not be able to accommodate all students
because of our existing resources.
Credit for Failures in Continuous Courses; Credit for Repeat Courses
An opportunity is offered to make up a failure in a trimester other than the last of a continuous
course (i.e., a course lasting two or three consecutive trimesters with the identical course name
and numerical designation). The failing grade will be recorded as "F" on the student's transcript.
However, this “F” grade will be changed to "Pass" if the student earns at least a "C-" grade in a
later trimester of the same course during the same nine month school year. As a result, credit
may be earned for one previously failed trimester. This opportunity is also available if students
have changed course levels upon teacher recommendation.
School policy regarding course repeats includes the following basic principles:
a) Students who fail a required course must retake the course or an approved substitute
and earn credit, and
b) No course is to be repeated for credit if credit was earned for the course previously.
c) No grade will be deleted from the permanent record.
The school also recognizes two situations in which a course repeat may be required by faculty,
even though credit was earned previously:
1. The first situation involves courses lasting more than one trimester. In order to be
prepared for retaking a later segment in which no credit was earned, the student may be
required to retake earlier trimesters even though credit was earned previously for these
segments. If the course is retaken at a different performance level (e.g., Advanced rather
than College Prep) as required by faculty, the student may receive credit a second time
for segments in which credit was earned. When the course is retaken at the same
performance level, credit is received only one time for any given trimester.
2. In very rare circumstances, a student may be required by faculty to repeat an entire year
course in order to prepare for continuation in the study sequence, even though the student
has received credit for the year. If the course is repeated at a different performance level
(e.g., Advanced rather than College Prep) as required by faculty, the student may receive
credit for each trimester retaken. If the course is retaken at the same performance level,
no additional credit will be received. Students retaking a course for no credit must still
carry at least six courses for credit each trimester. The no-credit course may be
considered a sixth course only if the student's total earned credits exceed the minimum
number of required credits.
Early Graduation
We believe that the high school experience is tremendously valuable. Cretin-Derham Hall offers
opportunities for personal and community learning experiences which contribute to the student's
intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual growth. These opportunities are designed specifically
for young men and young women at every stage of high school education. Early graduation is
considered only in exceptional circumstances.
To be considered for early graduation, a student must have earned a cumulative grade point
average of at least 2.70. Applications for early graduation must be submitted no later than the
fourth week of the first trimester of the junior year. The student must meet with a counselor to
present a plan for early graduation. A committee comprised of a counselor, three department
chairs and an administrator is established. The student and parent or guardian will discuss the
request for early graduation with committee members. A decision will be made by committee
If permission for early graduation is granted, the counselor and student finalize a contract for the
student to earn credit for all courses required by Cretin-Derham Hall prior to the agreed
graduation date. This contract should include an option, which allows the student or the school
to return to the original graduation date. It is the parent’s responsibility to make appropriate
tuition arrangements with the administration. Students who graduate early will not participate in
the graduation ceremony or any of the graduation and senior year activities unless granted
permission by the Principal.
Eligibility Standards:
Curricular Activities
Mid-Trimester Eligibility
Any student who is failing two or more credits on the Mid-Trimester Report Card
becomes ineligible for participation in activities starting the Monday after Parent-Teacher
Conferences. (The grade that is listed on Infinite Campus the Monday after conferences
will be used to determine eligibility). The student will remain ineligible for seven
calendar days. At the end of seven days, if the student is passing all of the credits in
question, eligibility will be restored. If at the end of this first week the student is still not
passing all of the credits in question, he/she will remain ineligible for another seven days.
This cycle will be repeated weekly until the student is passing all of the credits in
Once the student is passing all of these credits, the Athletic Director/Activity Director
will be informed by the Guidance Department and eligibility will be restored. The student
will then be monitored weekly by the Guidance Department for the remainder of the
grading period. If any of the credits in question fall below the passing level (D-), the
student will again become ineligible for the remainder of the grading period.
End of the Trimester Eligibility
At the end of a trimester, any student who fails more than one credit will be ineligible to
participate in any athletic or co-curricular activity. Ineligibility will start on the first day
of the following trimester, and will last until an academic plan is developed to make up
the credit(s) in question. Developing the plan will involve input from the student, Athletic
Director/Activities Director, teacher, guidance counselor and parents. Once the plan has
been developed and approved, eligibility will be restored. The procedures for yearlong
and one-trimester courses are outlined below:
Loss of Credit in a Yearlong Class
If the credit lost is in a yearlong class, the student must maintain a grade of D- or
better in this class for the entirety of the following trimester. The grade will be
checked by the Guidance Office every three weeks (including mid-trimester). If
the grade is listed as D- or better at these checks, the student will be eligible. If
the grade is below D- at any of these checks, the student will be ineligible for the
remainder of the trimester. Should the loss of credit be in the third trimester, the
student must make up the credit in summer school, or in the following year’s
Loss of Credit in a One-Trimester Class
If the student fails a one-trimester course, the student becomes ineligible until the
appropriate replacement credit is added to his or her schedule. The grade will be
checked by the Guidance Office every three weeks (including mid-trimester). If
the grade is listed as D- or better at these checks, the student will be eligible. If
the grade is below D- at any of these checks, the student will be ineligible for the
remainder of the trimester.
If the credit lost is an elective credit, a replacement credit in the same department
should be added to the schedule. The student remains ineligible until this is done.
This class will be monitored in the same manner as described above. If there is no
class to add in the same academic area, then the student’s entire schedule will be
monitored. At the grade checks, if any of the student’s grades are below a D-,
he/she becomes ineligible for the remainder of the trimester.
Academic Expectations
The high school academic record for each student begins with course work attempted in ninth
grade. Credit is not awarded for courses completed prior to this time unless students have
successfully completed, as a part of an accelerated elementary school program, a course at
Cretin-Derham Hall.
Cretin-Derham Hall accepts responsibility to provide an academic program that maintains a
high standard of excellence. Students are expected to take advantage of their academic
potential and to apply themselves the very best they can in the classroom. Students who
underachieve or fail courses may be asked to leave Cretin-Derham Hall. We believe that an
education at Cretin-Derham Hall demands that students accept responsibility to achieve their
potential; therefore, if a student is not progressing satisfactorily towards graduation, he/she
may be asked to leave.
A grade of incomplete must be made up within three weeks of the last day of the trimester or
the "IC" will become an "F". Exceptions may be made through consultation with the teacher
and the Principal.
Summer school course work may be mandated for students who have failed a course during
the school year. Required summer school courses must be approved by the Guidance
Department and/or the administration prior to enrollment if the student expects credit to be
transferred to the Cretin-Derham Hall record. One trimester credit will be awarded for a
passing grade in a semester course which has been approved by Cretin-Derham Hall.
Continuation in a departmental sequence is subject to approval by the appropriate
Aside from required summer course work, students are encouraged to participate in summer
school courses of their choice. Successful completion of such courses may be listed on the
student's transcript as enrichment. Students who wish to transfer a summer school course for
credit status must petition the administration for approval prior to the start date of the course.
In addition to academic experiences offered by Cretin-Derham Hall, students often choose to
participate in formal instruction or experiential learning programs offered by other
educational institutions and by the community. While enrichment activities are strongly
encouraged, graduation credits will not be awarded for these experiences. However, the
student transcript may cite participation in such programs as evidence of personal initiative,
commitment to learning, and involvement in community affairs.
Grading policies are designed to facilitate maximum academic progress by every student at
Cretin-Derham Hall. We encourage communication with parents/guardians, faculty, and
students. Teachers send out progress reports at mid-trimester and at the end of each trimester.
Parent/Teacher conferences are held three times a year during the 6th week of each trimester.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the teacher regarding their student’s progress.
Cretin-Derham Hall does not provide class rank as a part of the college application process. We
honor all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.67 and
above at a reception in May and the top ten students in each graduating class at commencement
ceremonies. A class valedictorian and salutatorian are named.
Weighted System for Grades
In addition to the College Prep level high school courses, some courses are offered at the
Advanced and Honors level. Points are assigned for letter grades according to the following
Grade Point Average Equivalent:
Letter Grade
College Prep
An explanation of this system is given on the School Profile Sheet which accompanies each
transcript. The School Profile Sheet or transcript will also include a guide for interpreting letter
A= Excellent Academic Work
B = Above Average Academic Work
C = Average Academic Work
D= Below Average Academic Work
F = Failing Academic Work
Honors Courses
Students must have a cumulative 3.25 G.P.A. in that subject area to be admitted to or to continue
in an honors course. Students earning a B- or less may be asked to move to a different level.
Students below a 3.25 cG.P.A. could be admitted to honors courses with a recommendation from
their current teacher in that subject area.
* Please note: Grade 9 students must take one social studies elective during their first year in
order to qualify for an honors social studies course in grades 10-12.
Honor Roll
An Honor Roll at the end of each trimester recognizes academic excellence shown by students.
• “The President’s Honor Roll” is for students whose trimester G.P.A. is 3.92 or higher.
• "The Gold Honor Roll" is for students whose trimester G.P.A. is between 3.25 and
• "The Purple Honor Roll" is for students whose trimester G.P.A. is between 2.17 and
Independent Study
Independent course work involves study beyond the scope of courses already offered in the
school's curriculum. Courses taken on an Independent Study basis require exceptional initiative
and responsibility by a student. Course content is to be covered by the student as an independent
learner who receives guidance from a faculty member. Three unexcused absences from agreed
upon meeting times with the faculty member may result in failure of the course. Prior to
beginning an independent study, the student and faculty member must complete and return the
Independent Study Request Form available in the Guidance Office. This form must be returned
to the Guidance Office at the end of the trimester with the student's grade recorded. Any
Independent Study designed to waive a required course is highly discouraged.
Academic Integrity
Overall Purpose
As a Catholic high school committed to Christian values and academic excellence, we believe
that success is grounded in personal and academic integrity. Being a part of a faith community,
we apply our values to make decisions carefully and to discern responsibly what is honest, fair,
and respectful.
All members of the Cretin-Derham Hall community should model and support academic
integrity in one another by treating all individuals, ideas, environments, and property with
respect and dignity. Thus, we uniformly deplore cheating, lying, fraud, misrepresentation,
plagiarism, copying other students’ work, and other dishonest behaviors that jeopardize the rights
and welfare of others.
Students are responsible for understanding what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
Cheating is defined as misrepresentation of one's own work and/or taking credit for the work of
another. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
• Copying someone else’s work or allowing someone to copy your work.
• Representing someone else’s work or ideas, in part or in whole, as your own, or creating work
for use by another person. A work need not be identical to the original to be considered
plagiarism. For more information on what constitutes plagiarism, go here.*
• Using any unauthorized aid, including online foreign language translators and “cheat sheets,”
on a test or other form of assessment.
• Sharing or receiving information about an assessment. This includes verbal, non-verbal,
written, and electronic means of communication.
• Handing in work for which you already earned credit in another course.
• Employing others to do your work.
• Downloading, purchasing, or stealing materials or files without authorization.
Note on Illegal Downloads:
Illegal downloads of any content, inclusive of music, video, text, images for personal or
academic use is considered not only a serious ethical offense but is also an illegal action covered
by piracy laws. We emphasize this offense in the Academic Integrity Policy because of the
seriousness of the issue and it being incongruous with our mission and values. Under no
circumstances should illegal downloading be done for school or personal pursuits or interests.
Since CDH censures all forms of academic dishonesty, all acts of cheating are treated equally
(i.e., there is no differentiation between homework, papers, tests, etc.). These consequences are
not limited to cheating in one class; they are cumulative. Consequences are intended to hold
students accountable for their actions while educating them about integrity.
First Offense
• Zero credit for work.
• Teacher notifies parents/guardians and Dean of Students, who will meet with student
and note incident in student’s behavior file.
• Student must complete an after-school Ethics class** at the first available opportunity.
Second Offense
• Zero credit for work.
• Teacher notifies parents/guardians and Dean of Students. Dean will set a meeting
with the student, a parent/guardian, a Dean of Students, and the teacher, when
• Student may lose credit for the class and/or may be put on a contract.
• Students who violate the policy by plagiarizing must participate in a minimum of
three meetings with an assigned CDH mentor (typically LMC staff) to gain a greater
understanding of what to cite and how to do it properly.
Third Offense
• Zero credit for work.
• Teacher notifies parents/guardians and Dean of Students.
• Student presents his/her case in front of a committee composed of the Principal, a
Dean of Students, and two teachers selected by the administration. The committee
determines consequences, which may include loss of credit for the class, suspension,
and/or dismissal from school.
Academic Lettering
Students in grade 10 with a cGPA of 3.67 and above receive a certificate.
Students in grade 11 with a cGPA of 3.67 and above receive a pin and a certificate to
receive a letter.
Students in grade 12 with a cGPA of 3.67 and above receive a medal.
Pass/Fail Course Option
Students must take at least six courses each trimester for a letter-grade; beyond the minimum six
courses, the Pass/Fail option can apply. Juniors and seniors may choose to take a seventh elective
course on a pass/fail basis. This does not apply to elective courses that fulfill the graduation
The student's Pass/Fail option must be declared officially by the tenth day of trimester classes,
and the option may not be changed after this deadline. Written approval of teacher, parents,
counselor and the principal is required.
A letter grade of " D- " or higher for a Pass/Fail course will be graded "Pass" and will earn one
credit. A letter grade of "F" for a Pass/Fail course will be recorded as "F," with no credit
awarded. An "F" for a Pass/Fail course does affect the student's GPA, while a grade of "Pass"
does not.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Policy (PSEO)
At Cretin-Derham Hall, the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO) allows high
school seniors to take college courses for both high school and college credit. The program
provides curricular opportunities to students once they have exhausted the CDH course offerings
in a particular subject area. Students may apply to the University of Minnesota and all of its
branches, all of the Minnesota State Universities, Community Colleges, Technical Colleges, or
any Minnesota private liberal arts college. College tuition, fees and textbooks are paid for by the
State of Minnesota.
Students participating in this program are expected to be responsible, self-starting, and
independent. Interested CDH students are required to contact Mrs. O’Connell in the CDH
Guidance Office (651-696-3322) for more information and a complete orientation to the
Students are expected to attend school every day; they are expected to arrive on time in the
morning and remain until dismissal time. Studies indicate a significant correlation between
student absences and achievement. Students must arrive at school by 11:00 a.m. to
participate in co-curricular and athletic events, fitness center, and practices.
Assemblies are part of the school day. Attendance is required and appropriate behavior is
expected. Inappropriate behavior during an assembly is as serious as inappropriate behavior
during a class and will be dealt with by a Dean of Students.
Parent/Guardians may receive an automated voice message, email, or letter from the Deans’
Office when there is an attendance issue.
Excessive Absence
A student who misses ten or more days per trimester for any reason may lose academic credit for
that trimester. A student who is absent twenty-five or more days during the school year may lose
credit or may not be allowed to return to Cretin-Derham Hall in the fall. The administration may,
for serious reasons, make exceptions to this policy. When a student reaches seven absences for
any reason, parents must contact the student’s counselor or dean.
Illness and Appointments
If students are absent for the day because of illness, parents should call the Attendance Office at
651-696-3311 that morning between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Students who become ill after
arriving at school must report to the Nurse’s Office. Parents are contacted for permission to
allow the student to go home.
Early dismissal and appointments during the school day for any reason are discouraged. If an
appointment must be made during school time, students must present a note at the Attendance
Office signed by a parent requesting early dismissal. Notes are due by 8:00 a.m. on Regular Start
days or 9:00 a.m. on Late Start days. The signed note is to include the phone number where the
parent may be reached for verification. Telephone requests for early dismissal will be approved
for emergency appointments only.
Planned Absence of More than One Day
Cretin-Derham Hall recognizes that there are times when students must be absent from school.
In such cases, students, in conjunction with their parents, must make arrangements with the
school at least two weeks in advance of the planned extended absence. Inability to make up
missed work, including lectures, discussions, and labs, may affect the student's final grade.
These days of absence will be counted in the trimester and yearly total. To obtain permission for
such an absence, a student must:
• Obtain a form from the Attendance Office and complete the required information.
• Inform each teacher of the planned absence. The form is signed by each teacher.
• Have a parent/guardian sign the form. Students and their parents/guardians take
responsibility for the effect of an extended absence on the student's grades.
• Have an administrator sign the form and return the form to the Attendance Office.
• Without this procedure, absences may be considered unexcused.
State Tournament Attendance
When Cretin-Derham Hall is a participant in State Tournaments during the school day, the
administration will handle arrangements for attendance. Students are strongly discouraged from
attending state tournaments and similar events during school time when Cretin-Derham Hall is
not a participant. We may alter the daily schedule so that students have the opportunity to attend
state competitions when CDH teams participate in the following sports:
• Fall: Football, Soccer, Volleyball
• Winter: Basketball, Hockey, Wrestling
• Spring: Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse
We will honor the written request of parents/guardians to release individual students when CDH
is competing in the following sports:
• Fall: Cross Country, Swimming, Tennis
• Winter: Alpine Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Dance Team
• Spring: Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
Tardy to Class
All students will be in their assigned places when the bell rings to begin the period. When
students are punctual, a better learning environment exists. Tardies will be recorded by the
teacher. Parents must call the attendance office the day the student is tardy to have the tardy
excused. Students who come to school after 7:50 a.m. must report to the Attendance Office. The
tardy will be recorded and an admit slip will be issued to the student. An admit slip does not
excuse the tardiness.
A student who misses more than 20 minutes of class will be considered absent and a detention
will be issued. Three tardies to class or to school result in a student being issued detention to be
served on the day of the violation. A student will receive an additional hour of detention for each
incident of tardiness after the third tardy during each trimester. Once a student reaches six tardies
to class or school in a trimester, he or she will be issued a Saturday detention for each additional
Unexcused Absences
Students are expected to attend all classes, study halls, lunch periods and other scheduled
activities. Unexcused absence from school or any part of the school day is truancy. The
consequences for truancy are: detention in the amount of time the student was truant, and
assignment of an unexcused absence for classes missed. Parents may be contacted. Note:
Oversleeping is not an excused absence.
• Consequences for repeated truancy may include: additional detention time, an attendance
contract that is signed by the student, his or her parents/guardians, and an administrator,
loss of academic credit, and/or dismissal from school.
• Three unexcused absences from any class may constitute failure and the student may be
dropped from that class.
• Cretin-Derham Hall neither sponsors nor approves of a "Senior Trip.” There is no
approved Senior Skip Day. Days absent from school for such an event will be unexcused.
Student Behavioral Expectations
By being created in the image and likeness of God, every human being has inherent dignity.
This fundamental principle pervades Catholic tradition and is the basis for the policies presented
in the student handbook. As human beings created by God, we must respect ourselves, one
another, and creation. This genuine respect is based on what is common among human beings
⎯inherent dignity ⎯ and what is different among them ⎯ ability, age, body type, economic
status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Respect of one another amidst
apparent differences is especially important. Finally, as stewards of God’s creation, it is our
responsibility to care for and respect all living things, including the earth and its resources. The
topics and policies set forth in the student handbook are intended to guide Cretin-Derham Hall
students through the daily and practical situations where respect of self, others, and creation is
the cornerstone of our Catholic school.
Behavior On / Off Campus
Whether on or off campus and/or during summer months and school vacations, any behavior
detrimental to the values and reputation of Cretin-Derham Hall may be subject to disciplinary
review and actions.
Although Cretin-Derham Hall is a closed campus, we are an integral part of the local
neighborhood. Students are expected to follow the same rules of conduct in the neighborhood as
they do on campus. Disrespect, littering, loitering, loud music, smoking, etc. will not be tolerated
in the neighborhood.
Cellular Phones, Pagers, Radios, and Other Electronic Devices
iPods, mp3 players, radios and similar devices may be used in study hall, the Library/Media
Center, and cafeteria. These devices may be used during homeroom or class only when the
teacher has given permission to do so. In addition, these devices may be used anywhere in the
building before and after school. Ear buds/headphones are required at all times.
Cellular phones, cameras, and internet-enabled devices may only be used for educational
purposes during class or homeroom, with teacher permission. These devices may be used in
study hall, the Library/Media Center, cafeteria or during passing time for Internet and text
messaging. Students may use cellphones for telephone conversations during passing time. These
devices must be in silent mode at all times and may be used before and after school, except for
locker rooms and restrooms. In accordance with MSHSL policy, these types of devices are not
permitted in locker rooms.
Consequences for violating this policy are as follows:
• First violation: student must submit his or her electronic device to the Deans’ Office for
the duration of the school day for five days.
• Second violation: student must submit his or her electronic device to the Deans’ Office for
the duration of the school day for one month (not including school vacation days).
• Additional violation(s): may result in forfeiting the privilege of bringing any electronic
device to school, parent/guardian conference, the student being placed on contract,
detention time, and/or dismissal.
Chemical Policies and Procedures
a. Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Cretin-Derham Hall Policy on Alcohol and Other Drug Use supersedes, where
inconsistent with, the MSHSL Bylaws on Chemical Eligibility.
Due to a high level of concern for the general wellbeing of the students, for their
protection from the harmful effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs, and out of concern for
the safety and reputation of the entire Cretin-Derham Hall community, the following
policy and procedures have been adopted for violations of use on- or off-campus.
Possession and/or use of, or being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs by
students in any form (except by prescription) is not permitted on campus, in the general
vicinity of the school, before, during or after school, or at a school-sponsored activity.
Any student who consumes, possesses, sells, supplies, gives away, distributes or is
under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs during school hours may be
subject to immediate dismissal.
Definitions of Terms: To better understand this Policy, we have provided the following
positions and definitions.
• Alcohol: includes any alcoholic beverage.
• Alcohol and Other Drug Use: includes to use or be under the influence of alcohol
and/or controlled substances.
• Documentation: the confirmation of a violation of this policy, which includes, but is
not limited to, self-report, parent report, police report, media coverage, electronic
media picture(s), school official or other public official report.
• General vicinity of the campus: includes any part of the Cretin-Derham Hall
building, Christian Brothers’ residence, athletic fields or any school premises
including parking lots, and the Safe and Drug Free Zone, which is a distance of 300
feet or one city block, whichever distance is greater, beyond the school property.
• MSHSL: is the Minnesota State High School League, which governs participation in
CDH athletic and fine arts activities.
• On Campus: includes use that takes place in the general vicinity of the campus.
• Other Drugs: includes, but is not limited to, narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs,
amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana and synthetic marijuana, designer, club drugs,
inhalants, anabolic steroids, Bath Salts, illegal use of prescription drugs, Over-theCounter drugs and/or products used for the purpose of altering mood, or any other
controlled substance as defined in Schedules I–V of the Controlled Substances Act,
21 U.S.C. 812, including analogues and “look alike” or simulated drugs.
• Possess: means to have on one’s person, in one’s effects, vehicle, clothing, locker,
backpack or in an area subject to one’s control.
• School-Sponsored Activities Off Campus: includes any school-owned vehicle or
any vehicle used to transport students to and from school activities; property at any
school-sponsored or school-approved activity event or function, including, but not
limited to, field trips, retreats, service, school-sponsored trips or Co-Curricular /
Athletic events.
• School Year: All CDH policies are enforced year round and are cumulative
throughout the four-year course of study, beginning at the time a student completes
all appropriate admissions and registration materials.
• Steroids and Supplements: includes any performance-enhancing nutritional
supplements. In order to minimize the health and safety risks to students, maintain
ethical standards and reduce liability risks, school personnel and coaches should
never supply or recommend the use of any drug, medication or food supplement
except when the student is under the care of a doctor and only as prescribed. Even
natural substances in unnatural amounts may have short-term or long-term negative
health effects. Students should not use creatine, androstenedione, ephedrine or other
performance enhancing nutritional supplements as defined by the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA) www.wada.ama.org except when the student is under the care of a
doctor and only as prescribed by the medical professional and manufacturer’s
Supply: includes to sell, buy, give away, transfer, dispense, or host a gathering in
which alcohol or any illegal controlled or mood-altering substance is knowingly
Policy Procedures:
• Breathalyzers: may be used, and/or parent(s)/guardian(s) called, if there is any
suspicion of a student being under the influence of alcohol during school hours or at
school events. Refusal by the student to submit to a breathalyzer test will be
considered a violation of the Alcohol or Other Drug Use Policy and subsequently,
those consequences will apply.
• Eligibility: means a student must be fully enrolled, in good standing and a bona fide
student of Cretin - Derham Hall. A student who is under penalty of exclusion,
expulsion or suspension, or whose character or conduct violates the MSHSL Student
Code of Responsibilities and/or the CDH Code of Conduct, is not a student in good
standing, and therefore shall be ineligible for a period of time as determined by the
administration. MSHSL eligibility consequences must be served within one school
year. Students are ineligible to participate in MSHSL or CDH Co-Curricular activities
during a suspension. Athletic/Co-Curricular eligibility consequences begin when the
student returns to school and is in good standing as defined in the MSHSL Student
Code of Responsibilities.
• Searches: Administrators reserve the right to make periodic locker checks and
searches; backpacks, purses, electronic devices, and anything else a student brings on
campus are also subject to search. In addition, at random times throughout the school
year, trained dogs will randomly search areas of the CDH campus, including the Safe
and Drug Free School Zone. If chemicals are found in or on a student’s personal
property including, but not limited to, items found in a school locker, backpacks,
purses, jackets, coats, or vehicles, CDH’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy will be
enforced and law enforcement may be contacted.
• Seeking Help: Parents/students may seek out help and support regarding tobacco,
alcohol and other drug use concerns from the school’s guidance staff or Chemical
Education Counselor. If a student does not have a violation and seeks help for a
chemical, drug, and/or alcohol use problem, no disciplinary action will be taken at
that time. Disciplinary action will be taken if a student violates the policy or if the
school receives notification of use.
• Urine Analysis (U.A.): At the discretion of the school administration, a student may
be required to submit to an immediate urine analysis at CDH, or a parent/guardian
will be called to bring the student to be tested at a facility designated by the
administration within 45 minutes of the request. Refusal by the student to provide a
U.A., or submission of an altered U.A., will be considered a violation of this policy,
and the appropriate Alcohol or Other Drug use consequences will apply.
Police and/or Other Verified Reports of Alcohol or Other Drug Use
This includes any documented off campus reports received from police or other reliable
sources regarding parties/gatherings or driving violations. This policy is enforced year28
round during a student’s tenure at CDH. When documentation (see definition) is received
indicating that an alcohol and/or other drug violation has taken place off campus, the
following steps will be taken:
First Offense:
A Dean of Students will contact parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student and schedule a
meeting involving the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), a Dean of Students, and a
guidance counselor.
The student must meet with an assigned CDH counselor a minimum of three times. A
recommendation may be made that the student obtain a professional chemical
dependency evaluation. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student must agree to
release the results of the evaluation to the school. Failure to obtain an evaluation or to
follow the recommendations of the agency may result in automatic dismissal from
Cretin-Derham Hall.
The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service within 90
days of the date of the parent-school conference. The community service hours
should be documented and include a contact name and phone number for the school
administrator if verification is needed. Forms are available in the Deans’ Office.
The student must meet with his or her guidance counselor a minimum of one time per
week for 90 days.
Students who participate in CDH co-curricular and/or athletic activities must meet
with the Activities Director and/or Athletic Director to receive additional required
consequences as outlined in the handbook. Students not involved in CDH cocurricular and/or athletic activities will discuss any additional consequences with the
If a student has a chemical violation, he/she may be denied participation on a school
trip. Advisors/chaperones of the trip have the authority to deny a student’s
participation on the trip.
Failure to attend weekly meetings or to complete all of these steps within 90 days
may result in additional consequences, including dismissal from Cretin - Derham
Second Offense:
1. See Steps #1-7 outlined above.
2. The student will be required to attend an approved diversion or chemical awareness
program and provide documentation of attendance to a Dean of Students within 90
3. Additional consequences for a second offense of this policy, on or off campus, may
include, but are not limited to, probation, completion of an outside assessment, or
Third Offense: The consequences of a third offense of this policy, on or off campus,
may result in immediate dismissal.
School-Sponsored Activities On or Off Campus Policy
This includes violations that occur on or off campus, in any school-owned vehicle or in
any other vehicle used to transport students to and from school activities; off school
property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function,
including, but not limited to, field trips, retreats, service, school-sponsored trips or CoCurricular / Athletic events.
When documentation is received indicating that an alcohol and/or other drug use
violation has taken place on campus or in the general vicinity of campus, or off campus
on a school sponsored activity, the following steps will be taken:
1. The student may be suspended for up to three (3) days out of school. Students will be
sent home in the care of their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students are ineligible to
participate in MSHSL or CDH Co-Curricular activities during a suspension.
Athletic/Co-Curricular eligibility consequences begin when the student returns to
school and is in good standing as defined in the MSHSL Student Code of
2. The incident may be reported to law enforcement, as appropriate.
3. The student will be readmitted only after participating in a parent-school conference
involving the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), a Dean of Students, and a guidance
counselor. The results of the conference could be a recommendation that the student
obtain a professional chemical dependency evaluation. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and
the student must agree to release the results of the evaluation to the school. Failure to
obtain an evaluation or to follow the recommendations of the agency and/or
conference may result in automatic dismissal from Cretin-Derham Hall.
4. See Steps #2-9 under “Police and/or Other Verified Reports of Alcohol or Other Drug
Use, First Offense.”
Second Offense:
1. See Steps #1-4 outlined above.
2. Additional consequences for a second offense of this policy, on or off campus, may
include, but are not limited to, probation, completion of an outside assessment, or
Third Offense: The consequences of a third offense of this policy, on or off campus,
may result in immediate dismissal.
b. Co-Curricular / Athletic Eligibility Consequences
Students participating in Co-Curricular and/or Athletic activities at Cretin-Derham Hall are
held to high standards and will demonstrate respectful and responsible behavior at all times
for continued participation. Cretin-Derham Hall will follow the MSHSL penalties for
Chemical/Alcohol/Tobacco and Harassment Violations. The rules outlined below apply to all
CDH activities and athletics, including those that are not MSHSL-sponsored activities.
CDH has rules in addition to the MSHSL policy that will be enforced. Further, a
team/group/club, in conjunction with the coach/advisor, may increase the severity of the
penalty or suspend a student for the season. The coach/advisor shall clearly communicate any
additional consequences to parents and students prior to the season. Individual groups and
teams may have expectations that go further than the MSHSL rules. See moderators/coaches
for specifics.
Student participants understand that eligibility rules apply twelve (12) months of the year,
beginning when he/she registers to attend CDH, whether he/she is currently participating or
General Eligibility
In order to be eligible for regular season and MSHSL tournament competition, a student must
be fully enrolled as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education and a bona fide
member of his or her high school in good standing. A student who is under penalty of
exclusion, expulsion or suspension, whose character or conduct violates the Student Code of
Responsibilities and is not in good standing, shall be ineligible for a period of time as
determined by the principal.
Student Code of Responsibilities
As a student participating in my school’s interscholastic activities, I understand and accept
the following responsibilities: 1. I will respect the rights and beliefs of others and will treat
others with courtesy and consideration. 2. I will be fully responsible for my own actions and
the consequences of my actions. 3. I will respect the property of others. 4. I will respect and
obey the rules of my school and the laws of my community, state and country. 5. I will show
respect to those who are responsible for enforcing the rules of my school and the laws of my
community, state and country.
First Violation: After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall lose eligibility for
the next two (2) consecutive interscholastic contests or two (2) weeks of a season in which
the student is a participant, whichever is greater. No exception is permitted for a student who
becomes a participant in a treatment program.
Second Violation: After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility
for the next six (6) consecutive interscholastic contests in which the student is a participant or
three (3) weeks, whichever is greater. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a
participant in a treatment program.
Third and Subsequent Violations: After confirmation of the third or subsequent violations,
the student shall lose eligibility for the next twelve (12) consecutive interscholastic contests
in which the student is a participant or four (4) weeks, whichever is greater. If after the third
or subsequent violations, the student has been assessed to be chemically dependent and the
student on her/his own volition becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or
treatment program, then the student may be certified for reinstatement in MSHSL activities
after a minimum period of six (6) weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director or
a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center.
Denial Disqualification: A student shall be disqualified from all inter-scholastic athletics for
nine (9) additional weeks beyond the student’s original period of ineligibility when the
student denies violation of the rule, is allowed to participate and then is subsequently found
guilty of the violation.
Additional Information Related To All Offenses:
• During the ineligible period, a student must still attend practices, support the team, and
participate to the fullest extent possible.
• A student must be in good standing, and able to be placed in the game, meet or contest
except for the penalty being served. (Students who are not in good standing due to
suspension, expulsion, injury, illness, family vacations, etc. are not able to be placed in a
game, meet or contest and are therefore not able to count those contests toward the
• If a student is not on the original sign-up sheet for a sport or co-curricular organization
the first day of practice or meetings, the student may not sign-up for a sport or cocurricular organization if it has been determined that a MSHSL Eligibility violation has
• Penalties for Co-Curricular Activities vary based on the nature of the activity and
whether the activity is linked to an academic course; however, penalties align with the
above rules to the extent possible. Details are outlined here and are available in the
Activities Director’s Office.
• Penalties shall be progressive and consecutive beginning with the student’s first
participation in a League activity and continuing through the student’s high school career.
• The student must complete the full season of practices and eligible contests/events in
which he/she is serving the eligibility consequences in order to be eligible for the next
season of competition. If the student does not complete the full season of practices and
eligible contests/events, the penalty must be served in its entirety the next season of
competition. Partial completion of consequences does not count toward another season
unless the season ends. If an injury occurs, the student must complete season
participation as a team member, as defined by the coach, in order to complete their loss of
ineligibility consequence.
• If the loss of eligibility is not completed by the end of the athletic/co-curricular season,
the remaining portion of the loss of eligibility will be carried over into post-season
athletic/co-curricular competition. Loss of eligibility will be carried over into the next
athletic/co-curricular season of participation if the ineligibility period is not completed
with additional post-season competition. (See the list of Athletic/Co-Curricular opening
season dates and last dates to join if applicable).
• Students must serve an athletic and activity consequence if involved in both.
Consequences may be served concurrently. Consequences will be served during the
current season, or the next season of competition for one calendar year from the date of
the violation.
• If a student is involved in two sports and/or co-curricular activities during a season, the
penalty will be applied to both sports/activities and can be served concurrently.
• If a student is transferring to Cretin-Derham Hall and has a violation at their previous
school, this violation must be served during his/her enrollment at Cretin-Derham Hall,
prior to participating in CDH activities.
Fair Hearing Procedure: A student or parent wishing to contest a school’s determination
of ineligibility for a student has 10 calendar days in which to appeal the school’s decision.
The appeals process includes an appeal before a hearing panel at the school and the right,
if desired, to appeal that decision to the League’s Board of Directors. An independent
hearing examiner will hear the appeal and make written findings of fact, conclusions and
a recommendation for the Board of Directors following the hearing. The Board’s decision
is final.
2014-2015 Athletic Season Opening Dates
Cross Country
Girls Swimming
Girls Tennis
Performance Dance Team
Girls Volleyball
Competition Dance Team
Girls Hockey
Alpine Skiing
Boys Hockey
Girls Basketball
Girls Gymnastics
Boys Basketball
Boys Swimming
Boys and Girls Track
Boys and Girls Golf
Boys Tennis
Boys and Girls Lacrosse
Season Opening Date
August 11
August 11
August 11
August 11
August 11
August 11
August 11
Season Opening Date
October 20
October 27
November 10
November 10
November 10
November 10
November 17
November 17
November 24
Season Opening Date
March 9
March 9
March 9
March 16
March 24
March 31
c. Safe & Drug Free Zone
Cretin-Derham Hall school grounds and property are drug free zones. Signs are posted
around the campus indicating the Safe & Drug Free School Zone. Posted areas are subject
to search by CDH personnel and/or Metro Canine Detection Services.
d. Tobacco / Nicotine Policy
The CDH Tobacco policy supercedes, where inconsistent with, MSHSL Bylaws on
Chemical Eligibility.
Cretin-Derham Hall is a tobacco-free school. Tobacco includes any kind or form of
tobacco, nicotine products, e-cigarettes, cigarettes, cigars, chew, snuff, plugs, etc.,
prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking in a pipe or other
tobacco-related devices. The use or possession of tobacco in any form by students is not
permitted on the school grounds or in the general vicinity of the campus. The use or
possession of tobacco is not permitted at any off-campus school sponsored events, such as,
but not limited to, athletic events, dances, graduation, retreats, school trips, etc. This
policy also addresses off-campus underage tobacco use violations. Consequences for a
violation of this policy are as follows:
First Offense
1. Have their parent(s)/guardian(s) notified by a Dean of Students and may be
suspended for up to 2 days.
2. Participate in a minimum of two meetings with an assigned CDH counselor, who may
recommend an outside assessment. Failure to attend these meetings, or to get and
share the results of an assessment with the school, will result in additional
3. Be assessed for the appropriate CDH Athletic / Co-Curricular “eligibility
consequences” defined in this policy.
Second Offense
1. May be suspended for up to 3 days.
2. Be assigned 30 hours of community service to be completed within 90 days. The
community service hours should be documented and include a contact name and
phone number for a Dean of Students.
3. Be required to complete a tobacco awareness/smoking cessation program approved
by the Deans of Students. Documentation of completion of this program must be
provided in writing to the Deans of Students within 30 days of parent notification of
the offense.
4. Additional consequences as assigned by a Dean of Students.
Third Offense
Consequences may include suspension, being placed on contract, further chemical
treatment, additional community service, and/or dismissal from Cretin - Derham Hall.
Procedures for Students with Head Injuries / Diagnosed Concussions
When a student sustains a head injury, it is important that the student, parents/guardians,
guidance counselor, nurse, teachers, physician, and athletic trainer (if applicable) all work
together to help the student recover. Frequent communication is essential throughout the
recovery process. The following is meant to be a guideline only, as each injury and recovery
must ultimately be handled on an individual basis.
All student-athletes are encouraged to take the ImPact Baseline Test once every two years. In
the event of a concussion, this information can be used in evaluation and recovery. CDH
provides this service free of charge at appointed times. See the CDH athletic website for details.
Note: Please allow 24 hours notice when requesting a print-out of a Baseline Test.
1. If a student sustains a head injury while participating in athletics/activities at CDH, the
athletic trainer will assess the student and contact parents/guardians. If a concussion is
indicated, the athletic trainer will contact the nurse and the student’s guidance counselor.
The athletic trainer may also recommend that the student be seen by a physician.
2. If a student sustains a head injury outside of school, parents/guardians should make an
appointment with a physician right away.
3. Regardless of where the concussion was sustained, in order to receive accommodations
from the school, the nurse must receive the following two items (available on the CDH
a. Medical Release of Information: signed by parents/guardians
b. Recommended Accommodations*: filled out by physician (*To be used if clinic
does not have its own comprehensive form)
4. Once the nurse receives these two items, she will put the student’s information into a
confidential database and notify the student’s guidance counselor.
Protocol for Students with Diagnosed Head Injuries:
1. When the student returns to school, he/she should report to the nurse’s office before
beginning classes.
2. When the student returns to school, he/she will meet with his/her guidance counselor to
discuss the plan for accommodations. Accommodations will be made using the guidelines
provided by the student’s physician.
3. The guidance counselor will communicate the accommodations to parents/guardians and
to the student’s teachers.
4. The guidance counselor will continue to meet with the student 1-2 times per week until
the student is symptom free in order to provide support and adjust accommodations as
5. The student must also meet with the school nurse once a week in order to track
symptoms. The nurse may work with the student’s physician to determine when the
student is symptom free and accommodations will end.
6. The administration may become involved if a schedule change is required.
1. If a student went to a doctor for the initial diagnosis, the school must receive a document
from the student’s physician giving him/her clearance to play before the athlete can
return to the team. At that time, the athlete will begin a Return-to-Play Progression as
established by the athletic trainer.
2. A student must be symptom-free at rest before he/she can begin the Return-to-Play
Progression. This progression will be established and monitored by the athletic trainer.
Once symptom-free, a student may retake the ImPact Baseline Test.
3. In accordance with Minnesota State High School League rules, an athlete must
participate in a full contact, full practice before he/she can compete in a game/match.
4. When a student is cleared to Return-to-Play, no additional academic accommodations
will be made; however, students may still need extended time for outstanding work, as
determined by Guidance, the student, and individual teachers.
Dance Guidelines
By purchasing a ticket to a dance, students agree to abide by these guidelines:
1. Dances will start at 8:00 PM and end promptly at 11:00 PM unless otherwise advertised.
2. All students planning on attending a dance must arrive no later than 9:30 PM. Students
arriving after 9:30 PM will not be allowed to enter for any reason. Students are free to leave
the dance at anytime; however, if they leave, they are not allowed to return to the dance.
3. Students will need to show their school identification card to be admitted to dances.
4. Dances are for enrolled Cretin-Derham Hall students only. Occasionally there are dances that
guests may attend. All guests must be registered in advanced. Guests must be a high school
student or one year out of high school. The Cretin-Derham Hall student accepts responsibility
for the guest’s behavior. Dance registration forms are available in the Main Office. Students
who have been expelled from Cretin-Derham Hall may not attend Cretin-Derham Hall
5. Purses, bags, and jackets must be turned in to the coat check during the dance, and are
subject to search.
6. All students and guests may be breathalyzed as they enter the dance. If a student tests
“positive,” his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted, and a responsible adult will be
required to pick up the student. St. Paul Police Officers and Cretin-Derham Hall personnel
supervise all dances. If a student is in violation of MN stat. 340A.503 regarding the
consumption of alcohol, a ticket may be issued and the school policy on chemical issues will
be enforced. Refusing to undergo a Breathalyzer is an automatic chemical violation.
7. Students will not be admitted to school dances if they are not dressed appropriately. The
adult supervisors at the dance will make a determination of “appropriate.” The basic
guideline for school dances is a code of modesty for all students. Cleavage and under
garments must be covered. No revealing or tight clothing including mini-skirts, midriff tops,
halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, tight pants, tight shirts, revealing shirts, shear shirts, and
open back shirts. Low riding pants or hip huggers are also not permitted. Sleeveless tops may
be worn; however, no tank tops or spaghetti strap tops are permitted. School uniforms will be
available for students to wear if needed.
8. Students may not wear sunglasses, masks or other face coverings at dances.
9. Dress codes for semi-formal and formal dances, such as homecoming and prom, are
exceptions; however, a code of modesty is still expected.
10. Students will not be allowed to dance in a suggestive or profane manner. Displays of
intimacy and affection, which contain a suggestion of sexual movements, even between
consenting individuals, are inappropriate to the dance environment. If inappropriate dancing
occurs, the music will be stopped and a Dean will make an announcement. If inappropriate
dancing continues, gym lights will flash. A third warning will be to increase the lighting in
the gym and a fourth warning will be full lighting in the dance area. Students are welcome to
stay at the dance, but the lights will remain on for the remainder of the dance.
11. Cretin-Derham Hall reserves the right to censor any music that is deemed inappropriate,
profane, or promoting illegal activity.
12. Students will be removed from the premises for displaying behavior or clothing that is
deemed by the supervisors/police to be obnoxious or inappropriate.
13. A violation of any of the above may result in other school consequences.
Disciplinary Interventions
Every disciplinary intervention is meant to encourage a change of attitude and/or behavior.
a. Contracts
Academic Contract: Students are placed on an academic contract when they are not
working up to their academic potential and /or not progressing towards the requirements
for graduation as outlined in the Curriculum Book. The terms of the academic contract
are based upon a counselor’s recommendation. Failure to adhere to the terms of the
contract may result in dismissal from Cretin-Derham Hall. Students who are not making
progress towards graduation may be asked to leave Cretin-Derham Hall.
General Contract: Students are placed on a general contract for attendance or disciplinary
reasons. Details of the contract are determined by a Dean of Students. The contract is
reviewed at the end of each trimester. If a student successfully completes the probation
period, the student is reinstated in good standing. A student who violates the terms of the
contract may be subject to dismissal, as determined by the Deans of Students.
Social Contract: Students may be placed on social contract when they violate CretinDerham Hall policies. Students may not participate in or attend extracurricular activities
such as dances, plays, athletic events, concerts, or other school sponsored activities, or
publicly represent Cretin-Derham Hall during this probation period.
b. Detention
Students receive detention for minor disciplinary infractions. Detentions must be served
within one week of a violation. All detention hours are assigned by the Deans of Students.
Detention is held on Fridays from 2:40-3:30pm and from 8:00am-noon on Saturdays.
Detentions for tardy violations are held Monday-Thursday from 2:35-3:05 and will be
served on the day the violation occurs. Detention time will be spent in service to CretinDerham Hall. Student activities and jobs are not excuses for missing detention. Missed
detentions will result in a Saturday detention. Missed Saturday detention will result in a
parent conference.
c. Dismissal from Class
If a student is dismissed from a class because of disruptive or disrespectful behavior, the
student must report to the Deans of Students’ Office. A Dean will determine appropriate
consequences. To be reinstated to class, a meeting with the student, teacher and a Dean of
Students may be required. If a second dismissal from the same class occurs, the student
will not be admitted to class until a conference is held with a Dean of Students, the
teacher, and the student's parent(s)/guardian(s).
A student who is dismissed permanently from any class for serious reasons may lose
credit for the class. A meeting with the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), teacher, and a Dean
of Students will follow.
d. Dismissal from Cretin-Derham Hall
Students may be dismissed for serious offenses, violation of probationary status, academic
performance below the student's potential, and/or repeated disciplinary infractions. A
Dean of Students will notify the student's parents/guardians of this action.
e. Suspension
Students involved in serious or repeated disciplinary infractions may be suspended, inschool or out-of-school. Students are expected to complete any assignments that are
missed during the suspension period and credit will be given.
Eighteen-Year-Old Students
Any student who has reached the age of 18 is required to comply with all rules and policies
outlined in the handbook. During the time a student is enrolled at Cretin-Derham Hall, he/she
will reside at home with his/her parents or a guardian who is mutually acceptable by the parents
and by the school administration.
Any students involved in a fight on or off campus involving physical contact and/or intense
verbal exchange may be suspended or dismissed from Cretin-Derham Hall. Students may also be
required to meet with appropriate staff for conflict resolution.
CDH Harassment Policy
The mission and values of Cretin-Derham Hall are anchored in the fundamental principles of
Catholic Social Teaching, i.e., that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and
is deserving of respect and safety. In this context, Cretin-Derham Hall is committed to providing
a learning environment free from harassment including but not limited to race, religion, gender,
ethnicity, body type, ability, age, sexual orientation, or other incidents deemed to be harassment
by the administration. Any student, faculty, or staff person who undermines the inherent dignity
and threatens the safety of another person is not simply in breach of this policy, but also violates
the basic tenets of the Catholic faith community.
Harassment is determined by the administration (Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of
Students) not the intentions of the one who has been accused, whether the act is verbal, written,
physical, sexual, psychological or cyber. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwanted
and unwelcome words, actions, gestures, or symbols that make the recipient feel uncomfortable.
Harassment also includes offensive, threatening or intimidating speech or actions made toward
another person(s) or through a third party.
Harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:
Abusive Relationships: any relationship involving any type of harassment by an
individual or group toward another individual or group, regardless of whether requests to
cease such contact have been made. This includes contact that occurs both in and outside
of school. Cretin-Derham Hall reserves the right to interview students, involve students in
a counseling process, contact parents, and require students to participate in a contractual
process which may include, but is not limited to, on-going participation in groups, no
contact contract, and one-to-one counseling. If deemed necessary or required, appropriate
legal authorities may be contacted. School administration also reserves the right to refuse
attendance to students not abiding by these provisions.
Cyberbullying/Cyber Harassment: when a student or adult is tormented, threatened,
humiliated, embarrassed, intimidated or otherwise harassed by another using any type of
electronic media, including, but not limited to, the internet, interactive and digital
technologies or phone. Behaviors include cruelty, taunting, name calling, put-downs,
intimidation, slander and posting of threats of any kind toward another person or group,
whether it occurs in or outside of school. This form of harassment includes, but is not
limited to, flaming, denigration, impersonation, outing and trickery, posting inappropriate
images of self and others, and/or cyberstalking.
Hazing: any activity undertaken by a student or group of students towards another
student or group of students with the sole purpose of “initiation” into Cretin-Derham
Hall, a student organization, or a team. This includes, but is not limited to, any physical,
sexual, verbal or psychological abuse that is demeaning, harming, or embarrassing
anyone as a “rite of passage.”
Physical: physical force or touch that is unwanted, that shames, hurts, alienates,
threatens, intimidates or attacks another person. This form of harassment includes, but is
not limited to, stealing another’s possessions and damaging or destroying another’s
Psychological: humiliating or abusive behavior that lowers a person’s self esteem or
causes him/her torment or emotional harm. This can take the form of verbal or written
comments, actions or gestures.
Racial: the harassment of an individual or a group because of their race or ethnicity.
Religious: the harassment of an individual or group because of their religious beliefs
and/or practices.
Sexual: physical, psychological, or any behavior that offends, shames, taunts, hurts,
threatens, intimidates, dismisses, and ultimately violates the gender, sexual identity, or
sexual orientation of another person. This form of harassment includes, but is not limited
to, unwanted sexual advances, sexual gestures, sexual jokes, sexual comments, sexual
symbols, inappropriate questioning, unwanted and unwelcome touching, inappropriate
remarks about one’s clothing, body type, gender, orientation, or sexual activity,
displaying pornography, and/or promoting rumors of a sexual nature.
o Gender Harassment: is a form of sexual harassment that consists primarily of
repeated comments, jokes, actions, and innuendos directed at a person or group
because of their gender or sexual orientation.
o Sexual Abuse: physical, psychological and other behavior that abuses the gender,
sexual identity, or sexual orientation of another, especially a child or vulnerable
adult, by any person responsible for their care (cf. Minnesota Criminal Sexual
Conduct Code).
o Sexual Exploitation: sexual, physical and/or emotional contact between an adult
member and a student, regardless of who initiated the contact (the employee or
the student) (cf. Minnesota State Laws and Statutes).
Verbal: face-to-face interaction using offensive speech, i.e., taunts, name calling, putdowns, intimidation, slander and threats of any kind toward another person or group.
This form of harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive speech made toward
another through a third party.
Written: written statements that offend, taunt, name call, put down, intimidate, slander or
threaten another person or group. This form of harassment includes, but is not limited to,
written statements made toward another through a third party (cf. Cyberbullying).
Reporting Harassment:
Cretin-Derham Hall seeks to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone. If
a student has experienced harassment in any way, he or she is encouraged to tell a trusted faculty
or staff person. A faculty/staff member is obligated to tell an administrator. Having proof is an
important part of reporting harassment; therefore, individuals should save e-mails, text messages,
voice mail messages and other documentation. As difficult as it can be to tell another person,
reporting the experience is the first step toward reestablishing a safe and respectful environment
for that person and the school. Thus, if a student has received some form of harassment,
(inclusive of the forms cited above, but not limited to), or has knowledge of anyone (student,
faculty, staff, visitor, volunteer or group) involved in a form of harassment, the student is
encouraged to report it.
How To File A Report:
The initial report may be verbal or written. Reporting is intended to be non-threatening for the
one reporting the incident(s). He/She is strongly encouraged to give the information to a trusted
adult. The person taking the report cannot promise confidentiality, and a faculty/staff member is
obligated to tell an administrator immediately. All reports, including verbal reports, will be
No Retaliation:
Retaliation of any form will not be tolerated. The range of discipline is determined by the
administration and may include, but is not limited to, detention, parent conference, loss of cocurricular/athletic eligibility, loss of ability to participate on a school trip, suspension, and/or
Investigation and Procedures of Discipline:
The school administration will notify the parents/guardians of the student(s) involved and will
investigate in a confidential manner to the extent possible. At the discretion of the
administration, a Harassment Board of Review Committee may be formed to investigate the
report, and will do so in a confidential manner to the extent possible. Whether involving just the
school administration or a harassment committee, certain actions and disciplinary procedures
will be followed depending on the severity, frequency, and impact of the offense. The range of
discipline will be determined by the administration and may include, but is not limited to,
detention, parent conference, suspension, loss of co-curricular/athletic eligibility, loss of ability
to participate on a school trip, and/or expulsion.
Harassment Board of Review Committee:
In situations where the information gathered in the investigation differs from the perspective of
the victim(s) and/or accused, the school may elect to convene a Harassment Board of Review
Committee. The role of the Harassment Board of Review Committee would be to review the
information gathered by the administrator that handled the initial investigation and provide
recommendations. The Harassment Board of Review Committee will consist of several
administrators, several appointed board members, and faculty members selected by the
administration. The Board will make recommendations to the administration. The Principal may
accept or overturn this recommendation.
This document addresses policies and procedures related specifically to Apple iPad tablet
devices, whether student-owned or issued to the student by CDH. In conjunction with CretinDerham Hall’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy, it establishes the guidelines for acceptable
use of iPads for CDH community members. This policy is based on a philosophy of
● Upholding the mission and values of Cretin-Derham Hall;
● Protecting the safety and security of faculty/staff and student information;
● Maintaining the integrity of the Cretin-Derham Hall computer system;
● Facilitating the use of technology tools for teaching and learning.
Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) is committed to educating students for the 21st century. By
implementing a 1:1 initiative using Apple iPad tablet devices, our students will have continual
access to rich learning resources and will be taught multiple literacies to become responsible,
digital citizens. The iPad devices will serve as a tool to enhance students’ critical thinking,
communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.
The CDH Administration may introduce new rules and procedures to this policy, or modify
existing ones, and reserves the right to interpretation at any time.
A. General Information and Use
A.1 Required documentation
Cretin-Derham Hall will issue an iPad to each student contingent on submission of a signed
CDH 1:1 iPad Program User Agreement.
Students may opt to use a personally-owned iPad2 or higher in lieu of using a CDH-issued iPad,
contingent on Submission of a signed CDH 1:1 iPad Program User Agreement.
A.2 Conditions of use
Student use of iPads is a privilege and its use is conditional upon compliance with the school’s
Technology Acceptable Use Policy, copyright compliance, and other policies and procedures
outlined in this manual. Cretin-Derham Hall retains ownership of iPads, cases and power cords
issued to students.
A.3 Daily Use
iPad devices are intended for school use each day, both for classroom work, and for delivery of
school messages, announcements, calendars and email. Students are responsible for checking
communication from their teachers and school before the start of each school day, and during the
last period of the day. Their last period teacher will determine whether that check takes place at
the beginning or the end of the period.
Students are required to bring their fully charged devices to school each day. If they fail to bring
their iPad, or have an uncharged device, they are still responsible for the completion of all
coursework in a timely manner. Students are not to lend or borrow iPads for any reason. Failure
to have a usable device at school may result in student detention.
A.4 Security and Privacy
Students are expected to
● Refrain from attempting to use another student’s or teacher’s assigned iPad, subscriptions,
log-ins, files, or personal information.
● Refrain from sharing log-in information such as passwords, and from logging in as
another person.
● Refrain from giving out personal information, such as name, address, photos, or other
identifying information online.
● Refrain from removing or attempting to remove asset or identification tags on hardware
or cases.
A.5 Screensavers and Background Images
Any image or media on student iPads must reflect the mission and values of CDH. Any image
or media deemed inappropriate by CDH may not be used.
A.6 Passwords
Each student device must be protected with a four-digit password. Passwords must be kept
Students are required to unlock the iPad at the request of any staff member, or parent/guardian.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly check the content of students’ iPads.
A.7 Printing
Students are encouraged to receive and submit documents electronically. In those cases where
printing is required, students are allowed to wirelessly print from the iPads to designated
printers within CDH.
A.8 Internet Access
Students will have Internet access while on the CDH campus. Students are allowed to set up
wireless networks on the devices for use at home.
A.9 Managing Files and Saving Work
It is the responsibility of the user to back up the device on a regular basis, using cloud storage or
another method. When an iPad needs to be re-imaged, the Technology staff will not back up or
save items stored on the iPad. Mechanical failure, accidental deletion, iPad reimaging, etc. are
unacceptable reasons for late school work.
Students may be asked to delete personal apps, music, photos, etc., if storage space on the iPad
is needed.
A.10 Food and beverages
The iPad may not be used during lunch in the cafeteria , or anywhere else where food and
beverages are being consumed.
B. Acceptable Use Policy
All components of the Cretin-Derham Hall Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy apply to
the use of iPad devices, whether personally owned or part of the CDH iPad program.
C. Care and Maintenance
C.1 General Care
Students are expected to care for their iPad both at school and at home. iPads should not be
subjected to excessive weight, temperature extremes or direct sunlight. To prevent damage, cords
and cables must be carefully inserted into the device.
C.2 iPad Screen
Device screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. iPads must be in the school
issued case at all times. Even with this protection, caution must be exercised. The screens are
particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen. This pressure can occur
with an overloaded backpack. Please be mindful that devices are sensitive to weather conditions
and should not be stowed in extreme weather conditions such as heat, cold, or rain.
● When the iPad is being transported in a backpack, exercise caution in loading the iPad
and handling the backpack.
● Do not lean on the top of the device.
● Do not place anything on or near the device that could put pressure on the screen.
● Do not place anything in the school issued case that will press against the cover.
● Clean the screen with a soft dry cloth or anti-static cloth without cleaning solution.
● Do not bump the device against lockers, walls, car doors, floors, etc, even when
contained in a backpack.
C.3 iPad Protective Case
The iPad comes with a school issued case, which must remain on the iPad at all times. The
purpose of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. When
not in use, closing the iPad case will save battery life and protect the screen. Even with the
protective case, there is no guarantee of screen protection. CDH-provided iPads and protective
cases are the property of CDH, and must not be defaced in any way.
C.4 iPad Battery
The iPad should be charged, using the provided wall charger, and brought to school fully
charged each school day. A fully charged battery will typically last for an entire school day’s
use. It is the student’s responsibility to charge the battery each night.
Failure to charge the iPad battery may result in a student’s inability to use the iPad during the
school day. As stated in A.3, students are responsible for completion of assignments in a timely
manner. Failure to bring a usable iPad to class may result in a detention.
C.5 Loaner Devices
Subject to availability, loaner iPad devices may be issued to students when they leave their
CDH-provided device for repair in the Technology Help Center. Loaner devices are not available
to those using a personally-owned iPad.
Loss, Theft, Damage, Student Withdrawal
D.1 Loss or Theft
If an CDH-owned iPad is lost or stolen, it must be reported to the technology staff immediately.
If the iPad is found, this should be reported to the technology staff immediately. It is the
responsibility of the student to recover or replace the lost iPad.
D.2 Damage
If your CDH-owned iPad fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to the technology
department as soon as possible. Do not attempt to repair the iPad or to gain access to the internal
electronics. iPad repair/ replacement options will be determined by the CDH technology staff.
You may be issued a temporary iPad until your iPad is working properly or replaced (see C.5).
D.3 Damage to operating system
Any changes to or altering of the device’s original operating system, including jailbreaking, is
strictly prohibited. Any case of jailbreaking will result in disciplinary action which may include
suspension from classes and financial restitution to the school for damages incurred.
D.4 Cost for damage repair and replacement
Estimated replacement cost for damages and repair are reflected below:
● Damaged or broken screen may cost up to $100 depending on what layer of the screen is
● Replacement cost for the provided iPad case is $25
● Replacement cost for the provided iPad wall charger is $40
● Replacement cost for the entire iPad is $375
● There will be a deductible or copay charge of $40 for other epair requests
D.5 Student Enrollment/Withdrawal
Students who terminate enrollment at CDH for any reason must return their CDH-owned tablet
device, case, and power cord to the CDH Technology Department on the date of termination.
Devices must be returned in good, working condition. It is the sole discretion of CDH to make
determinations on device condition.
If a student fails to return the device, case and/or power cord in good working condition at the
end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment at CDH, a theft report may be filed with
the St. Paul Police. The student will also pay the replacement cost of the device and/or missing
Furthermore, families are responsible for any damage to the device, not covered in CDH’s
Insurance Plan.
E. Web/Internet
Cretin-Derham Hall’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to all iPads when they are accessing the
Web or Internet.
F. Apps/Downloads/Music/Games
F.1 CDH Required Apps
All students must install CDH-required apps. After careful review for educational
appropriateness, some apps for ages 17 and above may be required. A list of CDH approved
apps will be available on the CDH website. Students must update these apps, as needed. The
use of apps, including music and texting, while at CDH is up to the classroom teacher or
personnel supervising a designated area or event.
F.2 Personal Apps, Music and Games
iPads are being implemented for educational activities, but it is recognized that students may
want to add their own apps, music or games. Contingent on available space on the iPad (CDHowned or student-owned), students may add their own apps, music, and games by using a
personal Apple ID account. Use of shared family Apple ID’s is discouraged. All apps, music
and games must be consistent with the mission and values of CDH as stated in CDH’s acceptable
use policy. This includes music lyrics. If unacceptable items are installed on the iPad, the device
will be restored to its original content/image. CDH does not accept responsibility for the loss of
any apps, music, games, or documents deleted from a student iPad due to a reformat and/or reimage of the iPad.
iPads are provided for educational use. Gaming or any other non-academic use during class
periods is not allowed. Teachers are responsible to enforce a positive learning environment.
All violations must be reported to the Deans of Students. Consequences will include:
1st violation) 1 hour detention
2nd violation) Saturday detention
3rd violation) Parents will be notified and iPad will be locked to restrict use to only CDH
required apps.
G. Cameras and Microphones
The iPad comes equipped with audio and video recording capabilities through a built-in
microphone and front and rear-facing cameras. Improper use has serious ethical and legal
G.1 Policy compliance
There may be appropriate academic uses for video and audio recording with the iPad. All
electronic recordings created with the device must comply with CDH policies, State and Federal
laws, and must reflect CDH mission and values. CDH prohibits secret or surreptitious recording
undertaken without the knowledge and consent of the person or persons being recorded. CDH
policy prohibits the use of electronic recording devices in a manner that compromises the privacy
interests of other individuals (See CDH Harassment Policy). CDH policy also prohibits
harassment and bullying (Harassment Policy) in all forms. Use of the iPad in a manner that
violates CDH policy may result in revocation of the device and further disciplinary consequences.
Users of the iPad should be aware that State and Federal laws in many instances prohibit secret
or surreptitious recording undertaken without the knowledge and consent of the person or
persons being recorded. Violations of State and Federal recording laws may be reported to the
proper authorities and may result in criminal prosecution.
G.2 Classroom Use
Use of the iPad and any other devices with audio and video recording capabilities for
instructional use is at the discretion of the teacher, and the student must obtain prior approval to
use the device for such purposes. Users must obtain prior permission before any electronic
recording or image (for example, a classroom project filmed in a hallway). Any electronic
recordings obtained with the recording device at any time are for instructional/educational
purposes and individual use. Therefore, electronic recordings obtained with the iPad may not be
shared, published or re-broadcast for any reason by the student without permission of the
instructor and the involved parties. This includes, but is not limited to Facebook, YouTube, and
G.3 Locker Rooms
The Minnesota State High School League mandates that all audio and video equipment be
powered off while in school locker rooms. Cretin-Derham Hall complies with this mandate. In
addition, iPads must be locked securely while being stored in locker rooms.
G.4 Altering iPad Settings
iPad restrictions are to be set only by the Technology staff. If a parent or student sets restrictions
without the knowledge of the Tech staff, the student may have difficulty-completing classwork,
and the Tech staff will return the iPad to the original image. Parents who have concerns about
their student’s use of the iPad should contact the appropriate dean.
Cretin-Derham Hall
Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy
This document contains policies regulating student use of the Cretin-Derham Hall computer
system, which includes but is not limited to computers and associated equipment, all data
networks and servers, email, internet, intranet, website, applications, and other associated
Philosophy/Statement of Ethics
This policy is based on a philosophy of
• Upholding the mission and values of Cretin-Derham Hall;
• Protecting the safety and security of faculty/staff and student information;
• Maintaining the integrity of the Cretin-Derham Hall computer system;
• Facilitating and teaching the use of technology tools for teaching and learning
1. Acceptable Use
A. The Cretin-Derham Hall computer network has been established for a limited
educational purpose, which includes classroom activities, educational and career
development, and limited self-discovery activities consistent with the mission and
values of Cretin-Derham Hall.
B. The Cretin-Derham Hall network is not intended to be a public access service or a
public forum. Cretin-Derham Hall has the right to place restrictions on material
accessed or posted through the system. Users are expected to follow the rules set forth
in the Cretin-Derham Hall Handbook and federal, state and local law in their use of
the computer system.
C. Use of personally owned equipment
i. Students using personally-owned iPads must see the Network Manager and
have the device registered in the CDH system.
ii. A guest network is available for internet access from other devices.
iii. Cretin-Derham Hall assumes no responsibility or liability for damages that
may occur as a result of using a personally owned device on the school
iv. All provisions of this policy as well as other school policies apply to use of a
personal computer on the school system or on the premises.
2. Prohibited Use
Any student who violates this policy and/or any rules governing use of the school’s computer
system will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Illegal use of the
school’s computer system will also result in referral to law enforcement authorities. General
examples of unacceptable student uses, which are expressly prohibited, include, but are not
limited to, the following:
Any use that is illegal or in violation of other policies, including harassing, discriminatory or
threatening communications and behavior; violations of copyright laws, etc.; see CDH
Harassment Policy for clarification;
A. Any use involving materials that are obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or
sexually suggestive. If a student inadvertently encounters such materials, the student
must immediately tell the supervising adult, quit or exit the program, and turn off the
computer monitor. These actions will protect students against the appearance of
intentional violation of this policy;
B. Disclosing personal information about themselves or others. Personal information
includes, but is not limited to, address, telephone number, social security number or
other information or images;
C. Students are advised to use extreme caution in arranging physical meetings with
people met online, and such meetings should never take place without
parent/guardian approval and supervision;
D. Any use of blocked sites.
E. Any use of school email or other communication methods to solicit, proselytize,
advocate or communicate the views of an individual or non-school sponsored
organization; to solicit membership in or support of any non-school sponsored
organization; or to raise funds for any non-school sponsored purpose, whether profit
or non-profit, without the written permission of the Technology Director. Students are
not to use their school e-mail accounts for non-school purposes. Personal email
accounts should not be used for school business. Students who are uncertain as to
whether particular activities are acceptable should contact the Technology Director;
F. Any communication that represents personal views as those of the school or that
could be misinterpreted as such;
G. Opening or forwarding any e-mail attachments or files from unknown sources and/or
that may contain viruses;
H. Sending mass e-mails, including to an entire grade, for school or non-school
purposes without the permission of the Technology Director;
I. Any malicious use of or disruption of the school’s computer system, or breach or
attempted breach of security;
J. Any misuse or damage to the school’s computer network, whether intentional or
through carelessness;
K. Sharing one’s passwords or accounts, or using another’s passwords or accounts;
L. Any communications that are in violation of generally accepted rules of network
M. Any attempt to access unauthorized sites, including use of proxy servers to get to
blocked sites;
N. Failing to report a known breach of computer security to the Technology Director or
Network Administrator;
O. Using, or attempting to use the school network after such access has been denied or
revoked; and
P. Any attempt to add, delete, erase, or otherwise conceal any information stored on a
school computer that violates these rules.
Q. Any use of social networking and gaming during the school day.
3. No Expectation of Privacy
A. The Cretin-Derham Hall Technology system remains under the control, custody, and
supervision of the school.
B. Students should expect no privacy in the contents of personal files, including e-mail.
The school reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity (including
e-mail) by students and other system users. Students should have no expectation of
privacy in their use of the school network, computers, e-mail, Internet sites visited, or
stored files.
C. Cretin-Derham Hall reserves the right to review any material on student accounts
(including e-mail) in order to ensure that users are complying with appropriate use
D. If there is reasonable suspicion of a legal or policy violation, a search will be
conducted by the Technology Integration Coordinator or Network Manager. The
Technology Integration Coordinator or Network Manager may also conduct random
searches to ensure student compliance.
4. Respecting Resource Limits
A. Students will not play unauthorized games or use system resources for non-academic
activities during school hours without the explicit permission of the classroom teacher
or supervisor.
B. No more than two copies of a document should be printed directly from a computer
or other device; multiple copies should be created on a copy machine.
5. Limitation of Liability
A. Cretin-Derham Hall makes no guarantee that the functions or services provided by or
through the Cretin-Derham Hall network will be error-free or without defect.
B. Cretin-Derham Hall is not responsible for any damage suffered as a result of using the
computer network, including, but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of
C. Cretin-Derham Hall is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information
obtained through or stored on its system.
Persons guilty of stealing and/or destructive behavior may be subject to dismissal or other
consequences, such as suspension and community service, as determined by the Deans of
Students. Any incidence of theft should be reported to a Dean of Students immediately.
Uniform Policy
In keeping with Cretin-Derham Hall's goal to create an environment in which students have an
opportunity to experience equality, regardless of their economic backgrounds, we maintain a
uniform dress code. This code is also a way for students to present a positive and respectful
image of themselves, strengthen school spirit and image, and enhance security.
Students are to be neat, clean and well groomed. Students must wear correctly-sized clothing,
and uniforms should be cleaned, pressed, and without tears, holes or ragged edges. Hairstyles
and hair coloring (e.g. highlights, coloring, extensions, etc.) should not draw undue attention to
the student. No hair can be dyed a color that cannot be grown naturally. No nose, lip, eyebrow,
tongue, or other facial piercing is permitted. No visible tattoos are permitted. Spiked bracelets or
belts are not allowed. Hats and bandanas may not be worn during the school day unless approved
for a specific theme day. Questions or concerns will be handled by the administration.
Students are expected to be in complete uniform each day. Students not in complete uniform may
not be allowed to attend classes and must report to the Deans of Students’ Office. Students who
are inappropriately dressed may be assigned detention or Saturday detention, have a parent
conference, be sent home, or be suspended. Consistent disregard of the dress code may result in
Monogrammed CDH apparel can be purchased from Donald's Department Store at (651) 7762723 or www.donaldsuniform.com. Uniform sweatshirts are available at the Raider Rack.
Students in JROTC should refer to the JROTC regulations.
Men’s Uniform
• Donald’s uniform grey cotton twill or blend Docker style pants. Pants should be worn at
the waist, secured with a black or brown belt.
• Gray cotton twill or blend knee length shorts may be worn in August – October and April
– June.
• White or black monogrammed uniform polo shirt or monogrammed white oxford shirt
(long or short sleeved) with button down collar. Oxford shirts must be tucked in.
• Solid white T-shirt (no decorations or colors) may be worn under a uniform shirt. No
non-uniform items may be visible under the uniform.
Monogrammed black pullover uniform sweater, microfleece or vest may be worn with a
uniform shirt or polo shirt.
White or black monogrammed uniform sweatshirt may be worn with a uniform oxford
shirt or polo shirt.
Solid gray, white or black socks must be worn. Small logos on socks are acceptable.
Solid black shoes in good condition must be worn with the uniform. No visible logos
(black logo permitted), no shoes with a white band around the bottom, no slippers,
moccasins, shoes with fur, open-toed shoes, sandals, or boots.
Earrings (of any type) are not worn with the uniform. Young men must be clean-shaven
and hair should not extend below the ear on the sides, should not touch the collar in the
back, nor extend below the eyebrows. No unconventional haircuts. Young men may not
wear stay-puts, headbands or ponytails.
Women’s Uniform
• Black uniform jumper. The jumper must extend to the top of the knee.
• Donald’s uniform black dress pant. Students may alter hemline and waist; no other
alterations are permitted.
• Solid black knee-length dress shorts may be worn in August - October and April – June.
• Monogrammed white oxford blouse (long or short sleeved) with a button down collar
may be worn with the uniform pants or under the jumper. Solid white undershirt (no
colors or lace) may be worn under the uniform blouse or uniform polo shirt. Blouses must
be tucked in.
• White or black turtleneck may be worn under the jumper or with a uniform sweater or
• White or black monogrammed uniform polo shirt (long or short sleeved) may be worn
with uniform pants or over or under the jumper.
• Monogrammed uniform black pullover, crew or V-neck sweater, microfleece or cardigan
sweater, vest, or uniform sweatshirt may be worn over a uniform blouse, white or black
turtleneck, or polo shirt.
• Solid color gray, black or white stockings (knee-highs, cable knit tights, plain tights,
anklets) without design must be worn. All black full-length leggings are acceptable under
jumpers. Fishnet stockings not permitted.
• Solid black shoes in good condition must be worn with the uniform. No visible logos
(black logo permitted), no shoes with a white band around the bottom, no slippers,
moccasins, shoes with fur, open-toed shoes, sandals, or boots.
• Girls will have no non-uniform items of clothing visible under the uniform.
Non-Uniform Policies
Occasionally the administrators will designate days on which students may be out of
uniform. Appropriate and modest dress will be expected. Torn clothing, tight fitting clothing,
ragged cut-offs, revealing clothing, tank tops, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, and
clothing with inappropriate sayings or designs are among items not allowed. Hats/DoRags/Bandanas are not permitted. Spiked bracelets or belts are not permitted. Boys are
allowed to wear earrings on non-uniform days. Modest facial hair for boys is also permitted
on non-uniform days. Students who are inappropriately dressed will be asked to change and
may be assigned detention, be sent home, or be suspended. Students are expected to wear the
uniform on school trips unless otherwise notified by the teacher.
Students and staff share the responsibility for the condition and appearance of the school
building and grounds. Students and staff will treat personal property, school property and the
surrounding neighborhood with care and respect. We expect students to throw trash in
receptacles, recycle when appropriate and not litter the premises or neighborhood. Persons
apprehended for vandalism will be responsible for monetary reparation and possible legal
prosecution. Students who vandalize any property inside or outside the Cretin-Derham Hall
community may be suspended or dismissed from Cretin-Derham Hall. Any incidence of
vandalism should be reported to a Dean of Students immediately.
A student found in possession of a weapon of any kind in school, on school grounds, or at school
functions will be immediately dismissed. Please note that the “Conceal and Carry Gun Law”
states that: whoever possesses, stores or keeps a dangerous weapon or uses or brandishes a
replica firearm or BB gun while knowingly on school property is guilty of a felony and may be
sentenced to imprisonment.”
Student Services
Behavioral Assessment and Services
In cases when either the parents or the school request that a student undergo an assessment or
evaluation process (chemical/drug/alcohol, psychological, eating disorder, etc.), the following
procedure will be followed:
• Students will be required to comply with the recommendations of the evaluation center as
part of a provisional return to Cretin-Derham Hall. We will continue to support students
who are working through treatment and after-care. Students who are attending AA or
other support groups have our support for these efforts.
• No student will return to classes after any evaluation process conducted by staff outside
of Cretin-Derham Hall without an interview with at least one administrator, the parents,
and one member of the Guidance Department.
• No student will be allowed to return to classes until a formal contract has been
• If students remove themselves from evaluation or hospitalization against medical advice,
the school reserves the right to refuse re-entry to such students. In any event, a re-entry
will always be preceded by an interview and a contract. Part of the re-entry contract will
include counseling with the Cretin-Derham Hall guidance staff.
Guidance Department and Support Services
The counselors provide a variety of services to students. During the day, students may meet
individually or in a classroom setting with counselors. Six full-time counselors and additional
support personnel provide the following services:
• Academic support
Individual counseling
Post-secondary guidance and support
Referral services as needed
Support groups
Any student wishing to contact a counselor for help in any area is free to make an appointment at
any time. A permission slip from the counselor must be presented to a teacher before the student
is excused from class. One-to-one counseling and various groups based on need or interest are
available at all grade levels.
Student Assistance Program
Upholding the mission and values of Cretin-Derham Hall, the Student Assistance Program is
committed to support, respect, and care for each member of the community. It provides
opportunities for healthy youth development in a trusting environment, which will enable all
students to achieve their potential as effective members of church and society. The Student
Assistance Program provides organized and confidential support to staff and students, as well as
policies that expect responsible behavior and promote accountability. It also develops
educational programs for faculty, students, and parents, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
Cretin-Derham Hall has a commitment to maintain the overall health of its members. With that
commitment in mind, we reserve the right to intervene in situations in which we believe the
emotional health of students is negatively affected.
The Student Support Team (SST) is a referral service for teachers and students aimed at
addressing concerns and problems of Cretin-Derham Hall students. SST is comprised of
guidance counselors, the nurse, and administrators. SST addresses a wide range of issues
including, but not limited to: academic struggles, behavior issues, attendance, anorexia or
bulimia, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, grief, family concerns, identity concerns and
unhealthy relationships. Students with concerns about themselves or another student should talk
to a member of the SST.
Participation in 9th
grade orientation to
facilitate a smooth
transition into high
school (Link
Access to our peer
program: People
Finding People
administered on
All School Testing
Day, results
mailed home &
parent meeting to
answer questions.
Seminar for eight
Academic progress
PSAT administered
on All School
Testing Day,
results mailed
Career Assessment
Inventory given to
all students.
Parent & Student
Night for post-high
school planning.
Parent &
Student night.
Financial Aid
Night for
Student Honors
session explaining
guidance services
and tour of the
Students complete
“Career Game,” a
career interest
Academic progress
Peterson’s Career
& College Quest
computer program.
Continued access
to our peer
program: People
Finding People
Quest computer
Education Fair at
meetings with all
juniors and parents
to assist in postsecondary
planning library
and resource area.
Quest computer
Academic progress
Jump Start Day
Health Records and Medication
All freshmen and new upper-class students must submit a Physician's Certificate upon
admission. Cretin-Derham Hall follows the state laws concerning proper immunization and
health records. Non-compliance will result in suspension.
All medications, including prescriptions and over the counter medications, that must be taken
during the school day must be administered by the school nurse or a designee who the school
nurse has trained and delegated the function of medication administration. The school nurse must
be notified in writing when medication must be administered during the school day. Students
may bring ibuprofen and acetaminophen for personal use as long as they carry a note with
parental/guardian permission with them.
Students taking prescription medications must have a doctor’s prescription on file. Students who
need to carry and administer their own medications (e.g. inhaler) must have a written consent
from the parent and physician. Medications that can be administered to the student appropriately
before or after school will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Controlled substances
(such as Ritalin, Adderall, and some pain medications) must always be kept in a locked cabinet
and shall never be carried by a student or be self-administered. Please call the school nurse with
Library/Media Center (LMC)
The Library/Media Center is a place of quiet study and research for all students before, during,
and after school. Hours are posted on the Library/Media Center doors. Students must have a
pass from a teacher to use the Library/Media Center during school hours, and they must remain
in the Library/Media Center for the full period unless otherwise noted by their teacher. Students
who cannot follow the behavioral guidelines of the Library/Media Center forfeit privileges for a
time determined by the Center Supervisor. General school policies are enforced in the
Library/Media Center: ipods, mp3 players, radios and other electronic devices are allowed and
must be used with earbuds/headphones. Cellular phones, cameras, and internet-enabled devices
may be used for Internet and text-messaging only, and must be in silent mode at all times. If a
student does not follow these guidelines, the item will be taken from the student and turned in to
the Deans’ Office. No food or beverages are allowed; no cards or games are permitted.
General Information
Announcements and Bulletins
All notices of club meetings, athletic and social events, general information for the day and
specific instructions will be posted each day on the message monitors. Message monitors are
located throughout the school building. Students responsible for notices must have their notices
approved by their advisor or activity moderator and submitted to the Main Office by 8:00 a.m.
Posters, flyers and signs must be approved by an administrator. Students responsible for posting
are also responsible for proper removal.
Co-Curricular Activities
Each activity has its own webpage on the CDH website. For general information, please contact
Katie Carroll at 651-696-3384 or [email protected] To participate in athletics or co-curricular
activities, you must be enrolled in and attending Cretin-Derham Hall.
Policy for Cretin-Derham Hall Collections
Intended Purpose
We recognize that our world holds many who are in need. As a community of faith, we want to
address the needs of the dear neighbor whenever possible. This policy has been developed due
to the volume of requests to raise money and resources. It is hoped that this policy will guide the
process of selecting which in-school collections will be sponsored by groups at Cretin-Derham
Hall. Please note: this policy applies to new initiatives. The current collections and drives will
not have to apply for approval.
Process: Proposal and Procedures
A. Any individual or group that wants to sponsor a collection, must submit a written proposal to
the Assistant Principal which clearly states:
• The purpose of the initiative - especially its connection to Cretin-Derham Hall’s
Mission and Values.
• A description of the Group/Agency/Organization who will benefit from the collection.
• The name of the faculty or staff moderator who is overseeing the initiative (N.B. the
Assistant Principal who approves the initiative is not responsible for its
• The timeline of the initiative (i.e., from beginning to end).
• The reward/recognition those who donate will receive (if any – giving itself is a
reward in striving toward the common good).
B. The individual or group submits the proposal to the Assistant Principal for review and
Evacuation Plans
Evacuation plans are designed to move people to safety in case of emergency.
• In case of fire: Students and faculty will follow the directions posted in each area to exit
the building.
• In case of tornado: Students and faculty will follow special directions and proceed to the
designated basement areas.
• In case of a bomb threat: Students and faculty will follow special directions for
evacuation or containment.
No disruptive behavior is tolerated during the evacuation process.
Evening Activities
Co-Curricular evening activities such as coffeehouses, movie nights and talent shows are an
integral part of the development of school community. To host an evening activity, co-curricular
organizations must submit a detailed proposal to the Assistant Principal. All evening activities
are required to have adult chaperones (including the faculty/staff moderator), and the activity
must end by 8:30 p.m. on school nights, 10:00 p.m. on weekends. No school events will be
added to the school calendar in May.
Field Trips
Field trips are a privilege. With the approval of the Assistant Principal, teachers may take
students for an extended time for either an on or off campus event. Permission slips are to be
signed by parents for off campus events, and each teacher whose class will be missed must sign
all slips. Students are responsible for making up any missed class work. Missed work, including
lectures, labs and discussions, may affect the student's final grade. Students will wear uniforms
on field trips unless excused by the Administration.
Hallway Passes
Five minutes passing time is allowed between classes. Students using the corridors during class
time should have a pass from the appropriate office or a signed planner from their classroom
teacher. Students must have a pass from a teacher to use the Library/Media Center during school
hours. Students should have a pass from their classroom teacher before visiting the Campus
Ministry Offices, Guidance Office, Nurse’s Office, and other Student Service Offices. It is the
student’s responsibility to clear any appointments with their classroom teacher in advance of the
Homeroom and Study Halls
Students must report to Homeroom on time and remain there for the duration of the period.
Truancy from Homeroom will result in detention. Students may work with a teacher during this
time if he or she has a pass from that teacher ahead of time.
Study halls are places for study. Students should bring necessary materials with them. iPods,
mp3 players and similar devices may be used; earbuds/headphones must be used at all times.
With explicit permission from the teacher, cellular phones, cameras, and internet-enabled devices
may be used for internet and text messaging, but not for telephone conversations. These devices
must be in silent mode at all times. No cards or other games are permitted. Study hall supervisors
can also conduct the study as a classroom with guidelines beyond the ones just listed. Students
may also utilize the resources available in the Library/Media Center if they have a pass from the
study hall supervisor or from another teacher. Inappropriate behavior in study hall will result in a
referral to the Deans of Students.
Journal Entries
Journal statements that are assignments for class will be reviewed by the teacher and kept
private. If a journal entry contains information that suggests harm to oneself or others, a
counselor or administrator will be contacted. A teacher may also report language that he or she
deems inappropriate, abusive, threatening, or demeaning based on ability, age, body type,
economic status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Prayer and worship are integral components of Cretin-Derham Hall. Attendance at liturgical
celebrations (Masses, Holy Days of Obligation, Prayer Services) is required. Students should
participate in these celebrations, as they are able, and should respect each other's right to a
prayerful atmosphere.
Lost and Found
Lost and found items may be claimed from the Deans of Students’ Office. All unclaimed articles
are donated to charity after the end of each trimester. We reserve the right to search lost and
found items for identification and safety purposes.
Students must eat lunch in the cafeteria. Students may not order food to be delivered to the
school. Parents/guardians may not bring in restaurant food for their child(ren).
Non-School Sponsored Events
No student is allowed to organize, promote, or sell tickets, buttons, etc., to Cretin-Derham Hall
students without permission from the Administration.
Personal Property and Lockers
• Students are advised not to bring large amounts of money or valuable items to school. The
school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
• The use of backpacks is permitted during the school day, and may be subject to search.
• Each student is assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year. To ensure the safety
of their property, students are cautioned against giving out their locker combination.
Lockers are the property of Cretin-Derham Hall and Cretin-Derham Hall reserves the
right to make periodic locker checks and searches. It is the responsibility of the students
to keep lockers clean and in good order. If students choose to decorate the inside or
outside of lockers, it is expected that this will be done in a manner consistent with the
values of Cretin-Derham Hall. Items should be attached using masking tape. Students
will be asked to remove any objects that, in the judgment of any faculty or staff member,
are not in keeping with these values. Students will remove all decorations from lockers
before the end of the school year. Interference in any way with another student's locker is
a serious offense. Damage should be reported immediately.
Believing that life in all its forms is sacred, that intimacy is fundamentally sacramental, and that
sex is a celebration of a loving and committed marriage, all Cretin-Derham Hall students are
called to be chaste and abstinent. However, if a Cretin-Derham Hall student becomes pregnant or
makes another pregnant, the administration, faculty, and staff will affirm the value of life for
both the student(s) involved, and the baby to be born. Administration and staff will meet with the
student and family to offer emotional support, to ensure medical and social services, and to
consider ways that the student can meet his/her educational goals. During the pregnancy, the
student is required to follow the color code of the uniform policy (i.e., maintaining the white
blouse and black slacks option). Following the birth, special arrangements must be made prior to
bringing the baby to school.
Raider Rack
A school store is available to students, parents, faculty and staff. Store hours are 45 minutes
before the start of school every day and 2:00-3:30 on school days except Friday and early release
days. Clothing items and novelty items are also sold at www.schoolidentity.com, the CDH
online store.
School Closings
In case of inclement weather, students should listen to WCCO (830 AM) radio for any
announcement concerning school delay or closing. Closings/school delays are also announced on
KARE, KMSP, KSTP, WCCO, and the CDH Website.
School Trips
Trips to places in the United States and in foreign countries are offered to students during the
year. These trips are a privilege and students are expected to be in good academic standing and
without behavior violations. If a student is failing any class, has a chemical violation, is behind
in tuition payments, has been suspended, or has other serious behavioral violations, the student
may be denied participation in the trip. Advisors/chaperones of the trip have the authority to
deny a student's participation on the trip. If participation is denied after money has been paid,
families must deal with the travel agencies. Cretin-Derham Hall is not responsible for refunds.
a. Bus Cards
MetroTransit bus cards will be issued to students who live in School District 625 and live
more than one mile from Cretin-Derham Hall. Bus cards are available at the Raider Rack.
b. Parking and Permits
Driving is a privilege and students who drive to school must register their vehicle (car,
motorcycle, scooter) in the Deans’ Office. A free parking permit will be issued and must
be displayed on the rear view mirror so that it is visible through the windshield. The Holy
Spirit parking lot is reserved for faculty, staff and visitors from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Monday – Friday. Students are not permitted in their cars during school hours. Reckless
driving in our neighborhood will be subject to police investigation as well as loss of
driving privileges. Vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed and/or towed. Vehicles
parked on campus or in the Safe & Drug Free School Zone are subject to search.
Students may park in the student parking lot located on the south side of the campus, the
Whaley Hall lot, Carondelet Field lot or on the street. Several streets in the neighborhood
have city permit parking only; drivers must read and observe posted signs. From August
to December students may park on the south side of streets that have permit parking. From
January to July students may park on the north side of streets that have permit parking.
c. Snow Emergency Parking
General Snow Emergency parking guidelines include no parking on East – West streets.
This includes, but is not limited to, Hartford, Watson, Niles and Juno. There is no parking
on the Non Posted sides of North-South streets. This includes Albert Street on both sides
if it has not been plowed, and the west side of Hamline Avenue if it has not been plowed.
Students should see the Deans with questions.
All visitors must sign in at the Main Office and visibly display the visitor badge. All visitors
must report to the Main Office before school the day of the visit. Cretin-Derham Hall reserves
the right to deny visiting privileges on an individual basis. Students who no longer attend CretinDerham Hall are discouraged from visiting. Students interested in attending Cretin-Derham Hall
are invited to spend a day at the school. All visits must be pre-arranged with the Administrator
of Admissions. Visits may be arranged from October - April depending on the suitability of the
school day. Students currently in high school who wish to visit must have a parent or guardian
call the Administrator of Admissions in advance.
Work Study Program
Students may earn money toward their tuition by working at school. Hours may be worked in the
summer, before or after school, or on Saturdays. Financial aid is available to families based on
need. Families must fill out an application form each year that qualifies them for Cretin-Derham
Hall and Archdiocesan money. Highest priority for work study is given in this order: financial
need and those who applied for financial aid over students wishing to work, but not applying for
Information for Parents
First Line of Inquiry
During the year many questions come up. We have provided a list to help parents know whom to
Person to Contact
Academic Concerns, Student Progress
Academic Advisor
Academic Schedule
Address Corrections
Athletic Event Hotline
Buildings, facilities
Teachers involved, Counselors
Kathy Quitter
Sandy Cullen
Jodi Loeblein-Lecker
Andrew Lecker
Bruce Mohs
Jim O’Neill
Raider Rack
Peter Gleich
Joan O'Connell
Mona Passman
Frank Miley
Jerry Kline
Amy Bellus
Lisa Williams
Andrew Lecker
Lou Anne Tighe, CSJc
Tim Teuber
Jerry Kline
Katie Carroll
Richard Engler
Jim O’Neill
Lauri Malm
Connie Reding
Lauri Malm
Sandy Cullen
Lauri Malm
Jerry Kline
Bus Cards
Campus Ministry
College, Career Plans
Development Office/Fundraising
Dean of Students (gr. 9, 11 & 12)
Dean of Students (gr. 10)
Financial Aid
Health Questions
Homework requests for absent students
Student Activities
School Calendar
Student Work Program
Summer School
Transcript Requests
Transportation reimbursement
Transportation (car pools)
Tuition Payments
Fundraising Information
• Legacy Gala Dinner
This event brings together the entire CDH Community and marks the kick-off of the
school’s Annual Fund Drive. It will be held on November 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
St. Paul.
• Parent Giving Program
This program consists of financial support from parents to help bridge the gap between
tuition and the cost of educating a student at Cretin-Derham Hall. All parents will be
contacted and are encouraged to make a gift to the Parent Giving Program. These gifts
are tax deductible as compared to tuition payments which are not. Participation from all
parents is critical to the success of this effort.
• Phonathon
The Cretin-Derham Hall Phonathon is conducted throughout the school year and is a
follow up to the Annual Fund Drive. Call Hayley Berrisford at 651-696-3382 if you have
any questions.
• SPAFF Student Ticket Raffle
This activity directly involves EVERY student at Cretin-Derham Hall. Raffle tickets are
$5.00 each; students are required to sell a minimum of 30 tickets, or $150. Prizes are
awarded to the students selling the most tickets. SPAFF (Students, Parents, Alumni/ae,
Faculty and Friends) is a long and respected tradition at Cretin-Derham Hall. Call Patty
Marzolf at 651-696-3303 for more info.
Helpful Hints
Academic Progress Reports and Unsatisfactory Behavior Slips: may be
Attendance: All school assemblies, religious activities, and field trips are an important
sent home throughout the year. If you receive one, discuss it with your student, sign the
slip and return it. You may also call the teacher if you wish. In addition, teachers may be
calling you at times to discuss your student’s progress.
part of our program. Students are expected to attend these events and not use the time to
sleep in, make doctor appointments, or study.
• Calendar: All school-related events can be found on the school calendar, which is
located on the CDH website. Please check this frequently for changes and updates.
• Late Starts: Late Start is a day of the week (usually Wednesdays) when students report
to school an hour later than the usual start time. Students attend all their classes that day,
but each class is shortened. The first hour of the morning is used by faculty and staff for
scheduled professional development activities and department meetings. Late Start days
are listed on the school calendar on the CDH website.
Conferences: occur three times a year at mid-trimester, and grades are issued. This is
Publications: There are several publications during the year that provide information
Sports Schedules are distributed at the beginning of each season. If you have a
Traffic around Cretin-Derham Hall at dismissal is very heavy. An additional concern is
Tuition Plan: The 2014-2015 tuition is $11,500. There is also a $150 technology fee.
an opportunity to find out how your student is doing and talk to teachers. Parents
/guardians pick up grades in the Link and then visit any teachers they want to see. If you
are unable to attend conferences and would like your student’s grades mailed home, call
the Guidance Office.
and entertainment. They are:
o The Communicator (parent newsletter, 5 issues)
o The Chronicle (student newspaper)
o Traditions (alumni/ae newsletter, 2 issues)
o Parent/Student Handbook (online only)
o Curriculum Book (online only)
o Gemini (yearbook)
o Student Directory
o Communications from Administration and the Guidance Office
student in athletics, please be sure to ask him/her about schedules. Changes in that
information are not always available to the people answering phones in the afternoon.
Your best source is your student. You can also call the Athletic Events Hot Line at 651696-3375.
the Holy Spirit children who dismiss a few minutes after Cretin-Derham Hall students. In
order to insure the safety of everyone, we ask the following:
o no parking in or use of the Holy Spirit school parking lot.
o follow the traffic signs and directions posted in the Albert Street lots.
o cars may wait for students on either side of Albert Street.
o use the drop off site on Hamline Avenue.
o please be courteous while waiting and do not block traffic or pedestrians.
This amount does not cover the actual cost of educating each student. In order to bridge
the gap, the Development Office works to garner support from various sources including
parents, alumni/ae and friends of CDH. Tuition may be paid on a 12 month basis (11
months for 12th grade students) or two or three times a year. Individual payment plans
may be arranged as needed. A tuition agreement form is signed at the time of registration,
and the $100.00 tuition deposit is paid at that time. It is the responsibility of the
parent/guardian of each student to be current in meeting all tuition payments according to
the plan indicated on the tuition agreement form. If a student’s account is not current, he
or she will not receive credit for classes at the end of the trimester. Families unable to
meet their financial obligation should talk to the President to make further financial
Parents’ Association Information
Parents are a vital and active part of the Cretin-Derham Hall Community. The Parents
Association organizes many events during the year and gives input and support to the
administration. The board of the Parents’ Association includes a president, secretary, treasurer
and committee chairpersons. Parents are invited to share ideas and issues for discussion with
members of the board so these concerns will be heard. A letter asking parents to volunteer their
time and talents is sent each summer.
Contact Information
The Parents' Association is a tool for parents to use to communicate their ideas and
concerns. Be sure to contact board members with your input.
President: Michlyn Walsh
Treasurer: Missy Cullen
Secretary: Peggy Stang
Adoration: Katherine Gernes
Baccalaureate Luncheon: Celine Donohue, Mary Forliti
Communications: Stacey Molnar
Faculty and Staff Appreciation: Kim Kirmeier and Melissa Kestner
Father-Son Banquet: Jennifer Eisenhuth, Carole Nickelson
Father-Daughter Dinner Dance: Kayleen Rooney, Lisa Schleif
Fundraising Support: Karen Mader
Grandparents’ Day Mass/Reception: Kathy Weyandt
Mailings: Margie Andrzejek
Mother-Daughter Luncheon: Dana Bruce, Katie Shaw
Mother-Son Dinner Dance: Jessie King, Beth Domler
Post High School Committee/College Counseling: Nancy Johnson, Erin Schneeman
Refreshments: Jolene Little
Senior Lock-In: Midge Anderson
Teacher Recognition: Lisa Gehrig, Mary Pat Ingwell, Melissa Kestner, Kim Kirmeier
Volunteers: Tammy Kuenster
Welcome Committee: Jean Bannick
Parents’ Association Events
August 18 – New Parent Orientation
November 16 – Mother/Guardian-Daughter Luncheon
January 15 – Jumpstart your Future
January 24 – Father/Guardian-Daughter Dinner Dance
February 22 – Father/Guardian-Son Banquet
March 5 – Incoming 9th Registration
April 11 – Mother/Guardian-Son Dinner Dance
April 20 – Education Fair
May 6 – Grandparents Day
May 27 – Baccalaureate Mass/Lunch/Graduation/Lock In
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