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Policies, Guidelines and Other Information

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Academic Integrity
GPA / Ranking Policy
Grading System
Honor Roll Criteria
Parent / Student Portal
eBackpack
Naviance
iPads
Student Assessment and Testing
Student Intervention Team
Academic Clinics
Computer Labs
William H. Powell Memorial Library
Bookstore
4 Year Graduation Plan
Course Options for Each Year
Advanced Placement Courses
College Courses/Distance Educational Courses
Dual Enrollment
SCTC
Alternative Credits


Academic Integrity

Cheating, copying homework, and plagiarism are acts of academic dishonesty, and considered major offenses. Teachers will report acts of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Academics and the Director of Student Affairs. A first offense will result in a grade of zero for the particular assignment or test.  Additionally, an act of plagiarism will result in the assignment being redone, with no credit awarded. The student will meet with the teacher involved, the Dean of Academics and the Director of Student Affairs to discuss the seriousness of the offense. A subsequent offense will result in an automatic Disciplinary Hearing.

GPA / Ranking Policy

Semester and yearlong grades are used for GPA calculation.  Points are added for college preparatory (CP), honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Class rank is determined for seniors only after the close of the first semester.  In order to be ranked, students must attend MCI for at least three semesters.  All U.S. credits are included in the GPA and rank calculations.

Grading System

At MCI a grade of 60 is passing and 75 is college recommended. Letter grade equivalents are [60-69 = D] [70-79 = C] [80-89 = B] [90-100 = A]. Students whose work is below 60 are failing and should seek extra help from teachers, their advisor, or the Academic Office staff. Also, MCI uses a citizenship grade to help parents / guardians determine a student’s progress, as follows: 1 = superlative, 2 = commendable, 3 = acceptable, 4 = poor, 5 = unacceptable, 6 = needs to complete missed work.

Honor Roll Criteria

Highest Honors - Average of 90 or better, no grade below a 90
High Honors - Average of 85, no grade below 80
Honors - Average of 80, no grade below 80
Honor Roll Students are eligible for Honors Study if they have no citizenship grades below 2.
This designation, announced quarterly, allows students to have their study halls in the Student Union.  The Director of Student Affairs can revoke this privilege based on poor behavior.

Parent / Student Portal

PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents and students access to real-time information including attendance, grades and detailed assignment descriptions, and school bulletins.  Everyone stays connected: Students stay on top of assignments, parents are able to participate more fully in their student’s progress, and teachers can use their grade book to make decisions on what information they want to share with parents and students.  Access information will be updated with incoming freshmen and new students each school year.  If you forget your student / parent user ID or password, or need other assistance, please contact Mrs. Cray at 487-4453.

eBackpack
All MCI faculty use eBackpack to communicate with students about nightly homework. Assignments are listed for each class. Students and parents can access eBackpack using the iPads or directly from the Internet. Some teachers use the application for students to electronically pass in materials as well. If you forget your student / parent user ID or password, or need other assistance, please contact Mrs.Watson at 487-3355, ext. 143.
 
Naviance
All students are assigned a Naviance account to use for post-secondary planning. Students can complete career surveys, conduct college exploration, and search for scholarships in this program. The Academic Office uses this program to send college application materials electronically. Students should become comfortable with Naviance during their first year at MCI. Families also have access to this program in order to keep track of post-secondary planning. If you forget your student / parent user ID or password, or need other assistance, please contact Mrs. Cray at 487-4453.

iPads
MCI has provided iPads for all students to use as a tool in their classes. Students use these devices within school for educational purposes only. All students and parents sign the acceptable use policy, which outlines the expectations for technology use on campus. In order for students to bring iPads home, they must complete a consent form with parental permission and have insurance on the device. 

Student Assessment and Testing

Students at MCI take a variety of nationwide and statewide tests during their four years. Freshmen are required to take the ReadiStep.  Sophomores are required to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Juniors are required to take the PSAT, SAT, Smarter Balanced Test, and science augmentation test. The TOEFL test, a test required for college placement, is given to international students on the MCI campus during the junior and senior year. Students can sign up for the ACT, a test similar to the SAT, at nearby locations including Waterville and Bangor.  Boarding students can be transported to tests outside of MCI with prior permission of the International Student Program Director.  A fee does apply.

William H. Powell Memorial Library

The Powell Library staff provides personalized library service to students, faculty, and staff throughout the school year.  Teachers sign up to bring classes to the library, and individual students may use the library during their study halls with the permission of their teacher. The library is open Monday through Friday at 7:45 to all students for signing out books, researching, reading, studying, or using one of the available computers.  The library hosts an after school Help Center for students from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday.

Bookstore

The Bookstore, on the bottom floor of Weymouth Hall, issues and collects all textbooks, sells necessary classroom supplies, snacks, and MCI clothing and souvenirs.

4 Year Graduation Plan

MCI requirements for graduation include 4 English credits, 3 history credits, 4 science credits, 4 math credits, 1 physical education credit, 1/2 health credit, 1 fine art credit, and computer literacy. You must have a total of at least 20 credits to graduate and successfully complete the Manson Essay and a Senior Project. All students must take a minimum of 6 classes each semester.
 
If you are considering taking classes at the Somerset Career and Technical Center during your sophomore, junior, or senior years, we need to plan your schedule carefully to ensure you are able to meet graduation requirements.  Students enrolled in Co-operative Education need to hold a minimum of 4 credits per semester in addition to their Co-op program.

Course Options for Each Year

The Academic Office staff at MCI welcomes the opportunity to work with students, parents, educational consultants, the English as a Second Language department and special education case managers to determine course placement. Please contact the Academic Office at (207) 487-4453 with any questions or concerns. Elective courses will be offered subject to instructor availability and student interest.

Freshmen Year
All first year students are enrolled in the five courses listed below, including Humanities English and History, Math, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Education (1/2 credit).  Students may take eight courses (no study hall) if recommended by middle school teachers and with parent permission.

Humanities English I CP, Humanities English I/Honors or Humanities English I
Humanities History I CP, Humanities History I/Honors or Humanities History I
Earth and Space Science or CP Earth and Space Science
Math – level recommended by middle school teacher
Physical Education (1/2 credit)
Electives – World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, JMG, other electives
 
Sophomore Year
Sophomores are enrolled in Humanities English and History, Math, Biology, ½ credit in Physical Education, and ½ credit of Health. Additional elective courses are strongly recommended. Students may take eight courses (no study hall) if recommended by their Academic Counselor and with parent permission.

Humanities English II or Humanities English II/CP or Humanities English II/Honors
Humanities History II or Humanities History II/CP or Humanities History II/Honors
Biology or CP Biology
Math – level recommended by teacher
Health I (1/2 credit)
Physical Education 2 (1/2 credit)
Electives – World Language, Computer Technology, Ballet, Music, Theater Production, and Art. Additional electives are also available in science, humanities, and math. This year sophomores can attend SCTC, which would serve as the student’s elective.
 
Junior Year
Juniors are enrolled in Humanities English and History, math and science. Students should review their transcripts with an academic counselor before selecting junior year courses to ensure that all requirements for graduation are met. All juniors complete a Manson Essay as part of Humanities English. Juniors may apply for participation in SCTC, including Cooperative Education, at the end of their sophomore year. Juniors should also take the remaining required ½ PE credit if not already earned.

Humanities English III or Humanities English III/CP or AP English Language and Composition
Humanities History III or Humanities History III/CP or AP US History
Chemistry or Physics or Chemistry/CP or Physics/CP
Math – level recommended by teacher
Electives – Art, World Language, Computer Technology, Ballet, Music, Theater Production, Accounting, and Psychology. AP courses are offered in art, science, math, English and history. Additional electives in humanities, math and science may be selected.
 
Senior Year
Seniors are enrolled in English, math and science. Students taking Humanities English also take Humanities History except if students select AP English Literature and Composition (this class can be taken without the history course). All seniors must successfully complete a Senior Project as a graduation requirement (completed as part of the English and History courses). Students should review their transcripts with an academic counselor before selecting senior year courses to ensure that all requirements for graduation are met. Seniors not already taking classes at Somerset Career and Technical Center programs, including Cooperative Education, may apply at the end of the junior year.

Humanities Vocational English or Humanities English IV/CP or AP English Literature and Composition
Humanities History IV/CP or Honors Humanities History IV, AP Governement
Science elective
Math – level recommended by teacher
Electives – Art, World Language, Computer Technology, Ballet, Music, Drama, and Psychology. AP courses are offered in science, history, math, art and English. Additional electives in humanities, math and science may be selected.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Students enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement courses at MCI are required to take the corresponding AP test(s) toward the end of the year in May. Many colleges and universities offer college credit and placement for qualifying scores on these exams, which can help to accelerate a student’s progress through college. Each school makes its own policies regarding qualifying scores, credit and placement: MCI’s Academic Counselors can help students to access this information. Counselors can also provide information about the fees for these exams.

College Courses / Distance Education Courses
MCI students may apply to take college courses at Colby College, Unity College, the University of Maine, and Thomas College. Though tuition is free for eligible Maine students, students must supply their own transportation and pay for books and fees. Students can also take a variety of courses through Maine's partnership with AP4All.  Students interested in college course options or online courses should contact their academic counselor.
 
Dual Enrollment
MCI has been working closely with the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Kennebec Valley Community College to offer some of our courses as dual enrollment courses.  Dual enrollment means students will be able to attain both high school and college credit for the courses. In order to take a dual enrollment course, students must be juniors or seniors with a GPA above 80. Maine students do not have to pay tuition costs for these college courses, but they do have to pay for books and a small college administrative fee. Students from outside of Maine need to pay 1/2 of the tuition cost, books, and a small college administrative fee. This program offers tremendous cost savings for students and allows students to graduate with college credits. Dual enrollment courses are noted throughout the catalog.
 
Somerset Career and Technical Center (SCTC)
MCI participates in a partnership that enables students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing to pursue vocational training in eight trades. A Cooperative Education program that teaches employability skills and supervises career-focused employment is also available.
 
Alternative Credits
Students may request permission to apply up to two credits to Adult Education, college courses, correspondence school, or summer school toward graduation requirements. These courses do not count toward GPA, class rank, or honor roll.  The Dean of Academics will award credits on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Department Chair. The request must be made before enrolling in a course outside of MCI. The alternative credits cannot be applied for graduation credits unless students have already attempted the course.



 




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