Student & Parent Handbook
Welcome to the DME SPORTS ACADEMY
We strive to partner with parents in providing balance between the pursuit of excellence in academics and athletics. We seek to inspire our student-athletes to love learning, to face life’s challenges with courage and character, and to cultivate effective communication skills to motivate and inspire student-athletes in the pursuit of excellence in their spheres of influence.
DME Sports Academy offers flexibility to allow for excellence in both sports and education. The vision of DME Sports Academy can be summed up in this phrase, “#pursuit of excellence.”
In further detail, the vision looks like this:
- Assume the responsibilities to undergird and encourage their student-athlete toward the pursuit of excellence.
- Live out their role as the most influential advisor for their children.
- Encourage one another in support of DME Sports Academy
For Educators and Coaches:
- Display love for children and a love for learning both on and off the field/court, in and out of the classroom
- Demonstrate a passion for education and excellence in teaching both on and off the field/court, in and out of the classroom
- Assist parents in their role as spiritual and academic mentors
- Cultivate effective communication skills to motivate and inspire student-athletes toward learning both on and off the field/court, in and out of the classroom
- Demonstrate character and humility worthy of student emulation
- Serve as a positive role model for students, parents, and the community
- Develop a love for learning both on and off the field/court, in and out of the classroom
- Desire to grow in understanding and wisdom
- Cultivate personal expression, strength, and goal-setting
- Display character and humility where others seek to praise you
- Learn to communicate persuasively and eloquently
- Demonstrate respect and honor for their elders and fellow classmates
DME Sports Academy Graduate
Critical to the student-athlete is the development of the five pillars of DME Sports Academy:
- Heart: Student demonstrates academic and athletic achievement, exemplary conduct and positive attitude
- Excellence: Student demonstrates a life that fulfills the principles of DME Sports Academy and demonstrates outstanding academic and athletic achievement
- Character: Demonstrates Diligence, Patience, Faithfulness, Honesty, Loving-Kindness, Respectfulness, Thankfulness
- Discipline: Student is on the Honor Roll (3.5 GPA) and leads the team in dedication on the court/field
- Servanthood: Student completes volunteer hours and projects independent of school, looks to ways he/she can help others
Statistically speaking, the majority of business leaders and entrepreneurs are former athletes. DME Sports Academy believes these five pillars are pivotal to leadership and building excellent sports teams which are competitive and out-perform others. DME Sports Academy’s graduates will be exceptional with a drive to passionately tackle whatever obstacle lies before them.
Student Code of Conduct
While students are at school, DME Sports Academy understands that parents have entrusted the school to maintain these important policies and procedures including but not limited to: order and respect in the classroom, safety and proper supervision, courtesy and consideration for others, minimum distractions to the learning environment, proper dress, and academic honesty. These expectations apply to times when the student is receiving athletic training.
The purpose of DME Sports Academy Student Code of Conduct is to promote excellence in its learning environment and to encourage the development of positive relationships among its students. We want to ensure a safe, orderly environment that supports learning, achievement, and appropriate, enjoyable social interaction among students and staff. We fully expect the students of DME Sports Academy to follow these guidelines both on and off campus, striving to represent a positive image at school, home, and in the community. Therefore, we have established the following standards called ROCKS that will help reinforce character qualities and work ethic desired of every student. The student should use every opportunity at DME Sports Academy to develop and strengthen these qualities.
Classroom teachers and coaches emphasize the Five Rocks of student behavior.
- R Respect authority – Address adults at school with an appropriate title “Mr.”, “Mrs.” “Coach” and both respond and obey commands and requests.
- O Others are important – Always use kind words such as “Please” and “Thank you”.
- C Correction – Accept it and learn from it.
- K Keep yourself prepared – Be organized bringing necessary items to school, completing homework on time and to school standards, etc.
- S Seek excellence – Be the best you can be at all times and in all places.
The DME Sports Academy will be a place of learning where the teacher is able to teach and students are able to learn. Conduct that disrupts teaching or learning will not be tolerated. Students should ALWAYS:
- Come to class on time and be prepared with all required materials
- Conduct themselves in an orderly, respectful manner
- Make an effort to learn by actively participating in class activities and following teacher instructions
- Strive to stay on task the entire class period and not engage in activities such as social conversations, grooming, sleeping, or personal note-writing
- Obey all school rules and regulations (e.g. late work policy, academic dishonesty, dress code, etc.)
- Comply with the requests of teachers regarding classroom control and discipline when in violation of these guidelines.
You can expect teachers and coaches to be consistent when dealing with classroom discipline.
Students have the responsibility to respect the rights and property of fellow students, teachers, administrators, and visitors. At all times, adults should be addressed with a title (Mr., Mrs., Coach, etc.). In the same manner, when a student is questioned by an adult, he should respond appropriately and respectfully. Students should treat each other with respect, kindness, and compassion. Harassment or rude behavior by a student will not be tolerated. DME Sports Academy desires to encourage students to learn to edify one another.
Fighting &; Bullying
Students are not allowed to fight physically or verbally before, during, or after school. There should be no horseplay, running, or rough play during or between classes, except for as allowed by the Coach on the field/court. Students are to refrain from bullying of any kind and can be suspended for such conduct at the discretion of the administration.
Immoral or Illegal Behavior
Students should refrain from any distribution or display of materials which are obscene, libelous, or which advocate the commission of unlawful actions. Students should not be involved in or create an impression of involvement in immoral activities. Tobacco products, non-prescriptive drugs, alcohol, or weapons are not allowed on campus or at any DME Sports Academy event.
Improper or disrespectful speech (e.g. profanity, lying, back-talking, etc.) in the presence of classmates or staff will not be tolerated on campus during or between classes or while involved in a sport or other school-related activity. As DME Sports Academy representatives, students should strive to speak with self-control both on and off campus.
Stealing from another student, staff, or the school will not be tolerated. Committing or attempting to commit a theft is considered a serious offense.
Extra-Curricular Organization Rules and Sportsman-Like Conduct
Appropriate and respectful clapping and cheering are encouraged. Spectators and participants and guests should conduct themselves accordingly. Any behavior unbecoming to DME Sports Academy or to other competitors or audience members may result in the offender and/or family being asked to leave the premises.
Electronic and Telecommunication Devises
Students should not bring radios, tape players, tapes, compact disk players, CDs, DVD players, DVDs, game players, computer discs, or similar such devises and media to school for the purpose of entertainment. Electronic devices or media may be used in the classroom for academic reasons only with the permission of the teacher or School administrator. DME Sports Academy is not responsible for the loss of these items.
Students may bring cell phones or other such communication devices to school; however, they must be turned off and stored in bags, backpacks, etc. Cell phones should remain off and in backpacks during school and training hours, including breaks. All student communications with parties outside of the school should go through the school line in the classroom. Any variance to this policy must be granted by a DME Sports Academy staff member.
Students are expected to be good stewards of the physical resources of DME Sports Academy. They are also expected to be models of good citizenship by keeping the facility clean and by refraining from actions that are destructive to property or disrespectful to others.
Students are not allowed to chew gum while on school property.
Students are expected to treat all school materials and facilities with respect and care. Students may be charged for any damage to the school’s property that is attributable to their actions.
Students should not have guns, knives, or any other weapons on school property. School staff will immediately confiscate any weapon on school property. The offending student will be removed from class where the School administrator will contact the student’s parents and determine appropriate consequences. DME Sports Academy reserves the right to suspend or expel any student it deems to be a threat to the safety of other students, faculty, or staff at the school.
Lunch should be a refreshing time for students to enjoy one another It is the desire of the school for you to enjoy this break in the middle of the day. Please remember these school policies:
- Bring a nutritious lunch – microwave/refrigeration available
- Show courtesy and love toward classmates
- Refrain from bulling/teasing
- Always remain in sight of a teacher
Licensed Driver Policy
With a keen desire to protect all students at DME Sports Academy, the following licensed student driver policy is established:
- Upon parental notification to the School administrator, DME Sports Academy students who are licensed drivers may drive to and from school – consequently on the DME Holdings and DME Sports Academy campus.
- Siblings may ride with their licensed driving sibling to and from school.
- In the case of a student driver driving a non-sibling to and from school, written notification from all sets of parents involved must be given to the School administrator.
- Student drivers may not leave campus for lunch or during any other breaks.
- Parents of licensed student drivers are asked to make the School administrator aware of any moving violations that result in the issuance of a formal warning or citation. The School administrator will review the nature of the citation and determine if suspension of the DME Sports Academy driving privilege is in order, to protect DME Sports Academy students.
- DME Sports Academy maintains the right to revoke this driving privilege if deemed needful for assuring the safety of DME Sports Academy students and the DME Sports Academy campus.
- Students are not permitted to drive themselves or others to a school-sanctioned activity or training.
DME Sports Academy understands that driving is a privilege. As such, DME Sports Academy desires to keep lines of communication open between parents and the administration in order to guard this privilege and safety of all DME Sports Academy families.
Provided below is a list of serious offenses that may lead to this privilege being suspended. Note: reasons for suspension may include but are not limited to the following:
- Excessive and chronic speeding or otherwise dangerous driving
- Displays of aggressive or immaturity behind the wheel (e.g. engine revving, sporadic acceleration and/or braking, needlessly quick turning maneuvers, displays of anger or road rage, foul language or gestures while driving, etc.)
- Any apparent negligence or potentially harmful immaturity while driving
- Any attempt to use a vehicle to harm others or their property
Steps to Student Responsibility
Students in the 6th-12th grades need to become increasingly more independent and have more personal responsibilities. These responsibilities should include everything from taking care of their own personal hygiene to caring for their own assignments. Parents should, of course, continue to offer a helping hand while allowing their students to start taking their academic studies more seriously.
- Complete 50-70% of school work independently
- Proficient in computer keyboarding skills
- Continue to develop computer keyboarding skills
- Begin note-taking skills
- Comfortable with test-taking
- Independently remember and apply classroom instruction
- Able, with little guidance, to prepare and use a daily agenda
- Able to record teacher notes and major events in planner
- Begin to set personal goals
7th – 8th Grade
- Complete 70-85% of school work independently
- Proficient in computer keyboarding skills
- Able to complete all school work on time and complete
- Independently prepare daily agenda in planner
- With help, develop weekly agenda
- Use planner as a prioritized task list
- Able to transfer incomplete assignments in planner
- Develop note-taking skills
- Develop test taking skills and strategies
- Learn about High School record-keeping for college admissions
- Explore individual talents and interests
- Develop strong time-management skills
- Monitor progress in reaching personal goals
- Able to independently organize own bedroom
- Complete 90% + of school work independently
- Proficient in computer keyboarding skills
- Able to complete all school work on time and complete
- Independently track assignments and schedule time to complete
- Use planner as a prioritized task list
- Proficient in note-taking skills (without reminder)
- Develop test taking skills and strategies
- Keep records for graduation
- Invest in individual talents and interests
- Utilize strong time-management skills
- Set personal goals and achieve them independently
A student enrolled in DME Sports Academy is expected to be present and on time in school every day school is in session. The school calendar can be viewed on the DME Sports Academy website. Students are also expected to attend and complete all requirements for every course offered. In most cases, failing to successfully complete a course due to excessive absences will also prevent a student from being able to register for the next course in the sequence.
Students must be present and in the pre-determined location at 8:30 a.m. each morning. When a student has an unexcused tardy, parents will receive an email to let them know that their student was counted tardy that day. Students are allowed two unexcused tardies per quarter. In order to be excused, a student must supply a note signed by a parent or guardian. Only those tardies beyond the immediate control of the student or is or her parents or guardians will normally be considered excused.
The purpose of discipline at DME Sports Academy is to teach students to adopt honorable behavior and attitudes, to submit respectfully to the authority of teachers, coaches, and parents and to accept the consequences of their behavior. The word ‘discipline’ means ‘to train’. In an effort to help train students towards personal responsibility, students are expected to play an active role in all disciplinary measures. This specifically means that students are expected to demonstrate personal responsibility (when necessary) for their actions. It is up to the student to fix wrongdoing. The student’s parents should come alongside in encouraging restoration and are not to “rescue” their student from necessary and reasonable consequences.
Students are expected to maintain acceptable standards of behavior and personal responsibility. Any time disciplinary actions are required, parents will receive and e-mail or phone call from the teacher.
Students must sign the end of this document.
Parents will be notified of discipline issues as well as any action taken.
Academic Dress Code
DME Sports Academy’s dress code is intended to reflect the school’s stated aims. It is designed to encourage modesty, decency, and propriety and to de-emphasize the use of clothing as a significant means of establishing self-identity or gaining attention or social status. Uniforms are not optional for DME Sports Academy students and complete and joyful compliance is expected. DME Sports Academy is a workplace for students – a work setting where the standard for both academics and conduct is high. The school dress code seeks to complement and reflect those high standards while also helping maintain students’ focus on the task at hand and on issues of personal character.
The school administrator, or one designated to act in his/her stead, retains the authority to determine the appropriateness of a given student’s attire or appearance and may remove the student from campus or otherwise discipline any student deemed to be inappropriately dressed. The administration also reserves the right to grant a limited variance to these regulations for special purposes such as sports programs and physical education classes, special dress days or other instructional exercises provided that high standards of modesty are always upheld. While dress code enforcement will be limited to school days, provisions and standards related to modesty and decency should be respected by the students and are enforceable by the staff anywhere on the campus as well as off campus at school-sponsored events.
- For upper body wear, students must wear a collared shirt free from emblems, logos, or other writing (except for the DME logo). Only the top button may be worn unbuttoned. Accepted colors include: white, blue (Duke or Carolina), and orange (Gator).
- Lower-body wear includes khaki, black, or gray colored chinos pants, golf shorts, or athletic pants from approved list from approved uniform supplier. All lower body options with belt loops must be worn with a black or brown belt.
- All clothes must be neat and clean at the beginning of the day and may not be torn, have fringed edges, or any other unusual features which will call undue attention to themselves.
- No clothing shall be excessively tight, form fitting, or excessively loose or be of an immodest design or style. All clothing shall be worn in a neat and modest manner. Should a top be see-through on a young woman, she must wear an undershirt to ensure modesty.
- Hair must be kept groomed and clean and may not include bizarre coloring or styles.
- Boys may not wear earrings or other pierced jewelry. Girls may wear only one earring per ear; no other pierced jewelry is allowed. Only girls may wear nail polish.
- No one may wear a tattoo, either temporary or permanent in the sight of others when wearing academic uniform.
- No hats or other head coverings, such as bandannas, may be worn in the building. Boys and girls are expected to remove hats, hoods, or head coverings upon entering the building.
- Any article of clothing or item of jewelry deemed to be unusually distracting (due to color, pattern, cut, etc.) is unacceptable for school wear.
- All shirts must be tucked in. If the garment will not stay tucked in, it does not conform to the dress code.
- Sweatshirts and sweaters are considered part of the school uniform and must be an official DME Sports Academy sweatshirt.
Students may only wear athletic sports shoes (i.e. tennis shoes) in the buildings. All shoes must have a closed toe. No heelies or heeled shoes are allowed. The soles of shoes may not exceed one inch in thickness nor may the combined sole/heel height exceed two inches. All shoelaces must be tied and all buckles must be buckled. Shoes with non-marking soles must be worn at all times in the building. Cleats or other spiked shoes are not permitted in the building at any time.
Jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts should be primarily solid and neutral in color. Neutral and approved outerwear colors are: black, white, khaki, gray, blue (Duke or Carolina), or orange (Gator).
Sweatshirts and sweaters should be solid colors and not have any logos, characters or writing other than DME Sports Academy embroidery or logos.
Athletic Dress Code
Coaches will determine appropriate sport-specific athletic training attire for the students.
may purchase approved uniform polos through the DME Sports Academy desk on campus or directly from the supplier. Additional information on how to order uniforms will be available by July 15th.
Academic Dishonesty (“Cheating”)
Academic Dishonesty is a serious offense which is not tolerated at DME Sports Academy. It is considered a breach of personal integrity. Parents will be contacted immediately if their child is involved in any of the following situations:
- Lying or giving false information about an assignment
- Copying another student’s work without permission
- Using answer keys or teacher editions to finish assignments without permission
- Obtaining copies of quizzes or tests without permission to “practice” the test
- Plagiarizing an assignment without crediting the source
- Altering a graded paper or assignment to change the grade
- Talking to another student during a test or quiz without permission
- Giving or receiving information during a quiz or test (copying)
- Signing any other name other than his/her own with the intent to mislead parents
- or teachers
Grade Point Average (GPA)/Grading Scale
We at DME Sports Academy view and present grades not as a commentary on the relative worth and value of the individual, but rather as an accurate reflection of the quality of his work in each subject at a given time. At DME Sports Academy, grades serve four basic purposes:
- To help us teach, correct, and train
- To help us in the on-going placement of students at a level and in subjects responsive to their needs, background, and abilities
- To provide us with a just and legitimate means of holding students accountable for the quality of their work
- To provide us with an ongoing and widely understood means of communicating a student’s progress and achievement to his parents and other parties such as college entrance boards or other schools to which the student may transfer
We will establish just and objective grading standards based on legitimate expectations in conjunction with FLVS.
This means that students will be graded by comparing their level of accomplishment against reasonable expectations of what they should be able to accomplish.
The grading standards themselves will be oriented toward the work of the student rather than the student himself. The grading standard will be objective and evenly applied within a given class. The standard will also allow for individual differences by defining minimum passing standards in terms that allow for a range (as it currently stands, 70-100% proficiency) of acceptable achievement.
Grading Scale 6th -12th
A numerical grading scale of 0-100 is used in grades 6-12. The following table illustrates the letter grade and quality point equivalents for numerical grades. Report Cards show grades as numerical averages each trimester. Average Letter Grade Quality:
90-100= A 4.0
80-89= B 3.0
70-79= C 2.0
65-69= D 1.0
64 and below= F 0.0
DME Sports Academy, desiring to promote both character qualities (such as self-discipline, diligence and self-control) and high academic standards, has adopted the following general principles concerning student assignments turned in late.
Arrangements should be made with the teacher for make-up work prior to any planned absence. It is incumbent upon the student to initiate this process with their FLVS teacher.
YOUR CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE
Daily Planners/Agendas or Assignment Notebooks
Students in the Rhetoric School must independently maintain their Assignment Notebooks.
6th-8th grade students are encouraged to begin to track assignments in a notebook and format of their choice. As students make this part of their daily routine, it will become easier and easier. This is an excellent tool for students to learn time management. This is a lifetime skill. Students are also encouraged to track the school calendar dates.
One of the privileges DME Sports Academy students have is the increasing allowance to take advantage of the vast resources available on the Internet. This is indeed a privilege and one that can be revoked if abused. Please read and discuss these privileges as a family.
Internet Acceptable Use
In order for a student to use DME’s Internet connection, s/he must read the following guidelines and abide by them. The Internet is a vast, global network of computers that allow schools, universities, businesses and millions of people to share information electronically. DME Sports Academy students and staff connect to the Internet through the DME Sports Academy network.
Below are rules for online safety that a student must follow at all times while using the Internet:
Respect and protect the privacy of themselves and others.
- Never give out any personal information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, passwords, school location or email addresses
- Do not distribute private information about yourself or others through electronic means, including through use of Facebook, MySpace, Instant Messenger, email, blogs and cell phone texts or videos, or similar methods
- Never agree to meet someone you’ve met on the internet
- Never send anyone you have met online a picture of yourself
- Never enter or access any inappropriate or unethical websites or chat rooms
- Never use inappropriate language
- Never respond to messages that are mean or obscene and make you feel uncomfortable
- Knowingly transfer inappropriate or illegal materials through the internet connection
- Threaten or harass any individual(s) using the Internet
- Use only assigned accounts
- Never view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which you are not authorized
- Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
- Observe all network security practices:
- Report security risks or violations to a teacher or network administrator
- Do not destroy or damage data, networks, or other resources that do not belong to you without clear permission of the owner
- Do not attempt to bypass or modify any internet filter put in place by DME Sports Academy
- Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
- Do not infringe copyrights (no making illegal copies of music, games, or movies)
- Do not plagiarize
- Respect and practice the principles of community.
- Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful
- Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher
- Do not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates the school’s code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass)
- Do not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works)
- Do not use the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school’s code of conduct
- Do not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings
- Do not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project
- Do not access chat rooms, networking sites (such as Facebook), direct communication (such as online chat), or instant messaging without teacher knowledge and permission
Violations will be handled in accordance with the DME Sports Academy’s general student disciplinary code. Penalties may include the loss of access to information technology resources.
Supervision & Monitoring
Every effort is made to observe and monitor the material that the students access on the Internet. That being said, students are also held responsible for the knowingly and willingly entering unacceptable websites. In addition, DME Sports Academy takes no responsibility for any information or materials that are transferred through the Internet.
Inappropriate use of technology, even at home, reflects on the entire DME Sports Academy community and will not be tolerated. The administration may act to remediate or remove a student from DME Sports Academy if it is deemed that a student’s actions inside or outside of DME Sports Academy entices others to participate in inappropriate use of technology.
School and network administrators and their authorized employees monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that uses are secure and in conformity with this policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school’s information networks to ensure compliance with this policy, to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, and/or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions, and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement. Students should understand that they have no expectation of privacy in their use of any information technology resources of the school.
Student Email Account Policy
For the sake of furthering the responsibility of our rhetoric students and for ease and timeliness of communications about schoolwork, DME Sports
Academy will assign each student his/her own dmesportsacademy.com email address. To ensure the safety of our students—as far as we might—the following policies are in place:
- Students must use their dmesports.com email accounts ONLY FOR DME SPORTS ACADEMY AND ACADEMIC PURPOSES
- Teachers and students must “CC” at least one of the student’s parents in all email communications
- Students must not use the dmesportsacademy.com email account to sign up for anything; again, it is for school and academic purposes only
- If a student misuses this email account, it will be taken away from the student
- Students are encouraged to have class groups in which they may email their entire class, but the group must include the teacher of the class.
- DME Sports Academy maintains the right to revoke this email account for any reason deemed necessary
- Upon graduation students will no longer have access to the email account
- If the Student unenrolls from DME Sports Academy for any reason that student will no longer have access to the email account
Parents of students must assume the right to periodically check their student’s dmesportsacademy.com email account. Communication must remain open between parents, students, and DME Sports Academy staff.
DME Sports Academy has set goals for graduation honors/awards. As you endeavor toward these, here are the basics for each:
Course/Subject Required Recommended
Foreign Language 2
Lab Sciences 2
Other Science 1
Fine Arts 1
– Heart: Faculty Commendation Award: Student demonstrates academic and athletic achievement, exemplary conduct and positive attitude
– Excellence: Outstanding Student Award: Student demonstrates a life that fulfills the principles of DME SPORTS ACADEMY and demonstrates outstanding academic and athletic achievement
– Character Award: Demonstrates Diligence, Patience, Faithfulness, Honesty, Loving-Kindness, Respectfulness, Thankfulness
– Discipline: Graduate with Honors: Student is on the Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or higher) at least 3 of the 4 years RS and leads the team in dedication on the court/field
– Servanthood: Service Award: Student completes volunteer hours and projects (see below and approved list*). A total of 10 hours per year/40 hours of service is required for this award.
– Valedictorian/ST: Determined upon a variety of aspects including but not limited to academics
*The Service Award requires that a student volunteer in a variety of capacities each year. Of the 10 hours of service per year, 2 hours can be documented from your church home activities. The remaining 8 hours must be unique. Students must have documented communication to the Administration for tracking upon completion of each hour. Volunteer opportunities may include but are not limited to: volunteering for a Food Bank, Tutoring (check with Admin for details), Beach Pick-up Days, etc. If you have a question about a volunteer opportunity, and for credit towards the award, we encourage you to please clear it with the Administration beforehand.) It is completely the responsibility of the student to submit, in writing, the volunteer hours he/she has completed.
My parents and I have read and discussed the policies this handbook and I agree to abide by them. I realize that in signing this document, I am taking responsibility for my own actions, and agree to comply with the policies in this document as well as any disciplinary actions taken.