LCN Rules

By: Victoria Myers ’19, Photographer

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All schools have some ground rules, and these are rules that should not come to a surprise to those that have been in school for nine years already. They include a strict no bullying policy as well as a no discrimination policy. There are however, some rules that are unique to LCN that freshmen should know before starting class here.

The school’s dress code is something that does not really change between middle and high school; however, the dress code is more widely enforced. There are no spaghetti straps or regular tank tops allowed and all shoulders must be covered. This can be a slippery slope because there are many cold shoulder or off-shoulder shirts that are available, but none of these can be worn at school or when taking yearbook pictures. Hats are also not allowed just as in middle school, but they are allowed on some spirit days. Pajama pants are also acceptable on some spirit days, but not on any other school day. Shorts are another article regulated by the dress code, shorts must be fingertip length or longer to fit within the school’s dress code. Violating the dress code at LCN is not the end of the world, but it can certainly disrupt the day of a student. When dress coded, the student is taken into the dean’s office and told to find something to change into that does not break dress code, if that is not possible then a parent will be called to bring a change of clothes.

There are other rules at LCN that differ from the rules at the middle schools, and one of them is the no backpack rule. In years prior some teachers have allowed backpacks in their classrooms, but starting in the 2017-18 school year a strict no-backpack rule was put into place. If one brings a backpack into a classroom they will be sent to their locker to put it away. Due to the banning of backpacks in classrooms teachers and administrators have allowed string bags and purses to carry materials from one class to another. Having to put away a bag could  lead to a student being tardy to that class, which could result in being swept. Sweeps were implemented during the second semester of the 2017-18 school year; they were implemented to reduce the amount of tardies for all students. Sweeps take place during the first and last five minutes of class, if a student is out of their classroom during this time they will be swept and sent to the LGI. When in the LGI the student will give their name and receive a slip for an after school detention.

If one is to follow these main rules they will be able to have a successful and enjoyable freshman year at LCN.

 

Classes That Help Your Future

By: Victoria Myers ’19, Photographer

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There are many classes one could take at High School North. Freshmen are able to take many classes that would aid in their future both in the world and at LCN. These range from advanced academic classes to classes that are offered at the Pankow Center.

There are a few options for advanced classes as a freshman. For example, freshmen are able to take Honors English 9, this course can seem a bit daunting at first; however, it is a class that lays the foundation for writing done in high school and the curriculum involves many works such as Romeo and Juliet and The Odyssey. Another honors class that freshmen could take is Honors Biology, this course takes the average biology course and goes more in depth. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year there will be a 0.25 GPA bump given for each honors class taken by a student, this follows the 0.5 bump always given with AP classes. Freshmen are not able to take any AP courses except for AP Human Geography. AP Human Geography is a class that can be beneficial for freshmen that want to challenge themselves and plan on taking more AP classes in the future. This course involves learning techniques used by geographers and the impact humans have on the planet. All of these classes offered at LCN are beneficial to the futures of students that take them.

Another opportunity for freshman that could benefit their future is the MST program. This program is a rigorous program that focuses on math, science, and technology (MST). Freshmen students in this program take Honors Biology and Honors Geometry. These courses go in-depth on the same topics taught in general Biology and Geometry. Not only does the MST program offer a challenging curriculum, it also offers opportunities that are not always given by classes offered at LCN. Some opportunities imclude: college trips and projects not done at the high school.