A student shall not be allowed more than five (5) absences per
semester, excused or unexcused. Any student accumulating a sixth (6)
absence will not receive credit for that course. If the student is
failing the course, he/she will receive a failing grade of "F." The
student will be allowed to remain in the class to establish continuity
for the next semester providing he/she does not become disruptive.
Students who are uncooperative or cause disruption to the learning
environment may be removed and will receive a grade of "F." If the
course is a prerequisite for other courses, it will need to be retaken
for credit. The "no credit" will be issued by giving an "NC" at grading
time indicating that the loss of credit is due to attendance problems.
Students who participate in school-sponsored or school-sanctioned
activities will not be considered absent from that class or from school
An Attendance Review Committee will be provided to review any
extenuating circumstances surrounding absences. The decision of the
Attendance Review Committee shall be final for Mehlville Senior High
A review of the specific conditions relating to individual cases
will be granted upon written parent/guardian or student appeal. The
Attendance Review Committee will have the power to waive the loss of
credit. In reviewing an appeal for a waiver of loss of credit, the
Attendance Review Committee considers the reasons of all absences, not
only those above the five days allowed.
A request for the Attendance Review Committee for a waiver is not
automatic. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or student to
submit the appeal for waiver within ten (10) days of the date of the
letter notifying the student/parent or guardian that the credit has not
Students and parents/guardians submitting a request for a waiver
of the loss-of-credit to the Attendance Review Committee should not
expect a waiver when some of all of the reasons for the absences are due
to one or more of the following:
A. Truancy (all day absence)
B. Skipping classes
C. Personal vacation
(This is only a shortened version of the active Attendance Policy
for Mehlville High School. Students should see the Mehlville Senior High
Parent Newsletter for fall or the Principal for the entire policy.)
Student absences are recorded as unexcused until a parent phone
call is received. Students may not be allowed to make up missed work if
their absences are unexcused. Parents should call school on the day of
the absence to indicate the reason for the absence. Please contact the Attendance Office secretary at (314) 467-6020 to report absences.
Breakfasts & Lunches
The cafeteria is an excellent area in which to eat your breakfast
and lunch while socializing with your friends. There is a variety of
food to eat. Breakfast items are available prior to the start of school.
If students need to eat breakfast, they must be early & must
complete eating in a timely manner so as to be to their class on time.
The regular lunch meal consists of meat, drink, french fries and fruit
or dessert. A salad bar is available. There are two nacho lines, which
have chips and other snacks. The Commons is a great place to relax
during lunch break. No food or drink is allowed outside of the cafeteria
during the lunch break. Students & parents are encouraged to use
our "pre-pay" plan to allow students to move through the lines quicker.
For information regarding the lunch program, please call (314)
467-6050. For more information on school lunches and the school lunch
program click here.
The Counseling Center offers a wide array of services for the
students. One service is testing which includes college entrance
examinations, aptitude testing & interest inventories. The
Counseling Center also has computer programs, pamphlets and books
concerning various colleges & information on career opportunities.
Scholarship information and college applications may also be obtained
through the Counseling Center. Along with these resources, the
Counseling Center sponsors various activities throughout the year such
as financial aid workshops and college planning workshops. For more
information on College and Counseling Events click here.
Counselors will help students with scheduling, concerns about
graduation and college requirements. At various times during the year, a
counselor may call students to the office. Students may schedule
appointments when they feel a need to discuss a problem with them. The
Counseling Center also provides small groups to help students deal with
problems such as the loss of loved ones.
A section on school discipline and rules is included on the
district's main web page. Discussions are held in classes regarding the
rules and their interpretation. Any questions regarding the discipline
policies of Mehlville School may be referred to the assistant principal
for that class. The following is a short explanation of several problems
principals deal with most often with students. This is not a complete
list of infractions which are addressed with discipline regarding school
behaviors. All policies are approved & subject to change per School
Board of Education.
*Alcohol, tobacco products, drugs and drug paraphernalia, etc.-
Students who possess, use, sell, or transfer these items on campus at
any time are subject to suspension and referral to authorities. This
also pertains to look-alike or "kiddie" drugs.
*Electronic devices will be permitted before/after school, during
passing times and during lunch periods. During lunch periods, use will
be restricted to the cafeteria and commons only - not in the hallways.
Devices may be used within the classroom for instructional purposes at
the discretion of the teacher.
*Fighting - Students will be suspended from school. Students who
say or do things which cause fights are also subject to discipline.
Physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
*Hats, head scarves, bandanas, chains, spike jewelry, etc. - These
items are not to be worn at school. Items are to be removed & may
*Loud and/or inappropriate language - Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
*Secret organization/gang signs, clothing, paraphernalia, etc. -
These are not permitted on campus at any time and may result in a
*Theft - Students who steal or who have in their possession or in
their lockers, items which are not theirs, may be suspended and possibly
have the authorities notified. If students "find" an item they should
bring it to the office or give it to a teacher immediately. Students
should not bring items of great value to school or carry large amounts
of money. Students who have physical education classes or participate in
athletics should bring locks to be used for P.E. lockers. Sharing
lockers is not allowed.
*Weapons and "look alike weapons" - Weapons and look alike weapons
are not allowed on campus at any time. Possession or use will result in
suspension, referral to authorities, and possible expulsion. Statements
of bringing weapons or of intent to harm someone will be addressed in a
serious manner which may involve the authorities as well as discipline.
Deliveries - In order to prevent disruption during the school day,
the school will accept NO deliveries for students without prior
*After School/Alternative Programs (ASAP) - After school detention
is Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. until 4:20 p.m. and Friday
mornings from 6:00 a.m. until 7:20 a.m. This is a type of consequence
for certain inappropriate actions. Students who miss ASAP, do not work
properly during that time, come late, or misbehave during ASAP are
subject to out of school suspension.
*In-School Alternative Program (ISAP) - ISAP is a possible
consequence for some inappropriate actions. Students assigned to ISAP
will be permitted to make-up a percentage of their classwork they miss.
ISAP is not assigned as a student choice for discipline but at the
discretion of the administrator, in compliance with discipline
District policy states "Dress and grooming will not disrupt the
teaching/learning process or cause undue attention to an individual
student." MHS student dress guidelines are as follows:
- Brief clothing with undue exposure of the body is not permitted, i.e., extremely short skirts and shorts, etc...
- Torso & back must be properly covered with no skin visible below the shoulder blades of back.
- Proper undergarments should be worn but not be visible at any time.
- Midriffs should not be visible during normal activity.
Students in violation of the district/building policy will be sent
to their principal. First time offenders will be required to change
into acceptable clothing. School will provide a shirt if necessary, to
be returned the next day. Violations will be dealt with
progressively...i.e., parent contact, detention, ASAP, etc...
During any emergency such as fire, earthquake, tornado, etc.,
students are to stay with the teacher and follow instructions given.
Students should understand the grading methods of each teacher.
Although the grading scale is consistent, determination of the final
grade is up to the teacher's discretion. Questions about grades should
be directed to the individual teacher or counselor. Progress Reports are
issued to students at the end of six weeks, 12 weeks & end of the
semester. Each progress report will list the student's actual grade as
earned since the beginning of the semester. School grading scale is:
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
Grade levels are determined by the number of credits earned at the
end of each school year. Students must have the correct credits to be
classified as a specific level.
A registered nurse is on duty every day in the Health Office.
Emergency forms must be kept on file should family notification be
required. Students should keep documentation of health concerns with the
Students must have permission from teachers and have a pass in
order to see the nurse. In case of leaving school early due to illness,
students must sign out at the Attendance Desk. Health concerns should be
addressed to the school nurse: Mrs. Waser, (314) 467-6030
Library (LMC - Learning Media Center)
The Learning Media Center (LMC) is available for student use from
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Certified Librarians are always on duty to
assist students. Questions regarding the LMC should be addressed to
Mrs. Mamroth, Librarian, (314) 467-6041 or Mrs. Clark, Librarian, (314)
467-6043. Click here for more information on the Library.
Each student is expected to have his/her own locker so that no one
has access to books or possessions that do not belong to them. Only
school locks may be placed on lockers. Lockers will be assigned to
students and may not be shared. Students should remember that lockers
are subject to search at any time. If you have questions or need
assistance with lockers, please contact Dr. Pike, (314) 467-6004, or her
secretary, Mrs. Pizzella, (314) 467-6014.
Lost and Found
Items which are found are turned into the main office. Students
finding items are asked to bring them to the receptionist in the main
Make-Up Work Requests
The school will request homework for students out due to illness
only if they will be out longer than 3 days. When out less than this
time, students may request homework from their individual teachers upon
their return to school (if absences were excused). Adequate time will be
given for completion. To request homework for extended absences, please
call Ms. Hauser, (314) 467-6108, by 8:30 a.m. It takes approximately 24
hours to gather homework.
**In-School Alternative Program (ISAP) Work
Students attending ISAP will be credited fully for completed
assignments. The ISAP instructor will secure class work from the
student's teachers. Students are required to bring necessary materials
(books, paper, pens, etc.) to ISAP each day assigned. Due to the nature
of certain class activities, it may not be possible to make up all
activities done in the class. Therefore, modified work assignments will
be provided for the student.
**Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) Work
The counseling office will request assignments for students on OSS
longer than 2 days. Students/parents are responsible for picking up the
work from the guidance office. Students may only be on campus to pick up
work after securing permission from the principal. Work will be
gathered in weekly increments & additional work will be collected
only after initial assignments are returned to the guidance office.
Students suspended out of school will be allowed to complete
assignments and tests for full credit. Due to the nature of certain
class activities, it may not be possible to make up all work missed (lab
In the event that the weather is bad and school might be called
off, students should listen for "the Mehlville School District" on many
radio stations including KMOX, MAJIC 108, WIL AM-FM, KY98, and KXOK.
The district has implemented a phone-call system for a 30 second message
to explain school cancellation.
We have a limited number of student parking spaces for Senior and
some Juniors (as space allows) at Mehlville High School. The spots are
given out on a priority system according to GPA. All cars parked on
campus must be registered in the office. Cars not properly registered or
not being driven in a prudent/safe manner on campus may subject the
driver to fines, discipline, and even suspension. Any questions
regarding student parking should be directed to Mr. Ross, (314)
467-6003, or his secretary, Ms. Woods, (314) 467-6013.