PEDDIE SCHOOL MISSION, PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES
ONLINE LEARNING 2020
The Peddie community commits itself to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of our students. Remarkable for the range of their talents, abilities, interests, and backgrounds, our students distinguish themselves through their excitement, curiosity, and character. They help make Peddie an open, dynamic community where a passion for learning thrives. With respect, enthusiasm, humor, and patience, we challenge our students to reach for levels of achievement they have not attempted before and encourage them to measure the success of their efforts by the progress they make. Ultimately, we seek not only to provide our students with vigorous preparation for college/future courses but also to inspire them to strive for the highest quality of citizenship.
The Peddie community believes in the dignity and worth of all individuals. We believe all students possess unique and valuable qualities which, when developed, will enable them to be thoughtful and constructive members of society. Personal growth occurs through participation in a variety of academic, athletic, artistic and community programs, and in the relationships students form with peers and adults in a residential school. We believe that through involvement in all areas of Peddie life, students gain an appreciation for learning and critical thinking, a means of clarifying ideals and values, the ability to make responsible decisions, and a sense of pride in themselves and their community.
The Peddie community recognizes that the path toward a fulfilling and happy life requires the steady practice of enduring values:
- RESPECT: appreciation of and esteem for oneself, for others, and for the diversity of opinions and backgrounds at Peddie and in the larger community.
- HONESTY: a high regard for truth, sincerity in action, and genuine concern for honor and integrity.
- SCHOLARSHIP: intellectual curiosity, active engagement in learning, and a foundation in the academic disciplines.
- BALANCE: time for work and play, a mix of mastery and experiment, attention to mind, body and spirit.
- COURAGE: the quality that enables students to explore new ideas, to create imaginative solutions, to give and accept help, to make difficult decisions, and to grow into confident, compassionate adults.
Each of you is attending Peddie Summer School with certain expectations of the school. Your individual set of expectations may differ from person to person according to your needs, but you would probably be disappointed if Peddie did not live up to its responsibilities to you. As a school we are committed to exposing you to excellence in as many forms as we can.
On the other hand, we cannot meet our responsibilities in the midst of chaos. You, as students and members of the community, also have responsibilities to each other and to the community. If we all pull our own weight and meet our obligations, Peddie will be the kind of community in which we can all grow together. The following is a brief discussion of our most important school rules. Read them carefully.
Each Peddie Day School student is required to submit a Peddie Information Network (PIN) responsible use agreement form at the start of the 2020 summer session.
A parent/guardian of each Peddie Day School student is required to submit an online waiver form at the start of the 2020 summer session.
Attendance requirement for credit classes
Peddie’s Summer School must demonstrate to the State of New Jersey that our students, who are receiving credit for classes, have a minimum number of IN-CLASS classroom hours. As a result, students who are taking classes for credit must attend regularly and they must be punctual. A student may be denied credit for a class in which they have missed more than eight hours of class time (fifteen hours in an honors-credit course). Note that study hall is considered class time. If a student exceeds this threshold and still wants to earn credit, they must make up the time with a teacher from Peddie’s Summer School for an additional fee.
Major school rules
Failure to meet the following expectations is considered very serious at Peddie. Although each situation will be considered individually, a breach of any of these rules can lead to immediate dismissal. It is important to realize that at times our response to some offenses may appear to the casual observer to be more severe than our responses to offenses that we have listed as more serious. Just as a parent may rebuke a child for something relatively minor but sit down and discuss a problem of dishonesty for days, we may not be as visibly harsh for some of the more serious offenses listed below. Often, the more serious the offense, the harder it is to quantify the appropriate consequence and respond with a specific penalty.
The school views discipline as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. We use discipline as a catalyst to help students learn to accept responsibility for their own actions and behavior. The ability to accept such responsibility is one of the marks of a mature person. In dealing with each situation, whether the response is an immediate restriction, or prolonged but less visible probation and counseling, we attempt to educate the student and parents as to the relative severity of the infraction:
- We expect you to have consideration for the personal and material rights of others. For example, bullying or threatening others, destroying property, stealing from others, and possessing or using weapons are totally unacceptable behaviors.
- We expect you to be honest with others in what you do and say, and we expect the work you hand in for credit to be your own.
- We expect you not to use or possess drugs or alcohol or abuse any substance during Zoom classes. Infractions of this rule will lead to dismissal for the first offense.
- We expect students not to smoke, use or possess tobacco products (including e-cigarettes or similar) at any time during Zoom/Google class time.
- We expect you to meet your online class obligations (homework, classwork, Zoom, etc.).
- Students are expected to be positive and cooperative in their dealings with members of the school community.
Unacceptable behavior is a violation of Major School Rules. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, deliberate disobedience and/or repeated or egregious violation rules, community standards, or additional policies as set forth in this handbook.
The following sanctions are used for serious disciplinary offenses and are mentioned here to clarify any confusion there might be concerning them.
Probation is a punishment which falls one step short of dismissal. Once on probation, the student bears the burden of demonstrating to the school community that he or she wants to remain in the Peddie community. Probation is assigned for a specific duration and may include a loss of some or all privileges.
Dismissal is the ultimate punishment and is recorded as part of the permanent school transcript. Once dismissed, the student is removed from their course immediately. No tuition rebate or refund is given to students who are dismissed, suspended, or put on probation.
At Peddie, we expect each student to adhere to strict standards of academic honesty and to do their work without undue assistance. Common infractions of our expectations for academic honesty include:
When preparing an out-of-class assignment that will be graded, students are expected to do their own work. If a student is unsure about the degree of collaboration appropriate to a particular assignment, they should check with the teacher.
The unauthorized receiving and/or giving help on tests, quizzes, papers, projects, homework, class work or other work designated by the teacher is unacceptable. This includes failure to follow proper test-taking procedures, as well as the improper use of technological equipment such as programmed calculators, digital watches, phones, other smart devices, the use of a secondary laptop and computer programs. Improper test taking procedures include failure to secure and remove any study aids from the testing area. Discussion of general or specific information pertaining to all tested material that may be overheard by those who have not yet completed the assessment is also a violation.
To plagiarize is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own... to use without crediting the source.” There are essentially three degrees of plagiarism:
Using ideas from a source without giving credit and integrating those ideas into your work.
Paraphrasing parts of a source: merely changing several words in a sentence or paragraph does not permit you to use that passage in your work unless you give credit to the author.
Verbatim copying: the systematic copying of material from another source is a most serious offense. The nature of the original source is immaterial. You may not copy from any source: a book, an article, or work of another person (including another student).
Two major factors in assessing the degree of dishonesty are intent and premeditation. One could plagiarize without intending to deceive; consequently, an important element is the extent to which the student was attempting to deceive his/her teacher. The second factor is premeditation. In general, a premeditated act is considered more serious.
Students must realize that any academic dishonesty is a very serious matter and could be grounds for dismissal. However, in accord with the school’s philosophy, each case is handled individually.
Students should NOT use their cellphones during Zoom or Google classroom meetings or during any assessment. Cell phones should be put away at all times (off desks, in a bag, not immediately accessible to students). and during assessments on Zoom. During assessments, teachers will instruct students to turn off cell phones and place them out of reach.
Illness and Absences
If a student must be absent, please observe the following procedure: Parents should email the summer school office at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if a student will miss class for any reason.
At the end of each week, the deans will check in with each teacher regarding attendance in each class. Attendance online means- no missed assignments/assessments and no missed Zoom calls.
If a student is absent on the day of an assessment, they will have twice the number of absent days to make it up. (If they are absent one day, they get two days to make it up; absent 2 days, get 4 days to make it up, Beyond that, contact Allison Park email@example.com or Kevin Brown firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dress/Background Code Philosophy during online meetings
The dress/background code reflects our belief that personal appearance affects manners, morale, attitude, and general conduct in any community. While Peddie acknowledges the importance of comfort, diversity, and self-expression, we expect standards of dress and appearance that are conducive to and supportive of successful performance and which reflect the appropriate one for various aspects of school life. Moreover, students’ dress should engender self-respect and respect for the school; it should not be provocative, disruptive, or detrimental to the tone of this educational community.
The school reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose behavior or academic performance indicates an inability or unwillingness to meet the requirements of the school or whose actions are injurious to self or others.
Peddie’s statement of philosophy emphasizes our belief in “the dignity and worth of all individuals.” Inherent in that belief is an understanding that a person’s sex or sexual orientation is worthy of the same respect due any other trait that an individual may possess. This respect is essential to creating an atmosphere in which all individuals can pursue intellectual and personal growth. Therefore, it is imperative that Peddie provide an atmosphere in which sexual harassment has no place. Furthermore, sexual harassment, by its very nature, violates the personal rights of others and thus is a violation of our first major school rule.
Sexual harassment can be generally defined as behavior that is uninvited and unwanted and is directed at a person because of his or her gender identity or sexual orientation. While many types of behavior can be construed as sexual harassment, some examples are obscene comments or jokes directed at an individual, displaying sexually explicit pictures or drawings, sexual innuendoes (turning comments into a sexual meaning) and uninvited insults. (While sexual harassment often involves ongoing behavior, a one-time egregious act might also be deemed sexual harassment.)
- WHY you should report cases of sexual harassment: Sexual harassment is a demeaning and possibly threatening act.
- WHOM to email: Kevin Brown, Dr. David Martin, or any other faculty member with whom you feel comfortable speaking. Faculty members will report all concerns to Kevin Brown or Dr. David Martin.
- WHAT will occur: The person with whom you consult can help determine if sexual harassment has taken place and will work in support of the student. Our collective goal is to resolve the situation in a timely and thoughtful manner. However, the student needs to be aware that fabricated charges of sexual harassment will also be dealt with seriously.
When a faculty member is presented with a student’s claim of sexual harassment, he or she will:
explain that the incident will need to be reported to Kevin Brown or Dr. David Martin.
discuss the claim with the student to determine whether it appears that sexual harassment has occurred.
advise the student and perhaps suggest a short-term way to address the situation.
contact Kevin Brown (email@example.com) or Dr. David Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kevin Brown or Dr. David Martin will:
- determine whether it appears that sexual harassment has occurred.
- collect information from the students involved and determine whether a disciplinary response is warranted.
- meet with the offending student and decide upon appropriate punishment.
- follow-up with the faculty member who reported the incident to inform him or her how the situation has been resolved.
- contact parents of the students involved where appropriate.
- maintain records of reported violations.