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Student Handbook

Board of Education





Ryan Merkouris, Chairman



Brian Shanks, Superintendent


Kim Knutson, Clerk-Treasurer



Paul Ragatz, Assoc. High School Principal


Wayne Olson, Director



Linnea Petersen, K-5 Dean of Students


Robert Korman, Director





Tricia Linn, Director





Alex Marschalk, Director



Middle School/High School Faculty


Doug Steele, Director



Sarah Attig

Grade 6




Amy Nielsen

Grade 6




Pamela Koenen


Elementary Faculty



Mary Schulte


Kayla Olson



Amy Wallin


Tanya Hemmingsen



Sam Hintz

Industrial Technology

Kendra Mathiason



Dustin Hellen

Instrumental Music

Sue Haaland

Grade 1


Carol Vandell

Language Arts

Gretchen Hintz

Grade 1


Latisha Thomas

Language Arts

Jenny Jensen

Grade 2


Kristen Hoiland


Teresa Roberts

Grade 2


Lenny Diekmann


Kelly Skov

Grade 3


Melissa Wasmoen

Physical Education

Connie Williams

Grade 3


Cody Eckhardt

Physical Education

Stephanie Hallman

Grade 4


David Bosma


Shelly Sipple

Grade 4


Rick Loock


Joy Bryson

Grade 5


Brett Sindelir

Social Studies

Carol Thompson

Grade 5


Erica Samp

Social Studies




Danielle Mansfield

Social Worker




Hilary Carlson


Special Education Faculty



Ada Theusch

Vocal Music

Tessa Cummings





Jake Lighthizer





Nicole Weigel



Office Staff


Kristine Christensen



Janet Bremseth

Business Manager

Jenny Erickson



Cindy Mathiason

Administrative Assistant

Anne Marie Spates



Sheri Opseth

Elementary Secretary

Patti Yaw



Jenny Hovendick

Asst. Athletic Director











Kim Gooden

Title 1


Gary Wichmann

Head Custodian

Shanna Drescher

Title 1


Faron Bremseth


Sarah Christensen

Title 1


Jean Greenfield


Steve Haukoos



Patty Bangert


Deb Minear





Leah Schmidt



Kitchen Staff


Karla Peterson



Jamie Kirsch

Food Service Director

Emily Stadheim



Jolene Babcock

Head Cook

Courtney Janzig



Kay Bendickson

Assistant Cook


















School Hours

  • No students should be in the building on school days before 7:55 a.m. unless under the direct supervision of a staff member or coach.
  • School is in session from 8:10 am until 3:10 pm
  • Main office hours are from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm



Time Schedule for Classes


            Hour                            Time

            1st                                8:10-8:57

            2nd                                9:00-9:46

            3rd                                9:49-10:35

            4th                                10:38-11:24

            Middle School Lunch    11:24-11:54

            5th (Gr. 9-12)               11:27-12:13

            5th (Gr. 6-8)                 11:57-12:43

            High School Lunch       12:13-12:43

            6th                                12:46-1:32

            7th                                1:35-2:21

            8th                                2:24-3:10


After School Hours

Students are expected to leave the building promptly upon school dismissal each day, unless you are supervised directly by a staff member or a coach.  Athletes waiting for practice to begin are to wait in the commons area.  Those students are to report promptly to their designated areas.   The Alden-Conger School Board has a policy that prohibits ANY activity in the school building after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  This is effective year-round. 


Emergency School Closing

If it is necessary to close school due to severe weather or emergency conditions, notifications will be sent to the following media sources:


Television Stations:  KAAL, KIMT, KARE, WCCO, KSTP, KEYC

Radio Stations:  KATE


JMC Message Center

The JMC Message Center will notify each household via phone call, text message and/or email regarding any school closings or emergency conditions.  Each family needs to set up their account to customize how they wish to receive these types of notices.




The Board of Education of Independent School District 242 establishes and implements the code of conduct for the Alden-Conger High School.  The Board, acting through the superintendent, holds school employees responsible for the supervision of the behavior of students while legally under the supervision of the school.


The Superintendent of Schools shall establish all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations relating to the standards of student behavior and shall be responsible to the Board for discipline in the schools. 


The Principal shall have the responsibility to establish, communicate, and implement the rules and regulations currently in effect for the school to all students, parents, and all interested community groups at the beginning of the school year and to each new student upon registration.  They are responsible for a discussion of these rules, rights, and responsibilities with the faculty prior to the opening day.


The Principal shall be responsible for implementing all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations to make effective the Board of Education policies relating to the standards of student behavior.  They shall have the responsibility and the authority to formulate school rules and regulations not in conflict with district policy relating to standards of student behavior.


The Principal have the authority to impose suspension consistent with guidelines of the Fair Dismissal Act on students for failure to comply with school regulations and may recommend the exclusion or expulsion of a student to the School Board.  If a teacher’s efforts to solve a behavior problem are unsuccessful, the student shall be referred to the Principal who has the responsibility and authority to use such measures as may be necessary to maintain control in the classroom, in the school buildings, and on school property.


The Parents/Guardians have legal responsibility for the behavior of their children as determined by law and community practice.  Since cooperation between parents and school is essential in assisting students to work to the best of their ability and achieve a good school experience, parents/guardians have a responsibility to help maintain communication with the school by participating in school/community activities, attending scheduled individual conferences, and bringing matters of concern to the attention of the principal, counselor or faculty member.  It is also the responsibility of the parent/guardian to CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE on the day of absence explaining why the student will be absent.  The parent should call the school office before 9:00 a.m. or send a note prior to the absence.  The school phone number is 507-874-3240. 



The Right to Learn

Each student has the right to gain an education as provided by the law.

  • The right to learn also includes the rights of classes to meet and carry on studies without interruptions, disruptions, or distractions, whether inside the classroom or from outside. Behavior that disrupts the normal functioning of classes is an infringement on the rights of others.
  • A student may apply for enrollment in special programs offered in the school district.
  • A student has the right to access his/her grade, upon request, within a reasonable amount of time.


The Right to be Informed of Rules

Students have the right to be informed of all policies, rules and regulations they will be expected to follow.  These basic rules are printed in the student handbook and policies are available in the Main Office.


The Right to Privacy

The student’s right of privacy regarding school records will be protected, and any disclosure of information from student permanent records shall be consistent with legal requirements.


The Right to Personal Property

Students have a right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects, however:

  • Students must refrain from bringing onto school property or to the school-sponsored events any materials or item that would cause, or tend to cause, a disruptive activity or endanger the health and safety of students or other persons.
  • When reasonable cause exists for the Administration to believe such items are present, general or individual searches may be conducted under the authorization of the Administration, or any representative designated by the Administration.
  • LOCKERS are the property of the school and may be searched by school officials. Locks can be rented from the school.  It is strongly suggested that students lock their lockers.  The school IS NOT responsible for lost or stolen items. Students will be held responsible for locker damage as well as for other school property.  (Examples of damage are non-removable stickers, marks made by permanent markers, physical damage to the locker)
  • Search of an area assigned to a student will be conducted in the presence of the student, if practical.
  • School authorities will seize illegal items and items that are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process.




  • Students are expected to treat all staff members including substitute and temporary teachers with respect and dignity.
  • Students are responsible for the consequences of their behavior.
  • All students are responsible for knowing and following all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations to make effective the Board of Education policies relating to the standard of student behavior and are subject to the consequences of not abiding by the rules/regulations/policies in the handbook.
  • Students are responsible for completing class assignments on time and according to the instructions given by the teachers.
  • Students are responsible for bringing to class all materials required for daily classroom use.
  • The completion of homework will be part of a student’s life, and his/her responsibility.
  • Students need to handle textbooks with care so that premature damage to the binding and covers does not occur. Any unreasonable damage to a textbook will result in the student/parent being charged for the repair and the holding of grades until repair or replacement charges are paid.
  • As a general rule, students may be given two days to complete make-up work when missing a single day of class. This is only a general rule with final completion dates for make-up work being determined by each individual classroom teacher.  Make-up work will be available to be picked-up if requested by a parent/guardian.  For extended absences, such as hospitalization, mono, H1N1, etc., the parent must request an extension, if they feel one is needed, once the student receives their work.  The request for extension should include the length of extension, e.g. number of additional days.





Students are expected to be in attendance all days’ school is in session.  A student who frequently misses school experiences difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of education.  The first sign of school failure is often a poor attendance record.  Future employers and college admissions personnel place great emphasis on regular attendance and satisfactory performance.


Excessive Absence Rule:


More than five (5) absences from a class per quarter will be considered an academic problem.  After three (3) absences parents/guardians will be notified of this problem.  All absences will be counted in the accumulation of the maximum number except for school-related activities (subject to the discretion of the administration) and suspensions.  In addition, three (3) unexcused tardies will count as an unexcused absence.  Upon the sixth (6th) absence of any kind (illness, vacation, hunting trips, college visits, etc.) the parents/guardians of the student will be notified and may be required to come to school to meet with the administration.    Based on the results of the attendance committee meeting, the student may receive a failing grade (F-59%) for that grading period.  Attendance will be required for the remainder of the grading period to enable the student to successfully complete the course.  If a student receives a failing grade, due to absences, for both quarters of the semester, no credit will be given for the semester. 



Excused Absences:

State Guidelines: Student illness as verified by completion of school form or doctor’s note, sickness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, quarantine, court appearance, emergency medical and dental treatment, and religious observations.


Local District Additions:

Pre-approved work for parents, pre-approved vacations with parent approval, prearranged college visits, school sponsored trips, contests and activities, pre-approved medical, dental, and driver exam appointments scheduled primarily during study hall times.


These absences are excused if documentation is supplied within one (1) week of the absence:

  • Administratively pre-approved family vacations (up to 5 days per year)
  • Pre-approved college visit days, testing or PSEO appointments
  • Doctor appointments – including orthodontist (requires completed form or note from Doctor’s office upon return to school)
  • Court appearances
  • Other medical situations – including physical and mental health examples: contagious illnesses, chronic illness, hospitalizations, surgeries, recovery (requires completed form or note from Doctor’s office)
  • Family funerals


Forms will be available in the main office for students needing documentation.


Unexcused Absences:

  • Any absence that is not verified by Doctor’s note or form
  • Skipping of any class or classes (Not being in assigned class without a written or verbal excuse from parent or school personnel)
  • Two periods of detention may be assigned for every class period a student skips


Parental approval does not automatically make an absence excused.


Pre-approved Absences

Students must give make-up slips for pre-approved absences to teachers so that make-up work is received prior to the absence.  This includes school field trips, school sponsored activity trips, family vacations, etc.


Athlete Participation Rule: 

If an athlete comes to school after their first regularly scheduled period ends at Alden-Conger High School the student cannot participate in a game scheduled for that day, even if they have a note from their parents.



Unexcused tardies of any kind may result in detention or In-School suspension.  Each student is allowed one unexcused tardy per semester without penalty. After that a period of detention will be assigned for each unexcused tardy.  Multiple unexcused tardies may result in progressively more detentions.



Truancy is a child’s willful absence without lawful excuse from one or more class periods on seven different school days.


Continuing Truant:

 MN Statute 260.A.02 provides that a continuing truant is a student who is subject to the compulsory instruction requirements of MN Statute 120A.00 and is absent from instruction without valid excuse within a single school year for three or more class periods on three days if the child is in middle school or high school. 


When a student is classified as a continuing truant, the school notifies the student’s parent/guardian that the child is considered truant and will also refer a continuing truant to the Freeborn or Faribault County Truancy Diversion Program.


Habitual Truant: 

A child who is absent from attendance at school without lawful excuse for one or more class periods on seven school days and who was not lawfully withdrawn from school is classified as a habitual truant.  The school will refer a habitual truant child and the child’s parent/guardian to the appropriate services and procedures, under MN Statute 260A.




Any student receiving one (1) F at the end of a quarter will be ineligible for the next four and one half weeks.  When receiving an F at midterm, students will be ineligible until they can prove, through teacher documentation that ALL grades are passing.  Parents will receive notification of failing grades at mid-quarter encouraging them to contact the school to discuss the grade. 


Fourth quarter ineligibles:, Academic ineligibles WILL carry over to the next competition year.


Fall Ineligibility Policy

Students will be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities in the fall IF they received a failing grade during the fourth quarter of the previous spring.  The ineligibility time frame is 4 ½ weeks and begins the first day of practice.  Since classes are not in session for the majority of the time frame, ineligible students will be required to obtain confirmation of passing grades from current teachers as soon as the 4 ½ weeks has elapsed.  The form to be used can be obtained in the main office.  If at the end of the 4 ½ weeks the student is not passing all classes, they will remain ineligible with the next possible chance to become eligible being mid-first quarter. 


If a student receives a passing grade for a summer school class they can become eligible for fall activities.  These classes need to be the same or similar to the class that a failing grade was earned.  ALL summer school classes used to obtain academic eligibility must be pre-approved  prior to taking the class.


Online Class Ineligibility Policy

Students enrolled in online classes are held to the same eligibility standards as all other students.  If grading periods do not coincide with Alden-Conger dates, an online student’s ineligibility will begin as soon as we are notified of a failing grade.  The time frame will still be 4 ½ weeks with eligibility being earned by having passing grades for both regular and online classes.

PSEO Academic Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for students taking PSEO courses will be determined as follows:

Quarter 1 and Quarter 3:  Grade verification forms, provided by the high school, must be submitted to the counselor within one week of the end of Quarter 1 and Quarter 3.  If a student does not submit a completed grade verification form, they will be ACADEMICALLY INELIGIBLE until the completed form is submitted to the counselor verifying all grades are a C- or higher*.


Quarter 2 and Quarter 4:  Semester grades provided by the college will be used to determine eligibility.


*In order to remain academically eligible at the end of each quarter, students enrolled in PSEO courses are required to maintain grades of C- or higher at the end of each quarter.


Scholastically ineligible students may not perform in school activities, such as the following, until eligibility is restored:


Football                                    Clay Target Team                                             All School Play

Girls Basketball                        Boys Basketball                                                Golf

FFA                                         Wrestling                                                          Solo Ensemble

Robotics                                   Student Council                                                YAC               

Volleyball                                 Track                                                               Supermileage               

Baseball                                   All School Musical                                            NHS

Drama Activities                       Other School Activities                         Softball

Cross Country                                                                                     




The rules of school conduct are in effect at all on-campus and off-campus activities/competitions as well as in school vehicles and buses.


Disrespectful Language will not be tolerated on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, or on busses.


Verbal Abuse is the use or display of profane, obscene, or intimidating language, or the expression of such language in written form, through gesture, through music, or bodily movement.  This includes conduct, which degrades people because of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or physical or mental handicaps on school premises, in school vehicles, or at school sponsored events.


Disruptive behavior in the classroom is defined as:

  • Willful conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the right of others to an education.
  • Willful conduct which endangers school district employees.
  • Willful violation of any rule of conduct specified in the Discipline Policy adopted by the Board
  • Repeated inappropriate behavior that classroom discipline plan procedures have proven ineffective in correcting.


Interference/Obstruction is any action taken to prevent a staff member from exercising his/her lawfully assigned duties.  This includes refusal to cooperate in an investigation or by lying in an investigation.


Disorderly Conduct is engaging in offensive, obscene, or abusive language, or in boisterous and noisy conduct tending to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.


Public Display of Affection

Students must refrain from kissing, embracing or any inappropriate touching while in the school. Holding hands and arms around torso above the waist is acceptable.


Insubordination is the willful disregarding or resisting the direction or request of any person in authority




Detention is defined as requiring a student to remain in school, outside of normal hours, as a disciplinary action because of misbehavior on the part of the student.  Any staff member, office personnel or paraprofessional can give detention. 


Detention will take place from 3:13 pm until 3:30 pm on Monday through Thursday and will be served the next regular school day after the detention is assigned.  This is done so that the parents can be informed that the student will be remaining after normal school hours to serve their detention.


If a teacher assigns detention to a student because of an infraction during that teacher’s class or supervision period (including study hall, computer lab, etc.), that teacher will supervise the detention for that student(s) in their room (or an assigned room).  Teachers will contact parents and fill-out the detention form.  Teachers also have the discretion to extend detention for an amount of time that does not have students at school later than 5:00 pm.


Parents will not be allowed to negotiate when their student serves their detention based on the fact that they can not pick them up at 3:30 or later after school. Students will only be excused from serving detention because of a doctor or dentist appointment, court or legal appointment and attending the ALC for after school classes. 


Students who have been assigned periods of detention cannot practice or participate in high school sports, activities, etc. until the detention period has been served.  Students who are involved in sports, have work release, jobs or other activities after school may not use that as an excuse for not attending assigned detention.


Students will bring class work to detention.  Students will not be allowed to talk in detention.  They will not be allowed to sleep in detention.  Students are not allowed to leave detention to go to their lockers, the library, the bathroom, etc.  Late arrival or non-reports are subject to further discipline.


If a student misses:

  1. detention, they will be assigned a second detention or ISS for an entire day and will still serve the original after school detention
  2. the second detention they are given ISS for an entire day and will still serve the original after school detention.



Some Middle School detentions may take place during the recess period following middle school lunch. The teacher assigning detention will determine the number of lunch recess detentions (no more than five consecutive). If an assigned detention is to be served during recess, the teacher will be responsible for covering that detention.  Middle School teachers have the option of assigning their own after school detention for infractions of the rules within their classroom or their supervision like in the high school. The student will serve the detention with the assigning teacher in the teacher’s classroom. The teacher may keep them no later than 5:00.




The responsibility for the appearance of students rests with the parents and the students themselves.  Clothing should be neat, clean and non-offensive. 


Examples of inappropriate dress include but are not limited to:

  • Clothing advertising substances illegal for juveniles (Example: tobacco, beer, liquor, drugs).
  • Clothing containing sexual, obscene, discriminatory, or profane language or pictures.
  • Clothing and accessories containing gang symbols (or colors) or clothing worn in a manner to identify gang membership.
  • Coats/Jackets and Caps/ Baseball style hats should be placed in lockers upon arrival and must remain in lockers during school hours.
  • Proper footwear should be worn at all times (i.e. no bare feet or stocking feet)
  • The body will be appropriately covered for an educational setting. Shorts/Skirts/Dresses must come to at least mid-thigh.    No spaghetti straps, tube tops or sleeveless undershirts are allowed. No underwear, bra straps, bare midriffs, or cleavage should be showing.
  • No headphones/earbuds can be on or used during regular class time unless allowed by the teacher


Any school employee can demand a student makes the sufficient adjustments to the dress code violation (i.e., changing shirt, putting on a covering shirt, turning shirt inside out, zipping up a top, pulling up pants, going home to get a different article of clothing, etc).  It is the school employee’s choice on what adjustment must be made, not the student (using tape to cover a dress violation is not acceptable).  If the student does not comply immediately with the demand for adjustment or if they fail to keep adjustment for the rest of the day, they may face disciplinary action.


On an individual basis, if any clothing is determined to be distracting or disruptive to the educational process students will be asked to make sufficient adjustments as determined by the school.






  1. The standards of eligibility set by the Minnesota State High School League apply to all extra-curricular activities including the holding of a class or student council office. In general terms, this means that a student will not be allowed to officially represent the school on any team or in any public performance while ineligible.  However, the student may still be allowed to participate in activity in a nonpublic way at the discretion of the advisor and the administration.
  2. Twelve (12) months of the year, a student shall not at any time, regardless of the quantity: (1) use or consume, have in possession a beverage containing alcohol; (2) use or consume have in possession tobacco; or (3) use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell or give away any other controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.


Local additions to the standards of eligibility set by Minnesota State High School League: 


Football                                    Cheerleading

Girls Basketball                        Boys Basketball

FFA                                         Pep Band

Volleyball                                 Track

Baseball                                   All School Musical

Softball                         All School Play

Drama Activities                       Graduation Usher

Golf                                          Student Council

NHS                                        Clay Target Team

Supermileage                            Homecoming Royalty

Speaking @ Graduation            Prom & Prom Grand March

Robotics                                   All Public Performances

Music Concerts                        Music Contests

Marching Band             Cross Country

Other School Activities



  1. This policy is in addition to the Minnesota State High School League Policy.
  2. Family gatherings involving the adult use of tobacco and alcohol in the home in the presence of parents will not be considered a violation. When other students are brought into the home the circumstances are altered and the situation may be viewed differently.
  3. The use of liquor, drugs, tobacco, or e-cigarettes (as defined by MSBA) at social events outside the home, such as wedding dances is a violation of the rule. However, attendance at a wedding reception or dance where beer and liquor are being served is not a violation if the student is not consuming.
  4. Students who violate this rule may practice, but they may not participate in any public events during the period of suspension.
  5. It is the responsibility of the school to determine the eligibility status of each of its students. If the school authorities are confident the student removed him or herself from the undesirable situation at the earliest opportunity the student shall not lose eligibility.
  6. Students who violate these rules shall be suspended from participation in all activities sponsored by the Alden-Conger Public School in accordance with MSHSL policies and local additions. Students who violate these rules shall be suspended from participation in league activities for the time specified herewith:

Chemical Violations & Penalties

Rule:  365 days a year, anywhere in the world, regardless of the quantity, a student shall not:

  1. buy, possess or use a beverage containing alcohol;
  2. buy, possess or use tobacco or e-cigarettes (as defined by MSBA)
  3. use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell or give away any chemical substance or paraphernalia related to using or manufacturing those chemical substances; or
  4. use anabolic-androgenic steroids.


MSHSL/Alden-Conger Rules & Regulations

MSHSL/Alden-Conger School rules are enforceable the entire calendar year and are not limited to school property.  It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a controlled substance specifically prescribed for the student by his/her doctor.


Minnesota state High school league rules

Students who participate in any co-curricular activity or in (MSHSL) activities represent Alden-Conger School and must also adhere to MSHSL rules of conduct.


MSHSL Category I Activities:

Those League-sponsored activities in which a member school has a schedule of interscholastic contests, exclusive of League-sponsored tournaments.

  1. athletic activities
  2. fine arts activities
  3. debate
  4. speech activities including One Act Play – when a school schedules a season of interscholastic contests


MSHSL Category II Activities:

Those League-sponsored activities in which a member school does not have a schedule of interscholastic contests


Category III Activities:

Include, but are not limited to, public appearances, scheduled programs, NHS, FFA, plays, super mileage team, robotics team, music contests and concerts, pep band, marching band, speaking at graduation, cheerleading, graduation usher, homecoming court, grand march, prom, contests, trips, tours, conventions, conferences, and clinics.  Events will not include practices, rehearsals, or meetings. 


  1. First Violation

After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall lose eligibility in the activity in which he/she is currently participating or, if not currently in an activity, the next activity in which he/she participates, for a minimum of nine weeks.  In addition, the student must attend every practice and every home game, but will not: be a captain for that season, receive any all-conference, honorable mention or all-conference academic awards, dress, be in the locker room, team bus, huddle, and sideline or occupy the team bench at any time before, during or after a contest during the period of ineligibility.  This penalty must be served in a sport currently or previously participated in by the student or in a sport where permission has been granted by the coach.  A student must notify the coach or Athletic Director of his/her intent to join a team/organization before attending practice.  Failure to notify the school by this date may make the student ineligible to serve the penalty in that sport, for that season. 


Alternative Penalty for First Violation for Co-curricular and Sports Activities:

A student who has been confirmed as a first violator may choose the alternative penalty.  If a student has participated in or is currently participating in an MSHSL category I or II activity, they must report their MSHSL chemical violation to the Activities Director within seventy-two hours after the incident.  If that timeline is not met, that student-participant will not be eligible for the alternative chemical procedure approved by the Alden-Conger School Board of Education.

**This seventy-two hour stipulation will be waived for any student that, while attending Alden-Conger School, had not previously participated in an MSHSL category I or II activity, but joined an activity after the violation had occurred.

If the first violation alternative is selected, the student will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions for a minimum of three weeks following the violation affirmation. The student must have joined the team within the first two weeks of organized practice. The student must attend every practice and every home game, but may not be a captain, dress, be in the locker room, team bus, sideline, and huddle or occupy the team bench at any time before, during or after a contest during the period of ineligibility. 

The process for this alternative procedure will be initiated with a parent/participant/Athletic Director meeting and is as follows: 1) The student will immediately obtain the parent’s/guardian’s and coach’s signature in approval and support of the selection of the first violation alternative penalty; 2) The student will schedule and attend a counseling session with the school social worker: 3) The student will schedule weekly progress report meetings with the Athletic Director; 4)  The student will arrange for a meeting with his/her coach and team to apologize; 5) The student will provide sixteen hours of service to the community within the first three weeks. Community service work must be sanctioned and verified by the Athletic Director; 6) The student will complete the season in good standing with the team; 7) The student will have to apply for reinstatement with the Alden-Conger administration.


  1. Second Violation

After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for a period of one calendar year.  That period of ineligibility will begin immediately if the student is currently involved in an activity.  If the student is not currently involved in an activity, but chooses to participate at a later date, the period of ineligibility will begin when participation in that activity commences.  In addition, the student must attend every practice and every home game, but may not be a captain for that season, dress, be in the locker room, team bus, sideline, and huddle or occupy the team bench at any time before, during or after a contest during the period of ineligibility.  This penalty must be served in a sport currently or previously participated in by the student or in a sport where permission has been granted by the coach.  A student must notify the coach or Athletic Director of his/her intent to join a team/organization before attending practice.  Failure to notify the school by this date may make the student ineligible to serve the penalty in that sport, for that season. 


Alternative Penalty for Second Violation     

If a student has participated in or is currently participating in an MSHSL category I or II activity, they must report their MSHSL chemical violation to the high school Athletic Director within seventy-two hours after the incident.  If that timeline is not met, that student-participant will not be eligible for the alternative chemical procedure approved by the Alden-Conger School Board of Education.  


If agreed upon, the student would be ineligible for nine weeks.  The nine week period of ineligibility would begin as soon as the optional penalty is chosen if the student is participating in an activity.  If the student is not currently in an activity, the period of ineligibility will commence at the beginning of the next competitive season in which the student participates.  The process for this alternative procedure will be initiated with a parent/participant/Athletic Director meeting and is as follows: 1) The student immediately obtains the parent’s/guardian’s and coach’s signature in approval and support of the selection of the second violation alternative penalty; 2) The student will schedule and attend a counseling session with the school social worker.  The student must complete recommendations made by the school social worker; 3) the student must have joined the team within the first two weeks of organized practice.  He/she must attend every practice and every home game, but may not be a captain for that season, dress, be in the locker room, team bus, sideline, huddle or occupy the team bench at any time before, during or after a contest during the period of ineligibility; 4) the student must complete forty hours of community service before the penalty is considered served.  Community service work must be sanctioned and verified by the Athletic Director; 5) The student must meet with the Athletic Director once each week during the penalty period and submit a written progress report; 6) The student will arrange for a meeting with his/her coach and team to apologize; 7) The student will complete the season with the team in good standing with the team; 8) The student will have to apply for reinstatement with the Alden-Conger administration.

  1. 3.  Third Violation

After confirmation of the third violation, the student will lose eligibility for one calendar year. The student will have to apply for reinstatement with the Alden-Conger administration.


If the violation is related to MSHSL and Alden-Conger School policies, but is not a chemical issue (tobacco), the student will meet with parents/guardians and social worker, and shall be reinstated only after successful completion of an appropriate school approved counseling program. 


There is no alternative penalty for a third violation.



Accumulative Penalties

Penalties for chemical violations shall be cumulative beginning with and throughout the student’s participation in grades 6 – 12.   A student will be disqualified from all co-curricular activities for an additional eighteen (18) weeks beyond the student’s original period of ineligibility, when the student denies violation of the rule, is allowed to participate, and then is subsequently found guilty of the violation.  Any co-curricular activity participant, with an in-season rules violation, cannot be nominated for All-Conference selection.  Participants in any co-curricular activities need to check with their advisors/coach for specific penalties or rules of conduct for that activity.




Activities not regulated by the MSHSL rules and regulations

(Category III)


Students participating in clubs or activities in this category must be in “good standing” according to the rules of Alden-Conger School.  If there are violations of this code of conduct or the MSHSL rules, the following consequences will be put into effect:

First Violation:  After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next event of a season for which the student is a participant. 

Second Violation:  After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next three consecutive events of a season in which a student is a participant. 

Third and Subsequent Violations:  After confirmation of the third violation, the student shall lose the right of participation for one calendar year.  If this is a third chemically-related violation, a meeting with the student, parents/guardians, and chemical pre-assessment team must be arranged and the student will only be reinstated after successful completion of a chemical dependency treatment program.


There are no alternative penalties for Category III violators.


Students who are category I, II, and/or III activities serve penalties in all categories.


Penalties for Category III will be accumulative through the student’s participation in grades 6-12.  Students will not be allowed to participate in an activity already in progress to fulfill the requirements of a violation; however, a student will (with the sanction of the activity advisor) be allowed to participate in an activity that is beginning a season but must remain as a participant for the entire season of the activity in order for the violation penalty to be completed.


Community service by itself can no longer satisfy the penalty for a MSHSL violation.





The Alden-Conger School District reserves the right to require a urinalysis to determine eligibility for all violations involving chemical substances.






            English/Communication Arts                         4 credits

                        English 9A&B = 1 credit

                        English 10A&B = 1 credit

                        4 English Semester Electives- ½ credit each


            Mathematics                                                              3 credits

                        Coursework must include:

Algebra I or Algebra Topics

Geometry A or Basic Geometry

Algebra IIA or Probability & Statistics or Inter. Algebra B


            Social Studies                                                             3½ credits

                        Physical Geography = ½ credit

                        World History = ½ credit

                        American Studies A&B = 1 credit

            Cultural Geography = ½ credit

            Economics = ½ credit

            American Government = ½ credit


Science                                                                       3 ½  credits

            Physical Science A&B = 1 credit

            Biology A&B = 1 credit

            Physics, Chemistry or Applied Chemistry = 1 credit

Natural Resource Management or Environmental Science = ½ credit


            Physical Education & Health                                    1 ½  credits

                        Physical Education 9 = ½ credit

                        Physical Education 10 = ½   credit

                        Health 10 = ½   credit


            Fine Arts                                                                     1 credit

Courses may include: Art, Music, certain Computer Science, Yearbook  


            Life & Careers                                                           ½ credit


            Freshman Vocational Requirement              ½ credit


            Remainder of credits through Electives                   8 ½  credits (2018 graduates)

                                                                                                9 ½ credits  (2019 & beyond)



            TOTAL CREDITS                                                    26 credits (2018 graduates)

                                                                                    27 credits (2019 & beyond )




The State of Minnesota also requires students to meet basic competencies in mathematics, reading, and writing.  Parents will be notified of any changes for their students’ requirements and state assessments.  The academic requirements that students need to fulfill are listed above.  As noted the number of required credits increases each year until 2019.  These increases are due to the additional number of electives students will be required to complete prior to graduating.  Year long classes that meet every day generate 1 credit if a passing grade is received.  Semester classes generate ½ credit and Quarter classes ¼ credit, with passing grades.




  • Students are to earn passing grades in all classes. Solely the teacher, generally relying on grades earned, will determine the final quarter grade and the final semester grade for each class.
  • Incomplete grades are to be made up if a passing grade is to be received. Completing work is the responsibility of the student.  After one (1) week, the incomplete will become an F or previous grade unless an unusual circumstance such as hospitalization has occurred and the Superintendent/Principal has granted an extension.
  • Report cards will be issued at the end of each quarter.
  • Midterms will be issued halfway through each grading period. These are issued to every student in grades 6-12 to caution students whose grades/efforts are decreasing/borderline, or to warn students doing failing work and risking ineligibility for school activities.
  • The following numerical values may be used in computing grade averages but percentages are determined in individual teachers, per their syllabus.


A   =    4.00                C+ =    2.33

A- =     3.67                 C   =    2.00

B+ =    3.33                 C-  =    1.67

B   =    3.00                 D+  =   1.33

B- =     2.67                 D    =   1.00

                                                            D-  =    .67


Qualifications for the honor roll at the Alden-Conger Schools are:

AA       4.00 average

A         3.67 - 3.99 average with no grade below B-

B          3.00 – 3.64 average with no grade below C-



The grading scale for seniors and juniors may be as follows:
            100% - 90%                “A” Range

            89% - 80%                  “B” Range

            79% - 70%                  “C” Range

            69% - 0%                    “F” Range


Seniors and Juniors will either earn a grade in the 100% - 70% range or they will fail.  Some teachers may have a higher grading scale than the one noted above, but in no case will the scale be lowered to ensure a “C” grade.  Exceptions may be given to those students who have an IEP or 504 plan as determined by the academic team.  This policy also applies to online students.




Until the first Friday of school, with parental consent and counselor guidance, students have the opportunity to drop and add individual classes if the master schedule allows.  Drop/add by the first Friday of second semester will be considered for the following reason: student request, human or computer error in the registration and/or scheduling process, and teacher recommendation/approval.  Following the initial drop/add period, students will not be allowed to drop classes unless recommended by the classroom instructor.  If a teacher deems it necessary that a student drop a full year class at the beginning of second semester, credit will be given for first semester.  If however, a students drops a full year class at his/her discretion after the first week of first semester a grade of “F” (failing) will be placed in the student’s permanent transcript. 


PSEO students must maintain the equivalent of full-time status each semester to stay on-track for high school graduation.  Students must carry the equivalent of three Alden-Conger credits or more each semester between their combined PSEO and Alden-Conger classes (one A-C credit equals four Riverland credits).  If a student withdraws from a PSEO course and drops below the equivalent of full-time status, the “W” or “WF” will be transferred as an “F” on the high school transcript.




Student Parking/Driving

Students may drive a licensed motor vehicle to school providing they follow the established rules concerning vehicles on the premises.

  • All students are to park only in the lot on the west side of the football field.
  • * Students are not to park in the Redeemer Church lot or on any city street

* Vehicles will not block the school garage

  • Safe, legal-driving habits must be used in the school zone and all traffic laws are in force.
  • Poor driving habits could result in loss of parking privileges
  • Students parking in the school student parking lot do so at their own risk and the school is not responsible for any items taken from a student’s vehicle
  • The registered driver is responsible for the behavior of others in his/her vehicle
  • ANY form of exhibition driving (spinning wheels, squealing tires, etc.) is prohibited
  • Driving on any of the athletic fields or grass areas is prohibited


Drivers should report accidents, vandalism, or theft to the Alden-Conger administration.

All motorized vehicles, drivers and passengers are subject to full provisions of these rules and applicable to school policies and state laws


Any vehicle parked on Alden-Conger Schools property may be searched by school officials or law enforcement officers at school request.



College Days

Juniors and Seniors may take post-secondary campus visits.  These visits must be pre-approved. A College Day Form will need to be completed by the student; this form must be signed by the College Admissions Counselor and returned to the office so the absence is not deemed unexcused.


The administration reserves the right to limit the number of college visit days.



All visitors must check in at the Main Office when they enter the building.  Permission to bring a visitor is to be pre-approved at least one (1) day before visitor is to attend by the Administration. The Administration has the right to remove any person from the Alden-Conger School building as deemed necessary.


If a student is to leave class for any reason a pass is required and must be carried with the student to the intended destination.   If a student wants to go to another teacher’s classroom, they must have a signed pass from that teacher.  Students are also required to sign out and in on pass logs found in each room.


If it is necessary for a student to leave the building for any reason during the school day, the student must sign-out in the main office.  The school is responsible for you and it is imperative that we know where you are going and when you are leaving.



Athletic/Activity Fees

Students in grades 6-12 participating in a sport or school activity (school play, Robotics, Supermileage) will be required to pay a $40 activity fee per sport/activity each season.  There is a $120 cap per family, per year.  Activities not required to pay the fee are: FFA, Clay Target Team.

 Phone Calls

Students will not be called to the office to receive a phone call during classes.   A message will be taken and delivered to the student so they can return the call during a free period.  Cell phones are not to be used to return a call unless permission has been given.


Lunch Charging Guidelines

Students/Families will be allowed to charge a maximum of $20 for meals.  A student will not be allowed to charge a second entrée if money if owed on their lunch account.  If no payment is received, then the student(s) will be informed that will be provided an alternate lunch until payment received.  Lunch ID numbers are assigned through the main office and are not to be shared with any other student.


  • Pop machines, juice/water machines and snack machines WILL NOT be on during the regular school day. They will be on before school, at lunch time and after school.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to pick up wrappers, bottles, etc. and dispose of them properly.


Open Lunch Rule

Students in Grades 9-12 have an open lunch from 12:04-12:34.  Students can leave the building during their lunchtime but are not allowed inside ANY vehicle during this time.  Open Lunch is a privilege that can be taken away if a violation of any kind occurs.


Nobody is allowed in any vehicles during the school day which includes Open Lunch.  If you have an emergency where you need to go to your car, come to the office for someone to go with you and/or give you permission to leave the building for such purpose. 


Weight Room

The weight room may be used when a coach, teacher or employee of the school is supervising.  Students Gr. 9-12 who are members of the Laverne Carlson Fitness Center may use the weight room as part of their membership at any time after school hours.  Students 6-8 who are members can use the room under the direct supervision of an adult guardian. 


Students will be held responsible for textbooks and will be charged for any unnecessary damage or loss of the book.

 Class Trips

Permission slips for class trips are handed out and signed by parents at the beginning of the school year or at enrollment time.  These slips are for the entire current school year.  Parents will be notified when a class trip is planned for their child.


Fire & Tornado Regulations

Regulations and exit patterns are posted in all rooms and hallways.  Please check those regulations and know where to go from each of your classrooms.


Class Funds

Any monies left unspent by a graduating class will go into the scholarship process for distribution to the class.


Pledge of Allegiance

Minnesota law currently directs that all public schools shall lead students in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.  Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so.  Students must respect another person’s right to make that choice.


Assignment Book/Planner

Students in grade 6 – 8 will receive ONE assignment book/planner at the start of the school year free of charge.  If a student should lose his/her assignment book, additional books may be purchased in the office.  Additional planners will be available for students in grades 9 – 12 to purchase.


Prom Decorating Policy

In order for a student in the junior class to be allowed to participate in the prom decorating activities, they have to meet the following guidelines:


  1. There must be record of him/her helping clean-up after prom as a sophomore.
  2. The student must be academically eligible at the time of decorating activities
  3. Must abide by all the normal school rules (i.e. NO DRIVING during decorating, CAN NOT leave the building without permission)


If any of these guidelines are not followed or broken, the student will immediately be removed from the activities and either sent to class or put into In School Suspension until a more appropriate setting can be found.


A student will also be held responsible for any other disciplinary actions that may be taken as a result of their actions during the decorating activities. 





Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

Alden-Conger Schools recognizes the advancements in technology and the wide spread use of devices such as cell phones and IPods by students and the public; however students are not allowed to use these devices or have these devices on during any class period or assembly unless given permission by a teacher or an administrator.


Students are allowed to use their cell phones & electronic devices during the following times:

  1. Pre-arranged usage that has been cleared through the office
  2. Before or after school
  3. During lunch time, both inside and outside
  4. During passing time between classes*

*Being tardy as a result of using your cell phone with be considered an unexcused tardy resulting in the possibility of receiving a detention consequence.


Consequences for Misuse:

First Violation: The first time an electronic device is confiscated it will be returned at the end of the school day.


Second Violation: The second time an electronic device is confiscated it will be kept overnight and returned the morning of the next school day (this includes weekends).


Third & Subsequent Violations: The third time and all subsequent times an electronic device is confiscated, the student’s parents must come in and the cell phone will be returned to them.


Any adult employed by the school may demand the student turn over any electronic device due to its misuse.  Refusal to surrender an electronic device when requested by school personnel will be considered insubordination and will be met with disciplinary actions. 




Most policies are briefly summarized here for this handbook.  Complete policies are available in the main office. 




Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Submitting papers downloaded from the Internet
  • Submitting a paper in which the words and ideas of another have either been copied verbatim or rephrased without crediting the author’s name and source
  • Purchasing, borrowing or stealing a paper and submitting it as your own work
  • Submitting all of or a portion of someone else’s assignment as your own
  • Copying and pasting material from any published sources, including the Internet, and submitting it as your own
  • Supporting plagiarism by providing your work to another individual
  • Using published material in a manner that is not consistent with the stated copyright protection



All teachers who give any kind of writing or research assignments must educate their students on what plagiarism is, how to avoid it or how to use correct citation.



Any student in grades 6-12 found to have plagiarized sentences, paragraphs or sections from encyclopedias, magazines, journals, or off the Internet (without proper citation) and turned this work in as their own, will receive a reduction in grade for that assignment, down to a zero (0) There is no making up or redoing the assignment. This may also result in a number of periods of detention (not to exceed five) determined by the teacher. Parents and administration will be notified by the teacher.



Any student in grades 6-12 found to have cheated on tests or quizzes will receive a score of zero (0), with no opportunity to retake the assessment. Copying class work and homework assignments will also result in a score of “0” (zero) for all students involved in the practice. In all cases where academic dishonesty has occurred parents will be notified by the teacher. 



MCA tests are considered part of our academic structure and there will be consequences for students who decide to cheat on these tests.  Since students do not receive a grade for these tests, we can not follow the guideline mentioned above.  Therefore students who are found cheating will be subject to other disciplinary actions such as detention, ISS or OSS.  The severity of disciplinary action will be based on the level of cheating that has occurred and will be determined by the administration.



An act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school district property or at school related functions.  This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student’s act of bullying.  The misuse of technology also may constitute an act of bullying regardless of whether such acts are committed on or off school district property and/or with or without the use of school district resources.  A complete copy of our Bullying policy can be found in the Appendix of the handbook.



It is the policy and strong belief of the District 242 that no student should be subject to religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence by any other student or any adult.  The school should be a place where every student is free to learn.  The district will investigate all complaints and implement actions or consequences as necessary.  A reporting form is available in the Principal’s office.  A complete copy of our Harassment and Violence policy can be found in the Appendix of the handbook.



The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the school district’s expectations for student conduct.  Students need to conduct themselves at all times so that they and other students can learn.  When this expectation of positive behavior exists, staff and students treat each other with respect.  Staff members are in charge of their classroom and all areas of the school.  Students are to follow the Code of Conduct printed in this handbook. A complete copy of our Student Discipline policy can be found in the Appendix of the handbook.



All Internet users are expected to abide by the rules of computer and network etiquette.  Be aware E-Mail is not guaranteed to be private if there is a probable cause to read it.  Alden-Conger does have internet filtering for material not needed in a school setting.  There will be no chat room use.  Computers are for learning purposes, not for entertainment during school. First Violation of the internet guidelines the student will lose rights of Internet use at the school for two weeks. Second Violation of the guidelines will result in loss of rights of school internet use for the entire school year.



Pursuant to Minnesota statutes, school lockers are the property of the school district.  At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students.  School authorities for any reason may conduct inspection of the interior of lockers at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.  The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when authorities have reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules.  As soon as practicable after the search of a student’s personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials.



Students conduct themselves on field trips in a manner to make themselves and others proud.  Parents will be called to pick up a student if they need to be excluded.  If anyone is not at the bus at departure time, the group leaves without him or her.  If they are at a different location from school and are not on time for departure, the principal will be called for instructions.  If the bus needs to leave a student, one chaperone will normally remain at the site and the parents will be charged for overtime hours and travel expenses to go back to get the late student.



All types of hazing will not be permitted at Alden-Conger School.  This includes anything a student is coerced into doing in order to get into a group or organization.  School is to be a safe place for all students.



The Alden-Conger School Board believes that values that lead to good sportsmanship and good citizenship are taught by adults who exhibit dignity and respect for people, equity, fairness and justice.


The Board further believes that league athletic and fine arts competitions, where fairness and equity depend on playing by the rules and respecting all people, are opportunities for adults to teach and for young people to learn about sportsmanship.


Therefore, the Board supports and adopts the Alden-Conger Sportsmanship Program in association with the Minnesota State High School League Good Sports Program.




Students will be trained yearly on school bus safety.  It is a privilege, not a right to ride the school bus.  Students will behave in such a manner that the bus driver can safely drive the bus to and from school.  Those who interfere with this will be removed for a certain period of time as listed in the full policy.  The driver’s orders must be obeyed immediately.  Students must remain seated once they board the bus.  Students must respect the right of other riders.  The bus is not required to wait for late students.  Any damage to the bus is the same as for school property. 


  1. Consequences

Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to regular and late routes.  Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extra-curricular events (i.e.: field trips of competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the School district.  Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privilebges.


  1. 1st Offense – warning
  2. 2nd Offense – 5 day suspension from riding the bus
  3. 3rd Offense – 10 day suspension from riding the bus
  4. 4th Offense – 20 day suspension from riding the bus
  5. 5th Offense – Suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the school year


  1. Other Discipline

Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time.  Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.


Alden-Conger Public School reserves the right to escalate any school bus/bus stop consequences at anytime, if the misconduct is deemed to be extreme.







The Alden-Conger School Board shall serve as an appeal board in any case where the parent wishes to appeal a decision made at the school administrative level.