STUDENT
HANDBOOK
2014 - 2015
Table of Contents
School Mission……………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
HERO Staff Directory…………………..………………………………………………………………………..4
HERO High Community Values…………………………………………………………………..…………6
Qualities of a True Hero……………………………………………………………………………………….7
Key Intellectual Skills……………………………………………………….…………………………………..8
Questions for Self-Reflection…………..…………………………………………………………………..9
General School Policies………………….…………………………………………………………………..10
Discipline Approach……………………………………………………………………………………………12
Bell Schedule.……………………………………………..………………………………………………………13
School Sports/Afterschool Activities………….…………………………………………..…………..14
School Map…………………………………………………………………………………………………………15
Pupil Path…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16
Traveling…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….17
Scanning…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….18
Public Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy…………………………………………………19
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Mission Statement
The mission of HERO High springs from the commitment of the partners, The
City University of New York, Hostos Community College, Montefiore Medical
Center and school staff to furthering social mobility for their students and the
South Bronx community. To this end, we will work together to build a new
kind of institution so that the transformation of adolescence culminates in
professional employment within the field of healthcare. Students will gain a
rigorous high school education emphasizing literacy across the curriculum,
accelerated math and science, and work-based learning, and a supported
entry to college and work through our Associate degree options in nursing and
community health. Students will learn to meet the public health challenges
of a changing world by working with others to address the needs of their own
communities. We pledge to personalize academic and social supports so that
every student reaches his or her potential. Graduates of HERO High will act as
leaders in their chosen professions, transforming healthcare delivery systems
in ways that improve the well-being of diverse communities in the Bronx and
around the world.
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Hero High Staff Directory
Health Education and Research Occupations High School (HERO High)
455 Southern Boulevard, Main Office Room 109
Bronx, New York 10455
School’s Main Telephone Number: 718-585-8013
School’s Dedicated Fax Line: 718-585-8019
General E-Mail Inquiries: info@herohigh.net
Transportation:
#6 Train to 149th
 Street Station or #19 Bus to Wales Avenue
Staff Member Room Email
Kristin Cahill, Principal 110a kcahill@herohigh.net
Susanna Tenny, Assistant Principal 110a stenny@herohigh.net
Tracy McCray, Secretary 109 tmccray@herohigh.net
Teresa Regina, Secretary 109 tregina@herohigh.net
Beth Wood, Secretary 109 bwood@herohigh.net
Stefany Andujar, Social Worker 214 sandujar@herohigh.net
Megan Chinn, Social Worker 215b mchinn@herohigh.net
Deana Bowman, English Teacher 219 dbowman@herohigh.net
Matthew Brienes, Math Teacher, Advisor 121 mbrienes@herohigh.net
Jamie Collareta, P.E., Advisor 227 jcollareta@herohigh.net
Caroline Cooper, English Teacher 114 ccooper@herohigh.net
James Franciamore, Team Teacher, Advisor 107b jfranciamore@herohigh.net
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Quentin Grief, English Teacher, Advisor 113 qgrief@herohigh.net
Mansi Patel, Science Teacher 220 mpatel@herohigh.net
Binjamine Maurice, ICT Teacher 117 bmaurice@herohigh.net
Judith Nysenholc, ESL Teacher, Advisor 115 jnysenholc@herohigh.net
Dr. Albert Pitter, History Teacher 118 Apitter@herohigh.net
Vincia Richardson, Math Teacher 119 vrichardson@herohigh.net
Sasha Simon, Health Carear 107A ssimon@herohigh.net
Kim Smith, Health Carear, Advisor 110 ksmith@herohigh.net
 Rob Sorenson, ESL Teacher 217 rsorenson@herohigh.net
Angelique Tarazi, L.E. Teacher, Advisor 212 atarazi@herohigh.net
Jasmine Testa, History Teacher 116 jtesta@herohigh.net
Daniel Thompson, English Teacher, Advisor 117 dthompson@herohigh.net
Lucile Jordan, Para Professional 109 ljordan@herohigh.net
James Burgos, Dean 110a jburgos@herohigh.net
Christian Roman, Dean 110a croman@herohigh.net
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HERO High Community Values
Empowerment
True heroes take their learning into their own hands. They know they are strong, and
they plan to do great things with their lives. They set goals for their future, goals for the
semester, and goals for every single day. When they encounter challenges, they find
allies who will help them. They make sure to return the favor when someone else in the
community needs help. True heroes realize their dreams by working hard and working
together.
Justice
The teachers at HERO High are experts in their fields. HERO students watch closely
as HERO teachers model the skills needed to read the hardest books and tackle the
toughest problems. HERO teachers will tell you what you need to learn to succeed, how
to learn it, and how they assess your progress. Together, HERO students and teachers
ask tough questions, wondering why academic content and skills are important and
interesting, and discovering how they can use new knowledge to reach their goals and
make the world a better place. Classes at HERO High are challenging – who else takes
college classes in the 10th
 grade? So HERO students put in the long hours that will
help them to reach their goals – they come to school early, leave late, and spend their
weekends and summers reading, taking extra classes and putting their skills to work in
order to help others.
Empathy
True heroes never miss a chance to read, write and solve problems. They know that the
biggest key to success in school and life is being a reader. They read novels, textbooks,
primary documents, research papers, magazines, newspapers, comic books, poems,
blogs – anything they can get their hands on. They love to talk about what they’ve
read with other people, contribute to important debates through their own writing
and wonder together – what does it feel like to be in someone else’s shoes? HERO
students use what they’ve learned from all of that reading to solve the world’s toughest
problems. They are always prepared: with a book to read for fun, a notebook and pen to
record their thoughts and the conviction that there is always a way to make the world a
better place.
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QUALITIES OF A TRUE HERO
A true hero is:
• Curious - eager to know or learn something.
• Optimistic - hopeful and confident about the future.
• Collaborative - works positively with others.
• Persistent - continues in spite of difficulty.
• Resourceful - able to deal well with new or difficult
situations and find solutions to problems.
• Resilient – able to become strong, healthy or successful
again after something bad happens.
• Reflective – thinking carefully about something.
• Professional – exhibiting a courteous, conscientious and
generally businesslike manner in the workplace.
• Honest - good and truthful; not lying, stealing or cheating.
• Fun – someone that is amusing or enjoyable.
• Committed to social justice – helps to build a just, fair and
diverse world.
• Kind – considerate and helpful to others.
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Key Intellectual Skills:
Understand
• Gather information
• Ask questions
• Evaluate quality and context of information/sources
• Synthesize and interpret information
Act
• Develop a plan
• Make strategic and stylistic choices
• Attend to precision
• Present findings and convince others
Revise
• Think critically
• Assess strengths and weaknesses of plan
• Attend to precision
• Enact a plan for improvement
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Questions for Self-reflection:
As I grow at HERO High School, I should ask myself…
Grade 9:
Who am I? What are my strengths/ challenges? What are my academic, personal and professional
goals? How am I reaching my goals? What is health and how does it manifest in my life, family and
community? What is illness and how does it manifest in my life, family and community? Who am I
going to be at the end of this year? Have I made connections with teachers to pass my courses? Have I
accumulated all my necessary credits to move ahead in grade? Have I passed my NY Regents Exams with
a score of 80 or above? Am I practicing the information I am learning about health within my personal
life?
Grade 10:
What is the nature of our school, community, society and world? Who is my community? Who am I
within my community? What systems exist to support health in my community and are they affective?
What is my specific role in supporting the health care system? How am I reaching my goals and
potential? Which specific program will I follow in college? Have I made connections with teachers and
professors to pass my courses? Have I accumulated all my necessary credits to move ahead to the next
grade? Have I passed my NY Regents Exams with a score of 80 or above? Am I maintaining at least a 3.0
GPA? Am I practicing the information I am learning about health within my personal life?
Grade 11:
What kind of systems and tools exist to support health care? How will I use the tools of my chosen
profession? How am I applying my education and skills towards the work I want to do? How am I moving
forward to become a professional in my selected field? Have I made connections with teachers and
professors to pass my courses? Have I accumulated all my necessary credits to move ahead to the next
grade? Have I passed my NY Regents Exams with a score of 80 or above? Am I maintaining at least a 3.0
GPA? Am I practicing the information I am learning about health within my personal life?
Grade 12:
Who am I? What are my strengths/ challenges? What are my academic, personal and professional
goals? How am I reaching my goals? What is health and how does it manifest in my life, family and
community? What is illness and how does it manifest in my life, family and community? Have I made
connections with teachers and professors to pass my courses? Who am I going to be at the end of this
year? Have I accumulated all my necessary credits to graduate from high school? Have I passed all
my NY Regents Exams with a score of 80 or above? Am I maintaining a 3.0 GPA? Am I practicing the
information I am learning about health within my personal life?
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General School Policies:
Attendance Policy
Come to school every single day on time. It’s a fact that students who attend school regularly learn
more and are more successful in school. Attendance patterns are formed early in the school year. Good
attendance habits will continue throughout schooling and career paths. Going to class on time is also
a requirement at HERO High. Leaving class early is not acceptable. If a student is not feeling well and
will miss a day of school, please have a parent or guardian to call the school and advise the secretary
that you will not be in for the day. Students are now required to bring a note the following day after an
absence. Students are to stay in school the whole day and not leave before dismissal.
Lateness Policy
Breakfast is served every morning at 8:00 am. School begins promptly at 8:35 am every day. The
Gompers Campus is a scanning DOE Building. Students are to keep this in mind when scheduling their
travel time. In the event a student is late, you are to sign into the main office, receive an official late
pass, and go into class. The time late has to be made up during detention after school. Parents will be
notified of lateness.
Detention Policy
Student will receive a detention slip during afternoon advisory. In the detention slip, it will state the
offense and the location where detention must be served. In the event a student is assigned a detention
and does not show, an immediate parent conference will be schedule to determine suspension.
Detention is the process of correcting behavior and relationships without moving towards suspension.
Suspension Policy
Students are to follow Chancellor’s regulation and comply with teachers Norms and Expectations. In
the event an offense is serious and severe, a student will face three kinds of suspension: 1. In house
suspension is when you are suspended in school and are to work in one room the whole day, with
your work being brought to you from your teacher. 2. Modified Suspension is when you are to report
to school at a specific time, pick up assignments and work for 2 hours after regular school hours. 3.
Superintendent suspension is when you have a hearing outside of school and serve your suspension in
a different location to serve your suspension. We encourage all students to properly follow all school
rules.
Dress Code Policy
Students are expected to be in full uniform before entering the Gompers Campus. Uniform is to be
worn at all times throughout the school day and school trips. Hats and other head accessories are to
be worn only in the cafeteria during lunch. Students should not wear headgear while in class, hallways
and offices. Students at HERO High should strive to present themselves professionally on a daily basis.
On any given day, we may be visiting a hospital, hosting important visitors from an employer or college
partner, or making a presentation to community members.
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Food Policy
Breakfast is provided for students every morning in the cafeteria. Lunch is provided for students every
afternoon in the cafeteria. Students are not to bring outside food into the building.
Cutting, Roaming and Exit Policy
Students are to follow their regular schedule everyday. Early dismissal is not acceptable unless told
other wise by The Department of Education. Being in the school building and not in class is considered
cutting. Every HERO High student is to be in his or her assigned place. There are multiple schools in the
Gompers Campus and all students are to stay within their school boundaries. Students leaving early and
going through unauthorized exits will be suspended.
Respect and Conflict Policy
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. On occasion there might be a misunderstanding and conflict
can occur. Respect is the equalizing factor to keep things and emotions in order. Every student is
encouraged to be respectful in school, community, trips and social media. Mediations are available to
discuss conflict in private with professional staff members. Aggressiveness, bullying and fighting with
anyone will not be tolerable. Having a difference of opinion with a staff member may happen, but
disrespect will not be accepted.
Electronic Policy
All technology will be provided for students in and out of the classroom. Cell Phones, Mp3’s, Tablets and
laptops are not to be brought into the Gompers Campus. Electronic devices are a distraction from class
and it will not benefit student’s grade.
Hostos and Montefiore Trip Policy
All students are to have permission slips filled out before being able to go on trips. Students are
expected to have no pending discipline issues if they are to go on a trip. If a student has received a
suspension before a trip, expect to not go on a trip. All students that are going on a trip are expected
to participate with their advisory and attend the trip. Students that stay back from a trip are to read
independently, work on regent’s prep and community projects.
Advisory
Advisory is a small class of 12-15 students who will stay with one advisor for the whole year. Advisors
are excited to get to know students and serve as mentors/advocates and additional academic support.
Advisory takes place every morning for 20 minutes and it happens on three days of the week (Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday) for 38 minutes at the end of the day.
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Discipline Approach:
HERO High’s approach to discipline is through the process of Restorative
Justice. The Restorative Justice process is to help create an empowering
relationship with at least one adult in the the HERO Community, starting with
each student’s direct advisor. Each relationship between student and staff is
to promote upstanding of members within the HERO High community. Each
student is treated with respect, compassion and support to help promote
positive behavior and deter inappropiate behavior. Students are encouraged
to practice the Qualities of a True Hero as norms and expectations during
school, college trips, career trips, social trips and out-of-school events.
HERO High aims to approach “discipline with dignity”. Understanding
discipline as a “teachable moment” is fundamental to a positive approach
to discipline. HERO High understands immediate response to a situation is
key to successful intervention in any particular conflict, in or out of school.
We also pride ourselves in being preventative by having advisories, checkin
meetings, mediations and adult supervision at all times. When making
discipline decisions, HERO High follows Chancellor’s Regulations (Citywide
Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures, the discipline code) which
can be viewed electronically at
http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/DisciplineCode/default.htm.
HERO High gives everyone a platform for conflict resolution and all parties
are given an opportunity to speak about their perspective. Wrong-doers
are supported in the process of taking accountability for their actions and
enabling them to restore the relationship harmed. Discipline is a community
effort and together we can have a positive high school experience here at
HERO High.
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Bell Schedule
*All students must be at the school entrance at least 15 minutes prior to class.
Periods Monday Periods Tuesday - Thursday
AM Advisory 8:35am – 8:55am AM Advisory 8:35am – 8:55am
1 8:57am – 9:47am 1 8:57am – 9:47am
2 9:49am – 10:39am 2 9:49am – 10:39am
3 10:41am – 11:31am 3 10:41am – 11:31am
Lunch 11:33am – 12:14pm Lunch 11:33am – 12:14pm
4 12:16pm – 1:06pm 4 12:16pm – 1:06pm
5 1:08pm – 1:58pm 5 1:08pm – 1:58pm
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2:00pm – 2:50pm
6
2:00pm – 2:50pm
PM Advisory 2:52pm – 3:30pm
Periods Friday
AM Advisory 8:35am – 8:55am
1 8:57am – 9:47am
2 9:49am – 10:39am
3 10:41am – 11:31am
Lunch 11:33am – 12: 13pm
4 12:15pm – 1:00pm
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Work Based Learning/Trip
1:00pm – 1:50pm
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Work Based Learning/Trip
1:50pm – 2:50pm
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School Sports / After School Activities
Here at HERO High School there are a number of sports, activities and events
that are available for both female and male students. We encourage our
students to join the sport teams, activities or events that best fit their specific
interests.
Interested in being a Student-Athlete?
• In order to maintain eligibility within a marking period, a studentathlete
must maintain a minimum of 90% school attendance in the
marking period used for eligibility evaluation.
• A student-athlete must be present in school and must attend all
scheduled classes in order to participate in any tryout, practice,
scrimmage, or contest on that day.
• Student must leave to practice, game or sporting event at designated
time set by coach and Administration. Leaving before that time will
be considered to be cutting and suspension from team with possible
removal.
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School Map
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Pupil Path
Parent/Student access to info through “Pupil Path”
We are pleased to announce that HERO High uses “Pupil Path” to
bring students immediate information regarding education. “Pupil
Path” allows students/parents/guardians to view assignments and
projects due as well as students’ performance in each class including
homework, class work, tests, and quizzes. Students/parents/guardians
will be able to view progress reports from teachers, transcripts and
graduation eligibility status and attendance in class.
To Register into Pupil Path go to: www.pupilpath.skedula.com
Click “Parents Register” if you are a parent,
Click “Student Register” if you are a student.
Then complete the following:
•       Your email address (Parents and students)
•       Your first and last name (Parents only)
•       Your child’s school (Parents and students)
•       Your child’s OSIS (9 digit school ID number on your child’s ID card)
•       Your child’s date of birth (Parents and students)
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Traveling
Coming to school is important. Coming to school on time is great.
Coming to school safely is priority. Here are some traveling suggestions.
• Travel to and from school with another student.
• Walk directly towards your destination both going to and leaving
school.
• Keep in contact with your parents/guardians before traveling to
and from school.
• Be aware of your surroundings. If things look suspicious let
someone of authority know quickly. (i.e. police officer, advisor,
MTA conductor)
• Important or valuable items should not be exposed in public. (i.e
Jewelry, cell phones, tablets, game systems, money)
• We strongly encourage and promote every student to use the
149th
 street #6 train station or the BX19 bus to Wales Avenue.
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Scanning
Samuel Gompers Campus is a scanning school. Every morning when entering
the building every student will be scanned. This process can be complicated
and lengthy. It is important to scan so that we keep our school community
safe. In order to make the scanning process easier and quicker, below are a
few tips.
1. Come to school earlier than first period.
2. Remove all objects from your possession and put the items in the plastic
bin through the metal detector.
3. Foods and drinks are not allowed in the building and should be
disposed before entering the building.
4. Electronics are not allowed in the building and should be left home. (i.e.
tablets, cell phones, game systems, headphones)
5. Drugs and alcohol are not allowed, ever.
6. Weapons are not allowed, ever.
7. At all times, students are to listen and respond to the instructions given
by School Safety Agents.
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Public Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy
Non Discrimination Policy: It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City School
District of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without
regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity/national origin, disability, sexual orientation,
gender (sex), and prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), and to
maintain an environment free of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment and
retaliation. Contact Person: Office of Equal Opportunity, Ms. Gina Martinez, Compliance
Officer, 65 Court Street, Suite 323, Brooklyn, New York 11201 (718) 935-2135. If you have been
subject to any violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, please contact: Carlos Santiago Assistant
Principal in Room 468 (718) 944-3595.
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