Scavo Student/Family Handbook 2018-2019

Below is the Scavo Student/Family Handbook. If you are interested in a paper copy please stop by our main office. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us at 515-242-7589.


Student/Family Handbook



1800 Grand Ave

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Phone (515) 242-7589

Attendance Office (515) 242-7781

Fax (515) 242-7591


Email Address:

Twitter: @ScavoHS


Educational Equity Statement

It is the policy of the Des Moines Public School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator Thomas Harper, 2323 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312, phone: 515-242-7709; email:

Handicapped Accessibility

 Persons with disabilities who need information about accessibility to the building or who need sign or language interpreters, please contact the school at 242-7589

Welcome Students and Families!

I want to welcome students back to school for the 2018-2019 school year. The purpose of this handbook is to provide a quick reference for students and families. In this handbook, you will find information regarding credits, building policies, and multiple ways the school can work with families to support student success.  There are many exciting experiences taking place in our building and in the community. Please take the opportunity to get involved and continue your progress toward graduation. We encourage parents and students to attend our Meet ‘n’ Greet session before school starts, as well as, community nights during the school year. This information can be found on the calendar in this handbook, our website, and on Twitter- @ScavoHS.


Scavo staff has worked hard in the areas of curriculum alignment, student engagement, and instructional strategies to develop greater learning opportunities for students. Our goal is to provide instruction that meets the needs of all students and is rigorous and relevant. Students will experience these learning opportunities at Scavo HS:

  • Personalized Instruction
  • Blended Learning
  • Teaching 21st century skills
  • Community Based Learning
  • Student Advocacy
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Online Learning Opportunities
  • Community Supports


We all hold a collective responsibility to help create a school climate where everyone feels welcome, where we celebrate diversity, respect our differences, value and hold high expectations for academic achievement, and support each other in the classroom, in the hallways, in the community and in other activities.


Scavo staff is committed to help students chart their course to SUCCESS.  I encourage you to contact the school with any questions that may arise throughout the school year. We have many support staff that can be helpful to families and students.  I wish students and families the best in the upcoming year.


Richard Blonigan



Educational Equity Statement


The Des Moines Independent Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the district’s Executive Director, Tim Schott 2121 Fleur Des Moines, IA 50321; phone: 515.242.7911; email:


The district is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of any form of sexual harassment toward personnel and students on school grounds, on school time, at a school-sponsored activity or in a school-related context. Complaints of sexual harassment filed against students and complaints of sexual harassment filed against employees or adults may be filed with Principal Richard Blonigan at 242-7589 or Executive Director Tim Schott at 242-7911.


Mission Statement of Des Moines Public Schools

The Des Moines Public Schools Exist So That Graduates Possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to Be Successful at the Next Stage of Their Lives.


Mission Statement of Scavo High School

Embrace the whole student to RISE UP for success.








Vision Statement for Scavo High School


Scavo High School is an innovative educational model that prepares all students to contribute positively to society.

District and Scavo HS Initiatives

  1. Marzano Instructional Framework
  2. Standards Referenced Grading
  3. Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  4. Cultural Proficiency
  5. Trauma Certified School

Scavo High School Faculty & Staff List





4082 Math
5028 Anderson, Natalie Social Worker
4030 Office Beneke, Rebecca School Improvement Leader
4085 Beres, Lana English Teacher
4031 Blanchard, Ginger Nurse
4026 Office Blonigan, Rich Principal
4077 Botkin, Randy Transition Coordinator
4028 Office Bower, Suzi Counseling Clerk
4029 Office Cameron, Mike School Improvement Leader
4089 Catalfo-Portillo, Aida Associate
4088 Cavanah, Whitney Social Studies Teacher
2nd Floor Chiodo, Ned SRO
5008 Christianson, Denise Associate
4003 Coughlin, Makia Teddy Bear Town
4068 Courtney, Jeni SUCCESS
4064 Cross, Tami SUCCESS
5020 Dearinger, Linda Math Teacher
4065 El-Baroudi, Sami Business Teacher
4078 Fitzgerald, Julie Math Teacher
5027 Freeman, Simone Case Manager
4019 Office Garrett, Chris Registrar
5022 Gray, Deloris Associate
4002 Harms-Kedley, Samantha Teddy Bear Town
4059 Health Clinic Dental & Health Clinics Main Line
5024 Hedrington, Megan Middle School Girls Teacher
4037 Huff, Sherri Science/Math Teacher
5002 Hurley, Ben Science/Social Studies Teacher
4086 English Teacher
4005 Vitiritto, Liz Teddy Bear Town
5008 Kotenberg, Erin English Teacher
4056 Kreber, Haleigh Therapist, LISW
4021 Landrith, Cheyenne Academic Interventionist
4090 Lohmeier, Isaac English Teacher
4058 Marchant, Lyn Community School Coordinator
4069 Mattiace, Maria Counselor
5003 Morrow, Betty Associate
4021 Neal, Rose Academic Interventionist
Gym Negussie, Frances PE Teacher
4040 O’Keefe, Wendy Campus Monitor
4017 Office Olson, Lisa Office Manager
4059 Primary Health Care Internal Line
5003 Proffitt, Marjorie Interventionist
4046 Rasmussen, Carmon Counselor
5038 5th Floor Office Rennenger, Sandy Associate
5024 Rochon, Rhonda Associate
4071 Ross, Jenny Consultant
5006 Salomon, Colleen Math Teacher
4042 Sanford, Shawn PACE
5022 Saunders, Laura English Teacher
4084 Schmidt, Stacy Social Studies Teacher
4006 Schryver, Ashley TLC Instructional Coach
4074 Sheeley, Sarah Art Teacher
4065 Stamey, Carl Night Lab Teacher
4081/4083/4079 Toscano, Julie Family & Consumer Science
4080 Wahl, Meagen Math Teacher
4044 Wikert Kuecker, Whitney Science Teacher
5006 Wilson, Sheila Associate
4089 Woodhouse, Quinn English Teacher
4087 ELL Teacher



Full Service School provides support to students and families needing medical, dental, and mental health through community partners


Teddy Bear Town is available to provide childcare for a limited number of students. Students will file for childcare reimbursement. Parents must submit and maintain accurate health records.


The SUCCESS Program provides students with a case manager who will help students address their personal and practical living problems that interfere with their education. The SUCCESS case manager will work with students to assist them with living arrangements and other needs.


Orchard Place Child Guidance Therapist provides mental health services for adolescents in a confidential office provided by the school. In addition to serving adolescents with a clinical disorder the school-based therapist can offer support to adolescents and families experiencing life transitions, emotional distress, trauma, loss, substance abuse, and parent/child conflict.

Pace provides educational and casework services to students in grades 9-12 involved in Juvenile Court.

Scavo Student Priorities

In order to ensure that the rights of others are respected and protected, the Des Moines Public Schools discipline policy; weapons policy and fighting policy are in effect.

Students attending Scavo agree to the following priorities:

  1. Once students arrive on campus, they will enter the building. Loitering outside is not permitted. This includes the campus parking lot, neighborhood, and local businesses. Students will remain inside the building during their scheduled class time and will exit the building when their class day/session ends. Scavo has an open campus during lunch. Students are expected to arrive on time before and after lunch. Students are not allowed to sit in the entry way for longer than 15 minutes.
  2. Students needing to leave school early must have permission from the Principal or School Improvement Leader, and then sign out with the attendance clerk. If the student leaves without permission, a parent conference may be required in order for the student to return to school.
  3. Students should report to their assigned classes on time. Punctual attendance is key to success and allows instruction to be uninterrupted supporting all students in the classroom.
  4. Smoking, Vaping/Ecigs or the use of tobacco products on school grounds is prohibited. Additionally, students may not stand across the street and smoke. Under age students who are caught may receive a citation. It is important to be a good neighbor to our local businesses.
  5. Students will not exhibit physical or verbal violence on campus. The district policy will be adhered to for students who engage in these behaviors. The use of Restorative Practices and Circles are always recommended if there is an issue.
  6. Cell phones may be used in classrooms at the teacher’s discretion. Cell phones should not distract students from participating in classroom activities. See teacher’s classroom expectations.


The Story of “The Phoenix”

Up until a few years ago, Scavo did not have a mascot for our school like other high schools throughout the district.  The students decided that Scavo needed a mascot that represented the drive and determination of the students enrolled in the school.  There were talks of courageous animals such as the lion, or fierce animals like a bear; however, the students settled on the Phoenix.  While it may not seem as strong initially as the other options, the Phoenix is a bird that has the ability to regenerate and rise from the ashes.  No matter how many times the Phoenix seems to be down and out, it will always RISE UP!


Blended Learning

This year, Scavo will be incorporating blending learning into all classrooms.  Blended learning is a combination of online learning and traditional classroom teaching methods.  Students will be using the online platform called Canvas in order to assist them with this learning.  Each student will be able to log on to Canvas using their student computer log in information.  Canvas can be accessed through the webpage and clicking on the “Students” tab.  Classrooms will consist of movement, discussion and writing. The focus is on engagement and relevancy of work our students are interacting with. Our standard is that students learn at high levels and are prepared for whatever career path they choose to pursue. This is a partnership that students, families and Scavo share together to accomplish.

School Fees

The textbook fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is $65.00. This fee is collected as part of the registration process.  This obligation will be maintained throughout your student’s high school career. All required fees must be paid in full before any participation in any graduation activities. Any monies received will be applied to the required fees before money can be used for extra curricular activities. Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or students who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Scavo is a Community Eligibility School so the Income Survey you will out when you register your student(s) will determine your eligibility.

Activity Emergency Card

In order for students to go on field trips, parents must fill out an activity emergency card providing the emergency telephone numbers of the parents as well as alternate persons to contact in the event the school is unable to locate the parents.  Parents must notify the office if the information on the emergency form changes during the school year. These forms will be sent home with students with notices of when they will be out of the building.


Student Attendance.  Daily attendance and punctuality are critical to success. Students are expected to attend all classes at least 95% of the time. When a student is absent, parents can notify the office at (242-7781) of the absence. If there are extenuating circumstances which require an extended absence, students and/or parents should contact the Counselor, Principal or School Improvement Leader to make special for completion of course work.

Students who know they will be absent should notify the office prior to the absence.  If advance notification is not possible, parents please notify the office at 242-7781 on the day of the absence prior to 8:30 a.m.  If notification is not received, the school will attempt to contact the parents.  Students should return with a note signed by the student’s parents to the office explaining the reason for the absence.

Students who need to leave school during the school day must receive permission from the office and have a note signed by their parent, have their parent telephone the office, or parent pick them up.  Student’s who return to class after they have left, must sign back in through the office and receive a pass to class.

See the District Attendance Policy on the District Website.

Scavo High School Schedule.


4th Floor M,T,TH,F SCHEDULE 5th Floor M,T, TH, F SCHEDULE
Period 1 8:40-9:35 Period 1 9:30-10:12
Period 2 9:38-10:33 Period 2 10:15-10:57
MTSS 10:36-11:16 Period 3 11:00-11:42
Period 3 11:19-12:14 Period 4 11:45-12:27
Lunch 12:14-12:44 Period 5 12:30-1:17
Period 4 12:47-1:42 Lunch 1:20-1:50
Period 5 1:45-2:40 Bus Pick Up
4th Floor Wednesday Schedule 5th Floor Wednesday Schedule
Period 1 8:40-9:30 Period 1 9:30-10:00
Period 2 9:33-10:23 Period 2 10:03-10:33
Period 3 10:26-11:16 Period 3 10:36-11:06
Lunch 11:16-11:46 Period 4 11:09-11:39
Period 4 11:49-12:39 Lunch 11:42-12:10
Period 5 12:42-1:32 Bus Pick Up
Night Lab
Mon, Tues, Thur 3-6pm
Wed 1:30-4pm


College Visits.  Junior and seniors are encouraged to visit college campuses on weekends or school holidays.  However, if that cannot be arranged, seniors may be excused up to three (3) days per semester, juniors one (1) day per semester to visit college campuses with the permission of an administrator and with a note signed by their parent. Scavo also has these opportunities scheduled, see a counselor for details.


Inclement Weather. When school is canceled because of inclement weather prior to the start of the school day, students and parents are notified via local television and radio stations. You can also find this information on Channel 12 between 6:00-9:00 a.m., or you can call In-Touch at 246-5600, category 6451. This information may also be posted or accessed at The missed day may have to be made up at a later date.


Fire Drill

When the fire drill alarm sounds, all persons should evacuate the building. Teachers will direct students to file out of the room quietly and proceed as follows:

Directions for students:

  1. Begin moving at once, taking only purses or other valuables at hand. Books, etc. should be left


  1. Act quietly; do not talk and listen for possible emergency instructions.
  2. Walk briskly; do not run. Use only assigned exits unless ordered otherwise. Stay with your class.
  3. DO NOT CROSS THE STREET. Follow the assigned routes. The first students out of the doors should continue along the sidewalk until the last student is out of the building.
  4. Walk on sidewalk and paths only. Stay in a group with the rest of your class and your teacher. Be available to answer roll call.
  5. If fire trucks come, stay where you are awaiting instructions.
  6. A student out of class at the time of the signal should join the nearest line leaving the building, and then join their class outside.


Teachers, in supervising these drills, should tolerate nothing but a most serious and business-like attitude

as students exit from the building.


Sexual Abuse and Harassment of Students by Employees.  The district is committed to

maintaining and ensuring a learning and working environment free of any form of sexual harassment or

intimidation toward personnel and students.


Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on school property or at school sponsored events: when made by any member of the school staff to a students, when made by any member of the staff to another staff member, when made by a student to a staff member, or when made by any student to another student.


DEFINITION: Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal harassment or abuse
  • Sexual innuendo
  • Suggestive comments
  • Insults
  • Humor and jokes and sex or gender-specific traits
  • Sexual propositions (pressure for sexual activity)
  • Threats (suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats

concerning one’s job, grades, etc.)

  • Nonverbal harassment
  • Suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Leering
  • Whistling
  • Obscene gestures
  • Physical harassment
  • Touching
  • Pinching
  • Brushing the body
  • Coerced sexual activity
  • Assault


Physical Abuse or Intolerance and Abuse. The Des Moines Public Schools are also committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from physical abuse and intolerance and abuse.  Acts of intolerance or abuse include inappropriate references or behaviors related to an individual’s age, race, color, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, gender or sexual orientation, religion, or any other factor related to the individual’s employment, education, or status.  Acts of intolerance and abuse may result in discipline against students or staff members.

To file a complaint, contact the Principal, Rich Blonigan, Scavo High School (242-7589)




Student Searches. To ensure a safe learning environment for students, school administrators will conduct searches whenever necessary in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.


School authorities may search students and their personal belongings, lockers, desks, work areas or automobiles without a search warrant. The search must be based on a reasonable suspicion that contraband will be found. The purpose should be to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel. School authorities may confiscate contraband.

Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to non-prescription medication, controlled substances, apparatus used for the administration of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, stolen property, and explosives. Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action and may be grounds for reporting to local law enforcement authorities.

This policy will be communicated to all district students and parents as necessary, at least annually.

Legal Reference: P.L. 102-382, Improving America’s School Act of 1994; Code of Iowa: Section 724(1993).


Student Desks.  Student desks are the property of the school district.  It is the responsibility of each student to keep the student’s desk clean and undamaged.  The expenses to repair damage done to a student’s desk are charged to the student.

Although desks and other spaces are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times.  The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring the desks and other spaces are properly maintained.  For this reason, desks and other spaces are subject to unannounced inspections and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in the locker, desk or other space.  Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of desks or other space may be conducted by school officials in the presence of the student or another individual.  Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

The contents of a student’s desk or other space (coat, backpack, purse, etc.) may be searched when a school official has a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the contents contains illegal or contraband items or evidence of a violation of law or school policy or rule.  Such searches should be conducted in the presence of another adult witness when feasible.


Threats of Violence. All threats of violence, whether oral, written, or symbolic, against students, employees, visitors, or to school facilities are prohibited.  All such threats will be promptly investigated.  Law enforcement may be contacted.  Threats issued and delivered away from school or school activities may be grounds for disciplinary action if the threat impacts the orderly and efficient operation of the school.

Students engaging in threatening behavior will face disciplinary consequences up to and including expulsion.

The following factors will be considered in determining the extent to which a student will be disciplined for threatening or terroristic behavior; the background of the student, including any history of violence or prior threatening behavior; the student’s access to weapons of any kind; the circumstances surrounding the threat; the age of the student; the mental and emotional maturity of the student; cooperation of the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) in the investigation; the existence of the student’s juvenile or criminal history; the degree of legitimate alarm or concern in the school community created by the threat; and any other relevant information from any credible source.

Dress Code.  There is a strong connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty.

Students are expected to maintain a neat personal appearance on campus and/or at school activities/events. Students’ dress is not to cause disruption to or be a distraction from the educational process. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times; slippers are not permitted. Revealing clothing, such as strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops(less than 3 fingers wide revealing under garments), short tops which reveal midsection, low cut tops that show cleavage, pants that expose the posterior, boxer shorts, short shorts, and pajamas/lounge pants, are not permitted. Pants must always be worn on the waist; sagging pants are not allowed. Sunglasses may not be worn in the building.


Clothing, jewelry, and/or items which display messages related to drug use, or contain offensive language or messages that allude to sexual, discriminatory, profane, or illegal activities may not be worn or displayed on school grounds. Tattoos with similar messages must be covered.

Hats may be worn in the building as long as the students identity is not concealed. Logo and message must be appropriate. Bandanas may be worn while holding hair only.


Care of School Property. Students are expected to take care of school property including desks, chairs, books, lockers and school equipment.  Vandalism is not tolerated.  Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school property may be required to reimburse the school district.  In certain circumstances, students may be reported to law enforcement officials.


Driving to School. Scavo High School students are to park in the designated parking lot located North of the building. In order to park in this lot, you must have a valid driver’s license and a school issued parking permit tag in your car. You may get a parking permit tag at the front desk when you enter Central Campus. Vehicles without parking permits or vehicles parked in unauthorized areas may be ticketed and towed.


After arriving at school, you must get a pass from the office to return to your car for any reason.

Hall Passes. Passes are required when students are in the hall during class time. Students are not to be in the halls without a written pass from a teacher or other school official while classes are in session. If a student is stopped in the hall by school personnel and does not have a pass, that student will be directed back to class to get a pass from the teacher.

Illegal Items Found in School or in Students’ Possession. Students are prohibited from distributing, dispensing, manufacturing, possessing, using, and being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or look-a-like substances; and possessing or using tobacco, tobacco products or look-a-like substances.  Weapons, including unloaded hunting rifles, are not allowed on school grounds or at school activities-even if they are locked in cars. The only exception would be if the weapons are in the control of law enforcement officials or those being used for educational purposes and approved by an administrator.  Students bringing firearms to school or possessing firearms at school may be expelled for not less than one year.  Parents of students found in violation of this policy will be contacted, and the students may be reported to law enforcement officials.

Cheating. Students are expected to do their own schoolwork.  Cheating by looking at another student’s schoolwork, copying others’ work, copying from other sources or similar cheating is not tolerated. As noted in the discipline policy outlined in this handbook, discipline may include the student being required to redo the assignment or starting the entire course over. We want to know that you KNOW IT!

Dual Enrollment Students. Students enrolled at Scavo and a comprehensive high school, home school, or home school assistance program and enrolled in classes or participating in school activities in the school district are subject to the same policies, rules and regulations as other students and are disciplined in the same manner as other students. Dual enrollment students interested in participating in school activities or enrolling in classes should contact the school counselor.

Telephone Use During the School Day.  Telephone calls from parents will be accepted by the Scavo office. If there is an emergency, the student will be called from class to take the call; otherwise, a message will be taken and given to the student. Students should not leave a classroom to answer or make a phone call without staff permission.

Use of Cell Phones. The expectation is that students use cell phones for school purposes when in the classroom. Cell phones may be used for non school purposes in the hall before class and after class.

Smoking. Students, under 18 caught smoking may be issued a ticket by the Des Moines Police Department and tobacco will be confiscated. Any students smoking or vaping on school district property or at district sanctioned activities will be subject to disciplinary action. Central Campus is a tobacco free environment.

 District Acceptable Use Procedures


These procedures are applicable to all student use of Network and Internet systems while using school district property at any location or during school activities at any location.

All use of educational technology must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the mission of the district. In addition, educational technology may only be used in a manner consistent with federal and state law, license agreements and district policy.

If a parent does not wish their student(s) to have Internet Access privileges, a letter must be received by the principal no later than September 10 of each school year.


Network and Internet access is a privilege which requires a high level of personal responsibility and may be denied due to inappropriate use. Inappropriate use shall include but not be limited to:


  1. Using the district system for commercial and/or personal 10.  Failing to conduct virus checks on downloaded   material.
  1. Using the system to transmit inaccurate information. 11.  Vandalizing the system.
  2. Using the system to send, receive or view objectionable 12.  Violating the copyright laws.

material.                                                                   13.  Failing to follow the network etiquette procedures.

  1. Damaging the security system. 14.  Submitting false or misleading information to obtain
  2. Using another individual’s system account. or retain access to the system.
  3. Forging or attempting for forge electronic mail messages. 15.  Accessing the system in any manner inconsistent
  4. Attempting to read, delete, copy or modify electronic mail of with other system users.

the mission of the school district.                                                 16.  Interfering with official school district

  1. Misusing electronic mail retention guidelines. communications.
  2. Exceeding resource quotas or disk usage quotas.


The network administrators may withdraw access at any time as required. The administration, faculty and staff of the district may request the network administrator to deny, revoke or suspend specific system user access.


Adding/Dropping Courses. Students who wish to add or drop a class must do so through their counselor.


Graduation Requirements: A total of 23 units of credit are required to graduate from Scavo High School. Typically one semester long class earns .5 credit. Specific graduation requirements are listed below:


English – 4.0 (8 classes) Social Studies – 3.0 (6 classes)

Mathematics – 3.0 (6 classes)



Science – 3.0 (6 classes)

Physical Education-1.0-must be enrolled once a school year Fine/Applied Arts 1.5 (3 classes)
Electives – 7.5 credits

See your counselor for all course offerings at Scavo

There is a $60 graduation fee for seniors which includes cap and gown, medallion, diploma cover and the senior banquet. All required fees must be paid in full before participation in any graduation activities (this includes textbook fees, library book fees, cafeteria fees, home school fees (i.e., athletic, extracurricular, etc.). See Lisa Olson in the office with questions.

Scavo Silver Cord

The purpose of the Silver Cord Program is to instill within the students the importance of community service and encourage students to be accountable for investing in their own education and in the community on a regular basis during their school years.

The Silver Cord is a distinguished graduation award available to Scavo High School seniors who volunteer a specific number of hours during each year at Scavo High School.  Upon completion of hours, participants will receive a Silver Cord to wear on their robes at graduation in recognition of their achievements. The purpose of the Silver Cord program is to inspire students to experience the pleasure of giving back to their community and to be recognized for their efforts. All Scavo high school students are encouraged to participate regardless of their GPA, rigor of course studies, artistic, or athletic ability.

The number of hours required to receive the Silver Cord is prorated according to the year grade level in which a student enters Scavo High School.

Grade and Hours Necessary to Receive Honor Cord

9th: 100hrs                   10th: 80hrs                   11th: 60hrs                   12th: 40hrs

Hours may also be prorated as a student enters Scavo at various times throughout a semester. Scavo will recognize students for the progression on achievement by students. For non-seniors entering Scavo High School, the recognition will be awarded when a student meets milestone hours.

Proven benefits of volunteering

* Explore majors and careers that interest you.

* Build your resume and gain valuable work experience.

* Obtain experience to use on college applications.

* Gain personal and professional references.

* Networking!

* Learn new skills.

* Improve your chances of getting a job.

* Learn things that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

* Improve your self-esteem and sense of personal satisfaction.

* Contribute to your community and wellbeing of others.

Expectations of Silver Cord Participants

A Silver Cord student who volunteers at a community organization is expected to…

* Provide the organization with details on their interests, strengths, and area of study, schedules, and availability.

* Behave in a professional manner

* Dress in accordance with the organization’s dress code policy/wear appropriate attire.

* Arrive on time.  Provide advance notice if unable to attend.

* Provide quality work.

* Demonstrate respect for all individuals.

* Maintain a positive attitude.

* Document hours.

* Provide the organization with the verification of service form for review upon completion of volunteer hours.


Snacks/Juice.  Snacks and juice are available in vending machines. Students may purchase food items and consume them in the classroom with the teacher’s approval; however, neither food nor drinks are allowed near the computers. Additionally, the office does not give change for vending machine use. Students use the vending machine at their own risk; the office does not give refunds for malfunctioning machines.

 Bus Passes. All Scavo students will receive a DART pass on their school ID to ride the bus. If your ID is lost or misplaced a replacement cost is $5.

Have a Great School Year!