Eligibility for Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
A student must secure during the last marking period preceding the contest a passing grade, and full credit, in the equivalent of four traditional, year-long major English courses. A transfer student may not gain academic eligibility if he/she was not, or would not be, eligible at the sending school, unless transfer was necessitated by a move of parents and then eligibility would be determined by the receiving school’s eligibility standards. A student cannot at any time represent a school unless that student is taking courses which would provide Carnegie Units equivalent to four traditional, year-long major English courses. To be eligible for the fall marking period, students are required to have passed and received full credits for the previous academic year the equivalent of four traditional, year-long major English courses. Academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determined on the published date when the report cards for that ranking period are to be issued to the parents of all students within a particular class. An athlete who meets the minimum standard after the start of a season is not eligible to participate during that season; exceptions may be allowed for non-cutting teams with the approval of the principal, athletic director, coach, and guidance counselor.
Rules of Co-Curricular and School Sponsored/Sanctioned Activities
During the school year, students shall not, regardless of the quantity, use or consume, buy, possess, sell, knowingly be in the presence of, or give away any beverage containing alcohol or any controlled substances as defined under Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 90D, or inhale vapors of any intoxicating substance such as glue, nitrous oxide and the like, sometimes referred to as “huffing”.
Members of clubs and/or any other school-sponsored activity will be suspended from participating in that school activity for two weeks. At the end of the two-week period, a review board consisting of the Assistant Principal and club advisor will assess the eligibility of the student’s membership.
If a student officer of a class or school sponsored activity is found to have violated any of the above rules, the student may no longer be eligible for that position.
Athletes: Any student involved in an athletic activity will follow the rules of the FHS Athletic Handbook.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The following student clubs and organizations are offered each year at Falmouth High School. Students are encouraged to join clubs and organizations and should contact the Student Activities Office for more specific information:
- All School Play (Drama Productions)
- Art Shows (Student Art Gallery)
- Best Buddies (Students Helping Students)
- Civic Leadership Project (Learning about Social Issues)
- Clipper Compact (Yearbook)
- Diversity Club (Celebrating Different Cultures)
- Ecology Club (Environmental Education/Conservation
- French Club (French Language and Culture)
- Gay Straight Alliance (Endorsement of a Safe/Positive Environment)
- Gifford Street Writers (Creative Writing)
- Latin Club (Latin Language and Culture)
- Math Team (Problem Solving and Math Competition)
- Mock Trial (Learning about the Judicial Process)
- Model U.N. (Learning about the United Nations and International Relations)
- National Art Honor Society (Awareness of Quality Art Education)
- National Honor Society (Academic Services Organization)
- National Math Honor Society (Academic Honors in Mathematics)
- National Science Honor Society (Academic Honors in Science)
- Science Fair
- Science/ROV Club
- Student Government (Class Officers, Homeroom House of Representatives, School Council and Student Advisory Board)
- Student Volunteers (School and Community Service)
- Tri-M (Math Honor Society)
Each class elects officers to work with the class advisor to organize class spirit events, fundraising and other activities. Officers are elected each spring (with fall elections for the Freshmen Class) and serve one year terms. Elections for Freshman class officers will be held in the fall. One Representative shall be elected to serve as a member of the House of Representatives from each homeroom of Falmouth High School. All serving class officers shall be full members of the House of Representatives. Please refer to the Rules and Procedures of the Homeroom House of Representatives on the FHS homepage. Guidelines are contained in the Student Government Charter and the Student Activities Handbook, which is housed in the Student Activities Office.
Each class at Falmouth High School elects officers to work with the class advisor to organize class spirit events, fundraising and other activities. Officers are elected each spring to serve one year terms.
House of Representatives
The Homeroom House of Representatives shall have the following responsibilities:
- To pass bills and resolutions for the betterment of the School community.
- To elect four student representatives to the Falmouth School Committee
- One elected from each grade
- Not necessarily members of the House, but can be.
- Nominated by the Principal
- To elect student representatives to the FHS School Council.
- Nominated by members of the House
- To approve/initiate school-wide student programs/activities
- To advise staff of student interests
- To serve as an outlet for clubs and organizations to reach students
Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board was established under state law to meet with the Town of Falmouth School Committee. The eight-member board consists of students elected by each of the four grades. The Board elects a member to hold a nonvoting student seat on the School Committee. The School Committee encourages the participation of members in discussion of School Committee items.
Regional Student Advisory Council
Students are elected each spring to serve on the Regional Student Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This group meets monthly to discuss students’ concerns in the Southeast region of Massachusetts. Some of these concerns are then referred to the State Student Advisory Council, one of whose members sits on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Students are elected from each class to serve as student members of the School Council. These students meet monthly with parent, faculty and community representatives to deal with budget review, curriculum and other issues of concern to the high school. The School Council is responsible for assisting with the development of a school improvement plan each year.
Regulations Regarding School Government
Falmouth High School election by-laws allow a student to be only one of the following: Class Officer, member of the House of Representatives, or member of the Student Advisory Board. A student may run for an office while holding the other, with the understanding that he or she must resign from the other position if elected.
As a result of an article in the December 1985 Student Town Meeting warrant, an impeachment process was created. This process applies to all members of student government and to officers of all student organizations or clubs. Process of impeachment is incorporated into the Student Government Charter, which is available in the Student Activities Office.
Interscholastic Athletic Programs
The fall season runs from the Monday before Labor Day through Thanksgiving Day. Practice and tryouts for fall sports begin in late August. Athletic practice will begin at 3:15 each afternoon. This will allow students the opportunity to seek extra help and participate in a variety of school activities such as student government and clubs.
Boys’/Girls’ Cross Country Varsity
Field Hockey Varsity, Junior Varsity
Football Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen
Boys’ Golf Varsity
Boys’ Soccer Varsity, Junior Varsity
Girls’ Soccer Varsity, Junior Varsity
Volleyball Varsity, Junior Varsity
The winter sports season begins the first Monday after Thanksgiving and may extend to the Saturday preceding the third Monday in March for the purpose of competing in state tournaments and championships. Athletic practice will begin at 3:15 each afternoon. This will allow students the opportunity to seek extra help and participate in a variety of school activities such as student government and clubs.
Boys’ Basketball Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen
Girls’ Basketball Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen
Boys’ Ice Hockey Varsity, Junior Varsity
Girls’ Ice Hockey Varsity
Boys’/Girls Winter Track Varsity
The spring sports season begins the third Monday in March and may extend through the third week in June for purpose of competing in state tournaments and championships. Students in the senior class may continue to participate after graduation until the end of the season. Athletic practice will begin at 3:15 each afternoon. This will allow students the opportunity to seek extra help and participate in a variety of school activities such as student government and clubs.
Baseball Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen
Boys’ Lacrosse Varsity, Junior Varsity
Girls’ Lacrosse Varsity, Junior Varsity
Softball Varsity, Junior Varsity
Boys’ Tennis Varsity
Girls’ Tennis Varsity
Boys’/Girls’ Spring Track Varsity
Girls’ Golf Varsity
Game schedules and directions to away games are available through the Athletics Office and on our website.
Cheerleading – The Cheerleaders are part of the Athletic Department. Try-outs are in the spring. Please contact the Athletic Director for more information.
Intramural Athletic Program – An intramural program for both boys and girls is available throughout the year. Information on these programs is announced in the School Notices. The program is under the direction of the Athletic Director.
Eligibility and Athletic Codes – An Athletic Handbook has been published and is available to every team member at the beginning of each season. The handbook states expectations and penalties for infractions.
MIAA policies regarding the use of drugs and alcohol are in effect from the first day of fall practice through the end of the school year.