• Pine GT Policies

    Student Expectations 

    One of the goals of the GATE program is to prepare students to be independent learners who are prepared for the needs of the 21st century.  To meet this goal, these are our expectations: 

    ·         Students will use their planner (see next entry)

    ·         Students will be active participants in group projects

    ·         Students will make ethical use of technology (Teams, Zoom, etc.) to collaborate with peers

    ·         Students will be present in class and turn in assignments on time 


    This year’s planner is extremely student-friendly. Students will be required to use it in every class. It will be included as part of the Advisory grade. Use will be explained the first week of school. Students are expected to be seated in class with planners (and other required materials) on time to earn full Work Ethic credit for each class.


    On average, students should have 60-90 minutes of homework per night. Math is usually daily. This time will include both short and long term projects. Students need to manage/budget their time and not procrastinate.

    Absence Policy

    We have found that repeated absences cause significant stress on GT students. If your student is ill, please contact the Pine office (775-689-2550). If possible have your child email his/her teachers in the morning to collect assignments. We will do our best to reply ASAP. Please refer to the school vacation calendar when scheduling family trips. Our team follows the WCSD absence policy regarding make-up work.

    Late Work Policy 

    The GATE program believes that all assigned work is meaningful, and it is expected that students turn in work on time. We recognize that there are extenuating circumstances at times and invite you to communicate with us promptly in such cases. Late work is accepted until the end of units and/or semesters, depending on the course. Variations and exceptions may apply to this policy. In such cases, instructors will make sure their students are aware of them.

    One day late = 80% (maximum grade)    Beyond one day late = 75 % (maximum grade)

    Work Improvement Policy 

    The number of possible improvement opportunities per individual assessment/project in a given quarter will depend on each teacher. The highest possible grade on a “redo” is 75%. If a student feels they would like to improve their grade, the steps are as follows: 

    1. Meet with your teacher at an appropriate opportunity. 

    2. Set up a grade improvement plan. 

    3. Complete the improvement plan within the time agreed upon.

    4. Complete all improvement plans no later than a week before the end of the grading period in which the assessment or project occurred.

    Extra Credit

    Per individual teacher.

    Academic Integrity Policy

    Academic Integrity can be defined by honest academic work where: 
         1.  The ideas and the writing of others are properly cited;
         2.  Students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance;
         3.  Students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and
         4.  Students report their research or accomplishments accurately.
    (adapted from Langley High School Honor Policy, McLean, VA)
    What is academic dishonesty? Examples include, but are not limited to: 
         1.  Students copying work from a peer or allowing peer to copy their work
         2.  Students turning in someone else’s work as their own (plagiarism)
         3.  Students turning in work for one class that they did for another
         4.  Cheating on tests
    Consequences of lapses in academic integrity may include 
    (depending on the severity of the infraction and the violator’s record of academic integrity):


    1.  No credit for the assignment
    2.  Referral to the office
    3.  Notification of parent/guardian
    4.  Loss of Behavior and Work Ethic points
    5.  Record of incident in Infinite Campus


    GT Hall Lunch Time Access

    Students may only be in GT classrooms during lunch with prior permission from a teacher. No students may be in the halls during lunch.

    Parent Contact Protocol

    We are eager to work with you whenever possible to ensure the success of your PGT student. If you’d like to arrange to speak with us, the best method is to prearrange a meeting. Popping in at the end of the school day often causes scheduling problems. For course specific questions, email teacher directly. We will do our best to reply within twenty-four hours.


    For PGT general team questions: email Team Lead, David Slater (dslater@washoeschools.net)

    For GATE program questions/concerns: email GATE Director, Cheri DiMartino (cdimartino@washoeschools.net)

    For Pine site administrative protocol questions: email Pine Secretary, Anita Bader (abader@washoeschools.net)

    For Pine site administrative questions: email Principal, Brad Boudreau (bdboudreau@washoeschools.net)


    Bell Schedule

    See the Pine’s website for daily schedules: http://www.washoeschools.net/pine