Orchard Hills Academic Standards

Per the Tustin Unified School District Student Code of Conduct:

The primary goal at Orchard Hills School is to provide a world-class learning environment where all students strive to achieve extraordinary success. Students will be expected to attend all classes regularly, promptly, and prepared.

  1. At least one hour each day at home should be planned for study and review. Some assignments will require longer hours for research and class participation.
  2. All written work must have: an appropriate heading (including full name, date, and class period); must be legible and on an 8½ x 11 inch size notebook paper; correct grammar usage, correct punctuation and spelling.
  3. Progress reports will be mailed home at the mid-point of each semester if a student is in danger of failing a course or is displaying unsatisfactory citizenship. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate teacher regarding those reports.
  4. Grade reports will be sent home at the close of each quarter.
  5. A counselor may be available to discuss particular concerns, and appointments may be scheduled in the office, or directly with the counselor.
  6. Achievement tests are administered to students at times and grade levels designated by the district and the state, usually in the spring. Results of the tests may be mailed to parents.

Quarter End Date
# of Days
1st Quarter October 12 42 Days
2nd QuarterDecember 20 43 Days
3rd QuarterMarch 15 47 Days
4th QuarterMay 30 48 Days
TrimesterEnd Date# of Days
1st TrimesterNovember 962 Days
2nd TrimesterMarch 160 Days
3rd TrimesterMay 3058 Days

Citizenship & Work Habits

Citizenship & Work Habits

Please note: All students begin the quarter with an “S” in citizenship & work habits and must show the characteristics of an “O” to earn that mark on their report card.


A student with OUTSTANDING (O) citizenship meets all the standards of satisfactory citizenship (see below) and:

  • works independently
  • is a positive role model
  • helps others
  • solves problems
  • always follows school and class rules
A student with SATISFACTORY (S) citizenship:

  • respects others
  • has a positive attitude
  • pays attention
  • is cooperative
  • is on time
  • dresses appropriately
  • regularly follows class and school rules

Student who needs to IMPROVE (N) citizenship will display one or more of the following:

  • talks excessively
  • is disrespectful to others
  • is uncooperative
  • uses inappropriate language
  • has a poor attitude
  • displays disruptive behavior
  • has 4 or more tardies to class
  • is off task
  • dresses inappropriately
  • receives discipline referrals
  • has 3 non-suits in PE
  • is in violation of school academic honesty policy

A student with UNSATISFACTORY (U) citizenship will display one or more of the following:

  • is defiant to school authority
  • violates school ethics code
  • intimidates others
  • has 5 or more tardies to class
  • is frequently truant
  • is consistently disruptive
  • fails to follow class rules
  • consistently violates school rules
  • commits a suspendable act
  • has 4 or more non-suits in PE
  • is in violation of school academic honesty policy, second offense


A student with OUTSTANDING (O) work habits meets all the standards of satisfactory work habits (see below) and:

  • is always prepared for class
  • is always on task
  • actively participates in class
  • completes all assignments on time
  • gives all assignments very best effort
  • quality of work exceeds expectations
  • observes school academic honesty policy
A student with SATISFACTORY (S) work habits:

  • is prepared for class
  • willingly participates in class
  • is consistently on task
  • follows directions
  • is organized
  • completes assignments on time
  • quality of work meets expectations
  • observes school academic honesty policy
A student who Needs to IMPROVE (N) work habits will display one or more of the following:

  • is occasionally unprepared for class
  • is disorganized
  • is missing some assignments
  • turns assignments in late
  • avoids class participation
  • quality of work is occasionally below expectations
  • is in violation of school academic honesty policy
A student with UNSATISFACTORY (U) work habits will display one or more of the following:

  • is consistently unprepared
  • is missing most assignments
  • quality of work is unacceptable
  • rarely participates in class
  • is in violation of school academic honesty policy, second offense

Goal Setting

Goal Setting at Orchard Hills

How people use Goal Setting to achieve what they want from life




Super Achievers

4 Types of People

and the way they use goal setting in life.

Do not use a real goal setting process. They simply do what comes naturally to try and achieve only what they think they are capable of achieving

Occasionally they will set general goals but usually don’t refer back to these goals and don’t convert their goals into clearly defined action steps

Do use a goal setting process. They set goals that are reasonable and achievable in a timely manner. They often achieve their moderate goals

Combine SMART goals with the “soaring to the moon” process to set extraordinary and seemingly impossible goals, and yet achieve them!

What kind of person do you want to be?

(Put a checkmark in the corresponding box)

What are SMART Goals?

  • Specific
    • To set a specific goal, answer the 5 “W” questions
    • who, what, where, when, and why
  • Measureable
    • To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as…
    • How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • Attainable
    • When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.
    • When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
  • Realistic
    • To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be.
  • Time Sensitive
    • A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency.
What I may want to do when I grow up (future career)
Each school year offers a chance to refresh your learning goals.
Do you think it is important to set goals for yourself? Why or why not?

Keys to Achieving Your Goals

1) Define the most important areas of your life

2) List and prioritize your current dreams for each of those areas.

3) Establish “Soaring to the Moon” Goals

    • The process of defining dreams and setting goals that are extraordinary and may be difficult for a person to achieve on his or her own, but are achievable!

4) Make a Choice

5) Create a Plan

6) Identify the individuals and/or resources you will need

7) Recruit the individuals (mentors) and/or resources needed

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"

- Walt Disney

Goal Setting - Student Sample

Beginning Date of Quarter/Trimester:

Ending Date of Quarter/Trimester:


Resources I need

People who can help me

Action Steps I will take

Earn an “A” in my Reading class

  • District Assessment Scores
  • Grades on tests
  • Grades on projects and reports
  • Assignments turned in
  • Attendance
  • Participation in class
  • Textbooks
  • Library books
  • Technology equipment
  • Learning materials .
  • School Success Notebook
  • Teachers
  • My Parent(s)
  • Other Family Members
  • Classified Employees
  • Principal
  • Listen
  • Get a Mentor
  • Believe I will be successful
  • Get organized
  • Participate in A.R.
  • Be on time to class everyday
  • Study and/or read each day after school
  • Participate in class

Letter Grade(s) Earned:

Citizenship Grade Earned:

Staying Organized

Student Organization and Materials

It is recommended that all students to have the following items with them at school EVERY DAY:


Students should have a three-ring notebook to hold materials for all classes.

Weekly Planner

  • This should be in the Student's 3 ring Notebook
  • Students should have their Weekly Planner in every class period, every day.


Textbooks will be loaned to students for their use during the school year. They are to be brought to class every day unless notified otherwise by their teacher. Parents should be aware that they are responsible for textbooks loaned to their students, and will be required to pay for books that are lost, stolen, or damaged. Water damage to books must be reported to the Librarian immediately so information about how to properly dry out the book to prevent mold can be communicated to the parent. If we are not properly notified the student will receive a fine at the end of the school year. The school is not responsible for books left in lockers or classrooms.

Other Materials

  • Backpack - students may not write on or allow others to write on their backpacks.
  • 3-hole standard ruled paper
  • Four sharpened #2 pencils
  • Two erasable pens
  • A set of twelve colored pencils
  • One eraser
  • Ruler which measures both inches and centimeters
  • Zippered pouch

Additional Recommended Items

  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Self-adhesive reinforcements
  • A small hand held pencil sharpener
  • Compass & Protractor
Students may not be in possession of Sharpie Pens or White Out at school. These items are not necessary in any class setting.