Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle
Students » BHS Student Handbook

BHS Student Handbook


Brighton High School


Student Handbook




Alma Mater


Words & Music by

Mrs. Alisa Inman &

Mr. Jonathan Findley


My heart is longing for a place I know

As the wheels of time keep turning.


A place where memories will forever yearn

And thoughts will fondly go.


Where the Cardinals soar with honor.

And the red and white run true.


Do you hear it now, Brighton’s calling now,

Calling now to you.


I hear it now, Brighton’s calling now,

I’ll come home to you.


J. Brian Norton, PRINCIPAL


Brian Crowson, 12th grade Asst. Principal, 10th grade (N-Z) Asst. Principal

LaJarrid Baker 1th grade Assistant Principal, 10th grade (A-G) Asst. Principal

Margarette Alsbrook Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Principal

Brantley Tillman 9th grade Assistant Principal, 10th grade (H-M) Asst. Principal


8045 Highway 51S

Brighton, TN 38011


901-840-9429 (FAX)


Social Media

Facebook @BrightonHighTN

Twitter @BrightonHighTN

Instagram: brightonhightn



Working as a team, we see our mission as ensuring that our Cardinals develop their full potential, so as lifelong learners, they are prepared for the next level and can both contribute to and benefit from society.




Be Good Citizens: Respect Self, Peers, and Teachers

Take Ownership of Learning: Develop Strong Work Ethic and Passion for Learning

Appreciate the Opportunities: Never Stop Learning

Develop a Growth Mindset: Have a Post-Secondary Goal

Just Do What’s Right Especially When No One is Looking: Demonstrate Integrity

Be Loyal to BHS: Once a Cardinal, Always a Cardinal!




EVERY student can learn.

We should have HIGH EXPECTATIONS for all.

Learning should be FUN, RELEVANT, PERSONAL, and ENGAGING.

RELATIONSHIPS should be developed with students and peers.



We must LIVE OUR MISSION and strive for our vision.

CONSISTENCY ensures strong, positive culture.

We must provide a SAFE ENVIRONMENT for all students.


We must CELEBRATE our success.

STUDENT SUPPORT is critical to student growth.

We should WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, and BE PASSIONATE in our calling.


We should MODEL BEHAVIOR we expect of our students.


ACCIDENTAL INJURY Accidents occurring on campus or during a school-approved activity should be reported to the sponsoring teacher or coach. Appropriate forms may be obtained from Assistant Principal Brantley Tillman to verify insurance claims.


ATTENDANCE POLICY High school students are required to be present at school more than 90% of the school year. This averages to 2 days per month and includes both excused and unexcused absences. BHS will inform the TN Department of Safety when students are out of compliance for attendance after 8 unexcused absences and will likely result in driver’s license revocation. Parents’ notes will not be accepted as excused absence BEYOND a maximum of six days per year and parent notes must be submitted within 5 days of return to school.


BHS uses a progressive truancy plan: Tier 1 is applicable to all enrolled students and will focus on school-wide, prevention-oriented support. Tier 2 actions will occur when a student has accumulated a minimum of five days of unexcused absences; Tier 3 actions will occur when the student has accumulated a minimum of 8 days of unexcused absences. Tier 2 and 3 actions may include: 1) a conference with the student and parent/guardian; 2) an attendance contract; 3) regularly scheduled follow-up meetings to discuss the student’s progress; 4) an individualized assessment by a school employee of the reasons a student has been absent; 5) referral of the child to counseling, community-based services, or other in-school and out-of-school services.


Excused absences are considered during: personal illness verified with doctor statement, death in the family, religious holiday, and subpoena to court. Exceptions to these reasons will be considered by principal only. The student is responsible for obtaining any make-up work from the teacher; obviously, any work not made up will result in a “0” for that assignment. Students are allowed one COLLEGE DAY during their senior year. Approved field trips are not counted as an absence.


BOOKKEEPING Personal checks will be taken for payment of goods for the exact amount with students’ name on the memo line. No check will be cashed or change given from a check payment. A student MUST SAVE receipt anytime a fee or debt is payed. NO RECEIPT, NO REFUND.


BUSES Riding the school bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the bus and toward the driver WILL RESULT in loss of privilege. The rules and regulations regarding behavior on school buses that were formulated by the Tipton County Board of Education are explained in detail under the School Bus Conduct Code on page 4 in the TCBOE Student Handbook (see TCS website).


CAFETERIA Student behavior in the dining room is expected to be respectful; all students should maintain cleanliness in the cafeteria and honor the requests of the cafeteria staff/monitors.

Eating outside is a privilege for the senior class…seniors must ensure the cleanliness of the outside area; otherwise, the area will be closed. Food from outside vendors will NOT be delivered to students. Restrooms must be visited during the seven minutes prior or the seven minutes after lunch.


CAR DRIVERS Driving a car to school is a privilege. Students shall purchase a parking permit ($20.00) and park in the assigned area designated by the hanging permit. Lingering the parking lot before or after school can result in a loss of driving privilege. Speed limit in the parking lot is 10 mph and traffic should flow as designated by the arrows (do not cut across the lanes in the parking lot). Loud music, revving engines, and any other unsafe activity will result in loss of driving privilege.


CELL PHONE USE Students may possess personal communication/electronic devices on school property as long as you adhere to the following expectations


Appropriate Use of Personal Communication/Electronic Devices

1. Devices are to remain in silent position at all times.

2. Students may use them before school, during class transition times (between the bells sounding), during lunch, and after school.

3. If using earbuds or headphones, only one earbud/earphone is to be used at a time. Both ears may not be obstructed at any time.

4. At any time a school employee requires the attention of students, the students shall turn off devices to listen to the school employee.

5. While in classrooms, the devices are to be put away. Under the direction of the classroom teacher, students may be permitted to access their device.


Inappropriate Use of Personal Communication/Electronic Devices

1. Any use of the device that leads to the disruption of the instructional/educational processes, goes against the procedures outlined above, and/or violates the rights of individual students and school employees is deemed inappropriate.

2. While in a classroom, using any application which is not directly relevant to the instruction in the classroom and authorized by the classroom teacher.

3. Placing and/or receiving a call, text message, or other communication during instructional time.

4. The taking of photos or the recording of videos in places where privacy is a reasonable expectation

5. The capture of still photo, video, and audio of students and faculty/staff without consent.

6. The playing of music or sounds without the use of headphones/earbuds.

7. Taking, storing, disseminating, transferring, viewing or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, inappropriate, unauthorized, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or other means, including but not limited to texting and emailing.

8. Attempts to access unauthorized entry into computers (hacking).

9. Using any personal communication/electronic device for purposes which are in direct violation of other TCBOE and BHS policies.


Failure to surrender your phone is direct insubordination and will result in immediate suspension for the day of infraction and one additional day.


Any student possessing a personal communication/electronic device shall assume all responsibility for its care. Neither the school system nor individual schools shall retain any responsibility/liability for loss, theft or unauthorized use of electronic devices. It is the

responsibility of the parent to retrieve the device from the school administrator at the end of the confiscation. Any devices remaining in the possession of the school administrator at the beginning of a new school year may be discarded.


CLASS ATTENDANCE/BEHAVIOR If a student is not present at the beginning of the class period, the teacher will report him/her as absent. The student who does not arrive to class on time will go the attendance office to pick-up a tardy slip. If a student leaves the classroom for any reason, the student must be WEARING the school-issued student ID. A successful classroom experience will occur when the student is prepared, awake, and respectful. Demonstrate integrity by doing the right thing…even when no one is looking.


CLUBS You are encouraged to participate in any of the number of clubs on the Brighton High School campus. Each club has academic, behavior, and attendance standards in order to participate. School administration will make the final decision concerning the establishment of new clubs and all club activities.


COUNSELORS The counselors’ offices are located in Room 104. School counselors strive to help students use their abilities to the fullest, make sound choices, develop greater self-understanding and achieve maximum growth mentally, emotionally and socially. Students may visit the counselors’ office during any emergency situation and by appointment for non-emergency requests. Any junior or senior who needs a transcript sent to a college should sign up on the list in the counselors’ office. No schedule change will be processed after the DROP DATE of August 03, 2021 without the approval of the principal. The transfer of records to another school will not be honored until a withdrawal form is completed and returned.


DIRECTED STUDY No student will have more than one directed study unless a student is taking a rigorous schedule which may demand the extra time for study.


DIRECTORY INFORMATION The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Tipton County Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Tipton County Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Tipton County Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; • The annual yearbook; • Honor roll or other recognition lists; • Graduation programs; • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. Parent(s)/ guardian(s) of students may request information about the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child. If you do not want TC Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing by September 01, 2021 to the TCBOE, 1580 Hwy 51S, Covington, TN 38019. The TC Schools has designated the following information as directory information: student’s name; address; telephone listing; email address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; grade level; participation in officially

recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; and the most recent education agency or institution attended.


DRESS CODE The following specific items of apparel or accessory will NOT be permitted:

1. shorts 2. Tube tops, halters, tank tops, fishnet shirts/tops or shirts that show any part of the stomach 3. Spandex or leotard-type pants 4. Mini-skirts (3 inches from middle of knee cap)

5. Clothing that advertises drugs, alcohol, or have obscene/inappropriate printing (objectionable language or innuendos). 6 Head coverings (caps, hats, nets, bandanas) DO NOT WEAR IN THE BUILDING 7. Sunglasses 8. Low-riding pants 9. Ripped or torn clothing above knee 10. Pants with belts/buttons unbuckled/unbuttoned 11. Clothing that is too revealing (modest is best)

Safety, health and individual dignity provide the basis for the dress code. If clothing is disruptive to the learning process or if it is embarrassing to others, other items may be excluded.



DRUGS AND ALCOHOL Any student who intentionally sells, gives, possesses, uses or is under the influence of illicit drugs, narcotics, or alcohol in or on school property, including buses and off-campus school activities, shall be subject to the zero-tolerance policy.


EARLY DISMISSAL A parent/guardian may come to the school or call the school to check a student out early. The student will sign-out in the office. A STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHECK OUT WITH A PHONE CALL AFTER A STUDENT HAS USED 5 PHONE CALL CHECKOUTS. All checkouts after the 5th phone call will require the parent/guardian to come to the school.

Leaving school without permission is classified as skipping and will be dealt with accordingly.


FIELD TRIPS Going on a field trip is a privilege and the students go as representatives of Brighton High School; therefore, it is expected that all students going on the field trip be in good standing with the school. Each teacher has varying expectations and so you must consult the syllabus of each teacher to understand their requirements for attending a field trip. Sponsors of the field trip will work with classroom teachers in advance so the student will know in advance of attendance possibility (48 hours in advance for day trips and 1 week in advance for overnight trips).



B 85-92

C 75-84

D 70-74

F 0-69

I Incomplete will be given to any student not meeting required components of a course (i.e., not completing the AP exam in an advanced placement course; not completing a project in an honors class. These are examples……)


HALL/RESTROOMS Halls should be clear during class time except when a student has requested the restroom, is experiencing an emergency, or is called to the office. THE STUDENT ID should be visible at all times while students are passing through the hallways.


IDENTIFICATION (STUDENT ID) BHS issues a student ID for students to wear. The safety and security assessment we complete each year strongly recommends that all people moving about a school campus wear identification. Treat your ID like your cell phone…you don’t forget your phone so don’t forget your ID. If you fail to have your ID, you will have a choice to submit your phone for safekeeping that day (returned at the close of the day) OR receive an afterschool detention.


ILLNESS A student will see the school nurse with any illness during the school day. It will be the nurse’s decision whether to return the student to class or send the student home.




LOCKERS AND LOCKS Lockers and combination locks are available to students. Because the locker is school property, the school reserves the right to inspect the locker at all times. Only school issued locks are to be used on school lockers. The locker shall be kept locked at all times and is to be used only by the individual it is assigned. Any damage to the locker will be charged to the student responsible.


LUNCH/CAFETERIA The regular lunch cost is $2.25 and you may prepay in the cafeteria. All applications for FREE and REDUCED Price School Meals should be turned in to the cafeteria manager by AUGUST 27, 2021.

Students are expected to be prompt in arriving to the cafeteria and may NOT leave the cafeteria without permission from the cafeteria monitor.


MAKE-UP WORK The student shall take ownership of ensuring make-up work is received and submitted. DO NOT EXPECT immediate assessment or feedback on late work. It will be provided in appropriate time. Utilize google classroom to assist with monitoring work missed due to an absence. Have a conversation with the teacher upon returning from absence. Follow the guidelines of the teacher in regard to make-up work…the guidelines will be stated in the course syllabus. PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE ON THE DATE ANNOUNCED OR IMMEDIATELY UPON THE STUDENT’S RETURN TO SCHOOL.


MEDICATION If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, a school form must be signed by the parent and presented to the office. All prescription medication must be signed by your physician. Forms may be obtained from the school office. All medication must be received in the original container and will be kept in and dispensed by the school nurse.


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Membership in the Bennett-Huffman National Honor Society is by invitation only. Students with a 3.30 GPA and who meet the conduct expectations are considered. Students must show evidence of leadership, character and service to be considered. After membership is granted, each student is expected to maintain these standards. If grades drop below 3.30, the member is placed on probation for one semester. If conduct grades fall below a “S”, the member is placed on probation for one grading period. If the problem is resolved during the probationary period, the student is considered a member in good standing. If the problem persists, the student is subject to dismissal from the society. A student who is dismissed may never again be considered for membership.


PARKING REGULATIONS Students must fill out a parking information form registering their vehicle with the school and demonstrating proof of insurance and drivers license number. In addition, the student must remit $20.00 each year for the parking hangtag. The hangtag must be displayed in the vehicle at all times. Student vehicles are subject to search upon discretion of school administration. Should a student drive carelessly, create a dangerous situation, or disregard traffic rules while driving on campus, the privilege of parking on campus will be lost. Parking in a non-designated area may result in the vehicle being towed.


PROHIBITED ITEMS Any item which is detrimental to the safety of others or interferes with school procedure will be collected by school administration. Some items fall under the zero tolerance law (guns, knives and other weapons). All packages brought in by students and/or visitors are subject to search.


REPORT CARD GRADES Report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week grading period. In addition, a progress report will be provided at the 4.5 week mark of each grading period.

Grading Period Progress report sent home Report card sent home

Aug 3-Oct 8 Sept 9 Oct 25

Oct 18-Dec 17 Nov 18 Jan 13

Jan 04-Mar 11 Feb 01 Mar 31

Mar 14-May 26 Apr 07 May 26


SCHOOL NEWS/INFORMATION If you want to be informed, listed to school announcements in the morning and afternoon. Our information panels in the cafeteria and main lobby will also provide invaluable information. Lastly, you can be informed by following one or more of our social media sites and/or viewing our BHS webpage.


Facebook @BrightonHighTN

Twitter @BrightonHighTN

Instagram brightonhightn Website:


STUDENT COUNCIL The Student Council plays a significant role in the coordination of student activities and school administration. As a coordinating body, the Student Council gives students a share in the management of the school and increase student interest in a variety of activities.


TARDINESS Arriving to school after 7:32am constitutes tardiness. Be prompt in arriving to is the RIGHT thing to do. A student who arrives after 7:32am will report to the attendance office. Promptness to class is important as well. Students are to be in their seats and ready to work when the bell sounds. If you are tardy to class, you are expected to report to the attendance office. If you are tardy as a result of being detained by another teacher, be sure to get a note from the teacher and go through the attendance office before attempting to enter the classroom. You have ONE FREE TARDY…use it wisely.


TEXTBOOKS Texts are loaned to students for use during the school year with the expectation the text will be returned by the student in good condition. Anyone not returning texts will be expected to pay in full for the lost book.


TOBACCO/VAPING/ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES Tennessee law prohibits the possession and use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes under the age of 21. Violation of this policy will result in a court citation being issued and school consequences to include detention, Saturday School and/or suspension.


VANDALISM Any student who destroys or vandalizes school property will be required to pay for losses or damage. If a student should damage something by accident, it should be reported to a teacher and/or school administrator immediately.


ZERO TOLERANCE In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses fall under the zero tolerance policy: 1) Bringing to school or being in unauthorized possession of a firearm on school property; 2) Unlawful possession of any drug, including any controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or legend drug on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event; 3) Aggravated assault or assault that results in bodily injury upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school, or school resource officer. Committing any of these offenses shall result in a student being expelled from the regular school program for at least one calendar year unless modified by the Director of Schools. Any time a student is issued zero-tolerance, the student has the right to appeal to the Director of Schools to request modification of the expulsion. Modification shall be granted on a case-by-case basis. Students that commit zero-tolerance offenses may be assigned to an alternative school or program at the discretion of the Director of Schools. When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.



August 02 Teacher Admin Day

August 03 Abbreviated day for students Dismissal at 11:30am

August 04 Teacher In-service Day

August 05 Teacher In-service Day

August 06 Teacher In-service Day

August 09 Full Day for Students

September 06 School Out/Labor Day

October 11-15 Fall Break

Oct 28 and Nov 04 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-6:15 pm

Full Day for Students High Schools

November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holidays

December 17 Last Day (abbreviated) of First Semester Dismissal at 11:30am

December 20-21 Christmas Break

January 03 Teacher In-service Day

January 04 First day for students

January 13 and 20 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-6:15 pm

Full Day for Students High Schools

January 17 School Out/M. L. King Day

February 21 School Out/Presidents’ Day

March 21-25 Spring Break

April 15 School Out/Good Friday

May 19 BHS Graduation

May 26 Last Day for Students (abbreviated day) Dismissal at 11:30 am

May 27 Teacher Administrative Day