April 28, 2018
As a community of faith, we expect our dances to be centered in Christian values and adhere to high standards and expectations for appropriate dress and behavior.
The fulfillment of our mission at St. James is facilitated through the partnership between the family and school community. Therefore we share with you our guidelines for this year’s Prom and ask for your help in supporting them.
Students bringing outside guests must pick up a guest form from Mrs. Bomhoff in the front office and have it returned by the Wednesday before Prom.
The administration has the final approval on all guests from outside schools attending Prom.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parents are invited to photograph their children at the Conference Center from 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. There will be a “red carpet” from the entrance into the ballroom.
- Sit down dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.
- Dancing will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m.
- Students may not enter prom after 8:00 p.m. The earliest anyone may leave is 10:30 p.m. without prior approval. Once a student leaves, they will not be allowed back in.
- There will be 8 adult chaperones. We reserve the right to test for alcohol/drugs. We reserve the right to search purses and bags.
- Dresses should have modest neck and bust line. Dresses should be no shorter than mid-thigh length (at least as long as the fingers) and backless dresses should not extend below the shoulder blades. Midriff (i.e. dresses with skin, see-through mesh fabric, or waist showing) is not allowed. No pierced bellies showing. If girls are not sure about their dresses, please see the female administration for approval.
- Gentlemen should dress in standard tuxedos or dress suits with dress shoes.
- Students not dressed appropriately may be asked to change or leave the event.
- Dancing: We ask all students’ cooperation in upholding the dignity and formality of a prom by avoiding inappropriate or openly suggestive dancing. Students who dance inappropriately will be asked to leave the dance floor, and may be asked to leave the prom as well.
- What parents can do:
- Set reasonable limits. Let your child know you care enough to want him/her to be safe.
- Make sure they understand that teenage drinking and drug use is against the law. Possible natural consequences may include loss of life, severe injury, legal problems, or removal from school. School rules and policies regarding alcohol and drug use will be strictly enforced.
- Check on the specific activities your children will be involved in before and after the dance. You need to know where they are going, when they will be home, and whom they will be with. Trust, but verify!
- Do not allow students to rent motel or hotel rooms for parties.
- Do not allow your home to be a place for a party that will provide alcohol for students. It is against the law.
We want all events at St. James Academy to be positive and in line with our mission. We are guided by Jesus Christ to give witness to our faith through lived experiences and look forward to a Prom dance that is filled with the joys of the Christian life. For questions, concerns or exceptions for personal circumstances, please contact Mrs. Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Rapp at (913) 254-4200 or email at email@example.com.
St. James Academy Administration