Honor Roll and Academic Awards
Honor Roll certificates are presented quarterly to students in grades 4 through 8 who maintain straight A’s performing on grade level in: Religion, Social Studies, Science, Math, English Language Arts classes, and a satisfactory in all minor subject areas. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders must also receive a 90% or better in Spanish to earn Honor Roll. Conduct grades of N or U prevent a child from being listed on the Honor Roll.
National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society is a student organization with the purpose to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, develop character and to encourage good citizenship in the students of GSCS.
Each year GSCS National Junior Honor Society selects new incoming seventh and eighth grade members based on the following process:
- Academic Achievement of an overall yearly average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale at grade level, determines eligibility for consideration of membership
- Once eligibility for consideration of membership is verified, letters of invitation to apply for membership are sent to students
- Applications for membership are submitted by interested students and are evaluated by a selected committee of unnamed faculty and parents
- Selection of membership is based on the following criteria:
- Service to the school, parish and community that is recorded and verified
- Leadership roles and opportunities
An induction ceremony for new members is scheduled after a school Mass each fall.
Throughout the school year NJHS participates in community service and fundraising efforts that benefit the parish and greater community. Organization of the service and fundraising efforts is completed during and after school hours.
End of the Year Academic Awards
The Academic Awards Ceremony is scheduled for the last week of school. Eighth grade awards are distributed at graduation. Academic Awards include:
- Academic Honors - to be eligible students must receive academic honor roll status all three trimesters (refer to Honor Roll).
- Commitment to Excellence - one student from each homeroom is honored for excellent academic effort, conduct, and responsibility throughout the year.
- Knights of Columbus Award – students in grades seven and eight who earn more than 100 hours of quality, volunteer service in the areas of community, parish, school, and home are recognized for their dedication to making a positive difference.
- May Crowning – at least one female student in each eighth grade homeroom is chosen annually to represent the class based on the qualities of Our Mother Mary: Grace, obedience to God, piety, virtuosity, humility, faithfulness, not being doubtful of God, and courage.
- Principal’s Award - awarded to one student per grade level with the highest academic average in major subject levels, an S in all Specials classes, an S in conduct, and demonstrates strong Christian values.
- Presidential Award for Educational Excellence - to be eligible, students must earn a grade point average of 90 on a 100 point scale (A on the letter scale). The student must also score in the 90th percentile or above on the standardized tests in Mathematics (core total) or Reading. Eligibility is established in grade 5. Students must maintain eligibility in grades 5 through 8. If these high standards are continued through the first semester in grade 8, the student will be awarded official recognition at graduation.