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Grading and Honors

Overall evaluation of the student must be based on teacher judgment and observation of the student’s daily work, class participation, effort, and performance on teacher prepared tests (to include but not limited to projects, portfolios, and other tools of assessment). The purpose of report cards is to alert the parents and present to them an assessment of their child’s achievement in his/her academic studies.

Grading System

Grades are based on the degree of success the individual student has achieved in completing the grade level curriculum. At Back-to-School Night, each teacher will provide an explanation of his/her method and procedures for grading.

KINDERGARTEN REPORT CARDS:
Report cards are issued twice a year, in January and June.
GRADES ONE THROUGH EIGHT:
Report cards are issued four times a year.

Grades 1-2:

M = Meets Grade Level Standards – Child consistently meets skills
P = Progressing Toward Grade Level Standards – Child is in process of developing skill
NI = Needs Improvement – Child is not demonstrating skill
Academic Progress Scale:
The letter M, P or NI is indicated in the appropriate box for each subject area. *(asterisk) indicates modified curriculum.

Grades 3-8:

Uses numeric (percentage) grades. Below 70 is designated by an F
Indicators for Effort, Specials and Personal Development:
3 = Very Good
2 = Satisfactory/Good
1 = Needs Improvement
X = Unsatisfactory

Academic Honors

Academic Honors

Grades 4-8

All Academic grades 88 or above

Indicators of 2 and/or 3 for Effort and Personal Development

2 and/or 3 in all Encore classes

Academic Improvement Award

Grades 4-8

A 10-point improvement in academic subject

Award in second, third and fourth quarters

Principal's Award

Grades 6-8

All academic grades 95 or above

Indicators of 2 and/or 3 for Effort and Personal Development

2 and/or 3 in all Encore classes

National Junior Honor Society

Seventh graders who have maintained an average of 90% or above for their entire sixth grade year and the first three quarters of seventh grade are eligible for membership in the Father Stanley J. Krempa Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. After the third quarter of seventh grade, families will receive a letter in the mail indicating that the student is welcome to submit further information regarding their service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship. This information will be submitted in a standard application and essay form. Failure to follow the instructions or return the completed application and essay before the deadline indicates that the student is not interested in membership.

Once all applications and essays are received, an undisclosed five-member Faculty Council will review them and make a final decision regarding admittance into NJHS. Though high academics grant the student the opportunity to apply to the National Junior Honor Society, it does not guarantee admittance. The Faculty Council considers all the aforementioned categories and places a high premium on character, defined in the NJHS handbook as “an outstanding record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules.”

One way the Faculty Council reviews the record of good character is through the history of disciplinary notices which the student has received. The school will inform the candidates as to whether or not they have been accepted, and those who have been accepted will take part in an induction ceremony. The student’s membership is not transferrable to any high school and is subject to good behavior and participation. It is the aim of the Father Stanley J. Krempa Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society not to be an elitist organization, but rather one of service to our school and the greater community.

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