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Principal Notes - November 10, 2020

CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION MEETING IS THURS, NOVEMBER 12  Senior families, you are invited to a Zoom meeting regarding graduation in May.  The meeting will begin at 7pm.  We sent the Zoom link today via Naviance to all Seniors and their parents.

FIVE WEEKS UNTIL FINAL EXAMS -- ARE YOU READY?  Please review course grades with your student this week.  With five weeks of instruction remaining, time is running out for improvement.  It is important that students stay current with their classes by meeting deadlines, attending their lectures consistently, and completing their assignments and tests on time.  Remember, GRADES MATTER and will be posted on their transcripts as part of their academic record.

HOW DO CREDITS WORK IN HIGH SCHOOL?  With the first semester of the school year coming to a close, an explanation about graduation requirements is due.  Each year in high school, students can earn up to 4.0 credits per semester when they take a full course load.  Each semester class is worth 1.0 credits and each quarter class is worth 0.5 credits.  When students successfully complete their course with a D or better, then they receive the full credit value of the course.  If they fail a course, they do not receive the credit.  In order to be promoted to the next grade level, students must earn a minimum amount of credit each year according to the following criteria.

Freshmen must earn 7.0 credits by the end of the school year to be eligible for promotion.

Sophomores must have 14.0 credits by the end of the school year to be eligible for promotion.

Juniors must have 21.0 credits by the end of the school year to be eligible for promotion.

Seniors must meet all course specific graduation requirements (27.0 credits) to participate in the graduation ceremony.

If your student is struggling with their current courses, please reach out to their teachers immediately for support.  Our student support services team is also available for assistance.

WHAT GRADE IN MATH IS CONSIDERED PASSING?  Our school policy states that all students must complete their math course with a C (70%) or better in order to move to the next math course.  If they do not earn a C or higher, then they will be expected to repeat the course at Jefferson Academy the following year.

EARNING AN ACADEMIC LETTER Many of our high school students, after completing their first year, will earn a letter of recognition for their academic achievement.  Every year, students who complete 6.0 credits in a year and earn a 3.8 GPA or higher for the year receive this honor.  So, keep working hard and finish this semester strong!

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HONOR ROLL?  Every semester, our students may earn Honor Roll recognition based on their semester GPA.  The criteria for each Honor Roll designations are:

Platinum Honor Roll - GPA of 4.0 or higher

Gold Honor Roll - GPA of 3.5 - 3.99

Silver Honor Roll - GPA of 3.0 - 3.49

Each year, we are astounded by the number of students who earn this achievement and recognition.  Keep working hard, Jags!

SAVE THE DATE:  JA GIVES DAY IS DECEMBER 7  Save the date for this year’s JA Gives Day, Monday, December 7th. Look for more information via email this month, and go to our foundation website to read about the importance of giving to JA in this challenging year.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  GRATEFUL FOR THE GRATITUDE  Our faculty, staff, and administration want to thank the Class of 2022 for the outstanding lunch during our Professional Development day on Friday.  It was amazing!  Thank you for showing us the love!  From the small acts of kindness to the patience and kind words shared from our parents and community, I continue to be grateful for being part of the JA experience where we, collectively, work to support one another.  I am thankful everyday that I get to “work” with our families, our teachers, and our students.  It truly is a dream!

Have a fantastic week!

Heather


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