GJHS Student Handbook - Grand Junction High School

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GJHS Student Handbook - Grand Junction High School

To qualify for membership, students must meet the following criteria: have completed one program of study in

either Business or Family and Consumer Science, (talk to one of the teachers to see if your completed courses

will qualify.); have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all of your courses; have a cumulative average of 3.5

or higher for technical courses from the department through which you are applying for membership; be a

member of the student leadership organization for the department (FBLA, FCCLA); and acquire two letters of

recommendation, at least one of which is from a faculty member outside of the technical program.

If you are interested in the NTHS, please see Mrs. Jane Nelms, the NTHS Advisor, or any Business or Family

and Consumer Science teacher for additional information.

NOTE: Senior members of the National Art Honor Society, the Tri-M National Music Honor Society, and the

National Technical Honor Society who participate in our Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Ceremony

are entitled to wear the color specific long cords recognized by their Society. These cords are worn with the

graduation gown and are draped around the students’ neck.

D. HONOR ROLLS

We recognize students for their academic excellence in class at the end of each nine-week marking period, by

publishing two honor rolls: the Honor Roll and the High Honor Roll. Students who earn a 3.5 to 3.74 GPA

are eligible for the Honor Roll. Students who maintain a 3.75 or higher GPA are eligible for the High Honor

Roll. Students who fail a course, earn a “D” in a course, or have incomplete or missing grades in any course,

to include band/chorus, are not qualified to receive either honor roll recognition.

E. INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

In addition to the above mentioned forms of recognition, we also recognize the Best of our Best academically

based on their GPA and performance on the TCAP, ACT, or other approved assessment. These individuals

receive district level recognition through the Pathway of Distinction Diploma. They also receive school level

recognition based on their final grade point average at the end of their four years in high school.

1. The Pathway of Distinction Diploma is a diploma with a gold seal placed on it for those students who

complete 25 required standards-based credits, maintain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher, and

demonstrate an “advanced” level on 9 th and 10 th grade TCAP in all tested areas, or demonstrate an

“advanced” performance on the NWEA Map Test, or demonstrate a composite score of “22” or above on

the ACT, or complete an alternative proficiency assessment (APA) during the junior or senior year. The

Pathway of Distinction Diploma is determined based on a student’s GPA at the end of the third marking

period of the student’s senior year.

2. At the school level, we recognize seniors based on their GPA at the end of the fourth quarter/second

semester of their senior year. Specifically, we recognize the valedictorian who is the student with the

highest grade point average at the end of his/her four years in high school and those students who earn a 4.0

grade point average (GPA), a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA, and a 3.5 to 3.74 GPA. These individuals are entitled to

wear the following regalia with their graduation cap and gown.

a. Valedictorian- White tassel, black and orange honor stole and medallion with gold ribbon.

b. Students with a 4.0 GPA and Higher-Black and orange honor stole and medallion with silver ribbon.

c. Students with a 3.75-3.99 GPA-Black and orange honor stole and medallion with orange and black

ribbon.

d. Students with a 3.5-3.74 GPA-Gold cord.

If there are two or more seniors who are tied with the highest GPA, they will share co-valedictorian honors.

We do not recognize a salutatorian.

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