Sunday, December 7, 2014

A New Honor Roll

Some of you may remember back in March when Pottstown High School Principal Jeffrey Hartmann told the school board of his plans to expand the availability of advanced placement classes to students.

“We now have open enrollment for the upper level classes and if a student wants to meet the challenge, we will allow them access to the course and supply the support to help them succeed,” Hartmann said at the time.

And according to the high school handbook, those classes were supposed to carry extra weight when calculating the honor roll.

But that isn't what happened -- at least not until some vigilant parents began to question the first quarter honor roll.

Last month, former board member Julia Wilson and parent Aram Ecker told the school board that they believed their children had not been given the proper placement on the honor roll because the advanced classes they had taken had not been weighted appropriately.

Turns out they were right.

On Nov. 26, Hartmann alerted high school parents of the change.
Due to inconsistencies in the new high school procedures to calculate honor roll, we will be reverting our previous calculation method for the remainder of this school year. As a reminder, the calculation is as follows:
  • Distinguished Honors: Weighted average of 96% with no grade below a 77%, no incompletes
  • Honors:Weighted average of 88% with no grade below a 77%, no incompletes
Weighting WILL be used to calculate honor roll in addition to class rank and GPA. This includes courses listed on page 6 of the Course Catalog. As such, we will be re-running honor roll for the 1st marking period.
The “tentative honor roll” procedure listed in the 2014-2015 Student Handbook will be replaced with the process mentioned above.
Thank you for your patience in this matter and all who brought it to our attention.
So for those of you who didn't see the result, here is the revised list of students namd to the "Distinguished Honors" for Pottstown High School:

And here is the revised Honor Roll List:

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