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Awards System

 
HONOUR ROLL
  
An Honour Roll is published after the first two reporting periods.  A certificate is given to each student who achieves Honour Roll standing.
 
Any student having an 80% and above average who meets the following criteria will be on the Honour Roll:
  • Grade 8 - 11 students must be enrolled in at least 8 eligible courses
  • Grade 12 students must be enrolled in at least 7 eligible courses

Courses that are not eligible for Honour Roll include:  Community Service, Grad Transitions, and Career Preparation Work Experience. 

Any student with an "I" (Incomplete) letter grade is ineligible for that term's Honour Roll.

  
PRINCIPAL’S LIST
 
The Principal’s List is published after the first two reporting periods.  A certificate is given to each student who achieves Principal's List standing.
 
Any student having a 90% and above average who meets the following criteria will be on the Principal’s List:
  • Grade 8 - 11 students must be enrolled in at least 8 eligible courses
  • Grade 12 students must be enrolled in at least 7 eligible courses
Courses that are not eligible for Honour Roll include:  Community Service, Grad Transitions, and Career Preparation Work Experience.
 
Any student with an "I" (Incomplete) letter grade is ineligible for that term's Honour Roll.
 
Please note:  Any student caught violating David Thompson Secondary's Learning Honesty Policy will not be eligible for Honour Roll or the Principal’s List that term.
 
 
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
 
The Scholarship Committee determines the recipients of school and community- based scholarships and bursaries.  A student must be fulfilling all graduation requirements and be a good citizen in order to be considered for scholarships.
 
The criteria for scholarship includes:
·   all Grade 12 numbered courses (minimum of 7 courses will be considered)
·   only courses taken at David Thompson during the regular school year
·   all courses with the exception of Community Service, Work Experience, and
    Career Prep.
·   AP Calculus, but not other AP courses.
 
Grade 12 courses taken in Grades 8 - 11 are based on final marks; whereas, courses taken in Grade 12 are based on an average of Term 1 and Term 2 marks.
 
Any student who: receives and “I” or “F” during the Grade 12 school year, does not complete a course after Term 2, is in contravention to the School Learning Honesty Policy, or has been suspended during the current school year, is automatically excluded from Scholarship selection.  A student may receive a Fail if he/she withdraws from a course after Term 2.
 
The service component is calculated by time spent volunteering in both the school and the community.  Top Student Department Awards are determined by individual departments.  The Governor General’s Bronze Medal and the District Scholarships are awarded after the results of the Provincial exams are published.
 
 
AWARDS COMMITTEE
 
David Thompson Secondary's Awards Committee organizes year end Awards Assemblies that recognize outstanding student achievement in the areas of scholarship, athletics and service to the school.
 

 
The Awards Committee is responsible for organizing the Awards Assemblies held at the end of the school year.  At this assembly, recognition is accorded to students who have been outstanding in one or more of the three areas of scholarship, athletics, and service to the school.
 
1.             Grade Awards
 
1.1           Criteria for Scholarship Certificates, Trophies, and Plaques
 
1.1.1.       Calculations for the Awards
 
 
Calculations are based on a minimum of six courses in Grade 12, seven courses in Grade 11, and eight courses in Grades 8-10. When a student is required to sign up for a course that does not give a grade or assigns a grade at the completion of the course, the student will have that course included in the minimum number of required courses for scholarship calculations.  Marks given for Grad Transition, Community Service, Career and Health 8 and 9,  Skills Development Centre, Career Prep., Work Experience, or any courses taken through Distributed learning will not be included in the scholarship calculations.  No courses other than those taught at David Thompson during the regular school year will be counted in the calculations for the year end grade awards.  Any student who receives an “I” or who is caught cheating or plagiarizing is automatically excluded from receiving an award.  Calculations for ESL students are based on teacher recommendations and inclusion in the Term 1 and Term 2 Honour Roll list.
 
1.1.2        Scholarship Certificates
In order for a student to be eligible for a scholarship certificate students must achieve an 80% average or higher of Term 1 and Term 2 marks.
 
1.1.3        Scholarship Pins
Scholarship Pins are awarded to student who receive a Scholarship Certificate on a fourth and fifth occasion.
 
1.1.4        Scholarship Trophie
s
Troph
ies are awarded to students who achieve an 88% average or higher of Term 1 and Term 2 marks, and are in the top 20 standing of the grade.
 
1.1.5        Principal Pin
A student must earn an average of 90% or more in their Term 1 and Term 2 marks, and be in the top 10 standing of the grade to receive a Principal Pin.
 
1.1.6        Scholarship Plaques
Plaques are awarded to students who receive a Trophy on a fourth or fifth occasion.
 
1.1.7        Top of the Grade Trophy
This award is given to the student who has achieved the highest average percentage in his/her courses over Term 1 and Term 2.
 
1.2           Subject Awards
A maximum of three awards is given for any given course.
One award is given for a course that runs 1 - 3 blocks.
Two awards are given for a course that runs 4 - 6 blocks.
Three awards are given for a course that runs 7 blocks plus.
 
1.3          Recognition Awards
These awards are given to students who placed 1st, 2nd,3rd, etc. in Inter-School Individual or Team Competitions.
 
 
2.            Service Awards
Students who are members of clubs or activities which provide service to the school will receive formal recognition at the Awards Assemblies at the end of the school year.
 
2.1   Service pints are assigned two time a year: First Semester - September to December; Second Semester - January to April.
 
2.2   To make the rewarding of service points as fair as possible, a point system of one point for two hours of service up to a maximum of 23 points per semester has been established.
 
2.3   After accumulating points from year to year, students will receive the following awards:
15 pints                   Certificate
30 points                 Bronze Medallion
45 points                 Silver Medallion
60 points                 Gold Medallion      
80 points                 Trophy
110 points               Plaque
140 points               Honour Plaque
170 points               Second Honour Plaque
225 points               Special Service Plaque
 
2.4   Service points will not be given when the club or activity is an extension of a designated. course.
 
 
ATHLETIC AWARDS
 
The Athletic Board is responsible for administering the awards annually for athletic excellence.  In the spring of each year, the Athletic Awards committee brings to the attention of the Board those students who are eligible for the athletic awards.  Awards are based on the accumulation of points for all three seasons for the entire school year.
 
Following each season, a coach or sponsor of a particular team completes an Athletic Points Form listing points obtained by each athlete in that sport based on the following system:
 
(0)  Seldom there; extremely poor effort
(1)  Weak competitor; misses practises/games
(2)  Average competitor; misses some practises/games  
(3)  Average competitor; attends most practises/games
(4)  Good competitor; attends all practises/games
(5)  Excellent competitor; contributes all of his/her ability
 
Bonus Points are given as listed below:
 
(1)  For leadership qualities
(2)  For reaching a Vancouver Final    or
(3)  For winning Vancouver Finals
 
Certificate  -  candidate has accumulated a minimum of ten athletic points
Small Block -  candidate has accumulated a minimum of twenty-five athletic points and three athletic service points
Large Block -  candidate has accumulated a minimum of forty athletic points and six athletic service points
Silver Award -  candidate has accumulated a minimum fifty-five athletic points and nine service points
Gold Award  -  candidate has accumulated a minimum of seventy athletic points and twelve service points
 
In extraordinary cases a senior student may apply in writing to the Board for a Large Block if he/she is outstanding in athletics but deficient in minimum points.
 
Athletic Trophies are awarded to a male and female student in each V.S.S.A.A. competition level for each school year, based on student's interschool performance in that year.
 
Trojan Athletic Award is offered to a graduating student who has shown outstanding athletic ability, team leadership and service.
 
The Vickey Lindsay Trophy may be awarded to a Grade 11 or 12 girl or boy.  Candidates should possess the following qualities:
·  Superb sportsmanship,
·  Above average ability,
·  Team leader who is empathetic and leads by example,
·  Conscientious and responsible individual, and
·  Has made a significant contribution towards athletic service.
 
This award may be given to more than one person or not at all.
 
 
ATHLETIC SERVICE
 
Students who perform service for athletics over the course of the year are eligible to receive formal recognition at the Awards Assembly at the end of the school year.  To receive an athletic service award a student must have accumulated points throughout their years at the school.  Points are awarded according to the hours served.  Having accumulated points from year to year, students may receive the following  awards:
 
      15 points - certificate        
      30 points - bronze award          
      45 points - silver award
      60 points - gold award
      75 points - platinum award