Certificate of Merit Information
Certificate of Merit Program
Grades 2nd – 8th
The Certificate of Merit Program is designed to challenge high achieving students to explore an area of personal interest in addition to the regular school curriculum. The program is open for students in 2nd – 8th grade. Students can only participate in one subject area each year.
The Certificate of Merit can be earned in several areas: Reading, History/Social Science, Math, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Community Service, Technology, Sports, and Religion.
There is no risk for your child if he or she signs up, but is unable to finish. The project will not be part of his or her grade in any subject and no materials will be placed in the student’s file if they are not able to complete it.
We recognize the extra effort involved in completing Certificate of Merit, and we are planning several activities to recognize students who go the extra mile and complete the program:
- Be awarded a Certificate of Merit for their project. A copy of the certificate will be placed in the child’s cumulative record.
- An opportunity to showcase their project at International Dinner
- The real value of the program, however, goes beyond any of these awards. It provides the opportunity for your child to explore an area of special interest while developing other critical skills.
The Certificate of Merit is a project that will take place over the year. The meetings will be after-school with the teacher mentor and with other students that selected the same area of study. At each meeting, it is expected that your child has a different part of their project completed. During the year, students should save all parts of their project. They will be asked to make a display for International Dinner on May 11th.
Sign-ups begin on Monday December 5th. The first meeting on December 14, after-school, is to help your child establish their project plan. On all other dates, your child will be expected to have parts of their project completed. Please have your child bring the completed parts of their project to school on these days for their meeting.
2017 Meeting Dates
December 14, 2016: First meeting
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017: Last meeting. All projects due
May 11, 2017: Projects on display for International Dinner