SAERC Outstanding Service Awards
Criteria: To Receive this Award
- The recipient must be a graduating student in good standing at the time of the award presentation.
- The award should focus on non-athletic activities in the school - either organized clubs, committees, groups or volunteer positions within the school.
- The recipient must demonstrate extraordinary commitment in extra-curricular, co-curricular, and/or volunteer activities within the school for grades 10-12.
- The recipient is a student that staff and students come to rely upon.
- Initiative must be evident.
- Academic excellence is not necessary, but working to potential, without discipline or attendance issues are important.
Students will apply using the proper form available at the office. All applications must be received prior to the selection meeting. Student’s applications requires administrative approval.
The award will be the SAERC Outstanding Service Award and will be presented at graduation.
Academic Awards Criteria
FOR GRADE 9 STUDENTS
- A Gold certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 85 in 6 of their following six courses: English, Math, Science, Citizenship, French, and Phys. Ed.
- A Silver certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 85 in 5 of the above courses, OR, a mark of at least 80 in all six of the above courses.
- A Bronze certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 85 in 4 of the above courses, OR, a mark of at least 75 in all six of the above courses.
FOR GRADE 10-11 STUDENTS
- A Gold certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 85 in 7 of their eight courses.
- A Silver certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 80 in 7 of their 8 courses, OR, a mark of at least 85 in at least 5 of their eight courses
- A Bronze certificate will be presented to students who have achieved a mark of at least 75 in 7 of their 8 courses, OR, a mark of at least 80 in at least 5 of their 8 courses.
Any student with a failing grade in any course is ineligible for an Academic Award. Students must be enrolled for the full academic year.
These courses will include both first and second semester marks. The second semester and nonsemestered course marks will simply be the “running percentage” the student has in all their evaluations up to the middle of May.
SAERC Staff Award
SAERC Staff Award is for Grade 9-11 students who are not eligible for a gold, silver or bronze award. The following criteria must be met in order to receive one:
- Students must demonstrate socially accepted behaviour in the class and in the school, showing respect for peers and the staff, being willing to help out in classroom situations. School and classroom rules must be respected.
- Students must have passing grades in all of their courses
- Students must consistently attempt their homework, projects and assignments, so that they are completed on time. Students will be prepared for class and bring all required materials.
- Students must be achieving to their potential in all academics.
- Students must attend school on a regular basis, all absences should be excused.
Note: This award is not limited to any one student or grade, there is no basic limit to the number of award winners so long as the criteria is met - all nominees must be approved by staff who have taught them. If a student receives dissenting votes from his or her teachers, he or she may be disqualified for this award. Administration has the right to disqualify any student for this award due to disciplinary and attendance issues.
SAERC Varsity Letter Award
The SAERC Varsity Letter Award is a prestigious athletic award presented to deserving student athletes who have contributed significantly to our school athletic program during their high school years. Student athletes must apply in their graduating year if they feel they meet the following criteria:
- Student must be a graduating student;
- Student must have competed in a varsity NSSAF sport(s) for a minimum of two years; 3. Student must have always adhered to fair play and sportsmanship;
4. Student must have abided by the NSSAF code of ethics.
Students’ applications must be endorsed by their coach(es). Applications will be reviewed and rated on a rubric system. SAERC Sports Review committee then submits a list of applicants who meet the criteria to school administration for approval.
Award winners will receive their letters at the annual athletic awards banquet.
SAERC Major Academic Awards
All grade 12 students will be required to submit updated resumes and cover letters English/ECM teachers by the end of the first month of the course.
This is the school award for academic excellence. During the graduation ceremony, the successful candidates will receive a gold cord along with their graduation Diploma. It is announced as the Honor Cord.
To be eligible for an honor cord the following conditions throughout the three years must be met:
- a minimum mark of 75 for every course taken.
- an 85 average on top 5 courses each year.
- a minimum aggregate (based on the 12 mandatory courses) of 990 be used.
The required courses are 3 English, 3 Mathematics, 2 Science, Physical Education, Canadian History, a Global, and a Fine Arts.
Students that repeat courses will only have the higher mark used in the calculation.
Governor General’s Award
This Award is given to the individual with the highest average for all grade 11 and grade 12 courses taken at SAERC, regardless of the year they are taken.
The Principal’s Medal is an award is given to a graduate at the principal’s discretion that has the highest average in English 12, Global 12, Academic Math or Science, and the two highest academic 12 courses that has been a member of the graduating class since grade 9.
Queen Elizabeth II Medal
The Queen Elizabeth II Medal is awarded to a grade 12 student who has fulfilled the requirements for a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma, having:
- Demonstrated superior academic achievement in grades 10, 11, 12, and
- Maintained an outstanding record in school and community involvement
Lieutenant Governor’s Medals
These Awards are given to two students, in their Grade 11 year who have demonstrated:
- Qualities of leadership and service in the school and community, and • Commendable performance in the courses in which they are enrolled.
The valedictorian is the the student having the highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the final words during the graduation commencement – the valedictory address. At SAERC, the valedictorian is the member of the class since grade 9 that has achieved the highest-grade average in all grade 12 courses, regardless of the year taken.
The process for the valedictorian selection requires that final grades for: English 12, Global 12, Academic Math or Science, and the two highest academic 12 courses be used for this determination.