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Academic Letter Award

Academic Letter Award

Academic Letter & Level awards honors students who have achieved a weighted academic GPA of 3.5 or higher for the prior high school semester. Please see full description and eligibility for the program below. Look for announcements in the Wolfpack Weekly for graduation honor cord distribution day. 
 
UPDATE FOR CLASS OF 2022
Seniors:  Chenille Block Letters (Level 5) and Honor Cords (Level 7) will be available for pick up during brunch and lunch on Tuesday, May 3rd.  Look for our table during cap and gown distribution.
 
Juniors:  Chenille Block Letters (Level 5) will be available for pick up during brunch and lunch on Tuesday, May 3rd.  Look for our table during cap and gown distribution.
 
Level 7 Honor Cords are distributed to eligible seniors by the Leadership class or can be picked up Tuesday, May 3rd.  
 
All Students: All students with passing grades in spring 2020 will earn a level, if they earned a level in fall of 2019.  This is to accommodate the pass/NP grading policy in the spring of 2020. For fall of 2020 any changes to grades pursuant to AB167 or AB104 are not considered in GPA calculations for this honor program.  A Pass/No Pass (P/NP) will revert to the actual letter grade earned for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.  
 
Questions? Please contact our parent volunteers:  Sarah Simpson (sarahlsimpson@comcast.net) or Tracy Fernandez (tracyfernand@gmail.com)
The Academic Letter program is funded and awarded by SRVHS Academic Boosters. It is a recognition program for students who work hard and give their best effort in academics.
Levels 1 through 7
 
Names and levels earned through the end of fall semester will be posted in May on this webpage. Lists are currently posted in links below by class year (through May of 2021.) 
OPT OUT
 
* Students may opt out of having their name published on any lists. Please email volunteer Sarah Simpson (sarahlsimpson@comcast.netto opt out.
 
Academic Letter Qualifications
  • The award is automatic, no application is required
  • All students who have achieved a weighted academic GPA of 3.5 or higher for the prior high school semester will earn a level. GPA includes all classes EXCEPT: physical education & teacher aide, repeated classes, courses taken outside of SRVHS (with certain exceptions), and continuation school. GPA is calculated based on actual letter grades earned.  Any changes to grades pursuant to AB167 or AB104 are not considered in GPA calculations for this honor program.  A Pass/No Pass (P/NP) will revert to the actual letter grade earned for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.  
  • Only full-time students are eligible.
  • A student must not have been dropped from a class because of disciplinary action or attendance reasons during the semester of application.
  • Transcript is required if a student has transferred from another high school.
 
    Award levels:         Levels 1 - 4      Honorary Mention
                                     Level 5             SR Block Letter (see image below)
                                     Level 7             Honor Cord
 
For any discrepancies or questions, please email parent volunteer: Sarah Simpson (sarahlsimpson@comcast.net).  Please allow at least 48 hours for a response.
Please note: If you previously received a block letter from another department or from a varsity sport, a second block letter will not be provided by  Academic Boosters. The chenille block letter is usually sewn onto the left chest of a letterman or sports jacket. 
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   What is a "weighted academic GPA"?
A:   A weighted academic GPA includes all classes except physical education & teacher aide, repeated classes, courses taken outside of SRVHS (with certain exceptions), and continuation school.  GPA is calculated based on actual letter grades earned.  Any changes to grades pursuant to AB167 or AB104 are not considered in GPA calculations for this honor program.  A Pass/No Pass (P/NP) will revert to the actual letter grade earned for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.  A student must not have been dropped from a class because of disciplinary action or attendance reasons during the semester of application.
 
Q:  Can I opt out of the program?
A: Yes, please send the parent volunteer (listed above) an email and your name will be promptly removed from any list.
 
Q:  If I opt out of having my name published, am I still entitled to the award if I have a qualifying GPA?
A:  Yes!  
 
Q:  Are freshmen eligible?
A.  Yes, freshmen are eligible to earn levels for each semester of achievement after they receive their first semester grades in high school.
 
Q.  I am a transfer student. Do I qualify?
A.  Yes, if you have a qualifying GPA. Please email the parent volunteer to find out where to send your transcript.
 
Q:   When do I apply?
A:   There is no need to apply. You will automatically be considered for the program.
 
Q.  Do I need to request my award?
A:  No, it will automatically be provided to you or available for pick-up.
 
Q:  When and how are the awards distributed?
A:  The awards are distributed once a year, in May (and therefore may encompass more than one level).  Juniors are expected to pick up their awards. Seniors will have their awards distributed by the Leadership class. Seniors who earn Level 7 will receive an honor cord that they can choose to wear with their cap and gown at graduation. Information about the distribution of awards will be included in the Wolf Pack Weekly emails.
 
Q:  How many levels can I obtain during my high school years?
A:  There are a maximum of seven levels awarded during the four years of high school - one level for each completed semester. Since the senior year spring semester GPA is not finalized until after the awards are given, the seven levels cover all of 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, and the first half of 12th grade.
 
Q:  Will the Academic Letter award help me get into college?
A:  The Academic Letter program is not designed to enhance college admissions, however it can be recognized on academic resumes as an honor or achievement.  Its purpose is to recognize and reward your hard work while in high school.
 
Q:  Whom do I contact if I have any concerns?
A:  Please contact one of the parent volunteers: Sarah Simpson (sarahlsimpson@comcast.net) or Tracy Fernandez (tracyfernand@gmail.com)
 
Q:  How can parents get involved?
A:  This program is run and funded by the Academic Boosters group. We rely solely on parents to volunteer their time to collate the lists and distribute the awards.  Without parent volunteers, the awards cannot be distributed. Without donations to Academic Boosters, awards cannot be procured.   Please consider helping out!