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Column: Renaissance is approaching at WMS

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WORTHINGTON — As we near the end of first quarter, Worthington Middle School is making preparations for our first Renaissance program of the year.

In order to academically qualify for Renaissance at the Bronze Level, a student must earn a 2.5-2.99 GPA. The levels then increase from there, with Silver earning a 3.0-3.49 GPA, Gold earning a 3.5-3.99 GPA, and Platinum Level students earning a 4.0 GPA with no grade lower than an “A.” In order to qualify for Renaissance at any level, the student may not earn an “F” in any class, regardless of their overall GPA. After any given quarter, we have approximately 500 students qualify for Renaissance at one of the four levels.

The Renaissance Program at WMS is our way of honoring our middle school students who work hard in the classroom and find academic success. After each quarter, a separate program for grades 6, 7, and 8 is held to recognize those students who qualified for Renaissance. Parents/Guardians are also invited to attend.

This year, we have made a few changes to the Renaissance program. We believe that a Renaissance student should not only work hard in the classroom, but also live up to the values and positive ideals that we stand for at WMS. Therefore, in addition to qualifying academically, we will also be taking overall citizenship and behavior into account. Secondly, we are updating the program format and prizes that are awarded to our Renaissance students. These changes are all in an effort to help keep the program relevant throughout the year, and to help reinforce our belief in a strong work ethic and positive values.

We are very proud of the hard work our WMS students put forth in and out of the classroom every day. Our Renaissance program is just one way that we are able to show our students how much we appreciate them.

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Brett Perish is assistant principal at Worthington Middle School.

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