November 4, 2022
I am writing to make you aware of recent addendums to our MHS Student Handbook. You may find these changes at the following link, 22-23 Handbook Addendums. The topics impacted are the following: After-School Detention, Accumulation of Lunch Time Detentions*, Class Rank Determination, Student Fund-Raising Responsibility*, Suspension from School, and Make-Up of Tests and Other Work.
The biggest change to make you aware of is in how we honor and recognize students at graduation from Class Rank to the Latin Honors System. This change will officially go into effect with this year's freshman class, the Class of 2026. Currently, we utilize a class rank system and recognize a Valedictorian and Salutatorian along with the Top Ten. The Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025 will still fall under this system. The Class of 2026 has not had any grades posted to their transcripts, so this will not impact anything that has been completed academically by them. The way we calculate grades is not changing, it's simply the way we recognize our students at the Commencement Ceremony. Students who meet the qualifications will be recognized in the following categories: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude, and Merit.
Students must take ten college prep, advanced placement, or college credit plus equivalent courses over the span of their high school career (minimum of two CP, AP, or CCP classes per year) OR students must complete four Career Technical Education courses and be proficient on the corresponding WebXams. In addition to this, students must meet the GPA requirements for each category which are Summa Cum Laude (3.9 - 4.0 or above), Magna Cum Laude (3.7 - 3.899), Cum Laude (3.5 - 3.699), Merit (3.5 - 4.0). The full list of requirements can be found at the Meigs Local Website mentioned above.
The Latin Honors System provides our students and district with more advantages than the current ranking system. It will allow our students to achieve their individual goals without their peers’ success having any impact, give our school the ability to increase the academic rigor for our college bound students and will ultimately recognize more students for their academic achievement. We’re looking forward to the positive outcomes that this will have on the academic achievement of our students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.
Meigs High School