School Spirit

Student Recognition & Celebration of Learning

The key parts of our Student Recognition and Celebration of Learning practices are defined in the sections that follow by answering these questions:

Who? … who is eligible for recognition?
What? … what are we looking for in this area?
Why? … why are we recognizing this area?
When? … when will students be recognized?
How? … how will students be recognized?

HDC Values

We believe it is important …

  • to celebrate growth in all students in a variety of ways both publicly and privately
  • to recognize students in ways that are both timely and meaningful
  • to recognize, value and acknowledge all aspects of student learning and growth
  • to have students actively involved in the recognition process
  • to review our practices over time
  • to link our work to the CBE Ends Statements

Cougar Personal Development

Who? Any student at HDC

What? Cougar Personal Development includes:

  • striving to reach your highest potential and encouraging/helping those around you to do so as well
  • maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • demonstrating the ability to work through challenges
  • demonstrating integrity through tolerance, self-control, and knowing the right and decent way to act and acting that way
  • showing caring and concern for others by being empathic, respectful, tolerant, and kindWhy? We believe personal development is an important part of learning.

When? We’ll recognize students throughout the year and as close as possible to the time they make gains.

How? Students may be recognized in a number of ways including:

  • personal recognition from staff members to students (ie. notes, email, conversations, etc.)
  • celebrations/gatherings within contexts that make sense (ie. teams, clubs, groups, classes or grades meeting together)
  • opportunities to recognize personal development in themselves and their peers
  • acknowledging/celebrating transition times (ie. from one grade to the next)

Cougar Citizenship

Who? Any student at HDC

What? Cougar Citizenship includes:

  • demonstrating that you value, care about, respect, build up, support, and serve:
  • yourself
  • others
  • the school community
  • the local community (e.g. neighbourhood)
  • the global community

Why? We believe fostering citizenship is an important part of creating a strong learning community.

When? We’ll recognize students throughout the year and as close as possible to the time they show strength in this area.

How? Students may be recognized in a number of ways including:

  • personal notes from staff members to students
  • celebrations/gatherings within contexts that make sense (ie. teams, clubs, groups, classes or grades meeting together)
  • opportunities to recognize citizenship in themselves and their peers
  • bulletin boards that celebrate student citizenship and social action (i.e. service projects, impact in the community/world, student reflections)
  • multi-media displays and presentations highlighting student involvement and action (i.e. photos, videos, power point presentations, blogs, etc.)

Cougar Involvement

Who? Any student at HDC who is involved in extracurricular activities

What? Cougar Involvement includes:

  • being involved in HDC athletics, clubs, events, activities and teamso demonstrating commitment/dedication to a team, event, club, or activity
  • choosing to be actively involved in our school community
  • representing our school community positively

Why? We believe it is important to recognize students who are involved in extracurricular activities.

When? We’ll recognize students throughout the year and as close as possible to the time they show strength in this area.

How? Students may be recognized in a number of ways including:

  • certificates in report card folders
  • celebrations/gatherings within contexts that make sense (ie. teams, clubs, groups, classes or grades meeting together)
  • opportunities to recognize involvement in extracurricular activities in themselves and their peers

Cougar Academic Success

Growth

Who? Any student at HDC

What? Cougar Academic Growth includes:

  • showing improvement/growth in a variety of areas (ie. attitude, learner outcomes, homework completion, working with others, etc.)
  • setting realistic goals and taking the initiative to work toward them
  • knowing what things you need to do to be successful
  • persevering to achieve your goals
  • evaluating your own growth and progress

Why? We believe it is important to recognize students’ academic growth.

When? We’ll recognize students throughout the year and as close as possible to the time they show growth.

How? Students may be recognized in a number of ways including:

  • personal recognition from staff members to students (ie. notes, email, conversations, etc.)
  • celebrations/gatherings within contexts that make sense (ie. teams, clubs, groups, classes or grades meeting together)
  • opportunities to recognize academic growth in themselves and their peers

Performance

Who? Any student at HDC receiving percentage marks on report cards

What? Cougar Academic Performance includes:

  • Cougar Plus 5: improvement of 5 % in your overall average
  • Cougar Honourable Mention: overall average of 70% with no mark lower than 60%
  • Cougar Honours: overall average of 80% with no mark lower than 70%
  • Cougar Distinction: overall average of 90% with no mark lower than 80%Why? We believe it is important to recognize students’ academic achievement

When? At reporting periods

How? Students will receive:

  • certificates in their report card folders

Dedication

Who? Any student at HDC

What? Cougar Academic Dedication includes:

  •  demonstrating enthusiasm, drive, and a love of learning while also being an active participant in all aspects of learning
  • showing a willingness to take risks, seek out new challenges, ask questions, and apply what you know to new situations
  • showing persistence, perseverance, and determination in dealing with challenges and new situations
  • striving to produce quality work and personal excellence
  • demonstrating integrity in your work and actions while taking responsibility and ownership for your learning and behaviour

Why? We believe it is important to recognize students’ dedication to learning.

When? We’ll recognize students throughout the year and as close as possible to the time they show strength in this area.

How? Students will be recognized in a number of ways including:

  • personal recognition from staff members to students (i.e. notes, email, conversations, etc.)
  • celebrations/gatherings within contexts that make sense (i.e. teams, clubs, groups, classes or grades meeting together)
  • opportunities to recognize dedication to learning in themselves and their peers
  • acknowledging/celebrating transition times (i.e. from one grade to the next)
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