Principal Olds says extra study time improves list to 207 students

More than half of Estacada Junior High were named to the Honor Roll for the first trimester this school year. A total of 207 students made the list.

Twenty-nine students earned straight A's at the junior high. With 16 golden Honor Roll students, the seventh grade outdid the eighth grade, which had 13 perfect 4.0 grade-point-average students.

Estacada Junior High splits its Honor Roll into three categories, based on grade point average. A 4.0 G.P.A. earns 'Gold,' a 3.5 to 3.99 G.P.A. gets 'Silver,' and a 3.0 to 3.49 receives a 'Bronze.'

Though the seventh graders outpaced their older schoolmates, the Honor Roll was split almost directly down the middle. A total of 104 eighth graders made the list and 103 seventh graders earned a spot. (See the entire list of Honor Roll students on Page 9.)

Estacada Junior High Principal Kevin Olds said that this year's list is about 10 percent longer than last spring's Honor Roll. He attributes the improvements to several programs that help students learn.

'We do whatever it takes,' Olds said. 'We work on weekends with kids. We work on evenings with kids.'

Last year, a United Way grant allowed the school to begin an after-school homework club, where students-especially if they're struggling in a class-are encouraged to hang out and get help from three to four adults that volunteer their time every day helping out with homework.

Additionally, during the first 40 minutes of school, students have the right to acquire a 'license to travel,' which allows them to leave their seminar classroom and get extra help from a teacher they might be having trouble completing assignments for.

Olds explained that the seminar class, which he began in his first year at Estacada Junior High four years ago, is 'not a typical study hall, but structured to get [students] help where it's needed.'

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