Eligibility for Programs
Acceptance or involvement into the following programs, require certain criteria to be met and maintained. If the program interests you or your child, please make yourself familiar with these criteria and be proactive about making sure your child meets the criteria in order to be involved and to stay involved in these programs.
HONOR ROLL Grades 5-8
The Board of Education recognizes the importance of extending honor to those students who excel in the academic subjects.
1. Students in grades 5 to 8 are eligible for the honor roll.
2. First Honor Roll – A numerical grade of 93 or higher in each of the following subjects: Language Arts Literacy,
Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. (Spanish for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade)
3. Second Honor Roll – A numerical grade of 88 or higher in each of the following subjects: Language Arts
Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. (Spanish for 6, 7th and 8th Grade)
4. First and Second Honor Roll – All “A’s” or “B’s” or “S’s” or “O’s in the following subjects: Physical Education,
Music, Art, Health,Technology Applications and Spanish, except for Spanish (7th and 8th Grade).
5. The Honor Roll will be announced at the end of each marking period.
MATHEMATICS GROUPS Grades 6-8 (Eligibility Criteria begin in Grade 5)
The purpose of the mathematics groupings is to provide a differentiated learning experience for students in the area of mathematics. This experience will deliver the middle school mathematics curricula at varying paces and intensities in order to prepare students for their high school experience.
1. The differentiated courses at each grade level include:
a. Grade 6 Mathematics - Accelerated Mathematics and Mathematics
b. Grade 7 Mathematics - Mathematics, Accelerated Mathematics and Algebra I
c. Grade 8 Mathematics - Algebra I, Mathematics, and Geometry beginning in 2015-16 school year3. Students in accelerated math courses are expected to meet the same grading criteria for all eligibility programs (Honor Roll, etc.) as those students not participating in the accelerated program. Eligibility into the accelerated program raises the level of expectation for performance concurrent with the level of difficulty of the course. In order to adjust for the increased rigor in accelerated courses, percentage points will be added to final marking period averages for those students in these courses.
LANGUAGE ARTS GROUPS Grades 6-8 (Eligibility Criteria begin in Grade 5)
The purpose of the language arts groupings is to provide a differentiated learning experience for students in the area of langauge arts/literacy. This experience will deliver the middle school language arts curricula at varying paces and intensities in order to prepare students for their high school experience.
1. The differentiated courses at each grade level include:
a. Grade 6 ELA –Accelerated ELA and ELA
b. Grade 7 ELA - Accelerated ELA and ELA
c. Grade 8 ELA - Accelerated ELA and ELA
3. Students in accelerated ELA courses are expected to meet the same grading criteria for all eligibility programs (Honor Roll, etc.) as those students not participating in the accelerated program. Eligibility into the accelerated program raises the level of expectation for performance concurrent with the level of difficulty of the course. In order to adjust for the increased rigor in 6th-7th-8th Grade Accelerate English Language Arts, percentage points will be added to final marking period averages for those students in these courses.
Gifted and Talented (S.E.A) Grades 4-8 (Eligibility Criteria begin in Grade 3)
The Board of Education recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our high achieving students and in providing enriching academic experiences for all of our students. In order to identify and meet the needs of those students that meet the gifted and talented description, the following matrix is utilized: RUBRIC Approved at the SLBOE Mtg 5/21/18
1. Student eligibility for Gifted and Talented is based on a matrix, inclusive of the Otis Lennon (given in 3rd grade), NJASK scores in ILA and Math, and a teacher rating sheet.
1. Student eligibility for Gifted and Talented is based on a matrix, inclusive of the Otis Lennon (given in 3rd grade for Grades 5-6 and 6th grade for Grades 7-8), NJASK scores in ELA and Math, a teacher rating sheet, and core academic average for ILA, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Each year beginning in grade 3, the district examines all students against the matrix. Students eligible in one year may be eligible in the next and students not eligible in one year may be eligible in the next. Students do not retain enrollment in the program once they are in.
In addition to programs for the identified students, various enrichment opportunities offered by the district (outside of the PTA Enrichment Program) are open to all students through an application process. Students and parents will be made aware of these programs as they become available.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY Grades 7-8 (Eligibility Criteria begin in Grade 6)The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship in the students of H. W. Mountz School. This organization is the local chapter of the national organization and follows the national organization’s rules and by-laws.Selection of members in the organization follows these guidelines:
- HWM NJHS by Laws and membership criteria
- NJHS Application
- NJHS Service Hours Form
- NJHS Teacher Eval Form
ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS Grades 6-7-8
Each year the Mountz School coaching staff will select teams to participate in the Monmouth County Athletic League. The selection of team members is at the discretion of each coach. All students wishing to participate will try out for the team on a yearly basis.
1. Academic Standards – Interscholastic/Co-Curricular participants must maintain a “75” average on quarterly report cards or must be working up to their capability. Those failing to achieve these standards will lose the privilege of participating. Reinstatement will depend on satisfactory achievement in the ineligible subject as determined by the teacher who assigned the unsatisfactory grade.
2. School citizenship, behavior and attendance must be satisfactory.
3. Participating students must represent the H. W. Mountz School in an exemplary manner.
4. Varsity teams will consist exclusively of H. W. Mountz students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
5. Under revised State Law, no one is permitted to participate on a school athletic team unless he/she has been given a medical examination by the family physician. The parent shall return a record card signed by the doctor testifying to the student’s physical fitness or lack of physical fitness for the sports activity. The health findings of the medical examination shall be made a part of the student’s school medical record. Intramural sports are subject to the aforementioned conditions.
6. No one is permitted to practice with a school athletic team before submitting a form, provided by the school and signed by the parent, granting permission to participate in the athletic activity, and acknowledging that physical hazards may be encountered.
7. A medical history questionnaire provided by the district must be completed by the parents/guardians of the students before the medical examination.
8. No one is permitted to practice with a school athletic team before submitting a form, provided by the school and signed by the parent, stating that the candidate has health/accident insurance and indicating the name of the insurer.
9. Students may not participate in any school scheduled sports activities on the days when they are absent from school, suspended, or receive an office detention. Students must be present for 4 hours to participate.
10. Any student who is unable to participate in his or her scheduled physical education class because of medical reasons may not participate in any school sports activity on that day.
11. Inappropriate behavior or office detention for a school day, unsportsmanlike conduct, or unexcused absences will result in a student being ineligible to participate in school sports/co-curricular matters, subject to the ultimate decision by the Superintendent.
12. A cut policy is used to select all members of varsity teams.
STUDENT COUNCIL Officers Grades 7-8/ Membership Grades 5-8
The student government of Mountz School is led by a Student Council comprised of students in grades 6-8.
1. Complete an application and submit this application by the deadline identified.
2. Obtain approval of parent/guardian.
3. Obtain approval of at least ten 6th, 7th or 8th grade students.
4. A minimum of an 84 average in each subject area, including both core subjects and specials.
5. Have no record of suspensions for the current school year.
6. Have his/her application and discipline record reviewed by a panel of teachers and administrators, whose unanimous approval is required.
7. No student can run for more than one office.
8. Students running for the office of President and Treasurer must be currently enrolled in the 8th grade.
9. Students running for the offices of Vice President, Secretary or Sergeant-at-Arms must be currently enrolled in the 7th or 8th grades.
10. Students must follow the guidelines for handing in complete and accurate. Student Council paperwork and maintaining appropriate campaigning procedures.
11. All students who run for one of the five offices, according to the criteria listed above, and receive the second largest number of votes for that office, will automatically become a member of the Executive Board of the Student Council.
12. There will be one representative for each homeroom in grades five, six, seven, and eight, which will make up the general council. Their homeroom members will elect these representatives by secret ballot during the month of September. The candidates for homeroom representative must meet all of the criteria listed above with the exception of the application review.
YEARBOOK Grade 8
Students in the 8th grade are eligible to participate on the Yearbook. Duties will include taking photographs, organizing pages, and designing layouts for the annual H. W. Mountz yearbook. All 8th graders are eligible to participate. Participants must maintain a “75” average on quarterly report cards or must be working up to their capability.