For the scholars of Passaic Valley, earning Superintendent’s Honors at the end of the marking period is a fulfilling experience. What makes this accomplishment more special is being able to attend the Superintendent’s Breakfast. On January 7th, the Superintendent’s Breakfast for marking period 1 of the 2018-2019 academic year was held. With nearly 100 students in attendance, the breakfast recognized the achievements of students inside and outside of the classroom while rewarding them with the breakfast of champions.
To qualify for Superintendent’s Honors, students must attain a GPA of a 4.25 or higher for the marking period. Many of the students who do so often take a fair share of Honors and AP courses. Freshman Jessica Philip attended the breakfast for the first time and appreciated the fact that her determination was recognized.
“Adjusting to the workload of high school was a bit of a challenge, especially with the honors classes I take,” she said. “But putting in the extra time and effort paid off in the end.”
The breakfast commenced with Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo’s address to the students, in which she acknowledged their excellent academic performance, while highlighting how the students went the extra mile to get where they are. Afterwards, students in full time extracurricular activities, such as varsity sports, cheerleading, or theater, were then commended by Mr. Joseph Benvenuti and Ms. Jennifer Shue for their commitment to their academics and activities.
“For the past 13 marking periods of my high school career, it has not been easy to maintain the perfect balance of school and afterschool activities,” said Thien Dinh-Do, who is a captain of the Passaic Valley Marching Band and Boys Lacrosse Team. “But getting the distinction and the breakfast is definitely an incentive to push myself.”
For some students, getting Superintendent’s Honors was a new experience. “My first 3 years of high school, I got First Honors, which I’m proud of,” said senior Luciana Forte. “It took time for me to get above a 4.25, but I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished.”
In respect to the student body as a whole, Dr. Cardillo stated, “Of course I hope that the number of students who attain a 4.25 increases, but I also am very proud of those students who are 3.0 and above. Also, for those who are struggling with grades I am hoping that they can turn it around and get on track. If they need supports we try to help them the best we can,” Dr. Cardillo explained. “I want students to know that everyone comes to PV with strengths and weaknesses and we just need to figure out the talents that are unique to them and build upon them. I also feel that community service and being kind to each other is equally important to building a GPA.”