Awards Information

Awards Definitions, Nominations and Application Processes

VVS Principal Awards – To recognize outstanding involvement with VVS, a student and family and will be honored with a framed certificate. The number of awards presented will be kept to a minimum to maintain the prestige of this ultimate Merit Award. The family and student awards are presented to both a Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta nominee.

  1. Student – Northern & Southern Alberta
    1. Nominations – Students are nominated by their teachers with supporting rationale.
    2. This full-time elementary, junior high, senior high or adult student will display an exceptional work ethic, striving to achieve the best of their ability; scholastic ability is not the overriding factor but an improved achievement is. A lower achiever will not be disqualified if there is an impressive increase in grade level.
    3. Participation and cooperation with teachers & facilitators; positive attitude and work ethic.
    4. Senior high and adult students are required to complete at least 30 credits in the award school year.
    5. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.
  2. Family Awards – Northern & Southern Alberta
    1. Nominations – Families are nominated by teachers and staff with supporting rationale.
    2. These recipients will strive to assist student excellence, participate in student learning, cooperate with VVS staff, and initiated contact with VVS.
    3. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

PHPS Citizen Award – In recognition of the elementary, junior high, and senior high student who demonstrates concern for school, community, and people in local or regional organizations (ex. 4-H, youth groups, etc.), active history of volunteerism, proven ability to learn from errors and to positively accept consequences for actions, and proven history of actively and positively seeking solutions to problems and issues. Maintains an overall academic standard of at least 70% in the 4-core academic courses. Further information available in PHRD AP 20-18.

  1. Awards presented to a maximum of 2 winning students per grade:
    1. Grade 12 Graduating High School Student – $1000 towards post-secondary institution program, including apprenticeships. The student does not need to be enrolled in a post-secondary program to be eligible for this award.
    2. Grade 9 Student – Scientific Calculator
    3. Grade 6 Student – Globe of the World
  2. Written applications preferred from the student or nominations from teachers.
  3. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

Merit Awards – A certificate is presented to students, recognizing consistent effort resulting in significant improvement, academic achievement, organizational skills, or quality of work. Also presented to students who display acts of compassion to others in their community or significant commitment to volunteerism.

  1. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

SuccessMaker Merit Awards – A certificate is presented to students, recognizing consistent effort resulting in significant improvement, academic achievement, organizational skills, or quality of work.

  1. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

**All students nominated for Merit and SuccessMaker Merit Awards receive a certificate. **

Raju Family Distance Learning Award The Raju family established this monetary award to recognize students who show diligence in their work while studying at a distance through VVS. In addition to consistent hard work, students must demonstrate good citizenship in caring for others. Real success is measured in terms of the positive differences made in the lives of others. The student may use the money however they chose.

  1. Full-time VVS students will demonstrate in a written application that they have done their best in their studies with VVS, been successful in learning at a distance, and have contributed to the well-being of others.
  2. Awards are not necessarily tied to academic excellence.
  3. Annual awards are presented to full-time VVS students in the following categories:
    1. Elementary: Grades 1 – 6 ($100.00)
    2. Junior High: Grades 7 – 9 ($150.00)
      1. The above amounts are suggested if there are only Elementary & Jr. High applicants.
    3. Senior High: Grades 10 – 12 (Amount to be determined by VVS Principal, depending on the interest earned by the investment during the past year. No more than 80% of the interest should be awarded to the Sr. High student as 20% of the year’s interest is to be reinvested into the fund.)
      1. PHPS Business and Communication Services – Accountant, Lorraine Allison, provides details on the investment.
    4. A full-time VVS student is defined as one having taken all or most courses through VVS in the respective category (Elementary, Junior High or Senior High).
  4. Nomination Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

SCHOLARSHIPS REQUIRING APPLICATIONS

PHRD Citizen Award Please see above.

Raju Family Distance Learning Award – Please see above.

Alberta Teachers’ Association – Pembina Hills Local #22 An annual scholarship of $1000 is presented to a graduate who pursues a career in Education, from each PHPS Senior High School in ATA Local #22, including VVS. The principal of VVS chooses an individual based on qualifications including success in distance education and overall academic standard of at least 70% in the four core subjects.

  1. Application Deadline: August 31st  of the current school year.

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to the student achieving a minimum of 75% in 5 designated courses in at least 1 Senior High grade. Deadline for application to Alberta Scholarships Program is May 1 for September entry and December 1 for January entry.

  1. VVS will be notified of any successful applicant registered with VVS and this notification will be followed up with a letter from the Alberta Government and the certificate to be presented to the student. These students have already been contacted and issued their money by AB Gov.

 

AWARDS GENERATED BY MANUAL CALCULATION 

Graduate and Alumni Award – Graduates receive a framed certificate to recognize achievement.

  1. This report is generated through SIS.
    1. Elementary – Student must complete the entire program in all six elementary grades with VVS/VVS to qualify and receives a framed certificate.
    2. Junior High – Student must complete the entire program in all three junior high grades with VVS/VVS to qualify and receives a framed certificate.
    3. Senior High – Student must complete the entire program in all three senior high grades with VVS/VVS to qualify and receives a framed certificate.
    4. Alumni – Student must complete their entire school years in all 12 years to qualify and receives a framed certificate.

Academic Honour Roll – CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW – Students receive a Certificate of Honours when meeting the following criteria:

    1. A full-time student within the designated school year
    2. The overall average of the final mark of four core subjects considered
    3. Regular submission of lessons (by teacher validation)
    4. The principal has the final say if discrepancies arise
      1. Grades 1 – 3 – 90% or higher in each course (LA, Math, Sci & SS)
      2. Grades 4 – 6 – 85% or higher in each course (LA, Math, Sci & SS)
      3. Grades 7 – 9 – 80% or higher in each course (LA, Math, Sci & SS)
      4. Grades 10 – 12 – 80% or higher in each course (Diploma Marks are not considered)
        1. English, Social Studies, Math and a Science, (minimum 20 credits)

 Elective Honours Grades 10 – 12 CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW  – Elective Honours are awarded to students achieving 80% or higher in a combination of four or more CTS, PEC or 2nd Language courses in any combination of grade levels. It is possible for a student to have Academic and Elective Honours.

 

 Top Marks – Top Mark is presented to the senior high student achieving the highest mark within that course. This is simply based on the top final mark and no circumstantial or biased issues. Ensure all Francophone codes are included. This prestigious certificate can be presented to more than one student should there be a tie. There is no minimum requirement for top marks.

Sprachdiplom German language students who have completed their studies receive an internationally recognized certification awarded by the German government.