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Requirements adjusted to account for harder courses

LOSTANT — The requirements for eighth-grade Lostant students to receive their academic recognition awards have been amended to account for the high school coursework some students are working through.

Previously, the student needed to maintain an A average throughout all coursework, but the more strenuous workload of high school coursework has prompted a change. Now, while Lostant work still needs to be an A, high school work requires only a B.

“If they take high school coursework, they only need a B, but all their Lostant work needs to be an A,” Superintendent Sandra Malahy said at last week’s school board meeting.

Malahy noted that the grading for this coursework, if done through a high school, would be weighted to make up for the increased difficulty. However, this is not an option Lostant is likely to take any time soon.

“I don’t want to get into weighting grades,” Malahy said.

The idea is that the students should not be penalized, through loss of their academic recognition award, for taking on more difficult high school work when they would have met the requirements without it.

“Lostant’s been traditionally known for their high academics,” Malahy said. “Kind of fell off that cliff for a bit, but I think we’re back.”

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