Cardinal Ritter Junior High
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Cardinal Ritter Junior High is a special place. The junior high faculty takes extra time to make sure the students feel like a little family within a larger system. Teachers get to know each junior high student and make them feel welcome. There are many opportunities available only to junior high students, but junior high students are also included in school-wide traditions. High school students embrace junior high students as mentors. The junior high students also show the high school students a thing or two, especially around Homecoming.
We are very proud of the unique experience offered to our junior high students. With rigorous coursework and dozens of opportunities to get involved, CRJH students are more than prepared for high school.
JH Course Offerings – Junior High students, in addition to their six core classes, are given the opportunity to take electives. 7th and 8th-grade students may choose to take a year of band or a four-quarter rotation consisting of 9-weeks of each of the following: Academic Career and Citizenship, Art, Technology, and Exploratory World Language (Chinese). For those 8th graders who have demonstrated good work ethic and maintained the required grades are eligible to take the following high school courses for credit: Algebra, Biology, Composition, and either Spanish or French.
National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society is a privilege extended to students in junior high who meet certain qualifications. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and are evaluated on the basis of leadership, service, and character by a five-member faculty council assigned by Mrs. Hoy. The selection must be unanimous by the faculty council. NJHS members are expected to consistently model leadership and good character while also participating in group service projects throughout their time in Cardinal Ritter Junior High.
Student Council – Student Council elections for Junior High are held within the first month of the school year. The council consists of six students: two 7th grade representatives, a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, all held by 8th graders. Any student is eligible to run for the student council, but they must maintain good grades, good behavior, and be able to attend events throughout the school year. Candidates must obtain recommendations from two teachers and must also give a speech in front of their classmates. Student Council has regular meetings and is instrumental in planning junior high events such as homecoming.
CYO Athletics – Cardinal Ritter Junior High students are offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports teams through CYO such as football, basketball, volleyball, and track.
Fall Festival – This annual event is typically held in the month of October. The fall festival takes place on Reese Field with games and food provided by Mrs. Hoy.
JH Dances – CRJH hosts or is invited to attend several junior high dances throughout the school year. From the Halloween Dance at the SMSG Parish Life Center to the Neon Dance at CRHS, junior high students are given many opportunities to have fun with friends.
Powderpuff Game – Each fall, the junior high girls are given a chance to participate in this annual event. 7th and 8th-grade girls form teams coached by Cardinal Ritter faculty/staff and a few student assistants and those teams compete against the junior high girls at SMSG Junior High. This event is always a good time and allows students to show their school spirit.