Monthly Awards

Virtue of the Month Award (Grades PK-8)
The purpose of this award is to acknowledge students who consistently demonstrate the characteristics of the Virtue of the Month. This award is based on one of the seven Catholic virtues and three Theological virtues: prudence, temperance, charity, patience, kindness, humility, stewardship, faith, hope, and love. This award is presented to one student from each homeroom on a Friday at Community Prayer.

Quarterly Awards

High Honors (Grades 6-8)
High Honors are awarded to students who have a grade of 90 or above in all subject areas; a grade of Satisfactory in art, music, and physical education; and satisfactory Conduct and Effort grades in all subject areas.

Honor Roll (Grades 6-8)
Honor Roll is awarded to students who have a grade of 85 or above in all subjects areas with three (3) grades of 90 or above in the core subject areas of religion, literature, English, math-concepts, science, social studies, and Spanish; a grade of Satisfactory in art, music, and physical education; and satisfactory Conduct and Effort grades in all subject areas.

National Junior Honor Society (Grades 7-8)

Students in grades seven and eight who meet certain requirements in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship during the first two quarters of the school year are eligible to apply for membership in the NJHS.  An induction ceremony is held in February.

Year-End Awards

Presidential Academic Excellence Award (Grade 8)
Students in eighth grade are eligible if their most recent Iowa scores in Total Reading and/or Total Math are at or above the eighty-fifth (85%) percentile and the student has maintained a grade of 90 or above in all subjects by quarter from fourth grade through the first quarter of eighth grade.

Dr. Joan Tiernan Theater Award (Grade 8)
Dr. Joan Tiernan, former principal, was instrumental in establishing and initiating school musicals and plays, which are much enjoyed and anticipated annual events. This award is presented to the student who demonstrates an eagerness to develop his/her craft, possesses a strong work ethic, and presents a good role model for younger students.

Outstanding Christian Response Award  (Grade 8)
The Outstanding Christian Response Award has a long and prestigious history at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School. At the graduation Mass, an eighth grade student is recognized for outstanding Christian behavior. The recipient of this award is selected by fellow eighth-grade students through secret ballot.

Sisters of Mercy Awards (Grade 8)
For almost 45 years the Sisters of Mercy were a guiding presence at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School. They laid the foundations for, nurtured, and established the school’s time-honored traditions. This award is presented to those students, and thus their parents, who have shown their commitment to OLA by their attendance at OLA Catholic School since Pre-Kindergarten.

Society of Mary Award (Grade 8)
The Society of Mary (The Marists) is a presence at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School where they have been a guiding support since 1965. The Society of Mary Award is presented to students, and thus their parents, who have demonstrated a commitment to OLA and to Catholic education since kindergarten.