Friday, May 3, 2019

What to know before Graduation

It’s that time of the year again. Graduation is coming up very quickly. Here are some things seniors need to know if you have not been updated or reminded. 

Senior’s grades and attendance are the two most important things to get ready for graduation. To be able to keep up with their grades, they need to have a good record of attendance for the rest of the year. Make every moment count by showing up to school and getting their assignments done and turned in. The more they do, the better chance of getting a higher GPA which will lead to better chances and possibilities for college and work.

Grades for all seniors needs to be done by May 17 at 8 o’clock in the morning. That includes all their assignments and tests. Seniors have been exempted from finals. However if they need to help get their grade up, they could talk to a teacher about taking a final to bump that grade up. PLATO will be due on the same day except at 4:30 pm. Even if they are on the verge of barely passing a required class, they need to put effort into their work to graduate. If for some reason they have not completed or need to make up a class, they can talk to Mrs. Holley one-on-one. 

Seniors need to check their canvas and talk to their teachers. Ask about extra credit and retakes if needed. They can check on how many credits they have by looking at their transcript; if anyone does not have access to their own, they should go talk to their counselor. 

Formal Awards will be on May 17. It is an occasion where some seniors will be given scholarships and be recognized by community members, colleges, and representatives from the military. Not all seniors will receive one but it is required for everyone to show up and support their classmates. It’s mandatory to go in order to walk for graduation. May 17 is also the last day of school for seniors. 

As most of the seniors know, they are required to come to every practice in order to participate with their friends at graduation. All seniors should have gotten an email about the schedule and the times of when practices are. If one did not get the email, please email Mrs. Sayre so everybody knows beforehand. Seniors do not want to miss graduation just because they did not show up for practice or an occasion. It is very important that each senior attends each event.

If for any reason, anybody does not have a cap or gown for graduation, they need to go see Mrs. Sayre. She will give those who needs the information if they haven’t received or ordered their graduation items. Seniors need to make sure they do this as soon as possible! Their cap and gown are required to use for graduation and Formal Awards. Also, if any senior has questions about the ceremony or any other event, they should go talk to Mrs. Sayre.

Dress requirements are listed in the same email as the graduation practices. Girls must wear dresses no longer than the gown or dress pants and sensible dress shoes - no flip flops or tennis shoes. Boys must wear dress pants, not jeans, and dress shirt with a collar. Boys should also have dark tie or bowtie and dress shoes. If for some reason, somebody doesn’t have specific requirements as above or cannot provide their outfit, they must please go and see Mrs. Sayre or one of the administrators. Dress requirements goes for baccalaureate and graduation.

The senior trip will be to King’s Island on Monday, May 20. To get more information, email Mrs. Phillips or Mrs. Litton. Senior breakfast will take place in the cafeteria before practice on Wednesday, May 22 at 9 o’clock.

Baccalaureate will be in the auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 o’clock. It is an occasion that happens every year on the Wednesday before graduation. It includes speeches of the valetordian and the class president as well as student recognitions among other things. It is usually there to honor the graduates and congratulate them for their hard work.

Graduation is on Friday, May 24 at 8 o’clock. It will be out on the football field if weather permits it. Families, friends, and the community are welcome to come. However, if there is bad weather, graduation will be in the gym. If it is inside, then only a limit of people are allowed to come. Mrs. Holley says if this does happen, each senior will have a limit of 5 or 6 tickets to use for guests.