Secondary Campus News

Parent/Guardian of Graduating Senior

Posted on: March 14, 2016 10:00 am
March, 2016

 Dear Parent/Guardian of a Graduating Senior:

 Welcome to the exciting world of graduation. You have already been experiencing the exciting world of parenting a high school senior, so on to the next level. 

 Our high school staff is also deeply involved in helping our seniors have a successful and very happy final month in high school, so we are in this together. We are very proud of our seniors and want to do all we can to make these final high school days memorable.

 This letter contains three important sections; each designed to help you in your planning for graduation.

  1. A discussion of what goes on at graduation and the events preparing for graduation.
  2. A discussion of the weeks remaining before graduation and some of the concerns that arise at this time of year.
  3. A chronological list of events to help you in your planning of Graduation and the events that will get us there.

 Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 27th.  The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm, and students are expected to arrive at 6:15 pm. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The ceremony will take place at Tri-County Assembly, 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014.  Each senior will be issued ten tickets at the rehearsal on the morning of the ceremony.  Students with fourth quarter perfect attendance will be awarded two additional tickets. Please remember that senior skip day is considered truancy and will result in seniors forfeiting their right to extra tickets. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Please call if you have any questions at 931-0712 or e-mail bareichle@finneytown.org.  

 The graduation robes are disposable and will remain the property of the graduate. They are not to be adorned or altered in any way. Our young ladies should wear a white dress with white shoes.  The gentlemen should wear a white dress shirt, dark necktie, dark trousers, dark socks, and dark dress shoes. Any student refusing to dress in an acceptable manner will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

 Practice for graduation is scheduled for May 27th, beginning at 8:30 am for breakfast in the gym lobby.  The class picture will be taken at 9:00 a.m. on campus. Pictures provide students with a great opportunity to wear their 2016 senior t-shirt/sweatshirt.  Immediately after the class picture, we will bus our seniors to Tri-County Assembly for graduation practice.  We shall return to campus no later than 12:30 p.m.  Attendance at practice is absolutely mandatory for those who plan to be a part of the graduation ceremony. The line of march and the seating are finalized at practice, so attendance is important and required. It will be presumed that any student who is not at practice and has not talked with Dr. Thurman has decided not to take part in the graduation ceremony. 

 Graduation Ceremony

We want our graduation ceremony to be respectful and dignified so that the graduates receive the recognition that they deserve as individuals. During the ceremony, we ask that all applause and other celebratory noise be held until all graduates have been announced.  This gives respect to each graduate, allows each name to be heard, and avoids unnecessary delays. Air horns and other noise makers are prohibited and those that use such items will be asked to refrain from such behavior or leave the grounds immediately.  At no time should unauthorized individuals approach the podium.  The center aisle should be kept clear at all times.  Please take your pictures from your seat.  A professional photographer will capture the big moment as graduates receive their diplomas.

To ensure the proper protocol is followed by students, diplomas will not be issued the night of graduation. Students will be given the decorative sleeve for the diploma during the ceremony and may pick up the actual document on Tuesday, May 31st. Any student violating the code of conduct at the graduation ceremony will be asked to complete community service hours before receiving their diploma.

 Concerns

Our deepest concern at this time of year is that some of our seniors will involve themselves in activities that will jeopardize their graduation. In the past, some great kids have done things that have caused significant anxiety for their parents/guardians and for the school staff.

 Obviously, the school will react to any pranks that affect the health and safety of staff and students or damage school property. Some activities in the past have resulted in the exclusion of students from graduation exercises.  Pranks that cause damage to school property may result in expulsion, criminal charges and the exclusion from participation in senior activities, including graduation.

 These reminders are offered with the expectation that all of our students, families, staff, and friends will have a wonderful graduation experience. Graduation is one of life’s most moving and memorable events! Let’s work together to make this a great, celebratory event. 

Respectfully,

 

 Dr. Sally Thurman

Principal  

Important Dates

 

March 11th                  Josten’s Graduation Delivery  - 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

March 18th                  End of 3rd Quarter

Marc h 21st -25th         Report Cards sent home

March 28th-April 1st     Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

April 4th                     Staff In-Service – NO SCHOOL

April 23rd                   Prom – 8 pm

                                After Prom – 12:30 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

April 28th                  National Honor Society Inductions – 6:30 p.m. in the PAC

April 25th – 29th         4th Quarter Interims

May 2nd – 13th            AP Exams

May 11th                   Academic Signing Celebration – 1:30 p.m. in the MC

May 12th                   Senior Awards – 7:00 p.m. in the PAC

May 6th                    Last day to pay senior obligations with checks

                               Cap & Gown Distribution – Lunch

May 17th                  Underclass Awards Ceremony – 9:00 a.m. in the PAC

May 17th – 19th         Senior Exams

May 18th                  Middle School Awards Ceremony – 10:00 a.m. in the PAC

                               Scarlet Oaks Senior Recognition Ceremony – 7pm at

                               Tri Country Assembly of God

May 19th                   Diamond Oaks Senior Recognition Ceremony – 7pm at

                               Tri Country Assembly of God

May 20th                   Last Day for Seniors

                                Dorm Safety Presentation for seniors (mandatory attendance) – 8:30

                                Senior Fun Day

May 24th                   Senior Dinner – 6:30 p.m. in the MP

May 27th                   Senior breakfast 8:30 am at Finneytown Secondary Campus

                               Graduation Rehearsal 9:00 am – 12:30 p.m. Students will be bused to and from

                               Tri-County Assembly for practice.

 The long awaited moment Graduation 7:00pm – arrive at 6:15pm

 May 23rd –May 26th   No school for seniors except as assigned for disciplinary reasons

 May 26th                  Last $ Day - to pay financial obligations.   We accept cash, money orders and credit cards (no checks). Students cannot graduate, receive a diploma or have transcripts sent until all fees are paid.