Senior Parent Information
Seniors: Please see Ms. Shaw's webpage for important Financial Aid Information, information about Scholarships and Financial Assistance, and much more!
There will be a mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting, in the Media Center, on November 14th, at 8:15 am.
Parents of Seniors: Volunteers are needed!
Dear Senior Parents,
What an exciting year! Many of you will be experiencing some of the same feelings that I have right now, primarily, “Where did the time go?” Hard as it is to believe, those innocent children that we walked into their first day of school 12 ½ years ago are about to graduate from high school! How did it happen so fast?
Before it all comes to an end, I’m inviting you to pitch in and help with some of the special events that we have planned for the Class of 2015. A group of parents met last week to discuss these, and now we are looking for volunteers to help. I’ll try to offer a brief description of the activities we are planning, along with some of the discussions we had last week. All of these activities occur during ‘Senior Week,’ which is May 25-29, 2015.
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26 – Senior Retreat
• This is an optional event for students. (Usually, at least ½ of the class attends.)
• This has been an overnight retreat, but there was discussion about whether or not students would prefer an overnight or a daytime event.
• For the past few years, the retreat has been held at Pathfinders in Kingsport, but we had discussions about alternate locations for this year.
• Past activities have included swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, field games, hiking, bonfire, ropes course, zipline, and paintball. Students have paid (about $10/student) for this retreat in past years.
• We need volunteers to help plan the location of the retreat, coordinate transportation, plan activities and food, and to determine costs.
Wednesday, May 27 – Practice for the Baccalaureate Service
• If the retreat was an overnight event, the students return from the retreat by midday by bus. The rehearsal for the Baccalaureate Service is that afternoon.
• This is an optional event, and most of the class usually participates.
• The Baccalaureate Service is typically held at a local church and is an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and talents, as well as a time to recognize each student. Individual students may give inspirational speeches, sing, dance, play musical instruments, or perform short skits.
• Part of the service includes the reading of each student’s name in the order in which he/she entered the school. As the names are read, the students come forward and pass a flame from a lighted candle to one another. Junior ambassadors lead the students into the service and the seniors pass the flame to the juniors at the end as a symbolic gesture of ‘passing along the senior spirit.’
• We need volunteers to plan the service, coordinate the student activities, and plan the reception following (See below).
Thursday, May 28 – Senior Class Picnic
• There is typically a mandatory graduation practice in the morning planned by the school administration.
• The Senior Class Picnic is held from 11:00am-2:00pm. It is an optional event that is attended by students and their families.
• The picnic has been held at Winged Deer Park recently (Meredith Pavilion) and has included food, volleyball, other games, and water sports.
• We need volunteers to secure a location, plan events, and plan for the food. (Food can be donated by parents or local businesses or purchased.)
Thursday, May 28 – Baccalaureate Service
• The service is usually held in the evening. Family and friends of the seniors are invited, and food is usually served afterwards.
• The food served can include anything from a full dinner to finger/snack foods. In the past, Junior parents have sometimes provided food or helped serve it so that Senior parents could be free to celebrate with their children.
• The same committee that plans the Baccalaureate Service will plan this, too.
Friday, May 29 –Project Graduation
• There is a mandatory class picture and graduation practice in the morning.
• Graduation is at 7:00pm. Tickets are required. (Each student is usually issued 10-15 tickets, and the event is also live-streamed for those who cannot attend.)
• After graduation, Project Graduation is held at the CPA on campus. This is an optional event, and it is also open to Juniors at UH (for a small fee).
• Project Graduation starts at 9:00pm, and students have to be present by 10:30pm to attend. It lasts until 6:00am the next morning. If students leave earlier, their parents are called, and the student cannot reenter.
• Swimming, indoor soccer, basketball, ping pong, movies, and other games are typically planned, as well as lots of food and door prizes.
• We need volunteers to plan the activities, the food, and secure door prizes; we also need volunteers to sign up to chaperone (in 2 hour shifts).
We have information regarding each activity from past years, so we should not have to recreate the wheel, but we need all of the help that we can get to make this a successful and meaningful week for our students. Also, students will be receiving an online survey soon to gather their input, and the results will be shared with the committees planning each activity.
We would like to form 4 committees (Retreat, Baccalaureate, Picnic, and Project Graduation), and we need volunteers for each. Please consider each of the activities listed and let us know how you would like to volunteer to help by replying to this email.
Felicia Wexler and Stacey Wild
Co-Chairs of Senior Week 2015
Senior Parents- A meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at the Johnson City Country Club, at 6:30p.m., in the Lancaster Room, to discuss Graduation Week
Senior Parents- As a senior parent you will have some extra responsibilities this year. As a part of the Graduation Week (last week of school), the senior parents traditionally arrange an overnight retreat, a senior picnic, the Baccalaureate service and Project Graduation (graduation night lock-in). The school will donate a small amount of money toward these parent arranged festivities, but the burden of fundraising falls to the parents. All of the above listed activities are optional, but have become a tradition usually embraced by the senior parents to give the graduates a great finish to high school. There is no set system in place to organize parent involvement, but usually at least one parent will step forward to begin the process. I am happy to serve as advisor and facilitator for helping you organize Senior Week and to relay information to the seniors. I encourage you to begin the conversation soon! Ms. Shaw
Seniors- Your diplomas are being printed this week, and it is time to order cap/gown and invitations. Mr. Eddie Brown will be at school in the US Library 12-12:30 on November 3 (study hall) to meet with you as a group regarding senior supplies available from Josten’s. Order packets will be handed out at the meeting. Mr. Brown will be back from 12-1 on November 12 in front of the cafeteria to pick up your order forms. Please plan to attend if at all possible. If you cannot be there, please arrange for another senior or a parent to pick up a packet for you
ETSU Dual Enrollment Students: It is time to apply for spring dual enrollment at ETSU. You must complete two steps:
ETSU Registration will begin on November 12 so it is imperative that you return the Permission to Enroll form by October 30. Please see Ms. Shaw if you have any questions
On Friday, October 10th, Seniors will have a class group picture made. It will be made around 8:30 on the steps in front of the administration building. If you wish to order a print, the cost is $15. These pictures must be preordered. Forms may be obtained in the front office or by seeing Ms. Hammonds
Also, on Friday, October 10th, the pictures for Senior Superlatives will be made
Attention Seniors: it is time to submit your Senior Will for the yearbook. The will must be no more than 250 words and be school appropriate. You may turn in your will to Ms. Hammonds or email to email@example.com . The deadline is October 17th. We will not accept wills after this date. The yearbook staff reserves the right to edit the will as deemed necessary
We will be having a College Application Day on Thursday, October 9th, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the library computer lab. All seniors are welcome to stop by during the day to apply to college(s) with the assistance of the Counseling office and the Niswonger College and Career Counselor, Mr. Stewart. Please bring a credit or debit card with you so that you can pay for your application once you fill it out. To help the spirit of College Application Day, we ask that all faculty, staff, administration, and students wear their favorite college colors!
Seniors, don't forget to submit your Contact Information to the Alumni Database !!! Yes, you made it!!!
Parents of Seniors: Seniors are required to complete 40 hours of community service before they graduate. To date, many seniors have not submitted their forms to Ms. Shaw. This is a state requirement to graduate. Please work with your student to take care of this item
The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will go live on January 1, 2014. This is the FAFSA that should be completed by your graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in college for Fall 2014.
Students may use the FAFSA4caster (http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate) now to get an estimate of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what financial aid the student may receive. The FAFSA4caster will then determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study the student may qualify for and will provide them with an estimated award amount for each.
Be sure to check out Ms. Shaw's Page for updated information
-Register to take the ACT at www.act.org if you need to take it one last time!
-Be sure to take any SAT II: Subject Tests that may be required for college admission! Register at www.collegeboard.com.
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