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Information for Graduating Seniors Class of 2019

June 16, graduation day for the Class of 2019, is quickly approaching. This letter provides you with the information necessary to prepare for this year’s commencement exercises, which will be held in the Homestead field house at 2:00 p.m. Please read this information carefully, as it contains a number of important details.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

In order to participate in the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019, the following obligations must be met:

1.All classes must be completed and final exams recorded. Please note that we will continue the senior privilege of allowing exam exemptions in the final trimester for each course in which a student meets the exemption criteria as outlined in the Parent and Student Handbook.

2.Credits must be completed as required by Wisconsin State statute and MTSD School Board policy.

3.All detentions must be served. Detentions may be served after school from 2:55 to 3:25 p.m. in room 702. Questions about detentions should be directed to Mrs. Kari Lutter, Assistant Principal for the Senior Class.

4.All fines and outstanding monetary bills must be paid.

5.IMPORTANT: The state-mandated civics exam must be taken and passed. Students who do not complete the civics exam successfully are not only excluded from the graduation ceremony. They are also not eligible for a diploma from a public school in Wisconsin. Students can take the exam on-line any time. It is available on the Homestead website under the “Students and Families” dropdown menu. Click on “Technology Resources” to access the exam. If you have not already done so, please address this obligation ASAP.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS:

As we approach the end of the school year, we expect students will not participate in activities such as pranks or other disrespectful behavior that reflects negatively upon Homestead High School. Participation in these types of activities can result in police referral, suspension, and loss of eligibility to participate in the graduation ceremony. As we move further into the spring, please consider having regular conversations with your child about his/her intentions related to any sort of senior prank. Your parental advice can go a long way in ensuring good decision-making.

GRADUATION TRADITIONS:

Homestead’s graduation ceremony is founded on a tradition of dignity; therefore, school officials require graduates must wear appropriate attire and act in an appropriate manner. Any student who chooses to ignore these expectations will be excluded from participation in commencement.

§Men: collared shirt, tie, long pants, socks, and dress shoes are all required. No athletic shoes, tennis shoes, sandals or sunglasses.

§Women: dress, skirt/top, or dress pants/top with appropriate shoes are required. No athletic shoes, tennis shoes, flip-flops, or sunglasses.

§Graduation gowns must be pressed. Nothing can be worn on the cap and gown.

§No items that distract from the graduation ceremony are allowed.

Again, please note: Without exception, any student who disregards any of these requirements will be withheld from the graduation ceremony.

CAPS AND GOWNS:

Caps and gowns were ordered in the fall of 2018 from Jostens. If you do not have a cap and gown, please stop in or call the Principal’s Office as soon as possible for information.

GRADUATION PRACTICE:

Friday, June 14 is designated as our practice day for graduation. Practice begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Homestead’s field house. Without exception, all seniors must attend practice, which lasts approximately one hour and 30 minutes, and must arrive on time.

YARD SIGNS

At graduation rehearsal, each senior will receive a “Homestead High School Class of 2019 Graduate” yard sign to display at your home. Yard signs are free of charge.

ARRIVAL ON GRADUATION DAY:

On graduation day, graduates must be in their homeroom location by 1:00 p.m. Audience members can enter the field house starting at 1:00 p.m. The doors will be locked until that time.

Floor seating is available for those who are interested and who arrive early enough to secure it. If your child is inviting a guest who is physically unable to sit in the bleachers, please plan to arrive at school before 1:00 p.m. to ensure a floor seat.

GRADUATION PHOTOS

VIP Photography will be on campus on graduation day to snap a professional photo of each graduate as he/she walks across the stage and receives a diploma. If you are interested in purchasing prints of your student’s photograph, please visit this website: https://www.vipis.com/group/eb316388/homestead-high-school.

GRADUATION TICKETS:

Each senior will receive eight tickets, which will be distributed in a homeroom on Monday, June 3. Students will receive tickets only if the following commitments have been fulfilled:

§All detention time has been served.

§All course grades ensure the certainty of graduation.

§The civics exam has been taken and passed.

I look forward to the Class of 2019 making this year’s commencement memorable for our honorees and their guests, continuing the longstanding tradition of decorum and celebration that exists here at Homestead. Once again, thank you for your influence over this process. Should you have additional questions, please contact the school at your convenience.