Welcome to your senior year of high school. We want to make sure you have all of the information you need for a successful year and to ensure you understand what is expected of you. Below, please find an outline of the major events and information for seniors. As you know, everything is subject to change, however we want to give you the dates to put on your calendar.
GRADUATION PARTICIPATION - According to Board Policy 5460, commencement exercises will include only those students who have successfully completed requirements for graduation as certified by the high school principal. A student may be denied participation in the ceremony of graduation when personal conduct so warrants. Participation in any senior prank is prohibited. For the purpose of this policy, prank will be defined as anything that is illegal, destructive, involves trespassing, causes a disruption of education, or has the intent to create harm or chaos. A student will be excluded from the graduation ceremony, if found to have been involved in any senior prank activity. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, graduates must participate in the following mandatory activities:
SENIOR BREAKFAST - The Senior Breakfast will be Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria. Once the breakfast has concluded, seniors will report to the field house for the first of two mandatory graduation rehearsals. Students must have the required cap, gown and tassel in order to participate in the graduation ceremony – handed out on May 26th. Immediately following graduation rehearsal, seniors will be escorted to Washington Jr. High for their “Senior Walk.” Seniors will then go to their former elementary buildings to celebrate their accomplishments with the students and staff.
REHEARSAL & SENIOR ASSEMBLY - The first of two mandatory graduation rehearsals will be on Thursday, May 27th at 9:00 AM immediately following the Senior Breakfast. This rehearsal will conclude at 10:30 AM. The second mandatory graduation rehearsal is the Senior Assembly which will be held on Friday, May 28th at 8:30 AM in the field house. Seniors must be in their seats for attendance by 7:30 AM. Graduates are to wear their cap and gown for this event. If a student misses either of these rehearsals, he/she will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.
COMMENCEMENT - Commencement exercises are at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 5th. Graduates must be in their seats at 9:00 AM. Guests will be admitted after 10:00 AM. Appropriate dress is expected for Commencement and Senior Assembly. Commencement is a formal ceremony sponsored by the Board of Education. Proper decorum is expected from all in attendance. As in all activities, the Student Code of Conduct is in effect. Improper behavior or any other inappropriate action will be cause for removal. The full policy regarding graduation can be found on the district’s website.
JANUARY GRADS - Any student who is interested in graduating in January should make a request to see their counselor ASAP. The counselor will review your transcript with you and provide you an application to fill out and discuss with your parent. The deadline to apply to be a January graduate is December 1, 2020.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD - Students who are in attendance every school day from their freshman year through their senior year at Whitmer High School are eligible for the perfect attendance award. To qualify for this award, students can not have ANY lates to school, early excusals or tardies. The only exception(s) to the Perfect Attendance Award are pre-approved college visits. College visits must be approved by administration prior to the visit. If you believe you qualify for this award please contact Ms. Wietrzykowski by Friday, April 13th.
COLLEGE AND SCHOLARSHIP SURVEY - Each year Washington Local Schools is required to gather survey data from every member of the senior class regarding post-secondary plans, college acceptance, and scholarship awards. The information that is gathered is reported to the Whitmer School Profile. All seniors at Whitmer High School will complete the senior survey online after Spring Break. Surveys must be completed by May 14th.
FEES AND FINES - Seniors must take care of all fee obligations by Friday, May 25th. If fees and fines are not paid, the student’s diploma may not be included in the Career Passport. Contact Lynda Mazzurco at (419) 473-8426 with questions regarding fees. Fee balances are also available on PowerSchool.
TRANSCRIPTS – Transcripts must be requested through wls4kids.org/Whitmer. When requesting your transcript for college enrollment decision, choose ‘select your final transcript’. All colleges require a final transcript to solidify college acceptance.
There is a graduation information board on the wall in the Principal’s Secretary’s Office. It will have important information for seniors throughout the year. Senior information will also be posted on the Whitmer website at wls4kids.org/Whitmer and updated frequently. It is my hope that your final year of high school will prove to be an exciting and memorable time in your life. We know this is a very unique year and we share a tremendous amount of pride in the Class of 2021 for your spirit and resiliency!