Graduation

Graduation Ceremony

Class of 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 

7:00 pm, SM South Stadium

ALL THINGS “SENIOR”

 A SNAPSHOT OF IMPORTANT TASKS:

●  All seniors should have ordered their cap and gown.

●  Seniors and families - please visit your Skyward account and work to come up with a plan to pay any outstanding fees

●  Continue to focus on attendance and show your best work on coursework and tests.

A SNAPSHOT OF IMPORTANT DATES:

●  By April 14 - Please check the list outside of Student Services to confirm your name is listed if you believe you have potentially earned a Fourth Year Academic Letter, Completed the Board of Regents Curriculum, or Qualify for another academic award this year.

●  April 27 - Senior Academic Award Ceremony - By invitation only. Student Services will reach out to students and families if your student has earned an academic award.

●  May 1 - Library Books due - please be proactive in finding and returning all borrowed materials before your last day of school. (Textbooks, calculators, athletic equipment...etc)

●  May 9-12 - Current Students will complete the Senior Check out sheet and have all teachers sign off on their sheet. (Mid-year students completed this step in December, Horizons students will complete this at their home school). This form must be complete before receiving your cap and gown.

●  May 9-13 - Senior Sizzle Tickets will be on sale this week on the bridge during lunch.

●  May 11, 12, and 13 - Finals and Senior Last Day
See attached Finals Schedule and Continue Reading for Senior Last Day information

●  May 15th Sunday - Senior Sizzle - Incredible Pizza - 9:30pm-12:30am. Tickets are $20 each.

●  May 18th - Graduation - SM South Stadium - Seniors report to the front of the building before 6:20pm to line up. Processional will begin at 7PM.

DETAILS about TASKS

-  If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please complete this task now. Instructions for ordering have been emailed and have been in the newsletter since January. You can go to the website: balfourkc.com if you still need to do this.

-  Students and Parents, please go to your Skyward account to check to see if you have any outstanding dues and fees. It is greatly appreciated if you make time now to complete these payments. If you have extenuating circumstances and need to talk to someone about a payment plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can call Jennifer Silverstein at 993-7803 and she can arrange for you to talk to the bookkeeper or an administrator.

-  Make sure that you are completing your assignments, and your exams. You need to pass your classes that are needed for graduation. If you are struggling, please reach out to your counselor and take advantage of our after school tutoring program.

-  As the end of the year approaches, please return any borrowed materials (library books, textbooks, calculators, athletic equipment). You will be given a senior check out form to complete your last week for each teacher to sign off that you have turned in items. You will also return your MacBook, case, and charger on Friday, May 13th. It will help if you clean these with a wipe and then a dry towel, and remove all stickers.

SENIOR LAST DAY AND REHEARSAL
*Please note the rehearsal is mandatory. Please reach out to Jennifer Silverstein if you have any extenuating circumstances.

7:40AM - Seniors will report to their First Block class for their final
(Any mid-year graduates or students that don’t have a scheduled first block should plan to arrive at 9:00 and report to the Main gym).

9:15AM - 1st Block final ends and seniors will then proceed to the gym.The gym will be set up with folding chairs very similar to the set up for Graduation. Students will find their assigned chair and all students will sit in alphabetical order. Please bring a pen with you to the rehearsal.

9:20-10:00AM - Students will be released in small groups to turn in their MacBook/Case/Charger. They will have with them their COMPLETED senior check out sheet that should have been signed by each of their teachers earlier in the week.

As students wait, staff members will circulate and pass out an envelope of tickets for each graduate. Students will need to sign off that they have received the tickets. If weather permits, there will be no limit on guests at the SM South stadium for graduation. If it rains, the ceremony will move the main gym inside of SM South. Each graduate has five tickets to pass out to close family members or friends. The district does record graduation ceremonies and posts them later on the SMSD website for future viewing.

Readers of the roll will confirm with each student the correct pronunciation of their name.

10:00AM - Staff and Counselors will review with students an information/instruction sheet and answer all questions that students might have about graduation.

Students will be dismissed by small groups again to turn in their check out sheet and then pick up their cap/gown.

11:00AM - Students will be released from the rehearsal, after picking up their cap and gown.
-The yearbook staff will be in the main gym for students to pick up their pre-ordered yearbooks. There will be a limited number of books available for sale ($70).

-There will also be a picnic lunch sponsored by the Senior Sizzle committee of PTSA. This will be set up in the area by the tennis courts (weather permitting) and students will be able to enjoy some time to be with their classmates, eat, and sign yearbooks. Students are then dismissed from school.

Graduation 2022 Important Dates to Remember

APRIL

April 27 - Senior Academic Awards program, 7:40 am. SMW auditorium. This is an invitation only event for selected students and parents that are receiving academic awards.

MAY

May 1 - 1 Library books due – Please also work diligently to turn in uniforms, textbooks, calculators, and other school property before your last day of school.

May 11 - Block 3, 5, and 7 Finals

May 12 - Blocks 2, 4, and 6 Finals Seniors are expected to attend seminar

May 13 - LAST DAY FOR SENIORS

  • 1st Block Class Seniors are expected to attend block 1
  • Block 1 Final Exam, 7:40 – 9:15 am
  • Laptop Check In 9:30 – 10:15 am
  • Graduation Practice 10:20 am
  • Yearbook Distribution 11:00 am
  • Senior Picnic 11:15 am - outside (weather permitting)

*Bring your completed Senior Checkout Form, laptop, laptop cover and charger with you to graduation practice. Graduation instructions, cap & gown & tickets will be handed out.

*All fines/fees must be paid (or arrangements made with the principal) in full prior to graduation practice. If there is an outstanding fine/fee, a cap and gown will not be issued.

May 15 - Senior Sizzle Party Sunday, 9:30 pm-12:30 am

Senior Sizzle is a drug and alcohol-free party sponsored by the SMW PTSA. Tickets will be sold prior to the event.

May 18 - Graduation ceremony, 7:00 pm at SM South District Stadium students to report to the SM South front office by 6:20 pm.

Questions and Answers

I CAN'T ATTEND THE REQUIRED GRADUATION REHEARSAL. WHAT DO I DO?

Please stop by the front office and inform Mrs. Silverstein. You will be able to pick up your cap/gown and tickets after the rehearsal and before graduation day on Wednesday, May 18th. Our school hours are 7:00am-3:30pm so please make arrangements to pick up these items BEFORE Wednesday if you did not attend rehearsal.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CAP AND GOWN?

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed on the last day of school at graduation practice.

WHAT DO I WEAR TO GRADUATION?

More instructions will be given at rehearsal about recommended attire and where and when to report.

HOW MANY GRADUATION TICKETS WILL I GET FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

Five. These tickets are ONLY NEEDED if the ceremony is held inside at SM South due to inclement weather. Giving out more than five tickets per student would exceed the capacity of the school gymnasium. The air-conditioned SM South auditorium with very comfortable seating will be set up with closed circuit TV for guests who do not have tickets for admittance to the gym. Tickets will be distributed to students at the graduation rehearsal. Students should give the tickets to their parents, parents should bring them to the graduation ceremony. The weather is unpredictable and changes to the ceremony location can be made at the last minute.

WHAT ABOUT PICTURES AT GRADUATION?

There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of individual graduates as you receive your diploma. Graduates are encouraged to pre-register for graduation pictures with Grad Images. To preregister, check the graduation information on the SM West website. NO OTHER CAMERAS will be allowed near the stage. Below is a message from GradImages:

(GradImages® is proud to support one of the biggest moments in a graduate’s life: walking across the stage and into the next chapter. With over 40 years of experience, we understand the importance of this moment and the desire to preserve these memories for a lifetime. Finding your graduate’s photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit www.GradImages.com to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net. We have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.)