Graduation Video - Your link to view the graduation ceremony will be available June 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
June 1 Announcement (Graduation Update) from Mr. Galley, Principal - Hard to believe, but it is already June which makes it graduation planning time. Below is a list of activities to plan for and they start NEXT WEEK!
- Honor’s Night Scholarship Reveal June 8 @ 7:00pm – If your senior received a Nooksack Valley Scholarship Foundation award, or communicated to us outside scholarships earned, you will receive an email with a Zoom link tomorrow. You can share this link with any friends or family. We will be revealing NVSF awards live during this Zoom, all winners and their families/friends are encouraged to watch.
- June 10 Graduation Filming – As we are set to reach Phase 2 in the re-opening process we are ready to film graduates next week. All seniors should arrive with cap and gown and appropriate clothing underneath (dress/skirts/slacks/dockers, collared shirt, clean shoes). Blocks of time have been communicated and will be posted on the website. We encourage students to bring their own mask and will hand one out to students who need one. Beth Schramm will be taking photos of seniors and families after the students film. Senior parent group will also be in attendance handing out gifts. Fingers crossed for nice weather!
- June 13 Parade of Graduates – We will assemble the parade in the old Bromley’s parking lot north, of town starting at 10:15. One car per graduate with family members of choosing. The parade routes will proceed south on Cherry Street, left on Front, then follow Hovel/Telegraph/Sorenson to Nooksack Elementary, then left of Nooksack Ave, right on main street, and left on Blair before finishing at Lincoln/Kirsh (behind Little Caesars. Onlookers are encouraged to gather safely anywhere along the route by 11:00 to cheer and show support for the class of 2020.
- Diplomas Awarded – Students will receive graduation packets at the end of the parade (as long as they have turned in chromebooks, library books, paid fines, etc). We encourage seniors to return all items by JUNE 10.
- June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 – The graduation ceremony will air on a private YouTube channel. The link will be posted on our website: https://hs.nv.k12.wa.us/academics/seniors
Even through this difficult time it has been great to see the resilience of this senior group. We know of the disappointment, but that is starting to give way to excitement about the next steps in their lives. We are looking forward to sharing these final days with them and create great, unique memories. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22 Announcement (Graduation Update) from Mr. Galley, Principal - I hope this weekly update finds you and your family doing well as we head into Memorial Day weekend. Below is the latest on graduation prep that is intended to help you plan and communicate to family and friends.
- Virtual Graduation Filming: As previously stated, we will film at the HS on June 10 th . We have to be in Phase 2 of the governor’s plan, which could allow families to attend with your child. We must wait until the county moves to Phase 2 before I can confirm.
- The following link https://hs.nv.k12.wa.us/academics/seniors continues to be where new information will be added. This is also where we will post the link to the virtual graduation once it is ready to go live. Please direct family and friends to the above link on the date of showing. Place the above link in your graduation announcements you send to family and friends.
- Date of showing: We were able to make Thursday, June 18 @7:00pm the initial airing date. Our thinking was to have it as quickly as it would be ready, with the least amount of conflicts.
- Honors Night: We are planning a virtual honors night to announce scholarships. This is tentatively planned for Monday June 8 so stay tuned.
- Parade Of Graduates Saturday June 13: We met with local law enforcement today and have a plan! Graduates and immediate families will gather and stage at Bromley’s parking lot starting at 10:15. The parade will start promptly, at 11:00, and will follow a route through each community, ending at Everson City park. We will have more information about route and community expectations as we get closer.
- Students will be given their diploma, 2 graduation programs, and other awards at the end of the parade. We are hoping our school board is in attendance to hand out.
That’s it for now. If you’ve been watching the news, you may have seen other states having ceremonies outside, socially distanced, and in person. We would not be allowed to do this until the state reaches phase 4. As earlier stated, if our states gets to this phase prior to the start of the school year, we will schedule some form of gathering for those interested! Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions: email@example.com
April 24 Announcement (Grading) from Mr. Galley, Principal - As many of you have likely seen/read, new grading guidelines came out from the State Superintendent that will impact all students spring semester. The overview is as follows:
T3 = 3 rd quarter (2/3-3/13); T4 = 4 th quarter (4/27-6/19); S2 = Semester 2 or Final Grade:
- T3 Grade will serve as the baseline. (Grade received on March report card)
- T4 grades represent a measure of engagement of new distance learning content starting 4/27 and can improve overall grade.
- If students do not sufficiently engage in new distance learning, students could receive an INCOMPLETE grade that would have to be made up at a later time.
- If students received an F for T3, final grade will be changed to INCOMPLETE, but students can still improve that grade by completing old assignments
You will be able to monitor grades through Skyward as teachers begin grading new work. Students will receive points for attempting the work and turning in, and will receive full credit if their attempts meet or exceed standard (like any assignment) They will receive a ‘0’ if not turned in. All this work will be in T4.
Final grades will be based on the S2 grade as follows:
- Students will earn the higher grade between T3 and S2
- If S2 is an F student will be given an Incomplete. (Even if T3 was passing)
I know there is A LOT of information here and it may be a bit confusing. Please reach out to me if you have questions about the policy. Continue to reach out to teachers if you have specific questions about your child’s assignments. Ultimately our message is we want all students to give the best effort they can, if they do their grades will reflect what they deserve and what they have earned. Their grades will not be harmed if they try. It is imperative that students log in and check Microsoft Teams every day. There is important information (especially for seniors) being communicated along with assignments. This will help to ensure their success.
April 23 Announcement (Graduation Update) from Mr. Galley, Principal - Yesterday was exciting! We were able to see many smiling faces show up to pick up Caps and Gowns, announcements, even a letterman's jacket. It certainly provided a brief sense of normalcy. It also got the questions going about what's next? What will graduation look like? etc. etc. But first things first. Below is an update for you and some things for you and your senior to attend to in the short run:
- All seniors were recently added to a new Team. We will be pushing out all student information in this format, but will also use a K12 like this to ensure parents get the same information.
- The first assignment is for students to access the Nooksack Valley Scholarship Foundation website: http://nooksackvalleyscholarshipfoundation.com/index.html and complete the scholarship form if eligible. It is due April 30 and only a few applications have been submitted.
- Grade guidelines were recently announced from the state. In short, the grades students had at the quarter (you should have received a report card) will be the grade your child will earn IF they engage in the new learning starting next week, and stay engaged for the remainder of the year. If they do not, they risk an incomplete and risk not graduating. (If they had an F at the quarter and do not complete make up assignments they will receive an Incomplete and may not graduate on time).
- We need seniors to know this work counts and they need to put forth their best effort until the end of the year.
- Graduation - we will have a graduation ceremony, it will likely be very different however. Assuming the Governor's orders for no large gatherings will still be in place in early June, we will be producing a "Virtual Graduation." Exactly what this looks like is yet to be determined, but we are hopeful that it will still be a special experience as we work with students to create the video. More information about specifics will come out soon.
- Many of you have also asked about the date, right now we are saying June 12 is the "last day" for seniors, but the state may force us to move to the 19th. We will communicate when we are able to confirm a final date.
Lots of information, just know we are thinking about your children and mourning with them. We are committed to making the best of this spring for them! Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 18 Announcement (Graduation Orders) - Drive Thru Delivery Event! Graduation Announcements, Caps, & Gowns will be delivered at school: Wednesday, April 22. Please pick up order in front of the high school during your last name time and please remain in your car at all times. A – K 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. & L – Z 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. If you have a balance owing, you will need to pay that prior to pick up. You can go online to pay or call 1-800-Jostens (567-8367). Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions. Jostens - Your link for caps, gowns, class rings, graduation announcements, etc.