Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,

The end of the high school journey is always a combination of excitement and anxiety.  The natural anxiety about the future, tends to be outweighed by the excitement of participating in a series of fun and meaningful traditions and events.  We realize, though, that the Class of 2020 and their families – and my family is one of those – are wondering whether or not there will be any exciting events for seniors.

I believe in transparency, so here is a completely transparent answer: We do not know precisely what the end of this school year will look like for seniors.  But I can promise you we are actively exploring various options to give the Class of 2020 a meaningful end to their K-12 Journey.  As we make decisions, you can expect to hear from me by email, by phone, and by social media.

To that end, we currently are working on several possibilities for a graduation ceremony.  We have to wait to determine which scenario we use, but rest assured, we plan to have some sort of meaningful graduation ceremony in June.

With that in mind, here are 3 important and timely graduation items for the Class of 2020:

1. Graduation Slide Show Survey – Closes Friday, May 8
At our graduation ceremony, as students’ names are called, we project a slide with the graduate’s senior picture and 2 or 3 items about the student.  Now is the time when we need seniors to tell us what information they would like on their slide. (A sample slide has been attached to this email.)

We are looking for items such as:

  • School involvement (athletic teams, clubs, etc)
  • Honors or awards received
  • Outside of school activities (youth groups, Young Life, Boy/Girl Scouts, etc.)
  • What students KNOW FOR SURE they will be doing next year (specific career, entering the workforce, military, which college, etc).

We are NOT looking for:

  • What you plan to major in or hope to study in college, what graduate schools you hope to attend one day, or what future occupations you hope to have, as all of this information could easily change.
  • quotes
  • shout outs
  • silly statements.

A team of teachers works hard on these slides, and it takes them extra time to edit out the things we are NOT looking for.  Therefore, please only give the information we ARE looking for.

Please share your information ASAP by completing the Graduation Slide Survey found on the front page of the SHS website or by visiting this link: https://forms.gle/VJtxUAznR84ShA526

This will only work from a Salem City Schools login.

2. Senior Exit Survey – Closes Friday, May 8

There is a lot of information our Counseling Department needs to collect from graduating students.  Some of the information is used for our own data collection. However, much of it is used to recognize students.  Some information you share will end up in our graduation program. Other information will end up being used in other end of year recognition efforts.

Please make sure we have all your information so you don’t get left out of any recognition you deserve.  The Senior Exit Survey can be found on the front page of the SHS website or by visiting this link: https://forms.gle/SJFK7CT8kXLZ3gTy7

This will only work from a Salem City Schools login.

3. Caps and Gowns

If you have not yet picked up your cap and gown, please do that directly through Jostens.  Jostens has a local rep – Jeff Leach – and a local office at 208 Brand Ave. Please call Jostens at 1-800-567-8367 to arrange a time to pick up your memorabilia.

As in past years, Salem graduates are allowed to tastefully and appropriately decorate their caps.

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We hate that this pandemic is impacting your senior year.  Know that we love the Class of 2020, and while the end of your year might not look as you had imagined, we definitely want to provide you with meaningful opportunities to make positive memories.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Class of 2020 Photo Challenge on Instagram recently.  I would encourage you to reach out to Mr. Campbell about the upcoming Virtual Talent Show. Stay tuned for information about a different type of After Prom opportunity and for information about a Virtual Spirit Week.

We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control how we react.  Just like I told you all when I visited your English classes in the first week of school, we need the Class of 2020 to continue setting the example for the rest of the Spartans.  Even if it’s through remote or virtual means, your leadership remains impactful.

Let me know if you have any questions.

You are loved and appreciated,

Scott Habeeb