Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,

This email contains a lot of new information along with reminders about items sent home previously.

Pictures Needed
To help with a portion of our corporate graduation ceremony, we need each graduate to email me (shabeeb@salem.k12.va.us) the following:

  • 1 favorite casual picture (as opposed to your official yearbook photo) from Senior Year of just the graduate

  • 1 favorite high school memory picture from any time during high school (group shots preferred)

Graduation Slide (see pdf)
Click here to find a pdf document containing an image of each graduate’s personal slide.  This is the slide that will be shown during the corporate graduation ceremony when the graduate’s name is announced.  For these slides, we use the pictures taken for our yearbook.  The information on the slide is what was shared with us by the graduate through the Graduation Slide Survey.

At this time, we ask you to check your slide for accuracy or misspellings.  If you never shared information with us, this is your last chance to do so.  Please report any errors or share information with us, if you have not done so already, by emailing Jenn Shannon at jshannon@salem.k12.va.us.  The deadline to edit your graduation slide is May 29.

Picking Up Graduation Regalia – June 8/9 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Many graduates will be issued regalia to wear during the individual graduation ceremony held on June 13.  Regalia includes NHS stoles, honor society cords, IB medallions, and other items representing various clubs and accomplishments.

A regalia pickup station will be located in front of the school from 12:00-4:00 on both June 8 and June 9. Students and club/organization sponsors should be in communication with one another prior to June 8/9 about what regalia the student should expect to pick up.

Families will drive up to the station and a staff member will meet you at your car window to hand you the items your sponsor has said you should receive.  No one will need to exit their car to collect their graduation regalia.

Senior Chromebook Collection – June 8/9 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A Chromebook drop off station will be located in front of the school from 12:00-4:00 on both June 8 and June 9. Families will drive up to the station and a staff member will approach the car to collect the Chromebook and charger.  No one will need to exit their car to drop off their Chromebook and charger.

Seniors who have not completed school work required for graduation should keep their Chromebook and charger and turn them at a later date.

Seniors must turn in Chromebooks and chargers, or pay to have them replaced, before receiving a diploma. Lost Chromebooks and/or chargers, may be paid for during those times.  The fee to replace a lost Chromebook is $115, and the fee to replace a lost charger is $25.

Corporate Graduation Ceremony – June 12 – 2:00 pm
It will be during this event that seniors are officially declared to be graduates.  All the components of a traditional SHS graduation ceremony will be present.  We are working on the technological details currently to ensure it is easy to access this event in real time.  More details will come out soon.

Individual Graduation Ceremony – June 13 – 10:00 pm – 6:00 pm (see pdf)
Click here to see a document with our current details regarding the Individual Graduation Ceremony.

In order to decrease the number of cars arriving at the same time and reduce the time graduates and their families wait, the following times are an adjustment from what has been sent out previously.

  • 10:00-11:00 Ahlers – Bradshaw
  • 11:00-12:00 Brauch – Crawley
  • 12:00-1:00 Cross – Gonzalez
  • 1:00-2:00 Grepiotis – Jones
  • 2:00-3:00 Kelley – Murphy
  • 3:00-4:00 Musgrove – Robertson
  • 4:00-5:00 Robinson – Stallard
  • 5:00-6:00 Staples – Wright

Students attending their graduation at their appointed time is essential for this event to run smoothly and efficiently.  We understand there will be unavoidable conflicts for some families.  If you have an unavoidable conflict and need to attend at a different time, please call our Main Office to inform us of the time you need to attend.

Decorating Your Caps
SHS allows seniors to appropriately decorate their graduation caps.  Once you decorate yours, be sure to take a picture of it and post it on social media.  When you do so, please tag Salem High School so we can share your creativity with the world!

There will be more details sent home in the coming weeks.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.  You may call the Main Office any weekday between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

You are loved and appreciated,

Scott Habeeb