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Dear Parents/Guardians and Seniors:
Welcome to the long-awaited senior year for the graduating class of 2019! You and your sons and daughters have come a long way, and this undoubtedly will be an important and exciting year. Together we need to establish clear expectations for seniors to work hard, complete all graduation requirements, and utilize all available learning experiences during their last year as students at Spring Mills High School.
This letter will present you with valuable information for your seniors for the 2018-2019 school year. Additional letters will be distributed throughout the year as more details are finalized.
GRADUATION CEREMONY & EVENTS
Our graduation ceremony will take place at Spring Mills High School on Monday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. Practices will be held May on 16th and 17th. The senior award ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17th. The senior class picnic will be held following the senior award ceremony on May 17th.
Caps, gowns, and tassels are mandatory for graduation and will be purchased through Jostens. Spring Mills High School’s Jostens representative Holly Sidwell will provide our seniors with the catalog and order forms on during the senior meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd.
Ms. Sidwell will be back at SMHS on October 11th, October 12th, and December 6th during lunch in the cafeteria to collect completed graduation orders.
Graduation attire is MUCH CHEAPER when ordered early!!! Do not wait to order the cap and gown unit. All Jostens orders made by December will be delivered to the school and handed out to seniors on March 6th. Late orders will be shipped to the senior’s house at their expense.
This year, students who choose to do so may decorate their graduation caps. Caps must be decorated appropriately and will be checked prior to graduation. Any decorated cap that is deemed inappropriate by administration will be removed and the student may be prevented from walking at the ceremony.
Ladies Dress for Graduation:
*Graduation cap, gown, and tassel
*School appropriate dress or shirt with skirt (1-2 inches above gown) or dark slacks
*Dress shoes (preferably black)
Gentlemen Dress for Graduation:
*Graduation cap, gown, and tassel
*White shirt and tie
*Dark slacks, socks, and dress shoes (preferably black)
GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS, RINGS, ETC…
Our fabulous Jostens representative will provide the catalog and order forms for all senior orders. Only the cap & gown unit is required; however, Jostens offers many other gifts and items to celebrate graduation, including announcements.
Myerly & Lowe Photography will be at Spring Mills High School doing makeup senior pictures on Thursday, October 18th. Senior pictures are not mandatory, but all seniors who wish to have their picture included in the yearbook must have a picture taken either by Myerly & Lowe or another outside photographer. There is no cost for the senior portrait to be taken; however you may purchase prints if you would like. See the schedule for time slots and directions for makeup pictures.
STUDENT SERVICES & GUIDANCE COUNSELING SERVICES
All students at Spring Mills High School are assigned to a guidance counselor who offers consultation with parents and teachers, personal counseling to students, and assistance to students in tracking progress towards graduation. The senior guidance counselor this year is Mrs. Copenhaver. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS
Students planning to apply to four-year universities in state or out of state must take either the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the spring of their junior year or early fall of their senior year. Schedules for these tests are posted in the guidance office. Further information regarding study materials (practice tests, strategies etc.) for these tests can be found under the Counseling tab on the SMHS website.
Most four-year universities begin accepting applications by November. Most also require an application fee. All applications requiring academic information to be verified by the school should be submitted to the guidance secretary at least two weeks before the deadline. Students are responsible for mailing applications.
There is no charge for official high school transcripts. All students are able to request transcripts from www.parchment.com. When you order a transcript through Parchment, it will ask you what schools you want your transcript sent to. Parchment then sends your transcript electronically to those schools.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Students needing letters of recommendation for college applications or scholarships should make that request of the appropriate counselor or other faculty members at least two weeks ahead of the deadline. When asking a faculty member for a letter of recommendation, please fill out a letter of recommendation form and give this to the teacher(s) of whom you are requesting a recommendation. These forms can be picked up in the guidance office through the guidance secretary, Mrs. Spangler.
COLLEGE PLANNING, SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Students are provided with extensive information and resources for college and career planning, as well as scholarship and financial aid information. The school assumes the responsibility of gathering and distributing information to students. Parents and students are highly encouraged to visit the Counseling page under the SMHS website where information on financial aid (FAFSA), scholarships, SAT/ACT tests as well as additional resources can be found. It is the student's responsibility to follow through on investigating these opportunities, however, the Guidance Office is available to assist students and parents as needed. Additionally, seniors are invited to meet with college representatives who visit our campus each school year.
It is our hope that this will be a wonderful learning year for students. Our goal at Spring Mills High School is to see all seniors graduate well-prepared for their next steps in life.
As the year progresses, if you need assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Robert T. Myers, Principal
Spring Mills High School