A message from Principal Heisey…
May 12, 2017
Scheduled for Monday, May 22 is the Senior Music Awards program. This program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium and recognizes the dedication and contribution of our senior students to our music programs. The evening promises to be filled with the many melodious sounds from these talented students.
The Senior Awards Program takes place on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Student recipients of scholarships and various academic achievements are invited and honored by the members of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Administration, along with various Scotch Plains and Fanwood community groups. The entire SPFHS school community is extended an invitation to attend. Students receiving awards will be issued an invitation.
On Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, students pick up BLUE tickets, announcements (5), and the cap and gown package after school in the student cafeteria. This is also the time students can purchase tickets to the Senior Social and pick up their copy of The Culmen, our school yearbook. The cost for the Senior Social is $20.00 and payable by check only. Checks are to be made payable to SPFHS-Class of 2017. All school obligations (fines/book and equipment, uniform returns, etc.) and the Naviance survey must be cleared before students receive items for graduation. Caps and gowns were previously ordered and purchased. Students will receive a royal blue cap and gown, along with a white collar for the female students, and the Class of 2017 tassel. This year, students will have the opportunity to decorate the tops of their caps with their classmates. Under the direction of the senior class advisors, cap decorating takes place on Tuesday, June 20 after exams in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know as soon as possible.
All senior athletes are recognized on Thursday, June 8 at the Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. Athletes planning to attend the banquet are required to sign up by Friday, May 19 at: www.scotchplains-ar.rschooltoday.com.
Guests of the athletes are welcome to attend and must also sign up through the provided link. Note that there is a $35
fee per guest.
On Friday, June 16, the Senior Prom will take place at the Imperia in Somerset from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Students attending the prom must arrive to school on time and remain in school until dismissal (12:30 p.m.). The prom is a school-sponsored event where all Board of Education rules, policies and regulations are strictly enforced. Students received this information and a contract when the prom bids were purchased. The details are available on the high school website. Students must arrive to the prom by 7:00 p.m. and will be permitted to leave beginning at
11:00 p.m. Once a student leaves the prom, he/she will not be permitted to return.
The Senior Picnic takes place on Thursday, June 15 during the school day. This PTA-sponsored event is held on school grounds and includes plenty of food, DJ music, and an opportunity to socialize. The picnic ends at 1:30 p.m. The seniors will be permitted to leave at the conclusion of the picnic.
Final exams begin Friday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 21. The exam schedule is posted on the high school website. Dismissal on each of the final exam days is 12:30 p.m. Lunch is not available and the late bus will not run. Students must report to each final exam at the scheduled time. Students will only be excused from taking a final exam at the designated time if they present a doctor’s note, or if there is a family emergency. Failure to take a final exam will result in failing the entire class.
On Wednesday, June 21, the Senior Social will be held at the Gran Centurions in Clark from 6–10:00 p.m. This promises to be an evening replete with dinner, DJ music, photo booth, and fun. The event is open to seniors in good standing. Students must be present for their scheduled final exams on Wednesday, June 21. Semi-formal and neat dress is appropriate. Students should not wear shorts or tank tops. Students must remain at the event until 9:00 p.m. Once a student leaves, he/she will not be permitted to return. Tickets can be purchased at the door for the price of $35.
For all school-sponsored events, smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Any student who comes to any school-sponsored event under the influence of any illegal substance will be excluded and a parent, along with the police, will be contacted immediately. Such infractions will result in a student forfeiting their right to walk at graduation/commencement.
For students participating in the Senior Project, the project concludes on Wednesday, June 21 with a presentation Gallery Walk from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the student cafeteria. You are invited to view the project gallery and speak with the students about their experience.
Commencement will be held on Thursday, June 22 at the Perry H. Tyson Athletic Field at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony is expected to last 90 minutes. Each member of the graduating class will receive a packet of graduation announcements (5), and two BLUE tickets for an indoor ceremony. In the event of extreme weather, the commencement exercises will be held indoors in the main gymnasium where an admission ticket (BLUE) is required. Unfortunately, due to fire code regulations and the size of the graduating class, indoor seating is extremely limited and requests for additional tickets cannot be honored. There is ample bleacher seating in the athletic stadium to accommodate the families and guests of the graduates, therefore tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony. If there are members of your family or guests attending the commencement program that are in need of special seating due to a physical handicap, please be aware that seats are available trackside, and golf carts will be available to shuttle anyone having difficulty walking up the hill to the stadium.
For your convenience, flower bouquets will be available for sale at the field entrance. This is a SP-FHS PTA-sponsored fundraising event to support the many programs made available to our students, including Project Graduation.
It is our desire to arrange a dignified ceremony for an admirable group of young people who have completed their secondary education. It is an absolute requirement that your student dress properly for the ceremony. Jeans, shorts, flip-flops, sneakers and slippers are not permitted.
Rehearsal for graduation is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the main gymnasium on Thursday, June 22. It is imperative that each graduating student is present. Your cooperation will indeed be appreciated in seeing to it that your student is in school on time on this day. Students failing to attend rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students will be dismissed once rehearsal is finished. If your student chooses NOT to participate in the commencement exercises, you must submit a written note to my office no later than Tuesday, June 6. Students participating in the commencement exercises are to return to the high school by 5:15 p.m. to their assigned classrooms. Classroom assignments will be announced at rehearsal.
Graduates were invited by the SP-FHS PTA to participate in Project Graduation. Please encourage your student to participate in this safe, supervised, overnight event, and return their response card into the main office. Students should return to the high school by 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 to check-in for Project Graduation. Busses depart shortly after 10:00 p.m. for the Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater and return on June 23 at 4:45 a.m.
Student diplomas will be mailed home. If the diploma is not received by July 7, 2017, please contact the Main Office. In addition, all final transcripts will be forwarded to the student’s school designated on the Naviance Graduation Survey by mid-July. It may take some time for the college to process and designate the transcript as received. Your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated.
The closing bulletin with all events for the Class of 2017 has been emailed to senior students and is available online for your information. If there are any updates as graduation approaches, the information will be communicated to you through the school website, email, or through the high school telephone message system. You are also invited to follow me on Twitter @SPFHS_HEISEY.
Thank you for your assistance and please encourage your graduate to take full advantage of the final weeks of their education and the many planned senior events.