The 2019-2020 school year is drawing to a close, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many things have understandably changed in the last couple of months.
Below is information parents and students need to know regarding graduation, awards programs, and pick-up of students’ belongings.
Heritage Hills High School
• The new date for graduation has been set for Friday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City. Details about the number of guests will be announced at a later date. A virtual Baccalaureate presentation will be shared on social media.
• A prom will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 8-11 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Chrisney. Details about guests will be announced at a later date.
• Virtual slide presentations for both Academic and Senior Awards will be shared on social media. Also, a slide presentation of the Senior Awards will be shown prior to the commencement ceremony on July 10.
• The dates for end-of-year collection of student materials has been set for Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Wednesdsay, May 27 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heritage Hills Middle School
• Student drop-off of Chromebooks and textbooks, as well as collection of their personal items, will be held on the following dates and times: Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A-M, and Tuesday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for students with last names beginning with N-Z. The contents of each student locker will be bagged and labeled, then placed in the blue gym. The student and one parent will enter the front door of the middle school and perform the following steps: drop off the student’s chromebook at one table, drop off textbooks at another table, drop off miscellaneous items at a third table (library books, DC payment drop-off, etc.), pick up their personal items from the final table. The parent and student will then exit the east side door between the blue gym and restrooms. All visitors will be contained to the foyer. Cones will be set up to maintain social distance, and the flow of traffic will be established to further ensure proper distance between families. Schedules for non-certified staff will be staggered in a manner to allow them to help the week of May 26.
• Middle school awards will be recorded and shared with students through Google Classroom on Wednesday, May 20. Mr. Kaetzel and Mr. Wilson will emcee as normal. Mr. Schnieders will do “home presentations” of the Santa Claus Optimist Leadership Awards. The presentations will be recorded and included with the middle school awards.
• Because the opportunities for the middle school move-up program have been missed due to the pandemic, Principal Schnieders has been in contact with incoming seventh grade students and parents/guardians. Though plans have not been confirmed as of yet, Schnieders hopes to have the middle school open toward the end of July for on-campus tours for incoming seventh graders and their families; these tours give students the opportunity to try out their lockers and see their classrooms. Schnieders says he plans to offer numerous opportunities for families to help alleviate crowds as well as to help families who may have planned vacations.
Chrisney Elementary School
• School devices will be collected May 26-29. This pick-up is scheduled for the following dates and times: Tuesday, May 26 for students whose last names begin with A-F; Wednesday, May 27 for students whose last names begin with G-L; Thursday, May 28 for students whose last names begin with M-R; and Friday, May 29 for students whose last names begin with S-Z. Pick-up time is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each of those days. School supplies will be passed out to students when they drop off their devices; all school supplies will be provided to all Chrisney Elementary students.
• A farewell video for senior students, made by Chrisney Elementary faculty and staff, will be posted to the school’s Facebook page, as well as to a YouTube channel (link will be sent to parents), on May 15.
• An End-of-Year Awards video will be posted to the school’s Facebook page, as well as a YouTube channel (link will be sent to parents), on May 20. The awards will have a Character Trait recognition, and each classroom teacher will give a shout-out to their class regarding their efforts for the fourth quarter/eLearning, as well as recognition for sixth graders.
David Turnham Educational Center
• Sixth grade graduation will be a pre-recorded video that will be released on May 20.
• A virtual Field Day will be held on May 20.
• Material pickup and drop-off for Chromebooks and library books will be held the following dates and times: May 25 from 2-6 p.m. for Kindergarten and 1st grade students; May 26 from 2-6 p.m. for 2nd and 4th grade students; May 27 from 2-6 p.m. for 3rd grade students; May 28 from 2-6 p.m. for 5th and 6th grade students, and the building will be open on May 29 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for pick-up. The school will allow siblings to pick up belongings and drop off Chromebooks and library books with their younger siblings.
Lincoln Trail Elementary School
• A virtual sixth grade graduation is planned for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 18.
• A virtual fourth quarter celebration assembly is planned for Tuesday, May 19.
• Personal item pickup for most students was held last week (May 4-8); pickup for Preschool students’ belongings will be this Thursday, May 14 from 12-5 p.m. in the back parking lot of the school.
• Chromebook/iPad technology collection will be held from 12-5 p.m. on the following days: Tuesday, May 26 for 5th and 6th grades; Wednesday, May 27 for 3rd and 4th grades; Thursday, May 28 for 1st and 2nd grades; and Friday, May 29 for Kindergarten.
Nancy Hanks Elementary School
• Sixth grade graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20. This will be a virtual celebration using ZOOM and a recording of the celebration will be shared with families.
• Family Fun Field Day options will be shared during the last week of school; the event is optional, but will provide students and their families with something fun to celebrate the end of the eLearning journey for the year.
• A video will be sent to students for end-of-year awards.
• Items that were left at school by students are currently being bagged by classroom teachers. Faculty will reach out to families to arrange pickup and delivery options. Chromebooks and iPads will not be returned to school until after the school year ends. Faculty and administration will communicate a plan for a drop-off process the week after school ends.