5/22/2020 12:02:00 PM Covid-style
commencements being announced
There will be contact-free diploma distribution for students of Wolf Creek on-line charter school for the upcoming graduation. The school said guidance from the state directing districts to discourage any kind of physical proximity among members of the senior class and loved ones, has resulted in scheduling a couple days for diploma pick-up; which will happen in a 15 minute window that the student must reserve with their Learning Manager. The days are Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. The Wolf Creek school parking lot will be set aside for vehicles (two per student) and for posing for individual photos.
Students will be given access to Wolf Creek’s graduation photo account for their portrait. Transcripts will be mailed.
A jump drive with a compilation of videos and still photos is one of the items in the graduation gift bag.
Wolf Creek Charter students were being emailed a set of instructions and graduation requirements this week.
As for North Branch High School seniors-- they will be receiving invitations to a one-of-a-kind commencement shortly. The district opted for a virtual ceremony.
A song just for the Class of 2020 is being produced by a local musician for the event.
The Class of 2020 will celebrate commencement Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
The Chisago Lakes-North Branch cooperative education program known as the Life Work Center holds graduation May 28 at 6 p.m.
Students got a letter from Superintendent Henton a few days ago that explains, “The more a ceremony takes the shape of a gathering, drive in or otherwise, the more anxiety will be felt by those with legitimate concerns.”
Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton added, the district wanted to avoid any event design that even one family might avoid participation due to health fears. On a personal note-- Henton reminds the Class of 2020 that they started 13 years ago in public education at the same time she came to North Branch. “We have experienced great loss, constant change and far more success than failure. None of us wanted to face a pandemic on our way...my very best to all of you.”
Details are being put together, with High School seniors on the student council and Principal Coleman McDonough working on recognition ideas and the ceremony itself.
Chisago Lakes Seniors were recognized for being recipients of scholarships and other awards in a program hosted by Principal Dave Ertl in the (empty) performing arts center. It was produced May 18 YouTube style and the video is posted on the district main website www.isd2144.org. Ertl mentions that about $250,000 in locally based financial awards were being given to Chisago Lakes students and this doesn’t even include military, institution-generated or other post secondary scholarships accepted in this class of 254 grads.
District Superintendent Dean Jennissen sent out a letter this week to the seniors in the Class of 2020 explaining a hybrid virtual and drive-thru commencement the district has planned.
The graduation is Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m. The Chisago Lakes High School performing arts center parking lot opens at 4:40 p.m. to let grads get comfortable in a spot, each grad is allowed one vehicle.
The ceremony pre-videotaped will be shared on students’ own devices they will have in their vehicles and for those who just want the audio-- by radio on a special frequency.
Supt. Jennissen said the district wanted the event to be “inclusive, safe and allowable” under the covid-19 state guidelines. “The class has been together for 13 years and a ceremony as momentous as commencement should be spent together,” the superintendent observed.
The district plans to post seniors images on small signs along Olinda Trail which the grads can keep. Pick up your sign at the school June 2 and June 5.