Congratulations to our seniors. Houston High School is excited to celebrate with you and your families despite the restrictions in place due to Safer-at-Home Orders. We thank our seniors and their families for engaging with us on our celebrations survey last week. Our staff has been meeting and creating many plans based on your feedback.
We wanted to give an update of events that are planned to celebrate the Class of 2020.
May 13th--Cap and Gown Pickup/Car Decoration Contest
Seniors will be able to pick up their caps and gowns, honor cords, graduation records, along with some gifts from our PTSO and the Germantown Commissary. Our Student Government Association is partnering with our administration to award the senior with the “Best Decorated Car or Vehicle” with a grand prize. All this will start at 9:00 am and conclude at 2:00 pm. At this time, Seniors who do not require their laptops for AP or DE or other coursework will turn in their laptop devices and textbooks. Details of this event will be sent out very soon. (Rain date on May 14th)
May 14th—Virtual Graduation Television Event
Our GMTV and high school staff have been collaborating over the past two weeks to create a virtual celebration television event. The program will include taped speeches by some of our seniors, images of the Class of 2020, and a recognition of each graduate. This special program will air at 6 pm on Comcast Channel 17 and U-Verse Channel 99 while also premiering from our Germantown Municipal School District YouTube Channel at the same time.
May 28th—Family Graduation Experience & Senior Parade
Students will be asked to come to the school at an individually specified time. Each student and their family members (limit of 2 vehicles per student) will be able to enter the West drive, go around through the park, and experience the Senior Parade along with several surprise Spirit Stops. When they pull up to the front of the school, attendants will usher vehicles into a viewing location as the graduate exits the car for their personalized ceremony. The ceremony will include pomp and circumstance, a walk across the stage, the presentation of their diploma, a photo opportunity provided by Holland Studios, moving of the tassel, a hat toss, and opportunities for families to capture the moment up close and personal. Details of this event will be sent to families soon. (Rain date on May 29th)
June 18th—Postponed Traditional Ceremony
The district has reserved Bellevue Church for 7 pm on June 18th in the event that Safer-at-Home Orders are relaxed or substantially change in the next month.
July 17th—Senior Send-Off
Houston High School will be hosting their traditional Senior Picnic and Yearbook Signing. This event is tentative pending guidelines for large events. The factory where the Yearbooks are printed is currently closed. When that factory reopens, we will immediately notify families about a schedule for pickup.
We are looking forward to seeing our seniors on May 13th!
March 13, 2020--The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and we have been closely monitoring the situation. After serious and considerable deliberation and input from many stakeholders, the six municipal Shelby County superintendents in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington have made the collective decision to cancel classes, extracurricular activities, and sporting events through the week following Spring Break.
At this time, we are closing schools through Friday, March 27th. This will provide opportunities for social distancing, thorough disinfection of schools and buses, and contingency planning in the case prolonged closures are required at some point in the future. We ask that families do not simply view this as an extended Spring Break or additional vacation time. Families should heed the warnings of health experts and limit your social interactions during this time to prevent the spread of the virus.
Thank you for your support as we navigate this challenging situation. We will continue to seek the advice of health professionals as developments occur and make updates as necessary.
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The 2020 Calendar Committee has presented three options to the BOE. Visit the GMSD website to view the calendars and provide your feedback.