Members of the Class of 2017 must earn a minimum of forty-nine credits to graduate. This includes credits for several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate. Please contact academic support counselor Julie Politi (402) 557-3394 if you have questions about your son’s or daughter’s credit standing.
Fourth quarter progress reports were mailed the week of May 1. You are encouraged to contact individual teachers if your son or daughter is having difficulty in a class. Teachers can be contacted by phoning (402) 557-3300 and leaving a message for them to return your call.
Tickets are required for admission to the Friday, May 26, graduation ceremony at the Baxter Arena. Each graduate will receive six free tickets and may purchase up to seven more at $3 each. A maximum of thirteen tickets per family is all that will be available and they will be on sale in the school store before school and during 5th, 6th, 7th hour from April 17, 2017 through May 23, 2017. There was a form mailed home in April that must have a parent signature in order for a student to get their tickets. No one will be admitted to the graduation ceremony without a ticket.
We will be graduating over 500 seniors. We ask that parents be very selective when purchasing tickets for relatives and friends. Graduation is a very special event for most seniors and their families, and we hope all who attend the ceremony will respect the rights of other guests to be able to see their graduate walk across the stage and hear his or her name read.
Accessible/disabled seating is available on the top level of the Baxter Arena at the top of each section. There is an elevator to assist with reaching the top level if needed. No ADA seating will be available on the arena floor.
Cap and Gown Pickup
Caps and gowns will be available for pick up at Central from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23. It is the graduate’s responsibility to pick up his or her cap and gown at that time and to take them to the graduation ceremony. The school will not deliver caps and gowns to Baxter Arena. All graduates must wear a cap and gown purchased from School Traditions in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please call School Traditions immediately if you haven’t purchased a cap and gown at (402) 733-0300.
Rehearsal for the graduation ceremony will be held from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 at the Baxter Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors planning to participate in the graduation ceremony. The South entrance will be the only available entrance to the Baxter Arena.
Appropriate Dress for Graduates and Caps and Gowns
Graduation is a formal event. We expect all graduates to dress appropriately for the ceremony. Young ladies should wear a dress, skirt and blouse, or pant suit and dress shoes; men should wear slacks, a button up dress shirt with a collar, tie, and dress shoes.
Baxter Arena Entrance
Students should park in Lot 24 and enter Baxter Arena at the North entrance and head to the Holland practice rink. Students should be at Baxter Arena no later than 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. Staff will be at the entrance to assist students. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. to the public. Baxter Arena employees will check the purses and bags as guest enter the arena. The facility does not allow balloons or other distracting items. Remember the ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 p.m., please govern yourself accordingly.
Photographs of Graduates
Inter-State Studio and Publishing will photograph all graduates as they exit the stage after they receive their diplomas. A proof copy of the photo will be mailed to you with an order form. Families will not be permitted on the floor of the Baxter Arena.
Senior Final Exam Policy
All Seniors will take finals and they will be given on Monday, May 15, 2017 and on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. On Monday, May 15, finals will be administered for class periods fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. On Tuesday, May 16, finals will administered for class periods zero, first, second, third and fourth. Students who miss finals for any reason will be allowed to make up tests on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Failure to take a required final exam may result in loss of credit for the class.
Last Day for Seniors
Seniors will officially end the school year on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Students who owe the school money will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities or receive their diploma. Additional fines may be assessed prior to the end of the school year. If your son or daughter owes Central High School or any other school money, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible in the main office. The deadline for paying all outstanding debts is Monday, May 22. Please contact the main office at (402) 557-3300 with questions.
Our Expectations of Seniors
The senior year is important, but the temptation to look ahead is great. Seniors may be tempted to slack off in the classroom, to skip classes, to miss too many days of school, to become involved in inappropriate activities such as vandalism or pranks, to “party” in excess, or to use poor judgment. These actions jeopardize their education and can endanger their lives and the lives of others. Our expectations of seniors remain high. We expect them to be in school, to study, and to follow the Eagle ABCs. Those who choose to violate the Code of Conduct can expect to be disciplined. Disciplinary action may include not participating in the graduation ceremony.
Planning of graduation activities for the Class of 2017 is well under way. The Central High School staff will strive to make the commencement ceremony very special for the graduates and their families and friends.
We want our seniors to enjoy a safe conclusion to their high school years. We encourage parents to monitor parties carefully as the seniors wind their way through end of the year activities.
If you have questions, please call Assistant Principal Dionne Kirksey at (402) 557-3359.
These are minimum graduation requirements, and students are encouraged to take more than the minimum. It is important for students to set up Personal Learning Plans that encompass the academic, educational, and career goals. Read the individual high school course guides to become more familiar with course work needed to prepare for post-secondary educational and career opportunities. Individual OPS high school course opportunities may be viewed at individual school websites.
*Students may opt out of Human Growth & Development with parental permission. A signed waiver is required.
Timeline for ordering announcements/cap and gown:
Sept 15th– Seniors receive an order envelope during a Senior Assembly from School Traditions.
Sept 21 - Sept 23: (5th,6th,7th Hours only) – The School Traditions representative, Rod Brakke, will be in Central’s Main Office conference room to take orders. The Class Officers are in the process of designing the graduation ceremony announcements. Generic announcements are available through other vendors. Generic announcements may be used by seniors.
March/April – Announcements are delivered to CHS. The balance of the account is due to School Traditions when the announcements are picked up.
May ** – Cap and gown distribution in the CHS Main Office conference room.
Checks payable to School Traditions. Any transaction for the cap and gown, announcements, or graduation accessories is between School Traditions and the student. Contact Rod or Reid Brakke at (402) 733-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns.
ONLY GRADUATES WEARING CAPS AND GOWNS PURCHASED THROUGH SCHOOL TRADITIONS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CEREMONY.
All seniors will take final exams.
The Senior Final Exam schedule is as follows:
- Dates will be provided at a later time.
Any member of the senior class who has earned a college scholarship will be honored on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All students who receive scholarship award letters need to take a copy of the letter, whether they plan to accept the scholarship or not, to Mrs. Walker (129) or Mrs. Meyer (Room 031) in a timely manner.
The Central High Foundation funds a $1,000 scholarship to be given to one graduating senior at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 . The application form for this scholarship is due by Monday, March 27, 2017
Click here for The Student of the Year Scholarship application
All applications need to be addressed to:
The Central High School Foundation
Historic Library Building
1823 Harney Street, Suite 203
Omaha, NE 68102-1913.
If you have questions, please call the Foundation at (402) 556-1996 or email@example.com
The Central High School Foundation will recognize a "2016 Central High Teacher of the Year" at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00pm. Graduating seniors (and/or their parents) are encouraged to nominate a current CHS teacher who has made a significant impact on their school years at Central. The nominee may be a teacher the student had for a class at Central, a coach, or activity sponsor.
Click here for The Teacher of the Year nomination form
Nomination letters (1 page) are due by Monday, March 27, 2017
The nomination letters should be addressed to:
THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION
1823 Harney Street, Suite 203,
Omaha, NE 68102-1913.
Class of 2017: CHS Scholarship Application: