Important Dates & Deadlines
GRADUATION: Baxter Arena
Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey
Central seniors will graduate on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Baxter Arena at 7:00 PM
Graduation Announcement and Cap and Gown Orders
Contact School Traditions @ 402/733-0300 directly if you have not ordered your Cap & Gown.
Members of the Class of 2021 must earn 49 credits to graduate. Included in these credits are several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate. Please contact Julie Politi 531-299-5661 if you have questions about your son’s or daughter’s credit standing. You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers. Teachers may be contacted by phoning 531-299-2660 and leaving a message for them to return your call. You may also keep track of your student’s academic progress via the Portal. Please contact Paul Nielson 531-299-5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with your portal account.
Tickets will be required for admission to the 2021 graduation ceremony at the Baxter Arena. Each graduate will receive six free tickets and will be able to purchase seven additional tickets, for a maximum of thirteen tickets. Tickets will be sold from TBD Dates in the School Store. Our reason for limiting tickets is that we want to maintain a dignified graduation ceremony. This is difficult with large crowds. We appreciate your understanding.
Debts Owed to Schools
Seniors with outstanding debts are not allowed to participate in graduation activities or receive their diplomas. If your son or daughter owes money for Central High School or any other Omaha Public School, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible. Please contact the main office at 531-299-2660 if you have questions about fines.
Expectations of Seniors
The senior year is important, but the temptation to look ahead and lose focus is great. Seniors may be tempted to slack off academically, miss too many days of school, become involved in inappropriate activities such as vandalism or pranks, participate in the publication of hurtful documents such as senior wills and underground newspapers, “party” in excess, or use poor judgment. These actions jeopardize their education and can sometimes even endanger their lives and the lives of others. Our expectations of seniors remain high. We expect them to be in school, study, and follow the rules. Those who choose to break the rules will be disciplined. Disciplinary action may include not participating in the graduation ceremony.
Senior Final Exam Policy
All Seniors will take finals and they will be given on TBD Dates in May. On TBD Date tests will be administered for class periods fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth. On TBD Date, tests will be administered for class periods zero, first, second, third, and fourth. Students who missed tests for any reason will be allowed to make up tests on TBD Date. Failure to take a required final exam may result in loss of credit in the class.
Last Day for Seniors
Seniors will officially end the school year on TBD Date.
Cap and Gown Pick Up
Cap and gowns will be available for pick up at Central High from TBD Date. 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.
Rehearsal for the graduation ceremony will be held on TBD Date at Baxter Arena from TBD Time. until approximately TBD Time. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Planning of graduation activities for the Class of 2021 is already under way. The Central High School staff will strive to make the ceremony very special for the graduates, their families, and friends.
We hope that the information presented will prove helpful as you plan for the graduation of your son or daughter. You will receive letters throughout the year with additional information. If you have questions, please call Assistant Principal, Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey, at 531-299-5670.
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.