Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey
Graduation Announcement and Cap and Gown Orders
Rod Brakke, the School Traditions representative, will be at Central during the lunch periods on Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, to take orders for announcements and caps and gowns. The cost of a cap and gown is $39.48. The cap and gown must be ordered from School Traditions and is yours to keep following the ceremony. The cost of announcements and other graduation accessories varies depending on the items ordered. Our senior class officers have designed the announcements. Purchase of announcements and accessories is optional. Generic announcements are available from other vendors. A deposit of $60 is required to order the cap and gown and the announcements and accessories. The full $39.48 must be paid if ordering just the cap and gown. The balance will be due when the announcements are delivered in March or April. Checks should be made payable to School Traditions.
Members of the Class of 2018 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 (557-3394) 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 557-3300 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 (557-3335 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need help with your portal account.
Tickets will be required for admission to the Sunday, May 27, 2018 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 April 20-May 22 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 Schools, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible. Please contact the main office at 557-3300 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 Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and on Thursday, May 10, 2018. On Wednesday, May 9, test will be administered for class periods fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth. On Thursday, May 10, test 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 Friday, May 11, 2018. 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 Friday, May 11, 2018.
Cap and Gown Pick Up
Cap and gowns will be available for pick up at Central High from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22. 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 Thursday, May 24 at Baxter Arena from 1:00 p.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Planning of graduation activities for the Class of 2018 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 in this letter 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 557-3359.
Class of 2018: CHS Scholarship Application:
Please see Mrs. Meyer in Room 031 if you have any questions.
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 email@example.com, 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 8th @ 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 8th @ 7pm.
The application form for this scholarship must be received by Monday, March 26, 2018
Class of 2018 Application Link >
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Central High School Foundation will recognize a "2018 Central High Teacher of the Year" at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8th 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 26, 2018
The nomination letters should be addressed to:
THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION
1823 Harney Street, Suite 203,
Omaha, NE 68102-1913.