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OBHS Graduation Week Message

Bears,

I know that this information has been sent in a few emails over the last few weeks in Schoology and then also to parents and posted on the website.  However, I want to make sure you have everything you need.  If you have any questions, please come and see me.  

A lot of great things happened this past week (Academic Awards, Night of Reflection, new edition of the Bulletin, theater performances), and there are many still on the horizon!  

May 17th - TopGolf - 7:00 register first and put in the notes your with Berlin

May 18th - Tuesday is "college/military/workforce" after high school day.  So, get out those shirts and wear those on Tuesday!  

May 19th - Wednesday is DOUBLEBLUE Wednesday for everyone!  At 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, all Seniors will meet in the commons and then head down the Art hallway for the very last time during their high school career.  This will be the first-ever CLAP-OUT Senior Ceremony.  We had it planned for last year but were not able to do it.  At the end of the clap-out, all seniors will head out to the stadium for the Senior Carnival.  Music, games, food, etc...  It will be a good afternoon for the class of 2021!  *This is a ceremony that I have led for 15 years in other districts.  We are not doing this instead of something else, it will be a yearly event.  

May 21st - all seniors should use the path behind the home bleachers and report to the scoreboard end of the stadium to get lined up for the Senior Sunset Ceremony by 7:40 p.m.  Parents can enter the stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. and we will begin the event at 8:00 pm sharp.  This is a formal ceremony, and students should wear appropriate school clothing under caps and gowns with nothing painted or written on the caps or gowns.  Also, only OLSD issued ribbons, tassels or awards or other items may be worn.  Everyone in attendance (Two family members per graduate) will be expected to wear masks and make sure that they sit socially distanced from one another. 

May 22nd- is our Diploma Ceremony.  Please make sure that it is one car per family unless you have made arrangements with me.  Please put the graduate's name on the car in large letters.   This is also a formal celebration.  Caps and gowns and appropriate school clothing underneath.  A map has been sent through schoology.  

The order is as follows:

Last Name: A-C: 8:30 a.m.
Last Name: D-G: 9 a.m.
Last Name: H-K: 9:20 a.m.
Last Name: L-N: 9:40 a.m.
Last Name: O-R: 10:00 a.m.
Last Name: S-T: 10:20 a.m.
Last Name: U-Z: 10:40 a.m.

Graduation Map

Our underclassmen are working hard to finish strong as well.  We all know that it has been a "different" year for everyone involved, but I am proud of the way the students, staff, and the rest of the Berlin community have rallied together to make the best of it.  I sat down the other day and looked back at all we were able to do this year despite the pandemic, and the list is amazing!  The last day of school for our 9, 10 and 11th grade students is May 27th.  There are no different schedules or adjustments from now until then. It is regular class time as usual.  Please remind your 9th, 10th, or 11th-grade student that final tests and assignments might be the most important of the year.  Do not stop working now!     

We are all looking forward to a great finish to a very interesting year, and with that, we need everyone's help.  Last week, I made an all-building announcement reminding students that NOBODY is bigger than the class or more important than anyone else.  So, any behavior from now until the end of the year that would take away from what Berlin is doing or trying to accomplish will be handled very swiftly.  If it is a 9th, 10th, or 11th-grade student, parents will be called and the student most likely will be sent home for the day or longer.  If that student is a senior, the diploma will be held by me until I am able to set up a meeting in mid-June to discuss the situation.  The goal is to finish strong and to keep moving forward.  As I said, it has been an interesting year, but our students and staff, and community have overcome!  We are working hard to celebrate the class of 2021 and everything that we have built at OBHS!  

I appreciate your constant support and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions!   

Clawsup!

Mr. Spinner
Principal