Good Afternoon Colts and Colt Families,
I hope this email finds you well and ready to enjoy a beautiful weekend. With four weeks down, we are almost halfway to the end of this crazy school year. For seniors, there are only two weeks left of classes. Even though most of the capstone activities in a school year have not occurred, this spring is still bustling with students on campus, athletics, activities, and soon to come, graduation.
Health and Safety
By now you have heard the good news that the CDC has updated their guidance around masks and face coverings to reflect the influence of vaccination on slowing the spread of COVID-19. This is a welcome announcement that reminds us we’re heading in the right direction towards the end of this pandemic.
However, as Governor Brown shared the relaxing of the mask mandates for certain circumstances here in Oregon, she acknowledged it would take time to review and provide guidance for the business sector. Additionally, she made it clear that in some situations masks and face coverings are still required – including K-12, health care settings, and public transit.
“Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outlined in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance” Governor Brown stated.
What this means for us at THS, The Big Four are still in place to keep students and staff safe and learning at school.
1. Self Screening – Don’t come to school if you don’t feel well.
2. Mask – Wear a face covering at all times on campus.
3. Sanitize – Be sure to “prioritize the sanitize!”
4. Social Distancing – Keep a six foot separation when possible.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We had senior meetings yesterday for all seniors. Information was shared regarding all of the end of the year “to-do’s”. If your senior(s) was not able to attend the meetings, we have included a link to the PowerPoint presentation that was shared. (Senior Graduation PowerPoint – Please reference this slideshow to help answer your questions. ) Also included, is the link for requesting a graduation day, time slot, and walking partner. Each senior will receive eight (8) tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will be picked up with their caps and gowns on Friday, May 21st. If we don’t hear from you by Monday, May 17th, at 5:00 p.m. then staff will select your day, time, and walking partner for graduation.
As you know, Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd and Friday, June 4th. The majority of the Class of 2021 will graduate between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There are limited spaces available from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
The Graduation Google Survey is LIVE! (Senior Graduation Survey) Your student(s) will have until Monday, May 17 to fill out your preferences (walking partner, day to graduate, range of time to graduate). Our staff will do the best they can to accommodate your requests. At the time of this letter, Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. is almost full. 187 out of 236 seniors have already signed up.
If you have any questions, please call the Main Office at 541-744-5000.
Junior State Testing
Opt-Out forms are still being collected for students who do not wish to take the State Assessment. If you missed the two opportunities to test, you can set up an individual appointment with our testing coordinator, Dani Schneider by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms can be found here:
Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and we know that this past year has been difficult on all of us. Especially our teens, who have had to deal with the closure of schools, remote learning, loss of normal high school activities, loss of socialization with peers and the increasing stress and anxiety. We wanted to share some ways you could help your teen at home, encourage them to engage in their feelings and create a safe environment for them to share their concerns.
Mental Health Month Parent letter (English)
May Mental Wellness Parent Letter (Spanish)
I want to be sure to remind you all that the last week of school, June 14-18, students will have class on Wednesday, June 16th. Finals for grades 9-11 will be Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th. June 17th is the last day of classes for students.
Start looking around the house, under the bed, in the car, or anywhere else students might stash items that belong to the school. These include; calculators, uniforms, instruments, textbooks, library books, and chromebooks. Once these items are not needed in class, students can return them to the library or to their specific coach.
Progress reports are in the mail. Look for them hitting mailboxes soon. There are only 9 days for seniors and four weeks until finals for grades 9-11. This is a good time to pay attention and nudge students to get work in and keep up in class. Attendance is critical for this last month of school.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the wonderful weather that is forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.
Thurston High School