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Friday Update 5/21

Hello Colts and Colt Families,

We have made it through 5 weeks of in-person teaching.  I hope things seem to be a little more normal for families and students by now.  As we get into next week, the excitement for our senior’s last days and graduation are filling the air around campus.  Today we handed out caps, gowns, cords, t-shirts, and yard signs.  Seniors are pretty excited.  The staff here at THS are stepping up to make things happen for this senior Class of 2021.

The first part of this letter is dedicated to seniors and important information they will need.  The second half of this letter includes important information (SAVE THE DATE) for summer learning and enrichment opportunities.

Senior Information

  • Finals – Finals for Seniors are May 27th and May 28th.  All work that needs to be completed and/or turned in needs to be submitted to teachers Friday, May 28th by 3:00 p.m.
  • Turn-In – Look around your house and cars for any “stuff” that belongs to the school.  This can be items such as: library books, textbooks, instruments, electronics, chromebooks, uniforms, etc..
  • Caps and Gowns – If your senior did not have a chance to pick-up their cap, gown, graduation tickets, yard sign, and T-Shirt today, they can drop be the Counseling Center on Monday to collect it from our counseling staff.
  • Graduation Information  Specific details around graduation ceremonies will be shared at the end of next week.  A video and email will be sent out to all seniors and their families outlining arrival times, where to park, entrances, and the general details of the graduation event.
  • Extended Year  Seniors who fail a class needed to graduate, and can complete it before the end of the year, will be asked to return to school for the last two weeks (June 1st – June 17th).  They will be in a senior teacher’s room to work on assignments to earn the credit needed to receive their diplomas.

Last Week Grades 9, 10, 11 – June 14th – 17th

I want to remind you that we will be holding class on Wednesday, June 16th.  This will be the first day of finals for grades 9, 10, and 11.  Please be sure to mark your calendar for this day.

9th – 11th – Hang on to your Chromebooks!

The District has announced we will continuing the 1-1 initiative for the 2021-2022 school year.  This means that we will be utilizing the technology used this year in our classes next year.  Students will be keeping their chromebooks over the summer and using them next school year.  If you are not comfortable holding them over the summer, students may check them in with Gina Gervase in our library.  They will be re-issued next fall.

Turn-In Process Grades 9, 10, 11

Look around your house and cars for any “stuff” that belongs to the school.  This can be items such as: library books, textbooks, instruments, uniforms, etc.. As soon as your teachers or coaches tell you that the text or property is not needed, feel free to bring it to the library.

Summer School/Enrichment Camps 

We will be offering Summer School Classes for Credit and Summer Enrichment Camps during July and August for credit recovery and opportunities to enrich student’s experiences in school and activities they enjoy at THS.  Save the dates below for these opportunities.  Counselors will be reaching out to students who could benefit from these classes and camps.

Details can be found at this link:  2021 Summer School/Enrichment Camps

SummerDates

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Weekly Update 5.14.21

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.

Graduation
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: danielle.schneider@springfield.k12.or.us. The forms can be found here:

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Español

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)

Last Week
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.

Technology/Textbook/Property Turn-In
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
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.

Go Colts!

Chris Reiersgaard
Interim Principal
Thurston High School
chris.reiersgaard@springfield.k12.or.us
541-744-5030

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Graduation Google Survey is Live!

Class of 2021-

The Graduation Google Survey is LIVE! You 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.

If we don’t hear from you by Monday at 5:00pm then staff will select your day, time, and walking partner for graduation.

Senior Graduation Sign-up – This is for walking partner and date preference.

Senior Graduation PowerPoint – Please reference this slideshow to help answer your questions.

If you have any questions, please call the Main Office at 541-744-5000.

We are very excited to celebrate the Class of 2021!

Sincerely,

Chris Reiersgaard
Thurston High School
Principal

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2021 Senior Graduation Links/Info

In an effort to help our Senior Parents.   Please find the links below for information that has been shared with your seniors and through previous emails.

2021 Senior Meeting Powerpoint (May 13th)

2021 Graduation Information Letter to Families (May 11th)

Class of 2021 Final Transcript Request Form for colleges, military, work, etc.

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