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Class of 2024

Senior Letter from Principal Talbot

 

May 13, 2024

 

Dear Parents/Families of Members of the Class of 2024,

Congratulations!  With three weeks to go until graduation, I am sure you must be filled with pride (and many other emotions) as your child wraps up his or her high school career and prepares to embark on the next chapter.  

I wanted to take a moment to review the final few weeks/days for our seniors, giving you an idea of what is in store for them.  With so many moving pieces, I thought you would find it beneficial to have a logistical synopsis for your planning purposes.  I met with the Senior Class last week (and will do so again next Monday) to review these details with them as well.  

As a reminder, all of the events listed here are school events, with the PHS Student Handbook rules and regulations in effect.  While the Senior Class has been a wonderful group of young men and women with whom to work, I would be remiss if I did not mention that any behavioral infraction at these events could jeopardize participation in future events, including graduation.  We hope our students continue to make good decisions during these final days.  

Friday, May 17 – Last day of classes for seniors!

Saturday, May 18 – Junior-Senior Prom

  • This year’s Prom is at the Marriott Hotel in Quincy from 7-11 p.m. 

  • All students will use the bus transportation to the Marriott, which will depart PHS immediately after the Promenade.  Students will also return to PHS on those same buses, with an estimated return time of 11:30 p.m.

  • The Promenade will be in the PHS Gymnasium and begins at 5:15 p.m.  Students are asked to report to the PHS Cafeteria by 4:30 p.m.  

Monday, May 20 – Thursday, May 23 – Exam Week for Seniors.  

  • These are half-days for seniors, and seniors only need to be in school if they have an exam.  If they are exempt or do not have an exam at all, they do not need to attend that particular exam session.

  • All senior exams will take place in the cafeteria.

  • All exams must be taken as scheduled.  Students are not allowed to take an exam early or at another scheduled time.

  • Only students with an excused absence are allowed to make-up an exam.  Please see our PHS Student Handbook to see what constitutes an excused absence.  

  • Monday, May 20

    • 7:45-9:15 – Mathematics

    • 9:25-10:55 – ELA

  • Tuesday, May 21

    • 7:45-9:15 – Science

    • 9:25-10:55 – Social Studies

  • Wednesday, May 22

    • 7:45-9:15 – World Language

    • 9:25-10:55 – Physical Education

  • Thursday, May 23

    • 7:45-9:15 – VPA/Remaining Electives

    • 9:25-10:55 – Make-up period

Tuesday, May 28 – Senior Dinner

  • This event will be held at the Jones River Trading Post (Kingston) from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  We hope your child will attend this great evening of dancing, dining, and reminiscing with their classmates – perhaps for the final time after 12 years of attending school together. 

  • The event is free of charge.  The Senior Class will pay for the event using funds that have been raised during the past four years.

  • Because of that, all students were told that they needed to RSVP by Friday, May 10 by filling out the Google Form that was sent to their emails.  There are 175 seniors in the graduating class, and 163 responded by that deadline (93%), and of those 163 respondents, 156 of them confirmed they were attending, a record percentage (89% of the Class is attending)!

  • Seniors will drive themselves to this event. 

  • Yearbooks will be distributed as well.  

  • “Business casual” – we ask that students dress appropriately.  Students can always wear more formal attire, but at a minimum, please think casual business attire. 

  • Students should be in attendance by 6:45 p.m. at the latest and must stay until 8:45 p.m.  Any student that needs to arrive after 6:45 p.m. (i.e., work, athletics) must clear that with an administrator before Tuesday night.  

Wednesday, May 29 – A busy day with three important events!

  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal - All seniors must attend this rehearsal from 7:45-11 a.m. if they plan on participating in our Graduation Ceremony on June 1.  The rehearsal starts at 8 a.m. sharp, so students should start arriving to the PHS Auditorium by 7:45 a.m.

  • Cap and Gown pick-up

    • After rehearsal, students will pick up their caps and gowns.

    • All obligations must be settled before receiving a cap and gown.  

    • Students can check PowerSchool or speak with any administrator/main office personnel if they owe materials, which includes any school issued materials, Chromebooks, chargers, and discipline hours. 

  • Baccalaureate – We are pleased that this interfaith celebration of the graduating class is making a comeback this year.  The ceremony is at 7 p.m. in the PHS Randall Auditorium, and while not mandatory, we’d love to have everyone there to reflect upon and celebrate their high school accomplishments and future plans through multi-denominational prayer and song.  

Thursday, May 30 – There are two events planned on this day: 

  • Senior Walk – Participating seniors will visit the three elementary schools and PCMS to be celebrated by their former teachers and current students.

    • Not a mandatory event, but once again, participation is highly encouraged.

    • Students were also asked to sign up via the same Google Form that they used for Senior Diner by May 10 and 150 seniors (86%) told us that they were participating.    

    • Students should arrive to the PHS Cafeteria by 8:45 a.m.

    • Buses depart PHS 9 a.m. 

    • Students should be in their cap and gown for the Senior Walk

  • Senior Awards Night 

    • Randall (PHS) Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

    • All seniors are invited to attend.  Invitations are mailed out to all seniors; however, attendance in not mandatory.  

    • Students and families will be notified if they are winning an award or scholarship.  A pink slip of paper indicating such will be included in their invitation.  

Saturday, June 1 – Graduation!

  • 10 a.m. on the PHS Athletic Complex (turf field)

  • The event is open to all, without guest restrictions.

    • If the weather requires us to hold the ceremony indoors, students will be limited to  five guests (5) per graduate. 

    • Students will get these “rain tickets” when the get their caps and gowns on Wed., May 29.

  • Students must arrive by 8:45 a.m. in the PHS Cafeteria.

  • I will be releasing many more details about the logistics of Graduation that week.  

I realize this may be a lot of information to take in at once, but if you keep this mailing handy, it should answer most of your questions as these events get closer.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any additional questions.   

I look forward to working with your child and you as we bring the final days of their time at Pembroke Public Schools to a close.  

Kind Regards,

Marc Talbot

Principal