Dear Parents - with a busy
end of the school-year upon us, please be aware of these important items.
Celebrate Youth Week May 13-17, 2013. These efforts are brought to you from Hastings High School and the Hastings Police Department, as well as many community volunteers. The purpose of this week is to acknowledge the many wonderful youth in our community and to encourage good choices through Prom, Graduation and the summer months!
Every year there is an
emphasis during Celebrate Youth Week on committing to a chemical-free lifestyle
and wearing seat belts to save lives. Students will have the opportunity
to see the effects of distracted driving by trying a driving simulator, under
the supervision of Hastings Police.
Throughout the school there will be posters, positive messages and video
announcements. A Safety Trivia game will be played at lunch to engage
students and build awareness. Each year during Celebrate Youth Week, we
host the perfect attendance airplane toss from the bridge. This is a celebration of the outstanding
efforts for our students committed to being here each and every day.
We will host a speaker Jason
Sole for selected classes on Thursday, May 16th - his website is http://www.jasonsole.com/ Jason’s message is called “Prison to PHD” and
talks about his struggles, how he overcame them and who helped along the
way. The general theme of his presentation is how others, students and
adults alike, can help build a web of support.
Jason Sole was scheduled thanks to Hastings Police Chief Schnell from
the Hastings Police Department.
Prom and Grand March. The HHS Prom
will be held Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight in the high school
gym. This year’s theme is “Be Enchanted”. The Grand March will be held in the gym at
4:00 p.m. Admission to the Grand March
is $1 or a canned food item per person and is open to the public – doors open
at 3:00 p.m.
Awards Night. The annual Awards Night for academic awards
and scholarships will be Monday, May 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the
auditorium. The Jazz Ensemble will
perform at 7:00 p.m. for entertainment as families enter the auditorium for the
awards presentation. Award recipients
will receive a letter indicating if they are to receive an award, scholarship
or both. Many scholarships will be
awarded by presenters from local families and businesses. This is a great
evening of honoring students!
Important dates. School will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, May 17 due to afternoon staff development activities. Memorial Day - school will not be in session on Monday, May 27.
Seniors: the last day of school is Friday, May 31 as long as there are no “Senior Skip Days” between
now and then. If all or part of the
senior class does have a “skip day”, the entire class will be required to attend
school the entire next week. Believe me – no one day in May is equal to one
week of school in June!
Final Exam Policy & Last Day Schedule – Final exams for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will
be held on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 – students must not have any
outstanding fees, fines or overdue books in order to be eligible to take final
exams. Students must be present for their final exams and are not allowed to
take them early. The last day of school is Friday, June 7 with dismissal at
Graduation. The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of
2013 will be Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Weather permitting graduation will be at Todd Field – in the event of
inclement weather graduation will be moved inside to the gym at Hastings High
School. No tickets are required to attend an outdoor graduation at Todd Field,
however building occupancy of the gym means seating is limited for an indoor
graduation. Each graduate received a
letter detailing graduation plans along with 5 tickets for family use in the
event of an indoor graduation – no additional tickets are available. Hastings
Community Television broadcasts a live simulcast of indoor graduations for
people to view from their homes. If graduation is outdoors, HCTV will record
then re-broadcast graduation at a later date.
All Night Grad
Party. The 2013 Senior All
Night Grad Party will be the 34th Annual Grad Party
sponsored by parents and the greater Hastings community! The All Night Grad
Party is a great lock-in party sponsored by parents along with generous
donations from our community business owners. It is held at the high school
beginning at 11:00 p.m. on June 7th. The night is filled with games,
entertainment and food. Tickets will be on sale for $75 during
the lunch periods at HHS. The All Night Grad Party is a popular Hastings
tradition organized entirely by the parents with over 90% of our seniors
attending. This event is HUGE!
Hundreds of parents are still
needed to carry out this safe and FUN event.
There are many things to be done. We need help on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon, Friday early evening
(not senior parents), Friday night during the party and very early Saturday
morning (i.e. 4:00 am) cleaning up. Please
consider volunteering for the party. Questions
about the party can be directed to Michelle Tjomsland at 651-438-2357 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
see the enclosed letter – front and back - addressing hazing. Students have been and will continue to be
informed that hazing is wrong and will not be tolerated. If you suspect any
hazing activities please contact any school official, Hastings Police or the
Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Thank
you for your part in putting an end to hazing!
Summer School Credit Recovery Program. If your child has failed Math, Science, English, Social
Studies, they are encouraged to consider taking a class or two during our
summer session.With the state of Minnesota’s increased graduation requirements
it has become more difficult for students who have failed classes to complete
graduation requirements within four years without attending summer school.
Summer Session: June 17 – July 12, 2013; with no school on Thursday,
Classes: Block 1 (8:00-9:50), Block 2 (10:00-11:50)
If you are interested in
summer school please contact the counseling office at 651-480-7489 and speak
with your child’s counselor or e-mail your concerns to your counselor.
Kim Hoff email@example.com
Naomi Marietta firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Johnson email@example.com
Chad Terry firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or
concerns about these or any other issue, feel free to contact me directly at
480-7474. Thank you to the Class of
2013 for your leadership and achievements!
Mike Johnson – HHS Principal