Graduation

GRADUATION 2020 RED CARPET CEREMONY

Dear Graduates and Families:

We have received some very valuable input from grads and parents over the last couple weeks and as a result, we will be modifying our graduation event that will occur at the end of June.

The overwhelming response was that graduates want their entire class to receive their Diplomas on the same day. Under the original plan, that was mathematically impossible because of the time required but the suggestions we received were to eliminate the photo booth and have each graduate only come forward with one family member to take a photo. That will allow us to have graduates lined up ready to approach the stage and significantly reduce the amount of time for our event. More importantly, this will allow us to remain within the guidelines of Alberta Health Services.

We are planning our event for Tuesday, June 23 at 1:00. We will have Wednesday, June 24 as a backup day in case of rain. Assuming it will take 2 minutes for each graduate to receive their Diploma, the event will be approximately 3 hours long. Due to the length of the program, we will reduce some of the formalities. We will present our awards and have our Valedictorian give her speech. Of course, the highlight will be a special time honouring each of our graduates on the stage.

We will be providing an inexpensive Grad gown with cap and tassel for each graduate. Students can make the decision whether they march up the red carpet in their Grad gown or whether they would like to use the dress or suit they purchased for the banquet.

The latest Alberta Health Services guidelines require “drive-in” events to maintain 2 metres apart for each vehicle. That means we can only use every second parking stall. Consequently, we will need to limit each family to only one vehicle. If these guidelines are lifted before our graduation date, we could remove that restriction.

We also received numerous requests for the event to be live streamed especially for grandparents and friends and relatives that live further away. We will arrange for that to occur. Since everyone is required to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the event, each family should bring a cell phone or tethered tablet/laptop so they can adequately view the graduates receiving their Diploma.

Graduates will need to register so we know exactly who is attending. Please complete the following Google Form to register.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Elzinga

Principal

 

PS For those of you that are interested, the After-Grad Parent Committee is committed to providing a formal graduation event in the fall and a Dry After-Grad Party. If you would like more information about those parent-run events, please contact Kelli Littlefair at kjlittle@telus.net 

Graduation Questions

Please contact Mr. Merta with any questions pertaining to SCA's Graduation 

 

wes.merta@eips.ca

 

 

GRADUATION and COVID 19

Please read the following information as shared from Elk Island Public Schools 04/24/2020

Elk Island Public Schools has made the difficult decision to cancel graduation ceremonies, banquets and school-based celebrations for the 2019-20 school year. While we know these events mark a significant achievement in the lives of our students and their families, it seems highly unlikely the restrictions on large gatherings put in place to preserve the health and safety of all Albertans will be lifted anytime soon.

Graduation is a rite of passage for our students and as a Division, we share in your sadness at having to forego the events tied to this significant accomplishment. The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain, however, and it’s imperative we adhere to requirements put in place by the local and national health authorities to prevent an acceleration or recurrence of the pandemic.

As disheartening as this news is, it’s still important to acknowledge the effort, perseverance and passion demonstrated by the class of 2020 this spring. Despite untried circumstances and upheaval in their final academic year, these young people continue to work hard and stay focused on preparing for what’s ahead. While they won’t cross the stage and be recognized like those before them, a lack of ceremony in no way dims what I know will be a very bright future. The solid education they’ve received from kindergarten to Grade 12 will serve them well in the years to come.

Schools will reach out in the coming weeks to share their specific plans for passing along graduation materials, and  the Division will ensure each student receives a formal acknowledgement of graduation before the end of June.

Graduation Photos

Dates: March 2 - 6, 2020 

SCS is proud to use ICON Photography by LifeTouch for our Grad Photos. 

An email was sent out on January 16, 2020 to each graduate's parent. This email would send to the 1st parent contact email that was on file in Powerschool.

This email contains all the step and step information to sign up for grad photos through ICON's online system. If you did not receive this email, please call or email Mrs. Mcturk at 780-464-7127 or Mrs. McTurk

 

This is the link to ICON. Click on Book Now and follow all the prompts. 

 

http://www.iconexp.com/graduation.html

 

Grad Photos have a $30 sitting fee that is payable to ICON and is charged at the time of sitting. This fee is not included in your grad fees. There is no obligation to buy a package, but if you want your picture included on your Graduation Class Photo that hangs on the wall in school, you need to have an ICON photo taken, either at school or at the ICON studio.