Saturday, May 30, 2020
Hey OHS Class of 2020 and Families!
As the school year comes to an end, it’s time to have some fun and celebrate! As we continue moving forward with our #OconPride2020 celebrations, I wanted to remind you of the upcoming celebrations events and share some new updates! Friendly reminder: Be sure to share your photos on social media using #OconPride2020.
SURPRISE EVENT! Senior Tribute Signs on Campus: Beginning today, drive through Campus and find your individualized Senior Tribute Banner! There is one for every graduating member of the Class of 2020. We ask that you leave the tributes on campus. However you can take them home next weekend or when you come for Cap and Gown Pick Up on June 9.
COMMUNITY EVENT! Stars on the Village Green: 407 stars have been painted on the Village Green in downtown Oconomowoc. There is one star painted in honor of each graduate! It’s a cool symbol of our school and community unity. Remember to come at night and see the purple lights on the trees and clock tower in your honor!
Monday, June 1: Athletic Senior Night (7:00-9:00 p.m.): All seniors registered for a spring sport should drive-through campus for a special tribute as we celebrate your Senior Night. All are welcome to check out the tribute.
Tuesday, June 2: Performing Arts Drive of Fame (5:00-7:00 p.m.): Musicians, thespians, and singers get ready for a special surprise that will honor your years of dedication to theater and music at OHS!
NEW EVENT! Saturday, June 13: Class of 2020 Recognition Day
We will honor your originally scheduled graduation date with several recognition events throughout the morning:
- 10:20 a.m. - Bells across Oconomowoc will ring for the Class of 2020
- Church Bells in Oconomowoc will ring for a few minutes in honor of the Class of 2020.
- 10:30 a.m. - Virtual Name Announcement and Recognition Ceremony
will conduct a virtual name announcement ceremony. A link to the event is available here: https://tinyurl.com/
- 12:00 p.m. - Senior Parade Through Campus
- Our staff will line Stadium Drive as our seniors drive past to wave good-bye to their teachers. Please enter through Forest Ave.
REMINDERS & UPDATES FOR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED EVENTS
Monday, June 8: Future Selfie Day!
We invite all seniors to take a photo with a shirt, logo, or note highlighting their next journey in life. Families are welcome to be as creative as possible, and decorate their front door with photos and logos, use sidewalk chalk, or post a sign in the yard. Be creative! Take a picture of your senior, and share it using #OconPride2020 and we will share them with the community throughout the day!
Tuesday, June 9: Cap and Gown Pick Up & Chromebook Return—Raccoon Style!
We will host a drive-through cap and gown pick up on Tuesday, June 9. In addition, each senior will receive a personalized care package. During times outlined below, students will report to Main Campus to pick up their cap, gown, awards, and special mementos to celebrate their time at OHS. After picking up their materials at the Main Campus, students will drive to East Campus and return their Chromebooks. You should report during your assigned window of time. These assignments are listed by counselor below:
- Bakkum (Last Names: A-Fe) from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- Fisher (Last Names: Fi-Kr) from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Verhagen (Last Names: Ks-Ro) from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Black (Last Names: Ru-Z) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10: Ocon Pride Live! A Livestreamed Communitywide Celebration (7:30-9:30 p.m.)
On what would have been our last day of school, our entire community is invited to tune in for a livestreamed celebration to recognize each member of the Class of 2020. A link to the event is available here: https://tinyurl.com/
Thursday, June 11: Honk and Wave at a Senior (7:00-7:30 p.m.)
Families are invited to do what they do best and embarrass their seniors! We are encouraging every senior to go out in their front yard and put on their cap, gown, and regalia so that your neighbors and those passing by can salute your achievement and hard work!
Friday, June 12: Raccoon Family Night!
We encourage families to take the evening of June 12 to celebrate their graduates with each other. Whatever your family traditions are, we encourage you to enjoy time with each other. Feel free to wear your purple and gold and share the photos of your dinner, bonfire, or game night using #OconPride2020.
Saturday, August 1: Formal Commencement Ceremony (Tentative start time of 9:00 a.m.)
At this point, I am optimistic that we will be allowed to conduct some sort of in-person graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 1. While we will likely have to adapt the event to comply with physical distancing guidelines and offer several smaller ceremonies rather than one large celebration. This will also allow students and families the opportunity to share in the moment of hearing their name called as they collect their diploma at Rux Stadium. If we are not able to offer this kind of ceremony, we are considering options like a drive-thru celebration or a virtual ceremony. Hopefully, all these events scheduled in June will provide everyone with a sense of closure, with the ceremony serving as an optional way to recognize your accomplishment formally. We plan to announce the style of ceremony and additional details the week of July 20 at the latest.
Seniors are reminded to keep checking their emails throughout the summer for important updates. As always, please feel free to email me at CurtisJ@oasd.org with any questions.
Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who are making this time special for our seniors.
We will be in touch! Go Raccoons!