GLEN BURNIE HIGH SCHOOL

SENIOR NEWSLETTER

COMMENCEMENT 2018

      

 Principal:   Ms. Vickie L. Plitt

 Senior Class Administrators:  Mr. Sean White & Ms. Doris Woodruff

Senior Class Advisor:  Ms. LaVerne Addison

 

Commencement for Class of 2018 will be held:

Monday, June 4, 2018

10:30 AM

The Show Place Arena

14900 Pennsylvania Avenue

Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

The Show Place Arena is large enough to accommodate all seniors in a single ceremony, to provide each senior with six guest tickets, and to provide the guests air-conditioned comfort. The Senior Newsletter supplement is to give you information about approved senior activities, arrangements for Commencement, and other important facts for seniors. Please keep this supplement as a reference.

Graduating seniors who violate Board Policy JCC are subject to the provisions as stated in Administrative Regulation JCC-RAC: Alcoholic Beverages, Controlled Dangerous Substances, or Other Intoxicants. This regulation states in relevant part under Section D., Procedure, Paragraph 6:

 Penalty for Violation by Graduating Students

  1. Graduating students who violate Board policies on possession, consumption, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, controlled dangerous substances, counterfeit controlled dangerous substances, noncontrolled substances as defined by Article 27, Section 286B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, or other intoxicant at any time during the last four weeks of school prior to the last scheduled day for graduating students, or during the time between the last scheduled day and the graduation ceremony, whether the activity takes place on school buses, within a school building or upon any school property, or during any school, school related, or Board sponsored activity, whether held on school property or at locations off school property, including private clubs, businesses, or commercial establishments, shall be prohibited from participation in all senior activities, including proms, award ceremonies, and graduation ceremonies.
  2. Diplomas earned by students denied participation in graduation ceremonies will be available upon request in the office of the appropriate school principal on the first workday following graduation ceremonies.

Because the last scheduled day for graduating students this year is May 24th, 2018 the effective date under the “last four weeks” provision is April 26th, 2018, which is the last day a graduating senior can be enrolled in the Alternative to Drugs Program, Responsible Actions Program, or Anti-Tobacco Use Program.

APPROVED ACTIVITIES – CLASS OF 2018

SENIOR PROM:               May 4, 2018

                                               M & T Bank Stadium

                                               7 to 11 PM

                                               Parking Vouchers can be purchased for $10.00.

                                               $90.00 per ticket 

 SENIOR AWARDS ASSEMBLY:           May 17, 2018

                                                                           6:00 PM

                                                                           GBHS Auditorium

 All seniors and parents are invited to attend the Senior Awards Assembly. Parents of seniors to be recognized will receive an announcement for the event and I hope that parents of all senior recipients will be able to attend.

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL:       Friday, June 1, 2018

                                                                           7:30 AM

                                                                          GBHS Auditorium

 Students not at rehearsal are not permitted to graduate on stage.

Teachers with all seniors must assist with graduation rehearsal

COMMENCEMENT:         Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM        

                                                 Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro

                                                 Graduating students must arrive at the    

                                                 Show Place Arena no later than 9:30.

       Commencement Flowers, Inc. will be on-site selling flowers to family and                                                   friends of graduates.

 SENIOR FINAL EXAMS:      

High School Assessments are May 25th through June 15th. Seniors must determine whether they need to take one of the assessments, which will begin each day at 7:30 AM. Graduation will be denied any senior still needing to take a High School Assessment.

Senior exams begin on May 21th, 2018. The regular school-day schedule will be followed. Senior exams will be administered during the regularly scheduled period time.

  EXAM PERIODS  
Monday                 May 21      3A          4A  
Tuesday                 May 22      3B          4B  
Wednesday           May 23      1A           2A  
Thursday                May 24

Last Day for Graduating Seniors

     1B           2B

 

 

 

PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT

The Commencement Ceremony is intended to recognize those seniors who have completed all requirements for a Maryland High School Diploma. Any senior who does not meet all requirements will not be permitted to take part in Commencement.

WHAT GRADUATES SHOULD WEAR

The Class of 2018 has elected to wear red and white academic gowns and mortarboards. The traditional gown is worn over regular dress clothing. All seniors must order a gown this year because the texture is different from that used previously.

Anyone who still needs a cap and gown may pick up a form from Ms. Addison in I107B. Cap and Gowns are now $43.00. The cost after May 1st is $50.00. Cash or checks made out to Jostens.

MEN:  Dark dress type trousers (NO JEANS OR SHORTS), dress shirts with necktie, and dress type shoes (NO SNEAKERS OR SANDALS).

WOMEN:  Comfortable, plain dress, low heel shoes to compliment. Bold patterned dresses will show through the academic gown. PLEASE DO NOT BRING A PURSE TO THE CEREMONY AS THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR SECURING THEM.

Seniors may carry the gown and mortarboard to the assembly area. Staff members will be available to assist with the gowning at the assembly area.

THERE CAN BE NO WRITING OR DECORATING ON THE MORTARBOARD

In keeping with the Commencement tradition, the administrative staff and platform guests will wear academic regalia.

PARENT NOTIFICATION

To avoid disappointment to seniors and parents the school staff has, since the end of the first semester, reviewed report cards and transcripts and counseled with seniors at risk of not meeting all diploma requirements. In those instances where a senior’s academic performance is uncertain until the last exams, the staff will notify those seniors and parents as quickly as possible when the final grades are known.

Parents are urged to monitor report cards and request a conference if you have questions about your son or daughter’s academic standing as a senior. Conferences can be arranged by calling the Guidance Department, 410-761-8950 ext. 219, between 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM on school days.

OBLIGATIONS

Seniors must arrange to clear all obligations with the school before May 30 th.

Textbooks and school materials which have been loaned are to be returned. Seniors must return all books and magazines to the Media Center by May 28nd, 2018. Media materials needed for school assignments may circulate on an overnight basis. Other obligations to the class, clubs, and teams must also be satisfied by May 28nd.

SENIORS WITH OUTSTANDING OBLIGATIONS MAY NOT RECEIVE GRADUATION TICKETS OR A DIPLOMA.

TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE SENT UNTIL ALL OBLIGATIONS ARE CLEARED.

TO AVOID DELAY AND INCONVENIENCE SENIORS ARE EXPECTED

TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OBLIGATIONS.


COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL

Commencement rehearsal has been scheduled for Friday, June 1st, 2018, at 7:30 AM in the auditorium. Participation at rehearsal is a requirement for participation in Commencement.

GUEST TICKETS

Attendance at Commencement is by invitation ticket. Each senior will receive six tickets at rehearsal. Your graduating senior will be able to tell you on which side of the Show Place Arena they will be seated so that you might choose seating to offer the best view.

GRADUATION VIDEOS

Professional DVDs of graduation will be available for purchase at graduation. Adek Productions will have a booth in the foyer where DVD packages may be purchased. You will receive your order in 4 to 6 weeks. Videos may also be purchased online at www.Celebrate graduation.com or you may contact Adek Productions at 1-800-773-8849.

AUDIENCE DECORUM

Commencement is a joyous occasion for graduates, parents, and guests. In order to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors the dignity of the ceremony must be preserved. Seniors will be reminded of the standards of behavior expected of them as participants during the rehearsals. Any conduct which detracts from the ceremony cannot be allowed. The Show Place Arena has specified NO glass containers, NO balloons, and NO air horns.

 As part of the audience, parents and guests also have a responsibility to abide by the rules of common courtesy and decorum. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM COMING ONTO THE MAIN FLOOR TO TAKE PICTURES OR VIDEOS DURING THE CEREMONY. The audience is requested to remain standing in place until all the graduates have left the auditorium.

 It is the Commencement Committee’s intent that Commencement 2018 is a memorable event for all involved and your cooperation to ensure this is greatly appreciated.

HANDICAP SEATING

Special seating for elderly and handicapped guests will be provided off the main concourse. Seniors may obtain information about handicap access at rehearsal.

DIRECTIONS

I-97 South to Route 3 South (turns into Route 301 South). Continue on Route 301 South to exit at Route 4 North/West (toward Washington). Take first exit (Upper Marlboro) to stop sign. Turn left and follow to infield at the Show Place Arena. The arena is located off Route 4 Pennsylvania Ave., at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center.

Or

Take 50 West towards Washington. Take the Route 301-Richmond exit. Take first exit to stop sign. Turn left and follow to infield at the Show Place Arena.