LMHS Class of 2021

"WE WILL MISS YOU!"

Most recent senior information: Power Point Presentation from Graduation Rehearsal Today

Most recent senior information email with updates (sent on Thursday, June 3, 2021)

Good afternoon Senior(s)/Families,

Laptop Return

Students must complete a Senior Project and they must return their laptop to be eligible to receive their diploma. After the Senior Project Presentation is completed, seniors must report immediately to the Technology Center and return their computer and any associated accessories including chargers, etc. Students who do not turn in their equipment will not receive their diploma until everything has been returned. Once the technology items are returned, students can pick up their diploma in the Main Office.

Senior Awards Assembly

Invitations were emailed to students who will receive special academic, athletic or service awards and/or recognition. The presentation of these awards will take place on Friday, June 4th at 9:00 AM in the LMHS Auditorium. This event will be for students only and will be livestreamed on district website:www.lmsd.org.

Senior Picnic

The Senior Picnic will be held following the Senior Awards Assembly on Friday, June 4th at 11:00am at Lower Merion High School on Butcher Field. We hope to see all seniors there.

Yearbook Distribution

Yearbook distribution has been moved to Friday, June 4th, at 11:00am in the Lower Atrium in conjunction with start of the Senior Picnic. The cost of the yearbook is $90.00. Students can purchase with cash if they did not pre-order.

We will be following our Health and Safety guidelines for seniors coming in to get their yearbook. For those seniors that will not be able to come in and get their yearbook on 6/4 - please contact Ms. Nora Christman (christn@lmsd.org) to arrange a yearbook pick up day/time.

Mandatory Commencement Practice

Seniors are required to attend graduation practice at Lower Merion High School at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 7th. Students should report to the LMHS Auditorium and plan to be seated prior to the 1pm start. The rehearsal will be completed on Arnold Field at Lower Merion High School. Caps and Gowns will be distributed during the practice if students have not received them. Graduation masks will be distributed at the practice. Students who do not attend the practice will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Graduation Signs

Families, if you are planning to create a poster for your child (to be affixed to the gate around the track on graduation day), please drop your sign off in the main office any weekday between 7am and 5:30pm. Signs must be received by June 7th and should be standard posterboard size. Please put two holes in the top corners of the sign so that it can be attached to the fence around the track.

We look forward to celebrating these special events with you!

Sincerely,


The LMHS Administration Team

DEAR CLASS OF 2021 AND FAMILIES

Dear Class of 2021 and Families,


This document is designed to serve as our communication platform as well as our space to commemorate the Class of 2021. I want to thank all of the seniors and their parents and guardians for partnering with us during this unprecedented school year.


Students, despite this atypical finale, I hope that you are extremely proud of your academic and personal growth over the last four years and confident that you are ready to take on whatever challenges that post-LM life will bring. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these difficult and restricting times. While these senior activities and graduation may not be exactly what we envisioned prior to the pandemic, the Class of 2021 will be making history, and we will never forget the time we were able to spend with you.


Sincerely,

Sean Hughes

Principal


**This page will continue to be updated so stop back and visit for pertinent information.**

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COMPLETING THE SCHOOL YEAR:


  • Seniors will not be expected to remain in their current classes beyond the date of the regularly scheduled end-of-class date for seniors (May 7th). Teachers of senior students will have a culminating project or cumulative assessment to measure the learning outcomes in their courses. The due date can extend beyond the date of May 7th; that decision is up to each teacher.
  • Students will complete their senior project with guidance from their senior project advisor as a culminating experience to the senior year.
  • Seniors will complete their senior project experiential phase from May 10th until May 28th.
  • Seniors will present their senior project during the week of June 1st (we will also use Friday, May 28th for senior project presentations).

CLASS OF 2021 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • May 4th: Senior in-person class picture (optional)
  • May 7th: Seniors last day
  • May 10th till May 28th: Senior Project Experiential Phase
  • May 15th: Senior Prom 7PM till 11PM at Lower Merion High School
  • May 28th until June 7th Senior Project Presentations
  • June 4th: Senior Awards Ceremony (9AM) at Lower Merion HS (Seniors only and invite only)
  • June 4th: Senior Picnic (11AM) at Lower Merion HS (all seniors) (behind school at Butcher Field)
  • June 4th: Yearbook distribution at the Senior Picnic
  • June 7th: Senior Graduation Practice (1PM) at Lower Merion on Arnold Field
  • June 8th: Graduation on Arnold Field at Lower Merion HS (10:30AM)***
*** More details to come on this event. We would have an asynchronous day for underclassmen students and allow faculty and staff to participate in the graduation ceremony. The rain date will be at 4:00PM on June 8th or on June 10th at 10:30AM.

SENIOR CLASS PICTURE:

On Tuesday, May 4th we will offer an optional Senior Class Picture on Arnold Field at 11am for any senior that would like to participate. We will follow our Health and Safety Guidelines during the picture process by being outside with a space between students in the Arnold Field Visiting Stands. This picture will be available for purchase.


Also, the picture that serves as the backdrop to this online information update is the members of the LMHS Class of 2021. The picture is also included below and will hang as a banner on the front of our building for all to see as we commemorate this class. We are working on making this available for purchase.

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The District has purchased a Billboard sign on Lancaster Ave to celebrate the Class of 2021:

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THE LOWER MERION SENIOR PROM (5/15/21):

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PROM TICKETS AND INFO:

Prom Tickets - The cost of prom tickets is $55.00 and will include food and beverages. Tickets will be on sale April 22nd through May 3rd. Payment can be made at this link: Prom Tickets


Students will be expected to abide by all Health and Safety Guidelines and school rules including strict adherence to the Drug and Alcohol regulations outlined in the student handbook. For students to attend the Prom they will be COVID Rapid Tested on Friday, May 14th - see letter below. The Prom is for current Lower Merion students only.

PROM COVID TESTING:

Screening:


  • All attendees must take a COVID test on Friday, May 14, at Lower Merion High School between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Any student who is ill, tests positive for COVID-19, is subject to an isolation period, or is subject to quarantine as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend the prom. Students should avoid carpooling to testing to minimize the chances of being designated a close contact.
  • Please register HERE and complete the attached permission form with a parent signature even if you are 18 years old. If you have previously registered and have a personalized QR code, you do not need to register again. Please bring a paper copy of the consent form with you on May 14th if you have not turned one in for Activities/Athletic. See consent form below.

YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION (6/4/21):

We will unveil and distribute yearbooks on Friday, June 4th at the Senior Picnic 11AM at Lower Merion High School Lower - Butcher Field (behind the school). The cost of the yearbook is $90.00 on-line at Yearbook .


We will be following our Health and Safety guidelines for seniors coming in to get their yearbook. For those seniors that will not be able to come in and get their yearbook on 6/4 - please contact Ms. Nora Christman (christn@lmsd.org) to arrange a yearbook pick up day/time.

SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY (6/4/21):

On Friday, June 4th at 9:00 am we will host our Annual Senior Awards Ceremony (invited senior students only) in the Lower Merion Auditorium (all students that attend will be socially distanced at 6 feet in the auditorium and no other guests will be in attendance except for the LMHS administration). In this ceremony, we will honor and recognize the many amazing accomplishments of our students. A letter will go out to all students being acknowledged or receiving an award. Only those students receiving an award will be asked to attend this event. We will livestream the event for parents/guardians and family members. The students that attend will be required to follow all of our Health and Safety guidelines while in the building. If a student being recognized does not feel comfortable coming in for the event - that is fine and they will still be recognized and they can watch it livestreamed.

SENIOR PICNIC (6/4/21):

On Friday, June 4th at 11:00 am we will host our Senior Picnic at Lower Merion High School (seniors only) on Butcher Field (behind the high school) at 11:00am. We will be following our Health and Safety guidelines during this event.

GRADUATION PRACTICE (6/7/21):

On Monday, June 7th we will have a Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at 1:00 PM at Lower Merion HS (we will start in the Auditorium and then move to Arnold Field). No student will be permitted to participate in the Graduation if they do not attend the rehearsal. We will be following our Health and Safety guidelines.

GRADUATION (6/8/21):

The graduation ceremony will be held at the Lower Merion High School - Arnold Field at 10:30AM on June 8th. Graduates will be given 4 tickets to invite guests. The graduation will be livestreamed for others to view the event in real-time. More details below in the Graduation Letter.

GRADUATION OPT-OUT:

If a student does not want to participate in graduation please complete the following form at Class of 2021 Graduation Opt-Out

Graduation Letter:

Dear Senior Families:

We are putting the finishing touches on the planning for all of the senior class activities that take place between May 28th and June 8th. The purpose of this letter is to advise you of all of these activities and to solicit your understanding and cooperation to insure that each activity is an enjoyable and memorable event. The guidelines, rules and procedures which are outlined below, emerge from years of successful end-of-the-year experiences. Please read over this material carefully and discuss its contents with your graduate.


The following senior events are listed chronologically:


Senior Project Presentations

Beginning on Friday, May 28th and ending Monday, June 7th, seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects. Students must complete a Senior Project and they must return their laptop to be eligible for graduation. After the Senior Project Presentation is completed, seniors must report immediately to the Technology Center and return their computer and any associated accessories including chargers, etc. Students who do not turn in their equipment will not receive their cap & gown as well as their diploma until everything has been returned.


Yearbook Distribution

Yearbook distribution has been moved to Friday, June 4th, at 11:00am in conjunction with the Senior Picnic. The cost of the yearbook is $90.00. Students can purchase with cash or a check made out to Lower Merion High School.

We will be following our Health and Safety guidelines for seniors coming in to get their yearbook. For those seniors that will not be able to come in and get their yearbook on 6/4 - please contact Ms. Nora Christman (christn@lmsd.org) to arrange a yearbook pick up day/time.


Senior Awards Assembly

Invitations will be emailed to students who will receive special academic, athletic or service awards and/or recognition. The presentation of these awards will take place on Friday, June 4th at 9:00 AM in the LMHS Auditorium. This event will be for students only and will be livestreamed on district website.


Senior Picnic

The Senior Picnic will be held following the Senior Awards Assembly on Friday, June 4th at 11:00am at Lower Merion High School on Butcher Field.


Mandatory Commencement Practice

Seniors are required to attend graduation practice at Arnold Field at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 7th. The rehearsal will be completed on Arnold Field at Lower Merion High School. Caps and Gowns will be distributed during the practice if students have not received them. Students who do not attend the practice will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Commencement at Lower Merion High School – Arnold Field

If a friend or family member is not able to attend they may be able to view the commencement live by logging onto the district’s website. www.lmsd.org

Please review the following guidelines:

Guidelines for Seniors

1. Graduating seniors are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony, but participation is not required to receive a diploma. If a student does not want to participate in graduation please complete the following form at Class of 2021 Graduation Opt-Out.

2. Graduates are required to have a cap and gown to participate in graduation.

3. Students participating in graduation should arrive at the Arnold Field at Lower Merion High School no later than 9:15 AM. Students will not be able to park on campus on graduation day, June 8th. For any student needing transportation, the district will be providing bus transportation on the regular school day schedule. Any student who arrives on campus early can report to the cafeteria.

4. Graduating seniors are expected to wear appropriate attire for the graduation ceremony:

· Appropriate: Dress pants, dress shoes, collared shirts or blouses, dresses or skirts.

· NOT appropriate: Flip-flops, hiking boots, athletic footwear, jeans, or shorts.

· Traditional caps and gowns will be worn at commencement. Caps and gowns will be distributed to graduating seniors after commencement practice on June 7th if students have not received them. Gowns are to be fully zipped. Sleeves are not to be rolled up. Caps are to be properly placed on the top of the head with the mortarboard in the traditional position. All graduates will be wearing maroon gowns.

5. During the graduation procession, seniors are not permitted to carry any items (purses, keys, flowers, ipods, cameras, or cell phones, etc.) in their hands.

6. Beach balls, Silly string, noisemakers, etc. are not permitted in the facility during the graduation ceremony.

7. Additional items beyond the graduation tassel are not permitted to be attached to or written on the gown. Students may tastefully decorate their caps as it has been tradition for some students to decorate their caps with their college choices.

8. Commencement will be held on Arnold Field at Lower Merion High School on Tuesday, June 8th and will begin promptly at 10:30 AM. The gate to Arnold Field will close temporarily at 10:15 AM and parents and visitors will not be seated until after all the seniors have processed into the stadium and are seated. There are no exceptions to this policy so please arrive in time to be seated prior to 10:15 AM if you wish to see your student during the procession.


Guidelines for Guests

1. There will be Event Staff present at Lower Merion High School to direct pedestrians. Guests may be seated beginning at 9:15 AM. Please plan your time to allow for parking and seating. Parking will be available on campus in lots A, C, D, and E on the enclosed maps. For your convenience and to ease the overflow of parking at Lower Merion High School, we will be offering a shuttle bus service. This shuttle bus will pickup at Wynnewood Shopping Center and Suburban Square will begin to transport guests to Lower Merion High School at 9:15 am, with the last bus to the ceremony leaving at 9:55 am. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the shuttle bus will be available to transport guests back to Wynnewood Shopping Center and Suburban Square. Handicap accessible parking will be available at Lower Merion High School in lots A and B on the enclosed maps. Please sign up here for handicap parking: Request for Handicap Accessible Parking.

2. Ushers will fill rows with guests as they arrive. You may not save seats. If you wish to sit as a group you must arrive as a group. Handicap accessible seating will be available on the track. Please sign up for handicap seating here:Request for Handicap Seating.

3. We encourage the use of photography to capture this important event. Please be mindful of those around you as you take pictures from your seat. Family members and guests are not permitted to leave their seats to take photographs during the ceremony. A professional photographer will photograph each senior as they exit the stage with thier diploma. These pictures will be made available to senior families through emai for purchase.

4. Food or beverage, other than water, is not permitted in the ceremony/facility.

5. Arnold Field is a smoke-free facility.

6. Balloons will not be permitted at the ceremony.

7. Please hold your applause until all of the names have been read.

8. The District’s Health and Safety Plan is still in effect. Masks are required on campus.

9. If you want to create a standard posterboard sized sign, we will accept 1 per graduate. Signs can be dropped off

in the main office at Lower Merion High School from June 1st through June 7th from 7:00am until 5:30pm.


A mailing containing 4 tickets for commencement and this information will be coming through US Mail, if you need more information please contact Ms. Bohn in the 12th Grade office at 610-645-1834 or e-mail at Bohnd@lmsd.org.


Contact the 12th grade office (610-645-1834) if you have any special concerns or problems related to the graduation ceremony or questions about other senior events. We are looking forward to sharing this special time with the class of 2021. We know that with your help these will be exciting, happy and fulfilling events. Please encourage your student to enjoy this time responsibly so that together, we can make this a memorable time for them.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION - PLEASE REGISTER:

Seniors, please remember to set up your LM/H Alumni Association account. You can find the information on how to do that by clicking here. Registering with the Alumni Association will ensure that you will be kept in the loop for future reunions and important news about your alma mater and classmates.


Please see the message below from The Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association Board:

Dear Class of 2021,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We know that many things are different for your class, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But one thing that remains the same is that once you graduate, you will join the proud ranks of Lower Merion and Harriton alumni.


In order to keep you up-to-date on reunions, other activities and events of the Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association, we need to get the best contact information for you after graduation (your lmsd.org email address will be deactivated next year). Please follow the link (clicking here - same link as above) to create your new alumni profile.


Sincerely,


The Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association Board

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