Cougar Corner

Special Graduation Update for the Class of 2018

Congratulations Seniors and parents, we are winding down to the final quarter of school and looking forward to the celebration of Commencement! Here are some important upcoming dates.

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Tuesday, April 3rd

Seniors will not have class this day, but will be asked to participate in an “On-Line” Learning Day. Teachers will provide lessons for Seniors electronically. This is a testing date at East High School (all Juniors will be taking the ACT Test, all Sophomores will be taking the MCA Reading Test, and all Freshmen will be taking the NWEA Math Test).
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Wednesday, April 25th

We will have a Senior meeting at 2:15 pm in the Auditorium. At this time we will provide detailed information regarding the commencement ceremony. We will provide a hard copy handout and also share that document electronically. We ask that all seniors put this on their calendars and make plans to attend.

Wednesday, May 16th

Spring Awards Ceremony at 10:30 am in the East High School Gymnasium. This is open to the public as we hand out awards and award scholarships! Last year we awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships and I am sure this year's seniors will challenge that mark.

Wednesday, May 16th

Commencement speaker auditions will be held in the auditorium after school. Students need to let Mrs. Robinson know by 3:10 p.m. on Friday, May 11 if they would like to try out. These auditions are not open to the public.

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Thursday, May 24

Caps and gowns will be handed out during Government and Economics courses. If you do not have either class, please stop into Ms. Robinson’s room before or after school to pick them up. Seniors were measured last fall for caps and gowns. The school pays for the rental of the cap and gown for seniors who participate in commencement. The caps and gowns are handed out one week prior to commencement to allow seniors the ability to take pictures as caps and gowns must be turned in immediately after commencement. Seniors may keep the tassel that comes with the cap and gown at no charge.

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Friday, May 25 - Parade Of Graduates

East, West and Central High Schools are working with our elementary schools to organize a parade of graduates through our elementary schools. We will send out more details as they become available.
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Wednesday, May 30th

Seniors will take final exams for periods 5, 6 and 7 beginning at 8:15 am for all seniors in Auditorium #1. Please report for all exams at 8:15 SHARP.

Thursday, May 31st

All students, including Seniors, will take final exams for periods 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Friday, June 1st

  • Commencement Rehearsal will be at 10:45 am in Myer’s Field House at MSU.

  • Senior Luncheon will follow rehearsal at MSU at approximately 12:15 pm.

  • Commencement Ceremony at 5:30 pm in Bresnan Arena at MSU’s Taylor Center. We will ask that all graduates report to Myer’s Field House by 5:00 pm SHARP!

  • Graduation party, completely run by East parents, will be held at East High School, after commencement. More information will be coming out soon.

Senior Scholarships

This is the time of year many seniors are starting to receive information about financial awards from their colleges and other scholarship agencies. If your student has an account with the Raise.me website, now would be a good time to update their entries so they do not miss out on potential scholarship awards from colleges that participate in this service. Usually the Raise.me scholarships are not stackable awards, meaning if your student received a $5,000 scholarship from Raise.me from UMD for example, and a $10,000 scholarship directly from UMD, they would only be awarded the higher of the two by the university, but it is definitely worth their time to make sure they are getting the largest amount for which they are eligible.