Wednesday Weekly

5/20/2020

Principal's Note

Good afternoon!


This newsletter marks the last Wednesday Weekly I will send for this school year. By Friday, all grades for the spring semester will be finalized and available for viewing, and the school will close for the summer.


Though we have finished the school year, we still have one more important task ahead of us: Graduation. We will gather to honor our seniors on Monday, June 8th at 9AM at the HHS football field. Each graduate will receive 4 guest passes, which will be distributed in a couple of weeks along with detailed plans for the ceremony.


As we wrap up the semester, I can't help but reflect on the last 10 months. If you had asked me in August what I pictured the end of this school year to look like, I can assure you it would not have been like this. We have endured circumstances in the last 8 weeks that we never imagined, but we have also learned many lessons during this time that will help us continue our quest to make HHS the best of the best in Knox County Schools.


Through the interactions I've had with our students, staff, and families this time, it has become even more apparent what a wonderful community we call home. Thank you to all of the HHS students and families for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during these weeks. It has been a privilege to serve HHS as principal this year, and I look forward to many more years in this community.


Best regards,

Mr. Long

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Athletics & Band

You received word that athletic conditioning will resume on May 26th. We are still awaiting the social distancing and sanitization guidelines from the Health Department and School District, but we expect to have very limited numbers of athletes and strict social distancing and sanitizing protocols in place. Further word will be shared with coaches on or before May 26th.


Cheer tryouts will take place in June at HHS. Further word will come out once a date has been set.


Band tryouts and/or practice will not resume until after the TSSAA dead period in early July.

Graduation Updates

Because our graduation ceremony will be held on the football field this year, we will be relaxing the dress code usually enforced at this formal occasion. Students will still wear their cap and gown, but they may wear "street clothes" under the gowns. Additionally, many seniors have requested to decorate their caps for the ceremony. Given the unexpected and unorthodox nature of this year's ceremony, we will allow students to decorate their caps this year only. Students must not place symbols, logos, images, or messages on their caps that would be considered inappropriate and/or against the KCS Dress Code. If students are found to be in violation of this rule, they will be prohibited from participating in the graduation ceremony.


The KCS Dress Code is available here:

https://www.knoxschools.org/cms/lib/TN01917079/Centricity/domain/974/board%20policies/J-260%20Dress%20Code.pdf

Prom

It is with frustration and regret that we will officially cancel our 2020 Prom. Even with Knox County entering Phase 2 of its re-opening, organizing an event like Prom is an impossible task when considering close proximity dancing. Social distancing protocols cannot be enforced, and event venues cannot allow groups larger than 50.

Yearbooks

For those that have purchased yearbooks, we have received word that we should expect our yearbooks in late June. The production factory was shut down due to COVID-19. We will send out word about distribution at a later date.

Transcript Orders

Parents,

Students may have their final transcripts sent to colleges by going to https://www.orderatranscript.com and following the prompts. Once the student submits the request, the Halls High School Counseling Department will receive a notification to send the final transcript. Please understand that final transcripts cannot be sent to colleges until grades are finalized in Aspen, which will likely be June.

ACT Changes

Knox County Schools will serve as a testing site for the ACT National test on July 18, 2020. Any student may register at www.act.org, prior to the deadline of June 19; however, seating is limited. Please know that the ACT homepage has not been updated, but once you log in, you will see the July 18 registration date. According to ACT, they will begin reaching out next week to students who registered for the June ACT test that was cancelled and whose location will change for July. If your student needs accommodations, please contact the KCS Student Services department at 865-594-1535.

Each rising senior will have two opportunities to take the ACT at no cost during a planned in-school test on September 22, 2020. The Tennessee Department of Education has also provided a voucher for a rising senior student to use on a National testing date in either July or in December but not both. If a student registers their voucher to test in July but does not show up to test – their voucher is considered used and they cannot receive another voucher. Due to the long gap in instruction, we are encouraging students to use their voucher in December.

Please contact your school counselor if you would like a voucher for the July ACT. Deadline to register for the July ACT is June 19.

Student Driver's Permit Papers

To request a driver's permit form, either visit the Announcements section of the Halls High School website, or fill out this Google form: https://forms.gle/61bckXDnb8L5f2Kg8.


Forms submitted prior to this Friday, May 22nd will be available on Wednesday, May 27th between 9AM and 12PM in the school office.


The next pickup date for these forms will not be until Wednesday, June 24th.

School Office Hours

Beginning the week of May 25th, the school office will be open each Wednesday morning throughout the summer from 9AM-12PM.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Check out our HHS Valedictorian & Co-Salutatorians featured here: https://www.knoxschools.org/Page/21933