The Senior Success Team 2023
May 2023 Newsletter
Dear Parents/ Guardians of Team 2023 Graduates
The school year has gone by so quickly, but so much is yet to happen. The following is information that you and your student will need to know to complete this school year.
Cap and Gown Pick Up: Cap and Gowns were picked up Thursday May 4th. Students must have a cap and gown to walk in the Graduation Ceremony. Contact Herff Jones at 317-839-1600 if you still need to order something. This year gowns are rentals and must be returned at the conclusion of the Ceremony for students to receive their diploma. Caps and tassels are yours to keep.
Final Exams: Exams begin on May 22nd through May 25th. On May 24th and 25th students will be released at 11 am on both days.
Class of 2023 Graduation walk: Seniors wear their cap and gown to walk through the halls of a Brownsburg elementary school to celebrate the end of their Brownsburg education.
· When: Wednesday, May 24 – Students must arrive at the school at 1:05. The walk will start at 1:15 and will be finished by 1:45.
· Where: Any of the Brownsburg elementary schools, please enter through Door 1 or Door A. Park in lots nearest the front door.
· Why: It’s going to be fun! Elementary students, teachers, and staff want to cheer for you as you finish your Brownsburg education.
Payment of Fees and Fines: Seniors must have all fees and fines paid in full by Thursday May 25th. Students are encouraged to pay outstanding fees in advance. Fines include outstanding book rental fees, media center fines, lunch accounts, and parking tickets. Please contact Cindy Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 852-2258 ext. 1515 with any questions. Students will also be required to submit a Senior Release Form. Details will be given to students the week of May 22nd.
Commencement Practice: Friday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Varsity Fieldhouse. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. and attendance will be taken. This is a MANDATORY practice and is REQUIRED for students wanting to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. If students do not attend practice, they will not be able to walk across the stage. Also, tickets for “Option C” (see below) will be handed out on this day. If a senior does not get his/her tickets, then family members will not be allowed in the Varsity Fieldhouse if we must move inside due to poor weather.
Option A – 10:00 a.m. outside on the football field – Unlimited Seating (no tickets needed)
· 8:30 – Gates 1, 2, & 4 open for audience entry
· 9:00 – Students arrive for staging in the Varsity Fieldhouse, enter Door 14.
· 9:45 – Processional onto the football field – Odell St. and Tilden Rd. will be closed at this time until 11:30 a.m.
· 10:00 – Start of ceremony
Decision to postpone the ceremony due to inclement weather will be made by 6:30 a.m. Students/parents will only be notified IF the change is necessary.
Option B – 6:00 p.m. outside on the football field – Unlimited seating (no tickets needed)
· 4:30 – Gates 1, 2, & 4 open for audience entry
· 5:00 – Students arrive for staging in the Varsity Fieldhouse, enter Door 14.
· 5:45 – Processional onto the football field – Odell St. and Tilden Rd. will be closed at this time until 7:30 p.m.
· 6:00 – Start of ceremony
Decision to move the ceremony inside due to inclement weather will be made by 1:00 p.m. to allow enough time to move items from the football field to the Varsity Fieldhouse.
Students/parents will only be notified IF the change is necessary.
Option C – 6:00 p.m. inside in the Varsity Fieldhouse – Limited seating (4 tickets per graduate)
· 4:30 – Doors 14 & 15 will open for audience entry into the Varsity Fieldhouse. Tickets collected at door.
· 5:00 – Students arrive for staging in the cafeteria, enter Door 1/6.
· 5:45 – Processional into the gymnasium
· 6:00 – Start of ceremony
For those that cannot attend, the ceremony will be televised live in HD on www.bcsc.tv.
*The Stream will be live no matter which option for time and location is chosen. The video will also be available to watch on-demand at the same website a few hours after the event concludes.
Handicapped Seating: If you or a guest needs handicapped seating, please reach out to Mrs. Tewell at email@example.com.
Spectator Conduct at Commencement: Out of respect for our graduates and to preserve the dignity of this ceremony, please set cell phones to silent/vibrate mode and refrain from the use of loud noise makers and loud noises during student recognition. We would like to remind everyone that air horns or other noise making devices are not permitted and will be confiscated by the BCSC police. Every graduate deserves the right to be recognized without interruption. Your cooperation in advance is appreciated.
Photography at Commencement: Please arrange to take pictures prior to Commencement. Team 2023 will be renting the Graduation Gowns and collecting the Gowns immediately after the ceremony. Please plan to meet up with friends and classmates before the commencement exercise to take personal photos to commemorate this special day. A professional photographer will be present at commencement to capture the awarding of the diploma and graduates exiting the stage. Parents may take photographs during Commencement from their seats. We will have a professional photographer taking pictures of each graduating senior as they receive their diploma. Order forms will be passed out at practice with their tickets. More information is available through Lifetouch at: https://events.lifetouch.com/. Parents and/or spectators will not be permitted down in front where diplomas are being presented.
Proper dress for the Graduation Ceremony: Gentleman should wear a shirt and tie along with dress pants and dress shoes. Ladies should wear a dress or a blouse and skirt/slacks. To minimize the possibility of falling when going up and down stairs, and to protect the stadium turf, ladies will only be permitted to wear flats or wedges. Under NO circumstances should blue jeans, tennis shoes, high heels, t-shirts or shorts be worn during the ceremony. Also, in order to maintain the dignity of the ceremony, no messages are permitted to be worn on the top of the caps. Any student improperly dressed will not be permitted to go through Commencement.
“Senior Moment”: (momentary lapse of good judgment) - BHS will not tolerate any type of senior prank. We are very optimistic that we will not have any issues with this group of seniors. Their character and high degree of respect for BHS is quite impressive. Students must understand that if they come onto school property during times in which they are not scheduled to be here, they will be held accountable for their actions. If necessary, this may include involvement of the police. Students will be held accountable for any type of disruption up to and including Commencement. Please discuss this with your son/daughter so we are not placed in a position of denying the privilege of participating in Commencement activities.
Thank you for a successful senior year and your continued partnership,
Dale Sharpe – Assistant Principal
Sarah Mahan – School Counselor
Seth Ragsdale – School Counselor
Carlos Calero – Academic Coach
Jamie Tewell – Administrative Assistant
Joni Martin – College and Career Advisor
Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered during 1st PERIOD CLASSES Thursday, May 11, through Wednesday, May 17. The schedule for delivery is as follows:
- We will first deliver to the Senior Academy classrooms, gyms, and weight room on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th.
- We will then deliver to main building classrooms Monday, May 15th through Wednesday, May 17th.
- We will finish up any remaining / missed classes on Thursday, May 18th.
- Any student who has not received their yearbook due to absence or any other reason can pick their yearbook up from B2-410 on Friday, May 19th before or after school.
Message from Nutrition Services
Hello BHS Team 2023 Families!
BHS & Harris Seniors who have a meal account balance greater than $10 at the end of the school year can receive a refund if a Meal Account Refund Request is submitted within 60 days of the end of the school year.
Find more information and a link to this online form here:
Please complete this form if you expect your student's account to have more than $10 remaining at the end of the school year. Meal account balances may also be transferred to another student or donated to the Hunger Free Fund through this Meal Account Refund Request form. All unclaimed meal account balances are donated to the Hunger Free Fund.
To check your student's meal account balance, log on to https://www.myschoolbucks.com and use your student's school ID to create an account.
BCSC Nutrition Services
Acceptable Use Policy
Graduate Walk Bricks
BCSC Food and Clothing Pantry
Thanks to the hard work of community and staff volunteers and Applied Skills students in the Collaborators for Success program at BHS, the BCSC Food and Clothing Pantry continues to serve many families in Brownsburg through a partnership with Gleaners Food Bank. BCSC families have also contributed donations to help make the pantry a great resource for our community.
The pantry will serve families again THURSDAY, 11/3 from 3pm-5:30pm in a drive thru setting and always on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of the month. Visitors can pull up to door #7 at the ALPHA/Harris Academy building, 725 C South Green Street.
If you have questions about the pantry, please contact Tracy Damone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team 2023 Contact Information
Guidance Counselor A-K - Seth Ragsdale, email@example.com, ext. 1702
Guidance Counselor L-Z - Sarah Mahan, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 1703
College & Career Advisor - Joni Martin, email@example.com, ext. 1916