MCHS COUNSELOR CONNECTION

CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION EDITION

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021!

THANK YOU and JOB WELL DONE to all of you as you persevered through a most unusual and challenging senior year! We are so proud of your resilience, dedication, commitment, and last but certainly not least, the care and kindness you have shown each other and our Madison community. GRADUATION DAY IS JUST 4 WEEKS AWAY! The LAST DAY of this school year is Friday, June 4 and it is a half day for students! There are a lot of important things happening in these last few weeks. In this newsletter, you will find important information and reminders for the Class of 2021, and additional information that we hope will help you as you look ahead. As always, your MCHS family is just a phone call or email away, so please reach out if you need anything at all!

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES:

Senior Questionnaire for the Madison Eagle: Due Friday, May 21

Each year, the Madison Eagle runs a special section for MCHS graduates right before graduation. Please complete this questionnaire by FRIDAY, MAY 21st and return to Mrs. Johnston. Please be sure your name is on your questionnaire!


Cap Decorating at MCHS: May 24 & May 27

Mrs. Junto is offering access to the MCHS Art room for seniors who would like to come in and decorate their cap on May 24 and May 27. Seniors must complete this form in order to come into MCHS to use Ms. Junto's Art space & supplies: https://tinyurl.com/2zr68yyz.

Thank you, Ms. Junto!


Senior Clearance (Mandatory for ALL Seniors): June 2, 8am-8pm By Appointment Only

Keep reading below for more information!

Baccalaureate (Virtual): June 6 at 7pm

Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, spiritual reflection and celebration of graduation for members of the Class of 2021. Baccalaureate will be held virtually this year and will be led by several members of the Class of 2021. A Zoom link will be provided for graduates and their friends, and family members prior to the service.

Graduation Practice & Senior Picnic: June 11, 9:30am-11:30/12pm (Meet in the Rear Parking Lot at MCHS)

Graduation practice is REQUIRED for all seniors who will be participating in the commencement ceremony. We will walk through the steps of our commencement exercises so that graduates know what to do on the morning of graduation, including hearing graduate names being called. TICKETS FOR GRADUATION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THIS PRACTICE! Graduates will each receive 5 tickets for guests. IF we have to move Graduation inside to the Wetsel Gym, each graduate may bring 2 guests (which will be noted on your tickets).

Following practice, we will head over to the Young Farmer's Grounds for a Senior Picnic from Piedmont Deli.


GRADUATION: June 12 at 10am, MCHS Football Stadium

Please refer to the Graduation Detail Document on the MCHS Class of 2021 website for complete details and more information. Access the MCHS Class of 2021website through the Student tab on the MCHS website or by using this link: https://sites.google.com/madisonschools.k12.va.us/classof2021

MANDATORY SENIOR CLEARANCE

Wed., June 2, 2021 8am - 8pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Senior Clearance is a MANDATORY part of the graduation process. At Senior Clearance, your school counselor will confirm your post-graduation plans as indicated on your Senior Exit Survey, collect any outstanding materials and/or debts and provide you with any honors cords/regalia for the Commencement ceremony.


In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the School Counseling Department will conduct Senior Clearance for the Class of 2021 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments will be scheduled in 10 minute blocks from 8 AM-8 PM on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021 at the main entrance at MCHS.


Please complete the form below to rank your preferred time for Senior Clearance. Your School Counselor will contact you BY EMAIL TO CONFIRM YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME and provide any additional reminders regarding outstanding materials or debts. Thank you!


Senior Clearance Appointment Request: https://forms.gle/aoXvx9zQMDM6RbnH7

Senior Exit Survey

All seniors MUST complete the Class of 2021 MCHS Senior Exit Survey in Naviance BEFORE their scheduled Senior Clearance appointment. The Senior Exit Survey is a graduation survey conducted as part of MANDATORY Senior Clearance and allows the school counselors to collect data regarding your post-graduation decisions and provide necessary transcripts to your college or university.



The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. This information is very helpful and important to us. Please read the instructions carefully, and if you are unsure how to answer anything, ask for help. Most of the questions are on behalf of the School Counseling Department. Your school counselor may also want your contact information to connect with you during your college/apprenticeship/vocational program, or with your permission, to put you in touch with students considering your same college or program.


To Access the Class of 2021 MCHS Senior Exit Survey:


Please log into your Naviance account, then click on About Me, then My Surveys, then Surveys Not Started. On that page you will see the Class of 2021 MCHS Senior Exit Survey. Your school counselor will review your responses with you at your Senior Clearance appointment. If you need help accessing your Naviance account, please contact your school counselor.

Scholarships Still Available!

ACT FAST! DEADLINES APPROACHING!

Please continue to check Naviance and refer back to email reminders from Ms. Teal and Mrs. Miller with updated information on scholarship opportunities. A BIG THANK YOU to our local organizations for their kindness and understanding during this difficult time! Many have extended deadlines and are accepting application materials via email! Please contact Mrs. Knighton, Mrs. Cummings or Ms. Teal with any questions.


SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:

As you receive notifications of scholarship awards from your college/university or specific organizations, please notify Ms. Teal and your school counselor so that we can celebrate with you! We will be including scholarship recognitions in our Senior Awards slideshow which will be shared with MCHS students, families and our community in the days leading up to Graduation!

OTHER IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

FINAL TRANSCRIPTS: Final transcripts will be uploaded into Naviance the week AFTER graduation and sent electronically to your chosen college or university as indicated on your Senior Exit Survey. If you need an official final transcript in a sealed envelope, please contact Ms. Teal in the School Counseling office. (kteal@madisonschools.k12.va.us)


GERMANNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: If you took Dual Enrollment classes at MCHS and would like your college or university to consider those courses for transfer credit, you will need to request an official transcript directly from Germanna. If you are currently taking DE classes, please wait until AFTER June 12 to request your final GCC transcript. Please use this link and follow the instructions: https://tinyurl.com/y8md3d7u


LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Please be sure to send a Thank You note to the organization that generously provided you with a scholarship! Also, Ms. Teal or the scholarship organization may contact you regarding your college student ID and/or college finance office information. If so, please provide that as soon as possible. Delays in providing that information could result in a delay in your college or university receiving the scholarship funds on your behalf.

QUESTIONS:

As we wrap up these last few weeks of school, please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are so proud of your hard work & we can't wait to celebrate your accomplishments on Graduation Day!


MCHS School Counseling Team:

Mrs. Cummings (Students with last names beginning with A-J): ccummings@madisonschools.k12.va.us

Mrs. Knighton (Students with last names beginning with K-Z): tknighton@madisonschools.k12.va.us

Mrs. Beverage (GCC Career Coach): mbeverage@madisonschools.k12.va.us

Ms. Teal, School Counseling Secretary/Registrar: kteal@madisonschools.k12.va.us


MCHS Senior Class Sponsor:

Mrs. Johnston: sjohnston@madisonschools.k12.va.us

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