Senior Newsletter 2020

Senior Newsletter 2020
Posted on 03/04/2020
Dear Class of 2020 and Parents/Guardians:

Commencement, which signifies the end of a successful student career at Saint Edmond and the beginning of being Saint Edmond Alumni, is rapidly approaching. In preparation for this transition, this letter includes detailed information to help you plan for all the senior events leading up to and including Commencement.  If you should have any further questions, please contact the school.

Class of 2020 Motto, Colors, and Flower
Class Motto...… “Chase your dreams, but always know the road that will lead you home again.” -Tim McGraw
Class Colors…. Royal Blue and Emerald Green
Class Flower…. Tulips

Baccalaureate Mass/Commencement
The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Edmond Auditorium on Sunday, May 17th. Students are expected to be in the library by 8:00 a.m. Commencement is 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17th in the auditorium. Students are expected to be in the library by 12:30 p.m.

Senior Skip Day
St. Edmond Catholic School’s administration and staff DO NOT condone a senior skip day.  During the months of April and May, seniors are often out of the building for many field trips and athletic events; therefore, the seniors need to be in class as much as possible in order to maintain good academic standing and be adequately prepared for graduation.

Graduation Lineup
Graduation lineup will be established during the senior luncheon on Friday, May 1st.  Students will be graduating in alphabetical order. 

Scholarship Information for Commencement Program
Please turn in all scholarships received by your senior to Mrs., Erin Rossmanith by Friday, April 20th. All scholarships awarded to seniors will be listed in the Commencement program, if received in a timely manner.

Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns were ordered om December and have been paid for out of the senior fees collected during registration.  They will be distributed following graduation lineup on Friday, May 1st during Gael Pride. 

Attire for Baccalaureate and Commencement
For Baccalaureate and Commencement, men are asked to wear a shirt and tie.  No coat is necessary. Men are also asked to make sure they have a clean-shaven face for the ceremonies.  Women are asked to wear a dress of appropriate length.  No slacks, please.  Jeans and/or tennis shoes are not permitted.  Only gowns will be worn to Baccalaureate Mass, no caps. 

Noon Rotary Club Achievement Banquet
The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club sponsors a dinner and recognition for the top 10% of the class.  Invitations for this event will be extended at a later date. 

 Awards Day 
Awards Day is Tuesday, May 12th.  The Awards Assembly will begin at 1:00 p.m.  There will be a reception for all parents and students following in the library. 

Senior Final Exams
Senior exams will be on Wednesday, May 13th, for those who will need it.  Seniors who either have a least a B+ average or have missed fewer than three classes are exempted from their final exam.  The senior exam schedule will be communicated at a later date.

Seniors need to pick up their diplomas in the activities office immediately following the graduation ceremony, as they will not be in the diploma cases handed to the students during the ceremony.

Student Safety and Parent Liability
Saint Edmond High School is asking for parents’ assistance in keeping all year-end activities safe and alcohol/drug free.  Remember!  Whether you, as a parent, are home or not, case law exists which establishes your liability in such situations.  Parents are legally and civilly responsible for their minor children and their children’s actions.
Drinking under the age of 21 is against the law.
Use or possession of illicit drugs is against the law.
Driving while intoxicated is against the law.
Serving a minor is a criminal offense and adults are potentially liable for negative consequences that may result.
To ensure the safety of the students, random Breathalyzer tests will be done at scheduled Senior Events listed in the contents of this letter and its attachments.  If a student is deemed to be under the influence, he or she will not be allowed to participate in any further graduation events or ceremonies.

Baccalaureate and Commencement

1. To participate in Baccalaureate and Commencement, a senior must have completed ALL requirements for graduation and be a student in good standing.  Thus, we must have Final Grades by Friday, May 14th for all correspondence work and Friday, May 15th, for all make-up work to be eligible to participate in Commencement.

2. Before you may participate in Baccalaureate and Commencement, all books, magazines, and other materials from the library must be checked in by 8:30 AM on Wednesday, May 13th.  In addition, graduating seniors may not participate in Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies unless the graduating Senior’s parents are current with payment of tuition and fees (including lunch fee).  If you have questions about any bill, please contact the Saint Edmond Catholic School Business Office at 955-6077.

3. Dress code for Baccalaureate and Commencement were stated previously.  If you are not dressed properly, you will be asked to correct the situation or you will not participate.  Gowns will be worn for Senior Walk and Baccalaureate.  Caps and gowns will be worn at Commencement. 

4. Parents and friends are asked to take all pictures AFTER Baccalaureate on Sunday, May 17th or PRIOR to 12:30 PM before the graduation ceremony.  Pictures are not encouraged after Commencement exercises.

5. Practice for Baccalaureate will be Friday, May 15th.  To start the day, seniors will meet by the computer lab to participate in a mandatory “Senior Walk” through the middle school and elementary, which lead to Commencement practice.  

6. Practice for Baccalaureate and Commencement will be Friday, May 15th, immediately after the “Senior Walk”. If you miss practice without an approved excuse by the Administration, you will not participate in the ceremonies. Students will be given their appropriate cords prior to the “Senior Walk”.

National Honor Society Members will wear gold cords.
Students earning a service award will wear a silver cord. 
Students earning 15% and above will wear green and white cords.
Students earning a 4.0 of the class will wear gold medallions.
Distinguished Scholars will have a seal on their diploma.

At the commencement ceremony, all students who have achieved an eight semester cumulative grade point of 3.70-4.0 will be recognized as Summa Cum Laude, a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5-3.69 will be recognized as Magna Cum Laude, and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2-3.49 will be recognized as Cum Laude.

For Commencement, unlimited seating is available on the gym floor and in the bleachers, except for reserved areas.  The gym will open for seating at 12:30 PM.

Graduates keep the souvenir caps, gowns, and tassels.  

During this time of transition for the Class of 2020, let us remember that God is our guiding force, and we should continue to thank Him for our many blessings.

Mrs. Linda Mitchell Principal
Mrs. Marva Dillon and Mr. Matt Dillon Senior Class Moderators