PEN HIGH GRAD NEWSLETTER May 26, 2009 GRAD ASSEMBLY: Welcome to the class of 2009! There is much important information regarding your Grad and related events to share today. Please listen attentively. GRAD GOWNS, CAPS, HONOUR CORDS & CEREMONY TICKET DISTRIBUTION Grad gowns, caps honour cords & ceremony tickets will be distributed to grads following the assembly on May 26/09 in the gym at the conclusion of the assembly. They will be distributed alphabetically. Grads will receive a grad cap, a tassel, a gown and a V-stoll. Please note that immediately following the Ceremony, grads must hand in the gown & V-stoll, but may keep the cap, tassel & cord. Keep the ceremony tickets in a safe place – no duplicate copies are available. Grads will also receive a local transit pass that provides free public transit during the month of June courtesy of Berry and Smith. GRAD CEREMONY TICKETS: All reserved Grad Ceremony seating tickets will have been distributed by Mr. Corbett according to student / parent requests received. Every effort has been made to accommodate the requests. If you have guests attending who do not have a reserved seat(s); there are a limited number of general admission, standing room places available on the concourse level. Please remind parents and guests to sit according to the reserved seating numbers on your tickets. Grads will be seated on the floor of the SOEC. No parents will be permitted on the floor during the ceremony. GRAD GOWN ATTIRE - MEN: Shirt – preferably a white or light coloured shirt with tie or golf shirt. No T-shirts. Pants - dark coloured long pants. No jeans or shorts. Shoes - clean, dark dress shoes. No sandals, runners or flip-flops. GRAD GOWN ATTIRE - WOMEN: Shirt –a white or light coloured shirt or tank top. A dress, shorts or skirt short enough that it will not be seen below the grad gown. Shoes – a clean dress shoes or dress sandals. No runners or flip-flops. Both Men & Women – No gum, neck collars. RETURNING YOUR GRAD GOWN: All Students must return the grad gowns immediately following the Grad Ceremony on Friday, May 29/09 at the conclusion of the ceremony - no exceptions. Return the gown to on the floor of the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) and ensure that your name is recorded. Gowns should be returned in good condition. You will receive a wrist band for entry to Dry Grad Celebration once you return your gown. Students who leave the SOEC will not be permitted to attend the Dry Grad event. Students without a wrist band will not be permitted to attend the Dry Grad event. SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARY EVENING: If you are the recipient of a local scholarship or bursary, you will receive a phone call asking for your attendance at the scholarship and bursary evening at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm. As well, the names of all recipients will be posted in front of the main office and in the daily bulletin. Please check the list. Award recipients need to arrive in the lobby of the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre by 6:30 pm. All grads and their families are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be available in the foyer following the presentations. All award recipients must wear grad gowns with appropriated attire beneath and sit in the designated area. If you are NOT receiving a scholarship or bursary but would like to attend, you can wear your grad gown and sit in the designated area or not wear a grad gown and sit with the general audience. GRAD REHEARSAL: There is a grad rehearsal at the Trade and Convention Centre on Friday, May 29, 2009. Plan to arrive by 1: 15 pm as the rehearsal starts at 1:30 pm sharp. Students will be dismissed from school at 12:45 pm. and should quickly make their way to the PT & CC. All Grad Ceremony participants must attend this very important rehearsal. No exceptions. When entering the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre for the rehearsal, grads will pick up a rehearsal ticket in the foyer. The rehearsal tickets will be distributed alphabetically by last name. Each rehearsal ticket has an individual section, row & seat number. Students will then find their corresponding seat in Ballroom 2 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Grads are reminded to bring to school the clothing and shoes that they wish to wear at Dry Grad later that evening. On Friday, May 29, 2009, bring the items in a bag or back pack and check your bag into the Weight Room between 11:00 am & 12:45 pm (prior to the rehearsal). All bags will be stored securely and will be returned to the grad when they arrive at the Dry Grad Celebration. No trips to lockers are permitted at the Dry Grad Celebration. GRAD CEREMONY: The grad ceremony takes place at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, May 29, 2009 starting at 7:00 pm sharp. Please remind parents and guests that doors open at 6:30 pm and they need to be in their seats by 6:50 pm at the latest. All Grads are to report the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre at 5:45 pm. dressed in their grad gowns, V-stolls, caps and tassels! (Of course with the appropriate attire underneath). You should not bring anything else with you to the Grad ceremony such as purses, bags etc. Cameras should be left with parents / guests. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE GRAD CEREMONY: At the conclusion of the Grad Ceremony, grads will exit the seating are in a final processional according to the directions provided at the rehearsal. Grads will walk slowly to the sound of their selected grad songs to the area behind the black curtain on the floor of the SOEC. Once gowns have been returned, parents are then welcome to come to the floor of the SOEC for photos. GRAD CEREMONY PHOTOS: Photographic Reflections by Brenda will once again be taking photos of all grads crossing the stage at the Grad Ceremony. You may pre-pay your order and avoid the rush. For $12.00, you may have the photo image emailed to you. A photo disc of the grad, plus bonus candid shots is also available for $15.00. Pre-paid cheques made payable to PR by Brenda may be handed in at the office or mailed to Photographic Reflections by Brenda, 123 Secrest Ave, Penticton V2A 3R1, or you may drop off cash or cheques to the Pen High Office. Make sure you include your full name, phone # and address with all orders. GRAD DVD: Our school “tech crew” will be recording the entire grad ceremony. Students may order a DVD recording of the Ceremony from at the office after June 1/09 – cost is $15.00. Pre-paid orders only - order your disc at the office. DRY GRAD: Dry Grad will take place at Pen High following the Grad ceremony on May 29-30, 2009. Following the ceremonies students will be bussed to Pen High for the Dry Grad celebration. Students are again reminded that they are not permitted to leave the South Okanagan Events Centre if they plan to attend the Dry Grad function. (No trips to your car). Be sure to make arrangements to have your vehicle looked after if you choose to drive to the Grad Ceremony. It is not recommended that you leave your vehicle overnight at the Events Centre. ATTENDANCE AFTER THE GRAD CEREMONY: An important reminder to all grads: attendance at school is still mandatory after the Grad ceremonies. Students who have unsatisfactory attendance, as result of unexcused absences after the Grad Ceremonies, will not be permitted to attend the Prom or participate in the parade. PROM / PARADE: Both the grad parade and prom take place on Thursday, June 25/09. The grad parade leaves at Memorial Arena at 6:00 pm, travels down Power Street, along Lakeshore Drive and ends at the Lakeside Resort. Participants should arrive at Memorial Arena Parking lot by 5:30 pm. If you are unsure as to what vehicles are permitted / prohibited from the parade please ask well ahead of time. Student safety is our primary concern. Students can park their vehicles at the Lakeside Resort and take photos there or they can leave the Lakeside and take photos elsewhere. PROM / PARADE (continued): Prom will be at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. It will start at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 1:00 a.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for prom are $60.00 per person and will be available for sale June 3 - 19/09 from the Accounting Office. Guest Passes will be available June 1 - June 5/09 and are available at the office. Guests how are not in school will be required to provide a criminal record check. These are both due no later that June 12/09. Prom Photos will be taken by David Szabo Photography. Students may pre-book & prepay for these photos at school the week before prom for as reduced cost. Students may also bring their own cameras to Prom. PROVINCIAL, DISTRICT & SCHOOL EXAMS: The last day of regular school classes is Tuesday, June 16, 2009. School, District and Provincial exams start Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Please check the Provincial & School Exam schedules posted near the Multi-purpose Room & outside the library. Record the time, date and room number for all of your exams carefully in your planner. If you have an exam conflict you must register to arrange an alternate time to write the exam. Please ensure that all textbooks are handed to the accounting office or the main office. Grad is the event; hard work, exam preparation and Exam writing is the process. There is lots of work still ahead grads! Good luck and stay focused!
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