I have been thinking about the impact that the statewide closure of schools has had on the Class of 2020. Never could we have imagined this scenario for your last few months and the conclusion of your final year of high school. I have remained mindful that graduation and the prom are important to our seniors. Our School Board and I share in your disappointment and the loss of memories associated with the health crisis. We have remained committed to ensuring these honored traditions continue.
As we move forward, we are sharing the following information for planned events:
Diploma pick up - Friday, May 29th, 2020
· Students will be scheduled a time to pick up their diploma from HHS according to the first letter of their last name.
· We ask students to wear their cap and gown if possible in order for a picture to be taken.
· A backdrop is being ordered to provide an appropriate picture opportunity.
· This may be done inside the commons or outside of the main building depending on weather.
· Families must respect the social distancing guidelines that are in effect on this date.
Prom - Friday, July 17, 2020
· A prom will be held at Hampshire High in the gym pending the approval of our local Health Officials.
· We will continue to monitor updates from the Governor’s Office and consult with our local Health Department for guidance.
Graduation - Saturday, July 18, 2020
· A commencement ceremony will be planned at Wapacoma campground in the festival area.
· Students will have the opportunity to walk across a stage and be recognized for their accomplishments.
· Families will need to bring their own seating.
· Barring a long-term rain event that could cause issues with parking (or a lightning event), the ceremony will be held rain or shine.
· We will adhere to the social distancing guidance from health officials that may be in effect at the time of the ceremony.
· We ask that families limit attendance to parents, grandparents, and siblings.
· We ask family members to dress casually and comfortably.
Graduation - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
· In the event that Covid-19 restrictions do not allow us to hold a traditional ceremony in July, we will plan to hold a commencement ceremony at HHS on this date.
I know the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and has disrupted the normalcy for our seniors. You may be feeling a range of emotions with the sudden changes to your senior year and the world around you. I know you may have feeling of uncertainty, stress, and sadness, but I also know you are strong and resilient young adults who will overcome this hurdle in your path in life. Graduation is an exciting time. It’s both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. I leave you with this quote: Obstacles do not prevent you from your calling. They prepare you for it.
Jeffrey Pancione, Superintendent
Watch Mr. Pancione Live with his message to seniors at https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.pancione/videos/237588573996480/