Update from Principal Talbot

Dear PHS Families,

 

We continue to hope that this communication finds each of you well.  Please review the information here for some important dates and other pieces of information.

 

Progress Reports:  Progress Reports will be issued in two waves.

  1. On Monday, May 11, we will mail home progress reports for all seniors.
  2. On Monday, May 18, we will mail home progress reports for all other students in grades 9-11.

 

Last Day of School:

  1. The last day of school for all seniors is Friday, May 29.
  2. The last day of school for all other students in grades 9-11 is Tuesday, June 16.

 

Remember, we are not having final exams this year!

 

Prom 2020:

Our Prom, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been postponed to a date that has yet to be determined.  As is the case with our Senior Week events (see below), we are committed to holding this memorable event if at all possible.  Rather than cancel the event all together, our Junior Class officers have been working with Pembroke Country Club to secure alternate dates later in the summer to a time when/if state and local social restrictions are lifted.  If no such time arrives, then we will make then make the decision to cancel or run a modified event in the Fall of 2020. 

 

Class of 2020:

I was pleased to have held a Google Meet with members of the Class of 2020 last Monday, where we discussed the results of a Google Form I had sent them that weekend.  That survey was centered around the possibility of rescheduling Senior Week from the first week in June to the first week in August – again only if state and local social restrictions allow for it.   Below, I have itemized many of those once-in-a-lifetime senior events with a few potential scenarios.

 

  1. Graduation
    • We have tentatively set Saturday, August 8 (time TBD) to hold a traditional Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020.  Ninety-five percent of the respondents to my Google Form asked us to do so.  
    • Caps and gowns traditionally arrive to PHS at the end of May, and when they come in, we will devise a socially responsible way to pay for and pick up these items.
    •  If we are unable to hold a traditional ceremony on this day, we have begun plans for a virtual ceremony to take place, with another socially responsible plan for students to pick up their diplomas.  In this instance, we would still manage to get caps and gowns to all students as well. 
  2. Senior Awards Night – This event is traditionally held the Thursday of Senior Week, and we would like to replicate that during the first week in August.  However, we also know that this night is comprised of two distinct but equally important parts, scholarship award winners and academic award winners, and that our scholarship award winners would need to know of any financial awards prior to August 6.  Thus, we are aiming to divide this night into two separate events:
    • First, we will hold a virtual Scholarship Award Night during the first week of June.  We will produce a video in which scholarship committee members (or school personnel) will pay tribute to those for whom the scholarships are named and announce the PHS Class of 2020 recipients.  Scholarships will then be mailed home to the recipients the next day. 
    • Then, we will hold a traditional Academic Awards Night for the Senior Class on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.  We would look to incorporate the NHS Chording Ceremony into this event.  If we are unable to host this event in person, we are prepared to hold a virtual ceremony similar to the one described above.
  3. Senior Dinner – This event is traditionally held the Tuesday of Senior Week and our Senior Class Officers have secured Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Villa in Halifax. If we are unable to host such an event, we will send notice of cancellation as the date approaches. 

 

  1. Yearbooks – Yearbooks are traditionally awarded at the Senior Dinner, but we also understand that many seniors will not want to wait until August 4 to get theirs.  Therefore, we will once again device a safe way to distribute yearbooks to seniors once they arrive at PHS (usually mid to late May).

 

Class of 2020 Lawn Signs: - Due to popular demand, the Senior Class has ordered 75 more PHS Class of 2020 lawn signs. To purchase your sign ($20), please email the class advisors Mrs. Andrea Logan (andrea.logan@pembrokek12.org) or Mrs. Danielle Budak (danielle.budak@pembrokek12.org) directly.

 

Returning Owed Materials:  - Stay tuned for announcements that will explain how students in grades 9-12 can return their materials from the 2019-20 school year (text books, library books, etc).  We know many families have asked, and as the year approaches its end, we will be sure to come up with a safe plan for school personnel to collect those materials.  We will most certainly be starting with the Senior Class, as their last day of school arrives sooner. 

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions on these or any other matters.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Marc Talbot, Principal