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Grad Info

IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES:

 
June 6, 2016
 
      7:00 PM - Academic Awards Night 
 
June 8, 2016 
 
       Last Day for Seniors
 
June 10, 2016
 
      8:00 AM - Seniors' Graduation Meeting/Practice/Cap/Gown/Ticket pick up 
 
      5:30 PM - Seniors meet at Southwest Jr. High for shuttle bus to High School 
 
      7:00 PM - Commencement at FLHS Football Stadium (gym in case of weather) 
 
      Following Commencement - All Night Party at Southwest Jr. High
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT

 
Participation in the Commencement is optional. To participate, senior students must:
  • Complete 26 credits, including all required courses
  • Pass MCA Reading, Writing & Math tests, or take the ACT Plus Writing or an alternate college readiness test
  • Return all class and library materials
  • Pay all fines and negative lunch balances
  • Comply with the guidelines of Commencement. 
 All requirements must be complete prior to Commencement.

HOLD LIST:
Students who have not completed required classes, have not finished enough credits to graduate, have not passed MCA tests or taken an alternate college readiness test, or are failing a class that fulfills a requirement for graduation, will be placed on the Hold List. Students will be cleared from the Hold List by their teachers when they have completed course requirements and earned enough points to pass the needed class(es). If the student is not cleared from the list, they will not graduate, receive a cap, gown or tickets, nor participate in Commencement.  Non graduates should be in contact with their dean to develop plans for finishing.  Diplomas will be distributed once transcripts are completed and cleared.

CAPS, GOWNS AND TASSELS:

In order to participate in Commencement, students must wear the appropriate cap, gown, and tassel.  Students are required to pay a deposit of $40.00 to receive those items. This deposit will be collected from ALL senior students on FeePay through their SchoolView account.  Caps, gowns, and tassels will be distributed in the foyer area of the field house entrance after graduation practice on June 10th.
 

TICKETS

  • Tickets will be distributed with the caps, gowns, and tassels on June 10th following graduation practice. 
  • Students will be issued a total of 5 tickets (2 indoor tickets, 3 outdoor tickets) that can be used if the weather permits an outdoor ceremony in the High School Football Stadium. 
  • If poor weather prohibits an outdoor Commencement, the event will be moved indoors to the High School Gymnasium. If graduation is held indoors, ONLY 2 of the 5 tickets (the indoor tickets) can be used for seating in the Gymnasium due to limited seating capacity. 
  • Students with blended families will have an additional pack of tickets waiting for them in the Administration Office after practice on June 10th.
  • A limited number of extra tickets will be made available in the Administration Office beginning at 1:00 pm. 
  • Due to fire code, only a limited number of people are allowed in the gymnasium.  However, there are alternative spots in the building such as the auditorium, cafeteria and media center to view the ceremony on closed-circuit broadcasting. 
  • The decision will be made by 1:00 pm on June 10th whether to hold the ceremony indoors or outdoors. 
  • The gates at the outdoor stadium (or the doors to the gymnasium) will open at 6:00 pm.  
These items may be returned on Monday, June 13th only between the hours of 10:00 am - 2 pm for a refund of $10.00 for the cap returned, $10.00 for the tassel returned, $20.00 for the gown returned, or $40.00 for all items returned. Refunds will be credited to the account used to place the deposit.  However, many students choose to keep these items as keepsakes.
 
STOLES AND CORDS:
Students who could potentially earn Academic Scholar distinction, Literacy Honors or National Honor Society distinction will be notified prior to commencement.  Those achievements will be noted in the program at the ceremony.  Students who wish to wear stoles or cords signifying those accomplishments may purchase those items on FeePay.  These items will be placed in each student's cap and gown package to be picked up after graduation practice. The color of stole earned will not be determined until just prior to the ceremony. In the event that an honor wasn't accomplished, the student will not receive a stole or cord, and the price of the item will be refunded through FeePay. 
 

HONORS, CORDS, & STOLES 

 
ACADEMIC SCHOLARS
Students may graduate as an Academic Scholar according to the requirements listed. They must earn a minimum grade of a B- in the college credit-bearing course for the course to qualify. Students who qualify for this honor will be noted in the program and are eligible to purchase a stole for $20 to wear at commencement signifying this accomplishment. Qualifying students will receive a letter stating that they are eligible for this recognition. 
 
The Three Levels of Academic Scholars 
***Highest Academic Scholar: 5 College Credit-Bearing Classes in 3 or more areas - Gold Stole
      **High Academic Scholar: 4 College Credit-Bearing Classes in 2 or more areas - Silver Stole
                 *Academic Scholar: 3 College Credit-Bearing Classes - White Stole
 
To learn more about how students can graduate as an Academic Scholar, click here.
 
 
GRADUATION WITH HONORS
All students with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will graduate with Honors - having earned an academic letter, which was awarded at an earlier ceremony and is noted in the graduation program. 
 
To learn more about how students can earn an Academic Letter and graduate with Honors, click here
 
LITERACY HONOR CORDS
Students who have made reading and literacy a priority, and demonstrated that accomplishment throughout their high school experience will earn Literacy Honor recognition. Students who qualify for this honor will be noted in the program and are eligible to purchase a white literacy cord for $10 to wear at commencement signifying this accomplishment. Qualifying students will receive a letter stating that they are eligible for this recognition. More information about the Literacy Honors Program (Rangers Read) can be found here.
 
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 
 
PRACTICE: FRIDAY, JUNE 10th at 8:00 AM SHARP!
Seniors will meet in the auditorium at 8:00 AM. After a short presentation they will move to the field house. Graduates will then walk through a rehearsal for the ceremony. Seniors are not allowed to enter any other portion of the school building on that day.

AUDIENCE BEHAVIOR:
Students are asked to remind families and friends that extended applause or shouting interferes with the reading and understanding of the next graduate’s name. Please consider the significance of the moment for other families. This cooperation is greatly appreciated.

STUDENT CONDUCT:
Commencement is a dignified ceremony that honors the graduates. Students are expected to demonstrate respect for the occasion and their classmates. Students that fail to comply and choose to participate in ANY undignified or disrespectful behavior during practice or the ceremony will not be able to participate.

CLOTHING:
Students participating in Commencement are required to wear the maroon cap and gown. If circumstances dictate that a student must deviate from this practice, they should confer with school administration. In addition, students must dress appropriately. For males, this includes dress slacks, dress shirt and dress shoes. For females, this includes a dress, or slacks and dress shirt, and dress shoes. Students cannot decorate their caps and gowns or carry/wear flowers.

PICTURES:
A professional photographer will take an individual photo of each graduate during the Commencement ceremony. Graduates may purchase the pictures from Lifetouch. Lifetouch will mail students an order form with picture proofs after the ceremony to purchase photos.

DIPLOMAS:
Students will receive their diploma cover on the night of Commencement. The official diploma will be sent in the mail over the summer, after all credits, grades and other records have been processed.

RAIN/INCLEMENT WEATHER:
Graduation exercises will be held outdoors in the stadium. In the event that poor weather prevents an outdoor ceremony, Commencement will be moved indoors into the gymnasium. Please be aware that this will reduce the seating capacity and will require an “Indoor Ticket” to gain admission. A closed circuit TV broadcast of the ceremony will be available in the auditorium, media center, and cafeteria. If there is threatening weather, the decision about the location will be made by 1:00 PM on graduation day. This information will be posted on our high school website: http://hs.flaschools.org..

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY:
5:30-6:20 PM Arrive at Southwest Jr. High and shuttle bus to High School
6:30-6:40 PM Meet Advisory teacher in the field house to line up and receive name card.
6:40-6:55 PM Proceed to assembly area west of outdoor track with your Advisory teacher and class.
6:55-7:00 PM Enter track and march to staging area.
* No pets or coolers are allowed at the ceremony. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.
 
VIDEOS:
Lakes Area Community Television will professionally videotape the Commencement Ceremony. Station staff will have a table at graduation where you can order your $15 DVD. The station accepts cash or check only, made out to: FLCC. To contact the station please call 651-464-1142. LATV studio offices are located at 24260 Greenway Ave. North, Suite C in Forest Lake.
 

SENIOR ALL-NIGHT PARTY

Volunteers Needed for the Senior All-Night Party!! The All-Night Party will be held on Friday, June 10th after graduation.  Please consider volunteering for this fun celebration!!  Click on the Sign Up Genius link below to volunteer:

 

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050445abad2da75-2016

 
 
We have set up online sales for tickets for the 2016 Forest Lake Senior All Night Party to make it more convenient.  Below is a direct link to purchase tickets online for the party.  There are convenience fees associated with the online sales and the purchaser will pay those.
The link is:
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-lake-class-of-2016-senior-all-night-party-tickets-25588793771
 
 
 
WHEN:  
  • June 10th, after Graduation Commencement, until 5:00 AM 
    (must stay unless pre-arranged)
WHERE:
  • Southwest Junior High, 943 SW 9th Ave, Forest Lake
COST:
  • $60 advance tickets ($75 at the door).
 
 
 

Student Techology

STUDENTS NEED TECH DEVICES IN 2016-17
 
Success in the 21st century is strongly dependent on the ability to access, evaluate, use, and even create information effectively. These skills can be developed naturally in classrooms when students have access to technology, but use of technology becomes artificial and clumsy when it is reduced to the occasional visit to a computer lab. Soon, this will all change. Beginning this fall, all high school students are expected to bring a technology device to class every day. 
 
Learn more from our web pages on student technologyincluding what devices are appropriate, recommended technical specifications, or suggestions on what to buy. This website also includes information on how to secure a school-owned device for students who are not able to purchase a device using family resources.

News

MNDOT CONSTRUCTION ON HWY. 61

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun construction of a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Minnesota Highway 97, near our high school, Century Junior High and the Forest Lake Area School District Office. Information about this construction is available on a video produced by MnDOT. Click here to see this video. 
 
 

STUDENT LAPTOPS/TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL

Click here to find out more about our new initiative for students and their need for technology access.

Mission

Our mission at 
Forest Lake High School:

 
"To ensure that
all students 
graduate with the skills
necessary 
to attend a college, 
university,
technical college, 
or training program 
and succeed."
 
 
 
 
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