April 17, 2017
Senior Finals/Graduation Information
- All requirements for credit, including all class work and examinations are to be completed by 3:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before graduation. All outstanding bills and fees owed by seniors to USD 461 must be paid and all detention time must be served.
- Teacher checks: on Thursday, May 11, 2017, each senior is to check to see that ineach class his/her work is completed and that textbooks are checked back to the instructor. Also check in the library for any fines & books returned.
- Check-outs: on Thursday, May 11, 2017 beginning at 11:00, every senior is to go to the office to check out. Failing to do so will jeopardize participation in graduation ceremonies.
Thursday, May 4 Finals Hrs 2-4-6-8
Friday, May 5 Finals Hrs 1-3-5-7
Tuesday, May 9 8:30 am Practice for Special Awards Assembly
Tuesday, May 9 7:00 pm Special Awards Assembly
Seniors arrive at 6:45 in cap & gown, meet in cafeteria
Thursday, May 11 9:00 am Graduation pictures
Practice in the gym following pictures.
After practice begin office check-out; (go to teachers first) You must also go to the library.
Friday, May 12 8:30 am Graduation practice with band.
Saturday, May 13 10:00 am Baccalaureate (arrive by 9:45)
Saturday, May 13 1:40 pm Seniors gather in cafeteria
2:00 pm 2017 NHS Graduation
Each graduating senior is expected to attend graduation practices and the graduation ceremony exhibiting appropriateness (see reminders on reverse). Attendance at Baccalaureate is highly encouraged.
Graduation exercises at NHS have always been formal in nature. The dignity of the class is the responsibility of every graduate. You have arrived at this educational milestone and are about to be rewarded with a ceremony designed to honor your accomplishment. Be worthy of this tribute by your full cooperation.
Boys are expected to wear a light dress shirt with collar and a dark tie under the gown. A nice pair of dress slacks (dark), dress shoes (dark), and dark socks are proper. T-shirts, jeans with light colored socks, tennis shoes, sport shoes, work boots, or sandals are not considered appropriate attire.
Girls are expected to wear a nice dress, which should be shorter than the academic gown. Hose and dress shoes are acceptable. Flip flop sandals are not appropriate attire.
Since graduation exercises are intended to be an impressive occasion, all of the above and below requests are made to add dignity to a beautiful ceremony.
*Caps should be placed on the head so that the mortarboard is level, with the long point of the crown to the back. The front point should be well down on the forehead. Nothing should be written on the surface of the cap.
*Tassel is worn over the right temple at graduation exercises. The tassel should not be shifted from one side to the other when the diploma is received, you will be told when it is time to move the tassel. The tassel should not be pinned or sewed, but should be permitted to hang naturally.
*Gown should be pressed with a very cool iron prior to the ceremony to eliminate wrinkles.
*Honors-National Honor Society cords, Renaissance medals, and Valedictorian, Salutatorian medals should be worn over the gown but other adornments are not to be worn.
Thank you seniors for your cooperation and leadership at NHS during the year. You will be missed by us all.
Open this 2017 Customer Plant List to see what Dottie and the Greenhouse Gang will have for sale starting April 27th.
Carrie Knickerbocker, senior at Neodesha High School, has earned the March Bluestreak Leadership Award. Carrie is the daughter of Michael and Recaya Knickerbocker of Neodesha.
Carrie is active in volleyball, basketball, and track at NHS. She has participated at the Kansas State Track Meet during all three years of high school thus far. She was named All-League and All-Area in basketball her senior year, as well as being named to the Wilson County Classic All-Tournament Team.
Carrie is a member of Student Council, FBLA, and FCCLA. She participates in the All-School Play and is a member of the Drama Club. Carrie is the photography co-editor for the publications staff and was voted as the Fall Homecoming Queen by her peers.
Below are comments from Carrie’s teachers:
“What a great example of what a leader should be. She does everything you ask of her and never questions it. Carrie has been to state every year in track and should again this year. She is just a nice kid and a hard worker. Congrats, Care Bear!!!”
“She was a girl state delegate. She has a wonderful heart. She is kind, sweet, generous, and competitive.”
“Carrie was instrumental in starting the fist bumps with the table at basketball games. I will miss her tenacity on the court and her smiling face in the hallways.”
“Carrie is hard-working and has a sweet disposition. She cares about doing a good job and does so. She consistently writes very creative headlines.“
“Carrie works hard for me and always has a smile. She is a quiet leader and fierce competitor. She is the Peanut of the peanut butter pie of track.“
Opening Days are April 27 & 28 from 7-4. Opening one week later this year due to Easter and Prom. Hope to see you then. Be sure to follow us on FB Bluestreak Greenhouse page for pictures, videos and updates!
USD 461 NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
March 17, 2017
USD 461 Board of Education has announced the selection of Juanita Erickson, as the Superintendent of Schools. Erickson will take the reins on July 1, 2017.
Erickson began her career in 1989 in Salina Public Schools as a teacher and administrator before taking the position as the Director of Elementary Education in Topeka Public Schools.
Juanita has broad educational experience, as a teacher, administrator and an educator, she currently oversees several elementary principals and learning centers.
“I feel extremely blessed to follow great leadership in Neodesha. I am excited to continue the work that has been started here in our schools and I look forward to working with the students, staff, community, as we work together to help our students be successful. I am excited to be a Bluestreak,” said Erickson.
Board President Jackie Chandler says that Ms. Erickson emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the District. “The Board is confident in our choice of Juanita and confident that under her leadership, USD 461 will continue to move in a positive direction.”
Chandler, Board President, explained that community input, including the involvement of a committee of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process. The process included teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members. “The input from all stakeholders as a whole was very helpful to our process.”
The Board selected four finalists, who were interviewed by the Board on March 8th and 9th.