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May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020

Dear Senior Students & Parents:

I want you to know first and foremost, I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy. I am so proud of our amazing teachers and staff working to support students and families, and of our students who are stepping up to the challenge to continue learning and stay engaged.

As we enter the home stretch of our academic year, I want to provide you with updated information on end of school year plans, as well as address questions around graduation.

What we know now:

  • Last Day of School: The last day of school for seniors will be Friday, May 22.
  • Grading: Final grades from teachers will be due by May 28.
  • Optional Chromebook Purchase: Seniors will have the option to purchase their Chromebook for $35. Attached are details on the optional senior Chromebook purchase program.
  • Caps and Gowns: Cap and gown distribution began last week. If you have not stopped in to pick your order up, please stop in this week. Students can also take this opportunity to pick up any remaining student belongings in their locker.
  • Honoring the Class of 2020: While we all recognize the end of the school year cannot be the same as in years past, we do feel it is important to plan for ways we can honor the Class of 2020 now. Here is what we know so far:

- Honors Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 7:00pm and will be a virtual event. Students receiving scholarships or awards will receive an invite. The event link will be emailed out and the video will be posted to the AAHS website.

- Baccalaureatte is scheduled for Wed., May 27, 7:00pm and is an optional virtual event for seniors. This is a student led event in partnership with our faith community. Pastor Hans Dahl of Calvary Lutheran Church will be delivering the message and Calvary will share out on their website and Facebook page.

What we will announce as soon as we have additional details:

Graduation Ceremony: We are still gathering information and there are a number of factors that will play into commencement plans. Here are our best answers as of today:

  • We are awaiting guidance from Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on graduation protocol.
  • We invited family feedback on whether to move forward with virtual graduation on May 29th or delay until late July and hope for an in-person ceremony. The survey results were inconclusive with a split at nearly 50/50.
  • The School Board will decide about the graduation ceremony no later than Tues., May 19.
  • In order to prepare for the possibility of a virtual ceremony, we will be inviting seniors and parents (in small groups) to arrive at scheduled times and have a short video and photograph taken on the stage. This video footage would be needed to produce a Class of 2020 graduation video in the event we are prohibited from gathering in a large group and live streaming the event.

You will be provided with more information soon, as we continue planning for this celebration.

Rest assured, we are committed to the Class of 2020 and ensuring seniors will have fond memories that will last a lifetime. What I know to be true is that the Class of 2020 is a resilient, adaptable, creative, and responsible group of young people. We are proud of each and every one of them.

Best,

Chad Duwenhoegger, Principal