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CLASS OF 2014 GRADUATION
Date:  June 7, 2014           Time:  11:00 a.m.          Location:  GHS Gym
Gym Capacity:  1,500 main level and 750 balcony seats for a total of 2,250 seats
Seating:  No ticket required, first come/first serve
Class of 2014:  Approximately 300 students
 
SENIOR CELEBRATION
Graduates receiving scholarships, grants and other awards will be honored at a ceremony on Wed., May 21, 2014.  The ceremony will be in the GHS Performance Hall from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Students receiving recognition are expected to attend this special event.
 
Student Graduation Advisory
A group of senior volunteers will work with the administration on finalizing the plans and offering suggestions for the graduation ceremony and the senior class meeting/rehearsal.  Announcements will be made starting in April for seniors to volunteer to be on the committee.  The committee will meet before and/or after school.
 
LAST SENIOR CLASS MEETING/GRADUATION REHEARSAL
Seniors participating in the graduation ceremony must take part in the graduation rehearsal.  The rehearsal is scheduled for Thurs., June 5 from 2:35-3:15 p.m. in the Performance Hall.  The rehearsal is part of the final senior class meeting.
 
GRADUATION RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy all GHS graduation requirements on time.    Students not meeting GHS graduation requirements by Fri., May  31 at 3:00 p.m. will not participate in the graduation ceremony.  For students in this situation, the only option if they want to see the graduation ceremony is to sit in the general public seating with the rest of the community.  They will not be allowed to participate as a speaker, singer, usher, master of ceremony or in any other capacity.   The diploma will be issued only after all graduation requirements have been satisfied.  We strongly urge students to vigorously pursue their studies so they can participate in the ceremony.  A little extra work throughout the semester will far out-weigh the heartbreak the student and family will experience when the student can’t walk across the stage with their class.
Students applying credits from accredited correspondence courses or other accredited educational institutions toward the graduation requirements must make sure the credits have been submitted to the Counseling Center by Fri. May 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please pay close attention to administrative details such as processing and mailing time so time does not run out.  Procrastination on the part of the student may, unfortunately, keep the student from participating in graduation ceremonies.
 
GRADUATION CONDUCT
It is not a right to participate in the ceremony.  A student may be denied participation in the graduation practice and ceremony.  In such instances, the diploma will be awarded after the official ceremony has been held. 
Only behaviors that reflect positively on the accomplishments of our students will be tolerated at the graduation events.  Students who display inappropriate behavior or dress, or extremes of any nature will forfeit the opportunity to participate in the ceremony.   Examples of inappropriate behavior would include tossing beach balls or shooting off silly string.  Any student who does not follow graduation instructions or disrupts the graduation procedures will be removed.
Only the student that earned their diploma will be allowed to participate in the ceremony.  We do not allow representatives to “stand in” for a student.
 
GRADUATION DRESS CODE
All graduating seniors participating in the ceremony must wear the GHS cap and gown.  No tape, glitter, leis, bouquets, or any other adornments are allowed on the caps or gowns. 
Graduates must wear shoes and appropriate clothing that adheres to the GHS dress code.
 
SCHOOL BOARD POLICY 2333 APPROVED 2-10-09
Any presentation by participants of graduation exercises is the private expression of an individual participant and does not necessarily reflect any official position of the district, its Board, administration, or employees, nor does it necessarily indicate the views of any other graduates. The Board recognizes that at graduation time and throughout the course of the educational process, there will be instances when religious values, religious practices, and religious persons will have some interaction with the public schools and students.  The Board, while not endorsing any religion, recognizes the rights of individuals to have the freedom to express their individual political, social, or religious views.
 
SENIOR FINES AND FEES
Students need to clear all fines from their account before the completion of the semester.  All school fines must be paid before a student will receive their diploma insert at the graduation ceremony.  Fines can be paid at the main office during regular business hours.
 
Graduation Speakers, Musicians, and Master of Ceremony
Tryouts will be held to select the graduation speakers and musicians.   Students must sign up in advance and comply with all selection criteria.  The master of ceremony will be chosen by the administration from the entire senior class membership.   
GHS administrators shall maintain discretionary powers to approve the selection of all graduation speakers, musicians, and master of ceremony.   Selection criteria will be based upon, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Candidates must be senior class members who will graduate at the end of the second semester.
2. Candidates must be (or have been) active participants in a club, organization, or team during the current school year.
3. Candidates must currently be passing in all semester 2 classes in which they are enrolled.
4. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 2.5 credits during the first semester of the current year.
5. Candidates must be in good standing with the school and have no record of suspensions since the beginning of the current school year.
6. Candidates must not owe the school any fines or fees.
7. Candidates must have no record of expulsions, emergency exclusions, or mandatory reassignments during grades 9-12
 
 
GRADUATING CUM LAUDE AND MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Students who have an accumulative GPA of between 3.50 and 3.74 are eligible to wear a white honor cord at the graduation ceremony.  Students who have an accumulative GPA of between 3.75 and 3.99 are eligible to wear a silver distinction cord at graduation.  The Counseling Center will distribute cords the week before graduation.
 
GRADUATING SUMMA CUM LAUDE (4.00 GPA Cumulative)
A special designation is reserved for 4.00 cumulative GPA’s in the senior class.  Students earning this honor will wear the green cord at graduation. The Counseling Center will distribute cords the week before graduation. 
In order to be considered for this honor, students must maintain a 4.00 cumulative G.P.A. through 8 semesters.  Early graduates will not be considered for Summa Cum Laude honors.  Students that meet the 4.00 GPA requirement, but not the 8 semester requirement will receive a silver cord.  We encourage students to pursue the most rigorous course of study possible and not take an easy load just to safeguard a perfect GPA.
 
ACADEMIC RECOGNITION SUMMARIZED

Name of Recognition

Cord Worn at Ceremony

Brief Description of Accomplishment

Cum laude honor

White

3.50 - 3.74 cum GPA

Magna cum laude distinction

Silver

3.75 - 3.99 cum GPA

Summa cum laude

Green

4.00 cum GPA

Merit distinction

Gold

6 AP classes

Career Field distinction

Red

Purple

Career field focus

Engineering

 

EARLY GRADUATION
Students desiring to graduate before the traditional four years of high school need to complete an “Early Graduation Request” form.  The form is available after September 27 in the Counseling Center.  Students not completing all required course work prior to the end of the semester must take a minimum of four classes the following semester.
 
FIFTH-YEAR STUDENTS
A student should complete graduation requirements in four years of high school attendance.  In the event that additional time is required, the student will have to meet with the principal to establish expectations.  At the end of each additional semester, an evaluation of the student’s progress toward graduation will be conducted.  If it is determined that there has been little or no effort of advancing toward graduation, an alternative education plan will be suggested.  In addition, the student must not yet be 19 years old on or before September 10 of the year in which the student wants to enroll.
 
JUNIORS GRADUATING AT END OF JUNIOR YEAR
Juniors that elect to graduate at the end of their junior year will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony at the end of the school year.  During the course of their junior year, they retain all privileges of a junior.  They do not get senior privileges such as open campus for lunch, parking in the senior lot etc.  They are also not eligible for Summa Cum Laude.
 
DISTRICT GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The purpose of high school graduation requirements is to establish rigorous standards of learning.  Graduation requirements are intended to provide the student with a well-rounded education in a variety of subjects and should be viewed as minimums. We encourage all students to pursue the most rigorous plan possible during all four years.  Graduation requirements are those in effect when the student entered the ninth grade for the first time.  Requirements for GHS graduation, entry to Montana University System Institutions, and NCAA/NAIA are different.  If you plan to compete in athletics or continue your education at the college level, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the criteria required by all of the applicable institutions.
 
 
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SUBJECT

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA

English
This should include 0.5 credit Composition beyond Grade 10;
1.0 credit Literature elective
 
4.0

4.0

Social Science
This should include 1.0 credit of Western Civilization (or World History) in Grades 9 or 10;
1.0 credit of American History - 20th Century (or U.S. History);
0.5 credit of American Government in Grade 12
 
2.5

2.5

Math

 2.0

3.0

Science
This includes two years of laboratory science. Class of 2013 are required to enroll in year long Biology their freshmen year.
 
2.0

2.0

International Language

 0

0

Fine Arts

 1.0

1.0

Health/Physical Education
This should include 0.5 credit of Health and 1.0 credit of Physical Education
 1.5

1.5

Vocational

 1.0

1.0

IT Essentials (Grade 10)

 0.5

0.5

21st Century Literacy (Grade 9)

 0.5

0.5

General Electives

7.0

6.0

TOTAL

22.0

22.0

 

MERIT DISTINCTION
Seniors can receive recognition beyond the diploma by completing requirements in additional subject categories.  The Merit Distinction recognizes graduating seniors that accomplish a plan of study that includes successful completion of six Advanced Placement.  Students earning this distinction are eligible to wear a gold distinction cord at graduation. 
 
CAREER FIELD DISTINCTION
The Career Field Distinction acknowledges graduating seniors that complete a plan emphasizing a career field focus.  To be eligible for this distinction, the student must pass all the courses in one of the five Career Field focus areas.  The following are the five Career Field focus areas and the courses:
   1. Agriculture:  Agriculture 1, Agriculture 2, Agriculture 3 and Agriculture 4
   2. Metals and Manufacturing:  Intro to Metal Processes, Welding 1, Welding 2 and Welding Certification
   3. Architecture:  Drafting 1, Drafting 2, Drafting 3 and Drafting 4
   4. Building Trades:  Woods 1, Woods 2 and House Construction
   5. Robotics:  Robotics 1, Robotics 2, Robotics 3, CAD 1 and CAD 2
   6. Engineering:  Intro to Engineering, Principals of Engineering and two other Engineering electives
   7. Business:  Marketing 1, Marketing 2, Accounting 1, Accounting 2, Entrepreneurship

Students earning the Career Field Distinction are eligible to wear a red distinction cord at graduation.  Engineering students are eligible to wear a purple distinction cord at graduation. It is permissible for a student to earn both Merit and Career Field distinctions.
 

SUBJECT

MERIT DISTINCTION
Includes successful
completion of
6 AP classes
Gold Cord at Graduation
 CAREER FIELD DISTINCTION
Red Cord at Graduation
Engineering field    
Purple Cord at Graduation
English
This should include 0.5 credit Composition beyond Grade 10; 1.0 credit Literature elective

4.0

4.0

Social Science
This should include 1.0 credit of Western Civilization (or World History) in Grades 9 or 10; 1.0 credit of American History - 20th Century (or U.S. History); 0.5 credit of American Government in Grade 12

3.0

3.0

Math
This includes successful completion of Algebra 2.

3.0

3.0

Science
This includes two years of laboratory science. Class of 2013 are required to enroll in year long Biology their freshmen year.

3.0

2.0

International Language
The language is the same language for two years.

2.0

0

Fine Arts

1.0

1.0

Health/Physical Education
This should include 0.5 credit of Health and 1.0 credit of Physical Education

1.5

1.5

Vocational

1.0

1.0

IT Essentials (Grade 10)

0.5

0.5

21st Century Literacy (Grade 9)

0.5

0.5

General Electives

4.5

2.5

Career Field Focus Area

0

3.0

TOTAL

24.0

22.0

 

Last Modified on July 9, 2013