Dear Graduating Senior Students and Families:
You’ve reached a significant milestone in your life and to commemorate your completion of high school your graduation ceremony, an important and dignified event, is being planned. As your graduation approaches, we would like to provide you and your parents with information which may be helpful in your last few weeks at Earl Warren High School.
The following information answers many of the frequently asked questions you may have concerning the events occurring prior to and on graduation day. Any updates will be made through announcements and posted to the Warren website. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please do so online through Jostens www.HighSchoolAchievements.com
After reading this should you still have questions, please feel free to contact the office of the Principal or Vice Principal at 397-4205.
IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION
FINAL EXAMS: Exams for seniors will begin during the week of June 2nd and extend through June 5th. All seniors will take final exams for all courses unless they meet the exam exemption requirement. To be exempt, a senior must be passing the course for the year and have a second semester average of 80 or better. Also, the student may not have more than three (3) absences in that course for the second semester and have a satisfactory conduct grade. For more information, please refer to the NISD Student Handbook.
CAPS & GOWNS: Caps and gowns will be distributed on May 30th during lunches. Caps and gowns will be withheld from students owing fines and fees. All fines, fees and obligations are due before May 30th with the exception of textbooks needed for exams. It is the student’s responsibility to resolve these obligations with the sponsor and bookkeeper.
GRADUATION REHEARSAL: Rehearsal will be held at the Alamodome on June 12th at 8:00a.m.. If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony you must be present for rehearsal unless you have notified the principal’s secretary, Mr. Johnny Martinez. Due to Alamodome security policies, no parents or guests can enter the Alamodome for the rehearsal. Bus transportation, to and from rehearsal only, will be available for those not wanting to drive. Buses will leave Warren High School for the Alamodome at 7:00a.m. seniors should be at Warren no later than 6:45a.m. to ride the bus. Seniors should be in their assigned seats at the Alamodome no later than 7:45a.m.; practice should take approximately 1 1/2 hours. If you work, please make arrangements with your employer so you can attend the rehearsal. All fines and fees must be paid prior to rehearsal in order for students to participate in graduation. Parking in Lot A of the Alamodome is free during rehearsal only. To sign up for the bus, please come to the front desk.
PARKING: Parking at the Alamodome is $10.00 per vehicle for graduation. ADA accessible parking with the appropriate tag is available in Parking Lot A. All other parking is in Parking Lots B & C. [There is no parking fee for rehearsal. For Rehearsal you can park in Lot A]
GRADUATION CEREMONY: Graduation will be held at the Alamodome on June 12th at 3:00 p.m. Seniors are requested to report no later than 2:00 p.m. to line up and receive their final instructions. Lineup will begin in lot A (same place as rehearsal). Graduation is a special occasion and your appearance should be appropriate for this ceremony.
Dress for graduation is slacks and a shirt and tie/bowtie for boys and a dress/suit or skirt and blouse for girls. No tennis shoes, flip flops, sandals, or sneakers should be worn. No blue jeans should be worn. No decorations of caps or gowns are allowed. Seniors should make arrangements for family members to hold purses, cameras, gifts, etc. during the ceremony. Please do not bring ipods or cell phones.
GRADUATE BEHAVIOR: Seniors are expected to follow all NISD and Warren High School rules and policies during the rehearsal and the graduation ceremony.
Students should not raise their hands above their waists for any reason other than to shake hands with the stage dignitaries. Jumping, running, dancing, hand signals, waving, twirling or any other hand, head, or body motion will not tolerated. Students may be pulled from the processional, stage ceremony, or recessional if they do not adhere to these expectations. Please refer to Page A-4 of the Earl Warren High School Student-Parent Handbook. Students must keep their hands at their sides. The only time hands may be lifted is when receiving their diplomas from the school board and shaking the hand of the superintendent. Students demonstrating any other behaviors that serve to lessen the dignity of the event may result in prohibiting the student from participating in the ceremonies, being removed from the ceremonies, and may result in a discipline hearing to resolve the matter. A violation may result in a notation on the student’s permanent record.
GUESTS: Remind your guests to participate appropriately in the ceremony and ask them to refrain from doing anything which may detract from the ceremony. Tickets are not required.
The Alamodome explicitly prohibits air horns, bull horns, whistles, noisemakers, balloons, laser pointing devices, signs, banners, and posters. Outside beverages or snacks and smoking are not allowed. Cameras and recording equipment are allowed, however, there can be no tripods or lighting devices used. There are no electrical outlets for video cameras or other electrical devices. Concessions will be sold but may only be consumed in concourse area with no concessions allowed in the seating area.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Northside ISD announces only one scholarship per graduate at all district ceremonies. In order to recognize seniors who receive multiple scholarships, the district will provides a printed Scholarship Program. Any senior receiving a scholarship should notify his/her counselor. Seniors were notified that proof of the scholarship is due to Mrs. Conway in the College and Career Center by May 20th. Scholarship notices received in the office after May 20st may not be printed in the Scholarship Program. Seniors who receive more than one scholarship will be asked to specify which one will be read during the graduation ceremony. Students who are entering a branch of the military will be recognized at graduation. Proof of enlistment will be required by May 20th to Mrs. Conway in the College and Career Center.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Seniors who have had perfect attendance for twelve or thirteen years should provide this information and proof to Mr. Johnny Martinez, Principal’s Secretary, no later than May 20th.
PHOTOGRAPHS: A professional photographer will take a picture of each senior as he/she receives his/her diploma. The purchase of this picture is optional and information relating to the purchase of these pictures will be given at rehearsal. No one will be allowed on the floor to take pictures. All photographs by parents and friends must be taken from the seating area.
DVD: DVDs of the graduation may be purchased. Log on to the NISD website (http://nisd.net/schools/graduation#graduation-dates) for instructions for mail orders and online orders.
SENIOR PROM: The prom will be held on May 10th at the Valero Headquarters on 1604.
PROJECT GRADUATION: The Project Graduation committee will provide final information to seniors the 2nd or 3rd week of May. Dave and Busters is the location and has been booked. Tentatively the plans are for graduates to report to Warren at 10:30 p.m. on June 12th for check-in. Buses will return to Warren on Friday, June 13th between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.
OTHER ITEMS: Doors at the Alamodome will open at 2:00 p.m. on the day of graduation. Seating is on a “first come, first served” basis and tickets are not required. Parking is available in Lots B & C with a charge of $10.00.
Please be advised that noise makers (horns, bells, etc.) or signs of any kind are not allowed. Security at the Alamodome is tight, and everyone entering is subject to search including purses and bags. No helium balloons and/or food and beverages may be taken into the Alamodome.
Northside ISD has a history of conducting very proper and dignified graduation ceremonies, and we want this event for the tenth graduating class of WHS, the class of 2014, to be considered the very best Northside ceremony.
We are very proud of all of your accomplishments both as students and as important members of the Warren community. What you have accomplished will set a high standard of expectations for future WHS students. We have had an excellent year thanks to your contributions, the support of your parents, and with your help and cooperation, we will have an exemplary graduation ceremony.
With Warrior Pride,
David H. Empson, Principal