Class of 2019 Information
Class of 2019 Parent/Guardian Overview
Although it may be hard to believe, the 2018-2019 school year is rapidly drawing to a close for our seniors in the Class of 2019. This is an exciting time for our young adults and their families. These last three months of school offer a variety of unique experiences including school events and ceremonies, as well as many family activities.
Detailed information for 2019 seniors and their families can be found on our website at www.northallegheny.org/2019Seniors. Topics include the 2019 Schedule for Seniors, Senior Prom, Senior Post-Prom, Senior Banquet, and Senior Video order form. Please take time to review these events with your student and note the payment deadlines to avoid late charges. By offering these activities, our goal is to provide positive learning experiences and pleasant life-long memories of their senior year. Some dates may be subject to change contingent upon snow days or school cancellations.
The culminating activity for seniors will be the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Newman Stadium. If the commencement ceremony must be postponed due to inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted at the earliest possible time on Saturday, June 8, (10 a.m., 2 p.m., or 6 p.m.).
With a graduating class of nearly 700 students, we expect over 5,000 guests at the ceremony in Newman Stadium. This event requires a great deal of planning and preparation. We are confident our students will maintain a dignified and memorable graduation atmosphere. Additional information regarding commencement will be posted on the NASH website during the middle of May. Caps/gowns and tassels have been ordered for all seniors to be picked up and paid for on the June 4 obligation-drop off day. These items will be available for pick up on June 4, in the Baierl Center for a $20 fee. Students will receive notice of their scheduled time.
Participation in commencement is a privilege for students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements outlined in the North Allegheny School District Program of Studies. Students who have outstanding debts will not receive their diploma until their obligation has been satisfied. Seniors will have the opportunity to resolve all debts on Tuesday, June 4, at the Baierl Center. Students will be notified of anticipated debts one week in advance. At this time, students will also return their District-issued laptop computer. If your student’s laptop is not functioning properly, please have them visit our help desk on the 2nd floor at NASH to resolve the issue prior to returning it to our technology staff. For processing purposes, we recommend students servicing the computer prior to May 10.
As we prepare the commencement program, please be sure to submit a copy of any scholarship award letters from the issuing school or organization your child plans to accept to the School Counseling Office by Tuesday, April 16. This information will be published in the commencement program and will only include the monetary awards that have been accepted. A draft of the scholarship list will be posted for student review prior to sending the order to the printer. All seniors will be required to complete an online graduation survey which can be found in their Naviance Student account. The graduation survey will also ask students to choose a college to receive their final transcript. Directions to access the survey will be provided to students and parents/guardians in May.
The end of the school year is critically important to academic concerns. Following graduation, many of our seniors plan to attend a college, university, or technical/vocational school or enter the military or workforce. Regardless of their future plans, it is essential that they diligently continue to strive for academic excellence. Many of our learning objectives scheduled between now and the end of the school year are directly aligned with successful post-secondary experiences. The goal is not simply to complete their senior year, but to finish with pride and respect.
This has been an outstanding and extremely successful year for the Class of 2019 and we ask for your assistance to ensure that it ends on a positive note. Please reinforce with your student that any suspension or disciplinary action of a serious or disruptive nature may jeopardize their participation in the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony, Senior Prom, Senior Banquet, and other activities taking place in April, May, and June.
Thank you for your support. See you at the Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony!
John W. Kreider, Ed.D.
Angela L. McEwen
William E. McGahee