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Video Taping Our Graduation

Production services for Minneapolis Public Schools graduation ceremonies are being provided by iDream.tv. All graduations will play throughout the summer on MPS Cable Channel 15 and simulcast on the internet at https://livestream.com/iDreamTV/MPSGRAD2018 DVD copies of the program can behttp://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/dvd_order_form_final.pdf ordered from www.iDream.tv.

 

Graduation will be Live Streamed
The ceremonies will also be livestreamed at: https://livestream.com/iDreamTV/MPSGRAD2018

 

 

Graduation is Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Mariucci Arena at 4:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Minnesota.   

 

Class of 2018

Academic, Year End Schedule and Graduation Information

 

**All information is up to date as of 3/19/2018.  Check Southwest’s web site for any changes that may occur in early May.

 

We hope that your experience at Southwest High School has been positive and rewarding! Please read carefully the important dates and other information for seniors and parents. If you have questions regarding any of this information, please call the Counseling Office at 612-668-3050 or email barb.mahal@mpls.k12.mn.us.

 

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, May 15th                  Senior Awards                        7:00 Southwest Auditorium

Tuesday, May 29th                  Senior Final Days

Wednesday, May 30th             Senior Final Days

Thursday, May 31st                Mandatory Rehearsal           9:30a.m. – Cap/Gown Distribution-Auditorium

Saturday, June 2nd                   Graduation Ceremony            4:30 p.m. – U of MN – Mariucci Arena

 

 

ACADEMIC OFFICIAL NOTICE TO ALL SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

                                         

Seniors must pass all required courses in order to meet graduation requirements.  Should they fail one or more courses, they will need to make up the required courses in order to receive their diploma.  Credit recovery will be offered during summer school. 

If your child receives a mid-term Quarter 4 progress report indicating that he/she is currently receiving a “D” or “F” in any class, there is still time to pass the class. Seniors are strongly encouraged to work with their teachers to successfully complete their courses.  Seniors not receiving Quarter 4 mid-term progress reports should continue to work to ensure their successful completion of their courses.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to utilize parent portal to monitor students’ progress.

In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, the student must be within .75 credits of the total credits needed to graduate.  The student must sign a form indicating that he or she will attend summer school to gain the needed credits. The counselors will complete another credit check on all seniors once 3rd quarter grades are final. The counselor will then contact families who have a student in jeopardy of not graduating.

Colleges will also receive and review second semester gradesOffers of admission are conditional based on maintaining previous academic level.  Students failing to maintain their established academic level may find their offers of admission rescinded or may be placed on academic probation to start their college education.

 

Students who are working on Credit Recovery or MPS Online classes, are strongly encouraged to finish that work by the 2nd week of May 2018.  Students who are working with MPS Online on required coursework must have those credits completed and verified by their Counselor in order to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive their diploma.

 

 

OTHER ITEMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

WHAT IS THE TIME AND LOCATION OF GRADUATION?

Graduation will be held at Mariucci Arena – on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

 

WILL YOU NEED TICKETS OR ARE YOU LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS?

No tickets are required for admittance.   No limit on number of guests. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

 

IS THERE GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND A COST FOR GRADUATION?

Yes, there will be a mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, May 31st in the Southwest High School auditorium. Promptly, starting at 9:30 a.m. Every graduating senior in Minneapolis is required to pay a $35 fee (this amount is set by the district) .  CASH ONLYNO CHECKS ACCEPTED.  After rehearsal caps/gowns will be issued to every student. The district covers the cost of caps/gowns and the rental of facilities. The $35 fee helps schools cover all additional costs associated with graduation (such as programs, diplomas, diploma jackets, extra security, etc.).   We tell you this so all families can plan ahead for this fee. At this time, we do not have any extra funds to offer scholarships to students.  If a parent is interested in making a donation to help defray costs for another senior who will struggle with this fee please contact Barb Mahal in the Counseling Office at 612-668-3050 or email me at barb.mahal@mpls.k12.mn.us. Each year the donations by our Southwest parents are greatly appreciated.

 

ALL SENIORS WILL HAVE OBLGATIONS TO CLEAR

Outstanding obligations from previous years are carried over year to year. Seniors should start checking the following areas in early May to see if they have any outstanding items.  Barb  Mahal – Counseling Office for transcript fees owed; Josh Zoucha - Athletic office (Rm. #N134) for athletic equip/fees; Lisa Ledman for outstanding IB and AP test fees in Rm. #W107C; Media Center for any outstanding books/calculators etc.;  Phy. Ed. teachers for usage of locks and the Lunchroom for any outstanding accounts. If items cannot be found and returned a payment by check is accepted through May 19th. After May 19th, cash only. Checks can be made payable to Southwest High School.

 

EVERY SENIOR WILL GO THROUGH A YEAR END CHECKOUT PROCESS

The week prior to Senior Final’s Week all seniors will meet in the College/Career Center to finish up their My Life Plan in Naviance and verify with their counselor where their final transcript should be sent. Next, they take their checkout cards around to seek out the signatures they need to clear them of obligations.

 

IS THERE STILL TIME TO  ORDER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OTHER ITEMS FOR MY GRADUATE?

Yes. Go to www.jostens.com  to find official Southwest items on line. Once, on the home page enter Southwest High School.  Then click on shop the collection. They have a wide variety of items you may order and pay for on line.  Remember, you do not order the cap/gown, tassel or diploma because that has already been done for you. It is not mandatory you order anything.

 

WHAT TIME DO THE SENIORS NEED TO BE AT MARIUCCI ARENA?

Check in will begin at 3:30 p.m.  All seniors need to be checked in and ready to line up no later than 4:00 p.m. Students meet back behind the stage.  No families or friends are allowed back stage.  Remind your graduate that they may not carry any purse, back pack, or any additional items back stage. Family/friends should hold onto these items. They may carry their cell phones down on the floor BUT TURNED OFF DURING THE CEREMONY.

 

WHAT WILL SEATING BE LIKE FOR FAMILIES/FRIENDS?

Seating will be first come, first served.  We suggest you sit anywhere down the sides of the arena first.  Handicap seating is anywhere around the top of the arena where there are single railings.  We strongly encourage all families and friends to be in their seats no later than 4:15 p.m. for announcements, with the Grand March starting promptly at 4:30. Once, the Grand March starts seating will be allowed only at select times during the ceremony. The reserved area on the arena floor is for graduates, orchestra, choir and security ONLY.  NO ONE FROM THE AUDIENCE IS ALLOWED ON THE ARENA FLOOR BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE CEREMONY. WE ASK THAT YOU TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE DURING THE CEREMONY.

 

WILL THERE BE A PRAYER ROOM AVAILABE?

Yes. Special arrangements have been made for a designated room.  Signs will be posted inside the front doors or ask an usher.   

 

CAN WE GET DIRECTIONS TO MARIUCCI AND AVAILABE PARKING OPTIONS?

Enclosed you will find a map with directions and options for parking. Average parking price at the lots and ramps are $5-$8.  

 

CAN WE BRING BALLOON BOUQUETS INTO THE ARENA

No balloons are allowed inside the arena. Unfortunately, balloons can get loose and end up in the ceiling and ductwork of the facility.  Mariucci Arena employees will strictly enforce this policy.

 

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON PICTURE/VIDEOTAPING?

You must remain in your seats during the entire ceremony when taking pictures or videotapingNo one but the grads, orchestra and the choir are allowed on the arena floor. We have Grad Images www.gradimages.com who have professional photographers taking still photos of all seniors accepting their diplomas and exiting the stage.  Each senior will receive a coupon for a free 5 x 7 photo.  Each graduate photographed will receive (through mail/email) a passport-sized photo proof following graduation, along with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages, with no obligation to purchase.  Grad Images will fulfill the orders within 7 days of receiving your order.  We’ve been very pleased and confident throughout the years with Grad Images.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY?

We ask all family and friends to please remain in their seats for the class to exit first.  The class will proceed back stage to pick up their actual paper diploma and then exit out the door they entered earlier.  They will walk around outside to the front of the arena to meet their family/friends.  

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 



 

 

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