More News on Graduation!
We had a principal meeting this morning and it was decided to allow a June graduation WITH social distancing guidelines in place.
What this means is we can have a June 19th graduation with some modifications.
We will have 2 ceremonies at the football field. One at 4pm for last names A-L and one at 8pm for last M-Z; to limit social interaction. I'm sorry, but for planning purposes graduates must attend the session assigned.
Seniors will only be allowed 4 guests. If we have to move into the gym for weather then the limit will be 2 guests.
Students will be seated 6ft. apart on the football field.
Guests will be spaced in the bleachers every other row with family units (4) six feet apart.
If we have handicap guests, we will accommodate their needs.
Gates will open 1 hour before, graduates will check in and pick up their tickets and distribute to their guests at that time.
We will not have graduation practice. We will send instructions.
We will live stream the event. We will send the directions.
We will also create a video using from the footage we took her at school today and of June 19th and make that available for seniors.
The top 10 graduates will be announced at the ceremony.
We will not be doing the diploma distribution this Friday. Students will receive their diploma during the graduation.
If a student does not want to attend they can pick up their diploma in the main office starting Friday.
Prom will not happen since we can not social distance a prom.
Stay tuned for more information, all the high school principals are committed to our June dates. We will need everyone's cooperation to make this happen for the seniors. I wish we could all be together but unfortunately our graduating class is too large to accommodate just one ceremony.
I just want to say congratulations to our seniors that finished in the top 10% of the class! Also congratulations to our Valedictorian; Roshni Patel and Salutatorian Marcella Rea!!!
This was an extremely great group of high achieving students. Each one should be commended on their outstanding academic accomplishments. Below is the alphabetic list. PS. Tennessee Scholar Medals will be available next Wednesday for the video.
BAINES, ROBERT P.
BALES, BRICE T.
BLAKE, CALEB D.
BOX, SPENCER A.
BRILL, NICOLE M.
CAMP, CHLOE D.
DITTERT, JACKSON S.
ELLER, KATLIN M.
EVANS, WYATT H.
EVERETT, MASON L.
FARBER, ANDREW J.
FETTERS, GRANT E.
GUETHLEIN, ANNA K.
HABASHEY, DAVID H.
HAMBLEN, ASHTON E.
HINCHMAN, ZACHARY J.
HITT, JAYCIE L.
HOOD, JACOB R.
KUCK, SHELBY N.
LEE, TRISTAN S.
LEONARD, MARGARET I.
MASON, THAI M.
MCDONALD, EMILEE G.
MILLER, MICHAEL C.
OWEN, ETHAN J.
PADILLA, JOSEPH A. JR
PATEL, ROSHNI S.
REA, MARCELLA D.
ROBINSON, JEFFREY B.
ROWE, EMILY A.
SADLER, MERIN E.
TREUTEL, MADISON N.
VLK, ZOE V.
WILLIAMS, CARTER W.
WILLIAMS, MEREDITH C.
The district release some guidelines today for our coaches to begin working with students starting May 21. May 21st is the first day for the beginning of summer for WC according to TSSAA calendar. I will meet with coaches on Monday and then release information about try-outs and work-outs. I will send this information out as soon as the coaches develop the schedule.
Parents; I'm sorry I sent out the wrong date for our July graduation last night. Below is what I sent you all when we started planning June/July plans and want to be consistent. The decision to postpone graduation from June and move to July was a district-wide decision as we do not anticipate being able to have a large crowd together in the month of June. We also want to give parents as much planning time as possible which was another factor to move to July now as opposed to waiting. Sorry I messed up the dates yesterday. Also; if we are able to have a prom and senior night, we will. Proms are a concern because "social distancing" just isn't going to happen at a prom!
July Senior Plans:
July 24th Graduation at Wilson Central Football Field 7:30pm.
July 18th Prom at Wilson Central High School time TBD
July 21st Senior Night time TBD: This will be a modified version of what has been done in the past. I'm envisioning recognizing the senior superlatives, Top 10% of graduates, senior athletes and top academic awards.
I know it's a difficult time for seniors and parents. I want to do all we can for them.
Next Wednesday we are going to do our senior video. We will begin at 9am. We will ask students to maintain social distancing. I recommend they wear a mask while waiting but of course take it off for the video. We will try and stagger times alphabetically to avoid large groups. I'll send that out next week, for example A-Ag at 9:00, Ah-B at 9:15. I will have teachers directing students.
A-H. Area 1. North Hall: students will enter from the senior painted parking lot.
I - R. Area 2. South Hall: students will enter from the south door next to the upper parking lot.
S -Z Area 3. West Hall: students will enter the doors by the shop area.
I'll send you the exact times next week. for example A-Ag at 9:00, Ah-B at 9:15. I will have teachers directing students.
The number of students in the building will be limited to 10 at a time. Students will be asked to wear a mask while coming in and waiting their turn. We will mark floors to keep students 10 feet apart.
Seniors: You will be filmed wearing your cap and gown, please follow directions on how to hang the gown to eliminate wrinkles and only put gown on immediately before your scheduled time. You will speak to the camera and state the following:
(state your full name)
Optional: I plan on attending ______ in the fall (or) I plan on seeking employment in ______ after graduation. I would like to thank _______. You will have a max of about 10-15 seconds to say what you would like. Remember; your mother is going to see this!
Parents: if you are not comfortable having your senior do this due to Covid, please email me and let's work out a alternate. I would like to have every senior present.
The Governor extended restrictions that will require us to move graduation to July 17th. Below is the message coming from the district office. My goal is for us to be able to have a real graduation ceremony on the football field; I'm not giving up yet, promise.
Due to the extension of the Tennessee State of Emergency, we are postponing graduation dates currently scheduled for June 2020 and working to schedule potential graduation ceremony dates in July. Your high school principal will be in touch with more information on dates and graduation procedures. Executive Order 36 that extends the State of Emergency in Tennessee until June 30, 2020, can be found here: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee36.pdf
Lauren Bush, Deputy Director of Policy and Student Services
Caps and Gowns:
Seniors can pick those up tomorrow from 9-11am at WC. Don't forget I want to video each senior in their cap and gown before the end of May so in the event we do not get to meet in person, we will have everyone included for a virtual graduation video. My idea is each student is videoed walking to a podium, they say their name, future plans and a quick thank you to mom and dad (or whatever they would like.) We can also record VAL/SAL speeches so that all the pieces are present.
Teachers are working on the logistics and I will try and send out the schedule Friday afternoon for seniors to be here.
Underclassmen: pick-up and drop off will be next week. I'll send a reminder.
Schedule for next year!!!
The high school principals and myself have been thinking about school for next year and the threat of school closure due to a resurgence of Covid19. We have been working on the idea of an A/B Block schedule so that student would have class all year long to minimize instructional loss if we do have to close at a specific time. We are also thinking about blended virtual learning opportunities and preparing to educate students through a potential school closure. More of that information will come, but I want to keep you informed as much as possible.
What it would look like for students:
1. they still take 8 block classes
2. They would attend all 8 classes on Monday for 40 minutes.
3. They would attend 4 of those classes on Tuesday/Thursday for 80 minutes.
4. They would attend the other 4 class on Wednesday/Friday for 80 minutes.
5. And most important: we would still keep our 50 minute lunch Mon-Friday.
6. We would only have TNReady assessments in the spring.
7. AP classes are year long so there is no gap in instruction for a spring test.
I believe this will be best for our students. I have received positive feedback from teachers as well.
I think it will be discussed at the board meeting tonight. It also helps us absorb those 41 HS teaching positions that are scheduled to be cut in order to balance the budget.
I just want to let you know.
They most likely will not arrive at WC until the first week of June. They are published in Texas which still have production shut down until May 18th. Once I know when they will be available for pick-up I will send an email with the information.
Our current plan is graduation on June 19th at 7:30 on the football field. Due to some of the restrictions being extended I am concerned this might not happen. We do have a back-up date of July (who knows what will happen by then?) Of course the back-up to July is a virtual graduation. Here is what I'm thinking: I want to video each senior in their cap and gown before the end of May so in the event we do not get to meet in person, we will have everyone included for a virtual graduation video. My idea is each student is videoed walking to a podium, they say their name, future plans and a quick thank you to mom and dad (or whatever they would like.) We can also record VAL/SAL speeches so that all the pieces are present.
In order for this to happen, I need to distribute senior cap and gowns May 14th along with collecting senior obligations (textbooks and such) that same day. That way seniors have their cap and gown to iron and be ready for the video the week of May 18th. I will send information about times after a faculty meeting Monday morning. Most likely time slots by last name in the front of the building.
This doesn't mean I giving up on in-person graduation, but I want to be prepared as possible.
I plan to distribute diplomas May 22 as part of the drop off/pick-up days.
VAL/SAL and Top 10%
Grades are to be finalized by teachers Monday afternoon May 11th. Once I know the grades are final, I will release that information.
The medallions are to be sent to the school. I plan to distribute those with caps and gowns. Also honor cords will be included with caps and gowns.
Senior Beta Club members: Graduation stoles have arrived. If you would like to prepay for your stole, please follow the link below. If not, they will cost $20.00. Payment will be made by exact cash or check made out to WCHS on pick-up day. This info was also sent to students through Remind.
Online School Payments (OSP) portal is a service provided to parents to facilitate payment for school fees for a variety of products and services.
During this COVID-19 school closure time, we want to get your locker items back to you. We are working to schedule pick up date(s) and time(s) for items out of your lockers to be returned to you. Please complete the following google form with your name, locker number, and contact phone number, so we may schedule an appointment for pick up. Please look for school personnel wearing yellow vests who will help you in the main parking lot loop and we ask that you remain in your vehicle at all times.
Graduation Ceremony Announcement
Due to continued widespread concerns involving COVID-19, and unknown long-term safe health and well-being activities that would be permitted, Wilson County Schools has postponed previously scheduled graduation ceremonies until further notice.
This decision was a very difficult one to make, but it is the most responsible course of action at this time. For our schools that were scheduled to have graduation ceremonies at the Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU, we want to mention that other graduation ceremonies, including MTSU’s spring commencement in May has also been postponed. Graduation ceremonies are a time of celebration.
The current pandemic guidelines and trends in place would make it practically impossible to plan and honor our seniors the way we’d hoped in May. Individuals and their families’ health and safety was the first priority in making this decision. Our timeframe for releasing information on new ceremony dates and locations is unknown at this time. That information will be based entirely on safe health guidance issued at the national and state levels. We will honor our seniors for their graduation achievements at a later date.
Truancy Forms & Driver Testing Information
Due to the COVID-19 closures, the DMV has suspended all knowledge and road skills testing until further notice. Permit expirations have been extended by 6 months and permit renewals may be done online.
Truancy documentation will be issued once schools reopen. Check back here for an announcement on the reopening of DMV centers. At that time, Truancy Letters may be requested from the school attendance clerk.
Congratulations to the Wilson Central High School Swim Team members who were elected to the All-County team! Blaine Robinson, Gracie Dixon, Alexis Temple, and Leah Lannom were named to the All-County team, and swimmers who achieved honorable mention were Michael McGrew, Dasha Williams, and Taylor Dover. Blaine Robinson was also named to the All-Region team for the second year in a row, and he was named Wilson County Male Swimmer of the Year for the third year in a row!
Wilson Central Track and Field
WC Track and Field competed at the Tennessee Indoor State Championships this Saturday on the campus of Vanderbilt University. Here are the results for Wilson Central.
Shot Put - State Champion with an Indoor State Meet record throw of 43' 7"
Weight Throw - State Champion with a throw of 52' 2"
Triple Jump - 3rd place with a jump of 35' 0.25"
800 meter run - 10th place with a time of 2:26.29
60 meter dash - State Champion with a time of 6.91
200 meter dash - 5th place with a time of 22.43
400 meter dash - 2nd place with a School Record time 49.68
Weight Throw - 6th place with a School Record throw of 46' 4"
Shot Put - 18th place with a throw of 36' 3"
Shot Put - 17th place with a throw of 38'
Long Jump - 21st place with a Personal Best jump of 18' 7.75"
Long Jump - 22nd place with a Personal Best jump of 18' 6"
2 Miles - 16th place with a time of 10:33.18
Distance Medley Relay: 1200-400-800-1600
8th place with a time of 11:23.88
- Andrew Farber - 1200
- Jude Wilt - 400
- Elliott Hughes - 800
- Alex Galligan - 1600
4 x 400 Meter Relay
6th place with a time of 3:46.43
- Nolan Edwards
- Andrew Farber
- Jude Wilt
- Elliott Hughes
Final Team Scores:
Girls - 3rd overall with 26 points
Boys - 5th overall with 22 points
Next up: New Balance Nationals at The Armory in New York City, New York on March 12-15, 2020
Jonathan Daniel Booher
Wilson Central High School
Track and Field
Please announce to seniors:
1. Save the date!!! Senior Night is coming up soon, Friday April 3rd at the Wilson Central Auditorium. Mark your calendars now, you do not want to miss this night of celebrations! If you are interested in performing that night, please contact Mrs. Shipman or Ms. Countryman, we are still looking for talented seniors!! We will send out another message when it is time to vote for your peers for the superlatives.
2. This is a reminder that your Class of 2020 TN Promise mandatory meeting will be on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Wilson Central High School in the auditorium. Sign in will begin at 4:45 p.m., so we are encouraging students to arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. to ensure adequate time for sign in. At this meeting, students will learn more about the TN Promise college eligibility requirements, college enrollment processes and tnAchieves mentors will be in attendance to begin working with your students. The meeting will last one hour and students are required to remain in attendance for the full duration of the meeting.
Seniors and parents of Seniors: Please order your cap and gown packages at www.BalfourTN.com. This is what we call your Senior fee. It includes cap, gown, tassel, diploma, diploma cover and rental of MTSU. It is $70 plus tax and is paid to Balfour, not the school. You can order online or call Balfour at 615-867-6345. If you order online and are only interested in the Senior fee package, select cap and gown, then select our school, then individual products and scroll to the bottom. Graduation is Saturday, May 23 at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro at 2pm. Please contact Mrs. Dana Hix in the library with any questions. The deadline to order is February 29th. After that date there will be a late fee assessed by Balfour.
Leave a lasting memory at Wilson Central High School with your engraved brick. We are glad to have you as one of our Alumni and hope to have you as one of our guests at Wilson Central High School. The engraved bricks will be installed outside the theater, and each brick will be sold at $100. We feel that your support will encourage our graduates to succeed in the real world. We encourage every guest to purchase as your brick as soon as possible. Your personalized brick will become a lasting tribute, paving the way for generations to come. It's easy to get started so place your order today, by completing the order form. For more information, please contact Ranesa Shipman.
Thank you for your support and GO WILDCATS!
ACT Bootcamps are kicking off next week!! Seniors who attend more than 12 sessions over the next 8 weeks will have the chance to win great prizes: prom tickets, yearbook, season passes to athletic events, and much more. Here is the schedule:
All boot camps are the first half of lunch
Ms. Harris S104- Wednesday
Ms. Agee S122- Friday
Ms. Harrington F222- Monday
Ms. Melder W202- Tuesday
Ms. Rich S105- Monday
Mr. Marlow S120- Friday
Ms. Hawke F214- Wednesday
Ms. Meehan W213- Thursday