End Of Year Letter

May 27, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

It is hard to believe that the 2020-2021 school year is almost at its end. This year has been extraordinarily
difficult for everyone but the end is in sight and I am looking forward to a less complicated 2021-2022
school year. This is an extremely busy time of year for everyone so we wanted to provide you with some
important information.

The guidance department has been working on scheduling for next year. By this time, your student has
selected courses for the 2021-2022 school year. Scheduling work will continue through the next several
weeks and at the same time preparation for final assessments has begun.

We are enclosing the end of the year schedule including Regents exams. The last day of new instruction
will be June 11th and the following days will be reserved for local assessments, project presentations,
review and for students to earn class credits.

Students and parents are reminded that there are no make-ups for Regents exams. If a student decides
to take one of the four Regents exams (ELA, Living Environment, Algebra and Earth Science) they may
only do so on the day and time indicated by the New York State Education Department. It is important to
be on time for all Regents exams. Students only need to attend school to earn course credit
(students in jeopardy of failing) or to take Regents exams on June 17th and June 22nd-24th. As
always, students should check with their teachers if they have any questions about Regents exams.
Please be reminded that all electronic devices are prohibited in Regents exam testing areas. If any
student is found to be in possession of an electronic device during the exam period, a grade of “0” will be
given. It is important that we ensure a secure testing environment. If a student has a device on their
person prior to an exam, they will be asked to turn it in at the beginning of the testing period. The school
is not responsible for the security of these devices. The best option is to leave any electronic devices at
home. A reminder that smart watches are considered an electronic device and are not permitted in the
testing area.

During Regents exam days there will be both midday and afternoon bus runs.

We have had a very challenging year here at Chatham High School. However, by working together and
an ability to be flexible, we have almost made it to the finish line. While the warmer weather and thoughts
of summer vacation provide greater distractions, it is important that all students remain focused during
these final few weeks.

Sincerely,

Justin Forrest Brett Fortran
Interim Principal Interim Assistant Principal

 

Date Activity/Routine

June 11 Last day of new instruction- schedule as usual

June 14 “Normal” Schedule for all students-in class finals, projects, review & credit
retrieval

June 15 “Normal” Schedule for all students– in class finals, projects, review & credit
retrieval

June 16 “Normal” Schedule for all students– in class finals, projects, review & credit
retrieval

June 17 Regents exams- Only Regents students and at-risk students attend in
person. All other students attend virtual review or roundtable discussions.

June 18 “Normal” Schedule for all students– in class finals, projects, review & credit
retrieval. *Seniors attend Dutch Apple Cruise.

June 21 Only At-risk students attend in person- structured study halls; Optional for
students in good standing to attend virtual review or roundtable discussions.

June 22-24 Regents exams- Only Regents students and at-risk students attend in
person- structured study halls; Optional for students in good standing to attend
virtual review or roundtable discussions.

On the days that are set as “Only At-Risk students” or “Only Regents students and at-risk
students in person,” students will still need to do some sort of daily check-in. The plan is not yet
fully developed, we are working on it and will get it to you as soon as possible.

Senior Information

Arbor Day: This year Arbor day will look a bit different. We will be combining senior awards night, the
arbor day banquet, tree planting ceremony and Arbor Day picnic. On the morning of June 10th all seniors
will meet in the high school auditorium for attendance and to prepare for the MED walkthrough. After the
walkthrough seniors will reconvene in the auditorium for senior awards and the Arbor Day ceremony. At
10:30 the class will travel on busses to PS21 for the Arbor Day picnic. Students should have received a
permission slip in their social studies classes and all students must have a signed permission slip.
Permission slips must be returned by June 4th or the student will not be able to attend. Lunch will be
provided by “The Chuck Wagon,” a local food truck (there is no cost for students). Seniors will return to
the high school just after 2pm. Drivers and walkers will be dismissed while others will congregate in the
auditorium until dismissal.

Class trip: On June 18th CHS Seniors will have the opportunity to travel with their classmates to Albany
and board the Dutch Apple for a 3 hour cruise. Again, students should have received a permission slip in
their social studies classes. There is no charge to seniors for this trip.

Graduation Rehearsal: Rehearsal for graduation will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on
Thursday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. All students should report to the entertainment pavilion (otherwise
known as the beverage tent). Caps and gowns, as well as graduation tickets, will be distributed at the
graduation rehearsal. Attendance at rehearsal is MANDATORY.

Graduation: Graduation is on Friday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at the fairgrounds rain or
shine. Each student will be allowed a minimum of 6 tickets for graduation; the exact numbers will be
determined closer to graduation. Parents are encouraged to decorate at the fairgrounds. Details about
where decorations should be placed will be coming out soon.

Graduation Parade: There will be a graduation parade again this year. The parade will be limited to the
vehicles of graduates, a select group of faculty and emergency response vehicles. Each graduate will
receive one ticket that will allow them one vehicle for the parade. Family members and friends are
encouraged to position themselves along the parade route to cheer on our graduates. More details to
follow concerning the graduation parade route.

Graduates should report to the entertainment pavilion at the fairgrounds by no later than 5:15 p.m. and as early as 4:45. There will be a dessert reception prior to the graduation ceremony.Appropriate attire for the graduation ceremony is as follows.

Gentlemen:
-Dress shirt (tie would be appropriate)
-Dress pants (shorts are discouraged)
-Dress shoes

Ladies:
-Dress or Skirt or blouse
-Dress pant and blouse (shorts are discouraged)
-Dress shoes

Our students benefit from the generosity of so many during the graduation season. Parents, please
remind your student of the importance of sending thank you cards to the sponsors of awards and
scholarships. I know they are greatly appreciated.

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