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GRADUATION

West High’s Graduation Ceremony

We are looking forward to continuing to celebrate and honor our seniors.  As you know, WISC-TV/Channel 3 will be airing a special commencement broadcast for each of the MMSD high schools. West High’s virtual graduation ceremony will air on Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 pm. It will air on WISC-TV/Channel 3.  

Prior to the first MMSD ceremony on Friday, June 12th, News 3 Now will have a special broadcast; New 3 Now: 2020 Graduation from 6:30-7:00 pm. If you don't have cable, there are other ways to view the broadcast.  Each ceremony will also stream concurrently with the television broadcast on channel3000.com.  In addition, all of the high school graduations will re-air as a 4.5-hour block on Sunday 6/14 from 11:30 am-4:00 pm on TVW, Digital Over-the-air channel 3.2, Charter Cable 14, and Direct TV channel 14.  They  will also  be available on-demand on SBTV OTT App and channel3000+ on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android TV.  

Each graduate’s name will be read as their photo appears on the screen.  We want to ensure the pronunciation of each graduate’s name is accurate. If we have not yet received the phonetic pronunciation of your name from you, we may be contacting you for this information.

Programs

You can view or download the digital program here to follow along with the ceremony. 

 

Billboards 

The digital billboards will be scrolling pictures of our graduates from 6/8 - 6/21.  The east side one will be the digital billboard on the Beltline by the Rimrock Road Exit. On the west side, it is the digital billboard in Middleton located at 8321 US Hwy 14.  This is located 0.48 mi east of Evergreen Road.  Here is a on the map view of the location:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Madison Magazine Special Edition

Currently, the plan is to have the Madison Magazine special graduation edition released following the ceremonies, toward the end of June.  Distribution details are still being finalized, and we will share that information as we know more.

Permisson to use photos and photo uploads were due on May 11th and the form has been closed.

Interested in Speaking at Graduation?

Graduation speeches were due on May 15th and can no longer be submitted.

Each year we have two students speak at graduation.  This is an important part of the ceremony, as the class hears two classmates reflect on four years at West, the moment, and the future.  Speeches can be no longer than three minutes in length. If you are interested in auditioning to be a graduation speaker, please complete the following steps:

  • Email Mr. McGrath, letting him know you are interested in auditioning

  • Email video of you delivering your speech to Mr. McGrath by Friday, May 15 at 4:00 pm  mmcgrath@madison.k12.wi.us.  This deadline is final.  The two speakers selected by the committee will go to WISC TV during the week of May 18 to record their speeches for the ceremony. 

Memory Slideshow

Submissions for the memory slideshow were due on May 17th and the form has been closed.

We are asking for one photo per senior that shares a favorite memory with your classmates. The plan is for this photo to be part of a video montage shown during the ceremony. When selecting, please consider the following:

-West High School Moment
-Only Seniors Pictured
-Good Lighting
-Good Resolution 
-School/Public Television Appropriate

Understand we will be unable to use photos if they do not meet these guidelines.

For clarity, this is not the request for your individual photo to be viewed with your name. This is an additional photo to be used in a memory montage.

The due date for these is Sunday, May 17th by midnight.

Submit a photo on this form.


 

CAP/GOWN & YARD SIGN DISTRIBUTION

Cap and Gown distribution will take place on Monday, May 11 at West High School. Please see the schedule below for pick up times on Monday.   Pick up will be staggered by alphabetical order so that we are following social distancing guidelines.  

  • You can still place an order online or pay your current order in full at mwscholastic.com

  • We have a limited number of caps and gowns available for use. If you would like to borrow a cap and gown, please fill out this form and we will have it ready for you to pick up on Monday.  Please note, we have a limited number of loaners available.

  • You will also pick up an awesome yard/window sign at this time, commemorating the Class of 2020.

Yard/Window Sign Sample

Cap/Gown Distribution Schedule for Monday, May 11th

Monday Pick-up Time Last Name
9:00 - 10:00 Set-up
10:00 - 11:00 A - C
11:00 - 12:00 D - G
12:00 - 1:00 H - L
1:00 - 2:00 M - P
2:00 - 3:00 Q - V
3:00 - 4:00 W - Z
4:00 - 5:00 Anyone who can’t come during assigned time

Curbside Pickup will occur on the Van Hise side of the building

  • Traffic will be directed one way on Van Hise.  Please enter Van Hise from Highland Street (by the tennis courts). See this map for details.

  • Staff will be at the curb to greet you as you arrive.

  • Please remain in your car and give the staff member your name.  To speed things up, you may choose to write your name in large print on a piece of paper to show the staff member through the window as you arrive.  

  • Your cap/gown/yard sign will be placed in your trunk while you remain in your vehicle

PROM

Spirit Week 

Student council will host a spirit week competition during the week of May 11th. Dress up for your online meetings and send a picture of your outfit to @weststudentcouncil on Instagram for a chance to win a prize. There will be one winner picked each day.

Monday --- Summer Adventure 

Tuesday --- Future Career/Plans

Wednesday --- Blue & Maize (West Colors)

Thursday --- Crazy Hair/Mis-Matched Day

Friday --- Dress to Impress

Prom Court Voting

Seniors will receive a link via their student email account to vote for 10 students who show West HOUSE values. The top 50 students will be placed on the final ballot. 

After the top 50 students have been selected, a second link will be sent with the updated ballot. Seniors can vote for their top 20 students. The top 20 students will make up the 2020 Prom Court.

The two seniors with the most votes will be crowned as this year’s Regent Royalty on Friday, May 15th. West staff will be doing curbside delivery with a special treat for all court members. Drop-offs will be recorded and Regent Royalty will be announced to the student body later Friday afternoon.

2020 Prom Court

Achemsa Kum
Alexander Lyons
Amelie Rosenhagen
Andrew Fernandez
Ashley Valle
Ella Kunstman
Emma Moritz
Emma Nathanson
Grace Weigl
Griffin Glassel
Ian Mcphee
Kristina Rohrer
Liam Kantor
Mary Hegeman
Maya Williamson Shaffer
Noah Anderson
Quinn Buhman
Sofia Johansson
Tenzin Ngawang
Tess Johnson

2020 Prom Court Special Delivery

Virtual Prom

The prom interest survey has been closed.

We would like to gauge interest in a virtual prom. Please fill out this form to let us know if you would participate! If there is interest, we would plan to secure a DJ to play on a social media platform for an hour or two on "prom night" - likely Saturday, May 16th.  You would participate by planning a virtual gathering with your friends to dance and hang out (either via Zoom, HouseParty, etc).

SCHOOL EMAIL & GGOOGLE ACCOUNTS 

Senior student email accounts and Google accounts will deactivated after graduation.  Seniors should make sure to move and save all information they want to keep.  Read the Instructions to Save MMSD Google Items Upon Graduation for more information.

Backing up your Google account

Graduating students will lose access on September 30, so be sure to back up your Google account files before then--even better would be to do the transfer before you turn in your Chromebook on June 4!

Here is a nice doc explaining the "Google Takeout" transfer/backup options for your Google account, and a step-by-step guide of the entire process. (If you need to create a personal Gmail account, you may do that here.) 

If you know that someone else will need to take over some of your files (like in a club/organization), you should also organize folders, change ownership of files you know others will take over, or consider using Shared Folders/Team Drive

 Google Takeout Options

 Google Takeout How-To

Here are slides explaining the second Google Takeout option to download your content:

 Google Takeout: How-To Download

The Google transfer instructions for seniors are also on the library webpage, as well as a way that you can see what is currently checked out to you (library books, textbooks, Chromebooks.

FINAL TRANSCRIPTS

All colleges and universities require a final transcript to be submitted after 2nd semester grades are submitted and finalized. Seniors can take care of that step right now by logging into your parchment account: 

West-specific parchment landing page:  https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/25911/account

Select “hold for grades” and your transcript will automatically be sent once semester grades are finalized in June. 

Reminder that counselors do not send transcripts, it is the student’s responsibility to request them via parchment

For more information about ordering transcripts: https://madisonwesths.wixsite.com/counseling/transcript-requests  

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