Senior Meeting Discusses Grades, Cap and Gowns, and Graduation


Sydney Haulenbeek

The slide presented on the Zoom call on Thursday evening, prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

On Thursday, May 7, Principal Melissa George and the Kempsville High School administration hosted a Senior Student and Parent Information Meeting through Zoom. 


George emphasized that seniors need to continue to complete Quarter 4 Emergency Learning work in order to get LAVC, or locally awarded verified credits, that they need to graduate. Seniors’ final grades will be composed of the first three quarters, but their GPA may be impacted if they don’t complete this quarter’s work. Students or parents looking to see what their final grades may be can go to Report Period 4 under StudentVUE or ParentVUE, and then each class’s final grades will be filed under “RP4 FNL.” Seniors are expected to have completed at least one assignment a week for each class by May 29, when their grades formally lock.


There will be no final exams, or SOLs.  


  Seniors can pick up their cap and gown on Friday, May 15, at Jostens. This will also be a chance for them to pick up additional gifts from Kempsville administration and the PTSA. Students will all be given a red stole, a copy of the Class of 2020 aerial picture (while supplies last), a #ChiefStrong yard sign and Bluetooth speaker. AVID students will also get a chance to get their AVID time capsule from AVID teacher Mr. Michael Mosley. 


As far as collecting items from the school premises and returning items, no plans have been cemented yet. Yearbooks can continue to be ordered until May 15 on the LifeTouch website with the code 14029320. 


Seniors will be celebrated on social media, and students have the chance to create a personal slide detailing their accomplishments and awards as a part of a digital yearbook keepsake. 


Graduation, which had previously been scheduled on June 13, has been canceled. However, there are two planning committees for graduation options: one face to face, and one virtual. More details concerning graduation will come, and the time period it is expected to elapse is late July, or early August. 


Principal George ended the meeting with participants turning on their cameras and mics and getting one last chance to reunite with their classmates and teachers. Over 150 people tuned in, and George proposed a potential future meeting when more information about graduation becomes available.