2020 Graduation Guide
Senior's -- Details Regarding Graduation
- Girls - You can not wear heels this year. Please wear flats or wedges due to the turf.
- Don't forget your cap/gown and gold/silver cords for student of distinctions.
BHS 2020 Graduation
When: Sunday, May 24th at 4PM
Students need to be there by 3:30
Where: MDU Community Bowl
Tickets ARE needed for this event
BHS, CHS and LHS graduation ceremonies will be held today. With the current weather system on its way out, we will be adjusting the start time of the CHS graduation to allow a little more drying time. Therefore, below are the scheduled ceremony times:
CHS : 12:45 pm
BHS: 4:00 pm
LHS: 8:00 pm
As the dry air moves in behind the current system, there are lingering chances of scattered showers throughout the afternoon. We will continue to be in contact with the National Weather Service throughout the day, and if further adjustments are needed, we will relay that change a minimum of 1 hour in advance. Arrival times for graduates and gates for spectators will continue to be one-half hour before the ceremony start time.
2020 Graduation Program
"The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear." Grace Helbing
Co-Presidents: Skylar Strand and Jeb Kaelberer
Vice President: Gracie Werner
Senior Fees and Lunch Balances
Senior’s with UNPAID fees. Per board policy, any senior with unpaid fees will NOT be eligible to walk through the graduation ceremony. Please check your My Payments Plus accounts to make sure your senior has all fees paid by Friday, May 15th. If you do not have a My Payments Plus account, please sign up for a free account in order to get your fees taken care of or call Bismarck High School at 323-4800. Unpaid fees consist of, but are not limited to, Chromebooks, Art Lab Fees, overdue library books, lost or damaged textbooks, negative lunch accounts. Please call the school office if you have any questions.
A fee of $20 is in your MyPaymentsPlus account for the purchase of your Chromebook. If you do NOT want to purchase your Chromebook, bring it to BHS on Monday, May 18th (More information will be coming out next week regarding materials being returned). If you plan to keep the Chromebook, have the fee paid for by May 15th.
If your senior student has a lunch account balance, please fill out the form to let us know if you want a refund or if you'd like to donate to a student in need. Seniors with siblings in the district, the balance was transferred to their sibling. We ask if your account is $5 or under that you would consider donating your balance. All requests need to be done by June 10. After this date all balances will be donated. A reminder that if you have auto refill set in My Payments Plus, please go in and turn auto pay off.
Senior Chromebook Buy-Back & Google Drive
A few things from the BHS Library/Tech Team:
- Once you graduate, you will no longer have access to your BPSapps which includes your Google Drive account. However, there is a way to wrap up and take all of your files with you! This can be beneficial as you move on to college – you might have notes that can help you in college, or you may have to provide evidence of learning to certain professors. Here are the directions for transferring all of your Google Apps information to a personal gmail account. If you have questions, or need assistance, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once again, seniors will be given the opportunity to purchase your Chromebook from BPS for $20. A fee of $20 is in your MyPaymentsPlus account (where you put in lunch money, pay activity fees, etc.) or you can send a check to BHS. Please pay it as soon as possible if you choose to purchase your Chromebook. If you do NOT want to purchase your Chromebook, we will collect them the week of May 18th-22nd (please watch for more messaging on this).
KX News going to be running a Salute to Seniors segment in the 6pm News and throughout local programming from April 20th to June 14th. They will feature one high school class and valedictorian each night in the 6pm News and will feature all senior pictures on our Salute to Seniors page on KXNet.com. They will also run sponsored promos on KX highlighting the classes and seniors throughout the months. They want to acknowledge western ND’s Seniors during this unprecedented time.
The 2020 BHS Salute to Seniors
BPS Foundation will be airing a 30-minute feature on Saturday, May 16th at 5pm on KFYR-TV Bismarck that will include all BHS seniors along with messages of support from their teachers, admin and sponsor. Parents and students can purchase this DVD Keepsake for $20 (which includes shipping) through our online order form now through May 31st. If they choose to purchase through the mail the online form must be printed out and mailed along with their check to BPS Foundation and be postmarked by May 22nd, 2020.
Here is the link to order online: https://www.bpsfoundation.com/bhs-support-our-seniors-dvd-keepsake/
iHeart radio is asking all family members of graduating seniors to help salute the class of 2020. Call our Senior Shout-out Hotlines to have your messages featured on the following iHeartRadio stations!
All you have to do is call the numbers listed (see attachment). These are station specific so when calling one station it will not air on the other stations. Please leave a brief message, and listen for your shout-out to air. We thank you for your participation, and wish all graduates happiness and success.
Once you call the number you will be asked for your name the graduates names and school then you leave your 10 sec message.
These messages will air May 11th – June 5th
Due to COVID Josten's plant has been slowed so the BHS yearbooks are not here yet. As soon as we have them in the building communication will be sent out via email and our website. Sorry for the delay, ideally, we would have liked them to be here during pickup/drop-off times. We appreciate your understanding.
Final Transcripts are required by future colleges. This transcript confirms to colleges that you did graduate and what the date of graduate was.
When your final decision for college is decided please see Mrs. Schmidt in Student Services to request this be done the week after graduation.
There is a $2.00 processing fee that accompanies that request.
Graduating seniors and students leaving the district will lose access to all Google services using their @bspapps.org email address; this includes Docs, Sites, Calendar, YouTube, Gmail and other services tied to their @bpsapps.org email address.
Students can download their files to a .zip archive or transfer their files to a personal Google account. Get started by logging into either your @bpsapps.org account and select one of the following:
- Download your data
Visit https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout to export and download your data from the Google products you use. Help and more information is available at https://goo.gl/PGKnGK
- Transfer your content
Visit https://takeout.google.com/transfer to copy and transfer your emails and Google Drive files to another Google account. Help and more information is available at https://goo.gl/o8pJTL
Donations After Graduation
If you do not want your cap/gown after graduation, please consider donating it back to BHS. These donations would go to our students in need.
After 2008, the gown color changed so we can not take any gowns before that.
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