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CCHS administration announces dates and details of upcoming senior events, including graduation

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - CCHS administration announces dates and details of upcoming senior events, including graduation.

As events have continued to change due to COVID-19, the Crook County High School has solidified plans for graduation and other graduation events for the CCHS Class of 2020.

A final decision on the date for a graduation parade has been set for June 5. A survey went out to seniors and senior parents previously, and the feedback was used to make a decision on the senior parade.

Each Friday at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Sara Johnson and CCSD administration do a "Fireside Virtual Chat" on the CCHS Facebook website. It is conducted live, with questions and answers at the end and viewers can watch it recorded at a later time.

In the May 8 video on the CCHS Facebook website, Crook County High School administration announced that they will have parents and students meet at the Crook County High School at 3 p.m. They are asking that only one senior per car participate, and jeeps, convertibles or pickups are also allowable.

After the parade, the group will come back to the high school. Further details will be forthcoming. Michelle Jonas, Crook County High School principal commented that they are working with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on permits for the parade route. She indicated that they are hoping to do the graduation parade like the yearly noise parade route at Homecoming, which goes through the fairgrounds —which also helps to facilitate with parking.

More details will be released as they are available.

"When you go into Third Street, you have to work with Oregon Department of Transportation to get the permit, so we are working on that, because it's a highway," commented Jonas.

On June 2, there will be a scholarship event virtually recorded and released. June 5 at 6:30, the virtual graduation will be pre-recorded and released after the senior parade.

"We will be flashing up their pictures when their names are read," added Jonas. "We will be running it traditionally — we will have a salutatorian, valedictorian and guest speakers will be giving their speeches like normal."

There is also a senior party planned for June 5 after the senior graduation ceremony. Jonas indicated that they need the permission forms mailed or brought by the CCHS office by May 15.

The weekend of graduation, signs of each senior will be placed along Third Street. There will be a sign of each senior with their senior picture, which will be placed in the flag holes on Third Street. The signs were sponsored by parents, businesses and community members in Prineville.

Last week marked the end of teacher appreciation week. Crook County School District Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson gave a shout out to CCSD teachers during the Friday Fireside Chat on their Facebook website.

"I personally appreciate teachers," she said. "I have appreciated being a teacher and working side-by-side with teachers. We really love and appreciate our teachers, and teachers are shining right now and doing some amazing work with our students."

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Dates for graduation events and other CCHS events

May 12—Senior meeting, virtual event at 6:00 p.m.

May 15—senior permission forms for senior party due at CCHS office

May 18—Incoming freshman parent night. Virtual event at 6:00 p.m.

June 2—Senior scholarship event virtually recorded and released

June 5—Senior parade 3:00 p.m.

Senior graduation pre-recorded and released at 6:30

Signs of seniors displayed throughout Third Street on Graduation weekend

Each Friday, the "Be the Light" campaign begins at 8:20 at the Ward Rhoden Stadium.

Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Fireside Chats are conducted live virtually on CCSD Facebook website.

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