Welcome Senior Class of 2020!

As the Senior Class of 2020, we have been faced with challenges that could not have been predicted.  Together we are rising to these challenges and working to create opportunities to make the most of our final days at MHS.  This page is our home to stay connected and learn about the opportunities planned just for us.

MHS Senior Committee

Ryan Biller
Megan Huber
Ava Thuemmel
Maddie Verheek

Senior Class Advisors

Mr. Klein
Mr. Thuemmel
Mr. Huber
Mr. Joseph   

 

CONNECT WITH US

Our goal is to discover new ways to celebrate traditional spring senior activities and find new ways to stay connected with each other.  While we are a small committee, we are seeking student input all along the way; best ways to submit your ideas are emailing any of us directly, through the MHS Student council Instagram @chipsofmanistee, or informally to members on Snapchat – not Mr. Huber 🙂  

“HATS OFF” TO THE CLASS OF 2020

On Saturday, all of the stars were aligned for a perfect summer day, evening, and Manistee sunset. Many from the Class of 2020 gathered again for photos in their caps and gowns with friends and family, and to stand on the football field in a “M” formation, to be recognized and to do the traditional “Chippewas hat toss.” MMHS Principal Andrew Huber introduced the Class of 2020, and declared the now-Alums “Chippewas for Life,” as family, friends and staff in attendance congratulated the Class of 2020 with applause and cheers. It was most fitting that even the scoreboard was lit up with all “20s” to pay tribute to the Grads!

A Class of 2020 parade followed and ended at the First Street Beach where the Grads were greeted by the Grad Bash Committee. The Committee hosted a pizza and cupcakes party and presented each Grad with a commemorative canvas laundry bag filled with gift cards and items donated through the generosity of parents, staff, local merchants and businesses, and benefactors. Thank you to the Committee for coordinating such a memorable event!

The MAPS Family and Community congratulate the Class of 2020 and wish the Grads successful futures. Prin. Huber praised the Class for their “patience, resilience, and being such great role models” during this unprecedented and novel global coronavirus pandemic. “You will not be forgotten,” he emphasized. “Please come back to see us!”

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

 

Congratulations Class of 2020

Virtual Honors Night

A virtual Honors Night was held on Thursday, May 21 to honor the senior students receiving awards this year. This video was produced for the students since they were unable to receive their awards in person. The awards and a program of the event will be mailed to students in the coming days.

 

Decorate Your Door Challenge Gallery

Class of 2020 

 

Song: “Memories” by Maroon 5

Flower: Sunflower

Motto: “2020: We’ve Got Vision!”

 

SENIOR Q&A

You have questions....we have answers.
Will all seniors graduate?

Academic Requirements for Graduation

  • If you have all your credits and passed the third marking period, you are all set for graduation.
  • If you did not pass the third marking period for a required course:  Deadline was April 24 to complete these courses through working with teachers.  You are now expected to enroll in credit recovery.
  • If you have credits to make up:  Credit recovery courses must be completed by Wednesday, May 20 to ensure graduation on time.  After that, coursework must be completed by Sept. 1 to receive a 2020 diploma (per current policy).
  • If you are enrolled in a Michigan Virtual Course:  You have a deadline of May 8 to complete coursework if it is required or the credit is needed for graduation.

Based upon guidance of the Michigan Department of Education, grading from March 13th through the end of the school year placed emphasis on participation of schoolwork assigned, reviewed, and completed during distance learning and are marked as credit/no credit.  GPA is based upon grades obtained through the 3rd marking period of the 2019/20 school year, unless additional guidance is provided.  Please know that we strategized with state and local educational entities to identify this solution based upon the information we were provided due to the COVID-19 school closure.

What is planned for the May 23rd commencement ceremony?

Below are the details of the commencement procedures that are to be held on Saturday, May 23 at Manistee Middle High School.  By now you should have received your invitation in the mail, which provides you with the time for your arrival at the high school to receive your diploma.  For the safety of all in attendance, it will be very important that you follow the procedure outlined below when you arrive on Saturday.

  • Check your invitation for the time you are to arrive at MMHS on May 23rd.  It will be important that you arrive on time.
  • The maximum number of people that are able to gather indoors is limited.  Each graduate is able to be accompanied indoors by 2 (two) family members only.  This must be strictly enforced in order to allow our commencement to take place on school property. 
  • When you arrive at the school parking lot, you will be greeted by a staff member who will direct you where to park. 
  • Once parked, seniors and their 2 family members will be escorted inside using the main entrance of the school.  You will be held in the commons area until you are called to the gym.
  • We will provide hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks for visitor discretion/use.
  • Once in the gym, you will be met by Principal Andy Huber and myself and will walk across a stage to receive your diploma and flower.
  • We will have a camera set up for taking a photo with your family members, and families will have a moment for their own photo opportunity.
  • Once photos have been taken, you will leave the gym using the exterior exit to the parking lot.
  • Although we understand the desire to gather with friends on this important day, we are not able to allow you to stay on school property to meet up with friends.  A large gathering of people could put our commencement event in jeopardy.  Please be respectful of this rule so that everyone is able to have their turn to walk.

The traditional commencement speeches have been pre-recorded. A video of these speeches will be made available for a class online watch party Saturday, May 23 at 7:00pm and will be on the Senior page of the website for sharing with family members.  The live YouTube event will be accessible on the Chips Lead YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC07NhhuvXwa8c__QjJpoP-g and will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.  If you are unable to watch online, please let us know and we will provide you with a flash drive with a download of the video

Why can't we wait until restrictions are lifted to have commencement?

Graduation had been planned for May 23 since the beginning of the school year.  We were all looking forward to celebrating this major life accomplishment on the day it was anticipated.  The District did not feel that they should let that day pass without providing an opportunity to acknowledge our senior class.  This is why a modified virtual version of our commencement ceremony is planned for that day.

That being said, all plans are subject to change.  We still regularly receive information about COVID-19 measures.  Should something change between now and May 23, we may be able to adapt this plan further.

Excerpt from Board of Education Policy:

5460 – GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education to acknowledge each student’s successful completion of the instructional program or a personal curriculum appropriate to the achievement of District goals and objectives as well as personal proficiency, by the awarding of a diploma at graduation ceremonies.

By order of Board of Education policy, successful achievement of graduation is marked by the awarding of a diploma at graduation ceremonies.  A ceremony of some nature will be held on May 23rd in order to deliver diplomas and complete the graduation process.  Timely delivery of this award is particularly critical to those at risk of jeopardizing scholarships, employment acceptance, military obligations, etc.

Why can’t we just have a traditional commencement ceremony outside?

The current Executive Orders of the State do not allow for social gatherings of any size, whether they are outside or inside.  In interest of following these orders and for public safety, the only plans for celebration that can be made by the district must follow current outlined restrictions. 

Will we have a graduation celebration when the social gatherings are allowed?

Regardless of what is planned for May 23rd, we plan to do an in-person gathering, maybe something like a Gown Party or Class Reunion, once the gathering restrictions allow.  This might be sometime this summer or maybe in the fall, but we want to be sure that at some point our seniors can celebrate their accomplishments together.  We will stay in touch with our committee of senior class representatives to plan for this upcoming event.

Grad Bash Update 5-15-20:

Superintendent Stoneman and Mr. Huber had a conference call with the Grad Bash committee members.  Although we are unable to plan for this event at the traditional end of our school year, a tentative date has been set for Friday, July 31.  As that date approaches, we will continue to consider current restrictions and will be in communication with our senior committee and the Grad bash committee members to begin planning within the guidelines provided.  It is our hope that we will be able to honor this date for this much anticipated event.  We will keep you posted.  We are asking that all @manistee.org email addresses for senior class members be retained through mid-August so that we are able to continue communicating with each of you.  So please continue to monitor your email for further updates.

When can I pick up my personal belongings?

Manistee Middle High School

Pull up to main entrance along drop-off drive to designated area.  Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will approach your vehicle to learn the name(s) and/or locker number(s) of your student(s).  The items will be brought to your vehicle.  If your student shared a locker you made need to sort on a table provided.

Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until 11:00 am & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. PLEASE do not come between 11:00 am and noon, as this is our time for community meal distribution.

June 2 – 6th/7th grades

June 3 – 8th/9th grades

June 4 & 5 – 10th/11th/12th grades

When do we drop off our laptops?

IPad & Laptop Returns

All district issued iPads and laptops will need to be returned between June 8 and June 12 to Manistee Middle High School at 525 12th Street between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am & 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day that week.  Please pull up outside of the east entrance to the Paine Aquatic Center and stay in your vehicle.  A staff member will approach your vehicle to retrieve your device(s) and record your name.

If you are unable to drop off the device during the specified time, please call and leave a message at 231-398-3669. MAPS staff will respond and find a solution for getting the device.  If we do not hear from you and the device is not returned by June 12, the student will be assessed a fee of $5/day; after three weeks, missing equipment may be referred to the police as stolen.

Can I still order a yearbook?
We’re still publishing the 2019-2020 high school yearbook despite the school closure. You can still order online by clicking here. 2019-2020 high school yearbooks will be shipped directly to you at no additional cost if you order by June 5th. This has never been possible before, but our publisher (Tree Ring) has made special arrangements due to COVID-19.
 
What does this mean for you?
  1. You will not have to pick up your student’s yearbook at MMHS in September when we normally distribute them.
  2. When you order online you will be asked to provide a shipping address. When the yearbook is published (after June 5th), you will receive your yearbook in the mail from Tree Ring in mid-July (weeks earlier than usual)!
  3. The price of our yearbook has not changed. You may notice a shipping cost included as part of your total—PLEASE UNDERSTAND: you are not being charged for shipping. Our yearbook program is absorbing all additional shipping costs.
  4. Anyone who previously ordered a yearbook earlier in the school year (online or offline), will ALSO have that yearbook shipped home at no additional cost! You can verify or update your mailing address for a previous order with Ms. Starmann (hstarmann@manistee.org), or log in to Tree Ring to verify and update the information yourself using these instructions.

If you are unable to order online, or need assistance, please contact Ms. Starmann at hstarmann@manistee.org. Click here for more details.

Have a question that we haven’t answered here?

Reach out to us and we will provide an answer.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Parent Messages - May 26

Parents can use this link to submit a special message to a senior that we can print in the yearbook. Teachers and staff can make submissions, too.

"Life in Quarantine" Photos - May 26

The yearbook staff is looking for “life in quarantine” photos to print in the yearbook. Show us how you’ve been keeping busy! Email any photos to hstarmann@manistee.org, or share them with yearbook staff members who are reaching out. 

Order Your Yearbook - June 30

Order a yearbook online. Order online through June 30th. Not sure whether you ordered already?  Email hstarman@manistee.org for confirmation. 

FAFSA Applications - June 30

Your College Adviser, Kelsey Rhodes, is still available to help you navigate the college/ postsecondary  process. Feel free to reach out with any questions to krhodes@manistee.org.  Reminder: FAFSA application is due June 30 – if you have not completed that yet please plan to complete that ASAP.

Grad Bash Tentative Date - July 31

Superintendent Stoneman and Mr. Huber had a conference call with the Grad Bash committee members.  Although we are unable to plan for this event at the traditional end of our school year, a tentative date has been set for Friday, July 31.  As that date approaches, we will continue to consider current restrictions and will be in communication with our senior committee and the Grad bash committee members to begin planning within the guidelines provided.  It is our hope that we will be able to honor this date for this much anticipated event.  We will keep you posted.  We are asking that all @manistee.org email addresses for senior class members be retained through mid-August so that we are able to continue communicating with each of you.  So please continue to monitor your email for further updates.

SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES

MEETING ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

 

  • If you have all your credits and passed the third marking period, you are all set for graduation.
  • If you did not pass the third marking period for a required course:  Deadline was April 24 to complete these courses through working with teachers.  You are now expected to enroll in credit recovery.
  • If you have credits to make up:  Credit recovery courses must be completed by Wednesday, May 20 to ensure graduation on time.  After that, coursework must be completed by Sept. 1 to receive a 2020 diploma (per current policy).
  • If you are enrolled in a Michigan Virtual Course:  You have a deadline of May 8 to complete coursework if it is required or the credit is needed for graduation.
SENIOR CAPSTONE

This year we’re very excited to offer seniors an opportunity to compete for one of three $500 scholarships!  Each award will be given to the winning submission by a student in the following categories: 4 year college bound, community college bound, and entering the workforce.  All entries will be judged by a panel, and Mr. Joseph will be available as an advisor to help you with your project – email him directly for help! Click HERE for everything you need to know, or reach out to Mr. Joseph.

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING/COLLEGE ADVISING

Your College Adviser, Kelsey Rhodes, is still available to help you navigate the college/ postsecondary process. Feel free to reach out with any questions to krhodes@manistee.org.  Reminder: FAFSA application is due June 30 – if you have not completed that yet please plan to complete that ASAP.

COLLEGE HOSTED DECISION DAY

College Hosted Decision Day Schedule – The Michigan College Access Network has been working with Colleges in the state to provide a chance to connect with future students – 16 colleges and universities are ready to welcome you! 

SENIOR 2020 GALLERY

 
Senior Class President Ryan Biller shares plans for graduation and beyond.

GOOD STUFF

ACKNOWLEDGING THE SENIOR CLASS 2020

Some Good News Episode #6

John Krasinski brings together graduates and celebrities to impart knowledge with the class of 2020.

Graduation 2020: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep 6

John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world (including weather from Ryan Reynolds) and sends the class of 2020 off with advice from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Jon Stewart. And thank you Samuel L. Jackson for the SGN dramatic re-enactment!#somegoodnews

Posted by Some Good News on Sunday, May 3, 2020

4/10/20

In the face of challenges brought on over the last few weeks due to COVID-19, the senior class of 2020 is coming to the realization that they may have to sacrifice many of the traditions and events that mark their final year of school.  In an effort to acknowledge the seniors, today a group of MAPS employees and administrators delivered Senior Strong signs to each household of a senior student in the district. “We understand that the class of 2020 is faced with unique circumstances for which we understand a lot of hearts are breaking.  So, we decided to do something for these students to celebrate this milestone accomplishment.”, explained Ron Stoneman, Superintendent of Manistee Area Public Schools.

The MAPS Board of Education and Administration have made a promise to do their very best to provide the senior class an opportunity to have a graduation experience when circumstances allow to safely do so. “We will need some time to see what the future holds, but we have been discussing all options and possibilities.  We are working with a senior student tele-committee to get input from their class about different ideas for celebrating this special time, even under the current restrictions.”, said Andy Huber, Principal of Manistee Middle High School.

Spring is generally a time for MAPS seniors to prepare for traditional events like prom, graduation, Grad Bash, and more.  The class of 2020 will have memories of their graduation experience that are unlike that of the classes before them.  The MAPS district is working with these students and their families to create opportunities for this to still be remembered as a special time in their lives.