Dear Midview Class of 2020 and Families:
I first want to start by saying that we love our seniors and I hope they understand cancelling an in-person commencement ceremony is not our choice. However, from the start, we have remained focused on doing something special for our students and families impacted by these decisions.
This has really been a very tough few weeks and days thinking through how best to honor and recognize our seniors in a completely foreign environment. I’ve spoken and emailed with parents, staff members, administrators, and students and I truly believe we have developed a plan that not only celebrates our seniors, but provides for a special circumstance that no other Midview graduate has experienced.
Given the fact that Governor DeWine has prohibited mass gatherings of ten (10) or more people, we are moving forward with a virtual commencement ceremony and cancelling our Friday, May 29th Commencement ceremony. We will do our very best to hold an in-person, traditional ceremony for students on Friday, July 31, 2020, but we cannot promise that will happen until we hear more from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Please review information from ODE and ODH at:
I know it is very frustrating to hear, especially when we do not have any definitive answer other than, “large gatherings of people still present a dangerous situation and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future”. Couple that with the fact that it is okay to bring people to a grocery or hardware store, but not an open stadium. We could focus on this negativity, but that will take away too much from our students and they don’t deserve that. I am focused on honoring our seniors and providing them and their families with a beautiful ceremony.
Therefore, here are the details of our plan for:
- The virtual commencement will start with a montage of family photos, show each of our graduates receiving their diploma, and conclude with pictures of decorated caps. We want to ensure that each student is represented, therefore, please email your photos to: email@example.com
- The pictures must be in jpeg format
- Use the subject line, “Class of 2020 Family Photo” or “Class of 2020 Cap Pictures”
- The pictures must be received by Monday, May 18, 2020
- The virtual commencement scheduled to air via YouTube on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm has been changed.
The new virtual commencement will now be streamed live at the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In Theatre on Thursday, June 4th at 9:30 pm.
We are really excited about this change because while it will still be virtual, we will be able to be together in one location. There will still be social distancing rules that have to be followed and the high school administration will be sharing a much more detailed plan to follow with guidelines in the days to come.
The campus parade scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm has also been cancelled.
It will be replaced with a parade that starts at the high school and travels to the live streaming of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 4th starting around 8:30 pm.
The high school administration will also send out more details for this parade, including the route and requirements, but this will be the only way to gain admission to the Aut-O-Rama the night of the commencement release.
- We want to ensure that each student is able to participate, therefore, please email if you intend to participate to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our in-person prom, scheduled for May 16, 2020 is cancelled.
- We are going to hold a Senior-Only Virtual Prom on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm
- This will be a “Red Carpet” Event
- Students will dress up and walk the red carpet across the stadium with their parents and details will be coming from the High School and After-Prom advisors.
- The Event will be moved inside to walk through the K-Gym, if there is rain
- The in-person scholarship ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 will be a virtual ceremony live streamed on YouTube
- The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm
- Students earning scholarships will be notified by phone or email
- Once completed, all scholarship recipients will be posted on the district website
National Signing Day:
- Students have been contacted by Athletic Director, Mr. May, to send an email with information regarding their signing by Monday, May 4, 2020.
- Mr. May will follow up with all families at this time with more information
- There will be a virtual release of all the signings via YouTube on Monday, May 18, 2020 starting at 12:00 pm
I know not all of this is exactly what anyone wanted, but as I told you, we are committed to trying our very best to recognize and honor our senior class. We feel we have put together some very good plans that will allow us to share in our students’ and families’ celebration and recognize their great accomplishment!
#WeAreMidview and Go Middies!!
Thank you and stay healthy,
News from Mr. Faska:
Dear Families of 2020 Graduates,
In order to make this year’s commencement the best we can considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Midview High School has come up with a plan to film graduation and have a virtual showing on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. Parents and students will need to schedule a time to come to Midview High School to be filmed receiving their diploma. Parents will have the choice of whether to hand their son/daughter their diploma or to have a school official present the diploma to them. Once inside, parents and students will be directed to a predetermined area by Midview staff members to maintain social distancing and safety precaution protocols.
To maintain these social distancing requirements, we are limiting families to four participants, not including the senior graduate. Families are encouraged to wear masks upon entering until the ceremony begins.
Parents will select a timeslot on the Midview High School webpage. A link to the PTCFast system (Same as our parent teacher conferences) will be placed on the web page with five dates and several times to choose from:
May 11 12:00-5:00
May 12 2:00-7:00
May 13 3:00-8:00
May 14 10:00-3:00
May 15 12:00-3:00
The link for sign ups can also be accessed here:
Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment so we are able to complete the day in an efficient manner. You will enter the high school parking lot from the stoplight entrance (old JVS parking lot). There will be Midview Staff directing cars in the high school parking lot. Families must stay in their vehicles until directed to park and enter the building.
Students will wear their cap and gown with males wearing a shirt and tie and females wearing a light colored dress underneath their gown.
We plan to complete this process in approximately 20 minutes per family (This includes arriving 10 minutes early and the presentation of the diploma with pictures). There will be more information shared later about purchasing photos and obtaining access to the commencement video.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the high school administrators.
Thomas M. Faska