Every Wednesday – Early Out – Dismissal 1:25 – No After School Bus
2-Hour Late Start Thursday 5/11/17 – Gates Open at 9
16 Days left of School
Less than 75 Chipman Yearbooks left!!! First Come First Served!!! $40 CASH ONLY. Pre purchase yours today, from the school office, before there is no more.
8th graders: It’s Talent Show time!!! Please bring your amazing talents to the talent show tryouts next Tuesday, May 9th after school in the cafeteria. Good luck to all!
Incentive trip update: As of right now there are 638 students still eligible for the Incentive field trip drawing in addition to the drawing for fun prizes. Check out tomorrow’s announcements for some of the cool prizes that will be raffled off to those with great attendance. Be at school and on time to stay on the list of student that will have their name put in the drawing. Don’t miss out on the end of the year fun!
The next incentive trip will begin next Monday, March 13th and run through the SBAC testing window. This incentive trip will be to the Museum of Tolerance, and we will get to hear a survivor of the Holocaust tell their story. We will be taking 82 students on this trip so make sure that you are here every day, so that you will have the best chance of getting to go to this amazing museum. Following are the ways that you can increase your chances to win a seat on the bus for the incentive trip:
- Good Attendance (No more than two absences or lates to 1st period between March 13th and May 19th.
- Getting to class or in line before the late bell rings
- Improving or passing your benchmark scores
- Being a good citizen in each or your classes and on the yard. This means following the rules in class or out of class, participating, staying on task, and definitely not having to be sent out of class for disruptive behavior.
DATE OF GRADUATION: Thursday, June 1, 2017
TIME: 3:30 pm – (8th graders must arrive no later than 3:00 pm in order to line up for processional)
Graduation will be over by 4:30 pm.
PLACE: Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield CA 93301
CLOTHING: Graduation gowns will be worn again. All 8th grade students have been measured for their gowns. The student council will sell the gowns for $20 cash beginning on May 15th through May 26th during student lunch hour (the student council sells the gowns as a service to graduates not as a fundraiser. However, any additional revenue generated by the gowns will be applied directly to the cost of the 8th grade picnic – the extra money generated is nominal – the price was rounded up slightly to an even twenty dollars for efficiency reasons only). Please carefully remove wrinkles from the gown according to instructions. Nice clothing and shoes are recommended under the gowns. Dresses and/or slacks are appropriate. No high heels or beach type flip-flops are to be worn. Students will be walking down a steep aisle and up stairs as well making walking with high heels very difficult. Hats, gloves, purses and/or corsages do not fit the type of graduation exercises planned. Also, due to time and space limitations, no flowers or gifts during the ceremony please. Absolutely, NO AIR HORNS OR BALLOONS allowed in the theater in order to allow all graduates the ability to have their names heard when announced and also to be seen when it is their turn to walk across the stage.
PICTURES: All 8th grade students will have pictures taken (in a blue graduation gown) on Friday April 28, 2017 during P.E. Classes. Retakes will NOT be scheduled. Please be sure that your 8th grade student is present on picture day. (Purchase of these pictures is optional).
TICKETS: Each graduating student will receive four (4) graduation tickets during their final graduation practice. Tickets will be required for entrance into the theater for everyone age 3 and up. A limited number of extra tickets will be available in the school office from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st (up to four extra tickets per graduate until ticket supply is depleted).
GRADUATION PARTICIPATION POLICY (To be eligible for the graduation ceremony, 8th grade students):
Attendance: Must have no more than 19 days of unexcused absences from school.
Behavior: Must not be suspended or excluded at the end of the school year. (Students must attend graduation practice in order to participate in the ceremony).
Academic: Must have an eighth-grade cumulative G.P.A. at or above 2.0. (Students below a 2.0 G.P.A. will be on a non-participation list – we will continue to monitor students who are at risk of not securing a 2.0 GPA – if GPA improves to 2.0, student will then become eligible to participate. However, because we must send the graduation programs to print, a student who does not become eligible to participate in a timely manner risks having their name not appear on the program).
GRADUATION PRACTICE AND PICNIC
Graduation practices will be held during the mornings of May 25th, May 30th and May 31st. Upon completion of the successful final practice on Wednesday May 31st, all 8th grade students who are eligible to graduate will then board a bus to attend the 8th grade picnic. Students on the non-participation list will stay at school.