Dear Parents and Caregivers of the Class of 2019:
Congratulations! Your student is nearing the conclusion of their school career, and is about to embark on the next phase of life. TCS@ODU will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2019 on Saturday, May 18th. There will be another
graduation meeting for students and caregivers held at the high school closer
to graduation, when we will distribute caps and gowns and other important information
will be made available. The details that
are available now are listed below.
At this time, Mr. Rosenfield and Mrs. Wiedenhoft have met at least twice with all members of the graduating class to discuss graduation plan progress, college applications and FAFSA or other post-secondary plans, and answer any questions they have had. Your student should have attempted either the ACT or SAT at least once, preferably twice by now. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify. Please see Mr. Rosenfield or Mrs. Wiedenhoft with questions. It remains your student’s responsibility to complete and pass coursework, submit applications and request transcripts to be mailed. The high school transcript request form is available on the TCS website under the “Student” tab; college transcripts need to be requested directly from ODU or CSCC. Although there are several advisors working with students depending on his or her academic situation, Mr. Rosenfield and Mrs. Wiedenhoft are available to help families with college-specific questions, including Common App, FAFSA inquiries and transcript requests. Students can set up appointments, email, or call their office as needed.
Graduation Fee: there is a $100 graduation fee due Wednesday, May 1st. This fee helps offset the cost of caps, gowns, the luncheon, venues, refreshments, photography, and program. Graduation programs will be a keepsake item in which each student is featured on his or her own page. There will be a professional photographer at the luncheon and graduation, and photos will be for sale through the photographer following graduation. TCS@ODU will provide the family with a print of your student receiving his or her diploma. Students earning the AA degree from Ohio Dominican will re-wear their ODU cap and gown for TCS graduation.
Tickets: Seating in Matesich Theatre at ODU, the
location for graduation, is limited and has been recently updated. Students
can expect to receive 5 tickets for graduation.
Children who are old enough to walk on their own without assistance
will require their own ticket. If
additional tickets become available, students will receive them one at a time
on a first-come, first-served basis. Current TCS students and TCS alumni can
obtain tickets directly from the TCS front office. Tickets will be dispersed at the graduation
meeting where students obtain their caps and gowns.
Diplomas: In order for a student to participate in the commencement ceremony, he or she must have completed and passed all required coursework. Students who are missing any credits will not be permitted to participate in the program. If your student is in a position of needing to complete credits over the summer, or return in the fall, he or she may participate in the following May’s commencement (2020), but will not be able to participate this year. Students who have not passed a section of the OGT or earned enough points on the OST may be able to participate in the May 2019 ceremony with some modifications. If your student is missing a section of the OGT or points on the OST, please see Mr. Rosenfield or Mrs. Wiedenhoft to discuss how this will be handled. If your student is currently enrolled in a CSCC course and that course is required for graduation, your student may not have his or her final grade prior to graduation because of CSCC’s semester schedule. If grades will not be available by May 10th, given the unique nature of this situation, we will require your student to obtain a current grade sheet that has been signed by the professor, and submit it to Ms. Wiedenhoft by May 10th. If this form is not submitted, or does not indicate your student’s likely passing of this required course, he or she will not be permitted to participate in the program.
Honors Diplomas: The distinction of graduating with an Honors Diploma is set by the state of Ohio, not TCS@ODU. In order to earn an Honors Diploma, a student must meet at least 7 of the follow 8
criteria. All of these criteria are indicated on your student’s transcript.
4 credits of English
4 credits of Math—1 credit MUST be beyond Algebra 2/Math III
beyond Algebra 2/Math III include Math IV, Pre-Calculus, MTH 140, MTH 160, and
MTH 240 at ODU. CSCC equivalents to
Statistics, Pre-Calc and Calculus 1 also count.
4 credits of Science—MUST include 1 credit of Chemistry AND 1 credit of Physics
4 credits of Social Studies
ODU and CSCC courses count as Social Studies. See your advisor for details.
3 credits of Global Language—or 2 credits each of 2 different languages
1 credit of Fine Arts
Cumulative high school GPA: 3.5
ACT Composite of 27 or SAT Math + Reading Score
DATES FOR GRADUATION:
Friday, May 17th
1:00 PM Graduation Rehearsal: It is imperative all students attend graduation
rehearsal. Please ensure that your
student requests time off work during this time. The graduation ceremony is very involved, and
they need to know where to go, how to get there, and when to do it. The rehearsal is the only time they will have
to practice! Parents, you need not
attend the rehearsal. Location: Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre.
Saturday, May 18th
11:30 AM Graduation Luncheon: This event is for our TCS graduates to take the opportunity to enjoy a meal with their teachers and professors in celebration of their accomplishments. Location: Griffin Student Center, Room 260. Students only, please.
2:00 PM: Graduation Reception: Families are welcome to join us for
refreshments prior to the start of the Commencement Ceremony. Location:
Erskine Hall, 2nd Floor.
3:00 PM: Commencement Ceremony: This is the formal ceremony in which students
will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. Seating will begin at 2:30. Location: Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about any of the events leading up to and including graduation day.
Jordan Rosenfield can be reached via email at email@example.com,
Jane Wiedenhoft can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and Allie Konet can be reached via email at email@example.com.
All three can be reached by phone by calling the main office of The Charles
School at 614-258-8588.