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Principal Update May 8

Greetings Scots and Scot Families!


With the support, leadership, and assistance from the PTA, Senior Activities Chairs, and student representatives, we are proud to be able to honor many of the traditions and expectations that celebrate the end of the school year and the graduation of the Class of 2020.


As I believe you are all aware, thanks to the support of the Anderson and Jones families, we will be hosting the HPHS Commencement 2020 ceremony at AT&T Stadium at 8:30 in the evening of Friday, June 5th. I believe that I speak for our community, when I express my extreme gratitude to the Anderson’s and Jones’, as well as all of the parent volunteers, who are making this possible. Once we have more details regarding tickets, caps & gowns, programs, livestreaming and social distancing guidelines, we will share those with you.


HPHS Senior Activities Chairs and the HPHS PTA have requested that we share that they will be hosting an event that will be held in lieu of the typical, annual Senior Picnic. Thanks to their efforts, they will be hosting a seated Senior Brunch at the Rustic on June 4th. Once times and details are determined that allow for appropriate safe measures, we will share those with you. So Seniors, you get to see one another with an actual, non-virtual event.


Because it is not possible to have a typical baccalaureate, the PTA and the Senior Activities Chairs are working to see if a virtual ceremony is viable. I will be glad to share these updates on their behalf.


HPHS will be hosting Senior Awards will be held virtually on May 28th through livestreaming. We will provide more information on the time and access as we approach the date.


Because the traditional elementary reunions are not possible, we are working with PTA’s and the elementary schools to coordinate a meaningful way to celebrate the connection between our senior class and their elementary roots. Seniors, I think that you will be “touched” by the teachers and staff that remember you great love and affection and how they outreach to you over the next few weeks.


HPHS PTA and Senior Activities Chairs had to cancel the All-Night Party. I believe that we all understand the problems with such an event at this time, and we are all appreciative of their extraordinary efforts to do as much as possible in creative ways to honor and celebrate both the end of students’ high school careers and the beginning of the next steps in their lives.


For the entire student body, we will be celebrating the last bell on the last day on May 29th. Stay tuned for more details!


Personally, I want to congratulate the students winning academic and service awards last night during our virtual Academic Awards ceremony. Specifically, I appreciate the work that Assistant Principal Katie Mottram did to coordinate the livestreamed event and the work of Master of Ceremonies, Coach Jay Harris.

For our students, we remain proud of you and we miss seeing you dearly.



Walter Kelly