Seniors

Class of 2020!

Check back often for the most up-to-date information concerning this year's graduating class. 

Graduation Follow-up 5-29-2020

As our first day of ceremonial graduation walks comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to update you on our plans for making a final decision about holding an in-person graduation ceremony.  In all previous communications, we had indicated that we planned to make a final determination on whether or not an in-person ceremony will be held at Alvernia University by June 1.   Because that decision-deadline is now approaching at the same time as upcoming changes to the our region’s Covid-19 mitigation restrictions, the decision to hold an in-person ceremony—either indoors at Alvernia University or at an outdoor venue—will be delayed until the next update to Pennsylvania’s phased reopening plan.  An in-person ceremony will be scheduled if this update, which we hope is available soon, includes information that suggests that it will be possible to assemble the senior class and their families before August 1.

We look forward to our ongoing celebration of this special senior class.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

 

Graduation Follow-up 5-28-2020

We are looking forward to beginning graduation walks tomorrow!  Please remember to arrive promptly at the time of your student’s appointment so that the process is smooth for all graduates and their families.  We are committed to providing this special moment for all students and their loved ones.  High school staff is working to contact any student who has not yet scheduled a time on the “SignUpGenius” form, which can be accessed here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944ADAD2CA0FC1-tvhs.  Please contact the high school office if a scheduling conflict makes it impossible for a graduate and his/her immediate family members to attend one of the open slots so that special arrangements can be made.

There have been a few questions about how seniors should dress for their ceremonial walk across the graduation stage.  All students should dress appropriately.  We suggest that gentlemen wear a dress shirt, tie, slacks, and dress shoes under their green gown and ladies wear white or light-colored clothing under their white gown.

The local scholarship awards ceremony will now be premiered on the high school website on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m.  Although this is typically an “invitation-only” event, it will be accessible for anyone to view this year.  Students who are being recognized during this program have already been notified that they are a scholarship recipient; the details of their award will be announced during this program. 

If you have any questions as we prepare to celebrate the class of 2020, please contact the high school office.

Thank you.

Graduation Update: 5-27-2020

We are very excited to announce the details of our plans for members of the class of 2020 to take a ceremonial walk across the graduation stage!  We have established ten-minute appointments over a five-day period as follows:

  • Friday, May 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A “SignUpGenius” form will be activated at 6:00 p.m. this evening that will allow graduates to schedule an appointment for their ceremonial walk across the stage.  The form can be accessed here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944ADAD2CA0FC1-tvhs.  Please consider saving the weekend and evening hours for families with essential workers.  

Please review the following important notes:

Logistics

  • Students and their guests should park outside of the main high school entrance (adjacent to the flagpole) and enter the main lobby doors promptly at the beginning of their appointment window.  In the lobby, students will receive their academic regalia, drop-off any school issued items, and retrieve their personal items and graduation packet.  
  • Students and their guests will be directed to the side-entrance of the auditorium. The guests will be invited to the seating area to witness the student’s name being announced, the student’s walk across the stage, the ceremonial diploma pick-up, and the student turning their tassel.  The ceremony will be filmed and photographed; the video will be included in the potential virtual ceremony and the photographs will be made available to all families in a Google Drive.  Guests are also invited to take their own pictures.
  • Students and their families will exit the front of the auditorium directly to the parking lot.

Guests

  • Each graduate may invite up to five guests to witness their walk across the stage and to celebrate this momentous occasion with them.  In order to adhere to the strict social distancing guidelines required to hold this event, all students and guests should arrive with a mask/face covering.  Students will not be required to wear their mask for the ceremonial walk across the stage.

Academic regalia

  • TVHS staff are working to hang and steam/iron each student’s graduation gown in advance of their appointment to walk across the stage.  Graduates will receive their cap, gown, tassel, and any adornments (cords, cowls) when they arrive for their appointment.  Due to the special circumstances surrounding this year’s graduation, students may keep all of their regalia, including the adornments.  
  • Any student who filled out the Google Form and requested to pick-up their academic regalia on Thursday, May 28 may do so between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. outside of the main high school entrance (adjacent to the flagpole).  High school staff will deliver the regalia to each vehicle.  Please remember to return with all regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and adornments) at the time of your appointment so it can be worn for the walk across the stage.

School supplies/Obligations

  • Graduating students should return any school-issued supplies at the time of their appointment.  Please remember to include any textbooks, library books, calculators, sports uniforms, technology, etc.  Please label each item with the graduate’s name and the name of the teacher who issued the item.  High school staff will also be prepared to accept any payments for cafeteria balances at this time. 
  • Graduates are invited to keep their school-issued Chromebook; however, each student should bring their Chromebook to their appointment so that the information necessary to release the device from the school district’s domain can be recorded.  Students also have the option to donate their device back to the school district.  
  • Any personal items that a student left in a hallway or gym locker have already been packaged and will be returned to the student at the time of their appointment.

In order to ensure that all students and their families have the opportunity to take part in this special event in accordance with the schedule and social distancing guidelines, it is important that all students arrive promptly at the beginning of their appointment window.

While the official decision regarding an in-person ceremony at Alvernia University will still be made on Monday, June 1, we are looking forward to beginning these ceremonial walks to recognize our seniors.  

If you have any questions about any of our plans to celebrate the class of 2020 with this special event, please reach out to the high school office.  

Thank you.

Graduation Update: 5-26-2020

Dear Class of 2020,

I am pleased to report that we are able to accelerate some of our plans for a possible virtual graduation ceremony.  The school district’s solicitor has provided additional guidance in a way that allows an exemption to the stay-at-home order while following strict social distancing guidelines.  This interpretation will allow ceremonial walks across the stage to take place beginning Friday, May 29; details regarding the logistics of this event and instructions on how to schedule an appointment will be provided tomorrow.

In preparation for the ceremonial walk across the stage, volunteers from Anchored by Grace Ministries have delivered clothing racks to the high school so that each graduate’s gown can be hung and steamed prior to their arrival.  Any seniors who need to pick up their cap and gown prior to their appointment to walk across the stage should fill out this form by 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27.  Pick up will take place on Thursday, May 28; tomorrow’s communication will include the designated time.

I look forward to celebrating your upcoming graduation with you!

Sincerely,

Mr. Clements

Graduation Update: 5-20-2020

 

Twin Valley High School Class of 2020,

The Twin Valley School District community is excited to celebrate your upcoming graduation with you!  While we all wish that we were preparing for a traditional commencement experience, we have reached a point where it is necessary to further develop the alternative scenarios.  As you know, several decisions regarding the format of your graduation ceremony and the distribution of important materials are dependent upon government restrictions that are in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.  There are two important factors that are guiding the decision making about graduation: the stay-at-home order and the prohibition on large-group gatherings.  Both of these considerations are outlined in Pennsylvania’s Phased Reopening plan, which assigns a color-coded phase to each county.  Currently, both Berks County and Chester County are in the red phase, which means the stay-at-home order is in effect.  When our counties move to the yellow phase, gatherings of greater than 25 people are still prohibited.

Administration has identified two contingency dates for an in-person graduation ceremony (July 2 or July 31) with a commitment to make a decision by June 1.  Any version of an in-person ceremony would require information that our counties will move to the ‘green’ phase prior to the event.  If that information is not available by June 1, the decision to move to an alternate ceremony will be made.

Any activities on campus—including the distribution of materials (academic regalia, yearbooks, etc.) and a ceremonial walk across the stage—require our counties to move into the yellow phase, which marks the end of the stay-at-home order.  Current guidance suggests that our counties will move to the yellow phase on June 4.  When the transition to the yellow phase occurs, plans are in place to schedule a time for each senior to report to the school in order to return school supplies, receive their academic regalia and yearbook, and be filmed taking part in a ceremonial walk across the stage in the high school auditorium.  Several members of each student’s household would be invited to attend; specifics regarding these appointments will be provided next week. In the event that the move to the yellow phase happens sooner or later than June 4, appointments will be scheduled as soon as practical.

Unfortunately, recent guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and our school district’s solicitor indicates that plans to hold a procession of vehicles on campus and throughout the community are not permissible while our counties are in either the yellow or red phase.

Please review the following outline of the current plans if the June 1 decision is to hold a virtual graduation:

  1. Small groups of graduates will be scheduled into 15-minute time slots over the course of several days.  This is currently scheduled to begin on June 4 in accordance with the transition to the 'yellow' phase but will be rescheduled if the transition occurs on a different date. Additional details will be provided next week.

    1. Students may invite immediate family members to attend

    2. Return school supplies

    3. Receive their cap, gown, other memorabilia, yearbook (if applicable), locker contents, etc.

    4. Students don their cap and gown then walk across the stage to receive their diploma cover and turn their tassel.  This will be photographed and filmed.

    5. Students will receive their actual diploma if this takes place prior to June 6; otherwise, the diplomas will be mailed to students' homes.

    6. Students may take photos with their families in accordance with social distancing guidelines. 

  2. A virtual graduation ceremony will be premiered by June 12 and will include the following:

    1. Speeches – recorded in advance

      1. Valedictorian

      2. Administration

      3. Board president

      4. Class officers

      5. Salutatorian

    2. Music

      1. Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major

        • Pictures of graduates displayed in re-creation of processional

        • A recording made by a former TVHS band is used annually

      2. National Anthem

      3. Alma Mater

    3. Presentation of the Class of 2020 - The film of students crossing the stage will be incorporated into this portion of the ceremony.

While the format of your graduation ceremony is important, please remember that it does not define your accomplishments and achievements as Twin Valley High School graduates; thank you for your ongoing flexibility and understanding as we work together to plan a meaningful ceremony.  The entire TVSD community is incredibly proud of you, your resilience, and your success as we look forward to honoring and celebrating you in the upcoming weeks!  

If you have any questions, please contact high school administration.

Sincerely,

Bill Clements

 


Message to the Class of 2020

The contingency dates for an in-person ceremony at Alvernia University are July 2 and July 31. The original message incorrectly listed July 30 as a contingency date. It has been corrected below.

Dear members of the Class of 2020,

I am so sorry that the last few months of your senior year in high school were disrupted and did not turn out the way we have expected or planned. Many of our traditional academic and extracurricular events have had to be altered, postponed, or cancelled. Although we know these changes are required by regional, state, and national guidance and are largely outside of our control, it does not make them easier. While the loss of many of these events is disappointing and heartbreaking for our entire school community, the changes cannot be permitted to alter the spirit of celebration that is central to graduation season. In that vein, we are committed to preparing a graduation ceremony that appropriately honors your accomplishments and recognizes the significant impact that your class has had on our school and community.

Through collaboration with your senior class officers, a larger group of student leaders, club/activity advisors, and administration, it has been agreed upon that holding a traditional, in-person graduation ceremony at Alvernia University remains the preferred plan. In addition to the originally scheduled date of June 6, two contingency dates—July 2 and July 31—have been identified as possible dates for the ceremony. A decision to schedule an in-person ceremony at Alvernia for any of the dates previously mentioned must be made by June 1. The decision will be based on whether the large gathering ban is lifted and/or relaxed to allow a ceremony to be held.

If it is determined on June 1 that an in-person ceremony is not possible, the graduation ceremony will be held virtually on June 6 at 10:00 a.m.; the virtual ceremony will be followed by an on-campus parade of vehicles in which graduates will be encouraged to arrive in a vehicle with their family, to decorate their vehicles, and to wear their academic regalia. Diplomas would be distributed at this time following social distancing guidelines.

Additional details will be developed in coordination with the class officers and other key stakeholders; when available, updates will be provided throughout the next several weeks as we approach the decision deadline of June 1.

Sincerely,

Mr. Clements


Local Scholarships

The 2020 Local Scholarship Application is now available!  Click here for more information. 


Requesting Transcripts

 All seniors should view the following two videos, which contain important instructions for how to request letters of recommendation and transcripts:

Part 1:



 Part 2: