Please keep checking this page for more information/updates for the senior class (Class of 2021).
Graduation 2021 Update – June 18
The Herkimer High School Class of 2021 graduation ceremony will be held at the Herkimer Elementary School Athletic Stadium on Friday, June 25 at 6 PM, with a rain date of Saturday, June 26 at noon. There will be no limit on the number of guests each graduate may invite, however, we do ask that unvaccinated guests wear face coverings. The stadium is handicapped accessible, and we will offer golf cart transport between both parking lots and the stands. Gates to the field will open at 5:15 PM.
Thanks to the support of Herkimer College, we will also live stream the event. The link will be accessible on our district website www.herkimercsd.org on the day of the ceremony.
After the ceremony, we will have our senior cavalcade into and through the Village, escorted by the Herkimer Police Department. Please encourage your family and friends to come out and congratulate our seniors for their extraordinary accomplishments during this extraordinary year. We expect this to begin from Herkimer Elementary School at about 7:30 PM, immediately following graduation. The route will be posted to our district website next week. Participating seniors must be driven by a responsible adult and abide by safety protocols. The parking lot immediately in front of the school’s main entrance will be reserved for cars participating in the cavalcade.
- Graduation rehearsal is at the Herkimer Elementary School stadium on Friday, June 25, 8:45 – 10:15 AM. Dress for the weather, we will rehearse rain or shine.
– Wear/bring your graduation gown. We will take a class photo and walk through the elementary school one last time.
– You must return any and all school property at that time.
- Do you need a ride? We can provide transportation to rehearsal, to the ceremony, and or in the cavalcade, but you MUST call the main office no later than 3 PM on Wednesday, June 23, at 315.866.2230 to reserve your ride and get details.
- If you would like to purchase a yearbook, we do have a limited quantity left. You must contact Mr. Orilio at email@example.com for more information.
- Graduates must meet in the HES cafetorium, at 5:30 PM on Friday, June 25, to line up for graduation.
If you have not yet seen the HHS Class of 2021 banners, they were hung on German Street, from Route 28 to the school, by our local Department of Public Works. Be sure to drive in both directions to see them all! Thank you to the community who made donations to fund the project, and Mr. Orilio, Mrs. Voce, and Mr. Critser for all of their efforts to make this happen again this year.
A big thank you to all of the parents who donated to the Class of 2021 senior weekend. The prizes and food were greatly appreciated! Special thanks to Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Scalise, Mrs. Jones, and Miss Bello who donated their weekend so that the senior class could finally be together and have a fun and safe time.
Senior Trip Itinerary/Permission Slips
The Class of 2021 senior trip takes place June 5-6. Students will be asking their parents to sign a permission slip for the trips. Students must return all forms to class advisor Mrs. Smith in order to attend these field trips. To see the itinerary for the June 5-6 trip, click here.
Celebrate your senior the week of June 14
Families of seniors are invited to schedule a personalized graduation ceremony at HHS with their graduate, during the week of June 14. We will honor your graduate with one final walk across the high school stage in his/her cap and gown and a family photo, along with other personalized touches to acknowledge their accomplishments. Please use this link to select an appointment time: Graduate Celebrations 2021
The Herkimer High School Class of 2021 graduates on Friday, June 25, at 6 p.m. We have several graduation site plans under consideration (traditional Myers Park, the football stadium in East Herkimer, and the softball field at the high school), and will select one that maximizes the opportunities for guests to attend in person while following state and local guidance for gatherings. In an effort to keep the ceremony outdoors, Saturday, June 26, at noon is the rain date. We also plan to record and live-stream the event for those who may not be able to attend in person.
The graduation ceremony will be followed with a cavalcade of cars led by Herkimer Police Department throughout the Village of Herkimer. The route will be announced before graduation day so that families may plan to show their pride and support from the safety and comfort of a friendly front porch along the route. Your child is invited to ride in this procession, as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a family member. Students who do not have a vehicle for this event are encouraged to coordinate with the school so that all seniors have the opportunity to celebrate their #HerkPride in this event.
Traditionally we have a separate awards assembly that recognizes achievements of our graduates. Under current Covid restrictions for school celebrations, however, each senior would only be permitted one live guest for this indoor event. Last year, when guidance for gatherings was even more restrictive, we held small, private celebrations for each graduate, which proved to be very meaningful for families. We plan to honor our seniors in this way again this year.
An individualized graduation/award experience gives graduates the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments, with their loved ones present to see them “walk the stage” and receive graduation awards in person. This will ensure that all family members have the opportunity to celebrate graduation traditions in person and at the high school, even if Covid numbers adversely affect our graduation plans.
You will be asked to respond to a survey that will help us schedule a 20-30 minute private celebration for your senior, during the hours of 3-7 p.m., during the week of June 14. This scheduling survey will be distributed via Parent Square before the end of May.
The senior class has planned a variety of activities for graduates during the weekend of June 5 & 6. They will spend Saturday at Green Lakes State Park, and Sunday at Six Flags Darien Lake. The weekend will incorporate the lock-in traditions of having food, entertainment, and prizes sponsored by the parents’ lock-in committee. Students are required to take the transportation provided by the school, and parental permission is required.
We want this weekend to be a safe and fun time together as the Class of 2021. Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct and school-required Covid protocols (i.e. mask wearing) as they stand at that time. Their personal belongings will be searched prior to boarding the bus, and students may only bring sealed food items and beverages with them. As part of parental consent, you must agree to pick up your child from the site of the activity if he/she violates the District’s Code of Conduct or the rules of the host site in any way, or if they are a party to such a violation. Chaperones will be advised to contact law enforcement if they suspect a violation of the law. Students are subject to disciplinary action should any Code of Conduct violations occur.
- Using community-based funding from last year, senior banners printed by DSP Images will be hung along Mohawk Street and Main Street again this year. Please thank Mr. Critser, Mrs. Voce, and Mr. Oriolo for making this happen.
- Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered to the school before graduation. Upon arrival, we will let students know how and where to pick them up.
- Caps and gowns will be distributed to seniors at graduation rehearsal on June 14 at 1 :30 p.m. (site TBA). Any school obligations (i.e. library books, parking tags, calculators etc.) are due at that time. Chromebooks and chargers will be collected at the senior awards event, but may be held until graduation. If you return the chromebook without the charger, you will be billed for the cost of $30.
In an effort to minimize potential exposures leading up to graduation, you should be aware that the Department of Health quarantines unvaccinated people who have been exposed to a positive Covid case for ten days following the exposure. That said, you may wish to consider taking advantage of vaccination opportunities as soon as possible to avoid such a risk. If you or your senior is NOT vaccinated, you may wish to consider minimizing you and your child’s risk of exposure to COVID in the 10 days prior to graduation (on or after Tuesday, June 15), to avoid a graduation quarantine.
Taking that into consideration, your seniors’ last day of in-person classes will be Monday. June 14. In an ironic way of ending a senior year marked by remote instruction and quarantines, their last two days of classes (June 15 & 16) will be fully virtual. This is for seniors only. All other high school students will be in-person for instruction through June 16. Elementary and middle school students attend school through June 25.
Please watch our District website for the most up to date’ graduation information available. ParentSquare will be used to disseminate updates regarding senior events. This letter was mailed to families on May 18, and was also sent electronically via Parent Square. If you only received the mailed version of this communication. you are advised to contact the main office at 315-866-2230 to update your contact information or to find out how to access ParentSquare for future communications.
It has been a trying time for all of us, but especially for our seniors. We appreciate the support and encouragement so many of you have offered during these difficult times. look forward to celebrating with you in the weeks ahead!
Valedictorian and Salutatorian