Attention Class of 2020-
As reported last week “The public health crisis that we continue to face in the Wichita community is prompting the Wichita Public Schools to make a change to our plans for in-person commencement ceremonies at the end of July. We have made the decision to cancel indoor commencement ceremonies scheduled for July 24-26. Though we know this will come as a disappointment to our graduating seniors, we believe it to be the best decision for the safety and health of our students, families and staff.” -Branden Johnson, USD 259 Executive Director of Secondary Schools
Southeast High School will host a drive through commencement celebration on Saturday, July 25 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the main parking lot of Southeast HS. Participants will enter and exit through the Pawnee entrance to the school. One family at a time will be allowed to exit their vehicle, with a mask, and receive their diploma from Southeast Administration. Families will be able to take photos of their graduates at this time. We recommend that graduates wear their cap and gown.
In an effort to reduce wait times and to socially distance our graduates, we are recommending the following times for diploma pick up.
By last name:
A-H 9:00 am - 10:00 am
I- Q 10:00 am - 11:00 am
R- Z 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seniors who owe an obligation (student fees), will not be issued a diploma until that obligation is paid. If you would like to make sure you do not owe an obligation you may call our bookkeeper at 973-2714 or our head secretary at 973-2716. Diplomas will be held at Southeast HS until the obligation has been paid.
If you would like to pick up your diploma from school before the celebration day, you may come to the school from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm today through July 22. All diplomas that are not picked up before or at the celebration will be kept at Southeast HS.
We look forward to seeing you on July 25th!
Senior Prom ICT 2020
Seniors/2020 Graduates, follow this link if you’re interested in city wide Prom, not a USD 259 sponsored event:
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Convoy of Hope: On July 25, 2020, area churches, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will participate in Convoy of Hope-WICHITA to give tangible hope to families living in situations of desperate human need. You are invited to share in this united act of compassion.
On this special day, thousands of guests from across our community will receive free groceries, health services, haircuts, family portraits, community services, prayer, live entertainment, lunch, games and activities for children, and more!
GATES OPEN AT 10:00AM
Bethel Life Center McAdams Park
3777 S. Meridian 1329 E. 13th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67217 Wichita, KS 67214
Please see link below to apply for relief, to donate or to volunteer!
On July 13, the BOE held a workshop to look at district operations and plans that will be implemented to provide safe and healthy environments when school resumes.
Due to the continuing public health issues in the Wichita community, and to keep students, families and staff safe and healthy, WPS will cancel indoor commencement ceremonies at the end of July. Each high school will hold a ceremony on their school campus that same weekend to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.
WPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Tiffinie Irving gave an update to the Board of Education about the progress towards developing the Future Ready Return to School Plan for August. The plan will be finalized and shared with families and staff on Monday, July 20, and would keep the safety of students and staff in the forefront.
WPS Nutrition Services is providing free grab-and-go meals twice a week with breakfast and lunch items for any child ages 1-18 during their Summer Food Program, which begins on Monday, June 1.
BOE videos: District announces major technology initiatives and renames Wichita Virtual School to Education Imagine Academy
At the June 15 BOE meeting, the Board approved the renaming of Wichita Virtual School and authorized the funds to purchase $24,000,000 in technology for students and staff.