Director’s Announcement Regarding Year End Award Ceremonies As the end of each school year approaches, James Madison Preparatory School celebrates a number of year-end awards and recognition ceremony traditions, culminating in the graduation ceremony for the outgoing class. Although this school year has been anything but typical, we do not wish to lose these traditions, even as we must account for the realities of the current pandemic situation. Although all of our students have lost the end of this school year, it is our plan to celebrate our Madison Prep Patriots in their successes, even if we can’t all be together. And, although we know that almost anything we do in this regard will not please everyone, we are in hopes that at least our efforts to recognize and honor our students will be accepted and appreciated in the spirit in which they are given. First, our three upcoming virtual-only ceremonies, which will be pre-recorded and then shared on YouTube. Here are those details: Wednesday 3 June at 6:00 PM- The Second Trimester Awards Ceremony for Middle School and High School- This pre-recorded virtual-only ceremony will celebrate our second trimester academic achievements and extracurricular activities, including: Middle and High School Honor Rolls (B, A and Roll of Scholars), Basketball teams, Musical cast and crew, Robotics Team, Rock Band, Orchestra, Ukulele, and Academic Decathlon. The YouTube link for the Second Trimester Awards Ceremony for Middle School and High School will be posted and available on the school website home page www.madisonprep.org and on the James Madison Preparatory School Facebook page at 6 pm on Wednesday, 3 June. Once posted on YouTube, you will be able to watch this ceremony any time you like. Thursday 4 June at 6:00 PM- Year End Awards Ceremony for Middle School and High School- This pre-recorded virtual-only ceremony will celebrate our year end award winners, including Code of Conduct awards for second trimester, Academic Students of the Year, Most Improved, True Grit, Campus Citizen, School Spirit, Scholar of the Year, Dr. Harold Wengert Scholarship winner, and Man and Woman of the Year Awards. The YouTube link for the Year End Awards Ceremony for Middle School and High School will be posted and available on the school website home page www.madisonprep.org and on the James Madison Preparatory School Facebook page at 6 pm on Thursday, 4 June. Once posted on YouTube, you will be able to watch this ceremony any time you like.
Friday 5 June at 4 pm- Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony- This pre-recorded virtual-only ceremony will honor the members of this year’s Eighth Grade class. The Middle School teachers will speak about each one of the eighth graders and will offer the audience a personal glimpse at these students’ personalities and their accomplishments, as well as words of encouragement for each of the eighth graders. The YouTube link for the Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony will be posted and available on the school website home page www.madisonprep.org and on the James Madison Preparatory School Facebook page at 4 pm on Friday, 5 June. Once posted on YouTube, you will be able to watch this ceremony any time you like. GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR THE CLASS OF 2020 In Person AND ZOOM Ceremony Information and Details Friday 5 June 6:00 PM in the Auditorium THIS IS THE ONLY CEREMONY THAT WILL BE BOTH LIVE IN-PERSON AND ZOOM WEBCAST- ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL WILL BE FOR GRADUATES AND THEIR TWO GUESTS ONLY- IF YOU ARE NOT A GRADUATE OR ONE OF THEIR TWO GUESTS ON THE GUEST LIST, DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL. You will be turned away at the door. As previously stated, the choice for Graduates, Guests, and Faculty to attend is COMPLETELY up to each individual. EACH GRADUATE AND THEIR PARENTS WILL BE RECEIVING AN EMAIL FROM MR. B BY THIS EVENING, 28 May, which includes two attachments which must be completed, signed and returned by the deadline. These forms are ONLY for Graduates and Guests who plan to attend the In Person Ceremony. If you have not received this email by 8 am on 29 May, PLEASE contact Mr. B directly in order to have those forms sent. FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LIVE In Person Graduation Ceremony: GRADUATES AND GUESTS MUST NOTIFY Mr. B (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4:00 pm on 1 June 2020 of their plans to attend live, and Graduates will be required to provide the names of their Guests at that time. All Graduates and Guests planning to attend the In-Person Graduation Ceremony must complete, sign, and return the Activity Participation Waiver and Graduation Ceremony Protocols Forms to Mr. B by 4 pm on 2 June 2020. Graduates and their guests who fail to meet these deadlines will not be admitted to the ceremony. ALL GRADUATES AND GUESTS MUST READ THE PROTOCOLS AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE STIPULATED PRACTICES. These protocols include, but are not limited to: symptom screening and temperature checks before admission; social distancing, seating, and entry and exit methods; and appropriate protective masks to be worn by participants throughout the ceremony. FOR THOSE JOINING US FOR GRADUATION ON ZOOM- Please use the ZOOM details below. We recommend signing up for the Zoom service and installing it before the ceremony. It is free, and it will make your connection to the ceremony go MUCH more smoothly. JMPS VIRTUAL GRADUATION Time: Jun 5, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82140701238?pwd=c25uSXFqN2JuNTkxZHJGR2FxMGx4dz09 Meeting ID: 821 4070 1238 Password: 015062 A FINAL WORD (Ok, more than 1) We wish to honor our students and our teachers at all times, but especially in this very difficult and unprecedented time, as we close out what promised to be another incredible year, our 20th year as a school. Please help us as we all keep in mind the JMPS students whom these ceremonies celebrate. Every member of our community has been affected by this virus, and we believe that we will continue to be. Let’s celebrate together, even though this year we are apart, as our community has done for 20 years: to honor our children and build them up; to thank our teachers and respect their many sacrifices; to thank the parents and appreciate their support; and to serve our community. Thank you for the blessing that is your children, our students.