DGN Class of 2020

Revised on May 12, 2020


Please note the following important deadlines and dates. Details and links to forms are below!

  • May 8 deadline: 
  • The week of May 11:  Senior Awards recognitions
  • May 13: Last day to complete Senior Exit Survey 
  • May 15: 
    • Last day of Remote Learning for Seniors in good standing.
    • Collection and Distribution Event (rain date:  May 18)
  • June 30 (rain date July 1): Graduation 

From the Curriculum and Instruction Office:

“Senioritis” is a challenge every year and that this year it is particularly difficult to stay focused on learning. However, we encourage you to finish strong. While the grade isn’t necessarily important, the learning is. Also, you are developing work habits that you will use in college and/or the workplace, so be sure to manage your time well and complete those assignments!

  • The last day for Remote Learning for students in good standing is Friday, May 15.  
  • Students who are in danger of receiving an Incomplete for a course will be notified between May 4-May 11. Teachers will submit final grades on May 21.  
  • Students who receive an Incomplete for a course will be notified by their counselor on May 20 or May 21 and will be required to make up the essential learning for the course.

From the Counseling and Student Support Services Office:

  • If you haven’t done so already, please complete the senior exit survey in Naviance by May 13. Here is the email from Ms. Manderino with instructions and additional information. 
  • The College & Career Center will use information from the Senior Exit Survey to send final transcripts to student’s selected college. Transcripts will be ready by June 12.
  • Diplomas and cumulative files will be given after June 30. Any student who has enlisted in the military and needs a diploma and/or transcript prior to this date should email Ms. Erin Ludwick at eludwick@csd99.org by May 15. 

From the Student Activities Office: 

Even though we can’t be in person, there are many activities planned to honor the Class of 2020. Many of them involve a staff member reading names of students, and we want to be sure that we pronounce every student’s name correctly. Therefore, please take a minute to complete this Google Form for name pronunciation by Friday, May 8.

Below are details about each of our major events:

Senior Collection and Distribution:  May 15 (rain date of May 18) 

Our senior-only collection and distribution event will take place in the Main Street parking lot on May 15 (rain date may 18). During this “curbside” event, all senior students are expected to remain in their car. 

All cars will enter the Main Street parking lot from Sherman St. (North end) and all cars will exit onto Grant St. (South end)  Once in the lot, you will be directed to one of three lines depending on your last name.  Please be sure to display the student’s first and last name in the lower right side of the windshield. One staff member will retrieve and place the student's boxed belongings into the car (see list below). At the same time, another staff member will hold out a carton for items that need to be returned (see list below).  Everyone must remain in their cars the entire time.  (Please note:  there will be no drop off or pick up in the Prince St. parking lot as shared previously. Everything will be in the Main St. parking lot.)

Students should arrive during their assigned time slot.  Any student who cannot make it during that time should email Mr. Mirandola at mmirandola@csd99.org.

Alpha Order Pickup Time Slots

  • Last name A - C    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Last name D - G    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Last name H - L    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
  • Last name M - O    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
  • Last name P - R    4:00 PM  - 5:00 PM 
  • Last name S - Z    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Any senior who is scheduled to take an AP exam after May 14 can elect to turn in their Chromebook and/or textbook on May 20 or May 27 at the Main St. entrance between 10:00am-2:00pm. However, they should still come to the event on May 15 to pick up their belongings and return other items listed below. 

Here are the items that will be in your box:

  • Cap/Gown and related items
  • Yearbook, if pre-purchased
  • Omega newspaper - senior edition
  • Medications, if applicable
  • Locker contents (excluding any school-issued library books and textbooks)
  • Senior awards/certificates, if applicable      
  • One raffle ticket (See below for details.)

Items to bring and drop off:

  • Math calculator, if issued
  • All School-issued library books, textbooks, and novels that have a barcode.
  • Elevator keys, if issued
  • School-issued Chromebooks and chargers, including loaners
  • School-issued hotspots, if issued
  • PE heart rate monitor strap, if issued and in your possession. 

Please know that all PE, athletic and music items to be collected and returned will happen on different dates with details coming from those departments or coaches:

  • May 26 - Athletics (lockers)
  • May 27 - Physical Education (lockers and heart rate monitor straps)
  • May 28 - Fine Arts (lockers and instruments)

Diploma and cumulative file will be distributed after June 30.  Any student who is entering the military and needs that information prior to June 30 should email Ms. Ludwick at eludwick@csd99.org.

We are excited to share that each senior will receive one raffle ticket in their box.  Friday evening, we will raffle off several gift certificates totaling over $500.  Watch your email for details about when winners will be announced and how prizes can be claimed.

Senior Awards 

Due to the school closure, our traditional Senior Awards Night will not take place. While we are unable to gather together to celebrate the community awards and academic achievements of the Class of 2020, we will still recognize our students who have earned these distinctions this year. Below is the plan for recognizing students as part of our Senior Awards Recognition.

Community Scholarships

Students who have earned a community scholarship will receive certificates, awards, or checks directly from the community organization. These organizations have home addresses and have been directed to send these items to students who have earned these scholarships in the next two weeks. Students who earned a community scholarship will not pick up any related items during our distribution event on May 15 unless noted otherwise. Those who have earned a community scholarship will have their name printed in our Senior Awards program which will be published online and shared on social media.  

Department and Academic Recognition

Students who have earned a department or academic recognition will be notified of this achievement in the next week if they have not been notified already.  Students who receive a department or academic recognition should plan to pick up their award during the May 15 distribution event.  Individual departments might recognize these students on social media.  Those who have earned one of these recognitions will have their name printed in our Senior Awards program which will be published online and shared on social media.

Outstanding Service Award Winners

Students who are recognized as Outstanding Seniors in the following service areas: Athletics, Counseling and Student Support Services, Deans & Attendance, Health Services, Library, Special Services, Student Activities, or the Technology Department will be recognized on May 13th at 2 pm. The announcement will be made on social media and through an email to seniors. Outstanding Service Award Winners also will have their name appear in our Senior Awards program. Students receiving this recognition should plan to pick up their Service Award medal during the May 15 distribution event.

Outstanding Department Award Winners 

Not to be confused with our department award recognition, our Outstanding Department Award Winners are the most outstanding seniors in each of our academic departments. These awards include Most Outstanding in Career and Technical Education (Business, Engineering and Design, and Family and Consumer Sciences), English (English, Communications), Fine Arts (Music, Theatre, Visual Arts), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health/Driver’s Education, and World Languages. The students chosen for these awards best exemplify achievement in each of these academic departments. Students receiving these awards will be notified by a home visit on May 11 or 12 between 2- 5 p.m. by Director of Student Activities Mr. Mirandola and Principal Janice Schwarze. These students will be recognized in an Outstanding Department Award Winner video that will appear on social media on Friday, May 15. Here is the schedule when Mr. Mirandola and Ms. Schwarze will visit homes to share the good news:

Monday, May 11 between 2-5 p.m.:

  • CTE:  Engineering
  • Fine Arts:  Music
  • Fine Arts:  Theater
  • Fine Arts:  Visual
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Tuesday, May 12 between 2-5 p.m.

  • CTE:  Business
  • CTE:  Family & Consumer Services 
  • English 
  • English Communications 
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • World Languages


As Dr. Thiele communicated on May 7, graduation and prom must be canceled. We are unable to hold prom but will develop a new plan for honoring and celebrating members of the Class of 2020 in a meaningful way on the rescheduled graduation day. We know these can never replace these traditional events, but we will do our best to honor the Class of 2020. More soon!

Any seniors who are interested in being our featured student speaker at graduation, holding another role in the graduation ceremony, or being featured in our senior video that will be released on May 22, should complete this application by Friday, May 8.