Riverside Letter to Class of 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of the class of 2020,

At the April 23, 2020 meeting of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, several important decisions were made that will impact you as you prepare for graduation. The district was approved to request a waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to eliminate the Civic Test requirement for graduation. If you did not pass the Civics Test prior to the closure of schools, but have met other requirements for graduation, you will be able to graduate.

Additionally, graduation requirements have been modified for the students in the graduation cohorts of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. If you meet the credits required in Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 18.03, then you will graduate. Credits required include:
a. 4 credits of English
b. 3 credits of math
c. 3 credits of social studies (No specific course requirements)
d. 3 credits of Science
e. 0.5 credits of Health
f. 1.5 credits of Physical Education

If you recently transferred into MPS, the school counselor will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses count toward graduation. Counselors will reach out to families to inform them of their students’ status. If a student was currently enrolled in a class, and was passing at Term 3, they will pass the course. You can check your grades in the Campus Student Portal. Teachers will be providing enrichment to students who are passing to better prepare you for college and career readiness.
If you were currently enrolled in a class, but are not passing at Term 3 snapshot, here are the options available to you:
• Teachers will have reviewed snapshot grades and will have considered any new evidence or make up work. Check your student portal account to see if your grade has updated.
• We will contact you about opportunities to enroll in a specialized course to earn credit. English learners and students with disabilities will have support if this option is chosen.
• Your teacher may continue to work with you to help you pass your current course.
All grades for second semester will be Pass/Fail. If you still need to complete graduation requirements, watch for information about June and July summer school. There will be opportunities for earning credit and participating in credit recovery for classes where you have earned a D or F.

We understand that this has not been the senior year or the graduation season that you or your student(s) anticipated. We are planning exciting events to celebrate this milestone accomplishment with your child. Since we are unable to provide some of the events anticipated for seniors, we are reimbursing a portion of the senior fees paid by your family. Below you will find a breakdown of the senior fees and a list of the items that are being refunded. The items that we are not refunding will be provided for your student for their senior memorabilia. All refunds to seniors will be based on the amount paid and the method of payment. Thank you and congratulations to your family on the impending graduation,

Senior Fees – Total Charged for the Class of 2020 = $135.00

The Senior Fee is based on the following:
* Gown, Tassel, and Mortarboard: $25
* Diploma and Diploma Cover: $5
* RUHS Memorabilia Souvenir: $5
* Five Announcements: $5
* Senior Class T Shirt: $10
* Senior Picnic and Graduation Rehearsal Refreshments: $10
* Graduation Ceremony: $20
* Year book: $55

Reimbursement to seniors that paid the fee in full = $35.00
* Five Announcements: $5
* Senior Picnic and Graduation Rehearsal Refreshments: $10
* Graduation Ceremony: $20

The remaining items covered by the senior fee (graduation garb, diploma cover, souvenir, class t-shirt, year book) have already been purchased and will be provided to your senior. If you have not yet paid your fees, or have a balance, please consider making payments on the website mypaymentsplus.com.

Please see the attached schedule for distribution of senior items that will occur on Monday, May 11th, and/or Tuesday, May 12th. Seniors who still need to show proficiency in a required course for graduation will have another time to pick up materials from Riverside once the teacher has determined evidence of proficiency. Please call the main office if you have questions about this item. We are asking senior families to enter the Riverside parking lot at the assigned time and follow the arrows for drive up service at exit 6 (Main Gym entrance). Here, we will have you pay the balance of your senior fee if applicable, and receive all the senior items commemorating this special time in your senior’s educational journey.

If you have any questions please email me at laskyjm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or call the main office at 906-4900.

Principal Lasky
Riverside University High School

Senior Pick-Up Schedule
May 11th, 2020
Time Student Last Name range
8:00 am – 9:00 am Abdi – Boothe
9:00 am – 10:00 am Brady – Clark
10:00 am – 11:00 am Clay – Eccles
11:00 am – 11:30 am No NEW arrivals
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
ONLY STUDENTS with AP TEST CONFLICTS (Janiya Whitney-Hill, Amaun Williams, Arlinda Yang, Jacobi Jackson, Kashayla Hayes, Calvin Thao, Plaski Vue, Tou Thao,
Chee Moua Vang, Kamirah Taylor, Kamiyah Thompson, Lilliana Rodriguez, Luz Sanchez, Naree Thao, Tristan Schupp)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Edwards – Grady
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Gramajo – Hollins
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hollowell – King

May 12th, 2020
Time Student Last Name range
8:00 am – 9:00 am Kirk – McMillian
9:00 am – 10:00 am Medel – Odom
10:00 am – 11:00 am Olivares – Roberts
11:00 am – 11:30 am No NEW arrivals
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Robinson – Taylor
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Thames – Vang
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Vannavong – Williams
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Wince – Young