Class of 2020
Information posted on this page will be updated when appropriate as decision are made re: information relevant to the Class of 2020.
The information below outlines the current graduation ceremony plan for the c/o 2020 students.
Hazen students will be filmed walking across the stage on June 3rd and 4th. Participation in filming does not guarantee graduation. Only completing all WA State and RSD Requirements for graduation will allow students to receive a diploma. The graduation commencement ceremony will air on the RSD You Tube Channel on June 15th.
To graduate and earn a diploma, seniors will need to continue to complete coursework for required classes through June 12th. Seniors ARE NOT FINISHED WITH SCHOOL ON JUNE 4TH.
The last day of school for seniors is June 12th.
The televised commencement ceremony on June 15th marks the end of high school for the Class of 2020.
Please note, students will only have their designated times to be filmed walking across the stage at the IKEA Performing Arts Center. There will not be additional or alternative times provided. Students will receive their filming time on Wednesday, May 27th.
Students who fail to submit their High School and Beyond Plan, WA State History Requirement and/or are not making adequate progress in Credit Recovery classes will NOT receive a time for filming.
Students who need support crossing the stage will be scheduled first on June 3rd. We will be in contact with individual families for students who may need additional support for the stage crossing.
We are aware not all students have their cap and gowns. We are partnering with Josten’s to determine how to distribute the remaining caps and gowns. Please wait for this information.
Dress code, behavior expectations, and a video demonstrating the “walk” through the performing arts center are coming soon.
We are working on a plan for distribution of Honor Cords and Award Medals. It is likely these items will be distributed to students during their staging time on June 3rd/4th.
Renton Schools has two options for graduation.
We’ve worked to develop plans that gets the closest to the wishes of our seniors while adhering to the new requirements for graduations that were released by the Washington State Department of Health on May 14 (read here).
Option #1 Senior Graduation Walk,
June 1-4, 2020
(preferred method; but only available if Washington State has moved to Phase 2 of governor’s reopening plan):
Seniors who are on track to meet all graduation requirements will be invited to participate in a Senior Graduation Walk to receive their diploma cover while wearing their cap and gown. This walk will be recorded by professional videographers and professional photos will be taken of each graduate (as in previous graduation ceremonies these photos will be available for purchase). The video of the graduation walk, as well as student and staff speeches, will be used to create a virtual graduation ceremony that will premiere on the Renton School District YouTube page on Monday, June 15.
The Graduation Walk for Hazen High's 2020 graduates will take place over two days at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School campus June 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 4, 8-10 a.m. In order to ensure we are able to follow social distancing guidelines, graduates will be assigned a specific time.
If a student is unable to participate in the Graduation Walk with their high school, their yearbook photo will be used as a part of the virtual graduation ceremony.
On the day and time of the assigned Graduation Walk, Seniors will arrive in their cap and gown and adhere to the graduation dress code. Students must arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the assigned time.
- Vehicles will enter the parking lot on South 2nd Street and exit in the back of the lot onto Logan Ave South.
- Vehicles will park in the lot and graduates will walk around to the front entrance on South 2nd Street to check in. No one else is allowed out of the vehicle or in the venue.
- Seniors must wear a mask to enter the venue. They may remove it immediately before “walking." No purses, backpacks or personal items may be brought in.
- Students will wait in line (spaced out 6 or more feet) until it is time to walk across the stage.
- No convening on campus will be allowed. Students must leave immediately after exiting.
Option #2: Virtual Graduation
If Washington State is still in “Phase 1”, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health will not allow us to do any in person activity, we will create a virtual graduation with videotaping of a mock ceremony and a slideshow of seniors (students’ yearbook photos will be used). This virtual graduation ceremony will premiere on the district’s YouTube page on Monday, June 15.
We will also explore options to allow this year’s graduates to participate in next school year’s (2020-2021) graduation ceremony.
- OLIVER M. HAZEN AWARD APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 22
- AP Exams
- 22 CREDITS ARE STILL REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
- Senior Wills due by May 11
- Senior Class Meetings
- Josten's Hosts Drive-thru Pick-up Event
The Oliver M. Hazen award is one of the highest honors at Senior can earn at Hazen High School. To be an Oliver M. Hazen award winner, students must be well-rounded and contributors to Hazen in many different facets. In order to apply, students must have earned at least a 3.5 and have participated in multiple extra-curricular activities. Award winners will be honored in our graduation program and through online formats this year. Download this application
From all students, we need the following photos uploaded to Replayit. If students would like to tell us more about these photos, we would love them to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Photos of favorite memories
- Photos of seniors who grew up together
- Photos from the learning challenges
- Photos of Students with their pets
- Photos of them with their “most prized quarantine possession” (Can be serious or silly)
- Photos of how they were passing time during quarantine before school started back up
- Photos and quotes about on-lone schooling experiences. The kids would love photos of them doing art, Phys ed, music, and CTE classes.
- New-found hobbies during quarantine
- Photos of students who were essential workers
- Photos of Zooming/ Facetiming during quarantine
- Photos of birthdays during quarantine/ car parades
Sports pages are due in two weeks! From athletes who didn’t get to play Spring sports, upload photos to Replayit and tell us about your experiences and thoughts at email@example.com.
- Senior Athletes and their favorite memories/ experiences with the teams over the years
- Photos in pre-season
- Photos of conditioning from home
- Creative sports from home
- Underclassman who planned to tryout for the first time
- Siblings who would have played together and if they are sporting from home
- How teams are still doing stuff virtually
Students can still buy yearbooks on the school website. https://wa-renton.intouchreceipting.com/
Because we are school publication that adheres to laws regarding school publications, The Kilt reserves the right to edit or deny publication to any will submitted. Anything inappropriate or questionable, (see below) will be denied without negotiation or notification. Wills may not exceed 100 words (not counting the short answer portion that goes above the wills.
The following will not be accepted for publication:
- Acronyms *Can be taken out if not approved
- Vulgar or obscene language of any kind
- Derogatory slurs
- Double entendres with inappropriate secondary meanings
- references to sex, drugs, alcohol or violence,
- Inappropriate nicknames
- Advocating illegal behavior
-Violates policies in student handbook
Example of an acceptable will:
Lauren L. – Slurpee runs; Joshua K. – my math skills; Rebekka Z. – mini cupcakes; My brother – all my spirit clothes; Journalism class – lots of pizza; Tennis – many wins next season.
*This example is approximately 30 words.
Please include with your Will
Clubs, sports, activities you participated in at Hazen
Your high school theme song
Your will (cannot exceed 100 words)
Jostens is hosting a drive-thru pick up event at Hazen High School on May 5th from 1-4 pm
They will have items students have ordered such as caps and gowns and announcements. Time slots for students to pick up will be announced in the immediate future. If the stay-at-home order continues, we will organize an alternate system for delivery.
- Request to Waive Community Service Requirement
- Class of 2020 FAQs
- High School & Beyond Plan
- Grading System During In-Home Learning
- Career Center
- Graduation Requirements Policy
In accordance with district Procedure 2414P, the principal or designee will determine waiver of this graduation requirement and will grant waivers when appropriate. Written requests for waivers may also be initiated by the parents/guardians or the student of legal age (18 and over). Requests must be submitted by May 29, 2020.
Please send this request to the Hazen High School Waiver email address: HHS.Waiver@rentonschools.us
Community Service Requirement
Students are required to complete 20 hours of community service as part of their high school graduation requirements.
The project may be completed through participation in school activities (e.g., National Honor Society, Key Club, athletic teams, etc.) as well as other acceptable community activities.
- Community service hours are typically completed outside of school time. Additionally, the work must be voluntary in nature and not tied to any class credit or pay.
- It is recommended that the community service be related to the student’s career exploration or to a cause about which the student feels passionate.
- Written requests for waivers shall be addressed to the Principal and will be granted when appropriate, in accordance with Procedure 2414P.
Superintendent’s Certificate of Merit
A Certificate of Merit will be issued to high school students meeting the requirements below. This recognition is designed to honor those students who demonstrate a deep commitment to serving their community by going far above and beyond the graduation requirement for community service. Community service hours may be accumulated annually or throughout the high school career. Students will keep a written log and hours must be verifiable.
- A bronze-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 80-99 hours of community service.
- A silver-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 100-119 hours of community service.
- A gold-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 120+ hours of community service.
Class of 2020 FAQ’s
How do I meet graduation requirements?
See graduation requirements for the Class of 2020.
The basic requirements are:
- 22 total credits in specific areas
- Meeting graduation pathways requirements in ELA and Mathematics
- High School & Beyond Plan
- WA State History requirement
- Community Service (this requirement can be waived by the principal or designee - see request form on your high school website)
Seniors should be working on assignments, activities, or project-based learning projects as outlined by their teachers to earn a letter grade in your classes. Counselors are continuing to reach out to seniors to make personalized plans toward graduation. Seniors are welcome to contact their teachers and counselors if they have any questions about their graduation status.
What does it mean to be on track to graduate? How do I know if I’m on track to graduate?
If you were on track to graduate, you will still graduate this spring. “On-track to graduate” means that you have successfully completed or are enrolled in courses that would allow you to meet state graduation requirements by the end of this year. Counselors will continue to contact seniors who are off track for graduation. Please reach out to your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
How will I be graded?
Teachers will be grading on a letter grade system of A-D or give an I – Incomplete. Teachers will establish grading rubrics in alignment with their content departments.
What happens if I get an incomplete?
Please work with your counselor to understand how getting an incomplete would affect your ability to graduate and what alternatives there are.
Do I continue Running Start or online courses?
Yes, please continue to take and complete all Running Start and online courses that you had already started before the school closure or began after the school closure.
Is state testing canceled? What if I was planning on taking a state test to meet a graduation requirement?
Yes, state testing has been canceled due to the school closure. In Washington State there are many ways that you can meet the state assessment requirement for graduation. Your school counselor will be connecting with you if you need to meet this requirement to discuss what other options are available.
Can credits be waived for the class of 2020?
The district applied for and was granted the ability to waive credits on an emergency basis. These requests will go through your counselor at a later date and if granted will show up on your transcript as “waived”. While credits may be waived, graduation pathway requirements cannot.
I was planning to take the World Language Credit by Proficiency exam. Will this be rescheduled? What about the Seal of Biliteracy?
World Language exams will not be held this spring. Seniors should check with their counselors if they believe they need World Language credit for graduation or college entrance purposes as many colleges have indicated they are relaxing their entrance requirement rules this spring. Students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy will still receive it on their diploma.
What if I was planning on taking a state assessment to meet a graduation requirement?
In Washington state there are many ways that you can meet the state assessment requirements for graduation. Your school counselor will be connecting with you if you need to meet this requirement to discuss what other options are available.
I am taking Bridge to College so that I can meet my math/ELA requirement for graduation. Will I still earn credit for this course?
Yes, if you receive an A-D letter grade. We are working to ensure that all students enrolled in Bridge to College classes will earn the credit they need to fulfill this requirement. Please check your email and be in touch with your teacher about what will be required. Students still need a ‘B’ or above to be eligible for the college placement agreement for College Composition and/or specified entry-level college math courses at participating Washington institutions of higher education.
Is AP testing happening?
Yes. AP test(s) will be taken remotely. This information is being updated on the College Board website. Your AP teacher will continue to reach out to you through email and will share information as it is available. Please also see the College Board website for more information by following this link here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/
What is happening with IB testing?
IB tests have been canceled. Grades and credits received this year will carry the same value as they have in the past. You will be submitting coursework to your teachers; they will connect with you directly.
The High School and Beyond Plan is a State graduation requirement and will not be waived in light of the transition to online learning.
Seniors who have completed this requirement must contact their advisory teacher to get the requirement fulfilled before the due date. Earning a high school diploma is dependent upon getting this requirement completed. Don’t delay, do it today.
Deadline for High School and Beyond Plan has been extended to Friday, May 8. Please contact your home room advisor with completion questions.
High School Grading
High school students and middle school students earning high school credits (e.g., Algebra, Geometry, Spanish I) will be graded in the following manner for the third trimester of the 2019-2020 school year:
- Letter Grades (A through D):
- Students will complete assignments, activities, and assessments.At the end of the course, students will receive a traditional letter grade on their high school transcript.
- Attendance will not be a factor when determining student grades.
- If students are unable to complete enough work for the course to earn a letter grade in accordance with the teacher’s grading practice, then the student will earn an Incomplete (I) on their transcript.
- Incomplete (I):
- The Incomplete will be converted to a letter grade by one of the following: contract with the teacher to establish assignments or assessments which must be completed by an agreed upon timeline; taking the course in the following year; completing an online course.
- Students who did not engage in the class at all via remote learning shall retake the class or complete the class as online credit recovery.
- We will establish further guidelines on the conversion of incompletes to letter grades A-D.
For students with grading accommodations in Individual Education Plans (IEPs), pass/fail will require a change in the Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) from pass/fail to pass/incomplete. IEP case managers will contact families to reflect this change.
Another consideration during this time is access and resources for students and families. It is not our intention to have students penalized for inability to access online coursework. While we have been able to provide Chromebooks and hot spots to many, we realize that an increased demand for technology supports is likely. We will continue to contact families, particularly those of students who haven’t yet engaged, to identify and remove barriers to access. I also encourage you to alert school personnel if your student’s access to learning has been interrupted.
Should you have any questions regarding grades, please contact your child’s principal.