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2020 Class Motto - "Make it Happen" -unknown


Graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 at RLHS will be on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7pm outdoors at the Friess Athletic Complex.  In order to promote safety and adequate social distancing, spectators will be seated appropriately on the infield of the track while the graduates will be spaced apart appropriately in the stands.  We are trying to maximize the number of attendees, however due to restrications, each graduate will be provided a maximum of four tickets.  We will also be providing two chairs per family that will help organize the groups on the field. For additional attendees, we are asking for you to bring your own chair.  If more than four family members would like to attend, they can obtain tickets from other students that may not be using their tickets and sit in their own family's group.  At the beginning and also at the end of the ceremony, graduates will be making a lap on the track.  We will have a professional photographer capturing the moment as students cross the stage so family members will be able to remain seated during the ceremony.  If the weather does not cooperate, then the rain date will be the following day August 1st at 7pm.  More information to follow.

Please show up as close as possible to 6:30pm on the day of graduation by the flag pole in front of the cafeteria. We will be lining up at this time alphabetically in single file line with 6 feet spacing. Please refrain parents/friends from congregating in that area for pictures/etc. at that time.
Restrooms will be available for use and we will have additional sanitation stations available. We respectfully ask that all graduates and attendees limit interaction with others and respect the process for the health and safety of all participants. At this time, with our plan to provide social distancing, masks will not be required but are suggested by the Barron County Health Department.  


Practice will be held on the football/soccer field at the high school on Tuesday, July 28th. Students with the last name A - L will do a walkthrough from 9 AM - 10 AM, and students with the last name M - Z will do a walkthrough from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.  Students will get their cap and gown following their practice. If a student cannot attend their scheduled practice, please contact Lacy Groth, by email at to make arrangements. Once again, the ceremony is for recognition only.  If a student does not attend, it has no impact on his or her official transcript or graduation status.

Diplomas will be given to the graduate when we collect the gowns directly following the ceremony as we have done in the past. If someone is not in attendance, the diploma can be picked up at the Rice Lake High School office after July 31st. Graduates will also be able to take their senior poster home the evening of the ceremony. 

Academic Career Plan
Seniors are expected to have a completed Academic Career Plan - ACP (formerly e-portfolio) prior to graduation.  This ACP must be completed to go on the senior trip, participate in graduation ceremonies and to receive a diploma.  Use the following link to locate resources on fulfilling the necessary requirements for the ACP - Senior ACP

Senior Pictures
Seniors, we need your senior pictures.  Please send these to Mr. Panasuk by  February 1, 2020.  Color pictures work the best with vertical orientation.  Most photographers in the area will do this for you if requested.

Transcript Information
In order to access final transcript information, all students need to register with Parchment at  This will allow students to be able to request and send transcripts to their preferred destinations online.  Students will need to set up an account with Parchment.  This is a free service to all students.  Even though you register with Parchment now, transcripts will not be sent out until June.
Be sure to change the email address associated with your Parchment account (to a non-school district email address) so that you can continue using your account after graduation - Click Here for Directions

Senior Scholarship Award Recognition
The scholarship program this year will be held virtually on June 7 at 7pm from the high school.  Students receiving scholarships will be contacted ahead of time and will be invited to the virtual ceremony.  However, students will not know what scholarship(s) they will be receiving until that day.

Seniors, please be sure to check the following scholarship link below for a wide variety of scholarships that you may be eligible for through student services.  Be sure to check back frequently for the list is continuously changing.
Senior School Files and Emails
Attention seniors, please click on the following link to see information from DTO regarding your school files and emails.  Files and emails

Senior Panorama
This year's senior panorama will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020.  Students will assemble during homeroom on this date in the Ole Olsen Gym for their class picture.  Order forms will be handed out to students prior to Christmas break.  More information to follow.
NOTE:  Order forms did not arrive until after Christmas break.  Students will be given panorama order forms on Thursday, January 2, 2020 during homeroom.  Any student wishing to order a senior panorama must bring their completed order form and money to the gymnasium on Jan. 6th.

Cap and Gown Order Information 
On Monday, November 18th, 2019 seniors will be receiving informational packets regarding cap and gown ordering information.  Please take time to review this with your son/daughter due to it containing time sensitive materials.  It is recommended that orders be placed on-line or by mailing in the necessary forms to Herff Jones.  It is important to note that orders will NOT be collected at school by any high school staff member.  Cost for cap, gown and tassel unit will be $25 +tax ($26.38).   The handling fee for this will be waived if this is the only thing being ordered.  You may access the        Herff Jones website directly by clicking on the link itself for their full line of products or click on the following link to order just the cap and gown unit for       Rice Lake High School-Cap Gown.   

*NOTE - A representative from Herff Jones will be at RLHS on Tuesday, December 10th from 5-7pm and Wednesday, December 11th from 11-1pm in the south lobby to answer questions that students and/or parents may have and to collect any completed packet order forms.  

Cap and Gown Order Due Date -
Orders for ONLY the cap/gown/tasel unit are due by Monday, January 13, 2020.  All handling fees are waived for this order.

ANY other order that includes ANY additional items other than the cap/gown/tasel unit are due by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.   These orders are subjected to a handling fee.

Senior Class Speaker   Congratulations to Rivers Heathman for being selected as this year's class speaker!
Any senior who is considering in trying out for the senior class speaker at this year's graduation will need to click on the following link regarding related information.  For now, all those trying out will need to contact your class advisers and submit a video recording of you giving the speech.  COMMENCEMENT SPEECH GUIDELINESFINAL.doc

Senior Class Trip CANCELLED

*Your senior co-advisers for the 2019-2020 school year are Dale Zuzek & Paul Thurston.  They can be reached at 715-234-2181.