Clatskanie Middle/High School and Rainier Jr./Sr. The high school is conducting senior graduation on Saturday, June 4th. The following story was first published in April. We’ve added new details to each Ceremony in this update.
Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) seniors graduating this June have an opportunity to celebrate more than just the end of their high school careers.
“Most seniors are looking forward to graduating, but this group has been through a lot with the pandemic, (and) they’re now seeing their hard work paying off,” said CMHS Director Jeff Williamson.
There are more than 300 students in the CMHS student body. Of those students, 42 are seniors and 40 are on the way to graduation, Williamson told The Chief.
Google’s move to Canvas online learning in Fall 2021 was one of several challenges weighing on CMHS seniors, who along with other students across the country had spent about two years adjusting to a brand new educational landscape.
“This (fall) semester has been tough,” said CMHS registrar Chris Boothe. “That was probably our biggest struggle to get students over this distance learning hump. (The challenge of) knowing and being successful in this platform is probably at the root of most of our hiccups.”
Williamson explained how the school administration met the challenge by developing a system to monitor student progress.
“At the beginning of the year Chris did all the reports for us to show the credits needed by the students,” he said. “So we’ve worked very hard with each senior to meet with them and go through their schedule to make sure they’re achieving everything they need to graduate.”
Other measures the school has taken to ensure student success have included “nearly daily” check-ins with high school seniors, college and career preparation classes, and the development of CMHS’s Freshman Success Framework.
“Earlier in the year, that was one of our frustrations because we get together with (seniors) and say you have to do this, do this, do this,” Williamson said. “They were successful at it and we proved that they would be successful. Then they started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Due to a waiver of COVID-19 regulations, the 2022 ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium, unlike last year’s, which was held entirely outdoors.
Williamson characterized the school’s atmosphere prior to June as one of high excitement, with the seniors anticipating their lives after graduation.
“Whether they’re going to trade school, college (or the) military, they’re very excited about the future,” he said. “We are happy to be a part of it.”
Clatskanie High School will hold their graduation ceremony on June 4th at 2:30 p.m. at the CMHS Gymnasium at 471 SW Bel Air Drive. Visit the Clatskanie School District website for more information.
Rainier Jr./Sr. Secondary school
Rainier Jr./Sr. The Principal, Graden Blue, also shared his insights into this year’s high school graduation.
There are currently 65 seniors on their way to graduating, Blue said, noting they’ve had to “work diligently” to stay on track amid the pandemic.
As with other schools, distance learning Rainier Jr./Sr. challenged. high school seniors. However, Blue said the situation has improved with the return to in-person learning.
“The return to face-to-face classes has been helpful for students to receive the attention needed to regroup and get back on track,” he said.
Blue concluded with advice for seniors.
“Students need to stay focused during these final months and not lose track of things. They’ll pass quickly,” he said. “You should check with the counselor and teachers to ensure they are meeting any required deadlines.”
School administrators help seniors do their job by “closely monitoring each senior to make sure they get the support they need,” Blue said.
Rainier Jr./Sr. Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th at 7pm in the school gym.