Include Student Achievements but not Scholarship Awards in Graduation Written Program

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Part 1:  Sayville High school has chosen to remove all student recognition in their written high school graduation program.  Students who have achieved any high honors such as a diploma with distinction or a member of the National Honor Society will NOT be included in the written program.

This decision was made in an effort to be sensitive to students who may not have achieved high honors or may not want their level of diploma shared. However, this decisions penalizes the accomplishments of the students who did achieve such successes.

This decisions was made without input from students and parents.

Part 2: Sayville High School includes in the written gradation program the colleges/universities that have awarded students scholarships to attend their schools.  They do not notify families that the reason they request such information from families is so that it can be included in the program.  They DO NOT include the decision the student has made for the future - i.e. college/university/trade school/undecided.  It is not included to be sensitive to students/families who may not be happy with the final decision of the student's future.

The goal of this petition is two fold:  

#1 To include high honor achievements of students while finding a compromise to ensure that sensitive information is not shared by families who do not wish to have such information included in the program.

#2 To have each individual family decide if they would like to share the plans of their child's future.

As a parent of a child who has worked very, very hard to achieve high grades and to become a member of such groups of the National Honor Society, I feel the high school is doing a disservice to all our students by not recognizing those individuals who have worked hard for their accomplishments.  Students of Sayville High School are encouraged to take high level classes, to participate in clubs, sports and to be involved.  They are encouraged to distinguish themselves from the group. Now at the end other high school careers, at graduation, is where these efforts should be recognized.  



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