Senior Tea is back to kick off ORHS Graduation Season 2022!

After a 2-year hiatus, Senior Tea has returned and will again be hosted by the PTSO, Senior parents and the ORHS English Department.

All Seniors (whether currently taking an English class or not) are invited to dress up as their favorite author or literary character to attend this traditional afternoon tea on April 20, 2022 at 2:15 pm, celebrating their upcoming graduation and successful completion of their English studies at ORHS.  Prizes will be awarded for best costumes!

Parents are needed to volunteer and donate home-made food, ingredients, or funds to help make this time-honored tradition a success.

Please contact us if you have any questions at ORHSSeniorTea@gmail.com and visit SignUpGenius to donate or volunteer!


Graduation Celebration - Volunteers Are Needed to Continue this Great Oak Ridge Tradition

The last two years have reduced our leadership team and volunteer pool drastically, and we are in dire need of assistance to continue offering this wonderful event for our students. We will need volunteers on the night of the event (Friday, May 20) and we truly need people to help with the planning now to make this year a success. Even more importantly, we need to build a team to sustain this vital community event into the future. Without a strong leadership team, in place this year, I fear Graduation Celebration will not continue for future graduating classes.

Graduation Celebration is a free, all-night party we provide to the graduates of ORHS (and OR home schoolers) – to keep them safe and happy on this special night (www.graduationcelebration.org). In the 25 years the committee has hosted this event, there have been no drug/alcohol related accidents on graduation night for ORHS students. Of all the alcohol-related fatalities involving teens each year, about one-third of them take place during prom and graduation season. Graduation Celebration is a small but important thing we do for our kids, and they really enjoy this last big party with their fellow students. We are always thrilled that over 80% of the graduating class attends each year.

We are slowly rebuilding after COVID, and this year we will again be going to the Main Event because of planned (and much-needed) construction / repairs at the Civic Center, lingering uncertainty about any COVID impacts, and a severe lack of volunteers. Ultimately we hope to return to the Civic Center, when the facility is ready to host and we have the leadership team and volunteer pool to pull it off.

This year, we plan to convene all the seniors in the Civic Center gym to register, have some food and hopefully some activities for an hour or so for a fun pre-party, and then we will bus everyone to the Main Event. We need volunteers – we are estimating a total of 50 or so – some to help at the pre-party, and some to help at the Main Event (the total duration is something like 10pm – 5am, so people work in shifts).

Could you, or anyone you know, offer your time? If you want to help, a little or a lot, please email me. If you think of anyone who might be interested, particularly people with younger kids who wouldn’t want to miss out on attending Graduation Celebration when they graduate in the future, please do forward this.

At the risk of sounding alarmist, I fear this is a pivotal time for the survival of this event. If we can’t rebuild our planning team and volunteer base now, I don’t see it being around in 2023.

Thanks so much for any help,
Angie (Graduation Celebration bookkeeper/donations chair)

Welcome back to all returning families, and a WELCOME to all incoming 9th grade students and families.

Our students are fortunate to be at a school with an outstanding administration and exceptional faculty and staff. They all strive to fulfill the mission of promoting health, well-being, and educational success for ALL students. It is through your support of the PTSO that we join in that mission.

The Parent Teacher Student Organization serves our high school community in many ways. We provide a forum to discuss issues and concerns, inform families through newsletters, hold an Open House in August, and have parent seminars on a variety of topics.

We show appreciation for our teachers through various hospitality events, celebrate the success of seniors by hosting a Senior Tea, and by giving Senior Packets to all seniors at graduation.

Also, PTSO uses donated funds to grant teacher requests for specific items that cannot be covered under the shrinking classroom budgets. We accept requests from teachers in all departments, and fund grant requests for a wide variety of needs.

To accomplish this support, we need volunteer support and donations from families. Please fill out the PTSO donation/volunteer form. PTSO offers anyone the ability to get involved and make a real difference in the academic and social success of their child. No contribution is too small and all are greatly appreciated.

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