2020 Spring Special Events

Eventos especiales 2020

**Important Update effective 7/13/2020**

Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

July 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Skyview Lake Park

Back-up plan for inclement weather includes two ceremonies at NHS.  More complete details in 7/14 letter from Mr. Ippensen.    

Prom/Post Prom scheduled for 7/18/2020 has been canceled.   Prom King and Queen will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on July 18 via Twitter (@mr_ippensen).


The 4th Quarter of the 2020-2021 school year has been a challenge with the building shutdown of Covid-19.  Although all scheduled school activities and events through the end of the school year have been cancelled, there are a few key events that we feel it is important to try to accommodate by postponing or altering the participation of our NHS student body. 

On 4/13/2020, the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education approved the following alternate plans:

1. NHS Graduation: July 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Graduation will occur on July 26, 2020 in one of three ways: traditional, alternate, or virtual.  Regardless, graduation will be held on this date and at this time, so please mark your calendars.   More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date.
    • Traditional: Our sincere hope is that the DHM restrictions will be lifted and we can hold a traditional graduation ceremony in the NHS gym.
    • Alternative: If the DHM restrictions have changed, but not sufficiently enough to hold a traditional graduation ceremony, we will offer some alternative options. 
    • Virtual: If the DHM restrictions remain very strict we will provide some version of a virtual ceremony that includes Class of 2020 photos and honored speakers streamed for public viewing. 
    • (On 6/8/2020 the Board of Education approved a 4th graduation option.) Outdoor Traditional Ceremony: if the DHM restrictions allow, an outdoor ceremony may be held at Skyview Lake.  Many details remain to be worked out regarding social distancing, public health requirements, etc. 
  • Graduation Letter from Mr. Ippensen (05/07/2020)
  • Graduation Letter from Mr. Ippensen (06/08/2020)
  • Graduation Letter from Mr. Ippensen (07/14/2020)
  • Norfolk High School Graduation Live Broadcast - Sunday, July 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m.      News Channel Nebraska will broadcast the ceremony live on NCN 35.1 and online at ncnsportsnow.com. 
    • Starting at 1:00 p.m., News Channel Nebraska will broadcast the LIFE program Completion Ceremony and Senior Honors Night prior to the live graduation broadcast.  

2. NHS Graduation Rehearsal: July 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at NHS gym

3. Alternatives for Success (AFS) Graduation: July 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Arts Center

  • AFS Graduation will occur on July 23, 2020 in one of two ways: traditional, or virtual.  This decision will be based on any current DHM orders in effect at the time. Regardless, graduation will be held on this date and at this time, so please mark your calendars. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date.

4. NHS Honors Night: July 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Honors Night ceremony will be hosted virtually to honor our graduates. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen and/or the Counseling Center as we get closer to this date.
  • Starting at 1:00 p.m. on July 26, 2020, News Channel Nebraska will broadcast the LIFE program Completion Ceremony and Senior Honors Night prior to the live graduation broadcast on NCN 35.1 and online at ncnsportsnow.com.

5. “Prom Alternative”: July 18, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • This will only occur if the DHM restrictions are lifted by this date.  If DHM restrictions remain in place, the event will be cancelled with no plans to reschedule.  More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to this date. 
  • Tentative Details:
    • Juniors and Seniors, and their dates, are invited to attend.
    • This will be a condensed Prom/Post-Prom combination event held at NHS.
    • Royalty coronation and a dance will be hosted in the small gym.  Post-prom games and activities in the big gym.
    • Casual attire (school appropriate)
  • Update:  Prom Letter from Mr. Ippensen (sent 7/14) reads: 
    • To 2019-2020 Juniors and Seniors and their parents:
      The “Alternative Prom/Post Prom” event considered for this weekend (7/18/2020) has been canceled.  Although the school had hoped to provide our 2019-2020 junior and senior classes with this social opportunity, we did not feel we could effectively meet social distancing and disinfecting requirements - given the type of activities that would occur.  Your safety is our highest priority.   
      Prom King and Queen will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on July 18 via Twitter (@mr_ippensen). 
      Thank you for your understanding,
      Mr. Ippensen

6. Summer School: 

  • We are working on an on-line option to be offered to Senior High students during the month of June. Details have not been finalized. More details will be shared by Mr. Ippensen as we get closer to the end of the school year.

Our school district administration has participated in multiple conversations with the NE Commissioner of Education and Governor Ricketts.  We have made these decisions based on their guidance.

  • Directed Health Measure (DHM): “No School or Extra-curricular Activities through May 31st.” (Ricketts)
  • “Schools should not expect to have kids in classrooms until next Fall.” (Ricketts)
  • “Graduation will be tough to plan. Don’t expect to hold graduation until the second half of summer at the earliest. Restrictions will be lessened gradually. Planning anything other than virtual before August will be risky.” (Ricketts)
  • “I do not expect that we will be able to run Summer School in the traditional sense.” (Commissioner)

The Board of Education will make the final decision regarding graduation at the 7/13/2020 board meeting.

Please check back to this webpage often.  As we update the details for these special events we will include those details here.  

We hope all students, and their families, are doing well during this uncertain time.  We truly hope we get the opportunity to see some of you again in the near future at one of the postponed events, and look forward to seeing everyone in current grades 9-11 in the fall.  Seniors, we wish you the very best of luck in your journey following graduation.