Class of 2024

Senior Class

Final Senior Update

WINGS program

The MAD WINGS Senior Experience supports development through the application of learning in community and business organizations. Students can career shadow, complete community service, volunteer at a Madison Pyramid School or complete an Independent Study.  The Senior WINGS Exhibition of Learning will be on Wednesday, May 29th. 

Students should arrive at the cafeteria by 8:30 a.m. to check in and begin setting up. Parents and Community members are invited and should enter Madison HS through door 1, Presentations will begin at 9:00 am and run on a randomized rotating schedule until 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. students who completed the exhibition of learning will receive their WINGS Graduation Cord and proceed to the main gym for laptop return and cap and gown distribution. 

Laptop Return

Seniors will return their laptops on May 29th following the Senior WINGS Exhibitions of Learning. Students must return the FCPS issued devices and their chargers.   

As you prepare to graduate and leave FCPS, it’s important to know that your Google Workspace account will be automatically deactivated once you are no longer actively enrolled in FCPS. This process happens during the summer, shortly after the end of the school year.  Once your account is deactivated, you will no longer be able to login to your FCPS Google Drive or access your FCPS Gmail. 

If you will no longer be an FCPS student after this school year, download or export any files you wish to keep before June 12th, 2024. The download process of files can take several days, so please make sure to give yourself plenty of time.

This year students have the option to use Google Takeout to export their files. Visit Google’s directions here: How to download your Google data using Takeout. It’s important to know that you will only be able to export files for which you are the owner. 

If you’d prefer to manually select files from your Drive to download, follow the Downloading Your Data instructions on the Google Workspace Information for Students and Parents page of the FCPS website. 

DO NOT WAIT to begin this process. Depending on the number of files you are trying to take out, this process can take days to complete. 

Senior Dues

Senior dues for the Class of 2024 are $100 and searchable and payable through the MySchoolBucks (MSB) school store.  Select “School Store” and then “Browse all items”.  Senior dues should be the first item. You can also search “Senior Dues”.  Senior dues provide for graduation expenses, programs for graduation, cap and gown, diploma, diploma cover, senior picnic, senior breakfasts, a senior class t-shirt, and additional expenses associated with senior year. The senior dues will not cover the end-of-the-year senior Kings Dominion trip.  If you are not sure if you paid senior dues, contact Linda Szabo at @email.

Yearbook - Limited Quantity available

We have a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase.  Please bring a check (made payable to JMHS) or cash for $70.00 to the Main Office.  Please write your child’s name on the memo line.  If you have a question, please email Michelle Taylor at @email.    

Kings Dominion Trip

Buses have been ordered and there are still a few spots available!  Our senior trip to Kings Dominion will occur on Friday, May 31st,  2024. The cost of the trip is $100. That includes private bus transportation to Kings Dominion and back as well as a discount ticket to the park. Prices at the gate will be about $80 so this is a very good deal. We will not be able to offer any refunds for the trip. (Tickets can be used on other dates during the summer if a student cannot go at the last minute). 

Please enter your senior’s information in this form if they are planning to go on the trip.  You can pay for the trip through this MySchoolBucks link.

 

Graduation Date and Location

Graduation will be held on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at DAR Constitution Hall.  

Graduation tickets 

Each senior will receive five tickets for graduation, with one additional ticket allotted to families that requested it. Families that completed the request for one extra ticket have been notified.  Students will receive the physical tickets in an envelope at the graduation rehearsal on Monday June 3rd.

Senior graduate walks at elementary schools

We have coordinated with many of the local elementary schools for a time when graduates may do a graduate walkthrough.  For the graduate walks please remember:

  • Graduates should wear their gowns
  • Graduates will need to provide their own transportation
  • There will not be a Madison staff member at the schools and therefore graduates must follow the directions of the elementary staff members in terms of timing, routes, etc.
  • All graduates should meet at the main door of the elementary school at the designated time and wait for the school staff to initiate the walkthrough.

Schools, dates, and times:

Wednesday May 29th, 2024

  • Westbriar Elementary                              1:30
  • Wolftrap Elementary                                1:30
  • Cunningham Park Elementary                 2:15
  • Flint Hill Elementary                                 2:15
  • Marshall Road Elementary                       2:15
  • Vienna Elementary                                   2:15
  • Louise Archer Elementary                       2:30
  • Thoreau Middle School                            2:30 (Outside of school only)  

Friday June 7th, 2024

  • Oakton Elementary                                      1:45

If you attended another FCPS elementary school not on this list and would like to know if they are doing a senior graduate walk, please reach out to that school directly as they might have coordinated a time with their pyramid high school.

All-Night Grad Party  

Buy your tickets now! All Night Grad info: A safe environment of non-stop entertainment, BIG prizes, and tons of fun celebrating the Class of 2024! The All Night Grad celebration is an alcohol/drug-free event, sponsored by the JMHS PTSA, and partially funded by community and business donations.

 

When: June 4th from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Where: Vienna Community Center

What to bring: Students must bring one of the following - a Madison ID, a Driver’s License or be able to show their StudentVue screen on their phone. 

Click here for tickets. Tickets are currently $90. Prices increase closer to the graduation date.

Graduation Ceremony - Specific information

Participation

Participation in the commencement exercises is a privilege and as such comes with certain expectations. Among these expectations are:

  • Seniors must have met all academic requirements for graduation.
  • Seniors must have settled all accounts with the Finance Office. This includes all school fees, fines, senior dues, and obligations. 
  • Seniors must attend Convocation on Thursday, May 30th, and Graduation Rehearsal on Monday, June 3rd.

Convocation/Graduation Rehearsal

All graduates planning on attending commencement at DAR must attend our Convocation and graduation rehearsals. 

  • Convocation: Thursday, May 30th at 10:00 in Madison’s Main Gym. Students should arrive at 9:30 at the main gym door and report to the auditorium. Convocation will function as a graduation rehearsal and should last about an hour. Seniors will be seated in rows that mimic DAR seating. Parents of senior award winners will receive an invitation to attend.  Seniors will wear their graduation gowns (no caps) at Convocation.  Convocation will be lived streamed at this Zoom link.
  • Graduation Rehearsal: Monday, June 3rd at 10:00 starting in the Auditorium. Students will view the senior slideshow, participate in a second graduation rehearsal, and receive their graduation tickets. Following these events, graduates are invited to attend the end-of-year picnic where senior t-shirts will be distributed. All events should wrap up around noon.

Caps and gowns will be distributed to seniors on Wednesday, May 29th, after senior laptop collection. Please be aware that all financial obligations including parking fines, outstanding Senior Class dues, etc. must be cleared in order for students to receive their cap, gown, and graduation tickets.  Payments for financial obligations not in myschoolbucks may be brought to the Main Office.

Graduation Ceremony

Everyone’s cooperation is needed to ensure a dignified ceremony. Each graduate deserves the same level of recognition and respect. Therefore, caps and gowns must be free of messages, and students should not bring noisemakers, beach balls, balloons, or other objects that might diminish this very important event. If you choose to bring a cell phone, please turn it off during the ceremony. DAR Constitution Hall provides security for their events and will immediately escort any violators from the ceremony.

Accessible Seating 

If seating arrangements are needed for someone with mobility needs, ASL interpretation, or other accommodation needs, please contact Erin Kennedy at @email to arrange for special accommodations by May 19, 2024.  Each guest with accommodation needs will still need a ticket that will count toward the five-ticket (5) limit.  If necessary, one adult may sit with the guest requiring special seating. 

Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the ceremony in person. We will publish the link in the weeks before graduation.

Dress Code

In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, graduates should dress professionally. Examples of appropriate dress include dress shirt with tie, dress or blouse, khaki or dark slacks (no shorts), dress shoes (no boots or sandals), and no sneakers, flip-flops, or t-shirts. Caps may not be decorated.                    

The FCPS dress code is still enforced, as this is a school event.  

Constitution Hall and Parking

The doors at Constitution Hall will open at 9:00 a.m. for guests. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. It is important for guests to arrive early as doors to the hall will close temporarily at 9:55 a.m. and will not reopen until after the processional. The two closest parking lots are Colonial Parking, located at 1800 G Street, NW, and Diplomat Parking, located at 1776 G Street, NW. The closest metro stop is Farragut West; it is about a seven-block walk from this stop to Constitution Hall. Guests must use the doors on 18th Street to enter the building. Please allow ample time to arrive as DC traffic and street closings can be unpredictable. 

Parking can be reserved in advance at local private parking garages.  It appears that the nearby ecolonial lots at 1800 G St. NW and 1776 G Street NW are no longer taking reservations.  One option to try is https://spothero.com which includes access to a number of parking garages near DAR Constitution Hall.  The park mobile app also provides the ability to reserve some street parking in advance but it is time and space limited.

 

Parking for people with disabilities is very limited in the area around Constitution Hall. DAR Constitution Hall access for persons with mobility disabilities is through the entrance doors on D Street. The ramp on D Street may be accessed by vehicles for dropping off patrons with mobility disabilities. The D Street ramp is at the lobby level. There is no parking on D Street Drive.  Families should plan on dropping off members with mobility disabilities and then parking in a nearby lot.

Transportation for Graduates

Graduates must be at DAR Constitution Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. Graduates are expected to provide their own transportation to DAR. If a graduate or their family does not have a means of transportation, they should contact their counselor and the school will assist with transportation in these cases. Graduates will not be able to carry items into DAR Constitution Hall. All items, including purses, should be left in vehicles or with families. 

Senior Photographs

A professional photographer will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma. Within 7-10 days of the ceremony, a link will be available on the Madison website to view and order pictures. Families may register now at this link to be notified when graduation photographs are available for viewing. All other photographers must remain in their seats; the use of tripods is not permitted.

Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

For those interested, graduation announcements, class rings, and other graduation-related merchandise may be purchased from Jostens at this link.  Please note that cap, gown, and tassels are provided by the school through your senior dues, there is no need to purchase additional ones through Jostens.

Video of Ceremony

A professional videographer will record the entire ceremony including when graduates receive their diploma. Order information to purchase a download or DVD of the ceremony is available through this link. There will also be a live stream available through this link for those unable to attend the ceremony in person. 

Senior Calendar of Events:

May 28 - TuesdayWINGS Experience Ends
May 29 - Wednesday

Senior WINGS Exhibitions of Learning 

 

Senior Laptop Collection, Cap & Gown Distribution, Yearbook Distribution

May 30 - Thursday

Convocation at 10:00 a.m.Seniors report to the Auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

  • Convocation is part of the rehearsal for Graduation; all seniors are required to attend. If the student is not present, it is assumed he/she is not taking part in the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Seniors will wear their gowns for Convocation (not caps).
  • Parents of seniors being recognized will receive an invitation via email.
  • Convocation will be lived streamed at this Zoom link.
May 31 - FridaySeniors Kings Dominion Trip, report to Auditorium by no later than 8:45 a.m.
June 3 - Monday

Senior Slide Show 10:00 a.m. - Auditorium

 

Distribution of Graduation tickets, following slide show

 

Senior Graduation Rehearsal, 10:45 a.m. on Baseball Field

Senior Picnic, 11:30 a.m. at Concessions Stand, last chance to pick up a senior t-shirt.

 

TENTATIVE: Baccalaureate (hosted by the PTSA and community leaders), 6:00 pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

June 4 - Tuesday

Graduation at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. at 10:00 am.

 

Seniors are to report to DAR Constitution Hall by 9:15 am. 

 

Please see the Class of 2024 page of the school website for all Graduation Information

June 4-5 - All nightAll Night Graduation Celebration 2024 will be held at the Vienna Community Center, at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Wednesday, June 5, at 5:00 a.m. Please visit the PTSA All Night Graduation website for more information and necessary paperwork.