Juneau Joins Laurel for K-12 Graduation Matters Kickoff Celebration

Thursday, April 18, 2013
By Allyson Hagen

Contacts: Jamie McCauley, Laurel Public Schools, 406-628-7911
Allyson Hagen, OPI, 406-444-3160

Juneau Joins Laurel for K-12 Graduation Matters Kickoff Celebration

Laurel, MT – On Thursday, April 18, Laurel Public Schools will kick off their Graduation Matters Laurel initiative with a day of assemblies, pledges to graduate, and remarks by motivational speakers, school leaders, students, Mayor Ken Olson and Superintendent Denise Juneau. Laurel High School students have designed a visual representation of the 27 students who dropped out of Laurel last year, and a student-designed logo by senior Megan McCann will be displayed on banners throughout the district.

Laurel Public Schools recently received a Graduation Matters Challenge Fund grant for $8,000 from the Office of Public Instruction to increase their graduation rate and ensure students graduate prepared for college and careers. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives.

Graduation Matters Laurel has set a goal of reducing the dropout rate and credit deficiencies by 50 percent by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. They plan on meeting this goal by using their Challenge Fund grant to develop parent and student advisory teams for middle and high school students, create a community mentor program, hold annual I Pledge to Graduate ceremonies and continue to promote Graduation Matters Laurel within the community. 

 WHO: Students from Kindergarten through high school, school leaders, Mayor Ken Olson, and Superintendent Denise Juneau

WHAT: The Graduation Matters Laurel kickoff will include assemblies for elementary, middle and high school students as well as an evening presentation for families and community members. Students will hear from school leaders, community leaders, students, Superintendent Juneau, and motivational speaker Ron Glodoski. Students of all ages will take the pledge to graduate.


Media is encouraged to attend the High School Assembly.        

Middle School Assembly, 12:45 – 2:00 pm, Laurel Middle School Gymnasium, 725 Washington Ave                     

High School Assembly, 2:10 – 3:35 pm, Laurel High School Auditorium, 203 E 8th Street

Family/Community Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Laurel High School Auditorium,   203 E 8th Street


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