Dear Panthers and Panther Parents,

I hope everyone has been able to get some rest and relaxation this summer. As the beginning of school, August 10th, is right around the corner.

We are excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Our orientation days are upon us. Please do your best to be in attendance at your grade level orientation. They are as follows:

  • Seniors (12th) – July 27th, 8:00 a.m.*
  • Juniors (11th) – July 27th, 12:00 p.m.
  • Sophomores (10th) – July 28th, 12:00 p.m.
  • Freshmen (9th) – July 28th, 8:00 a.m.

Orientation will start in the gym, where we will welcome you and explain the orientation process. You will have some options as far as Assessment Fees are concerned. We will again offer the regular assessment fee of $25 which includes your ID, lanyard, ID holder, school folder, and schedule. Option 2 is the $40 assessment fee, which includes the above mentioned items and student entry to all home sporting events (excluding playoff games and jamborees), concerts, and theater performances. This does not include Prom or the Homecoming Dance, as those are separate events hosted by various classes.

There is also the option to purchase a parking pass, a locker, school shirts and sweatshirts, and a yearbook. None of these are required to be purchased. Obviously you will need a school shirt to wear Monday thru Thursday, but you may purchase white collared polo style shirts any place that sells them in solid white. Purple school shirts must be purchased from Woodlawn High, as no other entity has permission to sell purple school shirts, with the Woodlawn “W” embroidered on the chest.

The PTO will have a table set up where you may join our PTO organization and/or purchase a spirit shirt. This year students will be allowed to wear a Woodlawn High t-shirt on Fridays, with school khakis. These may be from any sport, club, or school approved organization. Shirts representing other schools are not allowed at any time. We want to promote our school and build pride for Woodlawn High, not other schools.

After students receive their schedules, if there are any corrections to be made, our counselors will be on hand to assist with those corrections. From that point students will report to the library to take their ID picture and receive their ID as well as receive their textbooks. We look forward to an exciting school year as we are preparing our students for success at the next level in whatever it is they choose to pursue.

* Seniors will take their Cap and Gown pictures at orientation. These pictures will be used in the yearbook. So please make sure you are prepared to take your picture that day. Hair and makeup should be ready to go, should you choose. We have decided to replace Drape and Tux pictures, with Cap and Gown, as our Seniors will be graduating in roughly 9 months.