Return to Headlines

Principal's Weekly Message - 6/6/2021



This is Ian Solomon, Principal of Leesville Road High School sharing the latest news and upcoming events.




Graduation 2021 Update

WCPSS has eased capacity restrictions for graduation events. This now allows each LRHS graduate participating in a ceremony (the large ceremony and the pod ceremony) to receive SIX tickets rather than four to both the Assembly and Commencement ceremonies.  You do not need to do anything to receive the two extra tickets; the graduate will simply receive them in the ticket envelope with the original four.  There is also no need to fill out another guest information form for the extra tickets. Remember that all guests, no matter their age, must have a ticket to enter the ceremony. 

To receive tickets on Monday, June 7 at rehearsal, all books, ChromeBooks, hotspots, materials, and uniforms must be returned or paid for by Friday, June 4. If all items are not returned or if fines/fees have not been paid, the graduate must return to school to clear those items and then receive their tickets.  If you need to pay a fine/fee, here are the links to do so: LOST TEXTBOOKS or LOST LIBRARY BOOKS.  If the senior needs a computer or hotspot for an exam, they should return it immediately after finishing their exam and can then receive their tickets. 

The gates to the stadium will open one hour prior to each ceremony.  Once the graduates begin their processional march, all guests' entry into the stadium will be halted to allow for the graduates to process.  Therefore, please make sure you have arrived and are seated in time for the start of the ceremony.  Each graduation ceremony will last no longer than one hour.  The ceremonies will not be live streamed but will be posted for viewing by Friday, June 11 at 1 PM. 

We cannot stress enough that graduates and families should make themselves familiar with the events of June 7 - 11 regarding rehearsal, receiving tickets, and correct attire with the cap and gown.  The Graduation Bulletin linked HERE can provide you with all this information. 

All scholarships and military commitments must be submitted by Tuesday, June 1 at this link HERE to be announced at the June 8 Senior Assembly.  




Class of 2021 Spotlights

Last year’s abrupt ending has established what I hope will be a continued tradition for seniors. In celebration of this year’s graduates, I would like to post a picture of each Senior to our website and social media pages. In addition, a short, two sentence description of what their future plans after graduation are will need to accompany the photo. This slideshow will run through June 30. Please send submissions to




WCPSS Student Survey

All Leesville Road High School students are strongly encouraged to take the annual WCPSS Student Survey for grades 5 through 12. The survey window is open through Wednesday, June 30. Information and data captured from the survey helps inform our school and the district on how to best meet your student’s needs. To access the survey, please use the links below.




End of Year Grades

Final grades for the 2020-2021 school year will be available for view via Powerschool Friday, June 11. If you need a hard copy of your student’s final grades, please contact the Student Services office.




Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement (repeat)

Juniors (Rising Seniors): As of 2020, state law requires all seniors to have a Meningitis Vaccination booster dose after the age of 16 before they begin their senior year. If you have not already, please submitted a copy of your immunization via email to or via fax at 919-670-4408. This proof needs to be received before the first day of the 2021-22 school year.




Hotspot and Device Turn-in (repeat)

All students who have hot spots checked out from WCPSS must return them on or before June 10.  Hot spots can be returned to the main office of LRHS Monday - Friday between 7 am and 3 pm.  Students who have Chromebooks checked out from WCPSS may keep them if they are planning to return to any WCPSS school in the fall.  Students who are graduating or leaving WCPSS must return their Chromebooks by June 10 as well.  If you have any questions about returning materials, please email Wendy Dragone ( or Erica Knightstep ( 




Leesville Road High School COVID-19 Guidance (repeat)

With the return to daily in-person instruction, the following guidance provides us a framework to ensure that we remain in school. Guidance is also provided on how students will continue to engage in learning in the event they are required to quarantine due to a confirmed case or exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.


  • Practice the 3w’s
  • Always wear your masks when inside the building and not eating during lunch. (Students can talk during lunch but must have their masks on.)
  • Wash and sanitize hands as often as possible.
  • Wait and allow adequate social distancing as you pass through the hallways.


  • When to stay home

Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick and experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • 4 fever or higher
  • Sore throat
  • New Cough
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New severe headache



  • Student access to instructional activities when under quarantine

If you are notified by WCPSS Health Services of the need to have your student quarantine, please reach out to your student’s teachers who will provide you guidance on how to stay on track academically. All teachers are expected to maintain their Google Classroom sites that provide assignments and upcoming due dates. Also, when teachers are notified of your student’s status, they will provide you and your student Google Link information to access live instruction. Please be aware that this live instruction will likely be provided by someone other than your child’s teacher. However, they are covering the same general content and your student will still have the ability to communicate with their own teacher via email, agreed upon office hours, etc.  to maintain as much continuity as possible.




Graduation 2021 (repeat)

 Leesville's 2021 graduation ceremonies will be held Thursday, June 10 at 6 PM and Friday, June 11 at 9 AM in Marshall Hamilton Stadium on the Leesville campus.  Graduates with last names A-M (except for those taking a June 10 AP Exam) will have their commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 10 at 6 PM. All graduates with last names N-Z (as well as those taking the June 10 AP Exam with last names A - M) will have their commencement ceremony on June 11 at 9 AM.  The rain date (as needed for either or both ceremonies) will be Friday, June 11. More detailed information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, but all senior parents should plan on a Google Meet parent information session in mid-May. Please stay abreast of all information on the All Things 2021 page as well as Mrs. Dinkenor's postings on Twitter (@hdinkenor). 




Thank you for your continued support of Leesville Road High School, where we take PRIDE in everything we do.