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Posted September 2, 2014

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DNHS Class of 2018 Pledges to Finish in Four

All 360 freshmen signed a pledge and banner promising to graduate on time.

It’s a promise worth keeping.

The Del Norte High School Class of 2018 has committed to graduating on time, signing a pledge and adding their names to a banner that symbolizes their commitment to “Finish in Four.”

The entire freshmen class of 360 students signed the “Believe You Can and Will Pledge” and added their names to the banner the first week of school at an assembly during which they were encouraged to think about having a conversation with their 80-year-old self. Will that conversation center around life’s many accomplishments and achievements, or will there be a lot of disappointment and regret, asked Activities Director Scott Goff.

“I asked them if they traveled in a time machine, would the 80-year-old version of themselves thank them or be mad at them,” he said. 

Goff was inspired to create the pledge and banner to Finish in Four when the district asked schools last winter to display its climbing graduation rate. He realized then that many students don’t think about graduation until their senior year, but they should be thinking about it on a daily basis from day one.

“We want our student to become more serious and focused on their education and to start talking about graduation right away,” said Del Norte Principal Jo Sloan.

The pledge outlines ways students can meet their goal to Finish in Four:   

  • Take charge of your education
  • Monitor your progress
  • Find a mentor
  • Ask for help
  • Attend class
  • Select good companions
  • Inspire others
  • Believe in yourself.

The banner that students signed will follow the Class of 2018 through their four years at Del Norte at school assemblies, open houses and other events.

“It’s a constant reminder of what they’re here for. What their goal is,” Goff said. “They’re in charge of their education. We have everything here for them in this education buffet. But they have to put it on their plate. They have to put it in their mouth.”

Read the Pledge:

Del Norte High School’s Class of 2018 Believe You Can and Will Pledge
“Believe in yourself…believe you can…believe you will.  Inspire others to believe in themselves!”

By signing the following pledge I declare to the world, to my community, to my school, to my teachers, to my friends, to my family and ESPECIALLY to myself that I believe I can and will…

Finish in Four!
I am going to do everything I can to ensure that I will graduate in four years, and be part of the graduating class of 2018.  I take this “finish in four” goal seriously.

Be in Charge of My Education!
I understand that my academic accomplishments and achievements are my responsibility.  I am in charge of my grades, my studies, my performance and my graduation. I will strive for excellence in all endeavors.

Monitor my Progress
I will learn to read and interpret my transcripts so that I may remain “on track to graduate”.

Find a Mentor
I will talk to my teachers about my progress and accomplishments.  I will be open and honest about how I am doing in my classes.  I will be on the lookout for someone I can trust.

Ask for Help
I understand that my teachers and everyone at this school have the same goals for me that I do.  I will not be shy or embarrassed to ask for help or to admit when I am having trouble understanding a concept.

Attend Class
I understand that one of the first steps in succeeding is simply showing up.  I will be concerned with attendance.  I understand that every class I miss is a roadblock to me achieving my goal of “finishing in four”.

Select my Companions Carefully
I will not allow another person to interfere with my education and success.  I will choose my friends carefully and not associate with anyone who has goals or intentions that are contrary or interrupt my own.

Inspire Those Around Me
I will inspire fellow classmates and especially my friends to accomplish and achieve with excellence and pride, so that they can “finish in four”.  I will help them when and where I can.  I will encourage them.  I will set a good example.  I will make positive and good choices for myself and encourage the same from others.

Believe in Myself
I believe I can absolutely succeed and accomplish anything with excellence, pride and precision and make a mark on this community.  Wherever I go I will pursue my dreams, goals, and visions.  I believe in myself!



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