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JDHS Operation Graduation 2019

Mission:  To provide a fun, safe, all-night celebration for Seniors to attend after the Ball.

NOTE:  Still need helpers for OpGrad 2020.  Contact Ronna, if interested (
Recap mtg (all welcome to attend):  Thurs 6/13 (7-8[) @ DeWitt Library

Final thanks to...
OpGrad 2019 Committee
<see below>
Team work at its finest!!

JD Staff
Jackie Wheeler (HS secretary)
Mike Keenan (Senior class advisor)
Paul Gasparini (HS principal)
Lindsey Pienkowski (SRO - providing security at our event)
HS custodians (for collecting returnables from our concession stands)

Romano Auto Dealerships, Town of Onondaga, DeWitt Fire Department, Wegmans, Holy Cross Church, JD Faculty Association, ALL JD PTGs, Bill Rapp Superstore, Konrad Developers, LLC, Dr. Joseph Catania, Ruston's Diner, Deli-Boy (Frocione family), Pavone's Pizzeria, Westcott Florist, Eye Doctors at CNY, Bruegger's (Nottingham)

Antonucci, Ball, Baum, Berse-Skeval, Bertone, Brang, Brotzki, Butler, Cahill, Dimkopoulos, Dougherty, Fish, Freezeman, Galletta, Galusha, Greenway, Keib-Smith, Kesselring, Kirnie, Lombardi, Macie, Mannion, McCloud, Miller-Kaplan, Milner, Mimaroglu, Murad, Murphy, Parker, Pigula, Ristau, Rivera-Ortiz, Ryan, Sartori, Schultz, Scibilia, Semmel, Seth, Sizing, S. Smith, Tzetzis, A. Tyson, Wright

We wish the Class of 2019 all the very best on their future endeavors!!

The term "Operation Graduation" comes from a more nationally known event "Project Graduation", which is often a parent-coordinated event hosted around the graduation date to provide graduating seniors a safe environment to celebrate their graduation. 
"Operation Graduation" is similar but hosted after the Ball, when (statistically) seniors are more likely to engage in risky behavior that results in accidents / fatalities.
The OpGrad event is… 


The event location, entertainment/activity vendors, food/bev, and prizes are all paid for with donations.

Ways to help…
  • Tax-deductible cash donation (on behalf of a family or business)
    Helpful to have by 5/18 (2 wks before event).
    By check:  payable to “JDHS Operation Graduation” (mail/bring to HS in envelope, attn “Operation Graduation”, incl your name+addr so we can thank you!).
  • Product donation (décor/game supplies, food/bev, prizes)
    Items needed by 5/31
    See SignupGenius:
    NOTE:  list will be periodically updated thru April
  • Dime Drive
    Submit by Monday 5/6
    Did you know an average sized water bottle (16-20oz), filled with dimes, is equal to about $100?
    We encourage ALL students to participate in the Dime Drive challenge!
    Fill an empty water bottle with dimes/spare change, cap it off, and return it to the Main Office (with your name/grade on it!)
    For each bottle, Seniors earn (1) bonus raffle ticket (to increase chance to win a prize at the event).
    Grade 9-11 students earn a chance to win a JD shirt.
  • Bottle Drive
    Thank you for all the tremendous support - this is a BIG source of revenue for OpGrad!!
    Coordinator, Kieran O’Connor (
  • Chipotle fund-raisers
    Monday 5/6 (4-8p) @ Erie Blvd location
    We earn 1/3 of the proceeds from this fund-raising event!  (thank you, Chipotle!)
    Tell them it's for "JD Operation Graduation" & we get part of sale!


Help at the event
(general) Karen Ortega (, home: 315-449-2903)
(décor/setup) Kerri Aitken,

ATTN Junior parents......coordinators wanted for OpGrad-Class of 2020
Next year’s Seniors will need a committee of parents to plan their party!
Who’s game?  Contact Ronna Louise,

Bottle Drive coordinator for 2019-2020
Oversee bottle collections (5 Saturday dates, Senior & parent volunteers help at each date).
BIG part of our fund-raiser (nothing for people to buy!).
See Kieran O’Connor (
2019 Committee

(chairperson)  Ronna Louise,
(treasurer)  Jeanette Myshrall
(fundraising/donations)  Jeanette Myshrall
(bottle drive)  Kieran O'Connor
(venue/security/transportation)  Ronna Louise
(theme/decorations/party planning)  Kerri Aitken
(entertainment)  Ilyssa Moskow
(food/bev)  Diane Schulman + Fran Barbuto
(prizes/raffle items)  Mark Schulman
(volunteer mgmt)  Karen Ortega

Follow us:
Facebook (“J-D Operation Graduation”)
Twitter (@JDopgrad)





Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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