SENIORS / Class of 2020
Dear Class of 2020 and Family:
The final year of high school for seniors is finally here! Stay tuned for more information for senior events as the year goes on.
We look forward to a successful year for our Class of 2020!
Ms. Alex Kesler & Ms. Lesley Buchanan
Update: CAP & GOWN PICK UP INFO from Dr. LongSenior Parents,First, let me say how sorry I am that your child's senior year was impacted by Covid 19. We know how special the senior year is for both students and parents. Please know that we are still working hard to find ways to maintain whatever forms of recognition/celebration possible while still looking out for student and staff safety. We are also very proud of the seniors who have persevered through what is clearly one of the most difficult years in recent history. We appreciate their tenacity and resilience. We believe that while this year might have been hard, they will ultimately conquer life just as they have conquered this difficult period of schooling.As I mentioned in my last email, the county will be holding virtual graduation ceremonies for every school around the same time as traditional ceremonies were scheduled to take place. They have also booked dates at the Infinite Energy Arena for late July in hopes of having live graduation ceremonies. While we don't have any details on the live ceremony at this time, we are beginning the process of preparing for the virtual ceremony.The first step in this process will be to have parents/students pick up their cap and gown, cords, stoles, awards, etc. We will be doing this on Tuesday April 21 and Wednesday April 22. We are also planning to distribute yearbooks for seniors at this time as well.All high schools are being asked to do this through a no contact process. Our process will be as follows:
- Please sign up for a pickup time at the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/DaculaHSGraduationPickup. Each 15 minute time slot will allow 15 people to sign up.
- Make a sign with your senior's name and Pickup time like this one and bring it with you to your appointment. You will display this sign when you pull through the bus lanes.
As I mentioned in a previous email, senior dues are being reduced from $120 to $70 due to cancelled senior activities. The remaining $70 pays for cap, gown, diploma, diploma cover, and rental of the arena. If you paid the $120, you will receive the $50 refund. If the arena graduation is cancelled, you will receive an additional $25 refund.
- At your appointment time, you will pull through the bus lane in front of the school.
- A staff member will place the items in your trunk.
- We are going to try to make this as festive as we can, but we are not allowed to have people get out of their cars if at all possible. If you choose to let your student drive themselves, please do not have them carpool with friends, hang out at the park, etc. Student and family health is still our #1 concern.
- If you have not paid senior dues, you must pay senior dues by this Friday to receive a cap and gown on Tuesday. (See note below about dues amounts.)
If you have not paid the $70, you can do so up until this Friday at Balfour's website: http://www.gabalfour.com/Along with your cap and gown, awards, etc., you will also receive directions for how to submit a picture of your senior in their cap and gown for the virtual ceremony. More details will follow in the coming weeks about this ceremony.
The administrative team is excited to see each senior and his/her family at cap and gown pickup. We're so proud of all the hard work our seniors have displayed these last four years. We will be at cap and gown pickup celebrating the seniors as much as we can right now, and we hope you leave the bus lanes feeling proud of your senior's accomplishments and encouraged as you help him/her finish strong.
As always, thank you for your support,Dr. Bryan Long
UPDATE: Click here to view the most recent email document from Mrs. Kesler
More information on all of this will come through email. If you have not received emails from me (email@example.com). Please send me an email to add your address so you can be up to date with all pertinent information.
Balfour's Senior Class Meeting
This meeting will be on October 24! Save the
Representatives from Balfour will be at the school to hand out information on ordering announcements, senior wear, etc. from Balfour.
Your student should bring home ordering information for announcements.
Potentially graduating students still in junior homerooms will be able to attend this meeting.
Cap & Gown Orders
Cap & Gown orders are due January 28-29! Save the date!
Balfour will be at DHS during all lunches to take cap and gown orders. The cost of cap and gown is included in senior dues. Dues may be paid with cash or check (payable to Balfour) at this time. Caps and gowns may also be ordered online on www.GABalfour.com. Please see the additional list of dates Balfour will be able to accept payments on the other side of this flyer.
Cap & Gown Photos
Cap and Gown Photos
Please see the following message from Cady Photography regarding the cap and gown pictures taken earlier this year or over the summer:
It is Cap & Gown Portrait Season. These images visually represent your seniors’ hard work and achievement, and we are excited to share them with your graduates and families. All seniors will receive their image proofs in the mail and online ordering will begin on February 21st.
Please see cady.com/capandgown for more information.
There is no set date for graduation at this time.
We will update the website and send an e-mail home when we know more about the date. Please check the website for updated information. Practice will be at DHS and is mandatory for participation in the graduation ceremony. The time and date for practice will be announced closer to the graduation date.
Graduation Announcement Orders
Graduation announcement orders will be due on October 30-31!
Balfour representatives will be at DHS during all lunches on October 30 and 31 to take orders for graduation announcements.
Graduation Banners and Signs
Click here for more info on how to order your banner or sign through our DHS Print Shop!
Tickets to attend the graduation ceremony will be distributed at graduation practice. Each graduating student will receive 15 tickets automatically. More information about graduation tickets will come to you in March.
Joint Enrollment Students
Joint enrollment students will be notified of upcoming events via email. Please be certain the senior advisors have a working email address for you all year. Also, check the school website for updated information.
The senior dinner is a catered dinner for DHS seniors only. This year’s dinner date is still to be determined. Seniors will receive invitations after spring break and must RSVP with $3 by the requested date so that we can give the number attending to the caterer. Attire is dressy— no denim.
Thank you, again, to those of you who have paid your senior dues, however are still missing payments from many students. Please keep in mind that dues are required to participate in all activities, including the graduation ceremony. Dues are now $120 and INCREASE MARCH 1. You can pay dues at www.gabalfour.com. Balfour will be here to distribute caps and gowns on April 30 during all lunches.
Senior dues are $120.
Dues may be paid online at www.gabalfour.com. Balfour will be at the school to accept cash or check payments any day they are here.
Balfour is on 3/19 to collect payments if parents would rather not pay on-line.
Senior dues cover the senior dinner, activities during senior week, cap and gown, and rental fees associated with graduation. Senior dues DO NOT cover prom.
As of April 1, senior dues increase to $135. On May 1, senior dues may no longer be paid on-line and must be paid in cash in person at Balfour’s office in Suwannee. As of April 1, Balfour will also impose their own late fee of $20 in addition to our school increase. Seniors who have not paid dues by the Friday before exams will not participate in the graduation ceremony.
Senior Information Contact Info
- Questions on senior activities— Email Alex_Kesler@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
- Senior portraits, yearbooks, and yearbook senior ads – Email Amy_Benson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
- Update email or mailing address— please call the school to get additional information.
- Call the school! You can reach us at DHS by calling 770-963-6664.
Senior t-shirts are designed by the senior class officers. They will soon be available to purchase through MPP. Instructions will be on Falcon Live Wire and emailed home when they become available.
Senior Trips are NOT sponsored, chaperoned, or endorsed by Dacula High School or its employees. Any information your student brings home about a senior trip did not come from the senior class advisors or the high school.
Locker decorations: Students will bring home a template that you may decorate and place on their lockers the Wednesday before Senior Week. Specific information concerning decorations will be sent home with students after Spring Break.