Dear Class of 2019 and Family:
The final semester for seniors is now well underway, and each day brings us closer to graduation. As your senior class sponsors, we would like to give you some information about upcoming events for your senior and try to answer questions regarding senior events and the graduation ceremony.
Any questions not answered in this information may be addressed to Alex_Kesler@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
We look forward to a successful graduation for our Class of 2019!
March 1: Senior dues increase
March: Seniors can begin to bring home templates and directions for locker decoration. See next pages for more info. Dues must be paid to receive one. Information on an exact date will be forthcoming.
April: Announcements distributed – Balfour will send home a postcard with the exact date they will be here to distribute the announcements. Announcements may still be ordered online at www.gabalfour.com until late March. Late orders will be shipped directly to your home.
April 22: Deadline for letters to seniors. See Unleashed Memories in this packet for more info. Dues must be paid to participate.
April 29: RSVP deadline for senior dinner (seniors will receive invitations in late March). This is non-negotiable. We need to give our caterer the exact number of students attending.
May 1, 5 – 8 PM: Senior Locker Decorations: Parents may come in and decorate lockers. See next pages for more info.
May 4: Additional graduation ticket requests available. Information will be forthcoming.
May 7: Senior Breakfast will begin at 6:30 AM in the cafeteria. Dues must be paid to participate.
May 8: Senior Dinner – 6:30 PM DHS Commons area. Parents are invited to attend a cake dessert at 8:00 PM. Please do not arrive before 7:45. Dues must be paid by April 22 in order to participate.
May 10: Senior Picnic.
May 23 at 12:00 PM: GRADUATION PRACTICE in the Commons Area at DHS. GRADUATION PRACTICE IS MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY. No exceptions will be made. Any fees, fines, etc. must be paid at this time. TICKETS will be released at the end of practice.
May 27: GRADUATION at Infinite Energy Arena – Students arrive at 6:30 AM. Doors open to parents at 7:30 AM.
Cap & Gown Portraits
It is Cap & Gown Portrait Season. These images visually represent your seniors’ hard work and achievement, and we are excited to share with your graduates and families. All seniors will receive their proof of images in the mail and online ordering will begin on February 22nd.
• All senior cap and gown images may be viewed at cady.com/capandgown
• Time sensitive: Parents receive $25 off any package up to March 10!
Cap and Gown Distribution
Caps and gowns will be distributed in April/May. Students must have paid senior dues to receive a cap and gown. Students should watch the announcements and check the senior page of the school website for information on picking these up.
Students will receive their diplomas during the graduation ceremony. Any diploma not picked up will be available the following week in the counselors’ office.
Graduation announcements were ordered in October. Any student who has not ordered announcements may do so by contacting Balfour directly at www.gabalfour.com. Announcements ordered in October will be delivered after spring break. Balfour will send home a postcard with the exact date and the balance due, if any. Late orders will be shipped directly to your home.
- Remove the gown from its individual package as soon as received. Hang on a hanger; most of the wrinkles will fall out.
- TRY IT ON!
- We will not wear the white collars packaged with the gowns.
- The gown should reach mid-calf, approximately 10 inches from the floor.
- If you must press the gown, BE CAREFUL. Use a COOL iron; if you use a hot iron, the gown will disintegrate.
- We will position caps and tassels before the ceremony.
- dresses without excessively full skirts or high, ruffled necklines OR dark slacks
- BLACK shoes (practice walking if you choose to wear high heels!). We strongly recommend ballet flats as you will be standing in the tunnels of the Arena for over an hour. Your family can have a different pair of shoes for you to change into after the ceremony. No one during the ceremony will know your shoes do not match your dress. The key for the ceremony is uniformity.
- dark slacks with dark shoes and socks
- dress shirt and tie
- No graduate may wear denim, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, casual sandals, or tennis shoes.
- Students who are not appropriately dressed will not march.
Graduation is 8:30 AM on May 27 at the Infinite Energy Arena. Students need to arrive by 6:30 AM and doors open to parents at 7:30 AM. We do ask that all graduating students leave cell phones in his/her car. Any cell phones collected in the arena will be available for pickup at the high school the following week. Please allow plenty of travel time to account for traffic.
Parents and guests may NOT bring signs, banners, balloons or air horns to the arena. This is a firm rule. See the next page for additional graduation ceremony information.
Dress – see Graduation Attire
Please be aware that the graduation ceremony is a formal occasion. To ensure that the ceremony maintains the proper decorum, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines:
- Arrive prior to the start of the ceremony.
- Applaud when, and only when, appropriate.
- Stand for the processional and Pledge of Allegiance.
- Remain in your seat until the ceremony ends.
- Take pictures or video only from your seat.
- Dress appropriately for the formality of the ceremony.
- Consider leaving small children and babies with a sitter. They will neither appreciate nor remember the ceremony and will need a ticket to enter.
- Cellular phones and pagers should be set on silent operation. Please do not make phone calls during the ceremony. Any cell phones brought in by students will be confiscated and available for pickup at DHS on after Memorial Day
- Arena rules do not allow balloons to be brought in.
- Please do not leave before the ceremony has ended. This is disruptive and disrespectful to the graduates and their families.
This is a time of excitement and celebration for our graduates and their families. We would like each parent to be able to hear his or her graduate’s name when it is announced. Please refrain from extremely loud or excessively prolonged cheering and using air horns or other noise-makers. This takes away from the dignity of the ceremony and prevents parents from hearing their child’s name announced. Each graduate has worked hard to reach this point in his or her life and deserves the respect of everyone present.
Attendance at graduation practice is mandatory for students to participate in the graduation ceremony!!!!! Students who do not practice will not march and will not receive guest tickets! Tickets will be given out at the end of practice once all fees have been cleared. Practice is at 12:00 PM here at DHS on May 23.
We do not have confirmation yet on the number of tickets each student will be allotted, but we feel certain each student will get at least fifteen tickets. On May 4 students can fill out a request for the number of extra tickets needed in addition to the fifteen allotted. The advantage of holding graduation in the Gwinnett Arena is ticket availability, and we expect to be able to honor all ticket requests.
Senior Breakfast is always a rousing good time. It will be held in our commons area at 6:30 AM on May 7. It is at the senior breakfast that students receive the letters sent in by family and friends. Please see the Unleashed Memories flier attached to this mailer for more information.
Students will receive invitations after spring break. This will be a catered dinner for DHS seniors only. We must have an exact number for the caterer, so it is mandatory for students to RSVP by April 24 in order to attend. We ask students to pay $3 when they RSVP; in previous years, over 50 students RSVP’d but did not attend, costing us money and resulting in extreme food waste. The fee is to encourage that only students who plan to attend will RSVP. Attire is dressy (Sunday best); no denim, shorts, or flip-flops allowed. Girls may wear sun dresses that do not usually adhere to the dress code, Boys must wear collared shirts with ties and a belt at the waist. Jackets are wonderful, but optional. Students that do not meet the dress code will be sent home to change.
We would like to invite parents to join us at the end of the dinner for a cake dessert beginning at 8:00 PM. Please do not show up before 7:45 as the seniors are still enjoying their dinner.
Senior dues are $120 and increase March 1. Senior dues cover cap and gown, senior events, and costs associated with the graduation ceremony. Balfour has been at the school in January to take orders and payment has been available online since October. Dues may be paid online with a credit card at www.gabalfour.com until April 1. Checks should be payable to Balfour and paid at their office in Suwannee. Paying senior dues and ordering cap and gown are the same thing. Students must have paid senior dues to participate in senior activities including dinner and breakfast. Senior dues have nothing to do with prom. Seniors who have not paid dues by May 20 will not participate in the graduation ceremony.
Senior Locker Decorations
BE CAREFUL WITH WEIGHT OF LOCKER DECORATION
Parents may come to the school May 1 between 5 and 8 PM to decorate their child’s locker. Complete directions will be included in the information sent home with students after spring break. If you don’t receive this information, please ask your child before contacting the school. Ideas for locker decoration include photos (baby pictures through prom), college or post-secondary plans, messages, etc. Joint enrollment students should come by after school and pick up information in the community school office. Students who don’t have a locker can post theirs on a teacher’s door. All locker decorations must be on the template students bring home, and the template must be affixed to the locker using magnetic strips since tape damages the locker doors. All pictures must be school appropriate. Dues must be paid to receive a locker template.
Unleashed Memories / Senior Letters
Currently, the Senior Class Officers are working on a project to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating seniors called Unleashed Memories. We would like to invite you to write a letter to your senior and any other seniors who are special to you or your family. This project gives you the perfect opportunity to say what is in your hear during this busy, hectic time. We also encourage you to invite any other family members, neighbors, or friends of the family to write your senior a letter. Letters can be as simple as a greeting card of congratulations. Our goal is for every senior to receive letters congratulating them as well as wishing them luck for the future at the senior breakfast.
We would like our seniors to be extremely surprised when they open a letter from you, from the neighbor who has watched them grow up, from the grandparent who lives in another state, etc. We urge you to keep your participation somewhat under wraps. Please carefully follow the submission process below.
ONLY SENIORS WHO HAVE PAID DUES WILL HAVE THEIR LETTERS SORTED.
**ONLY STANDARD SIZED ENVELOPES WILL BE FILED.** NO EXCEPTIONS
DO NOT SEND GIFT CARDS or CHECKS or PACKAGES. PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER OR REFUSED AT THE FRONT OFFICE.
The deadline for all letters to be received is April 22, 2019. We cannot file letters after we have sorted them.
All letters need to be mailed to the following address:
Dacula High School
123 Broad Street
Dacula, GA 30019
c/o UNLEASHED MEMORIES
***WRITE THE SENIOR’S NAME in the lower left corner of the envelope.*** They are undeliverable if this isn’t done.
We want all letters to be confidential, and this will prevent us from having to open letters in order to determine the recipient. Please observe the deadline; the sorting process for thousands of letters is time consuming, and we want every student to receive the letters written to him or her.
Alex Kesler, Lesley Buchanan, and the 2019 Senior Class Officers
Questions? Please email Alex_Kesler@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
Graduation Signs & Banners
DHS is offering signs and banners to ANY graduating senior. Personalize as you wish with student picture and/or college logo.
More information on all of this will come through email. If you have not received emails from me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send me an email to add your address so you can be up to date with all pertinent information.