• Senior Class

  • Updates

    Hello Senior Parents, 

     

    Welcome to April and the final countdown!  I hope you had a lovely spring break filled with rest and relaxation... please encourage your senior to FINISH STRONG!  

     I have attended several meetings this week and hope to be able to share more information about your senior's last few months at NGHS.

    **I am unable to bulk send this to the seniors directly, so please share this information with your student as well.

     This email contains A LOT of information - I have put the NEW info in RED.

    Please remember that some things are still up in the air as restrictions change and we adjust to those announcements from GCPS.

    We will do our best to keep you informed through several outlets:  1) Periodic emails like this from me  2) Advisement class on Fridays for your senior student  3) Senior class page on the NGHS website. 

     

    Graduation

    North Gwinnett High School Graduation will be held on SUNDAY, MAY 30th at 2:00pm at the Infinite Energy Center.

    The ceremony will be In-Person with masks and social distancing required.

    Each senior will receive TWO tickets.  We have a very large graduating class and with the seating restrictions in the Infinite Energy Center under their safety protocols, we cannot fit more.

     The ceremony will also be live-streamed so you can share the experience with additional family and friends who cannot attend in person.

    • Each student will receive one parking pass for their car.  Parents may drive with their student, but if they do choose to drive separately, they will have to pay for parking ($5) in the new parking deck.  
    • Students will be expected to arrive at 12:00pm and the doors for parents will open at 1:00pm.  
    • The Infinite Energy Center staff will be seating guests as they arrive to ensure safe seating.  
    • Children under two may come without a ticket, but will be required to sit in a parent's lap. 
    • There will be no gathering outside at the Infinite Energy Center, so families should make plans to meet offsite after the ceremony.
    • Everyone who enters the Infinite Energy Center passes through a metal detector.

    ***The Infinite Energy Center now has a CLEAR BAG POLICY for all guests (medical or diaper bags are the exception), so please plan accordingly - you will be asked to return an "out of code" bag to your car, slowing your entry into the ceremony. 

     

    Students who choose not to walk at graduation will be given a time to pick up their diploma & cover at North after the graduation ceremony. 

     

    Cap and Gown Delivery

    Drive-thru pick up is THIS FRIDAY, April 16th, 4:00-6:00pm in the BUS LANE.  

    It is an open window of time - no alphabet split schedule, so feel free to come any time between 4:00-6:00pm.

    • Write the student NAME and STUDENT ID NUMBER on a sheet of paper for the front window of your car. 
    • Enter the bus lane from West Price Road - pull forward and stay in line - exit onto Level Creek at the end
    • There will be several stations to travel through, so please be patient
    • As part of the graduation regalia this year we have included a black 2021 mask - please do not lose this, it will be a requirement for the ceremony along with their cap & gown
    • You may not pick up additional caps & gowns for friends who are not present.
    • Once you get the cap & gown home, remove it from the package and hang it up so the wrinkles fall out
    • If you cannot attend Friday we will have some make up times the following week at school.

    Senior Class Dues must be paid prior to April 16th in order to pick up your senior package.   If you have not yet paid for Senior Class Dues, they are available on MyPaymentsPlus in the Events and Activities section, click on Senior Dues.  If you paid Junior dues last year, it is $115.  If you did not, it is $150. 

     

    Senior Celebrations and Events

    Senior letters will not be managed by the school this year - parents should encourage family and friends to send letters/emails to your home.

    Senior Honors Night will be held on May 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at Gwinnett Church by invitation only.  Students earning certain school-sponsored awards will be invited, however in compliance with current social distancing guidelines, family and friends will not be able to attend.  More details will be forthcoming.

    There will be senior week events - we are working on those details as restrictions for gathering and food distribution change

    It has already been announced that we will have Prom on May 1st - those details are posted on the NG website - questions about that event should be directed to Mr. Stewart. 

    Community Service Seal - You can earn a service seal on your diploma this year if you have completed 80 hours of service.  Your signed community service logs are due THIS FRIDAY, April 16th to Ms. Cornett at   amy.cornett@gcpsk12.org or in person to the Counseling office.  No late logs will be accepted.  Here is the link to the log if you need to print one.  Please send any questions about service seals to Ms. Cornett.

    Honor Graduate Status will be determined by grades on April 16th. The updated calculations will be completed the following week by our counseling department.

    Final Transcripts - Students will be able to pick up a final copy of their Transcript early in June (date TBD). Students will need to mail the transcript to the college they will be attending. 

    More details will be coming as we continue to develop specific plans for our events.

    Here is the link to the Senior Class Page on the NG Website 
    Advisement Updates can be found at the NG eCLASS landing page - click CONTENT - then 12th Grade Advisement.

     

    Please keep in touch and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 

     

    Kirsten Baker

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  • Balfour Products & Services for the Class of 2021

    Seniors, you can go directly to www.scholasticimages.com for your graduation packages and order right now!

    If you have questions about whether or not you ordered Balfour products, please contact them directly rather than calling NGHS. We do not keep Balfour records on campus.


    Balfour is the company that provides NGHS with all of its graduation product needs:  diplomas, diploma covers, caps, gowns, tassels, and graduation announcements.
     
    A student's cap, gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma cover are all paid for with money from his/her Senior Dues.  Graduation Announcements and associated products (name cards, thank you cards, address labels, etc...) are a separate fee. 


    Caps and Gowns:  You order caps and gowns when you pay for your senior dues.  As you are paying and filling out information, you are asked for a student's height and weight; that is all we need to know to order caps and gowns.  Senior dues are $150. Caps and gowns will be delivered to students during their lunches on April 8th . 


    Graduation Announcements are beautiful cards that resemble wedding invitations in their look and quality.  Our announcements this year will be printed and embossed in foil on high quality, textured white paper. (See the picture above.)  The announcements come with an inner envelope, an outer envelope, tissue paper, and name cards.  Graduates send these cards to their friends and families to announce that they are graduating from high school.  An announcement is NOT the same as a ticket to graduation.  You may order as many announcements as you would like. You may pay in full when you order or put down a deposit and create a payment plan; however, you will not receive the announcements in the spring until you have paid for them in full.  Pay attention to cut off dates.  Our announcements are gorgeous, and some parents make the mistake of deciding they want them after it is already too late!! 


  • Additional Purchases

    Class Ring:  If you did not order a class ring when you were a junior but decide that you want one, you can still purchase one from Balfour.

    Graduation Announcements:  Graduation Announcements are cards to send to friends and family ANNOUNCING that you are graduating from high school.  (This is NOT the same as an INVITATION to graduation.  Guests enter the graduation arena with TICKETS that are given to the students at graduation practice at the end of the year.)  Announcements can be ordered anytime from October to February and are delivered to the school in April just in time to send out for graduation.

    Graduation Yard Sign:  If you would like to order a yard sign for graduation, please click on the following link to access the order form. 

  • Class Dues

    Junior Dues:  Junior dues pay for prom, so if you did not pay these dues during your junior year, and you wish to attend your senior prom, you must see Mr. Stewart in the Media Center to pay for this.

    Senior Dues:  Senior dues are $150.  When you pay your senior dues in the fall, you will be asked your height, weight, and T-shirt size; Balfour uses these measurements to determine the size of your cap and gown (height should be your height in BARE feet, not your height in high heels).  Senior dues pay for your cap, gown, diploma cover, senior t-shirt, and fees associated with Graduation. Depending upon the COVID-19 situation in the spring, we plan to host a senior breakfast, senior luncheon, and various activites in Senior Week.  Senior dues are required.  Please note that senior dues are NON-refundable since items listed above are ordered for every senior regardless of whether he/she participates in every event.  Students who do not graduate on time still need their caps and gowns to graduate at the end of summer school.  The deadline to pay Senior Dues is February 5th. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE ON MY PAYMENTS PLUS. This provides us adequate time to order and receive each student's cap and gown in preparation for graduation.

  • College Tests and Entrance Fees

    SAT/ACT:  Both of these college entrance tests have fees attached to them. See their respective websites for details.  Fees are less expensive if paid by the earliest deadlines, so plan ahead to save money.  See http://www.collegeboard.com for information about the SAT and http://www.actstudent.org  for information about the ACT.

    Transcripts:  Transcripts for colleges should be ordered through your MyPaymentsPlus account.  You should also add the college to "Colleges I'm Applying to" list in Naviance. Some scholarship applications also require a copy of your transcript. The fee for each transcript is $5.00, and they must be ordered 48 hours in advance. The final transcript to send to your college in June is free.

    Application Fees:  Colleges charge a fee to process your application and decide whether to accept you or not.  This means you want to limit the number of colleges to which you apply, so do some careful research while you have time over the summer. The fee for each college varies, so see their individual websites for specific information.

    College Deposits/Down payments:  In the spring, colleges will ask you for some kind of deposit or down payment to secure your spot at that school. You only pay this to the college you are actually going to attend.  Failure to pay your deposit means that your spot will be given to somebody on that college’s waitlist.

  • Cafeteria Refund Form

    Form Link

  • Graduation Pictures and DVD

    Graduation Pictures:  Cady Studios attends graduation and snaps a picture of you right after you receive your diploma.  Information will be sent to families in the spring about how to order these pictures.  We hire the company to take these pictures because friends and family are NOT permitted on the floor of the arena to get these close-ups.

    Graduation DVD:  We hire a company, Memory Maker, to create a DVD of graduation.  It is available through pre-sales and will be sent to you several weeks after the ceremony. Approx. $25.

    Memory Maker Order Form- Click Below!

    DVD Order Form Link

    Web Link

    If you have any questions, please call MemoryMaker directly at 770-654-2219

  • List of Senior Expenses Explanation

    In the next sections, you will find a list of some expenses that you will have as a senior next year and a list of things that you will need to accomplish before graduation. Some of these are mandatory and some are optional. It’s a good idea to keep these expenses in mind when you are deciding how best to spend or save your summer paychecks. Please note that prices are approximate and that they change from year to year; the vendors who change the prices do not always inform me, so these numbers (when listed at all) may not be 100% accurate.

  • Perfect Attendance / Scholarship Recognition

    SENIORS - If you believe that you have PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the past 4 years and wish to be recognized at Senior Honors Night, you must stop by to see Ms. Gresham in the Counseling Office or Ms. Baraban at the Attendance Desk no later than Friday, April 26th. We will take your name and verify your attendance history to see if you qualify for this award.

    SENIORS - If you have been awarded an outside scholarship from a college or other organization or have earned any special awards (such as Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award), we would like to recognize your accomplishment in a special way. Please bring a copy of your award letter to Ms. Cornettl in the Counseling Office by no later than Friday, April 26th so that we can include your information!

  • Things to do for college preparedness

    • Fill out a Senior Profile form in Naviance. Teachers and coaches have access to this form after you submit it.  It is a GREAT help when we are trying to write college and scholarship recommendations for students. 
    • Fill out college applications and write any required essays.
    • Fill out scholarship applications and write any required essays.
    • Keep your GaFutures account updated.
    • Fill out the FAFSA financial aid form and all forms related to the HOPE scholarship.

  • Yearbook and Senior Portraits Information

    Ordering Yearbooks:

    This historic school year definitely WILL be documented in the 2020-2021 Yearbook for you.
    Yearbooks are now available for purchase through Herff Jones at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Enter school code 1684 to complete purchase.

    • The best time to order yearbooks is at the beginning of the school year since prices go up a little at a time throughout the year.
    • The deadline for ordering a yearbook is March 1st.
    • There is a date early second semester when the yearbook sponsors must tell the publishing company how many yearbooks to print. You CANNOT order yearbooks after this time, so do pay attention to this deadline.

    *Over the years, we have had many parents forget to order yearbooks. Since we don't order many extras, there is sometimes a shortage at the end of the year. Parents have even tried to call the publishing company and have them print a book for their student. We have worked with several publishing companies over the years and have NEVER found one that will actually print that extra yearbook. Don't miss the deadline!

    Senior Pictures:
    All seniors must take senior pictures with Cady Studios to be included in the yearbook.
    Please book your appointment today at  www.https://home.cady.com/seniors/
    . The deadline to be included in the yearbook is DECEMBER 1. That means you must take your picture on or BEFORE 12/1 to be included in the NGHS yearbook. 

    Senior Yearbook Ads:
    Senior yearbook ads are currently available at www.yearbookordercenter.com. 
    Choose a quarter, half or full-page ad to commemorate your senior's graduation. You can create and purchase the ad on the website. 
    The deadline to complete and purchase yearbook ads is November 1. 

    Additional Yearbook Information:
    Did you know? The yearbook is printed 16-32 pages at a time throughout the course of the school year. The pages are stored in a warehouse until the entire book is complete, and then they are sewn into the cover and shipped to NGHS.

    Pages with senior portraits, grades 9-11 portraits, and senior ads are printed in the fall. This is because activities that appear on the other pages (sports, clubs, visual and performing arts, etc.) This is why you MUST meet the senior photo session and senior ad deadlines listed below. Why can't you order a senior ad in December or during the second semester? It's because that section has already been printed!

    *Email Colleen Longe about yearbooks, senior portraits, or senior ads. Mrs. Prewitt DOES NOT have additional yearbook information.

  • Awards Programs

    These events are by invitation only. Invitations come from the Counseling Office in May. Contact Counseling Office if you have questions.

    • Academic Honors Program Awards
    • Servant Leadership Breakfast 
    • Senior Honors Night 

    For additional information about community service and how many hours are needed to receive invitations to events, see the 'Community Service' section on the Counseling Office Website.Email Kristin Gresham if you have further questions. 

  • Community Service Logs

    Community Service Logs are due to the Counseling Office by Friday, April 16th, 2021Please turn in to the counseling office or email a clear copy to amy.cornett@gcpsk12.org, no exceptions. Please make sure your name, student number and total hours are clearly written on the log.  

    Due to Covid19, and the limitations the virus created for volunteer hours, you may earn a Community Service Seal on your diploma this year with 80 service hours. When completing the log, please list total hours for each page, as well as a grand total if you have multiple pages.  In-person students should drop off the logs in the counseling office, room 411.  Digital learners may bring in the logs or send them electronically to amy.cornett@gcpsk12.org. Logs will not be accepted after the 16th - NO EXCEPTIONS!

     

    The service log is available to download here

    For additional information about the community service award, please review the following document,  Community Service Information, or email Ms. Cornett at amy.cornett@gcpsk12.org.

  • Final Transcripts

    All students will receive one free final high school transcript, which will be available for pick up at the front desk beginning mid-June. (An exact date will be announced later this spring.) Students are responsible to take their final transcript to their college or university. NGHS does not send final transcripts, either by mail or through Naviance. If you wish to order more than one final transcript, you can order it through MyPaymentsPlus before May 26th and pick up the additional copies at the same time. See Ms. Cornett in the counseling office for more details.

  • Graduation Ceremony

    2021 graduation date: Sunday, May 30th @2 pm

    Will be held at the Infinite Energy Center