Class of 2021 Senior Guide

Center High School

Ceremony Streaming Information

Because health guidelines require reduced capacity seating, we will be live streaming the ceremony. The live stream can be viewed on the Center YouTube Channel:


Weather Information for Graduation Ceremony

Dear Center School District Community,

We are excited to honor our 2021 graduates and looking forward to seeing individuals with tickets at tonight’s Center High School’s Graduation Ceremony at Starlight Theater. We are watching the weather forecast and in partnership with Starlight Theater, we do not anticipate cancelling tonight’s ceremony. The event will continue rain or shine. If lighting occurs, there may be a chance that we pause or hold the ceremony while the lighting passes. Starlight Theater organizers will continue to watch the forecast and advise accordingly during tonight’s ceremony. As we previously communicated, Tuesday night was slated for the make-up rain day. Looking at the forecast, there is more anticipated rain tomorrow night than for tonight’s ceremony.

We do advise dressing for warm weather, the forecast calls for humid temperatures near 80 degrees. You are welcome to bring umbrellas, however please note, umbrellas are not permitted while attendees are seated. Ponchos will also be available. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. If you do not have a ticket to attend, we are live streaming the event. Watch Graduation on the CSD YouTube Channel beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight:

Center High School Graduation Ceremony (updated 3/9/21)

Monday, May 24th, 7pm

4600 Starlight Road

Kansas City, MO

Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to the ceremony.

Tickets are required to attend the ceremony.

We will be live streaming the ceremony. The live stream can be viewed on the Center YouTube Channel:

Any senior with a major discipline incident during second semester, is in

jeopardy of losing the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony

The Counseling Staff


Senior Class Administrator: Olivia Stevenson 816-349-3338

Junior and Senior Cohorts: Lauren Criss 816-349-3348

Freshman and Sophomore Cohort: Isaias Mendez 816-349-3368

Student Success Coordinator: Kerry Dixon 816-349-3397

A+ Coordinator: Olivia Stevenson 816-349-3338

Registrar: Jennifer Thurn 816-349-3345

Social Worker: Hannah O’Donnell 816-349-3378

Pick up your cap and gown after Senior checkout on May 14th

Jostens plans to be here on Friday, May 14th from 3-5 pm to deliver senior cap and gown orders. If you still have a balance on your Jostens order and have not picked up your items, please see the sales rep at this time

Attention Seniors: Yearbooks will be available for pick up on Friday, May 14th

Attention Seniors: Yearbooks will be available for pick up at the same time as Cap and Gowns Friday, May 14th. Bring a trusty pen, and be ready to sign each other's books for one last goodbye message during the tailgate party. Look for Ms. Shannon to pick up your pre-ordered book, (she should be near Jostens).

Haven't pre-ordered yet? No problem! Pre-order now at and use code SENIOR21 for $10 off.

Books will be available for purchase during pick up for the full price. Cash and Card will be accepted.

It's your senior year, and it's one for the decades, 30 years from now you'll definitely want to remember it, and the yearbook is a perfect keepsake!

(updated 5/3/21)

Seniors! Don't forget to RSVP If you're going to attend Project Grad on May 14th

This year Project Grad is a tailgating event for Seniors only to be held this Friday, 5/14/21, In the parking lot at CHS.

Please use this link to let us know if you plan to attend:

(updated 5/3/21)

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Tentative End of Year Senior Calendar (updated 4/19/21)

The following events/dates are tentative and may change date/ format or be cancelled as situations and government mandates change. We are hoping for the best, but preparing for less optimal eventualities. Please check the CSD and CHS websites for change notices as the school year progresses.

Feb 4, 2021 Senior Cap & Gown pictures by appointment at CHS

April 13, 2021 Academic Banquet

The banquet and ceremony will not be held due to COVID restrictions. CHS will produce a brochure with senior bio focus and yard signs will be placed at the homes of all cohorts.

May 1, 2021 Prom – To Be Determined

May 3-14, 2021 AP Testing as directed by College Board

May 4, 2021 Honors & Awards Ceremony

This event will be moved to May 18, 2021 after the senior breakfast and graduation rehearsal.

May 14, 2021

Senior Checkout - 1:30 -4:00 pm (updated 4/30/21)

Seniors will return their laptops and any other district materials they have and pay any outstanding fees or lunch balances if they have not already done so.

As a reminder, we will fine for any missing devices that were issued students:

  • Laptop not returned or missing = $540
  • Broken laptop screen that needs to be replaced = $100
  • Missing laptop charger = $25
  • Missing laptop bag = $20
  • Missing hotspot = $40 (only if one was issued to them)

Seniors who do not have their fees paid in full will not be issued tickets to graduation and will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Jostens cap & gown pickup will be 3:00 - 5:00pm

Project Grad Tailgating celebration 5-7 pm.

Project Grad is sponsoring a tailgating event in the parking lot of CHS for Seniors only. (no family or friends).

May 17, 2021 - No school for Seniors, time to sleep late!

May 18, 2021 (updated 4/9/21)

9:00 am Senior Breakfast at Center High School

10:00 am Graduation rehearsal -- at CHS

Following graduation rehearsal, Graduation tickets will be distributed. All fees must be paid and the senior MUST attend the graduation rehearsal to receive their tickets.

Each student will be given 6 tickets. Tickets will be distributed after the Honors & Awards Ceremony. Seating location will be chosen by lottery when the Senior picks up their tickets.

12:00 pm Honors & Awards Ceremony

The Honors & Awards Ceremony normally held in the evening the first week of May will be held during the Senior breakfast. Each Grad will be allowed to have 2 parents attend. (updated 4/30/21) Seniors will be presented with departmental awards and scholarships as well as Academic letters and pins.

May 24, 2021 Graduation Ceremony 7:00pm (Door will open at 6:00 pm)

(Graduates must report at 5:45pm) (updated 3/9/21)

The graduation ceremony is scheduled to be held at Starlight Theatre.

Students must attend the graduation rehearsal to attend the ceremony.

The number of tickets distributed will be reduced to accommodate COVID restrictions.

Diplomas will be distributed on site immediately after the graduation ceremony.

There are no other events scheduled after the ceremony.

(Updated 4/19/21)

Transcript Requests

Seniors, if you need to send transcripts to colleges please login to your account and send your transcript for Free.

After July 15th Parchment transcript requests will cost you $5 each, don’t delay do it today.

If you have questions see the Registrar, Mrs. Thurn.

Scholarship Information

All Scholarship information is available on the Counselor’s Website at:

Required Testing for Graduation

ALL Seniors must take the ACT, SAT, ASVAB or COMPASS test to be eligible for graduation. All Seniors MUST take the ASVAB test this year. You will find a link below to sign up for a testing time.

In addition, 2021 Graduates must also have successfully completed the following End of Course Exams:

  • Algebra I & II
  • Biology
  • Civics
  • CPR
  • English 10
  • Government
  • The Missouri Constitution
  • The US Constitution Test

Be sure to double check with your Guidance Counselor to make sure all these requirements will be met in time for you to graduate in May. DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to take one of these tests.

ACT Registration

The ACT is an important test for college admission. The goal is to get a score of 24 or higher. There is a link below that will take you to the ACT Registration Website.

Please contact Dr. Dixon if you need help signing up for testing. or 816-349-3397

ACT Test Date Registration Deadline

Dec. 12, 2020 Nov 6, 2020

Feb. 6, 2021 Jan. 8, 2021

April 17, 2021 March 12, 2021

Information you will need:

Our College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) code

and ACT code is 261-615

Our Testing Center Code is: 179340

Jostens Information

Senior Check out and Cap and Gown Delivery is May 14, 2021 from 3-5pm.

This event will be held in the afternoon in conjunction with the Project Grad Tailgating party.

Jostens is allowed to offer their services within the school as a service to our students. It is not mandatory that you purchase announcements from them. Their contact is: Jostens 816-523-4900

There was a virtual Senior class meeting on October 21st during Yellowjacket Success

time to introduce graduation announcement, cap & gown, and other information to the Class of 2021. You can view that presentation through the link below:

Seniors and their parents will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet with the Jostens Rep here at the high school on November 4, 2020 (2:30- 6:30pm by appointment) or November 11, 2020 (3:30- 5:30pm by appointment) to place their senior orders and pick up their senior hoodies (if purchased). A $60 deposit is required when the order is placed. The link to set up an appointment is:

Delivery of senior announcements will be April 2, 2021 from 11:00am - 12:30pm and April 9, 2021 8:20–9:30am.

(updated 1/25/21)

Jostens delivering Announcement Orders on 4/9/21 8:30 -9:30 am

Jostens plans to be here on Friday, April 9th from 8:30 – 9:30 am to deliver graduation announcement orders.

If you have a balance due please bring it at this time with cash or money order only.

If you need to place a cap and gown order please see the sales rep at this time.

Please remember checks are no longer accepted as method of payment for your graduation order.

Earn Money for College from the State of Missouri

CHS is an A+ School

For students who successfully meet the Student Financial Incentive criteria, the State of Missouri may provide two (2) years -- up to 105% of a program, subject to legislative appropriation, to any Missouri public community college or vocational or technical school up to four (4) years after high school graduation as provided in Section 14 of the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 – contingent upon continued funding by the Missouri Legislature. Please

read the following criteria carefully.

Student Financial Incentive Criteria

1) Attend an A+ designated school for the three consecutive years prior to graduation.

2) Graduate with an un-weighted grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

3) Have at least 95% attendance record for the 4-year period.

4) Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring for younger students in the Center

School District.

5) Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of


6) Meet performance standards for graduation and for a course of study related to

the selected career path of the student’s choice.

7) Apply for federal financial assistance, which does not require repayment.

8) Register for selective service, if applicable.

9) Earn a score of Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I End of Course Exam

Does this sound like you? Make sure to contact Ms. Stevenson at (816)349-3338 or for more information.

Time sensitive yearbook information

Hey Seniors,

Thanks for your nominations. The senior superlatives are ready for voting. You have until Feb. 5th to submit your vote!

The next link is for Senior Quotes. Everyone needs to fill out their senior quote. We would prefer you also have a photo to go with your quote, so please make sure you've signed up to take cap and gown photos. We will also accept professional senior portraits you may have had taken; those can be uploaded on this form.

Finally, Senior pages are due February 12th. If your parent orders a full-page, remind them not to purchase a yearbook, as that will come free with your full-page purchase.

You can order your yearbook and your senior pages here:


Cap & Gown Pictures

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 3-7pm

Center High School, Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO, USA - in the Gold Gym

This certainly hasn’t been the Senior Year you’ve been looking forward to for the last 4 years, but there is one small light coming up on February 4th: Senior Portraits / Cap & Gown Pictures!

That’s right, we’re still having Senior Portraits on Thursday, February 4th from 3 – 7 pm by appointment only.

Please use this link to sign up for an appointment time:

You can pre-order your pictures through the LifeTouch Website at using picture day ID: EVT877W3M (See attached flyer for details)

You have three options to choose from:

1. The school will provide a cap and gown for you to use for your picture. Caps and gowns will be sanitized between each use with an approved COVID disinfectant.

2. If you have an older sibling or friend who will let you borrow a cap and gown, you may wear your own for the picture.

3. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing the schools cap and gown, or just want a formal senior portrait, you are welcome to forgo the cap and gown and just have a formal picture taken in your favorite outfit.

Again, no one is required to attend this event, wear, or borrow a cap & gown, or participate in any activity that makes you uncomfortable, CHS is simply making an official portrait opportunity available to you.

How it will work:

· Seniors must sign up for an appointment through the Bookings link above.

· Seniors should arrive at the school and go to the back door of the Gold Gym at the corner of the building by the soccer fields at the time of their appointment.

· Masks must be worn at all times except while having your picture taken.

· Students will have their temperature taken. If a student has a temperature outside the acceptable range the Nurse will advise they not be admitted. Students who do not have all their vaccinations complete will not be allowed in the building.

· Student will proceed to the dressing area to prepare for picture then proceed to the photo booth.

· If a student has borrowed one of the school cap & gowns, after they have their picture taken they will return the cap and gown to the Nurse for treatment, and the student will leave the building. All other students will exit the building directly after having their picture taken.

· We understand that Seniors have not seen each other all year and might want to stay in the gym to socialize, but we cannot allow that. All students must remain physically distant and exit the building as soon as their picture has been taken.

Prepare Early for Senior Checkout

Fees include lunch account balances as well as charges for lost books, uniforms, laptop and accessories or other school property. All fees must be paid before a Senior will be allowed to pick up their tickets to graduation or participate in the graduation ceremony.

Both the lunch account balance and obligation fees can be accessed on the Parent Portal.

After March 1st all fees not paid through the portal must be paid in cash, money order, or by credit card. Checks will not be accepted.

If you have questions or concerns about your senior fees, please contact Chanel Walker at 816-349-3423 or

(updated 1/25/21)