Highland High School

2021 Senior Scoop - Edition #2 (March)

Message from Mr. Neal

Reese Neal

Assistant Principal, Seniors

Dear Hawk Class of 2021:

With graduation quickly approaching, it is important for you to know what to expect as well as what is expected of you.

In an effort to better support your progress toward graduation and beyond, we have consolidated all of the important resources you will need into the seniors-only newsletter.

As you read through the information here, click on the links, and please reach out to your teachers, counselor, and/or administrator (that's me!) if you have questions.

Thank you,

-Mr. Neal

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Highland High School CLASS OF 2021

Commencement Information

Let the countdown begin...We are now less than 85 days away from graduation for the Class of 2021!

With that in mind, I wanted to go ahead and include some general information to help you begin planning. Due to COVID mitigation policies and guidelines, please understand that things may change, but we will do our best to keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Baccalaureate Ceremony - TBD

Commencement Ceremony is currently scheduled to be an in-person event on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., in Hawk Stadium. Please note that, due to limitations on seating capacity, we will only be allowing a certain number of attendees per graduate (right now it is looking like a MAXIMUM of four tickets, so please plan accordingly). We will also be livestreaming the event. More details forthcoming.


  • If you haven’t already, please order your Gown, Hood, Cap, & Tassel ASAP--Deadline is March 18--don’t wait, or it will be too late! All items are available for purchase through www.jostens.com; you can also call 1-800-Jostens, or reach them locally at (602)765-7227.

  • Seniors: keep in mind the importance of regular attendance, good grades, and appropriate behavior. Please do not jeopardize the opportunity to participate in the commencement ceremony by missing too many days, failing classes, or getting suspended.

  • The deadline for all online classes through Gilbert Global Academy is May 7, 2021 for asynchronous classes. If you are taking online classes through an outside provider, please keep in mind that your official transcripts must be received at HHS by April 23, 2021, as well.

  • All fees must be paid through the Bookstore and library (books & fees), and possibly athletics, and/or music (uniforms/equipment).

  • Please check the HHS website, email, and school newsletter for updates. If you have any questions, please call Tricia Trejo or Reese Neal at 480.813.0051, X8114057.

Thank you!

Reese Neal

Assistant Principal, Seniors

Class of 2021: Senior Exit Survey - IMPORTANT!

Each year, we strive to put forth as accurate a picture as possible for the community, highlighting the outstanding collective achievements of the senior class. Since there is no way for us to automatically know about every single recognition or scholarship offer that comes your way, we rely heavily on your self-reporting this type of information when you find out.

In order to make sure we do not miss anything, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Prior to picking up your Cap and Gown in April, we will need you to complete the Senior Exit survey to let us know about your plans after high school, as well as any awards, grants, scholarships, or other significant recognitions or honors you have received. And don't worry--you will be able to go back in and update your entry if anything else newsworthy comes your way in the weeks leading up to graduation.

Here is a link to the survey: https://forms.gle/FQwT83BshPpFwvdi9

Senior Checklist from the Counseling Department

Valedictorian & Salutatorian Selection Process

Soon after 3rd quarter grades have been posted, we will reach out to the top 5% of seniors again with application details and submission deadlines. Stay tuned!

Deadline to Order is March 18!!!


Questions? Call 1-800-Jostens

Order Options:

All Graduation orders will now be placed online.

If you would like to order in person visit us at:


21023 N. Cave Creek Road

Suite #1

Phoenix, AZ 8502

Monday - Friday / 10:00am - 5:00pm


Cindy Serrano



Contact Highland's Career Resources

Mrs. Ward


Join the College & Career Google Classroom - anuoe3q


Join the Seniors 2021 google classroom code: yxpttcy

Message from the Registrar:

How To Request Transcripts

The following information is the procedure when requesting transcripts:

If you are a current senior, please fill out the Transcript Release Form and return it to the registrar's office.

If you are a former graduate in need of your official transcript to be sent to a University/College you must provide the following information:

- full name when you attended HHS

- complete date of birth

- year you graduated

- the name and address of the University/College

** Processing time is 48 business hours.

Parchment.com is also available to send transcripts. Simply create an account and you can then make requests through their website.

**Parchment.com charges a small fee of $4.15 per official transcript and can be sent out within 24-48 hours electronically.

Please note per GPS policy: In order for a transcript to be considered official, it must be mailed directly to the college or institution. Also, HHS does not have copies of diplomas and cannot create a duplicate. If you need to prove that you have graduated, you can use your transcript. Your date of graduation is shown on the transcript.

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