Class of 2021 Senior Newsletter

May 11, 2021- Please read through entire newsletter.

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IMPORTANT DATES and DEADLINES:

Please read through all of these important dates as they include many important deadlines and fun events!



May 14 - Senior Check In

    • Turn in Laptop and Charger

    • Pay technology fees

    • Yearbook Pickup (if you purchased one)

    • Cap & Gown Pick-up if you did not receive for pictures

    • Turn in all bound books

    • Stoles/Cord pick up

      • All cords and stoles will be lent to students. They will need to be returned at the end of the graduation. If you are interested in buying the stoles or cords, please contact Dora Lane for pricing information. The only cord you keep is the white cord given for an Associate’s degree.

        • Associate’s Degree Stole - Red and Gold

        • Associate’s Degree Cord - White cord (Student Keeps)

        • NHS Member - White/blue stole (student keeps if they bought through Mrs. Roberts)

        • Ambassador Hours - 80 hours or more of volunteer hours - green cord

        • Big Brother Big Sister - green cord

      • New Cords added for 2021:

        • Core 42 hours College Credit - Gold Cord

        • 30 Hours College Credit - Orange Cord

        • 3-29 Hours College Credit - Red Cord

        • UIL Academics - Blue Cord

        • Fine Arts - Burgundy Cord

        • Athletics Cord - Purple Cord

        • Phoenix Award Recipients - Red and Gold Cord

        • CA Leadership/Ambassadors - Green/Gold Cord

  • May 15 - TCC Graduation

    • Graduation will be a rolling ceremony from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It will be held at Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth. It is adjacent to the WIll Rogers stadium.

    • While Dickies Arena's main entrance is on Montgomery Street, there will be no general admission to the 2021 event. Guests (limited to 4) must accompany their graduate at the assigned time of arrival at the exhibit level.

    • What's a "rolling ceremony?" - It means the graduates and guests will form an extended but constantly moving processional from the time they arrive at the Exhibit Hall entrance to Dickies, located off Trail Drive.

    • Graduates and guests won't be seated at any time; they will be placed in line and will process through the exhibit area of the venue, before entering the arena and crossing the stage as their name is read.

    • Once the graduate crosses the stage, they will immediately leave the building with their guests. If weather cooperates, there are many nice spots for outdoor photos around the arena. Of course, many graduates will want to continue the celebration elsewhere such as at a restaurant, home, or outdoors.

    • Livestream - TCC will livestream the commencement ceremony.

    • Parking - For GPS, use the following address to get to the exhibit hall entrance and surface parking lots available to graduates and guests: 54 Trail Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107. This corresponds to the intersection of Trail Drive and Harvey Street, behind the arena. For 2021, there is no fee for parking in the Yellow Lot and marked adjacent lots. The Dickies Arena parking garage will not be available for commencement parking.

  • TCC Diplomas

    • Upon completion of all degree requirements, student diplomas are processed by the Office of Records and Reports and will be sent via U.S. Mail according to the following schedule:

    • Completion of Requirements in Spring 2018, diplomas will be mailed Mid-July

    • Completion of Requirements in Summer 2021, diplomas will be mailed Mid-October

  • Duplicate and Replacement Requests can be made at the Office of Records and Reports with a $30 fee See below for more important information about the TCC Rolling Commencement.

  • May 17 - Senior Awards Picnic/Tailgate, 6:00 p.m., Back of CA - come join us for a picnic and awards presentation. Boxed lunches will be provided. Only one car will be allowed per student.

    • Parents are encouraged to attend the awards celebration

    • We will announce the top 10%, the valedictorian and salutatorian

  • May 19- Graduation Practice. MANDATORY, 10:00 a.m. Mustang-Panther Stadium



  • May 19 - Class of 2021 Graduation, 8:00 p.m., Mustang-Panther Stadium

    • Seniors should arrive by 7:00 p.m.

    • Doors open for guests at 7:30 p.m.

    • No limitation on guests but appropriate COVID guidelines need to be followed

  • May 31, 2021 Final Transcript Requests Deadline

    • ALL seniors MUST request a final transcript for the institution he/she has committed to through parchment. All requests must be made by May 31st. This transcript will include all academic history while in high school. Change GCISD emails in parchment to your own personal email.



  • June 30, 2021- FAFSA Closes

TCC Has More Important Information about Their Rolling Commencement and Answered Questions about Arrival Times and Name Cards



TCC answered our questions we had about the arrival times on our name cards, not having received name card etc. for the upcoming rolling commencement.



Email from TCC:



Hello Everyone,


Just a few days until 2021 TCC Commencement! I wanted to send out an update that addresses just a few common questions and issues that have come up.


ECHS Graduate Arrival Times and Name Cards


Graduates will not be turned away due to time printed on card or not having a card. All ECHS graduates will attend the first hour of the ceremony. Name cards were mailed on Thursday, so if graduates did not get their card on Saturday, they should get them today or tomorrow. Some ECHS graduates have gotten cards with times that do not match the above chart. Apparently, there was a glitch that put some graduates into the timeslots for the non-ECHS graduates. ALL ECHS graduates should arrive at either 9:45 (if your last name begins with A-K) or 10:20 (if your last name begins with L-Z) regardless of the time on their name card. If a graduate does not receive a card or forgets their name card. There is a station where a duplicate card can be printed for the graduate. That card is what will be scanned so their name is read aloud as they cross the stage.


Guests


There will be no guest tickets, rather, the graduate and their four guests should arrive together to enter the arena. Children in strollers are not counted as guests, but all others will count as guests. The graduate and their guests will park in the yellow lots and enter at the Northeast Exhibit Entrance and proceed together along a path where the graduates will check in and have their formal graduation photo taken. A professional photo will also be taken as each graduate crosses the stage.


The distance the graduates and their guests will walk is over a quarter mile, on hard surfaces, so we do ask that be taken into account by those attending. A live stream will be available as well at a link to the completed ceremony in the following days.

Photo of NE Exhibit Entrance where graduates and their guests will enter. for TCC Rolling Commencement

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Senior Awards Tailgate Reminders

  • May 17 - Senior Awards Picnic/Tailgate, 6:00 p.m., Back of CA - come join us for a picnic and awards presentation. Boxed lunches will be provided based on the orders you previously placed with Mrs. Lane. Only one car will be allowed per student.

  • Mrs. Jackson will email further instructions so you will know what spots you will park in and instructions on how to park to enjoy this event.

    • Parents are encouraged to attend the awards celebration

    • We will announce the top 10%, the valedictorian and salutatorian

    • Please feel free to bring lawn chairs to help you enjoy the event.

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Senior Google Accounts Closing --

In preparation for the end of the school year and graduation, it is important for graduating seniors to back up any emails and files in their Google accounts that they want to take with them when they leave GCISD.


Once student accounts are disabled they will not be reopened to retrieve files left behind including college communications or documents. The sooner you begin preparing for this the better. I recently updated the instructions for this so hopefully they're a little easier to follow. Seniors, please see the instructions below so you can backup your Google files before your accounts close on the last day of school.


English:

https://gcisdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500003725842


Spanish:

https://gcisdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500003602041

Change Your Parchment Email to a Personal Email account

We have talked about this many times in Pathways class, but be sure to switch your Parchment account email to a personal email before your school Google account closes on the last day of school.

Need Information About our School for Scholarship Applications?

The School Profile has all of the information you might need to answer questions on scholarships as far as our quartile breakdowns etc.

Thinking about buying a laptop for next year?

Dell's K12 Graduation Offer

Dell is offering discounts to graduating students. We received news of this discount offer if you are thinking about buying a laptop for next year:


This includes up to $100 off!

Take advantage through your unique Dell4Education website at: www.dell.com/GCISD.

All college freshman are going to need a laptop to successfully navigate their first year, so Dell wants to celebrate their hard work by making it easier and less expensive.