Class of 2021 Senior Information

Dates (’20-’21 School Year)

(These dates/times may change due to extraneous circumstances; check back frequently for updates.)

** If you are a senior that is off campus for part of the day, you are still responsible for attending all meetings; if you do not attend the meetings, we cannot be held responsible for you not knowing updated information.

  • June
    • Senior Class Portraits (You will receive time and date through the mail.)
  • July
    • Senior Class Portraits (You will receive time and date through the mail.)
  • August
    • 8th – Orientation (Begin Purchasing T-shirts / Privilege Cards)
    • 15th – Senior Portraits (2-8pm in Auditorium…$15 sitting fee)
    • 22nd – Senior Portraits (2-6pm in Auditorium…$15 sitting fee)
    • 23rd – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8:10am in GJHS Cafeteria)(Introduction to Officers, Sponsors, and run down of yearly events)
  • September
    • 4th – Homecoming Dance tickets go on sale for $25 ($35 at the door…Guest cannot purchase tickets at the door)
    • 24th – Senior Portraits Final Date (2-8pm in Auditorium…$15 sitting fee)
  • October
    • 22nd – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8:00am in GJHS Auditorium) (Herff Jones Presentation – Graduation Announcements / Cap and Gowns)
    • 28th – Order Herff Jones during lunches
    • 28th – Parent Night for Herff Jones orders (4pm – 6pm)
    • 29th – Order Herff Jones during lunches
  • November
    • 5th – Order Herff Jones during lunches
    • 20th – Senior Yearbook Ads due
  • December
    • 18th – Senior Class Meeting/Lunch (1:10pm at Key Club Park)
  • January
    • 11th – Begin Selling Grad Bash @ Universal/Islands of Adventure Tickets (See Price List Below) – Begin Organizing Field Day Teams and Sponsors
    • 15th – Last Day for Seniors (and ALL students) to Purchase Yearbooks
    • 15th – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8:10am GJ Cafeteria)
    • 28th – Senior Class Panoramic (in Gym – wear green Senior Class Shirt
  • February
    • TBA – Field Day Team Packets are Due
  • March
    • 5th – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8:10am @ Stadium) – Senior Field Day Activities
    • March Senior Class Notes
    • 19th – Senior Field Day
  • April
    • 1st – Senior Class Panoramic (7:30am @ Gym)
    • 1st – All Community Service Time Sheets are Due
    • 15th – Senior Sunrise Event and Meeting (6:45am @ Stadium)
    • April Senior Class Notes
    • 20th – Cap and Gown Delivery During Lunches (Any not picked up will be in Mr. Townley’s room – #1216)
  • May

Senior Class Things You Need to Know

Privilege Cards All expenses for the senior class throughout the year are paid directly through senior class fundraising. The purchase of a privilege card is each senior’s contribution to these costs as the major fundraiser. The privilege card is required for the breakfasts and lunch, participation in field day, Powder Puff / Volley Buff, and free admission to the multiple senior class events that will occur throughout the year. Please purchase your card as early as possible!

Senior Field Day This event is a fun day for seniors to team up with the friends and compete against their peers in traditional outdoor relay games. The senior teams must get a school-board approved adult (if getting a teacher then you will also collect money to pay for the teacher’s substitute), design and pay for their team shirt (shirts will be ordered through the senior class at a bulk-order cost), and submit the approved paperwork with parent/guardian signature before the deadline. We encourage all seniors to participate in this incredibly fun event!

Grad Bash @ Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Grad Bash is an annual event where all seniors gather with other seniors from around the state at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure; the students will meet at the front of GJHS to load the busses on Friday afternoon and will return Saturday morning (times will be given as the date approaches). The cost of the ticket will include transportation to and from the event (students must travel the busses with our students and staff…no personal cars will be allowed), entrance to both parks and all roller coasters, a dinner option in the park, and the multiple concerts and events that will occur inside the park. The students will be responsible for their food, drinks, and any souvenirs they choose to purchase (outside of the provided meal). It is each senior’s responsibility to purchase their ticket, sign up for their bus preference, and have their district-required form notarized by each deadline. The deadlines for Grad Bash will not be altered for any student so it is essential they meet all required deadlines.

Cap and Gown Packet Orders All seniors who walk at the Graduation ceremony must have the proper cap, gown, tassel, and medallion ordered through Herff Jones; do not plan on ordering from another company as the fabric colors must all match in the traditional GJHS colors. (From our experience…hunter green from one company is not the same as another.) Cap and Gown orders will begin in October and can be purchased until the final day of 1st semester. If a senior has not ordered their cap and gown packets by the end of the 1st semester then they risk not walking at graduation. The administration and senior class sponsors of GJHS will not be held responsible for any student who does not walk due to their failure to purchase their cap and gown packets in a timely manner. Do not wait until this last day!

Estimated Senior Year Expenses (Some Items are Optional)

(These expenses are approximate and could change due to vendor costs and various options available)

Senior Privilege Card $25
Senior Class T-shirt $10
Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Medallion (Herff Jones) $80
Graduation Announcements (Herff Jones) $ Various Package Options
Senior Panoramic Portrait (Leonard’s Studio) $TBA
Senior Portraits $15 (Sitting Fee)
Cap and Gown Portraits $ Various Package Options
Grad Bash (Universal/Islands of Adventure)(Deadline to purchase tickets is February 28) $90
Yearbook $90 (Yearbook only) $100 (Yearbook w/ cover and nameplate)
Homecoming Ticket $25
Prom Ticket $60

Senior Class Contact Information

Mr. Townley (matt.townley@polk-fl.net) – Senior Class Sponsor (Room #1216)

  • Senior Class Meeting/Breakfasts
  • Senior Class T-shirts/Privilege Cards
  • Grad Bash
  • Cap and Gowns/Graduation Announcements
  • Graduation Information

Mrs. Iatarola (nicole.iatarola1@polk-fl.net) – Senior Class Sponsor (Media Center)

  • Senior Class Meetings/Breakfasts
  • Senior Field Day
  • Senior Panoramic Portrait
  • Senior Cap and Gown Portraits
  • Grad Bash

Mrs. Higgins (emily.higgins@polk-fl.net) – Guidance

  • Community Service Hours/Deadlines
  • Transcripts via the Senior Exit Survey

Mrs. Robinson (janet.robinson@polk-fl.net) – Guidance

  • Diplomas

Mrs. Salas (jessica.salas@polk-fl.net) – Yearbook Coordinator (Room #4224)

  • Senior Portraits
  • Cap and Gown Portraits
  • Yearbook Information