Class of 2018 Senior Information

Dates (’17-’18 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)
    • 17th – Senior Portraits (2-8pm in Auditorium…$30 sitting fee)
    • 24th – Senior Portraits (2-6pm in Auditorium…$30 sitting fee)
    • 25th – Senior Academic Awards (Per Invitation in Cafeteria)
    • 25th – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8:10am in GJHS Cafeteria)(Introduction to Officers, Sponsors, and run down of yearly events)
  • September
    • 7th – Senior Portraits Final Date (2-8pm in Auditorium…$30 sitting fee)
    • 11th – Homecoming Dance tickets go on sale ($25 and $35 at the door…Guest cannot purchase tickets at the door)
  • October
    • 13th – Senior Class Panoramic (7:15am in Gym – wear green Senior Class Shirt)
    • 13th – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8am in GJHS Auditorium) (Herff Jones Presentation – Graduation Announcements / Cap and Gowns)
    • 13th – Homecoming Game vs. Gateway (7:30pm)
    • 14th – Homecoming Dance (8pm-11pm in Gym)
  • November
    • 3rd – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (7:05am in GJHS Cafeteria)
    • 17th – Senior Yearbook Ads Due
  • December
    • 21st – Senior Class Meeting/Lunch (1:10pm at Key Club Park)
  • January
    • 5th – Last Day for Seniors (and ALL students) to Purchase Yearbooks
    • 8th – Begin Selling Grad Bash @ Universal/Islands of Adventure Tickets (See Price List Below) – Begin Organizing Field Day Teams and Sponsors
  • February
    • 14th – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (7am in GJHS Food Court) – Prom Fashion Show – Prom Tickets go on sale ($60) – Field Day Team Packets are Due
  • March
    • 23rd – Senior Class Meeting/Breakfast (8am in GJHS Food Court) – Senior Field Day Activities
  • April
    • 5th – Student v. Faculty Basketball Game (7pm in GJHS Gym)
    • 7th – Prom @ Coronado Springs Resort (8pm – 11pm)
    • 13th – Grad Bash at Universal/Islands of Adventure (Meet at front of school @ TBA)
  • May
    • 1st – All Community Service Time Sheets are Due
    • 10th – Senior Awards (By Invitation – TBA)
    • TBA – Senior Exams
    • TBA – Seniors Last Day
    • TBA – Final Senior Class Meeting @ 7am (GJHS Food Court – All Seniors Must be Present)
    • TBA – Baccalaureate for All Seniors (6:30 @ Branscomb)
    • TBA – Graduation Walkthrough @ The Lakeland Center (ALL SENIORS MUST ATTEND)
    • TBA – Graduation (The Lakeland Center – All Seniors Must be Present)

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 Saturday afternoon and will return Sunday 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!
Graduation Practices The graduation practices will be mandatory for all seniors who anticipate walking during the commencement ceremony. If you do not attend these practices then you will not know where you are to be in the lineup, nor will you know the entering/leaving procedures; not knowing this information can exclude you from walking at graduation. Since we are giving you this information in advance do not schedule any doctor’s appointments, make any family plans, and/or pick up any work shifts during these times…again, you must be in attendance! Should a college orientation take place during this day, then we MUST be made aware of your absence before the day of the practice. We only need you for these few hours over the two days, so do not risk not walking because you were late or not in attendance. Please do not put us in an uncomfortable spot of not allowing you to walk due to your absence.

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 $35
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 $30 (Sitting Fee)
Cap and Gown Portraits $ Various Package Options
Grad Bash (Universal/Islands of Adventure $TBA
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 T-shirts/Privilege Cards
  • Senior Class Meeting/Breakfasts
  • Senior Field Day
  • Senior Panoramic Portrait
  • Grad Bash

Mrs. Bickerton (lea.bickerton@polk-fl.net) – Senior Class Sponsor (Room #3210)

  • Senior Field Day
  • Grad Bash
  • Cap and Gowns/Graduation Announcements
  • Baccalaureate Information
  • Graduation Information

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

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

Mrs. Cortello (merritt.cortello@polk-fl.net) – Guidance

  • Diplomas

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

  • Senior Portraits
  • Cap and Gown Portraits
  • Yearbook Information