Class of 2020

 

The Most Commonly Asked Questions and Answers for the Class of 2020

As of 5/21/2020, we have compiled a list of common questions and answers that we have received.  Please remember, this is a fluid situation that we have no control over.  As such we are working to come up with plans and alternatives to those plans so that we can be as prepared as possible.  We are continually reviewing our plans. Remember we are in this together.
All updates to this page have been highlighted in yellow.  

Q.  Are we having a prom?


A. Due to the restrictions regarding large gatherings, at this time we have no choice but to cancel the prom.  As we stated previously, we will be refunding the money that was paid.  Checks will be mailed home.  Please allow some time for this.  For those of you that have not yet paid your grad fee, you are permitted to apply your prom deposit to the grad fee and will be refunded any balance.  

 

Q.  What are we doing in place of the end of year awards ceremonies?

 

A.  Below are the dates for the following virtual ceremonies.  The links will be released on those dates.  


  • May 29:  Senior National Honor Society Induction
  • June 5:  Top 20 Ceremony
  • June 9:  Varsity Awards
  • June 12:  Scholarship Night
  • June 15:  Academic Awards

 

 

Q. What are we doing about our GHS graduation?

 

A. The graduation committee has been working to come up with different ideas for graduation for the class of 2020.  We are working to highlight the Class of 2020 from now until  the end of the school year, while staying within the limits that the Governor sets.  Recently, the changes have been occurring very frequently.  Due to the very fluid nature of the situation we are in, we need to stay flexible.  We are making multiple plans that can be put into place, if we are permitted.  As of Friday, 5/8, Executive Order 107 stated that we are only permitted virtual graduations.  On Monday, our Superintendent, Ms. Sciacca, notified our families of this order and that both  GMS and GHS would have a virtual ceremony.  http://www.gboe.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66689/File/Superintendent/PARENT%20%20CALL%20GRADUATION%20UPDATE%20MAY%2011%202020[11612].pdf    If or when, this Executive Order is changed or updated, then plans will be revisited by the district.  Ultimately, our first priority is everyone's safety. Again, we are continuing to collect ideas and plan.   We will share those plans, when we know that they can happen.


· Q: What about my Graduation fee?

A: The $100 graduation fee is not for the graduation ceremony.  It covers the cost for the yearbook and cap and gown. If you have already paid your Graduation fee in full, your yearbook has been ordered. Caps and gowns have been ordered for everyone. Caps and gowns will be distributed on Wednesday and Thursday, May 27 & 28.

May 27:  Last Names beginning with A-K.
May 28:  Last Names beginning with L-Z. 
Families will receive additional information via robo-calls and emails.

If you left a deposit for your Graduation fee, we will address that individually.


 Q. When can I get my belongings from my locker(s)?


 A.  Due to directives that school districts have received, students cannot come to the building at this time for their belongings.  We are hoping to have permission by the beginning of June. We will keep you posted.  



· Q: Why do we still have to do schoolwork?

A: As a school district, we have NJ Department of Education requirements that we must follow.  For remote learning to count as a school day, we have a four hour daily minimum requirement and we must follow our State approved curriculum. These are just two requirements. Students can complete the work outside of the 4-hour window and that work must be submitted for attendance to be recorded.  As always, if a student is having any challenges, has questions, or concerns, she/he is highly encouraged to reach out to her/his individual teachers, counselor, or school administration.


 

  • In addition, we are working on a commemorative video for the Class of 2020. Seniors will be receiving an email with instructions to submit photos of your years at GHS (think all extra curricular activities, school trips, sporting events, etc.)
  • Cap and Gown- Caps and gowns have been ordered and delivered for every senior.
  • Yearbook- Yearbooks will be delivered in early June.  Students who ordered a yearbook will be notified when they are delivered. 

 

 

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Archived announcements are listed below.

Important Information:


A graduation fee of $100 will be collected in two payments. The first payment will be $50, due by November 15, 2019. The second payment of $50 will be due February 1st. The graduation fee is a way for graduating seniors to save money by making payments earlier in the school year and is strictly optional. The non-refundable grad fee covers the cost of a yearbook, cap, gown and tassel and op grad/trip deposit.
For those not opting in to the grad fee, the cost of each item is listed below.

1.               
Yearbook: A yearbook can be purchased by bringing in a check or cash  to Ms. Rebori prior to December 15. Yearbook payments are all due by March 1st.  The cost of the 2020 yearbook is $75.00.

2.             
  Cap & Gown:  Payment will be collected when gowns are distributed in June.  The cost will be $25.00.

3.               Class Rings: Anyone wishing for a class ring can contact our representative at
                   Zolnier at 1-800-303-8548  

 

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