Class of 2020

  • Seniors are encouraged to make appointments with School Counselors to review status for Graduation.  Counselors do a review of every senior twice a year: once in September and once in late February after second semester.  Senior Status letters are mailed home to the address on file for all seniors and any IB senior not on track at the beginning of the year in September.  A second senior status letter is mailed home to all seniors not on track in late February.

     

    Graduation Information:

    Seniors should remember to turn in final transcript requests to Mrs. Haywood, our school registrar by Friday, May 15th. Her office is located in the guidance department.


    Cap and Gown Pick-up will be on Thursday, May 28th  from 1:30 pm - 3:00pm in Bldg 15.  All debts must be paid in full before students can pick up their caps and gowns.  Only the student or relative can pick up the cap and gown.  Caps, tassels, and medallions can be purchased at this time as well. 
     
    Graduation Practice will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, June 29th at the O'Connell Center/Exactech.  Practice is mandatory for students participating in the graduation ceremony.
     
    Graduation is Saturday, May 30th at 2pm.  Seniors need to report to the O'Connell Center by 12:30pm.  Guests can enter at 1 pm.  There are no tickets and seats are unlimited seats.  No banners, balloons, or noisemakers are allowed in the building and will be enforced by University of Florida staff. Bags will be searched upon entry as required by their policy.
     
    Diplomas can be picked up by the student or relative starting on Monday, June 1st.  On June 1st students may pick up their diplomas from the school guidance department between the hours of 8 am - 12 pm.  Beginning, Tuesday, June 2nd they can be picked up from 8 am - 3 pm. *During the summer, schools are closed on Fridays. 

    *Diplomas use the legal name on the birth certificate.  If you have had a legal name change, you MUST submit the proper paperwork from the courts before January of each year. Students are expected to verify the accuracy of their names on the list prior to graduation. Once students have signed the form to verify accurate spelling, any errors that lead to requests for ordering a corrected diploma will be at the cost of the child/family.

     

    Senior Pictures

    Stan Wilkinson, Inc. (SWI) is our photographer for our Senior Portraits.  Seniors should receive a reservation date and time in the mail.  If you do not receive one before school begins, you can contact them at 352-378-8411 or at info.swiphoto.com.  They are located at 3710 NW 51st Street, Suite B in Gainesville, Fl.

    Make-up senior portraits will be on Wednesday, September 4th in the morning for any senior that was unable to do them in the summer.

    Senior cap and gown pictures are scheduled for Thursday, January 23, 2020. They will be taken during the school day in Hollinger Hall.

     

    Graduation Senior Pictures

    GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

     

    Grad Bash

    Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

    Time: Leave school at 4 pm and return the next morning at 4 am

    Location: Universal Studios/slands of Adventure

    *All student debts must be paid prior to students purchasing tickets. The school reserves the right to deny permission for the trip based on disciplinary history.

    Tickets range from $110 - $120 and go on sale generally in January during lunch time.  Only classified seniors may purchase a Grad Bash ticket.  Depending on the number of buses, that will determine the number of tickets available for purchase.  Once tickets are purchased by the school, there are no refunds for the tickets.

     

    Prom Information

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
    Time: 7:30pm - 11:30 pm
    Location: UF Hilton

    Tickets go on sale usually in February.  Only classified Juniors and Seniors may purchase prom tickets.  They start usually at $35.00 per ticket and raise $5.00 each week until Prom or sold out, whichever comes first.  Students can bring dates from other schools but they must be under the age of 21.  All parties MUST bring a picture ID for entrance into Prom.

     

    Graduation Speech Tryouts

    Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    Time: 3:00pm

    Location: Hollinger Hall

    Students interested in trying out for Graduation Speeches must sign up by Friday, April 10th at 3pm.  The school reserves the right to deny participation based on school records. Once participation is verified, students will have until Monday, April 27th to submit a copy of their speech to Dr. Edwards. All candidates will receive a rubric indicating speech requirements. Speeches should be all-encompassing of the senior class and Eastside High School.  We encourage you to have an adult listen to your speech prior to try-outs and provide feedback. Speeches do not have to be memorized at the time of tryouts but candidates should be ready to present them to a panel of judges.

     

    Scholarships

    Visit the Scholarship Page for more information. *Seniors should be researching scholarship opportunities continuously throughout the school year, starting as early as possible. Scholarship applications shared with the school are emailed to senior via their school board email, thus it should be checked regularly.

     

    Financial Aid Help

    Seniors are given the opportunity to fill out their Bright Futures, State of Florida Financial Aid, and to sign up for the FAFSA Pin via their Social Studies (Major Program)/Foreign Language (IB) classes in October 2019.

    Our school guidance department hosts two Financial Aid Help Sessions in evenings for seniors and their parents. At that time we help families completed their FAFSA Form. The sessions are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15th and Tuesday, January 14th; both sessions starting at 6pm. School counselors and volunteers from college financial aid offices are present to offer support.  It is IMPORTANT to have filed your taxes prior to filling out your FAFSA information. We encourage you to file as early as possible. 

    FAFSA--Federal aid that MUST be filed prior to any aid being awarded

    The window to apply opens on October 1st of each year.  You should have your previous year's taxes filed as early as possible in order to file your FAFSA.  FAFSA is required for all federal aid including Bright Futures.  This should be error free.

    1. Go to http://www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
    2. Choose State Grants, Scholarships, and Applications on the left-hand side
    3. Choose Apply Here on the top tab
    4. Then choose FAFSA –Free Application for Student Aid
    5. Then under Before Beginning FAFSA Step 1 choose Students and Parents Apply for Pin
    6. Follow remainder of steps online

     

    Bright Futures

    1. Go tohttp://www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
    2. Choose State Grants, Scholarships, and Applications on the left-hand side
    3. Choose Apply Here on the top tab
    4. Choose Initial State Student Application
    5. Proceed to fill out information. It is important to answer correctly.

     

    Senior Exams for the Spring

    Exams are given during the normal class period and cannot be altered.  If seniors stay after exams, they MUST attend their normal class schedule.

    • Tuesday, 5/19: Periods 5 and 6 will be given in normal class periods.
    • Wednesday, 5/20: Periods 3 and 4 will be given in normal class periods. 
    • Thursday, 5/21: Periods 1 and 2 will be given in normal class periods. 

     

    Final Transcript Requests

    Seniors must request a "final transcript" be sent to the school where they plan to enroll after high school. Transcripts are not automatically sent without a request. Transcript request forms must be submitted to Mrs. Haywood, our school registrar.

     

    Senior Survey - "Plan for Your Future"

    All Seniors are asked to complete the survey below between May 15-29, 2020. Seniors, please let us know what you plan to do after graduation. It provides good data and allows us to better prepare for the next group of EHS Graduates.

    Post-Secondary Plans

     

Last Modified on August 28, 2019