Celebrating Our Class of 2020
Plano ISD Academy High School is happy to announce many ways we will be celebrating the Senior Class of 2020! We are nearing the end of a four year journey together, and we are so proud of you! Even though we aren’t together on campus, we are together in spirit and are excited to celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments!
In the month of May and into the summer, we have several events planned virtually, over social media, and in person (keeping in line with all government guidelines for social distancing). Below is an inclusive list of ways we plan on celebrating our #AcademySeniors2020.
Public Health Awareness
Plano ISD and Academy High School recognize the ongoing need to practice social distancing and follow interaction guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All senior celebration events are optional and participation by either students or staff is not required.
Each Friday of May we will have a unique way to promote our seniors through social media. We will have videos and pictures to share through the Plano Academy Twitter page @PlanoAHS each Friday. We encourage you to share your pictures on Twitter and tag @PlanoAHS including the following hashtag so that the district can share these pictures as well: #AcademySeniors2020
May 1: "We Love Our Seniors!!"
Be on the lookout for a home delivery of your senior celebration yard sign! Post a picture of you and your sign on Twitter using tagging tag @PlanoAHS and #AcademySeniors2020.
Senior Shout Outs: We are asking parents to tweet shout outs about your seniors. Tweet us @PlanoAHS and use the #AcademySeniors2020 hashtag so that Academy and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs.
Facebook Frames: Facebook users, you can add a frame to your profile picture to celebrate the Plano ISD Academy High School Class of 2020, customized by the district especially for:
May 8: ”I am the portrait of a graduate!”
Senior video challenge: Seniors submit videos, emails, or tweets @PlanoAHS #AcademySeniors2020 of how their experience at Academy HS and the staff have prepared them in these four areas:
- Sense of Self: The Academy graduate will be prepared to take on challenges and problems with enthusiasm and integrity; students will leave the Academy with a strong understanding of their place in the world and the ability to adapt to challenges and change, thereby overcoming adversity.
- Learners: The Academy graduate is an enterprising risk taker who voraciously innovates solutions.
- Collaborators: The Academy graduate is an individual who, through interactions, leaves a positive footprint on peers and community. By acknowledging the differences in others and knowing when to lead and when to follow, our students will be productive collaborators.
- Connected: The Academy graduate realizes, and engages in, the academic, social, and professional communities in which they participate on campus, local, national, and global levels.
Visit the Portrait of a Graduate webpage for more details.
May 15: “Doorway to the Future” Senior Door Day
Seniors are encouraged to decorate their front door with their families to celebrate graduating from high school. Take a picture in front of your door with your school Spirit wear or senior shirt and tweet us @PlanoAHS and use the #AcademySeniors2020 hashtag so Academy and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs.
May 22: ”Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
Our 2020 Seniors will go on to so many places in the coming year. Take a picture that represents your next steps after high school. Example: If it's college, take a picture with your college shirt. Tweet these pictures out on Friday, May 22 and tweet us @PlanoAHS and use the #AcademySeniors2020 so Plano and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs.
Events for Seniors
May 1: Senior yard sign delivery
On Friday, May 1, school staff members will deliver your senior yard sign to your home and take your picture to share on social media! If we miss you on Friday, you will be able to pick up your yard sign on May 5 during Graduation regalia pick up.
May 5: Senior Graduation Regalia Pick Up
On Tuesday, Jostens will be on campus for curbside pick up of your graduation regalia. You will enter the school carpool lane and drive by the front of the school during your time slot. Caps and gowns may still be ordered from Jostens. You will find more information about curbside pick up protocols and orders here: Jostens Curbside Delivery Letter
- A-L: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- M-Z: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We will also have a 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. pick up for any remaining students who were unable to come during their designated time. Please have the student's ID ready to show our Jostens representative.
May 14: Senior Award Ceremony Video Released
Thursday, May 14, the senior award ceremony will be released through various social media platforms. Parents of students that will be honored will be emailed a program and invitation for the event.
May 21: Senior Showcase
On Thursday, May 21, Senior capstone presentations, art shows, and films will be released through various social media platforms. Parents of seniors will receive additional information with more details.
May 22: Last day of remote learning
May 22 will be the last day of remote learning.
July 20: Graduation Practice and Senior Activities
These events are tentative and dependent on the status of the COVID-19 virus:
- Senior Grad Practice
- Graduation Ticket Pick up/ Graduation Cords pick up
- Senior final walk of the halls of Plano Academy
- Senior Luncheon
- Seniors enjoy lunch provided by our PTSA. Plano Academy PTSA will be announcing Senior Scholarships.
July 21: Senior Graduation
Senior graduation on July 21 is dependent on the status of the COVID-19 virus.
Events Canceled, Postponed or Dates Still TBD
Yearbook: The date for yearbook distribution is still to be determined.
Senior Prom: Canceled; we are actively working on alternative social gathering dates or options.
Senior Banquet: Canceled