Celebrating Our Class of 2020
Plano East Senior High School is happy to announce many ways we will be celebrating the Senior Class of 2020! We know this has been a very difficult spring for our seniors. We as a campus and district want to make sure that we do all we can in these difficult times to remember and celebrate all the seniors have accomplished.
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).
As we receive guidance and new information, we will update this page.
Public Health Awareness
Plano ISD and Plano East Senior 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.
Feeder School Celebrations
Be on the lookout for our feeder schools to be celebrating our seniors through social media. Check the school's website for their social media platforms.
- Mondays - Elementary Schools
- Tuesdays - Middle Schools
- Wednesdays - High School
Social Media Senior Class Takeover Days
The district is coordinating our senior students taking over district social media. On Tuesday, May 19, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., there will be a variety of items pushed out on the hour.
Theme Days for the Month of May
Each Friday of May, we will have a unique way to promote our seniors through social media. We will have videos and pictures being put out through the Plano East Twitter page @EastPanthers1 each Friday. We encourage you to share your pictures on twitter and tag @East panthers1 and use the following hashtag so that the district can share these pictures as well: #PantherSeniors2020
Senior Celebration Events
May 1: “All about me... my senior year!!”
Students are encouraged to wear something that best represents you. A club shirt & sports uniform and in action if possible!
Superlatives: Starting today, Seniors can vote on several superlatives at the following link: Superlative Google Form. Deadline for entry is April 29. Friday, May 1, we will be tweeting out senior superlative winners throughout the day.
Senior Shout Outs: We are asking parents to tweet out shout outs about your Plano East seniors. We have created a template for you to use to create this shout out. Please click here to get to a page that will allow you to make a copy of the template. Tweet us @EastPanthers1 and use the #PantherSeniors2020 hashtags so Plano East and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs.
May 8: ”My Favorite Memories of My Senior Year”
Throughout the day, we will be sending out senior memory videos from each month of the school year. They will include months from August through February. Each hour starting at 9 a.m. we will release a new video on Twitter. If you don’t have a twitter account follow the twitter stream on the Plano East Website.
We also ask you tweet out your favorite memories of your senior year tweet us @EastPanthers1 and use the #PantherSeniors2020 hashtag so Plano East and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs. We have created a template for you to use to create this shout out. Please click here to get to a page that will allow you to make a copy of the template.
Wear something on Friday that reminds you of that special time in your senior year.
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 East Spirit gear tweet us @EastPanthers1 and use the #PantherSeniors2020 hashtag so Plano East and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs. We have created a template for you to use to create this shout out. Please click here to get to a page that will allow you to make a copy of the template.
May 22: ”Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
Our 2020 Seniors will go 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 tweet us @EastPanthers1 and use the #PantherSeniors2020 hashtag so Plano East and the district will be able to retweet those shout outs. We have created a template for you to use to create this shout out. Please click here to get to a page that will allow you to make a copy of the template.
Wear your shirt on Friday.
May 1: Senior yard sign pick up
We are excited to have our seniors come to campus and pick up their senior yard signs. There is a picture of them below!
We ask that students come from 9 am - noon at the designated times:
- 9-10 A-J
- 10-11 K-Q
- 11-12 R-Z
We ask that you have the senior students name and id number on a piece of paper so that we can mark each senior off as they are given one. We will place these signs in your trunk so that there does not have to be any contact.
We do have a surprise for our seniors, so we encourage all seniors to be present at the pick up!!!
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to celebrating with our seniors!!
Any participation is voluntary. Individuals handing out materials will wear masks, gloves, place items in trunks versus handing directly to individuals and maintain the required distance from cars, individuals, etc.
May 7: Senior Graduation Regalia & Yearbook Pick-up
- Seniors are invited to come to campus and pick-up their pre-purchased Josten’s Senior Graduation Items and purchased yearbooks.
- This will occur in the Plano East bus lane/Panther Circle
- Jostens Items will be given out near the gym entrance
- Pre-purchased yearbooks will be picked up in the IB entrance. No yearbooks will be for sale this day.
- Students are encouraged to come at some point during the following times that match their last name to avoid overcrowding.
- 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. A-F
- 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. G-M
- 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. N-S
- 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. T-Z
- Please do not get out of your car. Place your students name (last name, first name) and student id on a sign in your window for us to read.
- We will deliver items into your trunk.
- More details about this process will come out next week.
May 15: Senior Award Ceremony Video
Friday, May 15, the senior award ceremony will be tweeted out on the Plano East Twitter account. Parents of students that will be honored will be emailed a program and invitation for the event earlier that week.
May 22: Last day of virtual school
May 22 will be the last day of virtual school.
July 9, 2020
Plano ISD has been monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines from health authorities and state agencies as they relate to large group gatherings and accommodating in-person graduation ceremonies later this summer. On Friday, June 26, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state would be slowing reopening efforts as a response to the recent surge in positive COVID-19 test results and hospitalizations. In light of the new executive order from Governor Abbott affecting large group gatherings at The Star in Frisco, along with prior Dallas County orders affecting the Eisemann Center’s operations, we are not able to host the in-person graduation ceremonies at these venues.
The district is disappointed to be unable to give our 2020 seniors and families the traditional ceremony they have likely been looking forward to the last 13 years. This is not the outcome that was hoped for, but in light of the current public health crisis, Plano ISD feels it is the right decision for the health and safety of students, families and staff.
Knowing the unpredictability of the virus and health-related closures, Plano ISD decided to host hybrid graduation ceremonies on the campuses to recognize the distinguished accomplishments of our district’s hardworking seniors and provide an opportunity for families to celebrate their successes.
By now, families who were able to attend those events should have received an email from Flash Photography with photo proofs and information on how to redeem the complimentary family photo provided by Plano ISD. If you have not received this communication, please contact Flash Photography at email@example.com.
Families will also receive an email from the district with the premiere dates and viewing details for the completed graduation videos. These videos are being created from video captured at each campus event and include remarks from the principal, student speeches, graduates walking the stage and receiving their diploma and the cap toss. Following the premiere, each video will be available for download. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
It is an honor to have been trusted with the education of the students from the Class of 2020. We know this year has been challenging and included many disappointments, but the student’s resilience has been inspiring as they faced adversity and kept moving forward. They should feel immense pride for all of their hard-earned achievements. Plano ISD wishes graduates all the best in health and success in their bright futures.