• Graduation

     

    Gown Pickup

    Since graduation ceremonies have started across DFW, the Jostens store will be closed and only open one more time before your graduation on May 30. Your very last chance to pick up your order is Wednesday 5/27 from 10am-1pm at the rear shipping doors of the store (drive thru only).  Otherwise, you will have to pick up any items at their table the day of the ceremony at the entrance of HCTC.

    Pick-up Location

    Jostens

    2126 Hamilton Dr. Suite #440

    Argyle, TX 76226

    Text: 940-382-8948

    Tickets

    We will have a drive thru ticket pick up on Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th from 8:30am-4:30pm outside of the cafeteria. The student must pick up their own tickets with a photo I.D. These items will be inside of the envelope. 
    • Maps: for parking, seating, graduate drop-off/parking
    • 4 copies of the graduation program
    • One pager with graduation information
    • Smaller envelope with graduates name and 5 tickets
     
    If you choose to pick up your tickets at the stadium before your respective ceremony, you may still be in line when the ceremony begins. We will not hold the start of a ceremony to accommodate guests; therefore, we strongly encourage you to pick up your tickets on the assigned days at your campus to ensure you are present for the entire ceremony.
     
    Dress Code for Graduates
    Graduation will remain a formal event.
    • Students must wear cap/gown/tassel/stole from Jostens.
    • Young ladies may wear a dress, no strapless or backless. Young ladies may also wear dark dress pants.
    • Heels are not permitted due to safety concerns walking on the turf.
    • Blocked heels, wedges, or flats may be worn.
    • Young men will wear black or dark slacks with long or short-sleeved dress shirt.
    • Ties are traditional worn.
    • All students are to wear dress shoes. No flip flops, slides, or tennis shoes.
     
    Cap decoration
    • Decorations added to the graduation cap must be limited to the top of the cap, lay flat, and must be one inch away from the edge.
    • All messages should be positive, of gratitude only, and follow FNAA (LOCAL).
    • Images of colleges, trades, or military branches are allowable within limitations stated above.
    • Dedication to family, teachers, or friends is allowable within limitation stated above.
    • Only caps meeting the guidelines will be allowed at graduation commencement.
    • You will be provided with a non-decorated cap if guidelines are not met
     
    Jostens will be available to purchase anything that you have lost etc. You must wear a cap, gown stole and tassel for graduation. Bring cash/card for your purchase.
     
    Do not bring any items into the stadium. No air horns, signs, purses phones etc
     
    Check in and drop off for seniors on graduation day is located at the tennis courts by HCTC. Please arrive promptly at 1:00 pm. Be in dress code, drape your gown over your arm for dress code check. Do not be late.  

    May 26, 2020
     
    Hello Seniors and Families! It’s Graduation Week and we could not be more excited about celebrating you. A lot of information will be coming your way this week as we lead into the ceremonies on Saturday, so please continue to watch your email and our Class of 2020 website for updates. Please know we are receiving all your questions and responding as quickly as possible. Here’s what we have to share with you today:
     
    Live Stream
    All EMS ISD graduations will be offered via live stream through the district website, www.emsisd.com. The feed for our graduation will be available at 1 p.m., which is 1 hour prior to the start of our ceremony on graduation day. The district also is hosting a test window at 1 pm this Thursday so families can test their streaming capabilities and connections.
     
    Professional Photography
    The district is providing a professional photography company, Glamourcraft Photography, to capture formal moments of your graduate’s ceremony. An action photo will be made of each graduate crossing the stage as well as a professional portrait holding his/her diploma cover. Glamourcraft will email parents with a photo proof and order form a week or two following the ceremony. All purchases will be handled directly with Glamourcraft.
     
    The district also will be posting photos from each ceremony on EMS ISD social media pages.
     
    As a reminder, candid photos with graduates before or after the ceremony are not allowed per the Governor’s orders, which prohibit anyone from congregating inside or outside of school-sponsored ceremonies at any time.
     
    Professional Videography
    The district is providing a professional videography company, Altre Media, to video each graduation ceremony. Included in the video will be a special message section to allow seniors to share a short graduation message or photo with your classmates, parents, and teachers. For submission instructions and guidelines, please see the document linked on the EMS ISD Graduation 2020 webpage. All submissions must be sent directly to the video company and must be received no later than June 3.
     
    A link to download a digital copy of the video will be provided free to all graduates and their families. The form to place an order with the videographer for a physical copy of the ceremony video is also available on the EMS ISD Graduation 2020 webpage.
     
    Parking, Gate Entry, and Seating Maps
    In accordance with the Governor’s orders and health officials’ recommendations, the district has taken great care to provide for physical distancing requirements for all attendees at our graduation ceremonies. As a result, attendees are provided assigned gate entries and seating locations, and parking areas are labeled to accommodate guests closest to their entry gates. Digital copies of these maps are now posted on our EMS ISD Graduation 2020 webpage on Wednesday and printed copies will be included in your ticket envelope to be picked up on Thursday, May 28th or Friday, May 29th.
     
    Reminder: Ticket Pickup on Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th
    Graduates will be able to come by campus and pick up tickets for the ceremony on Thursday, May 28th or Friday, May 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This will be a no-contact, drive-through process similar to graduation regalia pickup and locker clean out. The tickets will be in an envelope that also includes maps for parking and district-assigned seating, specific instructions for graduates, and 4 keepsake programs. Students must be present and must show an ID to receive a ticket envelope. If students are unable to pick up their tickets during the designated dates and times, students will be able to get their ticket envelopes from the home side ticket booth on graduation day beginning one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Please remember the graduation ceremony will begin on time.
     
    Weather
    We have our fingers crossed for pleasant weather on Graduation Day! Currently the forecast is showing to be mostly sunny with a high near 84 and a northeast wind around 10 mph. We know storms are forecast throughout the week and we will continue to watch the forecast closely. As a reminder, if graduation has to be postponed due to weather on May 30, the ceremonies will be hosted the following day on May 31. If weather is still a concern on May 31, the ceremonies will be rescheduled to June 1. We will notify you via Remind text, email, website and phone calls if there is a change due to weather.
     
    Remember to check our Graduation 2020 webpage for additional details and FAQs.

    May 13, 2020
     
    Hello Seniors and Families! We have been working to finalize more details for you regarding graduation and I have some updates to share with you today. Additional responses to questions that have been sent in are available on our Graduation 2020 webpage. It is located at www.emsisd.com under the parent and student tab. Please check this page often as we are adding information regularly.
     
    Here’s a few key details I want to share with you today:
     
    No Graduation Rehearsal
    The Governor’s orders prohibit rehearsals for graduation. Graduates will be provided detailed instructions leading up to graduation and immediately prior to entering the stadium.
     
    Live Stream
    All EMS ISD graduations will be offered via live stream through the district website, www.emsisd.com. The feed will be available 1 hour prior to the start of each ceremony on graduation day. The district also will host test windows during the week prior so families can test their streaming capabilities and connections.
     
    Tickets
    • Each graduate will receive a total of five tickets to distribute. The Governor’s orders limit the number of participants per graduate to five or fewer.
    • Children ages 2 years old and younger do not need a separate ticket as long as they are seated with an adult, either in a wearable baby carrier or on an adult’s lap. Children older than 2 years will need a separate ticket for their own seat.
    • Graduates will be invited to pick up their tickets during specified times on May 27-29. I will communicate more details on the process for ticket pick up next week. My goal is to ensure a smooth, no-contact pickup.
    • Guests must have a ticket to enter the stadium. Additional spectators will not be allowed to watch the ceremony outside the gates per the Governor’s orders, which prohibit anyone from congregating inside or outside of school-sponsored ceremonies at any time.
    Seating
    • Guest seating will be grouped in sections of five and guests will not be permitted to sit in groups larger than five (moving seats is not permitted).
    • The CTHS Stadium is equipped to accommodate guests with disabilities or special circumstances in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact me at wberringer@ems-isd.net by May 20th if you or a family member who is attending needs ADA accommodations.
    • Please remember the purpose of grouping seating in groups of five is to minimize social distancing between members of different families who have not been together during the stay-at-home orders.
    Parking
    • Parking is available on the home and visitor sides of the stadium, and detailed parking information for guests will be provided during ticket pickup and on the district website. Gate and assigned seating information will be included on the graduation tickets.
    Dress Code for Graduates
    • Graduation will remain a formal event.
    • Students must wear cap/gown/tassel/stole from Jostens.
    • Young ladies may wear a dress, no strapless or backless. Young ladies may also wear dark dress pants.
    • Heels are not permitted due to safety concerns walking on the turf.
    • Blocked heels, wedges, or flats may be worn.
    • Young men will wear black or dark slacks with long or short-sleeved dress shirt.
    • Ties are traditional worn.
    • All students are to wear dress shoes. No flip flops, slides, or tennis shoes.
    • If you have a hardship or need assistance with meeting the dress code, please contact me at wberringer@ems-isd.net.
    Personal Safety Precautions
    • District and campus leaders have designed a plan to ensure seating meets physical distancing requirements of six feet between participants or family groups, including graduates.
    • All participants will be screened prior to entering the facility and contact between family groups will be limited as much as possible.
    • The district will provide masks to graduates who wish to wear them. Audience members may bring their own masks or cloth face coverings if desired. The Governor’s order suggests but does not require face coverings to be worn.
    • Guests will have assigned entry gates and seating areas. Pedestrian traffic will be routed through specified entry gates for their seating area to minimize contact with others. All groups will exit the same way they enter.
    • Prior to each ceremony, hard surfaces within the stadium will be cleaned and sanitized using disinfectant and electromagnetic sprayers similar to those used by hazardous materials crews. It is important that the stadium be cleared quickly so that district staff have time to sanitize surfaces before the next ceremony.
    • Guests are asked to help monitor their personal safety by staying six feet apart, following directions of district personnel, and remaining patient as the entry and exit process may take a little longer than usual under these restrictions.
    Photography and Video
    • Candid photos with graduates before or after the ceremony are not allowed per the Governor’s orders, which prohibit anyone from congregating inside or outside of school-sponsored ceremonies at any time.
    • A professional portrait will be made of each graduate holding his/her diploma and cover. The photography company, Glamourcraft Photography, will email parents with a photo proof and order form. All purchases will be handled directly with Glamourcraft.
    • Every graduate will receive a link to a free downloadable video of their graduation ceremony. Physical copies of the video will be available for purchase via a form emailed to parents and posted on the district website.
    Bad Weather Plan
    If graduation has to be postponed due to weather on May 30, the ceremonies will be hosted the following day on May 31. If weather is still a concern on May 31, the ceremonies will be rescheduled to June 1.
     
    This is a lot of information and we are continuing to work through details. Please continue sending me your questions and ideas, so we can make sure to think through logistics. Thank you for your patience and support as we all come together later this month to celebrate our seniors!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    W. Berringer, Principal
    Chisholm Trail High School

    SNAG

    Project Graduation is a parent-sponsored event that takes place the night of graduation. They are looking for many parents to participate in this worthwhile endeavor to keep our seniors safe on graduation night. It is paid for through parent fundraising.  If the parent fundraising is not able to cover the cost of the Project Graduation event, students will need to pay to participate in the Project Graduation event.


    Yearbook & Picture Info 

    All current yearbook and picture information can be found here: CTHS Frontier Yearbook