CHS Class of 2021 seniors and senior parents, welcome to your one-stop shop for information and updates related to end-of-year celebrations and Clarkston senior traditions. Please check back frequently!
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Each year, Clarkston High School is required to summarize the post-high school plans for all seniors. We must be able to report to the Board of Education and the State of Michigan the percentage of students going to college, business or trade school, military service, etc.
Please complete the Senior Survey today. You will not be able to pick up your cap and gown until you have completed this survey.
Many colleges require a final transcript to be sent.
You will need to put in a new request through Parchment to have your final transcript sent to your college if they are requesting one. Do not assume this will be automatically done for you. Failure to do so may result in revoking your admission.
- Optional Distance Learning for Seniors Only — May 7-May 21
- Senior Awards Recognition — Week of May 17
- Seniors' Last Day of School — May 21
- Cap & Gown Pick-Up — May 24
- Senior Walk — May 25 at 10am
- "Ama21ing" Enhanced Senior Picnic — May 25, 11am-3pm
- Commencement Cruise — June 5, 1pm-4pm
- Senior Send-Off — June 5, 1pm-4pm (Drop-In)
- Graduation/Commencement — June 7 at 6:30pm
- Senior Prom — Canceled
- Other Ways We Will Celebrate the Class of 2021
Updated May 4, 2021
Beginning Friday, May 7, SENIORS ONLY will be able to self-select into distance learning to allow for reduced contact over a 14-day period and minimize quarantine risk leading up to end-of-year events. Teachers ARE NOT responsible for providing these academic opportunities both synchronously and asynchronously. Assessments, projects, labs, performances, etc. will be conducted in person and students would have to come to school to participate. Also, if a student is failing, struggling, or needs to make up work, teachers can tell them that they must be in person at CHS.
Updated April 30, 2021
The Senior Awards Presentation will be live streamed during Senior Week, May 17-21. More information will be coming soon and will be announced prior to airing!
April 14, 2021
This year, we will be recognizing over 260 members of the senior class (including our Top 25 Senior Scholars) for their academic and extracurricular achievements. Unfortunately, COVID capacity guidelines present a challenge to an in-person ceremony at CHS, so our administration, with the help of Independence Television, will create a digital virtual ceremony (similar to last year's recognition video) which will be shared with the public and serve as a keepsake that can be shared with friends and family.
Updated May 4, 2021
Due to the large number of students being quarantined in recent weeks, we have moved up the seniors’ last day of school to Friday, May 21 and will offer optional distance learning beginning Friday, May 7 in order to minimize the exclusion of seniors from commencement events due to quarantine. There will be no school or distance learning for seniors on Monday, May 24 or Tuesday, May 25. Please note that seniors will still report to Clarkston High School on May 25 to pick up their caps and gowns and participate in the Senior Walk and Picnic.
Updated may 10, 2021
- CHS SENIORS: Mark your calendars for senior cap and gown pick-up and materials return on MONDAY, MAY 24. We will schedule seniors in alpha order (schedule TBD) starting at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All CHS seniors will be issued their cap and gown only when all materials (including Chromebooks) have been returned, any outstanding fines have been paid, and the Senior Survey has been completed. Seniors, you will not be able to pick up your cap and gown until you have completed this survey. Parents, please ask your senior to begin collecting any district-owned books, technology, or athletic uniforms to return.
- CLARKSTON VIRTUAL SENIORS: Cap and gown distribution and materials return will be Monday, May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. All Clarkston Virtual seniors will be issued their cap and gown only when all materials (including Chromebooks) have been returned, any outstanding fines have been paid, and the Senior Survey has been completed. Seniors, you will not be able to pick up your cap and gown until you have completed this survey. Parents, please ask your senior to begin collecting any district-owned books, technology, or athletic uniforms to return.
May 7, 2021
On May 24 and/or May 25 prior to the Senior Walk, all seniors will be issued their cap and gown only when all materials (including Chromebooks) have been returned, any outstanding fines have been paid, and the Senior Survey has been completed. You will not be able to pick up your cap and gown until you have completed this survey. Please ask your student to begin collecting any district-owned books, technology, or athletics uniforms to return. A reminder list will be generated and sent to those with outstanding fines.
Updated may 10, 2021
CHS and Clarkston Virtual seniors who wish to participate in the Senior Walk must arrive at CHS 9:30am dressed in their cap and gown and report to the gymnasium. Those students who did not turn in their materials on May 24 will need to arrive at 8:3am prior to the walk. Seniors who have not obtained their cap and gown will not be permitted to participate in the Senior Walk. The Senior Walk will begin at approximately 10am.
April 14, 2021
The traditional Senior Walk is a memorable opportunity for our graduates to wish their classmates, teachers, and school a fond farewell. This will be held on the seniors' last day of school, Tuesday, May 25 at 10am, rain or shine. The walk will be closed to the public; however, parents will be permitted on campus, socially distanced along outdoor sidewalks and around the CHS athletic stadium as seniors process outside for one lap around the track. Additionally, the indoor portion of the walk will be livestreamed and recorded for viewers at home.
Updated May 8, 2021
Ticket sales for the "Ama21ng" enhanced Senior Picnic are now closed. No tickets will be sold at the door.
April 14, 2021
Immediately following the Senior Walk on May 25, seniors are invited to Clintonwood Park where they will enjoy an "Ama21ng" enhanced Senior Picnic. This enhanced Senior Picnic will replace the traditional Grad Night Party, which is not feasible due to indoor gathering restrictions. Picnic guests will enjoy individually packaged food and drinks, games, sports (like volleyball), and other activities from 11am-3pm. Tickets may be purchased through Friday, May 7. No tickets will be sold at the door.
UPDATED May 7, 2021
Our Class of 2021 Commencement Cruise website is now live! Visit www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/cruise2021 for all of the details and information about how families, friends, neighbors and local businesses can get involved!
April 14, 2021
On Saturday, June 5 from 1pm-4pm, graduates will be invited to decorate their caps and cars to participate in a Commencement Cruise around Clarkston with stops at all of our school campuses, as well as favorite photo destinations around town, like Depot Park. The community will be encouraged to paint the town blue and gold.
Updated MAY 7, 2021
The Senior Executive Board is planning a free “Senior Send-Off” bonus experience on Saturday, June 5. During the Commencement Cruise, outdoor areas of the Clarkston High School campus will remain open for seniors to stop by on a drop-in basis between 1pm and 4pm. There will be music, photo back-drops, and other fun surprises. Seniors are welcome to dress up (or come as you are!) and take photos with friends.
Updated May 7, 2021
Today we were informed that after receiving specific state mandates for graduations, DTE management proactively drafted a plan and submitted it to the Oakland County Health Division for review. The plan was subsequently approved by the Oakland County Health Division; therefore, we will be able to move forward with up to four assigned pavilion tickets per graduate based on the seating chart below. We will be meeting with DTE next week to discuss the ticket reservation process and look forward to providing seniors and senior parents with more information at that time.
april 30, 2021
DTE Energy Music Theatre, our preferred venue for graduation, recently announced that as the latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) public health emergency order MCL 333.2253 has been extended through May 24, the venue will remain capped at 20% capacity with three feet of spacing between graduates and six feet between guests in the pavilion and on the lawn area.
Due to the size of our event, guests will be extremely limited and pavilion seating will NOT be accommodated for the majority of guests. With social distancing, the pavilion can accommodate 1,380 people. In other words, under the current restrictions, each graduate could have one guest sit in the pavilion (as well as up to three (3) other guests on the lawn, which can accommodate 1,760 socially distanced guests).
Tickets and assigned seating will be coordinated through the DTE ticketing system in order to provide accurate contact tracing. We are working with DTE to determine a fair and efficient system for assigning seating.
As we have previously communicated, livestream video of the event will be provided. Unless the current restrictions are relaxed prior to graduation on Monday, June 7, we recommend anyone who can’t safely negotiate the uneven, sloped terrain of the DTE lawn watches comfortably from home.
april 14, 2021
Our reservation at DTE Energy Music Theatre for Monday, June 7 at 6:30pm still holds, and DTE remains our preferred venue for Clarkston High School graduations. Our alternate (back-up) plan would be a ceremony similar to last year’s event at Clarkston High School on Sunday, June 6 (Time TBD). Our priority continues to be DTE, though in the event we cannot soon solidify a feasible plan with DTE management, we will move to an on-campus ceremony.
- DTE on Monday, June 7: At this time, current capacity limits would be established at 20% of DTE’s total capacity in the pavilion, and on the hill. Capacity would permit 1,380 people in the pavilion and 1,760 on the lawn for a total of 3,140 participants. Staff would need to delineate “pods” for families to sit in. Understanding that this includes graduates (576 total), event participants, including CHS band/choir, professional photographers, videographers, essential CCS staff and administration (approximately 150) and DTE staff (approximately 50), this leaves space for 2,364 attendees (four guests per graduate - one in the pavilion and three on the lawn) distributed between the lawn and pavilion. This is a significant reduction from a typical CHS graduation in which 6,000+ people are seated in the pavilion. Due to the size of our commencement ceremony, DTE is an ideal venue in a typical year because we do not need to worry about weather, organizing tickets, or limiting the scope of the ceremony. Given our current circumstances, all of these mitigating factors come into play and could become problematic, particularly if the bulk of our attendees are seated on the lawn. As in past years, the entire ceremony will be livestreamed by Independence Television for families and friends to watch from home in real time, and saved on the Clarkston Community Schools YouTube channel for future viewing. Additional professional photography will be provided by Winship Studios and prints will be available for purchase.
- Clarkston High School on Sunday, June 6 (Alternate): While a ceremony on the grounds of CHS would not be as traditional, we can certainly be more flexible with regard to the number of family and friends who would be able to see their graduate walk across the stage from just a few short feet away. The committee proposes an alternate graduation event at Clarkston High School on Sunday, June 6, rain or shine. Similar to last year's well-received commencement ceremony (watch it here), graduates and families will be invited to drive up to CHS at an assigned time slot, where they will be greeted by much fanfare. The graduates will cross the stage and receive their diploma in a very personalized and memorable celebration. The ceremony will be livestreamed by Independence Television for families and friends to watch from home in real time, and saved on the Clarkston Community Schools YouTube channel for future viewing. Additional professional photography will be provided by Winship Studios and prints will be available for purchase.
Prior to Spring Break, we scheduled a meeting with DTE staff to be held the week we returned; however, our meeting has been postponed. We were informed that State lawmakers are working on legislation related to high school graduations. Michigan public high schools will learn more in the weeks ahead (likely in early May) and this should provide answers to many of our planning questions, such as how many guests are allowed at the graduations and what type of physical distancing will be required.
updated april 30, 2021
Given the extension of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) public health emergency order MCL 333.2253 through May 24, and the highly restrictive 2021 Prom Recommendations from the Oakland County Health Division, it is not feasible for the district to host an event in which seniors can dine, dance, and socialize in a traditional prom setting. With our previous prom reservation set for May 27, we are also cognizant of the risks associated with a ‘super spreader’ event so close to Commencement which could serve to exclude large numbers of students from participating in the graduation ceremony due to contact tracing.
april 14, 2021
The latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Public Health Emergency Order (EO) MCL 333.2253 was issued on March 2 and expires on April 19. For school end-of-year events, we need to look at the sections of the Order which provide guidance for entertainment, recreational, and food service facilities.
Please keep in mind that each year, our prom attracts over 700 students, so for planning purposes, we need to anticipate this number of guests. Venue density (occupancy) is established at 50% maximum occupancy of the venue. In addition to occupancy, we have to follow capacity limits unless specific state or local public health approval is given to exceed that capacity. Indoor entertainment facilities allow 300 max capacity, outdoor entertainment facilities allow 1,000 max capacity. These numbers are also determined by what type of event you want to hold within these two types of facilities.
- Traditional Prom: Given the current Emergency Order barriers outlined above, there is not an available venue to hold an indoor traditional prom event. We are not aware of an available space could be utilized to dine, dance, and socialize in a traditional prom setting.
- Non-Traditional/Outdoor Prom: We are exploring a "semi-outdoor prom" at various venues. To accomplish this, we would have to have two large tents, each of which would minimally hold 300 individuals. The Emergency Order states that even in an outdoor venue, groups must be six feet apart while eating, and cannot exceed 300 individuals from any number of households. Outside of dining restrictions, there are reduced “mingling restrictions” for the individuals in the venue. In essence, we hoped there was a chance we could have had two proms at the same venue as long as the two did not intermingle. Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate a venue that is willing to agree to the same interpretation of the Emergency Order as we presented. Also, the venues we explored (such as local parks or even school grounds,) do not have adequate restroom facilities, parking, etc. Finally, in the event that 300-person tents are available, they can only have one wall to be considered an “outdoor event.” This makes us very nervous, given the uncertainty of the weather. We have not abandoned this possibility, however, challenges exist.
- CHS-Based Prom: Because indoor gatherings cannot consist of more than 25 individuals from different households, we would need to segregate students in groups of 25 that could not intermingle, nor would they be able to dine together. Logistically, this is not an option.
Within the coming weeks, it is very likely that we will need to make a final determination on prom. This will be based on the following:
- Emergency Order requirements (which, given the increase in cases, looks unlikely to ease on restrictions).
- Availability of acceptable venues.
Finally, cost is an issue with regard to prom, including direct costs to seniors and families, with potentially non-refundable expenses for prom attire, transportation, etc. If we were able to hold a traditional prom this year, we were informed we would see an increase in cost to students of 20% per person.
Some questions have been posed as to why we can have fans at indoor and outdoor sporting events. Please know that Emergency Order guidelines can be superseded if allowed by state or local public health entities - requirements for venue type, capacity, density, mingling, spacing, food, etc. can be trumped if specific permission is given. In the case of athletics, Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) suggestions for attendance at events have been supported outside of Emergency Order stipulations. This is why, until recently, we have not been able to enter a 500-seat theater to see a movie, but a predetermined amount of family members or fans could view a high school athletic event.
Updated may 7, 2021
CHS Senior Week Event Schedule
Monday, May 17:
- Girls Power Puff Football, 7pm at the CHS stadium
Tuesday, May 18:
- Real Talk (by application only)
Wednesday, May 19:
- Real Talk (by application only)
- Power Buff Volleyball, 6pm at the CHS gym
Friday, May 21: Seniors’ last day of school!
- Seniors will be able to attend a seniors-only luncheon during all lunch hours. There will be food, Kona Ice, and games & activities. Seniors must take care of all 4th hour academic requirements prior to attending.
- Senior Pep Rally
April 30, 2021
- The week of May 17-21 is Senior Week at CHS, with a number of outdoor activities and traditions taking place each day, like Power Puff, Power Buff, Real Talk, and the last pep rally of the Class of 2021.
- The Clarkston Coalition for Youth is sponsoring its second "You've Been Capped" Campaign. If you would like to participate, please complete the link below and share a special memory or well wishes for a member of the graduating class. Clarkston Coalition for Youth "You've Been Capped Campaign."
- Senior parents have created a Facebook group for the Clarkston community to Adopt-a-Senior, show support and celebrate them. Nominate your senior at CHS & RHS Adopt a Senior.
April 14, 2021
- Each graduate was invited to submit a personal quote and casual photo (in addition to his or her yearbook photo) for a special senior profile in the 2020-2021 CHS yearbook.
- CHS stadium lights and scoreboard will be illuminated in honor of the Class of 2021 from June 3-7.
- Congratulatory signage will adorn the CHS campus, district marquees, and in downtown Clarkston.
- Each graduate's name and photo will be featured in a special edition of the Clarkston News and in Clarkston Living magazine.
- Personalized written well-wishes from current and former teachers will be mailed to each graduate along with a congratulatory letter from the Superintendent.
Below is a list of recommended photography studios that have provided quality products and service to CHS students. If your student has not gotten their pictures done, please consider using one of these trusted photographers.
Photography By Joanne Gentile
David Yarnell Photography
Flashes of Life Photography
Amy Peterson Photography
Ilze Lucero Photo
HILLTOPPER YEARBOOK SENIOR PORTRAIT SPECIFICATIONS
Please take this information with you to your photographer. They will need it to ensure that your senior picture gets to our staff in the correct format and on time. Photographers, please follow these guidelines. Any portrait submissions that fail to meet these requirements will be returned to the student and denied publication in the yearbook.
All senior pictures are due by Friday, December 4, 2020.
CLARKSTON HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAIT REQUIREMENTS
- Size: 1.5" wide by 2"tall
- Quality: at least 300 dpi (high resolution)
- Format: digital jpeg
- Particulars: pose should be chest up, with no hands or props. Background should be muted or medium tones. No white or overly light backgrounds, no "nature" or "outdoor" scenes
Any photo that does not meet the above requirements will not be printed in the yearbook. Images can be submitted through email or by mail to the yearbook staff.
- Please send the jpeg file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send the image with the subject as Student Last Name, Student first name 2021 senior portrait
If mailing a flash drive, be sure to include ALL names of students. NO CDs please. Please send to:
Clarkston High School
Attn: Allie Lanctot Yearbook Adviser
6093 Flemings Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346
All senior pictures are due by Friday, December 4, 2020.
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions below. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. Please take into account our school's ad content guidelines on the bottom of this form during the creation of your ad online. All ad orders must be placed online by September 30, 2020.
Important information about Yearbook Recognition Ads
- Our school reserves the right to edit ads per our guidelines. Please make sure all submitted materials are appropriate for school
- We retain the right to remove any explicit text, graphic photos or copyright-protected imagery or photos.
- For the ad to appear in the yearbook, your ad must be purchased by the order deadline.
- Color photographs uploaded for black-and-white ads will appear in black and white.
- We will make every effort to use your layout and text as indicated.
- A proof will not be provided and no changes can be made after purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the ad prices determined and what is the money used for?
Ad prices are determined by our school. The revenue from Recognition Ads helps support our yearbook and keep it
affordable for everyone.
How is the ad deadline determined?
The ad deadline is set by our school based on the production schedule for the yearbook.
Can I create my student’s ad on my mobile device?
Yes, you can design your recognition ad on a mobile device using the free ReplayIt app. Available for download from the
Google Play and Apple App store.
Can I send my materials to the school?
No, please do not send your materials to our school. Our school has selected Jostens to assist with our ad program. Please call the Josten's customer service number (800) 358-0800 if you have questions or need assistance in creating your ad. More questions? Call Jostens at (800) 358-0800.
Oh, the places you'll go!
Where are they now?
The Class of 2020 achieved success in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the art studio, and on the stage; now they are pursuing lives of meaning and purpose in college and in life. It was an honor guiding our students through the process of finding, applying and selecting universities and colleges where they will not only thrive, but contribute to a new school community. Here's where the Class of 2020 is now.
Alpena Community College
American Musical & Dramatic Academy
Arizona State University
Arkansas State University
Baker Auto Diesel Institute
Brigham Young University
Central Michigan University
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland State University
College for Creative Studies
Colorado Mountain College
Columbia College Chicago
Columbus State Community College
Dorsey School of Business
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Indiana Tech University
Kendall College of Art And Design
Lake Erie College
Lake Superior State
Lansing Community College
Lawrence Technological University
Loyola University of Chicago
Marketti Academy of Cosmetology
Michigan Career & Technical Institute
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Mott Community College
Northern Michigan University
Oakland Community College
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School
Prairie View A&M
Siena Heights University
Spring Arbor University
The Culinary Institute of America
The Ohio State University
The University of Toledo
The Young Americans College for the Performing Arts
United States Air Force Academy
University At Buffalo-SUNY
University of Alabama
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Findlay
University of Georgia
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Missouri
University of Northwestern Ohio
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University