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Information for Seniors

Senior year is a busy one for students and parents! Bookmark this page and check back frequently for new information as it's added.  Parents who have registered on CHAPTS.org may also receive emails from us with important information just for Senior families, so please make sure your email address and your student's grade are correct in your family profile. 

 

This page will be updated as information is released each year. See more about what to expect this year in Senior Milestones and Traditions, below! 

Save the Dates

 

May 22 - Graduation, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 

May 22 - Project Grad, Octane Raceway, immediately following the Graduation ceremony

 

Senior milestones and traditions

Yearbook Portraits

Must be taken by GRADS Photography.  They are located at 20100 N. 51st Ave, A-110, Glendale.  There will be no charge for the sitting.  To ensure consistent senior yearbook portraits, no other senior portraits will be accepted for the yearbook. Students MAY opt to use GRADS Photography to purchase senior portraits but are under no obligation to do so.

 

Yearbook portraits will include one headshot and a full-length shot.  Dress Code policy will be considered when approving portraits for the yearbook.

 

Senior Yard Signs

What Is It? 

Sturdy, weather-resistant "Proud Home of a Senior" firebird yard signs sold by CHAPTS to help offset the cost of senior events for students otherwise unable to pay.  

When Is It?

You can pick one up at Friday’s Coffee with the Counselors and at other on-campus events. Watch for opportunities for online ordering later this year. 

What Do I Need To Do? 

Watch for info about yard sign sales in the CHAPTS newsletter and on social media.

 

 
 

Caps and Gowns

What Is It? 

Chaparral students are asked to purchase caps and gowns from Josten’s for the graduation ceremony. 

When Is It?

Information will be emailed home from the school with information about how to purchase online, and the caps and gowns will be delivered to the school for student pickup a few weeks before graduation

What Do I Need To Do? 

Watch for updates from the school and from CHAPTS about purchasing gowns.  

 

 

Graduation

What Is It? 

The final ceremony honoring the end of your student's K-12 education. 

When Is It?

7pm on Thursday, May 22, 2025 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 

What Do I Need To Do? 

Seniors will receive more information about the ceremony, dress code, tickets, etc during second semester.   

 

Project Grad

What Is It? 

A Chaparral tradition: a late-night party for seniors immediately following graduation. Started in the 1980s as a way to reduce drunk driving fatalities among teens and young adults, Project Grad is a nationwide program of post-graduation parties. Chaparral's Project Grad includes all-you-can-eat food, racing, casino and arcade games, axe-throwing, fortune tellers, a DJ, lots of coffee, and a huge raffle. Over 70% of the senior class attends each year. Your Senior won't want to miss it.  

When Is It?

Immediately after graduation at Octane Raceway.

What Do I Need To Do? 

We always need lots of volunteers and donations! Watch for news on how to help with this Chaparral tradition!  Supported by CHAPTS Membership Donations! 

 

Senior Awards Night

What Is It? 

Graduates in the top 10% of the graduating class, receiving an outstanding Senior award, or receiving an APT scholarship and their families are invited to attend an awards ceremony in the Chaparral auditorium

When Is It?

Generally the week before graduation.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Graduates who are invited to attend will receive a printed or emailed invitation in May. Watch for opportunities to apply for a scholarship from CHAPTS or the APTs from Chaparral’s feeder schools this winter.  Awards and scholarships supported by CHAPTS Membership Donations!  

 

Senior Sunrise

What Is It? 

Senior sunrise is organized by Student Government. 12th graders meet before school on the football field to kick off their senior year. 

When Is It?

It’s usually held mid-Fall.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Nothing! This is a students-only event. Just make them take pictures for you! 

 

Senior Breakfast

What Is It? 

Organized by StuGo, each year the graduating class gathers for a few hours in the last few weeks of school to announce senior superlatives and celebrate the end of the school year.  

When Is It?

Generally on a weekday morning the week before graduation. Students will be excused for 1st and 2nd periods. Seniors are asked to dress nicely and remember that they are representing Chaparral.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Tickets are sold by StuGo in the bookstore and seniors will receive a permission slip in their English classes that must be submitted with payment.  (Financial Aid supported by CHAPTS Membership Donations!) 

 

Memory Lane

What Is It? 

One of the features of the Senior Breakfast is a row of Memory Lane posters, photo collages created by Senior parents for their student.  

When Is It?

Posters must be returned to the office the day before so they can be hung up at the resort the night before Senior Breakfast. 

What Do I Need To Do? 

Think about images you might want to include on your poster - people often include baby pictures, candid shots of their child with friends, or graduation photos.  Starting in late March, you’ll be able to either pick up a blank poster in the office or download a template from the CHAPTS website.  Make sure your poster is in the office by 3pm the day before Senior Breakfast. We'll also need lots of volunteers to help hang the posters the evening before the Senior Breakfast. Watch for news on how to help! 

Supported by CHAPTS Membership Donations!


Senior Sunset

What Is It? 

Senior sunset is organized by Student Government and is an opportunity for seniors to gather and take pictures.

When Is It?

Generally the week before graduation.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Nothing! This is a students-only event. 

 

Senior Fees

What Is It? 

Part of the graduation check-out process includes making sure Seniors don't have any outstanding fees.

When Is It?

All senior debts/fees/fines should be paid in the bookstore by cash or check or online with a credit card at touchbase.susd.org before picking up graduation gowns.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Check touchbase for outstanding fines or fees and either make payment online or send a check with your student to the bookstore.  Seniors should return all textbooks, library books and Windows tablets as soon as they are no longer using them. If a book or Windows tablet has been lost, full payment of the book/tablet is necessary to clear the debt.

 

Senior Check-Out

What Is It? 

The check-out process verifies that students have met all requirements to graduate

When Is It?

Seniors will get a check-out form at school that will need to be submitted to the bookstore the day before graduation

What Do I Need To Do? 

Keep an eye on your email in mid-May and check in with your student if you haven’t heard anything by May 19th. 

 

Senior Survey

What Is It? 

The Senior Survey helps the counseling office know what colleges students applied to, were accepted to, and will be attending. This information is very helpful to future classes.  The senior survey is also where seniors can request their final transcript be sent to the college they're attending.  It's an important part of senior check out and must be completed before graduation. 

When Is It?

Surveys should be completed by early May so counselors can start sending out final transcripts immediately after graduation.

What Do I Need To Do? 

Remind your student to visit the About Me tab on Naviance to complete the survey as soon as their college plans are final. 

 

 

 

 

The information on CHAPTS.org is compiled by parent volunteers, and the website hosting fees are paid for through membership donations.  If you find this resource useful, please consider supporting the Chaparral HS Association of Parents and Teachers by becoming a CHAPTS member.

 


    


 

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