What is Grad Night? Grad Night is a party for graduating seniors of the Saratoga High School Class of 2019. The party will start at 10 p.m. on June 6, 2019 and end at 6 a.m. on June 7, 2019. It is a fun filled evening for the Class of 2019 to experience with their friends and classmates. This celebratory event is held in the school campus in a safe environment under the supervision of parents and school staff.
Why does my senior need to attend Grad Night? Graduating from high school is a significant milestone in a student's life. Your teenager is now going to venture forth into the world attending college, working or taking a gap year. Marking this achievement with a celebration makes it meaningful. Families may be planning their own graduation parties with a smaller set of friends. But the only party that is open to the entire student community is the Grad Night Party. In past years, over 90% of the graduating class attended the event. For parents, Grad Night offers a worry free, safe, supervised place for your teen to celebrate with his/her classmates.
What happens at Grad Night? The Grad Night party includes games, music, activities (zip line, inflatables, henna, photo booth, casino, etc), viewing of the senior video, food and beverage stations just to name a few. The organizing committee is busy planning the event at the moment and the list of games and activities is being decided. The party is supervised with parents and staff making sure that the event is safe and everyone is having fun. Towards the end of the party, the Class of 2019 Video is screened. The event ends with breakfast and watching the sunrise one last time together at Benny Pierce field.
Why does my senior need a bid for Grad Night? The Grad Night committee wants your student to have a fun party to celebrate their high school experience. The evening includes games, food and entertainment. Your student will also receive a Grad Night T-shirt. All this is covered by the cost of the bid. The committee tries its very best to keep costs as low as possible. The time and effort put in by the committee is voluntary - your bid price only goes towards paying for items that need to be purchased for the party.
Can my senior bring a guest or relative to the Grad Night party? No. Only students of the Saratoga High School Class of 2019 may attend.
Why does Grad Night start at 10:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 a.m. the following day? The graduation ceremony where the seniors receive their high school diplomas will be held on June 6 around 6 p.m.. Once the ceremony ends, most families prefer to enjoy dinner with their new graduate. The 10 p.m. start for the Grad Night party works well for this reason. Also, the Grad Night committee is very concerned about the safety and well-being of our students. Having an end time of 6 a.m. for the Grad Night Party allows students to stay in a supervised environment throughout the night.
Is a late arrival to the Grad Night Party acceptable? Your student must arrive between 10-10:30 p.m. for the party - no exceptions.
Can students leave the party before 6am? Students will need to be signed out by a parent/guardian in order to leave the party prior to 6 a.m. - no exceptions. They will not be allowed to re-enter the party.
Is the Grad Night party different from Senior Prom? Yes, these are two separate events. The Senior Prom is an event hosted by the Student Council (ASB). The event is a formal affair hosted in an off-campus location. The Senior Class Officers will be communicating with your students about the Senior Prom. The Grad Night is an informal event held on-campus and is organized by the SHS parent community and the SHS school staff.
What are Memory Boards? Memory boards are a cherished part of Grad Night. Parents (or a creative family member) creates a collage of photos and momentos to commemorate their graduating senior. Memory boards are displayed during Grad Night and in the days before. The seniors love to see each other's boards. After Grad Night, you may keep the board as a momento. Visit the Memory Board FAQs for more information.
How can I help? Please do! We will be sending out a volunteer signup soon. The requirement is that every family steps up and volunteers for a shift either in preparation for Grad Night or during the event.
To host a large event like this, we rely on parent volunteers to help with preparation, planning, set up, clean up, food, supervision, or working a shift at Grad Night. With each family providing one parent volunteer who can work for a 3-4 hour shift, we will be set! Already, many Class of 2019 parent volunteers are already in place planning and preparing to ensure that Grad Night is ready for our seniors.
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