Senior Announcements - Prom and Graduation updates

posted May 16, 2013, 9:30 AM by S Jamal   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 8:21 PM ]

I've added several new notes below so please read over all of this. In particular, there is information about choosing music for the prom, nominating a staff member to speak at graduation, and buying balloons for the graduation ceremony.



Is Thursday, June 20 from 8 p.m to midnight at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg (just south of the Williamsburg Bridge overlooking the East River and Manhattan). The theme is Hollywood Nights.

There will be a large buffet with a variety of foods available throughout the night, free soft drinks, a DJ playing (most of) the songs you want to hear, a professional photographer taking formal and candid shots throughout the night, and awards for King and Queen of the Prom, their court and other awards.

We have a DJ hired for the prom, but we need your songs! By Monday afternoon there will be a form on the EBT website ( for you to provide us with song titles/artists you want to hear. Take a minute or two to do this because the more input we get from you, the better the music will be!

The price per ticket is $100. THE DEADLINE TO BUY A PROM TICKET IS MONDAY, JUNE 10. I am accepting cash and money orders ONLY for prom tickets. Tickets are non-refundable. NOTE: In order to attend the prom, you must serve out detentions you have on file with Ms. Vargas in room 460E. If you have detentions, there is plenty of time to serve them. See Ms. Vargas to work out a schedule that works for your class/work schedule.

Also of note: if you are suspended from school when prom happens, you can be excluded from the prom. Also, if you get into a fight with another EBT student between now and prom, you will very likely not be allowed to attend prom.

PARENTS: Just so you know, there is an after-party being planned by some of our seniors. EBT and its staff has nothing to do with this event. The prom is scheduled from 8 p.m. until midnight at Giando on the Water.

If you have any questions, please see me in room 416 during 2nd period, room 406 during 3rd period, or room 426 during 7th period, or email me at:



Many of you have paid your senior dues, but many more need to pay so we are extending the deadline for paying them. The total non-refundable amount per student is $250, and is payable by money order or cash. I can NO LONGER ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS. I am usually available to take payments and issue receipts during second period in room 416, during third period in room 406 and during seventh period in room 426. Again, paying the dues pays for your graduation ceremony, cap & gown, t-shirt, yearbook, senior breakfast, and any awards your class wants to present.

Thus far just over 100 students - 50% of your class - have paid their dues. We have a big check to write to the yearbook company very soon, so please bring in your payment - either the full amount or a partial payment. Every bit helps!



Your graduation ceremony - THAT sounds good doesn't it? - will be Tuesday, June 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Street campus auditorium. We will have several rehearsals prior to that glorious occasion, and I will let you know when those are set.

As of right now, each graduate will receive 3 tickets for friends and family members. The auditorium seats about 900 people, and there is a committee of staff members looking for ways of freeing up as many seats for your families as possible. I will keep you updated as to any changes to that number of tickets that are made, when they can be picked up, and instructions for graduation guests.


As part of your graduation ceremony, the Class of 2013 is being asked to choose a staff member (teacher, counselor, dean, etc. - but not an administrator) who will provide a 3-minute speech as part of your commencement ceremony. Nomination of this staff member will take place this week during your Social Studies class.



Graduates or friends and family of graduates who want to purchase congratulatory balloons can do so in advance through EBT's National Business Honor Society. Order forms are available in Ms. Fahrner's room and Ms. Rivera's room. These balloons will be handed out immediately after the graduation ceremony. NOTE: No balloons will be permitted inside the auditorium during the ceremony.



Is under construction, though I am told that your yearbooks will probably not be available at the breakfast. Details coming next week about the breakfast.


If you have any questions or need anything else, please don't hesitate to email me at


Mr. Avett
Senior Advisor
Coordinator of Student Activities