• Class of 2023: Important Dates to Remember

    *All dates are tentative and subject to change.*

    *All fees can be paid in advance. The dates listed below are the LAST days the fees can be paid.**


    Senior Class SponsorsChristin Burlison (christin.burlison@jcsd.ms)   Lindey Jones (lindey.jones@jcsd.ms)         

    Senior CounselorSherry Hart (sherry.hart@jcsd.ms) (228)283-3124

    College and Career ReadinessShirrell Williams (ccshirrellwilliamsechs@gmail.com)

    REMINDText the message @ecsr2023 to the number 81010 to join the Remind group. 


    August 29th-September 2nd – 1st Half of Senior Fees Due (REQUIRED)     Cost $75

    Senior fees cover the following senior events: Senior Fun Day, Senior Awards Day, Decision Day, Baccalaureate, Senior Sunset, and Senior Walk-Through, and one additional senior event (TBD). This year we have included the yearbook at a discounted rate AND access to photos taken by the yearbook staff at all senior events. We will send out information on how to access these photos as soon as possible. These fees also include the senior class shirt. If you would like to order any additional shirts for your senior or yourself, prices are as follows: adult S-XL are $16 and 2XL-4XL are $18. Please put all payments in an envelope with your senior’s name and what they are paying for on the front of the envelope. Cash & check payments are accepted. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ECHS.

    September 16th – Senior Breakfast @ 7:00AM

    This event is organized and hosted by parents every year. If you are interested in helping with this event, please see us after the meeting for a brief discussion. 

    October 13th – Homecoming Parade 

    More information will be sent out in the Remind app once Student Council has released the information.

    October 28th – Senior Pep Rally 

    More information will be sent out in the Remind app once the cheerleaders have released the information.

    October 31st-November 4th – 2nd Half of Senior Fees Due (REQUIRED)      Cost $75

    Senior fees cover the following senior events: Senior Fun Day, Senior Awards Day, Decision Day, Baccalaureate, Senior Sunset, and Senior Walk-Through, and one additional senior event (TBD). This year we have included the yearbook at a discounted rate AND access to photos taken by the yearbook staff at all senior events. Please put payment in an envelope with your senior’s name and what they are paying for on the front of the envelope. Cash & check payments are accepted. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ECHS.

    November 9th – Senior Portrait Make-up Day

    Jim Owens will be at ECHS on November 9th to take senior portraits for those who did not take them over the summer. These appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. Ms. Henry (room 103) is the only person who can schedule your appointment; see her ASAP! If you are not able to take your portraits on that day, you will have to contact Jim Owens in Mobile and take portraits at their studio.

    February 3rd – Senior Yearbook Ad Fee Due

    The Hornet Yearbook senior ads are a special way for families to highlight and celebrate their graduate! Please understand that our AD SPACE IS LIMITED. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis! We allot a certain number of pages for ads, so we will not be able to make any exceptions as our page count is set in our contract. You may pay with cash or check made payable to ECHS Yearbook. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Henry at bhj1994@jcsd.ms. Please note that you must submit any photos, design, and verbiage that you’d like on the ad by March 31st. If you or your family own a business, you can also purchase an ad space for that.  *All payments and questions related to yearbooks and ad space will be handled by Ms. Henry.

    1/6 page ad $65

    1/3 page ad $125

    February 28th – Senior Fun Day

    All other students will be taking the ACT this day, so seniors will not report to their usual classes. We are planning a fun day for seniors… possibly a field trip. More details will be shared closer to this date. 

    February 28th – Graduation Fees Due (REQUIRED)            Cost $100 

    **Graduation Fee payments made from March 1st – 31st will include a $50 late fee.**

    Graduation fees cover the cap, tassel, gown, stole, diploma, and diploma cover, all of which are yours to keep. This year all payments will be made ONLINE with Balfour at https://spa.ms/order-cap-gown 

    You will need to know your senior’s height and weight when completing the payment. If the cap/gown does not fit because you do not enter the correct information or because your child gains weight OR if your child loses/damages the cap/gown before graduation, you will be required to purchase another cap/gown. DO NOT TRY TO PAY THIS FEE UNTIL WE SEND A MESSAGE OUT THROUGH REMIND. THE LINK IS STILL ACTIVE FOR LAST YEAR’S SENIOR CLASS. 

    March 31st - Slideshow Pictures Due     

    All students should submit pictures to be included in the slideshow shown at graduation by March 31st. NO MORE THAN FIVE PICTURES PER SENIOR. You can send in baby pictures, elementary pictures, high school pictures, etc. Only SENIORS are allowed in the pictures. Pictures will most likely be uploaded to Google Drive.  A message will be sent out through Remind once we have finalized the link. 


    April 26th – Senior Awards Day @ 9:00AM
    Senior Awards Day will take place in the ECHS gym. We will present ECHS club and academic awards, announce college scholarships, recognize students enlisting in the military, etc. Parents/guardians/family are invited. “Sunday Dress” is encouraged but not required. If students do not dress up, they are required to wear their school uniform. (See Dress Code on back.)

    April 28th – Decision Day @ 10:00AM

    Decision Day will take place on the football field. This is a new event where we will celebrate seniors’ plans for their education/career after graduating. Students can wear a school shorts or jeans with a t-shirt representing their choice of college/military/work force or their senior shirt. Parents/guardians/family are invited. More details will be shared closer to this date.

    May 8th & 9th – Senior Exams & Cap/Gown pick up
    May 8th – 3rd/4th block exams May 9th – 1st/2nd block exams

    Seniors will pick up their caps and gowns from Ms. Jones’s room (102). Seniors’ last day is Tuesday, May 9th

    May 5th – Senior Sunset @ 6:00PM
    Senior Sunset will take place on the football field. A picnic style dinner will be provided for the students. We will have multiple water slides and yard games. Students need to wear athletic shorts/swim trunks and the Senior Sunset t-shirt. The shirt is included in your senior dues and will be given out a couple of days prior to the event. Girls may want to wear a swimsuit under their clothes. Bring a towel to sit on/dry off with. This event will end shortly after sunset. 

    May 12th – Senior Walk-Through @ 9:00AM
    Students will report directly to the ECHS gym by 8:30AM. The walk-through will start at 9:00AM. Parents/guardians/family are invited, but they will not be able to walk down the halls of any schools because of safety issues. Parents can follow the students from school to school and take pictures while the students are outside. During the walk-through, students will have the opportunity to present a Thank You Certificate to one teacher (at any grade level) who impacted their lives. This certificate will be given to the students with their caps/gowns. Students walk from ECHS to ECLE, and then they will be bused from ECLE to ECUE. They will walk from ECUE to ECMS and then be bused back to ECHS. Students must wear their caps and gowns.

    May 17th – Baccalaureate Practice @ 9:00AM
    Students will be bused to Wade Baptist Church. We will return before the end of second block. If you do not attend practice, you cannot attend Baccalaureate. 


    May 21st – Baccalaureate @ 5:00PM
    Students will arrive at Wade Baptist Church by 4:30 PM. Students will wear their caps and gowns with “Sunday Dress”. Parents/guardians/family are invited. (See Dress Code on back.)

    May 25th – Graduation Practice @ 8:00AM

    Students will report to the ECHS gym by 8:00AM. They will be bused to the coliseum. We will go over everything they need to know for graduation. We will be back before noon. If you do not attend practice, you cannot attend graduation. 

    May 25th – Graduation @ 7:00PM

    Students will arrive at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center at 5:30PM. Parents, handicap seating is available on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 5:00PM. Metal detectors will be used.

    Senior Awards, Baccalaureate, and Graduation Dress Code

    Dress Code -Males 

    • White button-down oxford-style shirt (long or short sleeve - no polos)

    • A tie or bow tie must be worn 

    • Khaki or navy pants (no slits/ragged edges on pant legs - NO JEANS! NO SHORTS!) 

    • Dark dress shoes with dark socks (no tennis shoes)

    Dress Code – Females 

    • Appropriate dress (no strapless or spaghetti strap, open back, too short, or low cut; straps should be approximately 1 inch thick)

    • No off the shoulders - One shoulder is acceptable 

    • Dress shoes (no bright/distracting colors, spiked high heels are NOT recommended due to tripping concerns)


    **If you cannot obtain the appropriate attire, PLEASE see Mrs. Burlison, Ms. Jones, or Mrs. Hart.  If you have any questions as to whether something is appropriate or not, please come see us.**






    TRANSCRIPT ANALYSIS/CREDIT CHECK – I HAVE CHECKED ALL SENIORS’ TRANSCRIPTS, AND I AM GOING THROUGH THEM AGAIN TO BE SURE ALL SENIORS HAVE THE NEEDED COURSES FOR GRADUATION.  IF A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IS IN QUESTION, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME! I will meet with each senior, individually, before the end of 1st quarter to review their transcript and which endorsement they are working towards. The info will be sent home with the student. I will update you through Remind as to when to be looking for this.

    TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS ~ TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS - Once you apply to a college/university, you have to send your transcript in order to receive an admissions decision. 

    You MUST request transcripts online at jcsdms.scriborder.com




    Shirrell Williams, Career Coach

    • Work with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce- Economic/Workforce Development

    • ENROLL- College, Technical Program- scholarships, FASFA, MS aid etc.

    • EMPLOYED- networking with the industry 

    • ENLISTED- all branches of military 

    • FASFA opens in October- to receive any college scholarships your FASFA must be completed.

    • goals- visits from industries, college career day 

    I am a resource to ECHS- we have partnerships with colleges and industries. We utilize YOU SCIENCE, a tool that helps create a Pathway for students after graduation. 


    My office is within room 612. 


    I am the best resource to create a path for your child. 


    I am passionate about - Investing, impacting, inspiring, and interacting one student at a time!



    Thank you for your help!

    Shirrell Williams

    Career Coach

    East Central High School



    In order to ensure your child’s name is spelled correctly on the diploma and in the graduation program, please CLEARLY PRINT your child’s FULL LEGAL NAME with any accent marks as well as titles such as Jr., III, etc.



    first             middle                               last                                  title


    Statement of Acknowledgement

    I have read and fully understand this information and what is expected of me if I participate in graduation or any other senior event. 

    I am further aware that senior fees and graduation fees are NON-REFUNDABLE no matter the graduation status of my senior or if my senior transfers.

    Further, I am aware of the responsibilities – financially, academically, and behaviorally – for this senior year.

    I also agree that I understand when my senior receives the graduation cap, gown, stoles, etc., that we take full responsibility to ensure that we maintain the condition of the gown. 

    I also understand that if damage is done to any graduation gown, cap, etc. while in my possession, I am responsible to cover the cost to replace the gown. 

    I also accept that if damage is done to the gown that it is not replaceable within the time before graduation, my senior may not be able to participate in graduation.  


    Student Signature ______________________________________ Date ____________ 


    Parent Signature ______________________________________ Date ____________

    What size t-shirt will your child need for the senior class t-shirt and the senior sunset t-shirt? ___________


    Please return to this form to Ms. Jones (room 102) or Mrs. Burlison (room 202) no later than Friday, August 19th. If you do not return this form, you will not be allowed to participate in senior events.    

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  • Sponsors


    Christin Burlison

    Lindey Jones