Senior Dues / Graduation

Hi everyone,
As mentioned in this thread's earlier post, caps and gowns will be mailed to you if you have already paid your senior dues. They will be mailed out in mid-June.
If you have NOT paid senior dues, you can purchase a Graduation Packet (cap, gown, tee, diploma case) for $40. Yearbooks will be $80. We will let you know when/how you can pay.
We are working on a Virtual Graduation for June 26. Please make sure you answer the Post-Secondary Survey Stay tuned for more details.
Again, let me reiterate that Bayside High School is closed. No one is in the building. No students are permitted in the building. Therefore, transactions of any kind cannot be made at this time.
If you have questions, email me at
Hope you all are well and safe.

Celebrate this school year with a virtual yearbook signing

Dear Class of 2020, 

We know how important the tradition of yearbook signing is.  While we anticipated the time being spent outdoors at the BBQ, circumstances have dictated otherwise. Nonetheless, our yearbook company, Walsworth, has partnered with Kudoboard™ to make virtual yearbook signing possible!
Kudoboard lets you make online boards that your friends can sign with messages, photos, and gifs. You just text, email or share your link with your friends. When you’re done, you can save your board as a hi-res JPEG to keep digitally or print and place inside your yearbook. 
We all know this doesn’t replace signing yearbook in person outside on the South Lawn, but we hope you check out this opportunity. Please share this message and links with January graduates. We want as many seniors as possible to learn about this opportunity. Remember, YOU manage who signs your board and the messages displayed. This is an opportunity to show your friends how much you care and appreciate them. Write something MEANINGFUL. Inappropriate messages, images, or bullying of any sort will NOT be tolerated. Make this opportunity a positive one.
Check out the attached How-To PDF and head over to to get started today. Make sure to enter promo code Walsworth2020 for special pricing.

Let us know if you have any questions! 
The Yearbook Staff


College resources:
A Parent's Guide to College - from the NYC DOE.  Parents_Guide_to_College.pdf 


This is a free service being offered through NextGenVest to Bayside students:

How can I get help over text message?

  • Step 1: Go to and enter your Phone Number 
  • Step 2: Enter your FREE CODE: NGVCQGY
  • Step 3: Ask your Money Mentor any questions you have about the FAFSA and Scholarships - even on nights and weekends! 

What should you ask your money mentor? 

  • Can you help me complete my FAFSA? 
  • Can you help me reset my FSA ID? 
  • Can you help me brainstorm a list of colleges that might fit me? 
  • Can you explain the financial aid application process? 
  • Can you find scholarships on Fastweb, Unigo, and Chegg that match me? 


Homework Help:
Khan Academy - Students can make use of this extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Over 3,100 videos cover K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.


Q.  How do I send Colleges “Teacher Letters of Recommendation?”
A.  Only some colleges require these and the maximum is usually two.  CUNYs regular freshman college application does not require them.  Some SUNY schools and Private schools do require them.

To send teacher letters of recommendation you must first ask your teachers if they will write one for you.  Then give the teachers stamped addressed envelopes made out to whatever colleges you are applying to.  Give them any forms that the colleges may require.  If the college does not have a form, they may want the teacher to write the letter on Bayside High School Letterhead.  The teacher can also send a “Teacher Feedback Form” to the college (Teacher Feedback Form is available in Guidance).   Make sure you allow plenty of time for the teachers to write and send these letters for you (at least 30 days before the schools deadline).


Q.  How do I hand in College Applications?
A.  Fill them out online on the college’s website, at CUNY, SUNY, or Common Application.  Then, hand in to your Guidance Counselor large stamped addressed (addressed to the colleges office of admissions) envelopes with a copy of any “counselor forms” needed.  All colleges except for CUNY will require stamped addressed envelopes.  CUNY will require your OSIS on the application, as well as for you to meet with your Guidance Counselor and fill out a “CUNY information sheet.”  Don’t forget to pay the application fee online, and to send your SAT scores to each college “officially” from College Board.


Q.  When do I hand in College Envelopes? 
A.  October-December only.  Counselors will not accept application envelopes after the Winter Holiday Break.


Q.  How many colleges can I apply to?
A.  Please discuss this with your Guidance Counselor, as you should pick a variety of schools including “reach,” “target,” and “safety” schools in order to ensure that you get in to a place where you will thrive.  Typically the limit for applications is:

Up to 6 CUNY schools + as many SUNY schools as you would like + a maximum of 6 other colleges. 

All students are STRONGLY advised to apply to CUNY, as CUNY schools are the most affordable, and will automatically guarantee you a spot in a 4 or 2 year college depending on your GPA and SAT scores.


Q.  When should my child take the SAT's for the 1st time?
A.  Springtime (May or June) of their Junior year.


Q.  How do I apply for financial aid?
A.  You can apply for financial aid beginning January 1st of your child's senior year.  At that time, fill out a FAFSA form online at FASFA .  FAFSA is the form that ALL colleges will require to receive any type of need-based aid.  Need-based aid is determined strictly by the family's annual income while merit-based aid is determined by the student's grades and SAT scores. 


Q.  Can my child walk in graduation if they do not meet the criteria for graduation in June?
A.  No