Senior Announcements

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2023

  • May 24, 2022

Dear Parents and Students of the Class of 2023,

I’d like to take this opportunity to explain the senior dues – what’s included and what’s not. Some items are optional, but the senior dues are mandatory. Please read this letter carefully.

Payments can be made in cash, by money order or check made payable to: High School for CTEA. In the memo area, please write your child’s first and last name. Payment plans can be worked out, but the parent must call Ms. Ortiz to finalize the payment plan. Ms. Ortiz can be reached at (718) 846-6280, ext. 1181 or via email at aortiz31@schools.nyc.gov. Email is always the easiest method of communication. Feel free to reach out.

****Please note that any student who paid for the Six flags trip on 5/20/22 that was cancelled will have their payment applied directly to their senior dues and will then only need to pay a balance of $130. If you, the parent, do not want the previous payment applied to the senior dues and would like a refund check instead, please email me directly (subject line should say “Six flags refund request” with the following information no later than 6/1/22:

  • Parent full name

  • Student full name

  • Home address

Our school’s website can be accessed here https://www.hsforctea.org. We will continuously update senior news, deadlines, events and notifications there. This should be your first stop whenever you are looking for answers to anything senior related. Parents should expect to receive robo-calls and emails with this information, and students will receive emails through their school email account. Please get in the habit of checking your school emails daily.

Below you will find a detailed list of what is included in the senior dues package. You will also see items that are optional, and must be purchased separately. The items included in the senior dues have been discounted as much as possible, since we have been given a package deal. Every student is required to purchase the senior package. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please email Ms. Ortiz.

Senior Dues Package - $230 will include:

  • Cap & gown, stole and diploma case ($40)

  • Senior hoody & T-shirt ($45)

  • Yearbook ($40)

  • Senior Dinner/Celebration ($45)

  • Senior Breakfast ($10)

  • Rental of graduation hall ($50)

The first payment of $130 will be due by Friday, October 21, 2022. You can also send in a full payment of $230, if that works better for you. The final payment will be due by Friday, January 20, 2023. If you need more time to make your payments, please take the time that you need. Students will not be able to purchase a ticket for any of the senior trips or senior prom unless they have been making senior dues payments. Payments can be made at any time; you do not have to wait until the deadlines. Students should see Ms. Ortiz in room 118 to make their payments, Monday through Friday before school from 7:45 am – 8:15 am or after school from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.


Optional items NOT included in package:

  • Senior trips (price TBD)

  • Senior Rings ($60) due by 12/16/23

  • Senior Portraits (prices vary)

  • Senior Prom ($140) due 3/1/23


Below is a link that you can use to schedule your senior portraits. You will need to travel to the studio to take the photo. There are multiple different packages for purchase, but the minimum to sit is $15. This will allow you to take a photo that will be featured in the yearbook, but only includes the yearbook pose and will not be put toward the purchase of any photos. If you pay the $30 fee at your sitting you get multiple poses, and the $30 goes toward whichever packet, digital or physical, that you choose to purchase. The studio will select and send over the photo to be featured in the yearbook.

This fee is paid directly to the studio. Please make sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. You need to take your photo no later than October to make sure that it will be featured in the yearbook.

Please use the link below to schedule your appointment: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/1357ed805a6caed1-senior

Take your time to peruse the options for packages, and please schedule your appointments as soon as possible because they are filling up quickly. If you have questions, comments, or concern regarding senior photos, please contact Ms. Olfano at Bolfano@schools.nyc.gov.

Continental Studios

103-03 Metropolitan Avenue

Forest Hills, NY 11375

(718) 268-2870

Please note that we anticipate each graduate will receive 6 tickets to graduation for their family/guests. Graduates should not be included in these 6 tickets.

  • Senior Awards – May 2023 (TBD) - HS for CTEA

  • Senior Prom – June 7, 2023 7:00 pm – 12:00 am - Terrace on the Park, Flushing Queens

  • Senior Dinner– April/May 2023 (TBD) - HS for CTEA

  • Graduation – June 2023 (TBD) - St. John’s University, Queens Campus

Ms. Olfano Bolfano@schools.nyc.gov and Mr. Ahmed UAhmed@schools.nyc.gov will be your Senior Grade Team leaders and will be organizing all senior trips, student contracts and trip consent forms. They will be contacting you frequently via email, so be sure that you continue to check your school email throughout the summer and all through senior year. I hope everyone has a nice and relaxing summer and best wishes to you in your upcoming senior year!

Ms. Ortiz

Senior Events Coordinator and School Treasurer