Antelope Valley School District

SENIOR LETTER

 

ANTELOPE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Antelope Valley Union High School District

44900 N. Division St.  Lancaster, CA.  93535

(661) 948-8552 FAX: (661) 945-8867

Senior Letter

Congratulations Seniors, 

This letter is designed to assist you in planning for your upcoming senior activities.  These activities are specifically for graduating seniors. Please note the events and the details that describe them.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Activities Office at 948-8552, ext. 167.

  • Remember, this letter does not ensure graduation, or participation in the graduation ceremony.  All seniors must fulfill the academic requirements as set forth by the State of California, the Antelope Valley Union High School District, and Antelope Valley High School.  

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

School rules and regulations are expected to be followed at all senior activities.  Appropriate behavior is expected as well as regular school attendance to be eligible for all senior activities.  Remember senior activities, including graduation, are privileges.  Participation in activities and the graduation ceremony can be revoked by Administration.  All graduates must accurately complete the Senior Code of Conduct/Graduation Participation Agreement form and return it to the Activities Office in order to participate in any senior activity.  Suspensions and inappropriate behaviors during the spring semester may result in the student not being allowed to participate in activities or the graduation ceremony.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PROM

DATE: Saturday, April 30, 2022

TIME: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Check-in starts at 4:30 and doors close at 6:00p.m.)

PLACE: Hellenic Center – 43403 30th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536

THEME: Enchanted Forest  

COST: TWO DAY SALE ONLY 

3/3/22 - $115 w/ASB Card   $125 w/o ASB Card.  No refunds will be made.

3/9/22 - $135 w/ASB Card   $140 w/o ASB Card.  No refunds will be made.

  • Applications will be available online to all Juniors and Seniors. Guest applications can be picked up in the Activities Office as of January 24, 2022.  Tickets will be sold after school at the Student Store on March 3rd & 9th (1:25pm – 3:00pm). Current high school IDs must be shown by the student when purchasing a ticket.  Only cash, credit card or money orders made out to AVHS will be accepted – no checks.  

    • Friday, February 4, 2022 - Last day to submit AV student and guest applications.

    • Thursday, February 10, 2022 – Last day for Parent Permission Form to be turned in. 

  • AVHS students and their Guest’s ticket must be purchased together on the same day. In order for student and guest applications to be approved, they must be in good standing with grades, attendance, discipline, and fees. Approval must be obtained prior to ticket purchase.

  • All AVHS students and guests MUST show their current school ID for admission to the Prom.  Only guests under the age of 21 will be permitted to attend on an approved guest application.  A current driver’s license or California ID is required for non-student guests.

    • This is a formal dance.  Girls are to wear formal or semi-formal dresses.  No bare midriffs, exposed lower backs or dresses which are low-cut in the front. Hemlines need to be at knee length or longer. Slits must be at mid-thigh or lower.  Boys are to wear suits, dinner jackets or a tux.  Chains and walking canes will not be allowed. 

  • For further information, see Mrs. Brooks, Prom Advisor, in Room 331 or call 948-8552, ext. 331.

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT

DATE: TBD

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: AVHS Large Gym

  • The Scholarship Awards Night honors seniors for various achievements earned at Antelope Valley High School.  Contributions are given to students from local donors, organizations and universities.  This event is by invitation only.

  • Girls should wear dresses, or dress slacks and a blouse.  Boys should wear slacks, a dress shirt with collar and a tie.  

COMMENCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS DISTRIBUTION

DATE: Spring (TBD)

TIME:  During Lunch

PLACE: In front of the Large Gym

  • All graduating seniors who have placed orders for announcements should pick them up when they become available.  

  • All outstanding balance amounts with Jostens must be paid on this date (cash only).  

GRAD NITE AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

DATE: Friday, May 27, 2022

TIME: 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 – 3:15 a.m. Saturday, May 28

COST: TWO DAY SALE ONLY

3/30/22 - $115 w/ASB card or $120 w/out.  No refunds will be made.

4/7/22 - $130 w/ASB card or $135 w/out.  No refunds will be made.

  • Transportation is by bus (no exceptions). Students will depart from and return to the AVHS North parking lot (student parking). Must have your student ID.

  • An approved application is required for each participant and will be available online beginning February 28 – March 11, 2022. Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, March 11, 2022.  No guests are allowed.  Behavior standards are strictly enforced.  Universal Studios sets the requirements for transportation, dress and behavior.  If a problem arises, parents/guardians will be called to pick up the student(s). See the Universal Studios Hollywood website for COVID protocol. 

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold at the Student Store after school (1:25 – 3:00pm) on 3/30 & 4/7.  Current high school IDs must be shown by the student when purchasing a ticket.  Only cash, credit card or money orders made out to AVHS will be accepted.  Applications must be approved before purchasing a ticket.  A limited number of tickets will be available.

  • In order for student applications to be approved, they must be in good standing with credits, grades, attendance, discipline, and fees. Approval must be obtained prior to ticket purchase.

 

SENIOR CHECK OUT

DATE: Thursday, May 26, 2022

TIME: During Economics class

PLACE: Library

  • Student ID is required!!!

  • Students will be escorted to the Library by their Economics teacher through the Fiction Room entrance.  Students will rotate through the Library, gathering clearance signatures.  

  • Please make sure all textbooks/library books have been returned and student fees have been paid PRIOR to Senior Check Out day.  All fees owed must be paid with cash, credit card or money order only.  

  • The Senior Code of Conduct/Graduation Participation Agreement form must be signed and turned in prior to this day.  

  • Caps and gowns, along with complimentary graduation tickets, will be distributed on this day once the student’s check out procedure has been fully completed.  Lost or stolen graduation tickets will not be replaced.

 

GRADUATION PRACTICE 

DATES: Tuesday, May 31 & Wednesday, June 1, 2022

TIME:            7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  MUST BE ON TIME.

PLACE:         AVHS Large Gym

  • Participation in Graduation Practice (both days) is MANDATORY in order to participate in the Graduation ceremony.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  

  • You MUST have completed the senior check out process before you are allowed to attend practice and graduation.  You MUST also present a school ID card to enter graduation practices and the commencement ceremony.

GRADUATION TICKETS

  • Please remember that the announcements you may have ordered are not tickets to get in the commencement ceremony.  

  • Admission to the Graduation ceremony is by ticket only, each graduating senior will receive four (4) complimentary tickets.  

  • Pending availability, extra tickets may be sold at the stadium ticket both after graduation practices on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 only. Graduates with a student ID (not family members) may purchase additional graduation tickets at $5.00 a piece (cash only).

  • Please do not call the school asking for more tickets; seating is limited and there will not be any extra tickets beyond what is being made available. All guests will require a ticket for entry into the ceremony.  (Children under the age of 2 will not require a ticket.)  

  • All guest seating is on a first come, first served basis, including seating areas designated for handicapped persons.  Gates will open at 4:45 p.m.

 

GRADUATION CEREMONY

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2022

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: Antelope Valley High School – Mays Field

  • All graduates are to report to the AVHS Large Gym at 4:30 p.m..  BE ON TIME!  

  • Caps and gowns must be worn.  Girls are reminded to wear dresses, dress slacks, skirts and blouses (NO HEELS). Boys should wear suits, or slacks and jackets with shirts and ties.  Please do not wear flip-flops.  

  • Students are to leave gifts, cameras, sunglasses or any other items with parents/guardians during the graduation ceremony, as they will not be allowed when entering the facility.  There will be no check-in of valuables and the school will not be responsible for personal items.  

  • Graduates are not permitted to carry anything.  Only Valedictorians, Senior Class Officers, Pacesetters, ASB Officers, AVID graduates, and qualified CSF and ASB members are permitted to wear medals, stoles or cords distributed by AVHS. 

  • Graduation is a special occasion which demands well-mannered and courteous behavior.  Failure to comply with agreed-upon graduation instructions may result in the student being removed from the ceremony and will not be recognized during the call of graduates.

  • Guests:  Guests may not bring items into the stadium that may obstruct the view of another guest (balloons, posters, etc.).  Walking around, shouting, using horns and whistling detract from the program and are highly discouraged.  Please do not stand in the aisles or at the railings, as these areas block the view of other guests who are sitting down. Guests will not be allowed to approach the graduates at any time during the ceremony or during the recessional.  

  • The High School Graduation ceremony is not mandatory.  It is a privilege which comes only once in a person’s lifetime!

  • The graduation gown you purchased is yours to keep.  Take care of it.  Many graduates keep both their cap and gown as important keepsakes.

  • Please do not throw your caps into the air after graduation. 

NOTE:  Graduates will be photographed as they receive their diplomas by O’Connor Photography.   You can order your picture by going to www.oconnorphotography.net.  

 

REMINDER:  Graduates must attend ALL Graduation practices!  ALL debts to the school must be cleared in order to participate in the ceremony!

 

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS OF GRADUATION CEREMONY PARTICIPANTS

The Graduation ceremony signifies the successful culmination of thirteen years of education.  In order to assure a successful ceremony which is meaningful for all, the following is expected of all participants:

  • Graduates are to be courteous during the entire ceremony and are to refrain from any activity which is disruptive, distracting or dangerous.  Please follow directions.

  • Graduates are not to carry anything with them into the ceremony.  Caps may be decorated ONLY AFTER YOUR DÉCOR IS APPROVED by administration.  However, gowns shall not be altered in any fashion.  

  • Any student who appears to have been drinking alcoholic beverages or under the influence of any controlled substance prior to the ceremony will not be allowed to participate.  All school rules apply to the graduation ceremony. This includes dress code and behavior expectations. 

  • Graduates will dress appropriately for a ceremony of this nature.  Examples of inappropriate dress are beach and sports clothing, thong-type sandals, jeans, t-shirts, high or pointed heels, etc. (platform shoes / wedges are acceptable).  Dress code policy will be enforced.  

  • If any participant in the graduation ceremony violates any of the above behavior standards, that student will NOT receive a diploma at the Graduation ceremony and will be asked to leave. The student will be required to attend a parent conference with the Principal the week following graduation in order to obtain their diploma.


DIPLOMA PICK UP

  • Graduates will receive only the cover of their diplomas when they go through the ceremony.

  • Diplomas will be available in the cafeteria immediately following the Graduation ceremony. Diplomas will be released to the graduate only. 

  • Any diploma not picked up will be available by appointment beginning Monday, June 6th with the Registrar, Mrs. Henriquez, 948-8552, extension 199. DIPLOMAS WILL NOT BE MAILED HOME.  


If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Activities Office at 948-8552, ext. 167.

Sincerely,


Eric Stanford                   Briana Rivera

Principal                           Vice Principal