Antelope Valley School District

SENIOR LETTER

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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 25, 2020
TIME: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Check-in starts at 4:50 and doors close at 6:00p.m.)
PLACE: Cascades Rancho Vista Golf Course – 3905 Club Rancho Dr, Palmdale, CA 93551
THEME: Come Away with Me
COST: TWO DAY SALE ONLY

3/4/20 - $95 w/ASB Card $100 w/o ASB Card. No refunds will be made.
3/11/20 - $110 w/ASB Card $115 w/o ASB Card. No refunds will be made.

 Applications will be emailed to all Junior and Senior student accounts (if you do not receive an
email by 1/27/20 see Mrs. Ortega right away). Guest applications are separate and can be picked
up in the Activities Office as of January 27, 2020. Tickets will be sold after school at the
Student Store on Wednesday, March 4 th & 11 th (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 7, 2020 @ 3:00 - Last day to submit AV student and guest applications.
 Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 3:00 – Last day for parent permission form to be turned in.
 AVHS student 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 pass. 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. Martinez, Prom Advisor, in Room 725 or call 948-8552, ext.
725.
SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS NIGHT
DATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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, dress shirt
with collar and a tie.
 Individual department awards will be given in the classroom.

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 SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020
TIME: 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 28 – 5:15 a.m. Friday, May 29
COST: TWO DAY SALE ONLY

5/6/20 - $110 with ASB or $115 w/out ASB Card. No refunds will be made.
5/13/20 - $125 with or w/out ASB card. 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
March 30 – April 10, 2020. Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, April 10,
2020. No guests are allowed. Behavior standards are strictly enforced. Magic Mountain sets the
requirements for transportation, dress code and behavior. If a problem arises, parents/guardians
will be called to pick up the student(s).
 Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold at the Student Store after school (1:25 –
3:00pm) on Wednesday 5/6 & 5/13. 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 amount 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: Friday, May 29, 2020
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 that 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: Monday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020
TIME: 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
PLACE: AVHS Large Gym
 Participation in ALL 3 Graduation Practices is MANDATORY in order to participate in the
actual Graduation ceremony. NO EXCEPTIONS.
 You MUST have completed the senior check out process before you are allowed attend practice
and graduation. You MUST also present a school ID card and Grad Card to enter graduation
practices and the graduation ceremony.

GRADUATION TICKETS
 Please remember that the announcements you may have ordered are not tickets to get in the
graduation ceremony.
 Admission to the Graduation ceremony is by ticket only, each graduating senior will receive four
(+1 if your senior attended Senior Day) complimentary tickets. Only graduates with a student ID
(not family members) may purchase extra graduation tickets IF AVAILABLE.
 PENDING AVAILABILITY extra tickets may be sold to the graduating senior at the
Accounting Office after the 3 rd day of practice 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 4, 2020
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) wedges are allowed. 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, nor adorn their cap and gown. 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 3 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 and gowns shall not be
altered or decorated 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 8 th with
the Registrar, Mrs. Henriquez, 948-8552, extension 109. 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 Matthew Fitzgerald
Principal Vice Principal

Congratulations to the Graduates of

Antelope Valley High School’s Class of 2020,

The 105 th Graduating Class!!!

ANTELOPE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2020

SENIOR CODE OF CONDUCT/GRADUATION PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
The graduation ceremony will be held at Antelope Valley High School - Mays Field at 6:00 p.m. on
Thursday, June 4, 2020. In order to participate in the ceremony, all students must adhere to all school
rules throughout the year. If at any point a student cannot conduct his/her behavior in a dignified
manner, consequences may accompany their actions. The signature on the following page will certify
that the student has read this Senior Code of Conduct and Graduation Participation Agreement thereby
promising to respect the rights of each graduate, speaker, parent/guardian and guest. The breaking of
any of the following rules can lead to severe consequences including being ineligible to participate in
the graduation ceremony. (Reference: Education Code sections 48900 and 48915). Additional
information regarding the ceremony and graduation tickets will be listed in the Senior Letter.
The following requirements must be followed to be eligible for participation in the graduation
ceremony:
 Seniors must meet all graduation requirements, clear all debts and fines, return all textbooks
and complete all disciplinary assignments. A student can have no more than two U’s during
third or fourth quarter.
 Seniors must display appropriate, responsible and respectful behavior in class, on campus, and
at ALL school activities. Any disciplinary issues during the Second Semester of the 2020-21
school year may result in a student’s participation in the graduation ceremony and/or any other
senior activities being revoked. All senior activities are a privilege, not a right.
 Follow all AVHS rules and policies, including dress code and turning off cell phones and
electronic devices for the duration of all practices and the graduation ceremony. (They will be
confiscated if they are heard or visible.)
 Attend all 3 mandatory graduation practices, on time, and sign in each day.
 At the ceremony graduates must wear the designated cap and gown that has not been altered or
decorated in any way. This includes decorations such as flowers, leis or sashes. Wear attire
under the gown that is appropriate for formal occasions. No high/pointed heels or flip flops.
Wedges are the only type of heel you may wear.
 Any objects that distract from the graduation ceremony will not be tolerated. This includes, but
is not limited to: cell phones, silly string, confetti, horns, noisemakers and inflatable objects
such as beach balls, etc.
 All students will be searched prior to the graduation ceremony. Prohibited items will be
confiscated.
 Refrain from alcohol, drugs, vapes or any other controlled substances, knowing that their use or
possession automatically bans participation in the ceremony.
 If at graduation or at any practice, a student gets out of their seat, stands on their chair, or draws
undue attention to him or herself, the student may be removed from the ceremony.
 Parents, please do not bring noisemakers or items that obstruct the view of others such as
balloons, posters, large flower bouquets, etc. Possession of such items may result in removal
from the ceremony.
 Once a student is removed from a graduation practice, the student will not participate in any
other practices nor walk in the commencement ceremony.
KEEP THIS PAGE FOR YOUR RECORDS AND RETURN THE FOLLOWING
SIGNATURE PAGE TO THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE NO LATER THAN 3PM FRIDAY,
JANUARY 31, 2020. Without this contract you will not be allowed to participate in senior activities.

ANTELOPE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

CLASS OF 2020
SENIOR CODE OF CONDUCT

I, ___________________________________________________, understand that, as a senior at
PRINT YOUR NAME
Antelope Valley High School, I must adhere to the policies and regulations set forth by the Antelope
Valley Union High School District and Antelope Valley High School. I understand and acknowledge
the policies and regulations that are listed in the Discipline Expectations form that I received either at
the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment at AVHS, and understand that any violation of any
district or school policies or regulations may result in a loss of extracurricular privileges with no
refund. This includes, but is not limited to, school-sponsored events, dances, any athletic/activity
program (club, team, etc.), Prom, GradNite, and the Graduation Ceremony.
Furthermore, I recognize that, as a senior, I am a role model for the underclassmen, and I have the
responsibility to help maintain a safe and educationally focused campus that prioritizes academic
success, character and leadership.
I understand that it is a privilege to represent Antelope Valley High School, and I will continue to
facilitate and promote positive academic and personal success.

GRADUATION PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT

PLEASE CHECK ONE:
 I desire to participate in the graduation ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020. I have
read the attached Senior Code of Conduct and Graduation Participation Agreement and promise to
abide by the provided rules and expectations. I understand that by signing this agreement it becomes a
binding contract and that by breaking this agreement, it may result in being ineligible to walk in the
graduation ceremony. Also, I may be required to have a conference with the Principal before receiving
my diploma. Furthermore, if I am suspended during the time covering graduation practices or the
ceremony, I will not be allowed to participate in the commencement.
 I choose not to participate in the graduation ceremony. I understand that I may pick up my
diploma the week after graduation at the Registrar’s Office in the main administration building with
my picture identification. I understand that diplomas will not be mailed.
I further understand that if I do not select one of the above options and/or fail to
return this contract to the Activities Office by 3p.m. Friday, JANUARY 31, 2020, my
name will be removed from the list and I will not be able to walk in the Graduation
ceremony with my graduating class.

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STUDENT NAME (PRINT)                       ID NUMBER

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Student Signature                                    Date