Metea Valley High School
Senior Newsletter - Class of 2017

October 2016

Senior Year is here!Senior class artwork, from ...

You have talked about this year, dreamt about this year and not it is actually here! You are a Senior in high school and soon you will be moving on to bigger and better things.  We celebrate your successes and accomplishments and look forward to the endless opportunities that lay ahead.

It’s hard to think of your Senior year as the year of “lasts”. Your last homecoming, your last school musical, your last spirit week, your last football game, and your last prom.  You want to make it a year to remember and never regret.  This newsletter will provide important information on events, opportunities and deadlines to ensure that this year is a memorable one for you as a Senior and as an adult looking back.

Graduation and Commencement

Commencement: May 28th, 2017
Commencement ceremonies begin promptly at 6:00pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2017. Our Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center - 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115. Seniors are asked to be at the Convocation Center no later than 5pm. All seniors participating in this ceremony MUST wear their graduation gown for the ceremony. The only accessory that can be worn on the graduation gown is the Indian Prairie Scholars’ cord. This is in keeping with past practice for graduation uniformity agreed upon by all of our high schools in Indian Prairie School District 204. Modest attire is strongly encouraged to be worn under the gown in honor of this special event. No gym shoes, flip flops, or boots will be allowed. Additional information about parking, directions and maps will be available at graduation practice on May 25th and on the Metea website.

Graduation Practice: May 25th, 2017
Graduation Practice is mandatory and will be held May 25th at 9:00am in the main gym. Graduation practice will last approximately 2 hours and seniors are expected to be in attendance for the duration of the practice. The Senior Outing will be held immediately following the Graduation practice.
Seniors should arrive at Metea no later than 8:30am. Indian Prairie Scholar cords will be issued to students at Graduation practice.

Graduation Tickets
Each graduate will receive Ten (10) tickets for the Graduation Ceremony. Graduates will receive tickets at the graduation practice. For handicapped seating information, please visit the Metea website and click under Graduation Map (Website will be updated by April 2017).

Graduation DVD
Media Communication students from Metea Valley High School will be recording this year's graduation ceremony as a fundraiser for MVTV. The DVDs make a great gift for those family members who are unable to attend the ceremonies, or for those who would like to remember the day for years to come.There will be 2 opportunities to purchase a copy of the graduation ceremony.You may pre-order or you may order a copy at the ceremony on May 28th. Click
here for details and order information.

Financial Obligations
All financial obligations with Metea need to be cleared with a zero balance prior to graduation. All
registration fees, class lab fees, library fines, activity or athletic financial obligations MUST be paid in full prior to the Cap and Gown pick up on May 5th, 6th, and 26th, 2017. Students with outstanding balances to Metea Valley High School will not be allowed to pick up their Cap and Gown, or participate in the Commencement Ceremonies without clearing their outstanding balances.

Cap and Gown Distribution
Herff Jones will be distributing Caps and Gowns at Metea during the lunch periods on May 4th & May 5th, 2017. No cap and gown will be distributed to students with outstanding financial balances. Herff Jones will also distribute caps and gowns to students on May 25th, 2017 after the graduation practice. This will be the last opportunity to collect your cap and gown. All outstanding fees to Metea and balances owed to Herff Jones MUST be paid in full on this date for collection and participation in graduation ceremonies.

Senior Signs
The PTSA sponsors and places signs in the yards of our seniors in early May. The name on the sign will be your child's first name as they are registered at school. Contact PTSA at if you have any questions.

Senior Celebrations

Prom Ticket Sales
April 19(Seniors only), 20 & 21, 2017 Tickets will be sold in the Commons during lunch periods on these dates. No tickets will be sold after April 21st, 2017. The Prom tickets are $75.00 per person.

Senior Road Trip: April 22nd, 2017
Senior Road Trip is an overnight lock-in with activities, games and food sponsored by Metea Valley PTSA (Senior Road
Trip committee). The event begins at 7:00pm and concludes at 2:00am. The cost of the event is $50.00. All registrations
must be turned into the Sr. House in advanced in order for the Seniors to sign up for some SRT
activities. The
Registration Form/Permission Slip is available here and also in the Senior House. Contact  with any questions.

Commemorative Brick Deadline: April 8th, 2017
It is time for you to “Leave Your Mark” at Metea Valley. An area by the front flagpole is being designated as the
commemorative brick area and will be completed by graduation day of 2017. This area will be paved with engraved community bricks and two decorative benches. You have the chance to purchase a 4 x 8 or 8 x 8 brick and have it
engraved with your student’s name, family name, or well wishes plus icons as a permanent fixture on MVHS property. This would make a great gift to your student or graduate of Metea Valley. Order forms are available on the MVHS website. Additional questions contact:

Senior/Junior Prom at Signature Room Seven Bridges: April 28th, 2017
6440 Double Eagle Dr. Woodridge, IL 60517
Prom will be held at the Signature Room at Seven Bridges in Woodridge, Illinois. The prom begins promptly at
7:00p.m. and concludes at 11:00p.m. Students MUST arrive by 8:00p.m., and if the student leaves before the end of the
prom he/she will not be allowed to return. A signed Guest Pass (available online) for non MVHS students is
needed at the time of ticket purchase. A photo ID is required of ALL attendees.

Senior Awards Ceremony: May 15th, 2017
In keeping with the celebratory tenor of this season, Seniors will be honored with an evening ceremony on May 15th,
@ 7p.m. to acknowledge their numerous accomplishments and successes. Scholarships will be awarded from the
Metea Unified Scholarship Program along with departmental awards and commendations. Modest attire is strongly
encouraged to be worn in honor of this special event. No gym shoes, flip flops, or boots will be allowed.
Students are requested to be in place for line up in the Auditorium at 6:45p.m. In order to be acknowledged in the
Senior Awards Keepsake Booklet, Seniors who are awarded scholarships must bring a copy of their award letters to
Ms. Dubois-Williams (Main Office) no later than Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 3:00p.m.

Senior Finals: May 22-23, 2017
These are normal school days that are NOT early dismissal. Students will be expected to attend their regularly
scheduled classes. Technology of DuPage students MUST attend their program classes at TCD during senior finals.

Baccalaureate: May 24th, 2017
The Baccalaureate ceremony is a non-denominational service of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives
dedicated to learning and wisdom. The Baccalaureate service for the graduating class of 2017 will be held on
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 7p.m. in the auditorium. Friends and family are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Seniors should report to the Main Entrance (Door #1) at 6:15 p.m. for lineup. All seniors participating in this ceremony
MUST wear their graduation gown for the ceremony. Modest attire is strongly encouraged to be worn under
the gown in honor of this special event. No gym shoes, flip flops, or boots will be allowed. Indian Prairie
Scholar cords will be issued to students on this evening.

Senior Brunch: May 25th, 2017
The Senior Brunch outing will take place immediately following the graduation practice (around 10:30 am) on
Thursday, May 25th, 2017. A full brunch will be held in at the Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL
60505. Tickets are $5.00

Senior Family and Friends Picture day:  Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Metea will open the building from 9am-12pm for family and friend to take pictures with the Graduating students. A Reminder that the gown is a rental and will be returned at graduation day. No students will be allowed to go back upstairs with their gown after commencement.