Metea Valley High School
Senior Newsletter - Class of 2018

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 27th, 2018

Commencement ceremonies begin promptly at 10:00am on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. 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 08:45am. 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, 2018

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 a minimum of 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 2018).

Graduation DVD

Metea Valley is recording its 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The public can purchase a video copy of it for $25. Order forms are available on the Metea Website under the graduation tab.

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, 2018. 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.

All seniors will be required to complete the “Senior Checkout Process” on either May 21st or May 22nd.  During checkout, seniors turn in Chromebooks, textbooks and library books, pay library, cafeteria or other remaining fees/ financial obligations, and complete their senior survey and final transcript request.  Students and parents are encouraged to check their Destiny and PushCoin  accounts to find out about any outstanding books and/or fees prior to checkout.  Seniors must complete all steps in the checkout process to receive their graduation tickets at graduation practice.

Cap and Gown Distribution

Herff Jones will be distributing Caps and Gowns at Metea during the lunch periods on May 3rd & May 4th, 2018. 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, 2018 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. www.herffjonesIL.com

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 meteagradsigns@gmail.com​          if you have any questions.

Senior Celebrations

Prom Ticket Sales

In person : April 18(Seniors only)and 20, 2018 Tickets will be sold in the Commons during lunch periods on these dates. No tickets will be sold after April 20th, 2017. The Prom tickets are $75.00 per person. All Non Metea Guests must have a signed guess pass before purchasing a ticket in person.

Online ticket sale: April 18, 19 & 20th at https://mvprom18.bpt.me

Senior Road Trip: April 21st, 2018

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. Contactmvhs17roadtrip@gmail.com  with any questions.

Commemorative Brick Deadline: April 6th, 2018

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 2018. 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: MVHSbricks@gmail.com.

Senior/Junior Prom at Signature Room Seven Bridges:  Friday, April 27th, 2018

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.  All guest tickets must be purchased in Person on April 18 or April 20th, 2018. A photo ID is required of ALL attendees.

Senior Awards Ceremony: Tuesday May 15th, 2018

In keeping with the celebratory tenor of this season, Seniors will be honored with an evening ceremony on May 15th at 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 23rd, 2018 at 3:00p.m.

Senior Finals: May 21-22, 2018

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:  Thursday May 24th, 2018

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 2018 will be held on May 24th, 2018 at 7pm in the auditorium. Friends and family are encouraged and welcome to attend.  Seniors should report to the Main Entrance (Door #1) at 6:30 pm 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, 2018

The Senior Brunch outing will take place immediately following the graduation practice (around 10:30 am) on

Thursday, May 25th, 2018. A full brunch will be held in at the Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora,

IL 60505. Tickets are $5.00