2015 Graduation Letter

2015 Graduation Letter
This is the image for the news article titled 2015 Graduation LetterDear Parent/Guardian,

Graduation will soon be here!  Arrangements for an exceptional commencement are already underway.  As parent or guardian of a senior, you need to be informed of the following items that impact seniors over the following month, including Graduation.

1. Dress Down days for seniors that turn in school clothing for the students in need will be May 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and all exam days.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Zelinski.

2. Final Exams: Final exams for the seniors have been scheduled for Friday, May 22nd, Tuesday May 26th, and Wednesday, May 27th.  Seniors who have earned a grade of 90 or above for the first three quarters and a 90 or above through and including May 14th of the fourth quarter, will be exempt from that exam.  

On Friday, May 22nd, seniors who are not exempt will be taking their periods 1, 2, and 3 exams.  Students will be dismissed at 11:25 AM as it is a half day for all students.  Each exam will be 60 minutes in length.  

On Tuesday, May 26th, seniors who are not exempt will be taking their periods 4, 5, and 6 exams.  Seniors should arrive at the start of the school day and will be allowed to leave after their exams are finished if a note from a parent has been provided.  Each exam will be 60 minutes in length.  

On Wednesday, May 27th, seniors who are not exempt will be taking their periods 7 and 8 exams.  Seniors should arrive at the start of the school day and will be allowed to leave after their exams are finished if a note from a parent has been provided.  Each exam will be 60 minutes in length.  

Makeup exams for the seniors will be on Wednesday June 3, 2015.  Students must contact their teacher for arrangements.

3. Florida Trip: The senior trip to Florida will run from May 28th through June 1st.  Students attending have already made payments and tickets have been purchased.

4. Honors Banquet: The Senior Honors Banquet has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd at the Regal Room in Olyphant.  This is an invitation only event.

5. Class Night: This event has been set for Thursday, June 4th at the Mid Valley High School.  This is a semi-formal dress affair that is of no cost to the students; however students must sign-up for the event.    Parents are encouraged to attend the formal program.  Students are to arrive between 5:30 PM and 5:45 PM.  A formal program by the senior class will take place staring at 6:00 PM and will include a slide show, class song, and class history.  Immediately following the formal program, only the seniors will be brought back into the cafeteria for dinner and a final class presentation.  Dinner will be served at approximately 7:30 PM.  The event will end by 9:30 PM.  Practice for Class Night will be held on Wednesday June 4th (9:00 - 10:30 AM).

6. Class Day: Class Day has been set for Friday, June 5th at McDonnell’s Grove.  Seniors must sign up for this event due to the cost associated with it.  Seniors will take part in outdoor activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, and softball.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to the students. A pavilion is also available in case of inclement weather.  All students must be at the school no later than 8:30 AM.  The buses will be departing promptly at 8:45 AM and will return to the school for 2:00 PM.  Seniors will be allowed to leave upon their return to the school building.  

7. Graduation Practices: Graduation practices are scheduled for Monday June 8th, Tuesday June 9th, and if necessary, Wednesday June 10th, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  Students may take the bus to school; however, transportation will be the students’ responsibility after practice is over. Caps, gowns, and tickets will be distributed on these days.  The practices are mandatory as they are part of the 180-day school year.  Please do not schedule vacations, appointments, college orientation programs, college courses, or work during this scheduled practice time.  The students who will be speaking on graduation night are required to stay after practices and go over their speeches.

8. All obligations including financial and disciplinary obligations must be fulfilled in order for the seniors to participate in the commencement exercises.

9. Tickets: Graduates will be given a total of eight tickets; there will be two blue and six white tickets.    A reserved area will be roped off for the blue ticket holders in the Auditorium for blue ticket holders. The graduates must pick two people from their family who they want to be seated in this section. The white tickets will be general seating and this will be anywhere except in the blue section.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM; there will be no exceptions.  Any student who has a family member that is wheelchair bound, please call 307-2111 for accommodations.  In the case where a student may have more than eight guests, the overage of guests will be able to watch a live streaming of the graduation ceremony in the cafeteria.

10. Student Dress for Commencement: Students are asked not to wear jeans, flip-flops, shorts, sneakers, or any non-formal wear.  Graduation is a formal ceremony and students should be dressed accordingly.

11. Commencement: Graduation is set for Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School Auditorium.  The graduates are asked to be at the school by 5:45 PM on graduation night and are asked to report to their assigned rooms on the second floor of the Secondary Center.  Once in their assigned rooms, students will not be allowed to walk around the building and parents are not allowed in these assigned areas.

12. Pictures: During the commencement ceremony, Karin Dorman “Images” will be taking photos of the ceremony and the graduates.  These photos can be purchased by ordering through the following website: www.shutterfly.com/pro/kdorman/midvalley.  Half of the proceeds will be donated back to the Mid Valley Yearbook.  There will be areas set up inside the gymnasium for parents to take pictures with the graduates.  Parents are asked to meet their children in the gymnasium after the ceremony; this will also help to clear congestion outside the auditorium.

13. The Mid Valley Code of Conduct applies to participation in the commencement ceremony and all other events for the seniors.  The Mid Valley School District reserves the right to revoke any and all privileges for misconduct.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please call the main office at 307-2160.


The Mid Valley Graduation Committee