Senior Newsletter Class of 2022

All graduation and end-of-the-year information

The big day is coming soon! Here's what you need to know...

WHAT'S IN THE NEWSLETTER?

Congratulations, Class of 2022! In this newsletter, you will find helpful information that will make your senior year go as smoothly as possible. We have included important dates, websites, and other information that will help you plan for upcoming expenses, deadlines, and so much more! In addition to important information, here are some people and sources that may be useful to check and/or contact, should you need additional information, or have any questions:


JAMES JENKINS, AP IN CHARGE OF ACTIVITIES: JAMES.JENKINS@SIMIVALLEYUSD.ORG

JEN HORN, LEADERSHIP ADVISOR: JENNIFER.HORN@SIMIVALLEYUSD.ORG

SHARON KLUG, OFFICE MANAGER: SHARON.KLUG@SIMIVALLEYUSD.ORG

JOSTENS.COM (GRADUATION ITEM ORDERING)

THE PIONEER-GRAM (EMAIL) & SVHS.SIMIVALLEYUSD.ORG (WEBSITE)

FOLLOW simivalleyhs ON INSTAGRAM

CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL!!!!!!!!!


COUNSELING & WELLNESS

Feeling stressed about your final semester of High School? Not sure what to do after you graduate? Worried about college admissions decisions? Wondering about Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities? Want to join the field trip to Moorpark College? Have questions about your Grad Status letter? Go see your School Counselor!! We're here for you!!

Counseling Website:


http://svhs.simivalleyusd.org/Counseling


SVHS COMMUNITY

There are many opportunities to get involved throughout your senior year here

at SVHS. We encourage you to make your best effort to attend as many events

as you can. The community of SVHS is very important to us, and we want to make

your final chapter as a Pioneer as memorable as possible. Please keep track

of ticket sale dates, discounts, and event dates. We suggest you follow

@svhs2022 on instagram for helpful reminders and updates!


LET'S BE IN THIS TOGETHER!

This is a very special time for both senior students and their families. We ask that students and parents partner with us to make this year as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Enclosed, you will find a list of important dates, in addition to some important notes about rules, requirements, consequences, special services, and many other details.

Please be sure to read through this newsletter so that all parties are well-informed as we enter this special season in the students' career. It is our hope that we can work together in communication and planning so that this can be an experience for all to enjoy!

Help US help YOU!

Important Dates for Seniors

Feb. 14: Senior Hug Day

Feb. 18: Deadline for Honor Guard Nominations

April 5: Senior Meetings

April 11 - 29: Prom tickets on sale online (pricing below)

May 2 - 13 (or until sold out): Grad Nite tickets on sale in ASB (pricing below)

May 2 - June 2 (or as capacity allows): Extra graduation tickets on sale in ASB (see details below)

May 6: Honor Guard appreciation letters due to Mrs. Horn (if you participated)

May 7: Prom (Rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood)

May 10: Graduation Song Auditions

May 17: Graduation Speech Auditions

May 25: Senior Awards Night (by invitation)

May 26 & 27: Senior Finals

May 27: Senior Luau, 4 - 6:30 pm; Grad Nite @ Universal (buses load following Luau)

May 31: Grad Shop, 10 AM

June 1: Graduation Rehearsal (MANDATORY), 10 AM

June 2: Graduation, 6 PM (students arrive @ 4:30)

June 3: Diploma pick up in counseling beginning @ 8 AM

Senior Hug Day - Feb. 14

Drop by the table at lunch the week before Valentine's day and grab your special pin! This is the day we show some extra love to our seniors! Feel free to make shirts or take a special photo in front of the k-wall!

VOTE FOR THE GRADUATION SONG - ENDS FEB. 15

We want your input! VOTE HERE for the song you would like to hear as the special music presentation at this year's graduation. We will announce the song selected at senior meetings on April 5th, and auditions for the musical presentation will be held in May (details below).

Honor Guard Form Deadline - Feb. 18

The Simi Valley High School graduation this year will include a special group of teachers called the “Honor Guard.” Most students recall a teacher, coach, or mentor that made a difference in his or her life. YOU are invited to help select this year’s Honor Guard, by nominating ONE influential person from ANY year of your schooling (elementary, middle school, or high school), to attend your graduation. Nominated members will be invited to Senior Luau, invited to your graduation, included in the graduation program, have VIP seating, and receive a special Certificate of Appreciation. I encourage you to take the time to nominate a teacher, coach, or mentor for the 2022 Honor Guard.

If you would like to participate in this special graduation tradition, complete the information below by Friday, February 18th. Once you fill out the form LINKED HERE, WE will take care of contacting your nominee and getting them all the necessary information. After nominations are complete, we will be contacting you the next few months to write a brief reflection about your teacher and their influence on your life. Thank you for making a difference!

CAP & GOWN INFORMATION

All cap and gown orders are handled through Jostens. Please visit jostens.com and search "Simi Valley High School" to see all graduation item packages. YOU MUST have the cap, gown, tassel, and stole made by Jostens to participate in the ceremony. If you would like to use the cap and gown from a friend or graduated family member, you will only have to order the stole and tassel for the class of 2022 through the Jostens site. The prices go up starting FEBRUARY 7TH. After this date, supplies may be limited, or items may not be available all together. Jostens will be here at the Grad Shop to distribute all orders. If items still need to be purchased at that time, it may be cash only. Please plan accordingly.


If you have questions about an order, order status, would like to check what you ordered, etc., please contact our Jostens representative, John Zavala, at john.zavala@jostens.com.


If, for some reason, you cannot order a cap and gown, please email Mr. Jenkins at james.jenkins@simivalleyusd.org, or visit him in the ASB office, for assistance.

Senior Meetings - April 5

It is VERY important that you attend your senior meeting. On this day, we will be going through all the expectations and details for the rest of the year, including how to be the speaker or singer at graduation, voting for prom court, prom ticket prices, grad nite prices, end-of-year surveys, how to get your line assignment at graduation, graduation tickets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!


You will attend during your government or economics class. The meetings will take place in the library. If you do not have a government or economics class, please arrange a time between periods 1 and 5 that you can attend in the library (peer tutor, elective, free period - must be pre arranged with your teacher).


DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR SENIOR CONTRACT TO YOUR GOV/ECON TEACHER. NO EVENT CAN BE ATTENDED OR TICKET CAN BE PURCHASED IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED A SIGNED COPY! (You can obtain a copy from your gov/econ teacher and submit it back to them, or directly to Mr. Cox in the front office.)

SENIOR HOLD LIST - POSTED AFTER APRIL 22

The senior hold list will be posted digitally and around campus. If you are on the list, the reasons you are on "hold" for graduation will be listed next to your name. It is up to you to be sure you get clearance from any and all holds. This could include:


- A D or F in a required class for graduation (need to have your teacher email Beth Hankins in the counseling office to confirm, in writing, that you will pass their class).

- An outstanding credit needed (need to contact your counselor to be sure all summer school or online class transcripts have been submitted and cleared).

- An outstanding fee due to the ASB office (pay all outstanding balances to the ASB office).

- An outstanding fee due to the library or textbook not yet turned in (turn in the book, pay the fine, fill out a waiver-see a librarian).

- You have not yet filled out the senior exit survey (this is through Naviance, you will get notified when it is open for you to complete).

*PLEASE NOTE: Failing to turn in your senior contract will prevent you from being able to attend senior activities. Your grades will only prevent you from graduation and/or the ceremony.


The sooner you can take care of these items, the sooner we can ensure your participation in the graduation ceremony and/or the receipt of your high school diplomas.

Prom Tickets On Sale - April 11 - 29

Prom tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY this year. Tickets are $130 w/ASB and $140 w/out ASB and for ALL non-senior guests. In order to attend the event, you must be a current SVHS senior, or be attending as the guest of a current SVHS senior. Guests must name the senior student they are attending with, and they must be age 20 or under (ID will be checked at the door). The ASB price will be for seniors only. All guests will be the same price, regardless of their ASB status. There is a maximum capacity, so buy your tickets early. The prom will be held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, and the theme is "Bring Back the Magic." SCAN THE QR CODE BELOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS.


ALL COVID POLICIES FOR THIS EVENT HAVE BEEN LIFTED! LA county has changed to recommending masks, but that is the only guidance for this event.


LINK TO TICKETS HERE!

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Senior Prom - May 7, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Prom is a formal event with a full, sit-down dinner served. Students will enjoy the amazing views from the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. Parking is not included in the ticket price. Valet service is available, as well as limo drop off. You will enjoy a first-class Hollywood glam event with indoor/outdoor dancing and dining, private elevator service, incredible decorations, and much more. This is the comeback of all proms! Don't miss out!


ALL COVID POLICIES FOR THIS EVENT HAVE BEEN LIFTED! LA county has changed to recommending masks, but that is the only guidance for this event.

Graduation Song Auditions - May 10

Interested in singing at graduation? Audition to be the ONE music presentation in the ceremony. This is NOT an audition for the National Anthem. The senior class will be voting on the song they would like presented at their graduation. We welcome your own rendition of this song. Auditions can be in the form of a solo, duet, or small group. The song will be announced at senior meetings. Auditions will be held in room C-8 at 3:00 PM. A panel of judges will select the performance that best fits this year's ceremony.

Graduation Speech Auditions - May 17

Interested in speaking at graduation? Audition to be the ONE speech in the ceremony. A long-standing tradition at SVHS is that our valedictorians are not guaranteed to be the graduation speaker. Anyone interested in presenting the speech can audition. You must bring a printed copy of your speech and be ready to deliver it in front of a panel of judges. We are looking for a speech that incorporates details from your 4-year experiences, as well as the theme for this year - THE REVIVAL. Speeches should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length. Auditions will be held in room C-8 at 3:00 PM. A panel of judges will select the speech that best fits this year's ceremony.


SIGN UP TO AUDITION HERE!

Senior Awards Night - May 25, 6:00 PM

This evening is for invited seniors to celebrate scholarships and other standout-performances from their senior year. This event is handled by counseling and the College/Career center. They will give more information at the senior meetings.

Senior Finals - May 26 & 27

Seniors take their finals before the rest of campus so that we can prepare grades and get ready for graduation. You will take periods 1, 3, & 5 on Thursday, May 26, and periods 2, 4, & 6 on Friday, May 27. These will be block schedule days.

Senior Luau - May 27, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

This event is COMPLETELY FREE to all seniors. Held in the main quad, we encourage you to come hang out, sign your yearbooks, spend some time catching up with your Honor Guard nominee, and enjoying a FREE meal and dessert from the Habit food truck. Hawaiian attire encouraged! If you plan on attending, please RSVP in the form LINKED HERE by May 20!

Grad Nite - May 27, 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Grad Nite is at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Tickets will be on sale from May 2 - May 13, or until sold out. There are 300 tickets available for this event. This event is for current SVHS seniors ONLY. No guests are allowed. Buy your tickets with your friends so that you get on the same bus! Tickets are $110 w/ASB, $115 w/out ASB, and will be sold in the ASB office ONLY. Ticket prices include the transportation for the evening. More details about Grad Nite will be given out at senior meetings.


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING COVID INFORMATION, STATED DIRECTLY FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: As of Friday, March 4th, we no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the theme park. Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. Per state and local guidelines, everyone is strongly recommended to wear a face covering indoors.


OTHER IMPORTANT GRAD NITE DETAILS:



Grad Nite is a traditional Senior Activity during which students from many high schools have Universal Studios “to themselves” for the night. This is a very popular activity and this year there will be 300 tickets available. These tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets can be purchased when these have been sold out, no matter the circumstances. Remember, as with all senior events, Grad Nite is not a right, it’s a privilege! Grad Nite will be at Universal Studios on May 27th, the Friday night prior to graduation. There will be an early dinner and dance prior to the park opening. We will leave Simi High at approximately 6:30 p.m. from the WEST parking lot. We will meet in the GYM at 6:15 p.m. Graduates will leave the park by 2:00 a.m, the following morning. We should be back to SVHS by 2:45 a.m. Cars may be parked in the WEST SVHS parking lot overnight. Please note that Universal Studios has rules by which we must abide. These will be explained at the Senior Meetings. Briefly:


1. All students attending Grad Nite MUST ride the same bus provided TO and FROM Universal Studios. NO private vehicles are allowed to enter the Universal Studios parking lot on Grad Nite. Unfortunately, Universal does not honor season passes for this event. You must purchase a ticket, even if you are a season pass holder.


2. Universal Studios imposes a dress code. SVHS is required by contract to ensure that the dress code is adhered to prior to allowing students on the buses. The dress code is LINKED HERE.


3. Any students who do not report to their bus on time could be forfeiting their privilege of participating in Grad Nite and at the following week’s graduation ceremonies.


NOTE: We have a limited number of tickets this year (as always), so please BUY EARLY! Cost per person will be given out at senior meetings. This includes park entrance, dancing, and bus transportation to and from Universal Studios.

Senior Grad Shop - May 31, 10:00 AM

This is the ONE STOP SHOP for picking up everything you need for graduation - tickets, cap & gown, line & seating assignments, cords, honor medallions, and much more! This event will take place in the gym and is MANDATORY for all seniors. This is also all that is required of you that day - come for your event at 10 am and leave when you are finished!


OTHER IMPORTANT PRE-GRADUATION INFORMATION:


GRADUATION TICKETS: Each student is guaranteed SIX (6) tickets for free. If you need more tickets, you can purchase them in ASB for $10 each starting May 2. We will sell tickets as capacity allows. We suggest that you ask other seniors if they are using all of their 6 tickets before purchasing extra, just to ensure we are maximizing our attendance. Tickets will be picked up at Grad Shop. No lost tickets will be replaced, and each person needing a seat at the ceremony will need a ticket to enter.


LINE ASSIGNMENTS: Students can choose who they would like to walk in and be seated with for the ceremony. They will need to select the EAST or WEST side, stand in line with their friends, and then request their seat in groups of TWO (2) at a time. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.


HONOR MEDALLION GRADS: Students with a 4.0+ cumulative weighted GPA are honored in our graduation ceremony and program. They MUST be seated in the first 2 rows of either the east or west side so that they can easily access the stage for their honor. Honor grads will pick up an honor medallion at Grad Shop to be worn on the day of graduation. Click this LINK to see the honor grads of the Class of 2022.


CAP DECORATION & LEIS: No one is permitted to decorate their caps for graduation. Leis are to be worn after the ceremony is over. Only stoles, cords, and other items issued by the school can be worn during the ceremony. This is to keep the ceremony classy!

Graduation Rehearsal - June 1, 10:00 AM

Graduation rehearsal is MANDATORY for all seniors. Seniors will meet at 10 AM in the gym, organizing themselves according to their line assignments (given at the Grad Shop). We will then rehearse walking into the ceremony, how the ceremony will run, and give all the important details on ceremony etiquette, etc. The speaker and singer will also rehearse at this time. We do not anticipate the rehearsal lasting past 12:20 pm.

Graduation - June 2, 6:00 PM (Main Quad)

Graduates need to arrive in the gym by 4:30 pm. No special parking will be given to graduates, so plan accordingly. Graduates enter through the K gate in the back of the west lot ONLY. Please arrive WITHOUT your cap and gown on to go through security. DO NOT bring backpacks, purses, waters, or any other large items. Once you enter the gym, you cannot leave for any reason. We will have bobby pins, safety pins, and all other items you will need to prepare for the ceremony. Ceremony will begin PROMPTLY at 6:00 pm.


IMPORTANT NOTES FOR GRADUATION:


  • Spectators must have a ticket to enter. Children under 3 do not need a ticket, as they can sit on the lap of a family member.
  • Gates will open at 5:00 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • A large LED screen will be placed above the stage with a live video feed for even better viewing of the ceremony.
  • The graduation will be available live via SVHS social media.
  • Spectators cannot bring coolers, large balloons, air-horns, or other items that could prevent others from enjoying the ceremony. These items will be confiscated at the entrance.
  • Entrances will be from the east, west, and front gates only. No entrance from the back of the school will be permitted.
  • Snacks, waters, and other items will be available for sale.
  • If a member of your family should need handicapped seating/parking, please FILL OUT THE FORM IN THE LINK HERE, including your name and the number of people attending in your party. These handicapped reservations must be received by May 13th, there will be no exceptions made for any reservations made after this date. Handicapped parking is first come, first served in the east and west lots. You must have a valid handicapped placard to be eligible for this accommodation.
  • Each student will be given 6 tickets free of charge. Tickets will be picked up at Grad Shop. Additional tickets will be available for $10 each. These tickets will be on sale beginning May 2nd through June 2nd (during designated hours in ASB). All tickets sold before Senior GRAD SHOP day will be put in each student's envelope for pick up at the GRAD SHOP. The availability of these additional tickets cannot be assured.


LIVESTREAM INFORMATION

This year's graduation will be live-streamed. All you have to do is visit the Simi Valley High School channel on youtube (named SVHS Unknown) and click on the event when it goes live at 6 pm. We hope you enjoy!!

DIPLOMA PICK UP

Although you are given something that appears to be a high school diploma at graduation, your official diploma will need to be picked up later. Graduates can pick up their diploma starting at 8 AM on Friday, June 3 in the counseling office. They will be available from 8 am - 4 pm through June 9 in the counseling office. Only the graduate themself can pick up their diploma, and you must show ID and sign for your document upon pick up.