Colin Powell MS Class of 2019

Activity and Graduation Information

Class of 2019 Information

The countdown is here! Please see below for information about the weeks leading up to graduation on Friday, May 24th. Questions??? Please give the school a call at (708) 283-9600.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, May 9th:
Math Bowl
NJHS Ronald McDonald House Trip
Spring Choir Concert

Friday, May 10th:
8th grade Lock-in

Saturday, May 11th:
Track Sectionals at Rich South (volunteers needed)

Monday, May 13th:
NWEA testing

Tuesday, May 14th:
NWEA testing

Wednesday, May 15th:
8th grade Great America Trip

Thursday, May 16th:
8th grade Lunch Cruise

Friday, May 17th:

State Track Meet

Monday, May 20th:

8th grade Dinner Dance, 6-8pm

Tuesday, May 21st:

8th grade Awards

Graduation Practice

Cap and Gowns Distributed

Wednesday, May 22nd:

Graduation Practice

Autograph Book Signing

Graduation Tickets distributed

Thursday, May 23rd:

Reward Trip: Enchanted Castle

100 points and 2.0 cumulative GPA

Friday, May 24th:


Graduates must arrive at 5:15pm

Ceremony starts promptly at 6:00pm.

8th Grade Dinner Dance

Monday, May 20th, 6-9pm

20600 Matteson Avenue

Matteson, IL

  • Students need 55 points to attend this event.
  • Dinner and Class of 2019 souvenirs are included for all attendees.
  • This is a school sponsored event for CP 8th grade students only and we must maintain a level of appropriateness in the way students are dressed.
  • Dresses for female students must NOT be too revealing around the upper body, lower back or sides. Slits or splits in clothing must be modest.
  • Jackets and/or wraps are REQUIRED for thin strapped or strapless dresses.
  • The bottom of dresses/skirts must measure down to the finger tips or longer.
  • Male students are expected to be dressed in appropriate attire. Examples: dress slacks and a shirt or a suit.
  • T-shirts and jeans are not allowed.
  • Earrings are prohibited in male students.
  • Student MUST be picked up at 9pm.

PBIS Reward Trip-100 points and 2.0 GPA required.

Thursday, May 23rd, 8:30am-2pm

1103 South Main Street

Lombard, IL

  • Only students attending the trip should attend school.
  • Students who qualify will receive a permission slip and waiver to attend this PBIS trip.
  • 100 points and 2.0 GPA required
  • Lunch included.
  • Clothing must be school appropriate.


Friday, May 24th, 5:15-7:30pm

20801 Matteson Avenue

Matteson, IL

Students must arrive by 5:15pm. The doors will open for guests at 5:15pm.

The ceremony will start promptly at 6:00pm.


  • Each student will receive six tickets to the graduation ceremony.
  • There are no additional tickets available.
  • Tickets will be collected at the main entrance only. All guests must have a ticket including infants.
  • The doors for the main floor will be locked once the ceremony begins.
  • Electrical outlets will not be available for phones or cameras.
  • Flowers and balloons will not be permitted in the graduation ceremony.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the graduation ceremony.
  • Earrings are prohibited for male students.
  • Guests and graduates wearing clothing with pictures or sayings that would be considered offensive will not be allowed in the facility.


  • There will be a photo taken of each graduate at the ceremony.
  • The cost was included in the graduation fees.
  • Pictures will be available for pick-up in the CP main office on Wednesday, May 29th.
  • Any pictures not picked up by June 1st will be mailed home.
  • A website will be available to purchase additional copies of the pictures.


The location of our graduation ceremony this year is Colin Powell Middle School’s neighbor, Victory Apostolic Church (20801 Matteson Avenue, Matteson, IL). The School Board and Administration of School District 159 and Colin Powell Middle School wish to thank the Church for making this wonderful facility available to host this special occasion for our graduates and their families. This is a public school event and the use of this building is only for the convenience of our participants. District 159 does not mean to suggest by use of the building an endorsement of the beliefs or mission of Victory Apostolic Church in particular or any other religious group in general. Elementary School District 159 families and staff come from many religious and cultural backgrounds. We respect and rejoice in both the diversity of those backgrounds and the shared values and achievements of our graduating students.

8th grade Lock-In

Friday, May 10th, 5:30-9pm

20600 Matteson Avenue

Matteson, IL

Point requirement: 75 points

Students must have a ride home promptly at 9:00pm.

Students eligible to attend have received a permission slip with activity choices.

Students must have an ID to enter.

8th Grade Great America Trip

Wednesday, May 15th, 8am-7:30pm

1 Great America Parkway

Gurnee, IL

  • Students need 80 points and a 2.0 GPA to attend this activity.
  • Cost was included with optional graduation fees.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Students must abide by all rules of Colin Powell Middle School, District 159 and Great America.
  • Students are allowed to wear shorts on this trip. The bottom of the shorts must measure down to the bottom of the finger tips or longer.
  • Tops and shirts must be in accordance with school, district and Great America policies.
  • Earrings are prohibited for male students.
  • All students must ride the bus provided by the school to and from Great America-no exceptions.
  • Students must be picked up from CP at 7:30pm.

8th Grade Lunch Cruise

Thursday, May 16th, 9am-2pm

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL

  • This trip occurs during the school day,
  • Students need 70 points to attend this activity.
  • Cost was included with optional graduation fees.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Dress is casual, but school appropriate. Please dress for the weather.
  • The bottom of dresses/skirts must measure down to the bottom of the finger tips or longer.
  • Earrings are prohibited for male students.
  • Inappropriate dancing will not be allowed.
  • Every student attending must ride the bus to and from Navy Pier.
  • Students are responsible for their items (phones, purses, etc).