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2020 Senior Events

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DESCRIPTION OF SENIOR EVENTS—2020


1) SENIOR ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION
Activities are open to seniors who have satisfied all graduation requirements, or will satisfy them by the end of Summer Session 2020.   Students must exhibit satisfactory citizenship during all spring activities.

2) SENIOR WEEK TICKETS - Monday, May 18th to Friday, May 29th
A permission form and medical release form signed by the student and his/her parent/guardian are required before the ticket can be purchased.  Tickets will be on sale each Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from May 18 to May 29.   You can purchase your tickets on the Green. Cost: $5

3) CAP AND GOWN DISTRIBUTION
Caps and gowns will be distributed from Coach Parks field on Super Senior Monday, May 18th Caps and gowns do not need to be purchased this year.  Every student will receive a rental gown.

4) SENIOR CLEARANCE SLIP
Clearance slips indicate that you have met all of your financial responsibilities and are cleared to participate in the graduation ceremony.  The slips will be distributed Wednesday(May 20) and Thursday(May 21) in your English classes .  You will be required to obtain signatures from the Treasurer (indicating that your financial obligations are clear), the Librarian (indicating that all library books have been returned), the Textbook Clerk (indicating that all textbooks have been returned), the Guidance Office (indicating academic clearance), the College and career center (for post senior plans),  and the AVP’s Office (indicating that your parking permit has been returned). Please begin checking with the Treasurer’s Office as soon as possible to clear your outstanding obligations – lists will be posted on the wall outside his office. In clearing obligations, please note that checks will no longer be accepted after June 1.  
The Senior Clearance Slip MUST be returned to Lorry Orcutt in the AVP Office by Friday May 29th.
 This must be returned in order for you to participate in the graduation ceremony.

5) SENIOR FAREWELL- Thursday May 28th in the PAC.  Performers and seniors arrive at 6:00 p.m.  The show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Senior Farewell is an opportunity for seniors to say goodbye to their friends and staff and thank their parents and friends.  Students are encouraged to sing, dance, play an instrument, read a poem, do standup comedy, and show their talent. It is open to family and friends and a great kick-off to Senior Week.  This event is a reflection of your years at Menlo-Atherton. Members of the class will share their artistic expressions, typically through readings or musical performances. You may choose to share your feelings with your class or just be part of the audience.  In either case, participation is voluntary. Please sign up to try out in B-21. The event is followed by a reception sponsored by the junior class.
If you would like to audition to perform at Senior Farewell, auditions will be held May 13th and 14th in the PAC at 3:30 p.m.  Dress rehearsal will be May 27th at 3:30 p.m.

6) SENIOR PICNIC – Tuesday, June 2nd at Huddart Park Check-in at 8:00 a.m. by the Gym patio
The Senior Picnic allows the seniors to let their hair down, enjoy a BBQ, play some wonderful games, and have some fun under the sun.  We will be enjoying the day at Huddart Park. All seniors MUST ride the buses provided TO and FROM the event. Choosing not to follow the School Rules may result in not being allowed to participate in graduation activities.  The designated permission form and medical release are for picnic attendance and in order to purchase a Senior Week ticket.

7) AWARDS NIGHT—Tuesday, June 2nd in the PAC at 7 p.m.
Awards Night is a celebration of the many academic and extracurricular accomplishments of our M-A grads.  It will be held on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  You will be informed before the event if you will be receiving an award.  Students receiving awards will sit in a designated area in the PAC.   

8)  SENIOR BREAKFAST – Wednesday, June 3rd in the New Gym at 9:00 am
The Senior Breakfast is sponsored by the PTA and offers an informal, relaxed time for the seniors to unite and socialize while enjoying free food and beverages.  It is also an excellent time to sign yearbooks. It will be held on June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. in the New Gym.

9) GRADUATION REHEARSAL – Wednesday, June 3rd starting in Ayer’s Gym at 10:15am
You must attend the rehearsal on Wednesday if you want to be in the ceremony on Thursday.  The rehearsal will begin after the Senior Breakfast at about 10:15 a.m. and will last until approximately 12:30 p.m.  

10) GRADUATION DAY—Thursday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m.
There will be one final rehearsal before the ceremony, if necessary.  Students who do not arrive in time for the rehearsal may be dropped from the ceremony.  A rehearsal is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. as needed.  Graduates need to report to the main gymnasium by 3:00 p.m. with cap and gown Graduation is a formal occasion - please dress accordingly: shirts with collars, no shorts or cut-offs, no bare feet, no athletic shoes or other attire that would detract from the solemnity of the event. Please don’t bring purses, cell phones, etc., as there are no pockets in the gowns. Photographs of all grads will be taken by a professional company.  Proofs will be sent home with no obligation to buy.
During the ceremony as you march across the stage, you will be given a case for your diploma, but not the actual diploma.  These will be waiting for you to pick up in the GREEN after the ceremony is over (approximately 6:00 p.m.).  Don’t forget to pick it up! Students must return their gown in order to pick up their diploma; gown collection will take place on the Green. Diplomas not picked up after the ceremony will be available in the Guidance Office until the end of June.  Invitations for graduation are not necessary. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there will be no access to the field until 2:45 p.m.  PARKING IS LIMITED.  Please carpool! The City of Atherton WILL ticket illegally parked cars.  Parking is also available at SRI.

11)        GRAD NIGHT PARTY—Thursday, June 4th 7:30 p.m.
The Safe and Sober Grad Night Party is sponsored by the PTA. Students must arrive at M-A's New Gym at 7:30 p.m. sharp on June 4th to load buses that will take them to venue. Students will return by bus Friday, June 5th at 3:00 a.m.  Note that there will be little time between the end of the graduation ceremony and grad night check-in at M-A.  Please plan family celebrations accordingly.  The event is a surprise and the evening will be filled with fun, games, entertainment, food, drink, and more! 
Only M-A graduates are invited to participate in this grad night celebration. To participate, students must submit a completed Grad Night Registration Form and Waiver, both of which can be found in the school office, the Guidance Center, and on the PTA website.  The cost is $130.00 per student. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Taylor Perkins at tayperkins7@gmail.com

12) CONDUCT
School rules apply for all graduation activities.  Inappropriate behavior prior to and during these activities could result in a forfeiture of the privilege of participating in these activities, including the graduation ceremony.  Please plan on participating in all the activities listed above. Your attendance will help make the final days at M-A for the Class of 2020 more unifying and meaningful.