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Dance Photos

Van Zantes will be offering photos for couples, groups or individuals at the dance. Please fill in the attached order form HERE and bring with you to the dance with cash or check. If you would like to order and pay for your pictures online, you can do that HERE

Winter Ball

A FairyTale Ball  will take place on Saturday February 1, 2020. Winter Ball bids will go on sale beginning Tuesday November 12 and will be sold every day during lunch in in the main quad at ASB in a Box until December 14th. They will be back on sale when we return from school on January 14th until the 28th. 

You must have your permission slip, photocopied ID's and guest pass completed before you may purchase a bid.

Incomplete permission slip packets will not be accepted. 

Permission slips and guest applications are available in the ASB room E-103, or ASB in a Box in the main quad at lunch.

Bid Price for TWO attendees
Nov. 12th – Nov. 22nd           $60 or $55 with ASB card
 Nov. 25th – Nov. 26th $70 or $65 with ASB card
Dec. 2nd– Dec. 6th $80 or $75 with ASB card
Dec. 9th – Dec. 13th $90 or $85 with ASB card
Jan. 14th – Jan. 17th $100 or $95 with ASB card
Jan. 21st - Jan. 24rd $110 or $105 with ASB card
Jan. 27th - Jan. 28th $120 or $115 with ASB card


Bid Price for ONE attendee
Nov. 12th – Nov. 22nd $35 or $30 with ASB card
Nov. 25th – Nov. 26th $45 or $40 with ASB card
Dec. 2nd– Dec. 6th $55 or $50 with ASB card
Dec. 9th – Dec. 13th $65 or $60 with ASB card
Jan. 14th – Jan. 17th $75 or $70 with ASB card
Jan. 21st - Jan. 24rd $85 or $80 with ASB card
Jan. 27th - Jan. 28th $95 or $90 with ASB card


2020 Location and Information

The location of Winter Ball will take place on on Saturday, February 1 from 8:00—11:00pm at The Hilton in Scotts Valley (6001 La Madrona Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95060). All Mariners (grades 9-12) in good standing with the Attendance and Student Services Office are eligible to attend.  The Exclusion List will be strictly enforced. If you are concerned that you may not be eligible to attend due to Attendance or Discipline issues, please see Teresa in the Attendance Office or Ms. Kriscunas in the Main Office.

  • Water, appetizers, and light desserts will be provided 
  • ALL students must have a VALID STUDENT ID to be allowed entry 
  • Guests who have graduated high school and do not have a student ID must show a valid government ID or Driver's License to be allowed entry
  • Guests must be under 21 years of age

Winter Ball begins at 8:00pm and doors will close promptly at 9:30pm; no students will be allowed entrance into the dance after 9:30pm.  As with all Aptos High formal dances, there are no “in and out privileges.” Students may leave when they wish; however, they WILL NOT be allowed re-entry.  Once you leave, you MAY NOT come back in.  Families, please be advised of this policy.

**Parents and Guardians: If your student is not carpooling or driving to the dance, it is important that you arrive promptly at 11:00pm, no later than 11:15pm to pick up. Failure to pick-up students will result in failure to attend subsequent dances.

AHS 2019-2020 Dance Policy

General:  All students must have valid picture ID to be admitted to the dance.  Only AHS students are permitted to attend regular school dances such as the Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming.  Students who are on AHS Exclusion List are not allowed to purchase dance ticket or attend dance.  Appropriate dress is required. For on campus dances, dress in appropriate theme for the dance. For Winter Ball and Prom, formal attire is required.

There are no in-and-out privileges. If you leave the dance perimeter you will not be allowed back in. In addition, there will be a moderate search upon entry (purse check/pat down). A breathalyzer and law enforcement representative will be present to enforce this policy.  Prescription drugs should be in original containers and officially marked as prescribed for the carrier. Both they, and any over the counter drugs, will be confiscated and held, but available for use during the event and returned upon participant departure.

All school rules apply before, during, and after the event. Students who violate school rules, district policies, California Education Code will receive a five day suspension, and lose all further dance privileges for the remainder of the school year. Students who break the California Penal Code will deal with County Sherriff.  This includes but is not limited to: possession, use, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of a weapon, or violent behavior. Parents will be called to pick up their student immediately.  Aptos High recognizes that it is not in the best interest of students and the educational process to hold dances if alcohol or non-prescription drugs are being used prior to coming to the dance or while at the dance.

Dancing:  Appropriate physical contact only. Sexually suggestive dancing is not acceptable. If the behavior looks questionable, it will be stopped. Lewd dancing will result in student and/or couple being asked to leave the dance floor for a 10 minute break and after the second infraction they may be asked to leave the event.

• No bending over beyond 45 degrees
• No inappropriate touching
• No overt and/or prolonged public displays of affection
If multiple warnings for inappropriate dancing occur, the lights may be turned on and/or music stopped or changed as a collective warning for everyone.

Winter Ball/Prom Guidelines:  All above rules/guidelines apply.  In addition, appropriate formal dress is required.  Please read and sign the attached contract. Non AHS students must have an approved guest pass on file before bids will be sold to their host. All contracts and guest passes must be turned in at the time of purchase. 

Pick Up: Students must be picked up within 15 minutes after the end of the dance. Failure to pick-up students will result in failure to attend subsequent dances.

Parking and Pick-up

There will be parking available at location. NOTE:  Aptos High is NOT responsible for Parking Violations incurred while attending the Winter Ball. 

Don't Be late for this important date! The dance will start 8:00pm and doors will be closed at 9:30pm—students & their guests will not be allowed to enter after 9:30pm.

Winter Ball ENDS at 11:00pm for ALL students & their guests.  DO NOT wait to call your ride! Drivers, please arrive and be ready to pick-up your student at 11:15pm, at the latest.  Any student NOT picked up by 11:15 will jeopardize his/her opportunity to attend another Aptos High Dance. 


Permission slip

In order to attend the Winter Ball, AHS students must have a completed permissions slip at the time of purchase. Tickets will not be sold to students who have a complete permission slip but are on the exclusion list. Please read for more information.

Guest Pass

An AHS student in good standing may bring a guest to Winter Ball if the guest: is a current high school student or is out of high school and under the age of 21. Please read for more information.