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Weekly Note from Dr. Irvin

As we set to close out our school year with graduation tomorrow night and finals in the next week, I am called to reflect on the year. For our seniors, a more sweeping gaze is necessary and connects to the poem, "September, the First Day of School," by Howard Nemerov. The piece begins with a parent dropping off a child at elementary school and takes the reader through the parent’s experiences as a student and their hopes for their own child--very powerful. The last stanza speaks to the adults in the school who care for the child:


May the fathers he finds
Among his teachers have a care of him
More than his father could. How that will look
I do not know, I do not need to know.
Even our tears belong to ritual.
But may great kindness come of it in the end.




That line is alarming in the realization of how much time and influence we outsource to our schools and reiterates its importance to us. The final line echoes a line from earlier in the poem and speaks to an outcome not often mentioned by schools. Our community is bettered by kind and gracious citizens, and I am hopeful we are sharing in that work for over 350 young people tomorrow night.


The weather looks promising for an outdoor graduation at Moss Field. If we have inclement weather, we will make a decision on whether the ceremony will be indoors at 2 p.m. tomorrow. We will send out a phone blast ONLY if we move the ceremony indoors. As a reminder, you will only need your tickets if the ceremony is indoors. Seniors were given four tickets for the gym and three for the auditorium upon check-out. Due to seating capacity in Roberts Gym, we cannot issue additional tickets. If you have any specific questions about graduation, please call us at 963-6400. You can also visit here for more detailed information about graduation.



Just a reminder that finals begin next week. The schedule is as follows:





FRIDAY: EXAM 6 & 7; Last day of student attendance


On the early dismissal days, students are released at 11:05 a.m.





Matt Irvin