May 15th marks the last day of the 2019-20 school year. This is certainly not the ending anyone would have envisioned, especially in March thinking we might be out just a few weeks. I want to thank everyone in our community, and our faculty and staff, for their patience, dedication, and support in ensuring we continued educating our students over the past two months.

We have been fortunate to have outstanding help as we continued feeding our students during this hiatus. A huge thank you to OPAA (our food service company) and our food service staff, who prepared the meals that we were able to distribute to our families. We also had numerous school employees who volunteered to help with distribution and delivery, and various community members who donated plastic bags, totes, etc. You can always count on people in our community to come through when we need them the most.

We will be holding our graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, June 14. As with numerous other events, the exact parameters are still up in the air. No matter the “design,” our main goal will be to honor the 29 seniors we have graduating this year.

I wish I could forecast what is ahead for us this summer, or even as we look to start school again in the fall. I can ensure you we will continue to keep in contact with, and follow guidance provided by, numerous health departments in determining how to move forward. It’s a task schools nationally are going to be tackling, so by August I anticipate we will have better resources guiding us in protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Our superintendent’s office will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during May and June. We may be adjusting that schedule in July. We will be continuing business as normal, so if you need anything don’t hesitate to reach out. I certainly hope through all of these challenges you have found the opportunity to spend some unexpected time with your family, and make the most out of these memorable (forgettable?) months.

Well . . . as of 12:05 p.m. this coming Friday, it is officially summer vacation for our students! I hope you all stay safe and are productive citizens over these next few months. Here’s looking forward to a fantastic start to the 2020-21 school year in August, and as always I leave you with three important words . . . GO BIG BLUE!

Mr. Ethan Sickels