Dear 8th Grade Families,
We are pleased to announce that we are prepared to honor our eighth grade graduates on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m., with a rain date of Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.
We are excited to have an opportunity to appropriately send off our eighth graders as they enter their next chapter, but want to ensure we honor the public health restrictions put into practice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As alluded to in a previous correspondence, our celebration will look as follows:
- Students are restricted to one car of immediate family (no extended family will be permitted).
- Students should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. so we can begin our ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Students should arrive and remain with their families. While difficult to resist, we ask that students not gather with their friends and maintain six feet social distancing.
- Upon arrival, students will receive their corsage/boutineer and class T-shirt distributed by our staff. Students should dress as they see fit, recognizing this is an outdoor ceremony. Students should not feel obligated to rent a tuxedo or secure the traditional white dresses, but are free to wear them if they choose.
- We will use the bus loop around the flagpole for our ceremony with spots marked so students/families are six feet apart. Families are asked to stand with their children in their respective spot.
- We will have a sound system set up so that we can open with a few remarks, and distribute diplomas. The diploma will be brought to your child’s spot, at which point Mr. McCord will take a picture of your child with their family. These pictures will be posted on our website and available for you to print free of charge.
- After the ceremony, we encourage families to return immediately to their cars and participate in the “graduation parade”. This will provide those who could not attend the ceremony an opportunity to stand between East Avenue and Town Hall to cheer students. The parade will be a condensed route that takes families out of the school, make a right, proceed to the stoplight, and make a right onto Main Avenue. We encourage everyone to decorate their vehicles so spectators know there is a graduate in inside. Our North Greenbush Police Department will be on site to ensure the caravan can remain together.
- Speaking of the parade, individual graduation lawn signs are currently being manufactured and we will offer a pick-up time when they are available. These signs would be great to put in the side window of your vehicle for the parade!
- With award sponsors unable to participate in the ceremony and to keep the event about the entire Class of 2020, we will not distribute awards like in previous years. We will recognize the Valedictorian and Salutatorian but their speeches will be shared online. While we understand some families may be disappointed, our faculty discussed this matter at length and we believe this allows us to have a safer, more equitable, and more succinct ceremony.
We will continue to use email to keep you updated. Please note that this plan is subject to change should there be a change in the public health situation or an Executive Order from the Governor that could affect our ability to host the gathering. Once again, we will keep you posted.
Thank you for supporting our graduates!
Dr. Thomas Reardon