Tonight is graduation, and then three more days of school - two of those are semester tests.
On Thursday they had a school awards assembly in the gym. They gave out all sorts of awards to all students and scholarships to the grads. It was amazing how much money was out there for such things (millions). At least three speakers (Masons, DAR, etc) said that they had more money to give to students, but no one met the requirements of writing an essay. Good grief! So much money, so many scholarships - for students who have done a mediocre job. Valedictorians get a full ride, which is nice. But CHS valedictorian only did better than fifty other seniors. Is that fair for kids at larger schools who had more competition among their class? Heck, even I graduated in the top quarter of my class, but when your class is over 500 people, you get nothing. At the awards ceremony yesterday, the valedictorian said a few words. He started off with, "Me and my family want to ...." Good grief!
Anyway, I asked one of my fellow teachers about graduation tonight - what time we had to be there, are we to march in, where do we sit, etc. He looked at me as if I had three heads. We don't HAVE to be there. We don't march in with the students. We don't sit together as teachers. Really? I guess teachers are not very important at CHS. I will probably go anyway, because I have some seniors that I want to see walk across that stage - ending one segment of their lives and starting anew.