The cyclical nature of high school is one of the many things I love about my job. It’s always hard to say goodbye to the graduating class, but that emotion is tempered by both excitement at the prospect of what lies ahead for them (college and adult life) and anticipation for the new incoming class and all that we will experience together in the coming years. 

Last week was bookended in a poignant way: on Friday, we celebrated with our seniors and on Sunday, we welcomed our incoming freshmen. 

Friday was Senior Class Adventure Day for the Class of 2021! Because we were not able to take them on the usual August whitewater rafting trip, we scheduled a sleep-in morning, a kayaking afternoon, and an evening with a burrito bar, movie, and bonfire. The seniors have only three more weeks of school and we have several more opportunities to celebrate them, starting next week with the College Decision Day/Alumni Welcome Luncheon on Tuesday and continuing through Prom, the Senior Tributes, and of course, Graduation.  

On Sunday, we brought together the incoming Class of 2025 for the first time! They learned one another’s names, played some games, and took a look at the construction zone soon to become the new athletic spaces that will open as the freshmen arrive in August. They were energetic and lively, and I cannot wait to get to know them all better next year!