Parents and Community members,
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines issued by the State, it is necessary to rethink how we will honor our outgoing 8th grade class at the end of the school year. Since a formal promotion ceremony is not possible, we are planning two separate events to celebrate their accomplishments and send them off on their next chapter.
First, to issue them their certificates, we are inviting all 8th grade students to come to campus on Monday, June 1st starting at 6PM to take part in our drive-thru 8th grade promotion ceremony. While students will not be allowed to exit their cars, we are hoping families festively decorate their vehicles to acknowledge the graduates and rejoice in their accomplishments. We are also asking families to help decorate the campus for the occasion with both general 8th grade signs and personal messages to your student. If you can, please post your signs on the chain link fences that surround the staff parking lot loop on Sunday, May 31st or Monday, June 1st. Unfortunately, given social distancing guidelines, other family members will not be able to exit their cars during this event.
The second way we are planning on celebrating our 8th graders is have them participate in the annual Herald Day parade the first Saturday in August, pending the Herald Community Club’s ability to host the event. Since our students are so embedded in the fabric of this community, we could not think of a better way for all of Herald to cheer on our students as they enter their freshmen year. As the parade gets closer, we will be looking for volunteers to help us decorate a float to enter into the parade. More details will be coming as the event is approved.
To use the remaining Associated Student Body account money, I am in contact with the Galt High School District to see what items I can pre-purchase for students as they enter high school to help families with some of the costs. We are looking at covering a combination of items such as PE uniforms, ASB cards, spirit wear, yearbooks, etc. At this point, we do not know what will be able to cover with the money we have, but we will use it all on the 8th grade students.
We know this year will be unlike any other, but we are hoping to make it one they will never forget. It will certainly be the most unique one in Arcohe history and one they will be able to tell their grandchildren about in fifty years. Please help us send them off in style!