Monday, May 11, 2020

Commencements, Mother's Day, and things to come...

To the faithful readers of this blog - I thank you for engaging and hope this has been helping you stay up to date!

And to the many mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and mothers that come about that term from their actions moreso than biology - I hope you had a truly wonderful Mother's Day this past weekend.  It certainly should be a memorably one if nothing else!  

I first want to let everyone know about an important decision that has been made regarding our seniors and graduation.  How we plan to go about doing commencement exercises (graduation ceremonies) has been one of the first and most important questions asked as we entered into these unprecedented times.  Since that time, we have been gathering information and input from many different sources, fielding lots of great ideas and suggestions, and carefully considering our options.  We would like nothing more than to be able to do graduation as we always have, but are well aware that this just simply isn't an option given our unique circumstances.

Given that, we have made the decision to delay our graduation until June 28th.  It is our hope that this additional time may allow for current restrictions on gatherings to be at least loosened enough to allow some sort of "in-person" ceremony outdoors that will more closely mirror what we hope for.  We will certainly continue to communicate to our community as the time gets closer as to what it will look like exactly, and will also be making contingency plans for a "virtual" graduation should it be required.  In addition, we will also be having a virtual celebration of our senior honors night to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors and to present scholarships.  This is planned to be released on May 28th.

To our class of 2020 - we are all so proud of you.  It is my fervent hope that you all are feeling the admiration, love, and excitement that we all feel for you.  There's more to come and we look forward to further celebrating you, all that you have accomplished, and all there is yet to come for you.

We continue to look forward and plan for what is to come for us at Benzie Central Schools.  I know many questions linger regarding not only the end of this year, but what is to come for 2020-21 in the fall.  We are watching Lansing and Washington D.C. with anticipation as decisions that are made there will undoubtedly impact our schools, potentially in very significant ways.

Regardless of what happens, I hope you all will know this at least.  We WILL continue to serve our kids and community, regardless of circumstances.  Benzie Central Huskies have shown in these past couple of months that we can and will adapt, improvise, and overcome any obstacles put in front of us.  Have a great ending to this school year, and we look forward with anticipation and excitement to our next year and better times ahead!

Take care of one another, be safe, and be well.

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