SeniorFEST 2020


Welcome back to Connect FCS Ed…Oh my gosh, I have such an amazing story to share with you today.

My day-to-day was filled with nothing but laughter, smiles, giggles, happiness and joy. Something that I haven’t experienced in three months since school has gotten out. Today I was able to participate in, it’s called SeniorFEST 2020. Senior FEST is where graduating seniors drove through our campus, our school campus, in a parade style with their families and their support system. It was such an honor to participate in something so monumental and unprecedented at the same time.

Just to give you an overall visual image of what today I was. There were students riding around in the back of their pickup trucks, and their trucks are all decked out with their families. And in the trucks they videoed, as all staff and community partners were lined up throughout the outside part of the building along the driveway. It was beautiful. And Pampas, the students were waving and cheering. And I’m amazed that I even still have a voice because I was screaming all the time, and let alone clapping. Oh, my hands, they actually do hurt.

But it was a joy to be there and to see…to see the kids, to see the students, to see the joy and the excitement of the next chapter in their lives.

It may not be a graduation that we have all have known, but this year is something completely different. So we had to really think outside the box. And when I say we, I was not at all a part of the planning process, but my colleagues and the senior class leadership team, they came up with this idea, and it was an amazing feat.


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• It was amazing. So, even though Senior FEST had nothing to do with me, just being there and being part of something greater than myself was truly inspirational. So over the last, in the past two years in my school, I have created some amazing relationships. I have met incredible students who have shared their hopes, their dreams and fears of their future. (4:00)

• Determination, grit and perseverance throughout this entire COVID 19 experience, the youth, the future, have risen up demonstrating their character, their integrity and their voice. (4:53)

• My superintendent, she was walking around the building, throughout the parade and everything, waving and cheering and celebrating with everybody, and she walked by and she talked with every single staff member, just for a few minutes, but that few minutes was bold for me, and I know not just me, It touched everybody. (5:35)

• What are you going to do if you are in that remote learning situation, like I am in the Fall? Possibility going into the fall. How are you going to pick up and change your lessons? How are you going to connect with your students? What are you going to do that is going to make a difference for them, in a online learning platform? (8:58)

• So today, as I am processing how my entire day went, I’ve been sitting here at my dining room table, just writing and writing and writing, trying to capture the picture of what this day has been, not to create a picture for you, but try to snapshot this day into my memory. And I hope that you are moving forward, if you’re still in school, you are a part of these parades, and celebrations, and joy. Because this COVID 19 experience has not been a joy, it’s not been a walk in a park, but it can be. And that is what I’m excited about, I am excited about the future of where education is going. So thank you for listening to my ramblings and my musings and my thoughts, and I how I’m processing all of this. (9:44)


June 10, 2020

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