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5/19/2016 Students abuzz with activities as school year draws to a close
The array of activities marking the end of the school year continue in a fast pace. Earlier this week, two new “traditions” were initiated. The first of these, the honoring of the senior class, was observed in full school Student Council Pep Assembly fashion, Monday, May 16. Each of the 30 graduating seniors was acknowledged by another student or staff member for his or her uniqueness, followed by huzzahs and applause. There is some speculation, however, that one aspect of this ceremonious “tradition” may have had a short life of once, and only once. In a word, teachers had an opportunity to pie face seniors of their choice. Solemnly arrayed in uniform Custer County Schools tees, and seated in the East Gym facing the bleachers filled with all the other grades’ students and teachers, the seniors were caught by surprise from behind with the whipped cream filled pie tins. All in good sport and humor, the festivities honoring the soon-to-be graduates continued. Slipped in was a celebrative surprise for retiring high school principal Barbara Jones. In a moving progression of statements and presentation of flowers, books, photographs, and memorabilia, students from all grade levels took the microphone to thank and praise Mrs. Jones for her daily care and sustenance of their school environment. Some tears were shed, all around. The second “tradition” harmonizes sweetly with one of the “Leader in Me” habits elementary students have been absorbing this year. Shortly after the assembly was dismissed, the senior class, in full academic cap and gown, paraded through the elementary and middle school hallways. Students and faculty lined the halls, high-fiving and cheering the passing seniors. Known as the “Senior Walk,” the event provided all grades with a teaching moment related to the eventual goal of all Custer County School learners—to graduate with pride and honor. As the “Leader in Me” habit states, “Begin with the end in mind!” In the midst of this all, the Sheriff’s Office laid out their annual luncheon BBQ for the seniors, and the 7th and 8th grade science fair was underway. Tuesday through today, cheerleader hopefuls were trying out, and having completed their final exams on Tuesday, the seniors checked out yesterday. Tomorrow, the 8th grade Elitch Gardens trip takes up the day, while qualifying track and field athletes compete all weekend at state finals in JeffCo stadium in Lakewood. (See the related article elsewhere in today’s Tribune.) Next week, the all-sports dessert banquet takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, at 5 p.m. The rescheduled triathlon for grades 4, 5, and 6 gets underway on Tuesday at noon on the athletic field. That same day, May 24, the 8th grade graduation will occur at 7 p.m. in the West Gym. On Wednesday K-3 holds their field day from noon until 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26 is the last day of school. Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Graduation ceremonies begin on Sunday, May 29, with photos at 12:30 p.m., and the commencement service at 2 p.m. in the East Gym. When the activities are ended, and the cap tassels tucked away, Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 provides the time for a final farewell for Barbara Jones. Details are related in a separate piece in today’s Tribune.