8th Grade Graduation

Dear 8th graders,

I wanted to take some time this morning and reach out to you, the Jr. High 8th Grade Class of
2020, and let you know about what is going on here at school.

We have embarked together on something since March 17th that no one could have expected.  This event will forever be embedded in your minds and have lasting effects on society as a whole.  Unprecedented actions have come from this pandemic; as schools have transitioned from the brick wall institutions to the comforts of home, sports seasons have been cut short, and fellowship times have been taken away.

As of right now Governor Pritzker has extended the remote learning days until April 30.  That being said, May 1 would be the day of return to school at this point.  I do not know if the  number of coronavirus cases will start to flatten by then or not.  I sure hope they will start to,
so we can get back to some normalcy in our lives.

Speaking of normalcy, 8th grade graduation is a normal "event" in Carrier Mills-Stonefort schools.  While some schools do not have a formal event we take pride in this. The other day 2 boxes of caps and gowns arrived in the office from a UPS truck.  I have to admit at that point I was a little sad to see them sitting and wondering what if.  The good news is we will still hold your graduation ceremony at some point.  It may be May, June, July, August or during next school year, but we will have a graduation ceremony for you.

I hope you are all still learning, staying healthy, and listening to the healthcare professionals' recommendations of social distancing.  Governor Pritzker and President Trump have reinforced these efforts and extended them until April 30 as of this writing.

I'm sure you will think of questions, so please do not hesitate to email me or any other teacher here at school. We will do the best to answer them.

Finally in the words of Mr. Jerrell....Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Keep Learning, Go Wildcats!

Love you all,

Mr. Absher