Greetings Eagle Families and Friends,
And around the stretch they come…
Yes, the month of May brings us close to the finish line. May ushers in many events and activities that celebrate our accomplishments this year and, for our seniors, the culmination of four years of hard work and achievement. While we focus on a smooth and productive end to the school year, I take this opportunity to highlight some of the incredible ways we will spend the month of May here at Sandburg.
The cast, crew, and production staff of Les Miserable performed brilliantly last month and should be rightfully proud of an incredible show. Everything from the the amazing lighting and set design to the compelling delivery of this operetta by our students brought this poignant story to life for sold-out audiences who love and value musical theater. Our student musicians have quickly shifted gears to prepare for events including Spring Band, Choir, and Orchestra concerts. If sports are your pleasure, we still have regular and playoff athletic contests from which to choose. We also have our various end-of-the year Award Celebrations including Senior Scholarship Night, Athletic Banquet and Awards, College Signing Day, and Co-Curricular Banquet and Awards. As an added bonus, our Art Show opened on Wednesday, April 25th. At each of these events, we appreciate the opportunity to honor students for their richly deserved achievements.
Our very generous Parent-Faculty-Student Association (PFSA) recognized our staff with a lovely luncheon on Monday, April 30th. What a treat!
Advanced Placement Exams begin Monday, May 7th and continue through May 18th, seniors’ last day. Traditionally, our students have done exceedingly well and we expect no less this year. We wish our students continued success in this year’s efforts to earn eligibility for college credit through the College Board exams.
Almost simultaneously during the second week of AP exams, our seniors will launch into their final semester exam schedule. These tests are part of the evaluation process and do affect each senior’s final grade and transcript. The old adage that “it’s not over till the fat lady sings” holds true - even for our seniors. We all hope members of the Class of 2018 continue to do their academic best right up until the end, which for seniors is May 18th.
Details for Graduation 2018 are included in a mailing that all senior families should have received several weeks ago and which are also posted to the school’s web page. Please reference that resource for questions related to senior check-out, senior exam schedule, graduation parking, and a host of other information. Note: Graduation start time this year is 7:30pm. Our Graduation ceremony certainly honors our seniors, but it is a terrific event in honor of our parents who have sacrificed and been a steady influence in the life of their son or daughter. Every student at Sandburg completes their journey at this school because of the care and support parents provide on a daily basis. To the parents of our graduating seniors, I say thank you for your evident commitment and love in the raising of your child.
Because of the one snow day this year, Underclassmen Exams will take place on May 29, 30, and 31. These examinations contribute to the final grade of each student – the grade that is entered onto a student’s transcript. Our students, hopefully, will take advantage of period 2 intervention time and evening study sessions held by various teachers to best prepare for these culminating exams.
Memorial Day toward the end of May is our country’s annual remembrance of those American service men and women who have died in service to our country. It is a wonderful opportunity to recall the many opportunities and blessings we have inherited because of those who lost their lives in defense of our freedoms. May we always be grateful for their sacrifice and honor their memory.
And, finally, Eagle friends, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for all of your support, patience, friendship, respect, and advice over these last four years. I feel so incredibly privileged to have served you, the Orland community, and especially your children. I can’t tell you how proud I am of Sandburg High School and your partnership in our school’s successes and even in its “almosts.” Certainly, the almosts have encouraged us to keep trying and to keep learning. Thank you for this wonderful honor.
Best wishes and Go Eagles!
Deborah D. Baker