Thank you, thank you, good students, thoughtful parents, and dedicated teachers! 

Thank you, thank you, good students, thoughtful parents, and dedicated teachers! 

May Day 2020:
Thank you, thank you, good students, thoughtful parents, and dedicated teachers!    Cheers and praise for keeping up with studies and life through the past seven extraordinary weeks!
When we asked you to stay either on campus or at home for a few days in mid-March no one had no idea how our school year and our lives would be so drastically different.   When our staff started working ‘way back in January with our impressive and caring county health people we were told we should prepare for a few illnesses over a short period.  No one knew the sickness and deaths that were coming.
By March it seemed a week or two away from campus before Spring Break would be enough to let us come back to enjoy classes together and a wonderful springtime.  We’d continue with happy traditions such as Luau and baseball, ArtsFest and drama productions, music concerts and House Team competitions, and of course the Prom on the yacht that was reserved last fall.  Then we’d celebrate together with Eighth Grade promotion to High School, honors for high achievements, and a special graduation of the Class of 2020.   Such was not to be.
We know our sheltering-at-home or on campus for students staying with us must continue another month.    We cannot plan to meet together for study or to celebrate.  We shall have as many activities as possible this spring, from art and photography shows and student elections to sports awards and graduation honors, but only through electronics.  We are making both worst-case and best-case plans for summer and fall, with no clear idea what’s ahead.
We know we must all continue to be patient, and take one day at a time.
The good news is that we have heard of no virus illnesses, or worse of any deaths, within our greater Southwestern community spread over many countries on six continents.  Our current students and families, our alumni and friends, all so far seem well.   That makes our distant learning with our hard-working teachers and staff worth the many difficulties.
I’m proud of each student who is keeping up with learning and studies.  Many of you are making especially fine achievement.  We’re also proud of our parents of those studying at home for enduring these days of teaching and learning together.  Thank you, thank you, each of you.
Please do take time this beautiful weekend to look around your neighborhood and enjoy the flowers, birds, and friends around you – protected with distance and masks, of course.  Take a few deep breaths as  you praise yourself for your good studies and health.
We plan to meet together at semester’s end, in person or remotely, with some honors for students and families.   Until then, keep up the good work, and let your teachers know however they can help you do so.
Kenneth Veronda
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