An Open Letter to the Class of 2020: Hope in the Face of Adversity
Published by Lindsay Whitley on April 4, 2020
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Dear Senior:

When you walked through the doors of your high school on the last “first day of school” of your high school career, I am sure you were full of optimism and ready to take in all of the memories that your senior year would bring—homecomings, college acceptance letters, prom and ultimately, your high school graduation.

Unfortunately, the pandemic known as COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to life as we know it. I am certain you are disappointed. Frankly, I am disappointed, too. I am disappointed that your senior year has been disrupted, and many of the moments you have dreamed of for years are hanging in the balance. Believe me, I know it is uncomfortable and downright frustrating at times. However, I optimistically believe with all my heart that we—you, your classmates and all of us who are rallying behind you—will emerge from this experience stronger than ever before.

Although COVID-19 has taken so much from our world, nation, state and county, this season of hardship has provided us with the opportunity to learn so many life lessons, like moving forward in the face of adversity, cherishing the moments we have with loved ones and being grateful for the small things in life.

As your superintendent, I am extremely proud of your accomplishments in the classroom and beyond. My commitment to you is this: We will celebrate the full-ride college scholarships, acceptances to military academies, post-secondary career opportunities, hours of selfless community service and everything else that you and your fellow seniors have achieved. We will commemorate this special milestone in your life.

We have received guidance from the State Board of Education regarding grading practices and recommendations. Still, it is our duty as a school system to deliver a path forward to graduation to you and every senior. A cross-functional team of school and district personnel is working together and sorting through the complexities that exist to provide guidance that will position you to move forward with your post-secondary plans. In the coming days, we will deliver clear guidance to you and your parent(s) regarding grading for seniors, credits and so much more.

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining days that are left in your senior year—even though they are not exactly what you had imagined. Continue to move forward with your studies and embrace each learning experience provided to you as you prepare to take on the world after high school. Do not take one moment for granted. Each day is a gift; strive to remain hopeful in spite of challenges. Michelle Obama once said, “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” Hang in there—we will get through this, together. We are Cumberland Strong.

Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., Superintendent

        

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