From The Desk of Rick DeMasters
Many of our parents are questioning where did time go as they prepare to watch their child graduate in a few short weeks. This same feeling runs through my administration team that was preparing to open our campuses for the 2017-2018 school year and then, in a blink of an eye, we find ourselves starting to prepare for next year.
In August, our thoughts were consumed with opening a brand new elementary campus named for a man that was an integral part of our district for many years. We also opened Celina Primary for the youngest of our Bobcats, which created a campus centered on early childhood education. Now, we find ourselves just a few weeks away from saying goodbye to our students. Some, for only the length of a summer break, but for others, our goodbyes are filled with cheers of good luck as they leave Celina High School to start their careers and/or continue their educational pursuits at the next level.
The month of May represents crunch time. For our administrators, faculty, and staff, this can resemble what it would be like to run a marathon daily due to the numerous extracurricular activities, programs, senior practices, exams, banquets, and state testing requirements that seem to fill each and every day of the May calendar. Listed below, are the exams dates to keep in mind during this busy month.
May 8 – Algebra EOC exam
May 9 – AP English Literature/English 4 exam & US History EOC exam
May 10 – Biology EOC exam
May 11 – AP US History exam & AP Studio Art
May 14 – STAAR Math for 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th
AP Biology exam
STAAR Math Retest for 5th & 8th
May 15 – STAAR Reading for 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th
STAAR Reading Retest for 5th & 8th
AP Calculus exam
Senior Exams Begin
May 16 – STAAR Science for 5th & 8th
AP English Language/English 3 exam
May 17 – STAAR Social Studies for 8th
AP World History exam
May 18 – AP Human Geography exam
Also, you will find the 2018 Celina High School Senior Class preparing for their final exams, while at the same time, juggling their studies with senior practices, graduation pictures, field trips, and final banquets. The first of the senior ceremonies is Baccalaureate, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th. The ceremony will be held at First Baptist Church Celina starting at 7:00pm. Graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 25th at Stonebriar Community Church. Graduation will begin promptly at 3:00pm. Tickets are not required for admittance, but we recommend arriving early to obtain the number of seats needed for family and friends. Finally, the graduation class will take one last field trip together as they continue the tradition of Project Graduation. The program was started many years ago that promotes alcohol-free activities as an alternative post graduation party. Students will board school buses to spend the night at Speed Zone before being transported back to Celina for one last breakfast together.
From field trips to ceremonies, there is much to do during the month of May. It is also a time when the realization starts to sink in that day to day activities for our seniors will have a much different look as they go forward. Some will continue their education at colleges and universities throughout the United States, while others will join the workforce. There will be those that are called to mission work and will leave behind friends and family to travel to places around the world. In the end, it doesn’t matter what path our graduates take because their teachers are confident that they have been prepared to face and overcome any challenges that come their way. Graduation is not the end of your story, but the beginning of your journey. Take pride in all that you have accomplished and always have faith in yourself to pursue your dreams.