The class of 2018 is very special to me...because this is my 4th year at LWHS, too. The way our courses are set up, and especially with the magnet programs, I don't always get the same students from year to year- but sometimes I do...and some of the students I have just kept in touch with. I am always outside of my door in between classes to greet my students (best advice EVER- got that from Harry Wong's book, The First Days of School) so it has actually been easy to see all of the kids.
Me, waiting with angels at senior checkout
So...it's kinda like we are graduating together- except I am sticking around here, of course!
I think I have made angels almost every year that I have taught here, definitely two out of the three previous years...it's slipping my memory now and I will have to double check. I usually go with a 4x6 or 5x7 inch piece for each student- every single angel hand drawn and hand painted, anywhere from 60-100 total each year. This year I wanted to try something a little different, so I went with a 'bookmark style'- my thinking was they could keep them in their yearbooks...and I liked the idea that they could use it in a book (encouraging them to keep learning, #winning!)
Anyway, on senior checkout day I had the angels ready, along with clay pieces and sketches that needed to be picked up. I was able to hand out angels to almost every senior, will try to catch the rest of them at graduation.
In the meantime...I will leave one of my favorite quotes from the late, great Maya as a message to my seniors;
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” -Maya Angelou